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SEC: Staff Shut Headquarters Over Gwarzo Resumption

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The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, SEC Branch, has shut down headquarters of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday over an attempt to impose the suspended DG Mounir Gwarzo on them.

The aggrieved workers shut all entry points to the SEC headquarters to prevent the reinstatement of Gwarzo who was indicted for abuse of office and corruption by an Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Federal Ministry of finance, headed by Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry.

Nelson Oleghe, Chairman, Association of Senior Staff Union, SEC Branch, said: “We are SEC staff members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, SEC branch. We are a labour union that press home demands and concern with welfare of members.”

“The suspended DG of SEC has been on suspension for almost two years following allegations of abuse of office levelled against him. the recommendations of the Special Investigation Panel that indicted him by the former Honorable Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

“The suspended DG was charged to court by ICPC. The case was poorly handled by the judge and ICPC.

“In all of the court cases the issues of fraud was not mentioned and areas pointed out by the SIP was not touched by the judges.”

Oleghe further stated that the union learnt from a credible source that the suspended DG wants to stage a come back after being pronounced free by the court last week.

“After due deliberations at an emergency meeting held on Sunday June 02, 2019 we have unanimously agreed to hold a peaceful protest to stop the purported action about to be taken by the suspended DG. We call on all staff of the union, press and general public to be aware and witness our action.

“We believe that an institution that prescribes good corporate governance should be seen taking the lead. We say no to Gwarzo,” he added.

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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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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Again CBN Debits Banks N118 Billion for Failing to Meet CRR Target

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CBN Debits Deposit Money Banks N118bn for Not Meeting CRR Target

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday debited the nation’s deposit money banks a total sum of N118 billion for failing to meet 27.5 percent Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) target.

This is the fourth of such action, bringing the total amount debited so far this year to N2.2 trillion.

According to Tunde Abidoye, an analyst at Lagos-based FBN Quest, the move brings “further downward pressure on banks liquidity ratios and earnings.”

“Based on the total sum that each bank has been debited this year, and our NIM assumptions for each bank, we estimate an aggregate opportunity cost of funds of N86bn for our universe of banks coverage,” Abidoye stated in a note to clients.

The central bank continues to debit banks to force them to loan more into the real sector and also reduce their forex purchasing power to better manage the nation’s weak foreign reserves and curb capital outflow. A series of recent reports have pointed to a possible foreign exchange devaluation to ease pressure on the nation’s reserves.

The report shows that the Stanbic IBTC and Guaranty Trust Bank were debited N15 billion each.

Details later…

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Debt Market: Dangote Cement Raises N250 Billion in H1, 2020

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Dangote Cement Raises N250 Billion From Debt Market in H1 2020

Dangote Cement raised a total sum of N250 billion from the nation’s debt market in the first half of the year, according to the FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited.

In the statement published on the FMDQ website, the N250 billion debt includes the N100 billion Series 1 Bond raised under Dangote Cement’s N300 billion Bond Programme and the N150 billion Commercial Paper (Series 13-16 Domestic CP Issuance Programme) offered earlier in the year and now listed and quoted on FMDQ Securities.

Mr Michel Puchercos, the Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement, was quoted as saying, “This landmark transaction is the largest-ever bond issuance by a corporate issuer in Nigeria.

“It allows us to further broaden our sources of funding by accessing long-term debt at competitive costs from the capital market and builds further on the success of our domestic commercial paper programme.

“The success of these transactions, in the current challenging environment, illustrates investors’ continuous confidence in Dangote Cement’s strategy, strong cash generation and solid credit profile.”

Mr Kobby Bentsi-Enchill, the Executive Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, said, “Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited has a long history of partnering with Dangote Cement Plc, and are delighted to have advised on this landmark corporate bond issuance, which reflects the depth and diversity of the Nigerian debt capital markets.”

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