CBN limits cash withdrawals to N100k weekly (Punch)
The Central Bank of Nigeria has imposed fresh cash withdrawal limits on individuals and organisations, which takes effect from January 9, 2023.
According to a new memo to banks issued on Tuesday and signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna .B. Mustafa, individuals will only be able to withdraw N100,000 per week (from over the counter, Point of Sale Machines or the Automated Teller Machines), while organisations can access N500,000 per week.
Banks have also been directed to load only N200 and lower denominations into their ATM.
The memo read, “Further to the launch of the redesigned naira notes by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and in line with the cashless policy of the CBN, all deposit money banks and other financial institutions are hereby directed to note and comply with the following: Read more
Onaiyekan to deliver lecture at Pyrates Confraternity anniversary (ThisDay)
The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has rolled out activities to commemorate its 70th anniversary starting from December 9 to 11, 2022.
The Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan will be the keynote speaker at a special citizens’ summit for the 70th Anniversary Lecture in Abuja.
A statement signed by the NAS Capoon, Mr. Abiola Owoaje, stated that the citizens’ summit being an initiative of #OurvotesCount, an advocacy programme of the organisation was aimed at advocating for a “purposeful democratic election as a critical first-step solution in effectively challenging the ills militating against the attainment of the full potential of Nigeria.”
According to him, the summit was expected to attract political leaders, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, intelligence community/security agencies and relevant stakeholders. Read more
Police told me to avoid some Lagos bus-stops – Robbery victim (Punch)
A resident of Lagos State, Mistura Olowu-Oyebayo, has narrated how some officers of the Lagos State Police Command allegedly warned her against alighting or stopping at some bus-stops in the state when she visited the Alapere Divisional Headquarters to report how she was brutalised and robbed at around Tipper bus-stop, Ketu.
Bewildered Olowu-Oyebayo wondered why those expected to secure the lives and property of citizens would tell her to avoid some bus-stops – Ketu Tipper bus-stop, Church bus-stop, Toll Gate, Ogudu bus-stop, Glass House, including Kosofe area – adding that she was not in doubt that the police knew how deadly those bus-stops were and had done nothing to rid them of criminals.
Narrating her ordeal to our correspondent, Olowu-Oyebayo said she was returning from her office on the Island on Friday, November 25, and owing to the traffic on her way, the staff bus she boarded got to Tipper bus-stop, Ketu, at around 8:00pm. Read more
ASUU Strike: Union newly recognised by Ngige threatens to sue FG over withheld salaries (DailyTrust)
The Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has expressed its disappointment with the Federal Government, especially the Ministry of Labour and Employment, over the non-payment of its members’ withheld salaries and threatened to seek legal redress.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had presented certificates of registration to CONUA and the Nigeria Association of Medical and Dental Lecturers in Academics (NAMDA) at the peak of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in October, a move believed to be targeted at decimating ASUU’s authorities.
The president of CONUA, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu in a statement issued on Tuesday said even when the government knew its members were not involved in the strike action that lasted for eight months, their salaries were being withheld.
He said the non-payment of their withheld salaries contravened Section 43 (1b) of the Trade Disputes Act CAP. T8, which states that “where any employer locks out his workers, the workers shall be entitled to wages and any other applicable remunerations for the period of the lock-out and the period of the lock-out shall not prejudicially affect any rights of the workers being rights dependent on the continuity of period of employment.” Read more
LASAA launches 2023 mobile advert stickers for branded vehicles (Leadership)
The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA), the agency saddled with a mandate to regulate advertising displays in Lagos state, has announced the release of its 2023 mobile advert stickers for branded vehicles in the state.
Managing director of LASAA, Prince Adedamola Docemo, in a statement, yesterday, stated that the new and improved mobile advert e-sticker will be in force effective from the 1st of January 2023, a development that will render the 2022 sticker invalid.
He reiterated that, just like last year, the agency has fully deviated from the yearly tradition of launching the stickers with pomp and would rather focus on improving the efficiency of the new process.
He explained that the new e-sticker, which was introduced last year, has attracted a lot of commendation from stakeholders, saying, LASAA has continuously reviewed and improved the mobile advert e-sticker product throughout the year to assess the process and fix all barriers for better and efficient performance. Read more
Alleged Misconduct: NBA President shuns call to bar ceremony presided over by Olanipekun (Channels)
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yakubu Maikyau, on Tuesday, declined to participate in the call to bar ceremony presided over by the Chairman, Body of Benchers, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
In a statement, the NBA president said to do so would be to endorse, celebrate or condone a practice that he considered unwholesome and unprofessional, by virtue of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007.
The NBA president’s action comes two days after he wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Body of Benchers asking him to step aside and not preside over the call to bar ceremony.
He cited allegations of professional misconduct against Olanipekun in the wake of the scandalous email by a former partner in his firm, Ms Adekunbi Ogunde to SAIPEM, an expatriate company claiming that the senior lawyer uses his office as BoB chairman to influence judges and get favorable judgements for his clients. Read more
Akarigbo of Remo eulogized for contribution to peace, development of Ogun community (Guardian)
Akarigbo of Remo-Land, Oba Babatunde Adewale (left); GMD/CEO Adron Homes, Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing and Non-Executive Director Public Affairs & International Relations Adron Homes, Kemi Osude Olaniyan during Adron Homes visit to the monarch to mark his 5th anniversary.
Group Managing Director (GMD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adron Homes, Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, has lauded the Akarigbo, and Paramount Ruler of Remo-Land, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi for his contribution to peace and development of his community.
He eulogised the monarch during his visit to the palace in commemoration of Akarigbo’s 5th anniversary on the throne.
EmmanuelKing, who led members of the firm to the palace, congratulated the monarch on his Diamond Jubilee celebration and his successful five years of steadily steering the throne of his fathers.
He said: “Five years of your pragmatic leadership, coupled with your unifying qualities, abilities, and relentless attraction of investors to Remoland and the state at large, has transformed the entire Remo Land into a development hub. Read more
Nasarawa Police rescue 2 from kidnapper’s den (DailyTrust)
The personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, Nasarawa State Command has rescued two persons from a kidnapper’s den in Jijipe village, the headquarters of Karu Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel and obtained by Daily Trust in Lafia on Tuesday, the victims have since been reunited with their families.
He said that the police in Karshi had received a complaint about the abduction of security guards working in a firm under construction; whereupon the police commissioner, Mr Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba detailed operatives led by CSP Nnamdi Udobor to embark on a manhunt of the kidnappers.
The statement read, “On 3/12/2022 at 0900 hrs, a complaint was lodged at Karshi Division that, on 2/12/2022 at 0200 hrs, private security guards attached to a sachet water manufacturing company undergoing construction at Jeje Jijipe Village, Karu LGA were abducted and taken to an unknown destination. Read more
Robert Downey Jr’s father reveals he first gave actor drugs aged 6 (Standard)
Robert Downey Jr’s late father revealed that he was the one to first introduce his son to drugs at the tender age of six in a newly-unearthed interview.
The 57-year-old Iron Man actor has long been open about his struggles with drug addiction — and previously explained that his father offered him his first hit.
At the time, his father saw him taking a sip from a glass of white wine whilst he was playing poker in their family home — and instead of taking the glass away from him, he handed him a joint and told him to smoke it.
After his son grew up, the director, who died in July 2021, revealed that he made “a terrible, stupid mistake” by allowing his son to take drugs at such a young age. Read more
Cameron Diaz signs up for The Holiday sequel with the original cast reviving roles (DailyMail)
The Holiday has been a festive favourite since its release in 2006.
Now 16 years on it’s been reported that the film is set for a sequel, with stars Cameron Diaz, 50, Jude Law, 49, Kate Winslet, 47, and Jack Black, 53, all on board.
The original movie, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, told the tale of Surrey-based journalist Iris (Kate) who swaps homes with Amanda (Cameron), a movie producer from Hollywood, following respective heartbreaks.
While in Surrey, Amanda finds romance with Iris’s book editor brother, widower Graham (Jude Law), while Iris meets Miles (played by Jack Black) and dates him. Read more
Kirstie Alley ‘battled colon cancer’ before her death at 71 (Metro)
Kirstie Alley had colon cancer before her death at 71, it has been claimed.
The Cheers actress’ children revealed the sad news of her death on Monday evening, in a heartbreaking statement.
Her rep has now told People Magazine that she was battling colon cancer prior to this, but shared no other details on her condition.
Alley’s loved ones, son William ‘True’ Stevenson and daughter Lillie Price Stevenson confirmed their loss in a lengthy tribute, describing their mother as ‘fierce and loving’. Read more
Lizzo is TikTok’s top music artist for 2022 (Variety)
Lizzo was the Queen of TikTok this year, as millions of users learned the choreography for “About Damn Time” and engaged with her other songs and videos. TikTok users also pushed “Jiggle Jiggle” and the “It’s corn!” kid to the top viral trends on the app in the U.S.
Lizzo, who has 26 million TikTok followers, was the No. 1 music artist on TikTok this year, based on total video views. “About Damn Time” was the app’s No. 4 top-trending song, and Lizzo’s TikTok video in which she demonstrates the dance for the hit song came in at seventh place on the trending-videos ranking, according to the company. (“About Damn Time” also is Variety’s Hitmakers Record of the Year.)
The No. 1 trending song in the U.S. was “Sunroof” by Nicky Youre and Dazy, with TikTok users making some 8.9 million videos featuring the track. “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”, the 1985 song by Kate Bush that roared back on the charts after playing a key role in “Stranger Things 4,” was No. 10. Read more
Tory Lanez reaches settlement with Love and Hip Hop star over alleged nightclub assaults (HipHopDX)
Tory Lanez has reportedly reached a settlement with Love & Hip Hop: Miami star Prince over alleged nightclub assaults.
According to RadarOnline, the Canadian rapper’s attorney, Kadisha Phelps, revealed a secret financial agreement had been struck as part of her plea to take the trial date off the court’s calendar.
In a recent filing, Phelps said the scheduled December 5 trial date was no longer required, while stating Lanez is busy defending himself as part of his criminal trial over the alleged Megan Thee Stallion shooting that started this week.
Phelps — who recently began representing Tory Lanez after his last lawyer dropped him due to “irreconcilable differences” — said she has “information to believe that a settlement has already been reached between the parties and [Lanez] has tendered funds to [Prince] in consummation of their agreement.” Read more
Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailers criticised over ‘misleading’ clips (BBC)
Two trailers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new Netflix docuseries have been criticised for allegedly using footage and photos in misleading ways.
The trailers show archive clips and pictures as Prince Harry and Meghan talk about being sidelined by the Royal Family and hounded by the media.
However, it is thought at least three such images were taken from events that had nothing to do with the couple.
Netflix and the Sussexes’ production company Archewell have not commented.
There are further allegations that an image was cropped to suggest the couple were left on the edge of a royal event, when they were in fact front and centre. Read more
Al Jazeera takes the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh to the ICC (AlJazeera)
Al Jazeera Media Network has submitted a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute those responsible for killing veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Abu Akleh, a television correspondent with Al Jazeera for 25 years, was killed by Israeli forces on May 11 as she was covering an Israeli military raid on a refugee camp in Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.
The 51-year-old Jerusalem native and US citizen was a household name and a widely respected journalist who gave a voice to Palestinians through her coverage of the Israeli occupation.
The request includes a dossier on a comprehensive six-month investigation by Al Jazeera that gathers all available eyewitness evidence and video footage, as well as new material on the killing of Abu Akleh. Read more
Peseiro: Eagles will qualify for 2026 World Cup (Sun)
Jose Peseiro has assured that Nigeria will qualify for the 2026 World Cup that will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
Super Eagles missed out on the 2022 edition hosted for the first time by an Arab nation, Qatar, after losing 1-1 on away goals rule to arch-rivals, Ghana Black Stars.
With the Mundial in the knockout stages, many Nigerians have ruled the Super Eagles not taking part in what many have termed, a World Cup that will go down as one of the most talked about and controversial in history.
Despite that, Qatar 2022 World Cup has lived up to the bidding, as eight beautiful stadiums were in use for the first time. Read more
Danger averted as lifeguards rescue swimming national record holder (Guardian)
There was a major scare at the swimming event of the National Sports Festival, yesterday, as a swimmer suffered a blackout midway into the women’s 1, 500 metres race.
Defending champion and national record holder in the event, Ifiezibe Gagbe, could have been a casualty, but for quick thinking of swimming officials and lifeguards.
Gagbe stopped swimming halfway into the gruelling 15-lap 1,500 metres race and started sinking to the bottom of the pool before the lifeguards sprang into action to fish her out of the pool.
Deborah Okpochini of Delta State went on to win the race to give Delta State another gold medal from swimming and keep the host dominant in the Sports Festival. Read more
Morocco set for last-16 encounter with Spain (Sky)
It has been some World Cup for Africa.
Four years ago in Russia, all five nations hailing from the continent were eliminated in the group stages, accumulating eight points collectively, but in Qatar there has been a wonderful resurgence in this World Cup of shocks.
Cameroon fell spectacularly short despite shocking five-time champions Brazil in the final act of the group stages.
Morocco contributed seven points alone to the 24 in the group stages this time around, featuring in the knockout stages of the World Cup for only a second time, also reaching the round of 16 in 1986, losing 1-0 to Germany that year. Read more
Croatia ready for ”terrifying” Brazil challenge (BBC)
Croatia are ready to challenge “terrifying favourites” Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday, says manager Zlatko Dalic.
Dalic’s side came through extra time three times in the knockout rounds at the 2018 World Cup before losing 4-2 to France in the final.
Croatia beat Japan in the last 16 on Monday on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
“Brazil is the favourite, let’s face it,” Dalic said. Read more
Iga Swiatek opens up on coach that helped her become such a dominant force (TennisWorld)
Three-time Grand Slam champion Iga Swiatek says coach Tomasz Wiktorowski perfectly understands his player and is also someone who is great at analyzing the game. After the 2021 season ended, Swiatek made the decision to end her five-year partnership with coach Piotr Sierzputowski.
Then, Swiatek added Wiktorowski to her coaching staff. Hiring Wiktorowski proved to be the best possible decision for Swiatek as this year the Pole won two Grand Slams and reached the world No 1 position for the first time in her career.
Also, there was a period this year during which Swiatek won 37 consecutive matches.
“He is a good coach who is aware of the challenges we have sometimes and that a lot of things that happen off the court affect the way a person plays. Read more
Tatum leads Celtics over Raptors, Pacers beat Warriors (StraitsTimes)
The Boston Celtics are already looking ahead to the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, and their star player Jayson Tatum strongly believes that they can beat any team this season.
On Monday night, the forward scored 17 of his 31 points in the third quarter as Boston earned an impressive 116-110 victory over the Raptors in Toronto.
Trailing 62-56 at half-time, the Celtics outscored the Raptors 35-18 in the third period to take an 11-point lead.
They then pushed their advantage to as many as 13 points in the fourth as they handed the Raptors just their third home defeat. Read more