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Female suicide bomber arrested near University of Maiduguri (Photo)

A female suicide bomber was arrested by the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) very close to the University of Maiduguri in Borno state.

She was said to have been intercepted while patrolling along Semari-Usmanti behind the institution and has since been handed over to the Nigerian army.


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

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.”


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.

55-Year-Old ‘Mama Biafra’ Arraigned In Court For Selling IPOB Newspapers

A pro-Biafra supporter identified as Mrs. Felicia Ejezie, popularly known as Mama Biafra was arraigned at the Umuahia Magistrate Court presided over by Magistrate Linda Ugboaja.

She was arraigned by the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ogbizi, on Friday for selling Pro-Biafia newspapers.

The Police had in the charge number U/9512018, charged Ejezie, aged 55 years for “promoting membership of a terrorist group, IPOB by selling different IPOB newspapers”, thereby committing “an offence punishable section 64(A) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 80 Vol 3, Laws of Abia state of Nigeria 2005”.

The woman pleaded not guilty.
However, the Police prosecuting Counsel opposed bail application by her lawyer, Grant N. Nwokoma on the condition that her crime was seditious in nature and that she may abscond if granted bail.

The Magistrate, Linda Ugboaja ignored the plea by the Police prosecuting Counsel not to grant Mrs. Ejezie bail and granted her bail in the sum of N300,000.00 (three hundred thousand naira).

Felicia Ejezie (Mama Biafra) was on Wednesday last week arrested by a team of police men, at Umuwaya road vendors’ distribution point around 3 pm and had since then been in police custody.

Minimum Wage – Hope As Govt, Governors Meet Today

The Economic Management Team would meeting state governors today to harmonise positions on the ongoing negotiation with labour unions over new national minimum wage.

Daily Trust reports that the labour unions have threatened to embark on nationwide strike on November 6, 2018 if the Federal Government fails to meet its demand on the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000 which, according to them, was agreed upon. The government had since denied that any agreement was reached on N30,000 as minimum wage.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said while the labour agreed on N30,000, the private sector, the federal government and state governments proposed N25,000, N24,000 and N20,000 respectively.

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Ngige briefed President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the strike threat by the labour unions over the delay in the implementation of the minimum wage.

Ngige told State House correspondents after the closed door meetings at the Presidential Villa, that the Economic Management Team would be meeting with state governors to harmonise positions on the ongoing negotiation with labour unions.

“On Monday the economic team will meet and the governors are supposed to come so that the federal government will brief them on what is on the ground.

“And we will see what they will be able to put to us, because the government side is still three tiers, the federal, states and the local governments. The federal government is the leader.

“So, we are inviting them to come so that we will listen to them again, tell them what we are doing and what we intend to do, because they even have members on that committee.

“So, on Monday we will have a very useful discussion before the tripartite committee will come and submit its report.”

Daily Trust reports that the federal government had recently adopted the principle of ‘no work no pay’, which the minister said whenever workers are on strike, they are not entitled to salaries as long as the industrial action lasts.

The position was however faulted by the labour, which said the government was trying to intimidate workers and cow them over the legal right.

State governors had earlier said that though they are not opposed to the upward review of the N18,000 minimum wage, they are struggling to pay the current wage, adding that the ability of states to pay must be considered.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, said, “The problem of the states is the capacity to pay what is agreed. As we are talking today, we are struggling with N18,000. Some of the states are paying 35 per cent, some 50 per cent and still some states have salary arrears.

“So, it is not about only reviewing it but how we are going to get the resources to cater for it.”

Rain of Bullets: Nigerian Army And Shi’ite Members Clash In Abuja (Video)

The video which has since gone viral, shows the moment Shi’ite members and Nigerian Army officers clashed along Zuba road in Abuja yesterday October 27th.

A statement from the Army released earlier today, said the sect members who were supposedly in a procession in the Federal Capital Territory, mounted an illegal road block during their procession thereby denying motorists free passage.

When the troops’ convoy attempted to clear the road block, they met stiff opposition from the sect.

Members of the sect used various objects to barricade the road and also pelted the troops with stones and other dangerous items.

They smashed both military and civilian vehicles’ windscreens and windows.

They also attempted to overrun the escorts to cart away the ammunition and missiles the troops were escorting. This led to the troops opening fire to extricate themselves.

Consequently, troops of 102 Guards Battalion in whose Area of Responsibility the incident occurred rushed to the convoy’s rescue.

Unfortunately, during the encounter 3 members of the sect were killed while 2 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and are being treated at a military medical facility.

Watch the video below

NNPC denies funding Buhari’s re-election campaign

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has denied reports of releasing funds from the oil corporation’s account to fund the re-election campaign of President Buhari.

Reports were rife online this week with claims that the corporation released a large amount to the spokesperson of the campaign organization, Festus Keyamo, for the execution of the president’s campaign. Keyamo in a statement released on Thursday October 25th, denied the claims.

Reacting to an allegation on the matter, NNPC’s General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said the allegation was politically-motivated. Ughumadu in a statement released, said.

“The allegation was not only false, but runs against the prevailing gale of transparency and accountability pervading the operations of the NNPC since the advent of the current administration.

With no regard for the cherished investigative reporting ethos of balance and confirmation of story, the allegation, without doubt, come across as a kindergarten execution of an ill-thought political brinksmanship.”

NNPC called on all well-meaning members of the public and oil and gas industry stakeholders to disregard the report, noting that its management is focused on delivering the aspiration of the current administration.

Trouble for Buhari As Nigerian Army Finally Reveal The Location Of His WAEC Certificate With Them(Video)

yesterday, Nigerians woke up to the news that President Buhari had failed to produce his WAEC certificate for verification when INEC requested all candidates to submit their credentials, sparking reactions, especially from critics of the government.

He had said the Nigerian Army was in custody of them but alas, there is a total 360 degrees on the matter. The Nigerian Army have disappointed the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, saying they don’t have the said documents.

There is a video currently making the rounds which was recorded January 20th, 2015, about the same time the president was running for his current office. At the time when he had been told to submit his documents for verification, he had said the exact same thing, also alluding his inability to submit them on the Nigerian Army. The Nigerian Army had denied having the academic credentials of the then Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, now the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The then APC presidential hopeful, Major General Buhari in 2015 had affirmed in a sworn statement he ousted under the steady gaze of an Abuja High Court that every one of his declarations were with the Secretary, Military Board, while presenting his Form 199A to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Be that as it may, the Army prevented being under lock and key from claiming the then APC competitor’s unique endorsements or the ensured genuine duplicates.

The then friendly Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who tended to newsmen in Abuja, said: “The Nigerian Army does not have the original copy of his (Buhari) West African Examinations Council, WAEC result or a certified true copy.”

The then armed force representative told newsmen that what the armed force had and which he showed were the data contained in the structures Buhari filled at the purpose of his entrance into the military and a few letters of proposal by Principal of Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. Olajide said:

My “Records available indicate that Major General Muhammadu Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina on October 18, 1961. His application was duly endorsed by the Principal of the school, who also wrote a report on him and recommended him suitable for military commission.”

The report which was shown to newsmen, read:

“I recommend Muhammadu Buhari fit for military commission.” On Buhari’s result, the Principal also wrote, “I consider that he will pass Maths, English and three other subjects.”

Laleye said the briefing was necessitated by deluge of requests from civil society groups and the media among others, over General Buhari’s eligibility for any political office.

He said: “It is a practice in the Nigerian Army that before candidates are short-listed for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the service, the selection board verifies the original copies of credentials that are presented. However, there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 60s. Nevertheless, the entry made on the Nigerian Army Form 199A at the point of documentation after commission as an officer indicated that the former head of state obtained the West African School Certificate, WASC, in 1961 with credits in relevant subjects: English Language, Geography, History, Health Science, Hausa and a pass in English Literature. Neither the original copy, Certified True Copy, CTC, nor statement of result of Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal file. What I have said here is what is contained in his service records’ personal file. We have not added or subtracted anything.”

The video where the army denied being in possession of Buhari’s certificates is as found below: