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Reps direct CBN to urgently check further devaluation of Naira

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Reps direct CBN to urgently check further devaluation of Naira

The House of Representatives has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to urgently put in place a policy to check further devaluation of the Naira to the United States Dollar (USD) and other international legal tenders.

The House directed its Committee on Banking and Currency to ensure compliance and report back to the House in two weeks for further legislative action.

The resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance by Bamidele Salam who noted that in February this year, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, while addressing the Bankers Committee at a summit on the economy in Lagos, informed the committee about the Naira’s devaluation against the USD.

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He also noted the CBN Governor said that the official exchange rate stands at N410 to the dollar, which is 7.6% weaker than the rate of N379 published on the CBN’s website.

He further added that while the value of the Nigerian Naira relative to the US Dollar has declined by 9% in the last 6 months, the South African Rand and Ghanaian Cedi have appreciated by 11.4% and 1%, respectively.

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Several Soldiers Killed in Southwestern Pakistan Suicide Bombing

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Several Soldiers Killed in Southwestern Pakistan Suicide Bombing

A suicide bomber has reportedly detonated his explosives near a security checkpoint in restive southwestern Pakistan, killing at least three paramilitary personnel and wounding 15 others.

The attacker walked towards the checkpoint manned by the paramilitary Frontier Corps on Quetta-Mastung Road, 25km south of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, senior police officer Azhar Akram said on Sunday.

According to Akram, the suicide bomber was on a motorcycle packed with 6kg of explosives rammed one of the vehicles in a convoy,

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He said some of the wounded were in critical condition and the death toll could rise, adding body parts were found at a distance from the security post after the bombing.

Banned armed group Pakistan Taliban, known by the acronym TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the first time TTP claimed an attack on Pakistani security forces since the Taliban – a separate organisation took control of neighbouring Afghanistan.

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Borno State Opens 87 Sites for COVID-19 Vaccination

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Borno State Opens 87 Sites for COVID-19 Vaccination

The Borno State Government has commenced COVID-19 vaccination in 87 sites across the state.

Acting Director, Disease Control in the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Goni Alhaji-Abatcha, made this known on Saturday in Maiduguri at a meeting of stakeholders on COVID-19, organised by Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria in collaboration with United Nations Populations Fund.

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Alhaji-Abatcha said the state had received doses of Moderna vaccines for everyone from 18 years and above, while doses of AstraZeneca vaccines were also available for those who received the first jab in March, mostly frontline health workers and elderly persons.

The director noted that the first AstraZeneca vaccination exercise recorded 98 per cent success while noting that the second dose of the Moderna vaccine would be 28 days after the first dose.

He lauded the Parenthood Federation of Nigeria and the United Nations Populations Fund for their interventions and mobilization of the public on the pandemic while assuring them and other partners of sustained collaboration in enhancing healthcare delivery in the state.

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NCS intercepts Vehicle with Arm and Ammunition at Tincan Island Port

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island has arrested some suspects in connection with an imported Vehicle a 2003 Toyota Camry containing arm and ammunition, during a routine examination on the 28th of August, 2021 at Car Park C of the Port.


The Public Relation Officer of the Command Uche Ejesieme confirmed the incident and stated that, the car was about to be released from the Park but was intercepted based on credible intelligence.

The Suspects, a driver and the clearing agent have been handed over to the Enforcement Team of the Tincan Customs Command.

The PRO further said, the DSS was invited alongside other security agencies before the exhibit was taken to the Customs Enforcement Unit of the Command.

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