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Court Freezes 27 Abia Bank Accounts



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By our Reporter

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja has granted an order freezing all the monies of the Abia State government domiciled in about 27 financial institutions.

Justice Bello Kawu in an exparte motion no: M/6686/2023 also barred all the banks from cooperating with the financial aides of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu pending the determination of the motion.

The suit was filed by Mr Uche Eni against the Accountant-General of Abia State and the Commissioner for Finance.

Access Bank Plc, Eco Bank Plc, First Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria, Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), Accountant General of the Federation and 21 financial institutions were listed as respondents.

The court granted the reliefs sought by the claimant’s lawyer, Johnmary C. Jideobi while adjourning the matter to April 5, 2023.

The court granted the following Order(s):-“A mareva order of this Honourable Court freezing forthwith all the monies belonging to the people and Government of Abia State of Nigeria or controlled by the Defendants and domiciled in any Bank (whatsoever named) operating within Nigeria or domiciled with or in the hands of the 1st to 28th Respondents PENDING the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed herein.

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“An order of this honourable court restraining the 1st to 28th Respondents from co-operating with the 1st and 2nd Defendants or any authority and person purporting to be acting on behalf of or in the name of the Government of Abia State of Nigeria (howsoever named or described) in accessing any funds held by the 1st to 28th Respondents for the benefit of the people and Government of Abia State of Nigeria Pending
the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed herein.

“An order of court granting the Claimant/ Applicant leave to effect a substituted service of all the originating processes in this suit, inclusive of the ex-parte Order of this Court, on the 1st and 2 Defendants at the Abia State Liaison Office, Abia House, Abuja, through any registered post or courier service operating within the Jurisdiction of this honourable Court and for same to be deemed as proper services.

“An order restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants forthwith from Interfering with dealing with, withdrawing or accessing in whatever manner, monies in the hand of the 1 to 28th Respondents belonging to the Government and people of Abia State pending the hearing and disposal of the Motion on Notice filed herein.

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An interim order of this Honourable Court restraining all the Respondents and their privies, whether severally or individually, from extending any loan facility howsoever called or described) to the Government of Abia State pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed herein.

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Nasarawa APC tackles self acclaimed Tinubu Youths group, gives police Affairs minister clean bill of record



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By David Odama

Nasarawa APC Thursday tackled youth group they described as faceless group belong to president Bola Ahmed Tinubu support group who have been canvassing for the minister’s replacement.

This is even as they have risen in defence of the minister of police, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim given her a clean bill of record.

The party during it’s meeting in Lafia rejected the call by the faceless group masquerading as Tinubu Youth Ambassador seeking for the replacement of the Minister

The State Working Committee (SWC) of the APC in a statement signed by the Nasarawa State Secretary of the party, Yaruis G. Dagusa, issued to City Post dismissed as malicious, allegations leveled against the minister by the group.

The SWC said in the statement that the Tinubu Youth Ambassador is only out to spread falsehood aimed at sowing discord within the APC.

While restating its confidence in the Minister, the party described Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as a committed and dedicated member who is doing her best to see the APC succeed at both the state and national levels.

“Her relationship with the party is excellent. She has executed various empowerment programmes benefiting numerous underprivileged individuals across the state. Additionally, she has facilitated employment for many Nasarawa State indigenes in Federal institutions and agencies,” the party stated.

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The statement added “rather than paying heed to the call by the faceless Tinubu Youth Ambassador, that was only acting out of envy and malice, Hajiya Sulaiman-Ibrahim should be commended for ensuring that Nasarawa State receives its due share in the federation”.

The SWC therefore called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, party members, as well as the general public to disregard the false accusations laid against the Minister of State for Police Affairs by the group.

“The Tinubu Youth Ambassador lacks credibility and cannot speak for the party, as its existence is unknown at any level of our well structured party,” the statement added.

The party reaffirmed its firmed loyalty, support for the Minister saying that it would not be swayed by a baseless, malicious attack while also calling on the general public to disregard the attempt to tarnish the hard earned image of the minister.

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Rep Osonwa Commends Army For Addressing Harassment Of Motorists, Commuters Within His Constituency



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The member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ibe Okwara Osonwa has commended the Nigerian Army for addressing the issues of harassment, intimidation,
of motorists and commuters traversing highways within his constituency.

Chief Osonwa had on Sunday called on security agencies in Abia State to immediately halt the extortion, intimidation, and harassment of motorists and commuters traversing highways within his constituency.

In a statement he signed on Wednesday, Osonwa said information made available to him is that the “walkthrough check and harassment by the military has ceased”.

Osonwa applauded the Brigade Commander, 14 Brigade Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Olusola Diya for his swift response to end the “dehumanising checks”.

He said: “I have been updated that the walkthrough check and harassment by the military personnel in Ohafia and all the way through to Bende has ceased. I would want to use this opportunity to thank Brig. General Diya for his swift response, even yesterday when I called to tell him of a report I got about the checkpoint at the LGA Secetriate and placing a 3-Way call with a direct witness, he was swift to direct a stop of this dehumanising checks.

“While I understand their cautious approach, I do think that checks can be done in a more respectable manner considering where there has not been any recent provocation to warrant the act.

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“I again plead with our people to continue to maintain the atmosphere of peace that we enjoy and thank everyone else for their efforts to maintain this peace.”

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Economy : Group urges Nigerians to resist all forms of protests



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Iyojo Ameh

The National Progressive Coalition (NPC)has appealed to Nigerians to resist any form of protest against the nation, saying that protesting was not the solution to current economic challenges.

Convener of NPC Mr Awwal Wakilli made the appeal at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Wakilli in a speech titled “Why we say no to protest ” said Nigeria as graint of Africa was a leading nation in the continent.

He said there was need for Nigerians to firmly believe and strongly support a united, stable and prosperous nation.

According to him, it is important for any group to reconsider the idea of protest and allow dialogue to settle the issues in the country amicably.

He said : “we acknowledge there are problems facing us as a nation, but we must deploy appropriate measures and means to address our issues.

“Every constituency in Nigeria has representatives from the wards, local governments,State Assemblies and the National Assembly.

“We must not lose hope and confidence in our representatives at various levels. ”

He urged Nigerians especially the youths should not allow miscreants to unleash mayhem at these trying times of the nation.

He said the previous protests was still fresh in the minds of Nigerians, following the wanton destruction, displacement and agony experienced.

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“Many properties and lives were lost, we must give peace a chance.

“Two wrongs, do not make a right it is worthy to note that , liberty without discipline leads to anarchy.

According to him, many develop countries who embarked on protest to vent their grievances got stocked without an exit strategy.

He said although Nigeria was experiencing challenges, he, however said the government was doing its very best to address the pressing issues.

“We must give our maximum understanding, cooperation, support and solidarity to promote good governance to consolidate our democrасу.

“We must engage and adopt appropriate approach that will promote peace, stability and prosperity.”

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