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Mayhem In Rivers As New Naira Protests Escalate



In Port Harcourt, thugs smashed three commercial banks on Friday as part of a demonstration against the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Naira restructuring program.

Fidel Info reports that on Friday afternoon, two financial institutions in Port Harcourt’s Old Port Harcourt Township were impacted: First Bank in Churchill and Keystone Bank along Aggrey Road.

Customers on Thursday demolished the First City Monument Bank in Rumuokoro, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State.

Customers had reportedly surrounded First Bank and Keystone Bank in protest, but the demonstration had been sabotaged by thugs from the waterfronts who assaulted the banks.

The Automatic Teller Machines of First Bank at Churchill were destroyed, and stones were hurled into the building, damaging many facilities, making it the most severely hit.

Not content with the damage, the thugs tore down the bank’s gate and barged inside the banking area while bank employees fled for their lives.

The thugs then ransacked the bank, stealing desktop computers, water coolers, and other items in the hopes of discovering money, but they were unsuccessful.

Only the two ATMs at the Keystone Bank on Aggrey Road were ruined.

Markets, shops, boutiques, and commercial locations hastily locked their doors after the rampage and devastation, as locals fled inside their homes and peered out the windows.

Policemen were reported have taken over the entire Old Port Harcourt Township, especially Lagos Bus Stop and Churchill.

Three police patrol vans were stationed in front of First Bank to avoid further attacks, as it was learnt that the hoodlums had finalised arrangements to set fire to the bank.

The policemen shot sporadically into the air and chased the hoodlums into the Abuja, Bishop Johnson and Ibadan Waterfronts.

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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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UK Court Convicts Ekweremadu, Wife, Daughter Of Human Organ Trafficking



Ike Ekweremadu, a former vice president of the Nigerian senate, along with his wife, daughter, and doctor were found guilty of organ trafficking in the UK.

Fidel Info reports that After a six-week trial at the Old Bailey, Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, daughter Sonia, and Dr. Obinna Obeta were all found guilty of enabling a young man’s visit to Britain with the intention of exploiting him.

The jury concluded that they had illegally planned to transport the 21-year-old street vendor from Lagos to London in order to take advantage of him for his kidney.

The court heard that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for the senator’s daughter after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.

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Kano Govt Lifts Dawn To Dusk Curfew




Kano state government has lifted the dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed in the state On Monday.

Fidel Info reports that the curfew was imposed to avoid the breakdown of law and order following tensions generated by the announcement of the results of the governorship and state Assembly elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday, declared Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party the Gov-Elect of Kano.

He defeated his closest rival and the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Party, Gawuna, with a margin of 100,000 votes.

Yusuf is a close ally of the Presidential candidate of NNPP while Gawuna is a close ally of the incumbent Governor, Ganduje.

The Kano election was seen as an upset and a successful overthrow of the ruling party.

This led the Kano government to impose a curfew to avoid mayhem and breakdown of law and order.

The state commissioner for information and internal affairs, Muhammad Garba, made the announcement lifting the curfew in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano.

According to him, “the decision to lift the curfew was after careful review of the situation and the relative calm throughout the state”.

The commissioner however called on commercial banks, public servants and the people in the state to come out and continue with their normal businesses or day to day activities.

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