Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has introduced the Stanbic IBTC Stockbroking Zero Account Opening campaign to help drive local participation in the capital market. The campaign, the company said, is targeted at removing the limitations to equity investment and providing investment opportunities that would attract the influx of new investors, especially the younger generation, into the Nigerian capital market thereby facilitating market growth.
Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers removed the minimum account opening balance for investors to open a stock brokerage account, thereby allowing them to enjoy the capital appreciation and income potential of the market and help secure their financial future. It also reduced the brokerage fees previously charged when clients use the online platform, making it easy and affordable for everyone to invest.
Stanbic IBTC’s stockbroking zero programme is designed specifically to meet the needs of investors who have in the past been discouraged from participating in the market. Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers reiterated that it is committed to driving market participation by bridging the gap in the capital market and giving room for potential investors who are willing to grow their wealth.
As a key player in the capital market, with a market share of over 11% of the value of shares traded on the Nigerian Exchange Limited, the stockbroking firm stated that it is committed to extending the reach of the capital market to accommodate more investors through efficient and effective execution that would attract both the young and the old generations thereby increasing the level of financial inclusion in the country.
As part of the campaign, the stock brokerage firm is also leveraging its digital tools to help simplify and make the trading processes seamless. It also offers investors market opportunities and market trend information to help in their investment decision-making.
Individuals can now open an account via its Stanbic IBTC mobile app or electronic trading (e-Trade) platform on its website without any initial deposit and start enjoying the benefits of the capital market.
The stockbroker is committed to driving the growth of the capital market and helping many Nigerians secure and preserve their wealth. Investors can make stock trading transactions via the Stanbic IBTC self-service options available on the stocks module on the Stanbic IBTC Mobile App and the e-Trade portal on the Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers’ website.
NDLEA Recovers N8bn Tramadol In Lagos
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has busted a mansion in the Lekki area of Lagos State where Tramadol was stored.
NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Monday, said the pills recovered from the mansion were no less than 13,451,466 and worth N8.8bn in street value.
He said the mansion belonged to a billionaire drug baron, *Ugochukwu* *Nsofor* *Chukwukadibia* , who was now in custody.
The statement read in part, “The arrest of Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd, is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered at least 258.7kg of crystal methamphetamine in a clandestine laboratory in the residence of another drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, who was arrested alongside a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him, on September 30.
Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th September stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin. A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg, which contains 13, 451, 466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house same day
“Before his arrest, Ugochukwu who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra state has been on the Agency’s watchlist as one of those behind the Tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.
“Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC, one of which he uses to warehouse the Tramadol consignment, while he lives in the one at Plot Z-130 Road 67 and another as his office.
“Five exotic vehicles have also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet proof jeep have been successfully removed to the Agency’s facility.
“Reacting to the latest drug haul, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.) commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence while also appreciating Nigerians for supporting the Agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Dangote Cement Allegedly ForgedTax Receipt To Deceive Kogi Getovernment
The Kogi State Government through its agency Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) has accused Dangote Cement Plc Obajana of forging its tax receipt.
The acting Chairman of KGIRS, Salisu Enehe, disclosed this during the ongoing investigative hearing by the State House of Assembly ad hoc Committee on revenue at the Assembly Complex in Lokoja.
Enehe was responding to the claim by the committee that the company had paid over 14 billion tax to the Agency between 2016 till date.
According to the state revenue boss, most of the figures the company claimed to have paid are totally incorrect, urging the company to check its record.
He said despite the billions of naira that company is making from the state monthly, it has failed to pay taxes that are due the state and Lokoja Local Government Area.
Enehe said instead of doing the needful, the Dangote company approached the court to stale payment of taxes that are legally passed by the state assembly and assented to by the governor.
He noted that the lack of tax payment has slowed down the development of the state.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Gabriel Olofu, said Dangote company has refused to pay for business premises in the last two years.
Olusegun Ogunbanjo, the Head of Accounts of the Company told the committee that the company had paid N14billion tax from 2016 till date.
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