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BREAKING: US Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy

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BREAKING: US Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy

In a fresh move to strengthen democracy in Nigeria and fight corruption, the United States has unveiled visa restrictions on some Nigerians accused of undermining democracy.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said that the sanctioned individuals, whose name he did not reveal, would be ineligible for US visas.

The diplomat also explained that some family members of those barred from the US may also be subjected to the same restriction.

He stated, ”We are committed to supporting and advancing democracy in Nigeria and around the world. Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian election.

‘’Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be found ineligible for visas to the United States under a policy to restrict visas of those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.

‘’Certain family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions. Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—may be found ineligible for U.S. visas under this policy.’’

Blinken clarified that the visa restriction was not targeted at the Nigerian people or the government.

He described it as a reflection of the US government’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s aspiration to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

‘’The visa restrictions announced today are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria. The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law,’’ the statement said.

The development is coming barely two months after the political counselor at the US Embassy in Nigeria, Rolf Olson, said that the US would impose visa sanctions on people who try to undermine Nigeria’s democratic process.

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Speaking at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship alumni association seminar last November, Olson said sanctions had been placed on persons who undermined the nation’s election before and would be repeated in the next election.

He said, ‘’Even a small number of troublemakers can cause substantial havoc to an election. It takes a comprehensive effort to try to eliminate the use of violence and inflammatory rhetoric.

“Individuals seeking to undermine the democratic process, including through violence, may be found ineligible for visas to the United States. We have imposed visa restrictions in the past against those responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process, and remain fully willing to do so again in the context of the upcoming elections.”

 

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IGP, Three Police Officers Face Contempt Charges

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IGP , Three Police Officers Face Contempt Charges

For their continued disobedience and disregard to the lawful order of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba and three of his officers are to face contempt charges.

A High Court of the FCT judiciary had on December 14, 2022, restrained the IGP and his officers from taking any action against a litigant, Abubakar Umar Shagari pending the resolution of issues brought before the court.

The order of the court is in respect of a suit marked FCT/HC/CV/3407/2022 instituted by Abubakar Umar Shagari against the Inspector General of Police and three others.

However, in flagrant disobedience and disregard to the order of the court, the respondents, especially, the staff of the DCP Ayuba Usman of the IGP Special Tactical Squad invaded the residence of the said Abubakar Umar Shagari in Sokoto on January 23, 2023.

During the unlawful invasion, the respondents ransacked the entire building and arrested the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff and had since hauled them into unlawful custody.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Blessing Anazodo who issued the threat to file contempt charges against the respondents asked them to conduct their statutory functions within the ambit of the law.

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The lawyer pleaded with the IGP and his officers to obey the court order and release the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff forthwith or be ready to face contempt proceedings.

She also indicated enforcement of monetary damages against the respondents jointly and severally unless they respect the order of the Court in the matter.

 

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign – Emefiele

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign - Emefiele

The need to stop Nigerians from keeping N2.7 trillion at home instead of banks was among the reasons the federal government redesigned the naira notes.

The Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Sunday.

He revealed that N2.7trillion was lying idle in people’s homes prior to 2015 when the Buhari administration came on board.

He said as at 2015 currency-in-circulation was only N1.4 trillion, while as at October 2022, currency in circulation had risen to N3.23 trillion, out of which only N500 billion was within the banking industry.

“N2.7 trillion was held permanently in people’s homes,” Emefiele stated after he paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, where both parties approved a ten-day extension for old currency swap.

Giving further explanations, the apex bank governor said ordinarily, when CBN releases currency into circulation, it is meant to be used and after effluxion of time, it returns to the CBN thereby keeping the volume of currency in circulation under the firm control of the CBN.

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He said since the commencement of the currency redesign and other monetary programmes, “about N1.9 trillion has been collected, leaving us with about N900 billion (N500 billion + N1.9 trillion).”

With the approval of the president, the deadline for the currency swap has been moved from January 31, 2023 to February 10, 2023.

Buhari had on Sunday, urged the CBN to allow more time, discretion and order to enable Nigerians to successfully change their currencies to the redesigned notes, and reduce the risk of loss, especially among the underserved in rural areas.

 

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WPO Launches Book, Inaugurates Peace Programme For Political Candidates

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WPO Launches Book, Inaugurates Peace Programme For Political Candidates

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigerian politicians have been charged to embrace peace and shun violence or acts that will endanger the lives of the masses.

This was part of the keynote messages delivered at the official inauguration of the Peace Development Program for all political candidates in Nigeria organized by the World Peace Organization, Nigeria Chapter in conjunction with the Albania Diplomatic Mission and suported by World Peace Programme .

The occasion was also used for the launch of a book titled “The Peaceful Man”.

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The Director General of the World Peace Organization (WPO), Ambassador (Prof). Olumuyiwa Babalola stressed that the continuous Peace Development Programme covered matters related to mediation and conflicts prevention to always support the activities of subsequent general elections in Nigeria and also, to substantiate the just-concluded Peace Accord the candidates have signed with the National Peace Committee.

He further stressed the importance of the programme, noting that it was meant to empower the political candidates, chairmen of political parties and prepare them to strengthen mechanisms and capacities for inclusive dialogue, mediation and national peace before, during and after elections and to effectively adapt and respond to complex political situations and identify areas for preventive actions.

These are some of the objectives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Department of Political and Peace Building. It is the signature cross-pillar initiative that aims to embrace support for national stakeholders on conflicts prevention, sustaining peace and tranquility.

 

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