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Surrender Explosives, Anti-Bomb Squad Tells Militants

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The Commissioner of Police in-charge of Anti-Bomb Squad, Mr. Chris Olakpe has urged the Federal Government’s Amnesty team to extend its operations to the recovery of explosives in illegal possession.

Mr. Olakpe, who made the call Friday, during a courtesy call on Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, described explosives as a most devastating instrument which must be recovered from illegal use to ensure the safety of the environment.

The Commissioner said already men of the Anti-bomb unit have been dispatched to Maiduguri to detonate explosives recovered from the Boko Haram sect, while efforts were been made to recover and detonate those from Bauchi State and other parts of the country.

On the new charge to fish out and detonate explosives in Rivers State, the Anti Bomb Police Commissioner said the disarmament process would soon commence and called for the cooperation of the people of the state in ridding the environment of explosives.

The Police Commissioner said the state got two brand new tiger 4×4 vehicles, equipped with explosive antidote configuration, while his visit is also part of effects to beef up all aspects of EOD unit in the state to meet present realities.

The Police Commissioner said he had already visited the Port Harcourt Refinery to educate workers on steps to be taken in an event of explosion and how to envisage dynamite or a bomb.

The Anti Bomb Police boss said he is also using part of his visit to launch an awareness campaign in the state and thanked the state government for its assistance to the unit, particularly for the provision of brand new pick up vehicle to ease its job.

Responding, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi assured the Police Commissioner in-charge of Explosive Ordinance Dispcsal (EOD) that members of the Amnesty Committee would be reminded to request those surrendering arms to also hand over explosives in their possession.

“Thank you for drawing our attention to the issue of explosives, having reminded me, I will bring it to the attention of the Amnesty Committee to also request them to surrender their explosives like dynamites etc” Governor assured.

He congratulated the Police EOD Unit for benefitting from the new equipment, noting that Nigerians have started taking the lives of her citizens seriously, and reminded the Police of their responsibility to maintain law and order in the society.

In a related development the police commissioner in charge of anti Bomb squad, Mr Chris Olakpe, has said that Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit of t~ State Police Command has been strengthened for better performance.

Mr Alakpe who disclosed this Friday during a courtesy call on the State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at Government House, Port Harcourt, said the State Anti Bomb Unit benefitted from the 28 new vehicles fully equipped with accessories provided by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The Police Commissioner said the state got two brand new tiger 4×4 vehicles equipped with explosive antidote configuration while his visit is also part of effects to beef up all aspects of EOD unit in the state to meet present realities.

According to him, Rivers people would begin to see more Anti bomb vehicles parading the streets because they have instruction to fish out those involved in illegal use of explosives and to get them disarmed as well as render the area safe.

He used the opportunity to appeal to the State Governor to remind the Amnesty Committee through the Federal Government that while the Committee is looking for guns they should also look for the most devastating instrument which is the explosives to ensure safe environment.

Mr Alakpe said already his men from Lagos has gone to Maiduguri to demolish over 20 explosives recovered from the Boko Haram while work is going on in Bauchi State to demolish those recovered from the sect in the state.

The Police Commissioner said he had already visited the Port Harcourt Refinery to educate workers on steps to be taken in an event of explosion and how to envisage dynamite or a bomb.

The Anti Bomb Police boss said he is also using part of his visit to launch an awareness campaign in the state and thanked the state government for its assistance to the unit particularly for the provision of brand new pick-up vehicle to ease its job.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian  Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.

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