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Groups urge Oyo-Ita to resign over alleged N3bn fraud

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A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Independent Public Service Watch (IPSW), has called for the resignation of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita following the allegation of N3billion fraud leveled against her.

The CSO, in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its Executive Secretary, Mr Okpanachi Jacob, vowed to commence nationwide protest against her if she fails to resign within 72 hours.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating Oyo-Ita over alleged N3billion contract scam, abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering, among others.

The group said it would henceforth take legal action against the likes of Oyo-Ita to ensure that public servants facing corruption trial vacate their seats pending the outcome of their investigation.

“As stakeholders in the Nigeria project, we shall henceforth go all out including seeking legal means to ensure that public servants facing corruption trial vacate their seats pending the outcome.

“We hereby issue a 72- hour ultimatum to Mrs Oyo-Ita to resign from office barring which we shall massively mobilise our civil society partners to picket wherever Oyo-Ita is.”

Jacob stressed that Oyo-Ita ought to have resigned her position pending the outcome of investigation, as all efforts to reform the civil service would amount to nothing if she remained in office with the level of the allegation against her.

He wondered why public servants facing investigation for corruption in the country still find it convenient to remain in office.

“It is worrisome and unacceptable that the Head of Civil Service of the Federation that is central to the fight against corruption is involved in corrupt practices.

“There is no way the service can be reformed when its head is enmeshed with series of allegations of corruption.

“More painful is the fact that a single Nigerian and a woman of Oyo-Ita’s calibre who by all means looks very pious, will be in custody of such mind numbing sum of money in the midst of the abject poverty faced by civil servants and Nigerians in general.

“Preliminary findings by the anti-corruption agency confirmed that about N3billion has been traced to the Head of Service which came in through proxy companies.

“Also, about N600million has been traced to the account of one of her key aides who has been unable to give any justifiable explanation for it,” Jacob said

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I sympathise with Nigerians over cashless policy – Emefiele

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Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Friday apologised to bank customers for the inconveniences the newly introduced cashless policy will cause.

Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele made the apology at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

He stated this when he was asked of his reaction to the push back from Nigerians over the return of charges on deposits and withdrawals beyond certain thresholds.

He said, “I sympathize and regret inconvenience cashless policy will cause bank customers.”

Emefiele, who also spoke on the controversial judgement debt of $9.6 billion awarded to P&ID, maintained that “by the grace of God there is no threat to the reserves…..and we have received presidential approval that those indicted should be prosecuted.”

At the end of the meeting, the MPC retained interest rates at 13.5% as well as other parameters.

Despite the apology, the CBN boss maintained that the policy will progress as announced.

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Auto crash kills five, ten sustain injuries in Lagos-Ibadan expressway

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Five persons were on Friday killed in a road crash, and 10 others sustained injuries along Ibadan –Lagos Expressway when the commercial bus conveying them burst into flames.

The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Clement Oladele said the crash occurred at about 8.49a.m. around Onigari, a town on the border of Ogun State and Oyo State.

He said the crash involved a commercial bus, which was travelling from Sokoto but stopped briefly in Ibadan to pick passengers heading towards Lagos.

The bus lost control due to excessive speed, and collided with the concrete curb in the middle of the road and burst into flames.

The commander said the crash involved 18 passengers comprising 17 male adults and one female adult.

He explained that a total of 10 male adults sustained injuries from the crash, while five of the passengers comprising four male adults and one female adult died.

Oladele said the vehicle is a white-coloured Mazda bus with registration number WWD 302CB.

He advised members of the public whose relatives travelled to contact the commission at KM27 Ibadan – Lagos Expressway at Ogunmakin or the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) , Sagamu, where the injured victims are receiving treatment.

He said the bodies of those who died in the crash have been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary.

Oladele advised the public to drive cautiously on the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, stressing that the Expressway is still undergoing rehabilitation.

He said the recommended speed at construction area is 50 kilometers per hour, and also reminded passengers to caution drivers driving recklessly.

He said passengers can call the commission on the toll free number 122 to report recalcitrant drivers.

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PortHarcourt: Arrested serial killer also notorious cult member – Police reveals

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Rivers State police command has arrested a suspected serial killer of young women, Mr. Gracious David West, who allegedly lures his victims to low budget hotels in Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

Police alleged also that the serial killer was also a notorious cult group called Degbam.

It was gathered that the suspect was caught on camera a few days ago leaving a hotel after strangling a yet-to-be identified lady following sex romp with her.

TIMELY POST recalls that the police had said David West’s victims since July are no fewer than eight ladies.

However, a statement on Thursday night by the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, said the alleged serial killer, who is also a cultist, was nabbed on his way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom from Port-Harcourt.

The statement reads, “The notorious serial killer, Gracious David West was today September 19, 2019, arrested by the Police in Rivers.

“The 26-year old killer from Buguma LGA of Rivers State, who is also a member of the Degbam cult group was arrested along East-West Road enroute to Uyo from Port Harcourt.

“He has since made useful statements to the Police. Investigation is on with a view to ascertaining his motives and possible accomplices.”

Mba added that the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Mustapha Dandaura, will be briefing the media on the breakthrough on Friday September 20, 2019.

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