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2019: President Buhari Received Bad News As He Returns From Paris

Buhari-returns-from-Paris1-768x512On arrival in Abuja from France where he attended the Paris Peace Forum, President Buhari was met with the bad news that his biggest challenger at the polls next year Atiku Abubakar has received a big boost with the endorsement of the Igbo Elders.

Some Igbo leaders, including politicians and chiefs, promised Wednesday to support Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

They spoke in Enugu after a meeting where elder statesman Prof. Ben Nwabueze, 86, called on them to “do me the honour of achieving the success of the (Atiku/Peter Obi) ticket before I am gone”.

“We must ensure the survival of the Igbo race in Nigeria and it is only through the success of that ticket that we can get it”, he said.

Nwabueze, who chaired the meeting, explained that the ticket would “ensure our survival”.

At the meeting were: Ambassador George Obiozor, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Ohanaeze President Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof ABC Nwosu, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Ben Obi and Chief Achike Udenwa.

Also there were Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Chief Garry Igariwey, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, Prof Osita Ogbu, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Lawrence Nwuruku, Prof Walter Ofonagoro and Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa.

There were also Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Commodore James Aneke (retd), Prof Elochukwu Amucheazi, Prof Uzodinma Nwala, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Air Comdr Allison Madueke (retd), Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Prof. Anya O. Anya and Prof Chudi Uwazurike, among others

In a five-point resolution issued at the end of the summit, with the theme “Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond”, read by Agbakoba, the leaders said the position was based on the restructuring agenda put on the table by Atiku/Obi, which four zones of the country had agreed on.

“The Igbo people of Nigeria held a one day non-partisan and inclusive summit convened by elders, traditional and religious leaders on Wednesday 14th November 2018 to consider Ndigbo’s place in the polity, especially in light of the forthcoming 2019 elections.

“The summit deliberated on the state of Ndigbo in Nigeria today, especially after years of exclusion from the centre.  This country has never been so divided as it is today.  We Igbos have always yearned for a level playing field with justice, equity and fairness.

“The summit recognised the nomination of His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP and fully endorses this nomination. It was acknowledged that this nomination puts Ndigbo back in the centre of governance.  It is, therefore, important that Ndigbo should rally behind the Atiku/Obi ticket.

“We identify with the Atiku/Peter Obi ticket on the restructuring agenda as has been reiterated by four zones of the country, namely: Southsouth, Southwest, Northcentral and Southeast. We believe that as long as the federating units remain weak the centre will continue to be weak. We equally move to appreciate the position of the Atiku/Obi ticket in promoting national unity.

“In conclusion, the summit reiterated that the time is now for Ndigbo to mobilise and organise effectively to realise the Atiku/Obi ticket. We are not campaigning against anybody, we are simply campaigning for our very survival. Igbo votes must count wherever Ndigbo live in Nigeria.”

Regardless of the ongoing and other planned projects in the South East of Nigeria being undertaken by the President Buhari-led APC Government, indications suggest that winning in the region during the 2019 polls will be very difficult.

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Court Sacks lawmaker Who Defected From PDP To APC

A federal high court in Uyo on Wednesday declared vacant the seat of a lawmaker in Akwa Ibom State who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The affected lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen, represented Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

The suit was filed by Mr Ituen in September this year to pre-empt the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, from declaring his seat vacant.

Apart from the speaker, other defendants in the suit were the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the commissioner of police, Akwa Ibom state.

Mr Luke had filed a counterclaim, seeking for “a declaration that having defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress before the expiration of the tenure of four years for which he was elected to serve, Hon. Idongesit Ntuen has lost his seat in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

“An order of court directing Hon Idongesit Ituen to vacate the Itu State Constituency seat in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly with immediate effect.

“An order of court restraining the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly or any other person acting on his behalf (including the staff of the House of Assembly) from further recognising Hon. Idongesit Ituen as a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

Minimum Wage: Labour leaders issue December ultimatum to Federal Government

Nigeria Labour leaders have given December as deadline for the full implementation of the N30,000 new national minimum wage and also warned that any reduction in the N30,000 agreed by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage as contained in a report to President Buhari or any further delay in its passage could have negative consequences.

According to reports, the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary General of the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN), Bashir Lawal, gave the warning at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ASCSN in Abuja.

The unions said Nigerian workers patiently await President Buhari to forward an executive bill on the minimum wage to the National Assembly for passage into law Meanwhile, Kaigama, who is also the National President of ASCSN, said the expectation of labour is that the full implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage should not exceed December.

“It is on this premise that I strongly want to appeal to the federal government to fast track the process of enacting the new National Minimum Wage into law,” he said, adding that government should be able to complete the entire process before the end of this.

The TUC president also regretted that the core civil service, which is the engine room of government is the least paid in the Public Service, with other segments having their emoluments beefed up over the years.

The Secretary General ASCSN, Bashir Lawal, said they were holding President Buhari to his words that he would send the report submitted to him to the National Assembly.

The unions are demanding N30,000 as minimum wage insisting the amount had been agreed at a triparite meeting involving them, the government and private employers of labour.

Although President Buhari received the report of the committee, the presidency has since said Mr Buhari did not promise the N30,000 minimum wage and would have to consult on it.

Government and labour had been at loggerheads over the demand for a new minimum wage. Labour says the minimum wage of N18,000 is paltry and no longer acceptable.

Tears as Judge orders FFK, Abaribe, to pay N100m each over failure to produce Kanu in court

The Federal High Court in Abuja, has ordered that Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode and Emmanuel Shallom Ben, all of whom stood sureties for the bail of the leader of the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in April last year, pay the sum of N100m each into the court’s account for their inability to produce the missing Biafran leader who went missing in September last year.

Recall that in April 2017, Justice Nyako granted Kanu bail. Kanu was arrested in October 2015 and has been standing trial on charges of treasonable felony.

Kanu’s trial had been stalled since he went missing after a military invasion of his home in Abia state in September last year. Kanu however resurfaced in Israel in October this year. He has vowed to return to Nigeria to continue his trial.

The three sureties who guaranteed his bail had been made to sign a bail bond of N100m each which was backed by their landed assets whose documents were deposited in court. Justice Nyako this morning amended the conditions of the bails she gave in April 2017. The three sureties are now required to deposit cash of N100m in the bank account of the court.

She ruled that the three sureties had two months to pay the sum of N100m each into the court’s account.
The judge reiterated that the order directing the sureties to pay the money was an order of interim forfeiture.

She fixed March 28 for the hearing of the motions filed by the sureties to challenging the duties imposed on them to produce the IPOB leader.

Nigerians React to senior Lawyer who Wore Torn Gown And Wig To Court

A senior lawyer has become a subject of mockery and criticisms online following his outfit to court on Tuesday (yesterday).

According to a concerned citizen who took to social media to reveal his displeasure with the lawyer’s torn and raggedy wig and gown, this is not the first time the man (lawyer) has appeared in court dressed like that.

Internet users including legal practitioners criticised and berated the lawyer for the attire after these pictures were shared online as many were left shocked why a senior lawyer would dress in such manner to court considering his status.

Facebook user Michael Amos wrote;

“This is what a very Senior Lawyer wore to court .Today was not the first day I saw him like this.I am bothered as to why a senior lawyer will be comfortable to wear a raggy wig and gown to court.This beats me”.

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#Royals: Prince Charles is pictured with his entire dynasty to celebrate his 70th birthday

Today, November 14th 2018 marks the 70th birthday of Prince Charles and to celebrate, he’s photographed for the first time ever with his entire dynasty including; two sons and their wives, three grandchildren, and another yet to be born.

The rare roayal photos were released moments ago to mark the future king’s milestone and according to the palace, the images were taken in the gardens of Clarence House in September.

To further celebrate, Prince Charles will attend two meetings at Clarence House and this afternoon will attend a tea party with his wife and 70 inspirational people also marking their 70th birthdays, at Spencer House in London.

Guests will include volunteers for a number of charities such as The Prince’s Trust, The Silver Line and Barnardo’s.

Later tonight, the Queen will host a private party at Buckingham Palace for more than 600 guests to celebrate her son’s milestone.

In honour of the occasion, Charles has also guest edited a special edition of Country Life magazine. In it, William reveals the lengths his father has gone to in his passion for the natural world; inviting some of the creatures living in his garden into the house.

Speaking to the magazine, Prince William said his father’s passion for the environment was something he wanted his own children to inherit.

‘My father’s focus on the environment is something I’ve looked up to all of my life. His passion for the environment and the natural world is something I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte and Louis.’

FG to employ 1m people for N-Power- Yemi Osinbajo

The Federal Government will expand the N-Power scheme from the current 500,000 to accommodate one million beneficiaries in the next phase.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the expansion became necessary because of the successes recorded in the programme.


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State receives cheers from school children and N-Power volunteers on his arrival in Zamfara State along Gummi Town/Daki Takwas Road for the road commission.N-Power

The government established the programme because of the growing need for government’s direct intervention in job creation.

The Vice President stated when he responded to a variety of questions at a town hall meeting in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the programme would become the largest post-tertiary job scheme in Africa.

“The idea of N-Power is supposed to be government’s own programme of direct employment and training. At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000.

“In all, we will be employing up to a million, and that will be the largest post-tertiary job programme in the entire Africa. The reason why we have done this is because of the employment problems that we have, we may not be able to engage everybody but at least government must give some direct provision of jobs.”

Osinbajo explained further that though government could not pay more than the N30,000 currently paid to beneficiaries and also fix all the unemployment issues, it is working on creating the enabling environment to ensure that beneficiaries as well as other unemployed Nigerians become useful to themselves.

“It is infrastructure that will create the opportunities to provide more jobs, especially through manufacturing and Industry.

“So, we are doing roads and rail, providing power; that is the way we can develop industry. We are energizing our markets at the moment, putting solar power in the markets.

“We have designated 300 markets, we have done Ariaria in the South East, Sabon Gari in Kano, Surat in Lagos, Isikan in Ondo, Gbagi in Oyo and we are expanding so that more people can work.”

On the need to engage more women in productive activities, Prof. Osinbajo said: “one of the ways the Buhari administration is engaging more women is through our GEEP loans.”

He said: “56% of our GEEP loans go to the women. So there is a lot of preferential advantage that we give to women and this is because women are effective managers of resources; they pay back these loans when they are given.”

Man sentenced to death by hanging for killing his dad over N56k in Jos

A middle-aged man, Jibril Idrisa, has been condemned to death by a Jos Court of Appeal for killing his aged father during an argument over N56,000.

Jibril killed his father last year and buried him in a shallow grave beside a river in Tafawa Balewa, after an argument over the proceeds from the sale of some bags of Guinea corn.

The case was charged to court and he was discharged and acqquitted in January this year by a lower court.

The aggrieved members of his family went on to appeal the judgment of the lower court.

Delivering judgment today November 13th, Justice Habib Abima, said the lower court erred in its judgment.

“The court sets aside the judgment delivered by the lower Court discharging and acquitting Jibril Idris.

He is found guilty of the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 211 of the penal code law of Bauchi State.

The court hereby sentences him (Jibril Idris) to death by hanging,’’ the Abima ordered.

30,000 APC Members From Atiku’s Senatorial District Join PDP.

It has been reported that Reverend Habila Istifanus, a popular politician from the southern senatorial district of Adamawa State, has led 30,000 supporters from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Adamawa South Senatorial District is the home of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP.

According to SaharaReporters, while speaking to newsmen in Yola on Monday, Istifanus, who lost the APC National Assembly ticket to Abdulrazak Namdas (Toungo/Ganye/Jada and Mayo-Belwa Federal Constituency), condemned APC’s nomination process, describing it as a charade.

“I spent over N25 million on the nomination process but surprisingly, the party hierarchy hijacked the process only to award the ticket to their preferred candidate,” he said.

“Now we have decided to leave that party of impunity; and with a support base of over 30,000 people, we’ll work for all PDP candidates at state and national levels.”

Ahmed Umar Fintiri, PDP Governorship candidate who received Istifanus on behalf of the decampees, urged the electorate to vote out the APC government.

“I’m a certificated candidate,” he said, alluding to Governor Jibrilla Bindow’s raging certificate controversy.

Matharoo Sister Exposes Nigeria Billionaire Femi Otedola


They’re referred to The Canadian Kardashians. For sisters, Kiran And Jyoti Matharoo, living the good life was their profession. So when they were arrested in Nigerian for allegedly blackmailing and extorting Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola in 2016, their good life grounded to a halt.

Nearly two years after the incident that saw them held behind bars for 18 days, the sisters are recounting their ordeal in a tell-all to New York Times, blaming the Nigerian mogul for orchestrating a worldwide travel ban on them.

Kiran, the younger of the two, was arrested in Italy a few months after they departed Nigeria- they were allowed to leave temporarily after they released a video apology to Otedola.

Once they were back in their home country, they retracted their apology. The New York Times quotes them as saying they only apologized because it was the only way they would be released.

“I felt this was our only chance… We got everything we wanted by asking nicely. Why would we ruin that?”’, says Kiran.

Her trip in September of 2017 led to a 40-day detention in Italy and was being processed for extradition to face trial in Nigeria.

Both their names were listed on Interpol’s wanted list. Fortunately Nigeria never actually filed the necessary extradition documents and she was released but still remained a fugitive.

Thus they started the process of clearing their names and appealing to Interpol to delete them from the list. That didn’t happen until June of 2018.

The sisters have no apologies for their chosen lifestyle. “There’s always going to be a guy saying, ‘Let me spoil you,’ who wants to fly us somewhere”, they said to NYT.

Although Otedola never gave a reaction to all the allegations, the Matharoo sisters blame him solely for their ordeal. “Kiran said Mr Otedola was furious that she had spurned his entreaties to rekindle their relationship and used them as scapegoats to deflect attention from the website’s embarrassing rumours”.

Vandal Found Dead Inside NNPC Pipeline In Ogun state.

A 45-year-old suspected vandal identified as Musa Oladipupo, was, on Sunday, 11th November, 2018, found dead inside an NNPC’s Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, pipeline at Ghana Axis, Ogijo, Ogun State.

According to a statement issued by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, P.R.O, Dyke Ogbonnnaya, the command had made immediate report to the NNPC about the unfortunate incidence and the activities of die-hard vandals in the state.

He added that the Anti-Vandal team on a regular routine patrol, recovered an empty 30 litres keg and a funnel from the deceased vandal.

The State Commandant, Everestus Obiyo, who, earlier last week, read riot act on vandalism, warned that youth should desist from all acts capable of putting their lives at risk and all forms of crime.

George Weah Meets Trump, Putin And Other World Leaders In France. (Photos)


President George Manneh Weah has praised his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for advancing the cause of global peace through the maiden edition of the Paris Peace Forum which convened on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Paris, France.

The Liberian chief executive said the convergence of world leaders in Paris to discuss the consolidation of world peace was a step in the right direction and that Liberia whole-heartedly supports such an initiative.

Speaking shortly following the close of the Peace Forum, President Weah said its is through the collective political will of leaders of the world, forming strong partnerships to resolve global problems that lasting peace, security and development can be attained and maintained.

Earlier, French President Macron hosted over 70 world leaders at his Elysee Palace residence.

President Weah used the occasion to hold brief discussions on peace and Liberia’s development objectives with several world leaders including US President Donald J. Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the host President Macron among others.

President Weah has directed Foreign Minister Gbehzongar Findlay to utilize diplomatic channels to ensure opportunities for deeper bilateral discussions with those leaders in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Liberian President will on Monday November 12, 2018, join President Macron, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UNESCO Director -General Audrey Azoulay as a guest of honor during the launch of the 2018 edition of the Internet Governance Forum ath UNESCO headquarters.


Prior to the launch, President Weah will lead the Liberian delegation in bilateral talks with the UNESCO Director-General and her team.

Focus of the discussion will include ongoing cooperation between Liberia and UNESCO in the areas of Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET), Education, Sports and preservation of Liberia’s cultural and historical heritage.

”Return our stolen artifacts” Oba of Benin tells Prince Charles

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, today asked the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, to lend his voice to the call for the British empire to return all the ancient Benin artifacts that were taken by the British authorities in 1897.

Speaking at the parley the visiting British royal had with royal fathers this evening, the Benin monarch told Prince Charles that the repatriation of the artifacts would enable him establish Oba Palace Museum for the promotion of tourism in his kingdom.

“Suffice to say that Nigerians in general and Benin people in particular will be most delighted to have your royal highness throw his royal weight behind our efforts to have some of our ancient artifacts that were taken in 1897 from the Royal Court of Benin returned to Benin to establish Oba Palace Museum for the promotion of tourism in Benin City, Edo State.” he said

Other traditional rulers that attended the meeting were the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi; Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, and others.

EFCC Removes Billionaire Benedict Peters Name From Wanted List

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
has removed the name of African billionaire businessman and founder of AITEO Group, Benedict Peters, from the agency’s list of wanted persons published on the official website of the commission, Business Day
reports.

This action confirms EFCC’s compliance with the judgment handed down in March 2018, by Justice O.A. Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

Justice Musa had ordered that Peters’ name be taken down from the anti-graft agency’s website, describing the process leading to his declaration as ‘wanted’ by EFCC as unconstitutional, since it was not initiated or validated by any known law or court order.

Reacting to this development, renowned Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, said:

“We wish to commend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu, for living up to its commitment to uphold the rule of law and obey the order of a competent court to remove the name of the Mr. Benedict Peters, from its list of wanted individuals.

The EFCC has shown a deep regard for the sanctity of the nation’s legal system, and we can confirm that Peters’ name has been cleared. In view of this and based on the fact that the decision by EFCC is premised on a court order, Peters has been legally excluded from the list of wanted persons in Nigeria.

He can therefore continue his lawful business and enjoy his constitutionally guaranteed rights.”

The EFCC in March 2017 declared Peters wanted on its website. However, in response to suit, FCT/HC/CV/23/2017, the court reached the incontrovertible conclusion that Peters has never been charged with, nor tried for any criminal offence in any court of law, nor has he ever jumped bail for any offence howsoever in Nigeria and cannot be declared wanted by administrative fiat without any prior order or leave of court.

In the proceedings challenging EFCC’s actions, Justice Musa declared that the very act of declaring the Applicant (Benedict Peters) a WANTED PERSON on the official website of the 1st Respondent (EFCC) without any prior order or leave of a Court of competent jurisdiction to that effect is unlawful, illegal, wrongful, ultra vires, unconstitutional and constitutes a flagrant violation of the Fundamental rights of the Applicant to personal liberty, private and family life, freedom of movement and Right to not to be subjected to inhuman treatment and degrading treatment as guaranteed under Section 34, 37, 41 and 46 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended) and Articles 2, 3(1) & (2), 4, 5, 6, 7, and 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004”.

Benedict Peters has recorded successful outcomes in three other cases, including one overturning the forfeiture of his properties which were wrongfully included in a list of properties belonging allegedly belonging to a former minister forfeited by court orders.

Minimum wage: NLC suspends planned strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and the Trade Union Congress TUC have suspended its proposed nationwide strike which was slated for November 6th.

The labour unions had planned to embark on an indefinite strike on Tuesday to press home their demands for an upward review of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30, 000.

According to reports from a meeting of the tripartite committee set up by the federal government, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, told reporters that the decision to suspend the industrial action was taken after agreements were reached and documents signed.

“Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” he said.

Efforts to resolve the disagreement between government and labour initially suffered a set back on Monday as both parties failed to reach consensus on the minimum wage.

After meeting for over seven hours, the two teams arrived at different figures. While labour insisted on N30,000, the government delegation proposed N24,000.

Chris Ngige, minister of labour, had said the two figures would be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.

The meeting continued at 10pm and after two hours of deliberation, both sides agreed on an amount.

Wabba, who did not disclose the figure of the new minimum wage arrived at by the committee, said only the amount would be presented to Buhari.

He said the amount would only be made public after the committee’s report would have been presented to the president by 4.15pm on Tuesday.

NLC Strike: FG and Labour Unions fail to reach agreement

Again, the Federal Government and the organised labour failed to reach a consensus over the new minimum wage of workers in the country.

Chairman of the Tripartite Committee and former Head of Service of the Federation, Ama Pepple, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in Abuja following a meeting of the committee which lasted for more than nine hours with representatives of the government and labour leaders in attendance.

According to her, the committee will have to submit both the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by the organised labour and the N24,000 proposed by the government to President Buhari for onward submission to the National Assembly.

The government is however optimistic that the labour will not proceed on the planned industrial action scheduled to commence on Tuesday, but the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are yet to take a decision whether or not the strike would go as planned.

Army issues fresh warning to Shiites

Spokesman of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) John Agim, has told members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), to be ready to face the consequences if they take on the military. Members of the movement better known as Shi’ites clashed with soldiers in some parts of Abuja last week.

The Army confirmed that three Shi’ites were killed, while four soldiers sustained injuries. But the group declared 1,000 of its members missing.

Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Agim denied allegations that the military was sent to disrupt the procession of the movement, saying those accusing the military wanted to paint it bad. “There are different narratives out there that are not correct.

It is not true that the military is being used to stop the Shi’ites from their normal procession. “Right from 2015, we have been hearing about the issue of Shi’ites and the military. It has never been that the military was sent to stop whatever thing they are doing.

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“The problem emanates from the philosophy that guide the movement. The clash that you see, in fact three times now, is that the Shi’ites obstruct the military from doing their job. They are a law unto themselves. They do anything. “They are supposed to be a religious organisation. Where did they get those arms and ammunition? This was how Boko Haram started, in fact, it was not even as serious as this. The narrative is being given by an international community and it is very simple. They want to make the military look unprofessional.

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“They have the right to protest. But when you protest, protest lawfully. Anybody that does not obey the laws of the land should be sanctioned,” Agim said. Asked why the Shiites are asked to obey the law, while the federal government has refused to obey the court order to release Zakzaky, Agim said: “So they are attacking the military to show their dissatisfaction with the government? Then they should be ready for the consequence.

“We don’t have rubber bullets when we are sent on assignments. So, if any organisation that is not happy with the government want to take on the military, then they should be ready for the consequence. “Whatever the problem of the Shi’ites with the federal government, let them take it constitutionally. You take on any military in the world and you will be taken down.”

NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER: NLC insist on Strike

The organised labour insisted on going ahead with its planned indefinite strike next Tuesday over the national minimum wage despite a restraining order by the court. This was the position of the Labour movement after a joint meeting by three Labour centres, including, the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade union Congress and the United Labour Congress.

The Deputy National Secretary of the ULC, Chris Onyeka who was at the meeting in Abuja described the said court injunction as mere speculation, adding that they have not been served any court order. Onyeka said

“The Labour movement would not be intimidated by the federal government,” adding that they have resolved to commence the strike next week.

The planned nationwide strike by organised labour in Nigeria, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, was allegedly stopped by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria yesterday.

Justice Sanusi Kado of the National Industrial Court who passed judgement on the ex parte application filed on behalf of the FG by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, agreed with FG’s counsel on the planned nationwide strike leading to huge economic loss and possibly put the health of many Nigerians in jeopardy as they might not be able to access health facilities during the period.

The Judge who ordered that the court order and other papers be filed on all the defendants, adjourned the matter till November 8 for the hearing of the motion on notice seeking the interlocutory injunction to stop the strike.

Justice Kado specifically barred the NLC, the TUC and the Incorporated Trustees of the Nigerian Governors Forum, who were listed as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants in the matter, respectively, fom taking steps capable of destroying the ‘Res’ (subject matter) of the case before him. He directed that the order stopping the planned strike should be served on both the NLC and TUC immediately.

According to Justice Kado, “It is the overall interest of justice and stability of the society to grant the order of interim injunction against the 1st and 2nd defendants (NLC and TUC), their members, privies, agents, proxies, workmen, or servants from embarking on or taking part in the planned strike or industrial action scheduled to commence on November 6, 2018, in whatever form pending the hearing or determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction which is pending before the court.

“It is also necessary to grant an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants (NLC and TUC), their members, privies, agents, proxies, employees, workmen, or servants from engaging or taking part in any conduct or act in contemplation or furtherance of the strike or industrial action scheduled to commence on November 6, 2018, pending the hearing and etermination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”

The ruling followed a motion FG filed through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN. The motion, which was attached to the suit marked NICN/ABJ/287/2018, was moved in court by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata. FG told the court that the country was at risk of plunging back to recession should the labour unions be allowed to embark on nationwide strike action.

It decried that the strike would equally jeopardise the health of citizens that may seek access to health facilities, and also affect the livelihood of many Internally Displaced Persons currently sheltered in various camps owing to recent flooding that ravaged some states. Justice Kado agreed with FG that the nation’s economy, health and rights of people would be hampered by the planned industrial action by the organised labour.

It was reported few days ago, that following the disagreement in increasing the national minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N30,000, the organised labour threatened to commence an indefinite strike action from November 6.

The last meeting of the tripartite negotiation committee on the minimum wage had ended in deadlock, after the FG insisted that it could only afford to pay N25,000, while the governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum had held on to N22,500 and the labour N30,000.

Orji Kalu Undergoes Surgery In Germany (Photo)

APC chieftain, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has undergone surgery in Germany and is now doing quite well afterwards.

Dr. Orji Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has regained consciousness after undergoing a major surgery in Germany, Sun News reports.

The frontline politician and his wife, Mrs Ifunanya Kalu, had boarded a flight on Lufthansa Airline from Abuja to Wiesbaden, Germany on Monday.

Kalu, who had been suffering from an undisclosed and life-threatening ailment, upon arrival in Germany on Tuesday, was rushed in an ambulance to Helios Klinik, Wiesbaden.

The APC chieftain, who is asthmatic, has been in and out of the said hospital in the past few months.
According to Kalu’s wife, Ifunanya, who is with her husband in the German hospital, the former governor was admitted into the operating theatre for a major operation on Wednesday.

In a telephone conversation on Friday, Mrs Kalu, whose voice was quavering, lamented her husband’s health status.
“Although the surgery was successful, my husband will still have to be monitored closely by a medical team for at least four months in order to prevent complications.

“His condition is improving gradually.
“He will be fine, if he is able to keep to his doctor’s advice.

“We appreciate the prayers and kind words from friends, associates, well-wishers and Nigerians in general”, she said.

WAEC Presents Original School Certificate To Buhari (Photos)

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has presented an attestation certificate and confirmation of school certificate result to President Muhammadu Buhari, his spokesman has tweeted.

Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, wrote on Twitter: “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of school cert result to President Buhari. What will the naysayers say next?”

There has been controversy over whether or not he wrote the O’Level exam having claimed in his affidavit to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his original credentials were with the military.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party, had threatened to go to court over the certificate saga.

I Didn’t Collect Bribe From Contractor – Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has denied collecting bribe from any contractor as alleged by online medium Daily Nigerian.

Testifying before the committee on Friday , Ganduje, represented by the Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the video clips released by the publisher of Daily Nigerian was aimed at tarnishing his image politically.

Ganduje said the allegation levelled against him are injurious.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Baffa Babba Danagundi, assured the public that justice would be done to all parties involved.

”We’re doing our best to ensure Leah Sharibu is released” Lai Mohammed

The Federal government says it is doing everything within its power to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi school girl still in Boko Haram captivity.

Leah and her classmates at the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, were abducted by the sect members in March 2018.

105 of them were released. Four died in captivity while the sect members refused to release Leah because she refused to denounce her Christian faith.

Speaking at the 100 years celebration of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Oro, his home town near Ilorin in Kwara State yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said

“Nigerians should appreciate that any of our citizens, either boy or girl, Moslem or Christian is dear to us.

We do not look at Leah Sharibu either as Christian or Moslem, but as a precious daughter of the country.

We are doing our best to ensure her safe release and be reunited with her family,” he said.

Woman Strips Unclad To Show President Her Scars After Being Gang Raped (Photos)

A woman stripped naked during a presidential gender based violence summit to the shock of guests at the event.

It was gathered that the woman identified as Ausi Phindile decided to strip naked at the summit in South Africa to show president Cyril Ramaphosa her scars after she gang raped and underwent five surgeries around her abdomen.

The Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit was held on Thursday (yesterday) at Saint George Hotel in Centurion.

Government convened the two-day gathering following a call by the total shutdown movement during a march to the Union Buildings on Women’s Day.

The summit is aimed at finding ways to address the scourge of femicide and women abuse in the country.
Activists have displayed female underwear during Ramaphosa’s address calling for action against gender-based violence perpetrators.

The survivors have called for justice and closure, saying some of their abusers are roaming free.
Ramaphosa says abuse against women and children can no longer be tolerated in the country.

List of state Governors who refuse to comply with N30,000 minimum wage revealed

The Organised Labour has frowned at the Federal Government’s delay in the process of promulgating new National Minimum Wage for workers in the country.

The country is at present sitting on industrial powder keg over the N30, 000 new national minimum wage recommended by the Tripartite members of the National Minimum Wage Committee.

Dr Chris Ngige, after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting of October 10, 2018, debunked the claim that the committee was yet to arrive at a consensus figure to be recommended to the Federal Government as the new national minimum wage.

Kogi Workers stage protest, tasks Buhari Recall that the committee was inaugurated sequel to unending pressure by Organised Labour from 2016 following the expiration of the subsisting N18,000 national minimum wage which came into effect in 2011.

According to Ngige, among others, “negotiations are still on-going in light of the fact that at the last meeting, the figures submitted by the constituencies that make up the Committee are as follows: state governments, N20,000; federal government N24,000; organised private sector N24,000; organized labour, N30,000.”

But the organized labour insisted that negotiations had been concluded and that in the traditions of social dialogue, spirit of tripartism and collective bargaining, the committee negotiated, deliberated, and consulted widely before arriving at the figure of N30, 000 by consensus.

In response, organised labour warned that it would no longer enter into any fresh negotiations with government over the issue of a new minimum wage, informing that if government failed to implement the N30,000 recommended, it would from November 6, begin a nationwide indefinite strike Meanwhile, it was gathered that in the course of the work of the committee, it received memoranda and inputs from 21 state governments, specialised agencies of the Federal Government, Organised Private Sector, Organised Labour and the general public.

From the submissions of the governors to the committee, the states that are opposed to the N30,000 minimum wage are not hidden. In fact, what the governors have done is to adpot the submission of Ondo State which is the second lowest figure besides Taraba State.

From checks, it was found out that Kano with the biggest work force and a monthly wage bill of N9, 200,000.000, offered to pay N30,600. Benue begins payment of salaries, pensions backlog from Paris Club refund

Other states similarly, agreed to pay as follows: Adamawa, N23,000; Taraba, N20,000; Imo, not specific; Plateau, N25,000, N30,0000, & N57,0000; AkwaIbom, not specific, Bauchi, N25 200; Abia, N42,000; Ekiti, still consulting; Gombe, N28,000; Jigawa, N32,000; Kogi, not specific; Katsina, not specific; Ondo, N22,000; Lagos, will be bound by Southern State Governors Forum; Oyo, not specific; Nasarawa, N24,750, N31, 348.30; Enugu, will implement anything agreed; Delta, cannot accommodate an increase for now on present Federal Government allocation; Borno, N27,000.

Investigation revealed that at the October 4th and 5th, after a two day warning strike between September 27 and 28; “and in the spirit of give and take, the members mutually agreed at the figure of N30,000 which was not favourable to any party.

It was concluded with a promise that the members would come together on an appointed date to sign and submit the report to President Buhari.” Minimum Wage: Kogi Workers stage protest, tasks Buhari “It is important to explain that preceding the arrival at the N30,000 figure, the Committee relying on evidence-based approach, debated the four scenarios submitted by the Figures Sub-Committee chaired by Dr.

Minimum wage: NLC Tells Nigerians To Stock Up Before November 7

All seemed set for a full blown workers strike as the joint labour unions advised Nigerians to stockpile foodstuffs to last them for a long time ahead of November 6 nationwide strike to compel government to introduce a new minimum wage of N30,000.

In Asaba, the organised labour on Tuesday held a mass sensitisation protest as prelude to the planned industrial action.

The group, comprising of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), United Labour Congress (ULC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and PSJNC, urged the federal government to stop playing pranks with the welfare of workers in the country.

The NLC chairman in Delta state, Comrade Jonathan Jemiriyigbe, faulted the minister of Labour and Employment, Chief Chris Ngige, for misrepresentation of the resolution of the tripartite committee on minimum wage.

He urged Nigerians to stock their homes with foodstuffs ahead of nationwide strike.

The protesters, who displayed placards of various inscriptions, like “No pay, no work”, “We will not go back on N30,000”, “Say no no to modern day slavery”, “N30,000 or nothing”, “Minimum wage is our right” etc; marched from Labour House in Asaba to Government House along Okpanam/Illah road through the popular flyover bridge in Asaba, threatening to shut down banks, BEDC office, the airports and other economic utilities.

Jemiriyigbe lamented that federal government had paid lip service to laws on workers’ welfare, stressing that any form of modern day oppression will be resisted as from November 6.

“The N30,000 minimum wage will afford Nigeria workers the greater opportunity of purchasing power.

So, this rally is to create awareness and correct the way and manner the representatives of the Federal Government, especially the Minister of Labour, had erroneously misled the general public on the outcome of the tripartite meeting, that state Governors cannot pay”, he stated.

Addressing the protesters, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Tam Brisibe said Delta state would comply with the payment if implemented.

Mr Brisibe said, “Delta state cannot be found wanting in terms of workers’ welfare. The state will pay whatever that is agreed as minimum wage.

If it is N1 million, we will pay; if it is one kobo, we will also pay. Out of the 36 states in Nigeria, Delta will not be found wanting on the issue of payment.”

Minimum wage: 36 state governors settle for N22,500 as new minimum wage

The governors of the 36 states of Nigeria have agreed to pay N22,500 as the new minimum wage to workers.

The decision was reached after a 3- hour meeting of the governors under that auspices of Nigeria Governors’ Forum in Abuja late Tuesday evening.

Chairman of the NGF, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Abdulaziz Yari, who briefed journalists after the meeting, said that the welfare of all Nigerians was the ultimate concern to the governors.

The resolve of the governors was contrary to the demand of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress that the minimum wage must be increased to N30,000.

The Federal Government had earlier offered to pay N24,000 as minimum wage.

Labour had declared that it would order workers to go on strike from November 6, 2019, if the government refused to take a decisive action on its demand.

However, the threat of the workers was believed to have made the leadership of the governors to convene an emergency meeting.

The meeting of the governors, which was held under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, was attended by the Ministers of Labour and Productivity and that of National Planning, Senator Chris Ngige and Senator Udoma Udoma, respectively.

NLC Strike Looms: Buhari, governors yet to agree on minimum wage

Reports from Abuja reveals that the both the President Buhari led Federal Government, and the State Governors are yet to agree on a unified figure for the new minimum wage.

NLC has issued a strike notice to the government stating organized labour will embark on an industrial action on November 6. The labour unions are insisting on a minimum wage of N30,000 but the federal and state governments are unwilling to meet that demand.

The governors at the meeting on Monday had requested to meet on Tuesday under the platform of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) in order to critically analyse the memo from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and finally take a common stand.

But there was indication on Monday that the governors were not in agreement with the Federal Government over the figure for the new minimum wage.

Stressing that state governments are willing to pay any amount demanded by the workers as minimum wage, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, while speaking with State House correspondents, said that their main challenge could be the capacity to pay.

“The position of the governors is not very clear to some of you. We are willing to pay any amount but the issue is the capacity to pay,” he said

“So by Tuesday, we are going to discuss with our governors on the bill by the Minister of Labour and Employment to the NGF Secretariat. We will digest it and come up with our own positions as governors because we are critical stakeholders on this issue.” he added.

A reliable source from the meeting said that the governors were not comfortable with the N24,000 proposal by the Federal Government and would likely come up with their own figure after meeting today.

According to him, the governors were furious with the N24,000 being proposed when some governors were unable to pay the current N18,000. The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige said the meeting had a fruitful deliberation.

“We held a meeting for us to bring out modalities for us to respond to the emerging problems thrown up by the National Minimum wage Committee and we have very fruitful meeting which necessitated in governors having further meeting on Tuesday.


“We will reconvene on Tuesday to brief the Economic Management Team and the Vice president and we take it up from there. The governors will meet to take a position and brief the Economic Management Team. This meeting is only for the Tripartite Committee of the government side.” Ngige said.

Special Forces Arrived Kaduna Over Crisis (Photos)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday, 28 October 2018, deployed a detachment of Special Forces personnel to Kaduna in support of Internal Security operations in the State.

The detachment will join other NAF personnel in Kaduna and other security agencies to ensure that the spate of senseless killings in some parts of the State is brought to a complete end and normalcy expeditiously restored.

The deployment is in addition to the earlier deployment of 2 helicopters and a DA-42 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft on 22 October 2018, which have since been conducting aerial patrols over flash points in the State.

The Kaduna State Governments has relaxed the curfew in Kaduna metropolis and environs after considerable peace has returned to the city.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said this in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna.

Aruwan said residents could now move around until 5:00 pm, adding that the prevailing peace had encouraged the authority to relax the curfew on Monday between 6:00am and 5:00pm.

He said banks and markets should use the period to open to customers, adding that sustained calm was required to totally remove the curfew.