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CBN moves to ban importation of maize



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed all athorised dealers to discontinue the processing of Form M for the importation of maize with immediate effect.

The CBN made this known in a circular signed by Dr Ozoemena Nnaji, the Director of Trade and Exchange Department of the apex bank in Abuja.

Form M is a mandatory statutory document to be completed by all importers for importation of goods into the country.

The apex bank directed all authorised dealers to submit the list of form M already registered for the importation of maize.

The bank enjoined the dealers concerned to do so on or before close of business on Wednesday.

It explained that the step was part of CBN’s efforts to increase local production and stimulate a rapid economic recovery.

The bank added that the measure was to also safeguard rural livelihood and increase job which had been lost due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
[7/14, 9:07 AM] BlackMagic: UNGA president blames rising hunger on flawed food systems

President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande has blamed the global rise in hunger on “deep structural flaws” in food systems.

Muhammad-Bande spoke at the launch of the latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 on Monday.

The UNGA president, who is Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, described the situation as “a scourge unbefitting of our era’’.

“Malnutrition continues to surge at alarming rates with obesity, undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency affecting communities, and in particular, low-income groups around the world.

“Women and children are disproportionately affected.

“One in three women of reproductive age suffer from anaemia as a result of malnutrition.

“Moreover, more than one in five children under the age of five is stunted.

“This is a scourge unbefitting of our era and demonstrates the deep structural flaws in our food systems in a world where about one-third of all food produced is wasted or lost,’’ PGA said.

According to the report, no fewer than 687.8 million people suffered hunger in 2019, up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years.

It warns that the COVID-19 pandemic could push 130 million more people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.

Muhammad-Bande highlighted measures countries should take to address the situation, including strengthening of food supply chains.

“Indeed, it is critical to focus attention where the risk is greatest.

“We must preserve critical humanitarian food supplies, expand social protection measures and prioritise nutrition assistance programmes for the most vulnerable.

“We must proceed in a sustainable manner, ensuring a pathway toward efficient land use, biodiversity and climate change mitigation.’’

The Nigerian envoy also underscored the need for transformation of food systems “into equitable, efficient, resilient and sustainable systems which are fit for purpose’’.

“As a result of rapid urbanisation, multinational corporations, traders and retailers have gained a crucial role in food supply chains.

“I trust that governments will forge new partnerships and deepen existing connections with the private sector and other stakeholders to develop synergies and enhance the outreach and health impact of our food systems,’’ Muhammad-Bande said. (NAN)
[7/14, 9:59 AM] BlackMagic: A man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl after taking shelter in her mom’s shop on a rainy day.

The police in Plateau state, arrested one Abdul Abdul, 39, for allegedly raping a 13 year old girl in her mother’s shop.

Abdul, a married father-of-six who lives in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area, allegedly committed the crime on June 8, when he went into the girl’s mother’s shop to buy water.

But Abdul, while speaking to newsmen on Monday, July 13, claimed what he had with the girl was “sex” not rape.

He said he took shelter in the girl’s mum’s shop after buying 20 Naira sachet water following a break from the building project he was involved in in the house opposite the shop.

According to him, remained in the shop, discussing with the girl after buying the water and when he touched her shoulder and she didn’t resist so he went further.

He added that she pulled down her trousers herself and encouraged him to ejaculate in her.

He said he ejaculated on her thighs instead and when he was done, she ran out screaming for help, thereby drawing the attention of neighbours.

He added that the girl is someone he knows well as they live on the same street. He also said the act was consensual.

The suspect has been charged to state High Court.
[7/14, 10:08 AM] BlackMagic: I was gang-raped by herdsmen, offered blood to drink as water — Kidnapped victim

Twenty-five-year-old Victoria Okocha, yesterday, gave an account of how she was abducted by suspected herdsmen in Isa-Ogwashi-Uku area of Delta State, gang-raped and forced to drink another victim’s blood as water, while in her captors’ den.

According to the story, Okocha left her home town in Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state last Friday, heading for Asaba, the state capital, when they sighted a fallen tree across the road at Isa-Ogwashi.

Apparently thinking the fallen tree was as a result of the downpour the previous day, the driver, according to her, kept moving toward the direction, until they discovered too late that it was used to barricade the road.

She said: “By the time the driver attempted to reverse, it was too late as a man armed with a cutlass, hit his side window in an attempt to drag him out of the vehicle. Passengers hurriedly jumped out and ran into the bush in different directions.

“But I was unlucky because I had cramps and fell. Another one got hold of me and dragged me into the bush, while the driver, who was inflicted with machete cuts managed to escape.

“They took me far into the bush and demanded N20 million ransom. When I told them my family could not afford that amount because we are poor, they threatened to cut my breasts and pluck out my eyeballs from their sockets if they did not get the amount.

“They were five in number and only one of them could speak English. I was blindfolded and had my hands tied. Five of them took turns to rape me that night.

“When they contacted one of my relatives, Afamefune, he begged that they reduce the amount and they agreed to reduce it to N5 million. I stayed with them for two days before my people could raise some money, which was dropped at a designated place. They also collected N2,000 out of the N3000 cash I had in my bag.

She further narrated how she was given a blood to drink when she requested for water to drink.

According to her; “In my weak state, I begged them to give me some water to drink and they offered me blood. The blood was that of a lady they kidnapped and murdered while I was there. They also drank out of the blood.

“Leader of the gang, who could speak English, told me that their intention was also to kill me because my family did not give them a reasonable amount. But he intervened by sending other members away and told me to run away, showing me the direction to take. I was able to locate the road, where I saw a vehicle that was heading towards the direction of my village.”

Meanwhile, the Police in Delta State, according to her family, had been informed of the incident.

And sources at the command said the command had been working round the clock to address the worrisome trend, which kidnapping had assumed in the state, disclosing that some arrests had been made.
[7/14, 10:10 AM] BlackMagic: Empire actor, Bryshere Gray arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife

American actor, Bryshere Gray, who played Hakeem on the Fox drama Empire, has been arrested after his wife alleged that he assaulted and strangled her until she passed out.

The incident began at about 10.15pm on Sunday night, July 12 when Goodyear Police responded to a 911 call alleging “an adult female victim had been assaulted at her Goodyear home by her husband, who she identified as Bryshere Gray, an actor on the TV series ‘Empire,’ ” police said in a statement.

Police said the woman had multiple visible injuries on her body and that she said Gray strangled her at one point, until she passed out.

Her injuries were non-life-threatening but she was taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released, police said, adding that detectives and a Victim’s Advocate “continued to assist her after her discharge from the hospital.”

When cops got to their home in Goodyear, Arizona, Gray refused to come outside and barricaded himself inside the house overnight.

Police called Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations to the scene to assist before he eventually surrendered himself to authorities.

“Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations were called out to assist,” police said.

About nine hours later, he was “taken into custody without incident” just after 7 a.m. Monday, and was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on domestic violence charges, police said.