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74-year-old pensioner ‘loses’ N94m inheritance after getting one digit wrong on his bank sort code

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A 74-year-old disabled man had his £193,000 (N91,930,725) inheritance payment withheld by a bank after he accidentally gave them the wrong sort code.

Peter Teich from Cambridge in the United Kingdom discovered his error when his sister received her share of the cash but he did not.

According to Daily Mail UK, he called Barclays Bank less than 12 hours after realising the mistake and was told the money which he was due to receive from his late father’s estate would be restored within a week.

But in a nightmare scenario, the recipient, who also lives in Cambridge, refused to return the fund mistakenly transferred to his account.

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The bank later refunded Teich just £25 as a ‘small token gesture’.

“Barclays insisted that I bear the full and sole responsibility of pursuing their own dishonest customer,” he said.

“I freely acknowledge my mistake in this unhappy saga: I provided the sort code of the wrong Barclays branch.

“But my error fades into insignificance when considered in the context of Barclays’ conduct.”

Teich hired lawyers and spent £12,000 in legal fees before finally getting the other Barclays’ customer’s name.

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He then went through the high court – and spent a further £34,000 – to obtain a freezing injunction before the court finally ordered the other customer to repay the cash.

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Barclays then refused to refund his legal fees to simply recover his own money before the bank finally decided to repay the £46,000 in full and an additional £750 compensation.

It could have taken Barclays a few days to recover the misdirected funds, but instead they did nothing,” he said.

In a statement Barclays said:

“It is evident that on this occasion we have failed to meet the high standards that Mr Teich can expect to receive from Barclays, and for this we have offered our sincere apologies.

“After taking a closer look at this situation, we can confirm that Mr Teich can expect the fees he has incurred to be refunded in full with interest, together with a payment for the distress and inconvenience this matter has caused.”

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Nasarawa Deputy Governor tasks journalists on investigative reportage

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Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, Nasarawa State Deputy Governor has tasked journalists in the state on investigative reportage of issues based on facts to avoid sensationalism.

Akabe made the call on Friday in Lafia when the State Executive Council members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), paid him a courtesy visit to introduce the newly elected officials of the council.

He said that the current digital era provided journalists with unimaginable access to information, hence practitioners must go beyond the surface to investigate and unravel facts before going to press.

The deputy governor noted that journalism is a noble profession and required practitioners to adhere to the ethics by reporting issues truthfully devoid of sentiments.

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He decried recent reports about him in the media where it was alleged that the State House of Assembly had set up a committee to probe him over funds for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

“I, being the chairman of the state COVID-19 committee,  was the one who suggested to the Speaker of the assembly on the need for the house to set up a committee on COVID-19 to ensure all-inclusive effort in the fight against the pandemic.

“Then before you know, journalists started reporting that the house of assembly was probing me.

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“I made the suggestion because the executive has a committee on COVID-19, the traditional rulers have their own and it good for the assembly to have their own so that we would all sensitize people on the virus,” he added.

Akabe also said that the state COVID-19 committee had publicly given an account of donations and expenditure to the press.

The deputy governor also pointed out that the Governor Abdullahi Sule-led administration was not afraid of criticism provided it was constructive and aimed at ensuring correction for the overall development of the state.

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He also assured NUJ of the determination of his office and indeed the state government to support them where necessary.

Akabe, therefore, promised to donate two sets of table tennis boards, chairs, and the television sets to the union.

Earlier, Salihu Mohammed Alkali, NUJ state council Chairman, thanked the deputy governor and the government for their support to journalists through the provision of enabling working environment.

The NUJ chairman also assured the deputy governor of the union’s determination to partner the government toward ensuring better reportage of activities in the state.

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FAAN trains NRC personnel on passenger scr

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NRC’s Managing Director, Mr. Fidet Okhiria, said this at the closing ceremony and graduation of the corporation’s screeners, after a training program.

The Newsmen reports that the five-day Screeners Training Course, held at the FAAN Training School, Ikeja, was aimed at improving security on board trains and at rail stations.

The managing director said that the corporation was passionate about the security of its staff and passengers at railways stations.

“We are modernizing, and those facilities we don’t normally have in our stations, we are now bringing them in.

“We are talking of walkthrough scanners and luggage scanners. We are now installing them.

“We have to train the people to know how to use them, not only on the maintenance and operations but also the spirit behind it.

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“To do that, we have to get people that are already used to doing it.

“We approached FAAN and they are willing to train our people, and what we have done here is training the trainers.

“We started with 10 people because as at the time we started the process for this training, we had only five stations along Abuja- Kaduna rail line,” he said.

According to him, the corporation picked two staff members from each of the five stations, who will go back and train their colleagues.

Okhiria noted that people who patronized the rail transport had to be protected.

He said that the corporation was working hard to build confidence in the rail transport system.

“Now that we are introducing the Itakpe-Warri and Lagos-Ibadan rail lines, we will also arrange for more people to be trained.

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“I want to appreciate FAAN for this training, in the interest of the nation.

“We are one, whether it is air, land, or rail transport and this collaboration will continue.

“We are doing all these to make NRC conform to what is done all over the world in terms of security,” he said.

Okhiria assured the commuters that the corporation would do its best to make them comfortable, safe, and secure.

He urged Nigerians, especially the commuters, to ensure the protection of all facilities put in place, to enhance their safety and security.

Okhiria said that the corporation had been consistent with its operations in the last four to five years along the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor.

He said that it would continue to improve on the services.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu commended Okhiria’s passion and collaborative efforts on safety and security training.

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He said that the “success of NRC is our success”.

Yadudu, who was represented by retired Capt. Sadiq Usman noted that the collaboration had become imperative in the interest of all.

Earlier in her opening remarks, Dr. Anne Egbadon, General Manager, Training and Human Resources Development, FAAN, described the training as comprehensive, having covered various areas of security at the rail stations.

Egbadon said that the training covered attacks and countermeasures, security awareness, access control mechanisms, and screening processes for persons and luggage.

Other areas include components of explosive devices, image interpretation, and cargo consignment on railways.

One of the participants and class governor, Mrs. Elizabeth Uguru, expressed satisfaction with the training.

She said that the skills acquired would make them more productive at work.

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Mosque reopening: Adhere to COVID-19 protocols, NSCIA tasks Ekiti Muslims

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The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA) Ekiti chapter, has called on Muslim leaders in the state to adhere strictly to laid down protocols and preventive measures to check the spread of COVID-19.

The chapter’s NSCIA President, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, made the call in a statement on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that the call became necessary to ensure the safety of Muslim worshippers as the state government deadline for reopening of praying centers commenced on Aug. 14.

It would be recalled that the body had in a recent statement restated the readiness of the Muslim community to fulfill all requirements for reopening Mosques in the state.

The Islamic body urged Muslim leaders to liaise with their respective local government areas to get the required authentication certificate from the Ministry of Environment as directed by the government.

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NSCIA on Friday said the call for COVID-19 pandemic adherence was to remind Muslim leaders about the importance of abiding by the protocols and preventive measures in the interest of the generality of the citizens.

The body mentioned the provision of infrared thermometer, allowing the fumigation of various Mosques by the Ministry of Environment, social distancing while praying and provision of hand sanitizers and water for regular hand washing as some of the protocols to be observed.

It added that “we thank all Muslims in Ekiti and we thank Almighty Allah that the Coronavirus pandemic has not adversely affected many people.

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“However, since we are starting the Jummat congregation prayer on Aug. 14, it is necessary to remind the Muslim ummah about the necessary COVID-19 protocols to be observed in Mosques as agreed in our last meeting.

“Fumigation of Mosques by Ministry of Environment is compulsory, provision of infrared thermometer, social spacing (6ft apart), individuals should come with their own praying mats and ablution kettles and provision of water to wash hands and hand sanitizer.

“It is advised that anybody aside from the Imam (prayer leader) above the age of 65 and below the age of 12 should stay away from the mosque.

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“Prayers are expected to start at 1.30 p.m. to end at 2.30 p.m. and everybody participating in the prayer should wear a face mask, the number of worshippers in the mosque should be determined by the capacity of space to contain worshippers, standing six feet apart.

“Entry and exit doorways should be clearly demarcated, It should be ensured that under no circumstance should worshippers converge to have any meetings or social gathering without maintaining social distancing.

“Mosque management should appoint officials to monitor compliance.

“May the Almighty Allah bless us as we observe these rules.”

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