NATIONAL NEWS 12-08-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • FG CLEARS AIR ON ANOTHER COVID 19 LOCKDOWN, LAMENTS ADDITIONAL MONEY BY ABDUCTORS OF SCHOOL STUDENTS.
  • TUC EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER NON IMPLEMENT OF MINIMUM WAGE BY KOGI GOVERNMENT.
  • 31 NORTHERN LAWYERS RENDER FREE LEGAL SERVICES TO ABBA KYARI.
  • ATIKU, NLC CONDOLES WITH FAWEHINMI’S FAMILY OVER DEATH OF SON.

Fg/student abduction

The federal government has lamented over the demand of additional 24 million naira by abductors of baptist school students who are still being held in captivity.

Minister of state for education, chukwuemeka nwajiuba disclosed this during an interview with newsmen, describing the invasion of schools and kidnapping of students as serious matters, adding that the federal government had been working with security agencies to rescue the abducted students.

Nwajiuba also noted that parents of 80 students of bethel baptist high school, maraban damishi, kaduna state, had contributed 300, 000 naira each for the hoodlums, saying the bandits promised to release the students this week after collecting the money but they still request for additional money before setting them free.

It would be recalled that bandits on july 5 invaded the school and abducted more than 100 students.

Fg/covid rumour

The federal government has debunked rumours making the rounds that there will be another national covid 19 lockdown in the country over the new delta variant.

Minister of health, dr. Osagie ehanire debunked the information while speaking at the weekly ministerial press briefing at the presidential villa, abuja, stating that the country is not at the level where another national lockdown would be considered.

Ehanire also noted that apart from the vaccines sourced free of charge, the federal government had paid for about 30 million doses of the johnson and johnson vaccine, adding that 176, 000 doses of the j&j vaccince have already been received while the rest will come in batches.

Also speaking, the director-general of the nigeria centre for disease control, ncdc, dr. Chikwe ihekweazu said the covid 19 new delta variant has become the most dominant variant in the country, hence the need for the people to still exercise all the precautionary measures against the deadly virus.

Kogi/tuc

The trade union congress, tuc has condemned the non-implementation of the 30,000 naira new minimum wage by the kogi state government.

State chairman of tuc, comrade ronti ojo made the condemnation while speaking with newsmen shortly after the state administrative council meeting of the union held in lokoja, the state capital.

Ojo lamented that the poor living conditions of workers in the state owing to the current inflation trend in the country had depleted the 18,000 naira minimum wage the government pays to its workers while he faulted the committee set up by the government for failure to submit its report two years after it was set up by governor yahaya bello.

The tuc chairman therefore called on the governor to prevail on the committee to submit their report for onward implementation, adding that there is a need for the government to look into the welfare of workers such as promotion implementation, annual increments in a bid to raise the living standard of workers in the state.

Fg/elzakzaky

A group, concerned residents of abuja has urged the federal government to facilitate the release of the international passports of the leader of the islamic movement in nigeria, sheikh ibraheem el-zakzaky, and his wife, zeenat, to enable them to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The group’s chairman, danjuma abdul gave the charge at a press briefing in abuja, urging the government to do whatever it would take to prevent the return of street protests in the nation’s capital by el-zakzaky’s followers over the continued seizure of his travel documents.

While noting that protesting is a constitutional right, abdul said past protests by groups or individuals had been mismanaged, resulting in the loss of lives and disruption of many businesses.

He said the only way the imn leader and his wife could get better is to receive their international passports and other necessary documents and travel overseas for medication to avoid more deteriorating health condition.

The chairman therefore urged the federal government to release the passports of elzakzaky and his wife to enable them to travel to the hospital of their choice.

Fbi/kyari

A group of 31 lawyers from northern nigeria have volunteered to render free legal services to the suspended deputy commissioner of police, abba kyari.

The group spokesperson, sunusi salisu revealed this in a statement issued, saying the lawyers were drawn across all the 19 northern states and religions.

Salisu added that the lawyers free services for the preservation of kyari’s fundamental rights that might be potentially jeopardized by his alleged indictment by a court in the united states of america was in response to calls for support for kyari by the coalition of northern groups.

Kyari, who was the former commander of the inspector-general of police intelligence response team is facing allegations of corruption levelled against him by the federal bureau of investigation, fbi, in the united states, involving a suspected fraudster, ramon abbas also known as hushpuppi for which he was suspended by the police.

Atiku/fawehinmi

The former vice president of nigeria, atiku abubakar has commiserated with the family of the late human rights activist, late gani fawehinmi, san, over the death of their son, mohammed fawehinmi.

Atiku, in a statement issued by his media adviser, paul ibe, said he received with shock and sadness the reports of the passing away of fawehinmi, describing the deceased as a man who had worked tirelessly to fill the huge gap created by the death of his father in his selfless service to humanity, praying for strength and comfort to the family.

Also, nigeria labour congress, nlc, in a condolence message by its president, ayuba wabba expressed shock over the sudden death of the eldest son of late legal luminary and renowned human rights lawyer, gani fawehinmi, lamenting that until his death, mohammed was the rallying pillar for the family and estate of his father.

The congress however said the late barrister would be remembered not only for his brilliant legal mind but also for his commitment to the less privileged in society through charity works.

Delta/frsc

The federal road safety corps, frsc, delta state chapter has recorded no fewer than 23 deaths in 40 road traffic crashes between may and july in the state.

State frsc sector commander, patrick okoyeocha disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in asaba, the state capital, saying that 293 persons were involved in the crashes while 270 out of the 293 persons sustained varying degrees of injuries from the crashes.

Okoyeocha attributed causes of road accidents in the state expressway to over speeding, alcoholism, inexperience, peer influence and speed limit violation, among other major causes.

He however stated that the corps has initiated a strategy which includes public education, enforcement of traffic rules and regulations as well the use of mobile courts to prosecute traffic offenders to serve as a deterrent, adding that the corps would not relent in the fight against reckless driving in the state to prevent loss of lives.

Nigeria/shehu’s death

Wife of former nigerian president, shehu shagari, hadiza shagari is dead.

Shehu shagari’s grandson, bello shagari confirmed death of the former president on his facebook page, saying shagari died at the gwagwalada isolation center in abuja at the early hours of today, august 12.

He noted that shagari, 80 who died after battling covid-19 complications would be buried today according to islamic rites after asr prayer at the national mosque, abuja.

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