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DOGARA, REPS MEET WABBA-LED NLC OVER STRIKE AGAINST FUEL PRICE HIKE

Speaker of the house of representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara on Thursday evening, met with Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, calling on the leader to suspend the strike against the president Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government’s hike in the pump price of fuel.

Dogara who met with the Labour leaders, along side members of the house Ad-Hoc committee on deregulation, however, urged them to suspend the strike, while negotiations continue with the Federal Government.

 

EFCC DENIES DETAINING JONATHAN’S COUSIN ILLEGALLY

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday denied detaining Jonathan’s cousin illegally. The EFCC said Robert’s claim that it was trying to force him to implicate the former President was untrue.

EFCC said, it granted the suspect administrative bail, but he has failed to fulfill the terms. In a counter-affidavit deposed to by an investigator, Mohammed Hassan in opposition to Robert’s fundamental rights enforcement action, EFCC has said, the plaintiff was trying to frustrate investigation into the matter.

 

OLISA METUH TOOK ILL AGAIN, RUSHED BACK TO HOSPITAL

Former Peoples Democratic Party spokesman, Olisa Metuh have been ill again, he was reported to have vomited several times in his car on his way to the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday, May 19.

A source said, Metuh was rushed to hospital the previous night and confirmed that, he was managing high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. The doctor asked him to stay at the hospital, but he refused because he wanted to appear in court. He is just stubborn, he does not want his health to get into the way of his bail, a source lamented.

 

NSCDC OFFICIAL OPENS FIRE ON TRUCK, KILLS ONE IN AWKA IBOM

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has killed a 26-year old man, Mr. Chukwudi John, after he opened fire on a truck in Uyo, the Awka Ibom State capital. The incident occurred when John, an employee of Dompec Global Resources Limited, was returning from Abak,  where he had gone to supply goods.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Daniel Chukwuma, said John worked for him for over a year. He urged security operatives to carry out a thorough investigation. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Cordelia Nwawe, said investigation was ongoing.

 

POLICE ATTACK PROTESTING LABOUR LEADERS

The police in Ebonyi state yesterday attacked and beat up members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) who stated a peaceful protest in the state against the increase in pump price by the federal government.

The police commissioner in the state denied that the workers were attack, adding that, the police used minimal force to disperse the crowd because the protesters did not inform the police before embarking on the protest.

 

DIVISION WILL SPELL DOOM FOR NLC –  AREMU

Mr. Issa Aremu, the general secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria on Thursday declared that the current division in the Labour movement over fuel price hike will spell doom for the unions.

In a statement issued in Kaduna, Aremu called on the unions to unite for the common good of the Labour movement in Nigeria. Therefore we call on the Minister of Labour and secretary to the government of the federation to initiate another round of all inclusive engagement with NLC and TUC on the recent fuel price increase.

 

LAGOS RENOVATES ILUPEJU LIBRARY FOR PUBLIC USE

The Lagos State government has renovated the Ilupeju public library for general use as part of its effort to promote reading culture among students and the public. According to the special adviser on education, Obafemi Bank-Olemoh commends government’s commitment of the state development regardless of the economic situation in the state.

The group manager of custodian and Allied insurance, Mr. Oluwole Oshin lauded the effort of the state government for enabling them to partner in the development of the community. Executive Secretary local education, Olusola Ajala expressed satisfaction and urge communities to utilize them well, particularly the children.

 

NIGERIA IS READY FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY –  FASHOLA

The Federal Government says Nigeria is ready to commence the production of nuclear energy. This was made known by Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing at a forum in Abuja.

Fashola said Nigeria had secured the necessary certification from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He further stated that, it was important to focus on the gains and safety of nuclear energy as obtained in other developed countries.

 

LABOUR TO REVIEW STRIKE ACTION NEXT WEEK – NLC PRESIDENT

The president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has said the organization will, by the middle of next week review the indefinite nationwide strike action it declared on Tuesday night if the government is willing to open more Windows of dialogue.

He made this known on Thursday morning while speaking on political platform, Wabba however, said he could not give an exact date for the review of the strike but assured Nigerians that it will take place next week.

 

TWO JUDGES, AUDITORS ABDUCTED IN KOGI

Two judges and two auditors were on Thursday adopted at gun point in two different locations in  Kogi State. According to eye witness, Justice Ali Okeme and Justice Timothy Ali were said to have been abducted at Ojuocha in Ofu on their way to Idah while the two auditors were also abducted on their way to Idah, by another group of gunmen.

The Kogi State police command Public Relations Officer, Willy Aya, confirmed the incident but said, the police are working hard to track down the abductors. Meanwhile, the insecurity in Kogi State has become alarming as the state is now under the siege of kidnappers.

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