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  • FG Offers Fresh Savings Bonds to Investors

The Federal Government on Monday offered a two-year and three-year savings bonds for subscription.

The Debt Management Office said in a circular that the bonds were backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal Government and charged upon the general assets of Nigeria.

According to the DMO, the closing date of the offer for subscription is December 6, and is due for settlement on December 11, while the coupon payment dates of the bonds are March 11, June 11, September 11, and December 11, 2020.

“The bonds qualify as securities in which trustees can invest under the Trustee Investment Act, and qualifies as a government security within the meaning of Company Income Tax Act and Personal Income Tax Act, for tax exemption for pension funds, amongst other investors,” it said.

The DMO said the two-year bonds would be due on December 11, 2021, while the three-year bonds would be due on December 11, 2022, at the annual rates of 9.091 per cent and 10.091 per cent respectively.

According to the statement, the unit of sale is N1,000, subject to a minimum subscription of N5,000, and in multiple of N1,000 thereafter, subject to a maximum subscription of N50m.

“Interested investors should contact the stockbroking firms appointed as distribution agents by the Debt Management Office, or visit the DMO website for the list of distribution agents,” the DMO said.

The savings bond programme, which was introduced in March 2017 to boost domestic investors’ participation in the bond market, was aimed at broadening the country’s funding base and encouraging savings culture among Nigerians.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market.

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Mohammed Umar is the New Acting Chairman of EFCC

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Buhari Appoints Mohammed Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed, Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the new Acting Chairman of the agency, according to the NAN.

A top official of the commission confirmed to NAN that Umar has taken charge of the agency following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman.

Ibrahim Magu was suspended by the President on Tuesday following series of allegations bordering on frauds, financial misappropriations and abuse of power.

 

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CBN Spends $11.5bn in Q1 2020 to Support the Economy and Dwindling Naira

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CBN Injects $11.5bn Into the Economy in the First Quarter

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) injected a combined $11.5 billion into the nation’s foreign exchange market to stabilise the economy and support the Naira value in the first quarter of the year.

According to the latest report from the apex bank, the central bank injected $2.96 billion into the nation’s forex market in the month of January. Another $3.39 billion was used to support the economy in February while $4.7 billion was supplied in the month of March, the very month the economy was locked and all operations grounded to curb the spread of COVID-19.

A further breakdown of the report revealed that the Investors and Exporters’ foreign exchange window, Small and Medium enterprises and Invisible segments received a total of $7.23 billion of the $11.5 billion, the Bureau De Change segment received $3.6 billion while the Interbank and WDAS/RDAS got the rest in the first quarter.

The report noted that the apex bank injected a total sum of $14.72 billion and $28.55 billion into the economy in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Meanwhile, the central bank is yet to commence the sales of forex to the bureau de change following the March suspension.

But has commenced partial sales to all commercial banks for onward sales to parents and small businesses across the country.

Mr Isaac Okorafor, the Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, had said, “The CBN has also made complete arrangements to resume foreign exchange sales to the BDC segment of the market for business travels, personal travels and other designated retail uses, as soon as international flights resume.”

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DSS Arrests EFCC, Acting Chairman, Magu

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DSS Arrested Magu, the Acting Chairman of EFCC

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on allegation bordering on financial misappropriation, abuse of power and embesslement.

The Acting Chairman was accused of siphoning part of the money recovered from looters, a Punch reported stated.

The report stated “It was learnt that the security details to Magu put up a stiff resistance during the arrest of their principal, as they objected to the DSS move.

But he is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.

This is happening barely two weeks after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) reportedly complained to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) about Magu’s conduct and advised that he should be relieved of his appointment.

The AGF was said to have accused Magu of insubordination and discrepancies in the figures of funds recovered by the EFCC.

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