VARSITY STRIKE: THREE-DAY INDUSTRIAL ACTION BEGINS AFTER NATIONWIDE PROTESTS, SAYS LABOUR – NATIONS PG.1&5
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is pressing ahead with its nationwide protests in solidarity with university unions to force the Federal Government to meet their demands. It insisted that the protests would hold in states today as planned. NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the Congress would commence a three-day warning strike immediately after the protest. According to him, an indefinite workers’ strike may follow should the government fail to resolve the issues that caused the strike. Wabba spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing 18th NLC Rain School 2022 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He said: “The protest happening tomorrow (today) is not a solidarity protest but a protest of NLC against government actions that lead to our universities being shut down and our kids staying at home instead of going to school.
UBEC CHIEF LEADS NIGERIAN TEAM TO CAMBRIDGE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME – NATIONS PG.5
The Deputy Executive Secretary (Services) of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Isiaka Olayinka Kolawole, has led a Nigerian delegation to the Advanced Leadership Programme of Judge Business School (JBS), University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. The programme, attended under the World Bank-financed BESDA Project and held in the month of June, 2022, is a top-rated management and leadership programme that targets chief executive officers and other top executives from the public and private sectors, providing them answers to paradigm shifts in knowledge.
NLC SOLIDARITY RALLY HOLDS TODAY, POLICE WARN HOODLUMS – PUNCH PG.2, SUN PG.26, THIS DAY PG.5
The police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will deploy personnel in critical infrastructure and facilities in response to the nationwide protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities taking place on Tuesday (today). As security agencies moved to deploy their men and officers, the Nigeria Labour Congress on Monday directed workers in state capitals and Abuja to join the protest. A top source at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, confirmed to The PUNCH on Monday that police operatives would be deployed in all protest venues nationwide to prevent a security breach or attack on the participants by thugs.
ICPC ARRAIGNS HIGH COURT OFFICIAL FOR ALLEGED FRAUD – PUNCH PG.14, THIS DAY PG.28
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arraigned a Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Mrs. Nkem Mba, for alleged involvement in some fraudulent activities. Mba was arraigned before Justice Leteem Nyordee of the Federal High Court 12, Port Harcourt, on a three-count bordering on abuse of office and corrupt demand of gratification by a public officer, PUNCH Metro can confirm. According to a statement by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, one of the counts revealed that the Deputy Chief Registrar received a kickback of N500, 000 through her bank account from the purchase of Automotive Gas Oil, popularly known as diesel, and other products.
ZAMFARA BANDIT’S CORONATION EXPOSES ELITE COLLUSION – PUNCH PG.16
The emerging facts from the conferment of a chieftaincy title on a notorious bandit and alleged mass murderer confirm elite collusion and a wrong response to terrorism by the Nigerian state. Nigerians were stunned when Adamu Aliero, wanted by police in three states for over 100 murders, was turbaned as ‘Sarkin Fulani’ –leader of Fulani – by the Emir of Yandoto, Zamfara State, Aliyu Mirada, ostensibly to keep other bandits away and allow farming and commerce to resume in the area. This is appeasement taken too far; Aliero must be hunted down and brought to justice while the emir, all the officials and security personnel that facilitated the shameful spectacle, should be exposed, prosecuted, and dismissed from public office.
TERRORISTS FREE 4 ABUJA-KADUNA TRAIN ATTACK VICTIMS – DAILY SUN PG.5
Terrorists have released four of the passengers kidnapped from the Abuja-Kaduna train in March, Daily Sun has learned. The victims were released by 11am yesterday, at a location inside the forest along the Kaduna – Abuja highway, and were picked up by their relatives. It could not be confirmed if any ransom was paid for their release although sources claimed that N100 million ransom was paid for each of them. The development followed a video released in the early hours of Sunday, showing the kidnapped passengers sitting on the floor and surrounded by their kidnappers who were brutalizing them.
ORTOM: WHY I CALLED FOR RELEASE OF KANU, IGBOHO – DAILY SUN PG.28
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he might end up becoming a freedom fighter like Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho after leaving office in 2023. He dropped the hint while briefing newsmen at the new Banquet Hall, Government House, and Makurdi. He flayed the Federal Government for failing in its core responsibility of protecting lives of citizens, saying “things are getting worse in Nigeria.” He said his call for the release of Kalu, Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Igboho, Yoruba agitation leader, during his visit to United Kingdom and United States was because Kalu and Igboho were freedom fighters, like him, and not bandits.
NAPTIP TAKES FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING, ORGAN HARVESTING TO FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, OTHERS – THIS DAY PG.8
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has taken the fight against trafficking in persons, organ harvesting and others to various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and telegram amongst others. The Director General of NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, stated this yesterday, while interacting with journalists on plans and programs for the commemoration of the 2022 World Day against Human Trafficking. The DG, while observing that NAPTIP was already partnering with major owners of various social media platforms, disclosed that the agency would in a few months’ time unveil the, “NAPTIP Alert” which is aimed at sensitizing innocent Nigerians of the activities of online traffickers.
ASUU STRIKE: ELECTRICITY, BANK, AVIATION WORKERS JOIN NLC NATIONWIDE PROTEST – DAILY TRUST PG.3
The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, the National Union of Electricity Employees, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and the Air Transport Employees (NUATE) have resolved to join the nationwide protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) taking place today and tomorrow in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities. ASUU had, on February 14, embarked on a strike demanding implementation of the October 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had, last week, described the proposed protest as “unconstitutional” and a recipe for anarchy. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had also warned the NLC against the protest, saying a security report from the Department of State Service did not favour it.
CAPTAIN, 2 SOLDIERS KILLED AFTER TERRORISTS’ THREAT ON ABUJA LAW SCHOOL – DAILY TRUST PG.5
A captain and two soldiers have been killed by terrorists Sunday night in the Bwari area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), credible sources close to military high command told Daily Trust on Monday. The captain and the two soldiers were attached to the 7 Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army, it was learnt. The soldiers were reportedly ambushed after they visited the Nigeria Law School in Bwari following a distressed call from the authorities of the school. The school management was said to have alerted that terrorists had dropped a letter indicating an imminent attack on the school.