The evacuation from the sprawling, mixed-use building in the heart of Manhattan, came as news broke about suspicious packages being sent to former president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and two days after an explosive devices was found outside the home of philanthropist George Soros.
A law enforcement official told NBC News that all four packages sent to the Time Warner Center, Obama, Clinton and Soros are “nearly identical.”
CNN was broadcasting out of its Washington, D.C. bureau after the evacuation.
New York police issued an alert warning people to avoid the area around Columbus Circle, the traffic roundabout adjacent to the west side of Central Park. The Time Warner Center is located on Columbus Circle.
A CNN anchor broadcasting from the area reported that police were pushing people two blocks away from the building.
The Time Warner Center, which encompasses 2.8 million square feet of space, contains many high-end retail shops, restaurants, the Mandarin Hotel, luxury condominums, and offices of the Related Companies and the Mack Real Estate Group.
The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) On Monday October 14, revealed that tramadol and codeine were often found in the remains of suicide bombers contracted by Boko Haram insurgents.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the agency’s Director-General who spoke during a courtesy visit to Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, said the importation of the illicit drug had a dramatic increase after NAFDAC was barred from the Nation’s ports for over 7 years.
“We have had a lot of problems that predated me and one of the problems is that NAFDAC was removed from the ports for seven years (2011-2018) and the damage that was done during the seven years, we are still mopping the damage, as we speak. I never knew that I would come home and start battling tramadol, codeine, that have destroyed so many young lives and I have often told people that Nigeria cannot be greater than her youths.
“So, I take this very personally and for the first five months I was running to ensure we returned to the ports and the NSA office came to help us because we found out that even our children the Boko Haram sent on suicide mission, that their remains contain tramadol. So, it is not about destroying the future alone, it is terrorism. It is destabilisation of the community. But we are able to go back into the ports” she said.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday issued regulatory guidelines for the operation of Indirect Participants in the Payments System, with effect from Nov. 11.
The apex bank made this known in a circular issued by CBN’s Director, Payments System Management Department, Mr Sam Okojere, to banks.
The Indirect Participants are payments service providers who are non-clearing financial institutions but settle their payments obligations through clearing banks.
According to the guideline, to qualify as an indirect participant, an institution shall: have a satisfactory risk-based rating from the CBN and secure a letter of recommendation from its direct participating bank, signed by the Chief Risk Officer and an Executive Director of the direct participating bank.
The bank also directed that an indirect participant expected to settle all its payments obligations through only one direct participating bank per payment scheme at any given time.
“The relationship between a direct participating bank and an indirect participant shall be governed by a Settlement Agreement.
“Where the account of an indirect participant with a direct participating bank is not adequately funded, the direct participating bank may decline further settlement services to the indirect participant and inform the payment processor accordingly.
“Except as otherwise agreed, a direct participating bank or an indirect participant shall give at least thirty 30 days’ notice to the other party before terminating the Settlement
Agreement for any other reason apart from the circumstances in 3.4.
“The terminating party shall notify the Payments Service Provider (PSP) of its intention to terminate.
“A direct participating bank and an indirect participating bank shall enter into a bilateral agreement to guide the relationship.
“Where an indirect participant connects directly to a PSP for transaction processing, the indirect participant, direct participating bank, and the PSP shall enter into a tripartite agreement”, the bank directed.
It also directed that indirect participants must process their e-reference instruments through the direct participating bank or directly, through the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS).
“In the latter option, NIBSS shall indicate the source, (bank, indirect participant)
of the e-reference requests.
“The receiving bank shall not discriminate between e-references originating from banks and indirect participants.
“An indirect participant shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Nigeria Bankers’ Clearing System Rules (NBCS)”.