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Doyin Okupe Resignation Sanwo-olu Meffy

There seems to be trouble after trouble for CBN governor, Godwin “Meffy” Emefiele as he is in the news again.

Over the years, Meffy has introduced many controversial policies; however, what takes the cake is the recent naira redesign and cash withdrawal limit policies. Since the CBN announced these policies, Meffy has been under fire from Nigerians and has received summons from the House of Representatives which he did not honour.  

However, things began to take a different turn on December 20, 2022, when the Department of State Security Services (DSS) joined the list of those looking for Meffy. They went even further to file for his arrest on the charges of financing terrorism. Although the court refused to grant their request due to lack of evidence, it doesn’t look like they have plans to give up anytime soon, as they recently took the Deputy CBN Governor and other top officials in for questioning.   

After weeks of playing hide and seek, Meffy finally decided to come back home, and while still trying to shake the DSS off his back, he seems to have landed in fresh trouble. 

A federal High Court in Abuja has summoned the CBN Governor over a $53 million judgement debt owed due to the Paris Club refund. We can see that Meffy’s village people have decided to carry his matter on their heads this year.

Village people to Meffy

What Else Happened This Week?

Oshodi/Apapa Gridlock: Policemen Abandon All Hope

Over the past few months, Nigeria has shown us that no matter how bad we think a situation is, it can always get worse. Unfortunately, the traffic situation along the Apapa-Oshodi expressway has taken a turn for the worse despite promises of a solution. To give you an idea of just how bad the problem is, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Mile-2/Apapa axis declared on January 17, 2023, that they need ideas on how to solve the problem.

However, he didn’t miss the opportunity to point accusing fingers at the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) officials as being responsible for the traffic. And the NUPENG workers, in turn, passed the blame onto the government. With the blame game going on, a solution to this problem won’t be coming anytime soon. 

Video of the week

Question of the week

This week, INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, during his speech at Chatham House, about the possibility of using body odour for voters’ identification in the future. What other “interesting” ideas do you think INEC should consider?

Ehen, one more thing…

Big Brother Titans launched this last Sunday. Do you think it can distract people from voting in the upcoming elections? Here’s what other Nigerians think.



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