Bomb Blast In Capital
A deadly blast in Kampala late on Saturday appeared to be an act of terrorism, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday.
He said the explosion in the capital killed one person, although the Uganda Police Chief Political Commissar, Asan Kasingye, said late on Saturday that two people were killed, Reuters reports.
At least seven people were injured, TV station NTV reported. “It seems to be a terrorist act,” Museveni tweeted on Sunday.
“The information I have is that three people came and left a package in kaveera [plastic bag] which later on exploded,” Museveni said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Source – Punch
Buhari To Float CBN’s ENaira Monday
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday launch the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), called eNaira, marking the formal start of the operation of the digital version of the Nigerian Naira (NGN).
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had said the e-Naira which was to be floated on October 1, was shifted due to the Independence anniversary.
A statement from CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Osita Nwanisobi on Sunday said the launch of the eNaira was a product of intense research by the apex bank to ease transactions process for Nigerians.
The bank has also clarified that the eNaira is not an investment platform but version of the physical currency, as it had held extensive engagements with stakeholders in the banking community, merchants and financial technology (fintech) operators and users.
Speaking further about the electronic currency in the statement, Nwanisobi said: “Since the eNaira is a new product, and amongst the first CBDCs in the world, we have put a structure to promptly address any issue that might arise from the pilot implementation of the eNaira.
“Accordingly, following Monday’s formal launch by the president, the bank will further engage various stakeholders as we enter a new age consistent with global financial advancement,” he noted.
The apex bank has themed the eNaira as: ‘Same Naira, more possibilities’ and it can be used by creating an eNaira wallet.
The CBN has also urged Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to facilitate prompt placement of restrictions on eNaira wallets in the event of a valid report of loss, theft of device or compromise and a hack of a user eNaira wallet.
CBN had launched the eNaira Regulatory Guidelines earlier this month which empowers customers to report compromises of the eNaira wallet via USSD channels, internet banking platforms, customer care phone lines, and in-branch customer care.
The apex bank had said about 10 percent of the naira note in circulation will be converted to the e-Naira and had set the limit of transactions in the framework.
For instance, in the Tier 0 category or phone number without verified National Identity Number (NIN), the daily transaction is limited to N20,000 with a balance or e-wallet limit set at N120,000.
For the Tier 1 category with verified NIN, the daily transaction reaches N50,000 with N300,000 e-Naira wallet balance. Those in Tier 2 category can do N200,000 daily and have N500,000 e-wallet balance while for Tier 3, they can do N1 million daily transaction and hold N5m via e-wallet.
CBN further said merchants or individuals that have full clearance have no limit as to the e-Naira transaction they can do.
Source – Daily Trust
Buhari To Visit Saudi Arabia, Europe On Tuesday To Attend Lesser Hajj
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday leave the country for Saudi Arabia and later proceed to France and Scotland.
Buhari’s first point of call is Saudi Arabia for Umrah, otherwise known as the Lesser Hajj.
In August this year, Saudi Arabia had announced plans to gradually begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims starting after about a year and a half of not receiving overseas worshippers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was announced that with a capacity that would rise to 2 million pilgrims from 60,000 pilgrims per month, Mecca and Medina will start welcoming visitors from abroad to their mosques while maintaining COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Last week, it was also reported that the Grand Mosque in Makkah was ready to receive pilgrims and worshippers at full capacity, just as the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah lifted the restrictions placed upon the performance of Umrah and Prayers in the Rawdah Al Shareefah.
Top sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that Buhari would leave Nigeria on Tuesday for his trip for pilgrimage.
Source – Sahara Reporters