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Bandits Invade Another Kaduna School, Abduct Students

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Many students of Bathel Baptist High School,  Damishi, Kaduna, were abducted in the early hours of Monday by bandits who attacked the school.

The hoodlums were said to have  invaded the school at about 2am. The bandits were said to have stormed the school in larger number, armed  with sophisticated weapons.

Many of the students are believed to have been abducted, though the number is yet to be determined.

Kaduna state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said his son who is also a student in the school, was among some of those who narrowly escaped the bandits.

He said many of the students were  missing, explaining that it is not possible to determine the number of those abducted until those who probably ran into hiding are back and a census of the students is taken.

He however said many of the students were believed to have been abducted.

“We cannot give the exact figure of those abducted for now, until those who ran into the hills for safety are back and a census of the students is taken,  but we know they took a lot of students.

“I am just speechless, I don’t know what to say! My son was among the students who narrowly escaped.

“I am part of this unfortunate incident because it is my church. This is a very, very sad situation for us.

“I was informed that bandits invaded the school around 2am.

“They have just started the NECO exam and see what we are going through”, Hayab said.

Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, did not respond to telephone calls when contacted.

The latest attack on the school came less than 24 hours after bandits, in the early hours of Sunday raided  the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre, Zaria, abducted seven people, includinh a nursing mother.

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2022 Ekiti Guber Poll: Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji is now the Governor Elect

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Breaking: APC Governorship candidate Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji has emerged the winner of Ekiti Guber Poll with 187,057

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Breaking: Tinubu pays surprise visit to Osinbajo

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Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has paid a surprise visit to one of the aspirants in the just concluded presidential primary ,Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at his Abuja residence on Thursday night.

A source in the presidency said Tinubu had earlier visited the President at his residence in the Presidential Villa and afterward decided to make a surprise call on Osinbajo alongside Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu.

According to the source, Osinbajo was in a meeting with Senator Kabiru Gaya, former Defense Minister Rtd Major General Dan Ali, and other associates.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo came third with 235 votes in the just concluded presidential primary in Abuja.

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Two years after, CBN jack up interest rate to 13%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee has jacked up benchmark interest to 13 per cent, 150 basis points above the previous rate.

It is the first change since September 2020.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday after the committee’s142nd and third meeting for the year at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, CBN, Emefiele said the action was to tame the rising inflation rate in the country.

He said the committee voted to maintain the CRR at 27 percent and the Liquidity Ratio at 30 percent while the asymmetric corridor of +200 and -700 basis points around the MPR was also adopted.

He was concern that the impact of the CBN development finance initiatives was being threatened by an astronomic rise in inflation rate and explained that the MPC was faced with the dilemma of managing two parallel trends at the same time.

The CBN governor, however, said the rate on development finance loans will remain at 5 percent till 2023.

“Six members voted to raise the MPR by 150 basis points, four members by 100 basis points and one member, by 50 basis points.

“Members expressed deep concern about the continued uptrend of inflationary pressure in spite of the gradual improvement in output growth.

“Committee notes that the current rise in inflation is inimical to growth and the full recovery of the Nigerian economy,” he said.

The committee urged the federal government to do more to provide a safe and secure environment for economic activities to stimulate growth.

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