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States’ cash crunch: Govs beg FG to postpone $2.1bn support repayment, CBN kicks
State governors on Thursday at the monthly meeting of the National Economic Council appealed to the Federal Government to postpone the repayment of the $2.1bn budget support facility to states which was scheduled to resume in May.
But the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, kicked against the appeal and enumerated the technical challenges involved should there be a further postponement of the deductions.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed these in a statement issued at the end of the council’s meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Akande said the Vice President thereafter directed that a meeting be held where the issue would be properly considered and a decision reached.
Cattle traders chase police, Enugu officials with AK- 47
Tension enveloped Enugu on Thursday evening as Hausa cattle traders at the New Artisan Market attacked government officials and destroyed a police vehicle.
The PUNCH gathered that trouble started when officials of the state government went to demolish the New Artisan Market following an order of the State High Court, which was said to have declared the market a security threat because of its proximity to the Government House.
However, an attempt to effect the execution was fiercely resisted by the Hausa traders, who reportedly went inside the market, brought several AK-47 rifles and chased away the officials and police detachment.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Sampson Okorie, told our correspondent that the gun wielding Hausa traders also seized two bulldozers the state government deployed to the market and destroyed police Hilux vehicle The vehicle, according to him, was abandoned by the police, who ran for their life when they could not escape with it.
MASSOB rejects asylum offer, says UK plotting to stop Biafra
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Thursday rejected the United Kingdom’s offer of asylum for its members.
It described the offer as an arrangement with the President, Major General Muhamadu Buhari (retd.), and the Federal Government to divert the attention of the people of Biafra.
A statement by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, made available to journalists in Enugu, said the asylum offer was part of plans by the Buhari regime hatched with the British government against the emergence of Biafra.
No amount of Buhari’s inducement will stop Biafra, IPOB boasts
The Indigenous People of Biafra on Thursday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was wooing its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, with a huge bribe to drop the Biafra struggle.
Media and Publicity Secretary of the secessionist group, Emma Powerful, disclosed this in a statement sent to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State.
He described as preposterous the allegation by a media aide to Buhari, Garba Shehu, that the renewed agitation for self-determination in the South-East was because the Federal Government had refused to share money to those behind the agitation.
Presidency battles to save Pantami as Reps plan debate
The Presidency may have ruled out the possibility of sacking the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
The Presidency said Pantami’s ordeals were not about his past utterances but about his current job as a minister. The Presidency in a statement on Thursday said Pantami’s ordeal in the hands of those calling for his sacking was not about his past utterances but about his current job as a minister.
This is just as the House of Representatives said members were ready to debate the issues around the minister.
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