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Second Batch of Classified Biden Documents Found

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US President Joe Biden’s aides have discovered a new set of sensitive government data at a second location, adding to the White House’s mounting political humiliation.

The first cache was discovered at a private office in Washington DC that Mr Biden used after leaving the vice president.

The US Department of Justice is investigating the situation.

Former President Donald Trump is being investigated for potentially mishandling secret documents.

On Wednesday, it was unclear when or where the fresh tranche of data was discovered by Biden aides.

The first set of perhaps ten documents was discovered in November at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank near the White House, but was just recently made public.

These files are said to contain US intelligence memoranda and briefing materials on Ukraine, Iran, and the United Kingdom.
The White House has yet to respond to the recently revealed batch. The discovery, however, has been corroborated by the BBC’s US partner CBS and other US media outlets.

Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden’s press secretary, declined to address questions regarding the first batch of data during her daily news conference on Wednesday.

“The Department of Justice is looking into it,” she stated. “I’m not going to go any farther than what the president said yesterday.”

Mr. Biden said on Tuesday that the discovery of the data had “surprised” him and that he was “cooperating” with the Justice Department’s investigation.

The debate arises as the Democratic president faces more scrutiny from a new Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives.

“Oversight and accountability are coming now that Democrats no longer have one-party dominance in Washington,” James Comer, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Wednesday.

The committee is conducting investigations into the president and his family, including a request for the White House to turn over secret papers and communications.

The law mandates that all White House documents, including secret information, be given over to the US National Archives at the end of an administration’s tenure.

According to the White House, Mr. Biden’s attorneys notified the archives as soon as they discovered the secret files at the think tank, and the agency removed them the following morning.

Last August, FBI officials raided Mr Biden’s predecessor’s Florida residence and collected over 10,000 files that Mr Trump had not given over to the National Archives.

Before the FBI arrived to Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department had issued a subpoena demanding the return of the classified materials.

Federal authorities collected more than 300 documents with classified markings, including 18 designated top secret, from a Palm Beach golf club.

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Emefiele Should Be Arrested, New Naira A Recipe For Chaos – FFK

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Emefiele Should Be Arrested, New Naira A Recipe For Chaos - FFK

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, has demanded that Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, be placed under arrest.

The Nigerian lawyer said as much in a tweet, stating that the CBN governor opposes democracy, introducing fresh naira notes to create disaster.

FFK tweeted; “Let me make this clear. Emefiele has NO intention of releasing new naira notes until March. He wants people to suffer, he wants chaos & he wants to scuttle the election. He is a dangerous pawn in the hands of sinister anti-democratic forces. Remove, arrest & detain him NOW!”

READ ALSO: Buhari Vows To End Naira Scarcity, Sets Deadline

Remember that the Central Bank of Nigeria declared on October 26, 2022, that the 200, 500, and 1,000 notes will be redesigned.

The new naira notes will start to circulate starting on December 15, 2022, and will be used alongside the current notes until the CBN’s deadline of January 31, 2023, according to the statement made by the bank’s governor, Godwin Emefiele.

As a result of the efforts to replace the country’s paper money with newly produced currency notes, there is a shortage of cash, which prevents citizens from purchasing essentials and forces businesses across the country to close.

The resulting effect was caused by commercial banks not having enough new cash to distribute to customers, as the process of replacing the old currency notes was hurried which led to cash scarcity.

CBN further extended the deadline for the expiration of the old notes till February 10th, as the Apex bank also instructed Commercial Banks to begin issuing the newly designed naira notes to customers over the counter.

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CBN Directs Banks To Pay New Notes Over-The-Counter

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CBN Directs Banks To Pay New Notes Over-The-Counter

Commercial Banks in Nigeria have been directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to begin issuing the newly designed naira notes to customers over the counter.

CBN announced in a press release that the latest directive was intended to ease the difficulties Nigerians are having accessing the new notes and to shorten lines at ATMs.

Part of the CBN’s press release read; “While reiterating our commitment to Nigerians to ensure the effective distribution of the newly introduced Naira banknotes, we urge them to exercise patience as the CBN is working assiduously to address the challenge of queues at ATMs.

READ ALSO: CBN Extends Deadline For Old Naira Notes

“In line with this resolve, the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has directed deposit money banks (DMBs) to commence the payment of the redesigned Naira notes over the counter, subject to a maximum daily payout limit of N20,000.

“We also admonish members of the public to embrace and adopt other payment channels for their transactions. The Naira is our legal tender and symbol of national pride. Therefore, let us
respect it and handle it with care.”

Nigerians were also warned by the apex bank not to disrespect the Naira at social gatherings or face arrest by law enforcement.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) further states that it is working with the Nigeria Police, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to combat the unpatriotic behavior.

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Buhari Vows To End Naira Scarcity, Sets Deadline

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Buhari Vows To End Naira Scarcity, Sets Deadline

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to eliminate the cash shortage that has persisted since the introduction of the new Naira.

Buhari, who admitted being aware of the problem brought on by his administration’s implementation of the cashless policy, stated that he had convened with a group of governors to come up with a solution within the next seven days.

He said; “I am aware of the cash shortages and hardship being faced by people and businesses, on account of the Naira redesign. I want to assure that we are doing everything to resolve these issues. Nigerians should expect significant improvements between now and the February 10 deadline.

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“I met with a delegation of Governors today, on the matter. All the complaints about the execution of the currency change are being seriously looked into. I will ensure that everything is resolved in a lasting manner, and we will all enjoy the long-term benefits of the decision.”

As a result of the Buhari administration’s efforts to replace the country’s paper money with newly produced currency notes, there is a shortage of cash, which prevents citizens from purchasing essentials and forces businesses across the country to close.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the redesigned 200, 500, and 1,000-naira bills as well as new restrictions on large cash withdrawals would help prevent money laundering.

However, because commercial banks don’t have enough new cash to distribute to customers, the process of replacing the old currency notes is hurried which has led to a shortage of cash.

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