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Two OOU female students kidnapped, abductors demand N50m

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Two female students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, have been abducted.
They were abducted Sunday night in front of their hostel around the
Ayetoro campus of the university in the Yewa-North Local Government of the state.
The abducted students, Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola, are of the departments of Forestry and Wildlife Management and Agricultural Economics respectively.
The abductors have reportedly reached out to the families and demanded a sum of N50m for the release of the students.
The source, however, said the abductors linked up with the relatives of the victims through the students’ phones .
The source said it was the kidnapped students that spoke with their families and not the abductors.
He said, “The kidnappers have not spoken with the families. It was the students that spoke and echoed the demands. We don’t know whether they are Yoruba or Fulani because the families have not heard directly from the abductors.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, promised to get back to our correspondent, adding that he was in a meeting.
Yewa North Patriotic Forum has called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to direct the Commissioner of Police to relocate to Yewa-North over the issue of insecurity.
Th group said that Yewa local government had been battling with herders and farmers’ crisis that had reportedly claimed many lives in the last few months.
President of the group, Sanni Omobolaji, in a statement issued on Monday over the kidnapping noted that Ayetoro area has not been enjoying proper policing.
The statement reads in part, “We have not been enjoying good policing in Ayetoro since the former DPO died a few months back. Since then, a new DPO has not been deployed to the area, while the DCO who has been acting in the capacity of DPO has not been cooperative with our people.
“We, however, demand an immediate redeployment of the DCO, else, we might take that as an act of sabotage by the police.”
Also, the state Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mr Adeyemi Samson, appealed to Governor Abiodun to ensure security of students in Ogun West.
“Our governor must embark on a fact finding mission now, so as to see things for himself because the security situation in Ogun West is terrible.
“We also beg the commissioner of police to move to Ogun West to restore normalcy in the area.”
Samson also said that if the area was searched effectively, the culprits could still be apprehended and the students released safely.
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JUST IN: Old naira: IMF asks FG, CBN to extend February 10 deadline

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for the extension of the February 10 deadline to phase out the old naira notes.

The International monetary body made the call just after the Supreme Court had restrained the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) from enforcing the deadline.

The IMF, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by Laraba Bonet, said the plea was on the hardship Nigerians were exposed to over the issue.

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It said: “in light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline should problems persist  in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline”.

The IMF is the first international financial organisation to openly call for extension of the deadline for the deposit of old Naira notes.

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Cash crunch: Protesters defy police in Abeokuta, make bonfires on major roads

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Residents of Abeokuta, Ogun State, took to the streets on Tuesday protesting the scarcity of cash and the attendant pains.

Major streets affected by the protests are Aladesanmi, Fajol and Somorin in Obantoko area of Abeokuta as the protesters made bonfires and chanted anti-CBN songs
The Sapon branch of First Bank was also vandalised and the protesters tried to set it ablaze.
Ogun Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the protest, saying police officers were on the ground to monitor the situation and prevent the destruction of property and loss of lives.
He said some group of boys were involved in the crisis.
The police later came to disperse the protesters but they regrouped as soon as the operatives withdrew from the scene.
The situation affected vehicular movement as motorists and pedestrians ran in different directions to avert being caught up in the chaotic situation.

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Court frees Diezani associate Omokore of $1.6bn fraud

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An Abuja federal high court on Tuesday discharged and acquitted Jide Omokore, chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, of $1.6bn fraud allegations.

Omokore, an associate of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, and David Mbanefo on a 15-count charge on July 4, 2016.

They were accused of fraudulently diverting the $1.6bn said to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.

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