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Electricity tariff/fuel price hikes: TUC tackles Ngige, NLC issues two-week ultimatum to FG
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the Trade Union Congress disagreed on Wednesday over the plan by the TUC to go on strike as from September 23.
The minister while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, dismissed the seven-day ultimatum the TUC gave the Federal Government to reverse the price of petrol.According to him, the letter written by the TUC should have been addressed to him, instead of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
But the TUC President, President, Quadri Olaleye, said the issue of petrol price was beyond the minister, adding that Ngige should wait till September 23 to see what would happen.
Sagay panel accuses Malami of aborting high-profile criminal cases
The Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, on Wednesday, accused the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), of having well-known proclivity for aborting high-profile criminal cases in favour of major political and governmental figures.
The PACAC, in a statement signed by Sagay, and released by the Communications Unit of the committee, said this while reacting to the proposed bill for the amendment of the establishment Act of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
While arguing that the proposed amendment of the Act was part of “an ongoing very sinister and dangerous attempt to demolish the anti-corruption infrastructure of Nigeria and return it to the situation it was in during the dark days before 2015,” the panel urged Nigerians and the National Assembly to reject it.
CBN demands details of 12 top Nigerian businessmen, others’ domiciliary accounts
The Central Bank of Nigeria has ordered banks to provide the domiciliary account statements of some high profile customers and other accounts linked to the customers through the Bank Verification Number.
It disclosed this in a letter to all the banks with the number, ‘BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/13/063, dated September 15, titled ‘Request for statement of accounts’, signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, CBN, Z. Marcus.
A number of the persons on the list are linked to the betting industry. The customers listed included Chief Kesington A. Adebutu; Adebisi A. Adebutu; Ajibola Bankole Adebutu; Olanipekun Orekoya Adebutu; and Olasegun Oladiran Adebutu. The Adebutus are directors of Premier Lotto. They list also includes Adekunle O. Soname and Ayodeji Ojuroye, owners of Bet9ja.
Nigerian traders: Ghana hasn’t fulfilled promises, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed surprise that Nigerians living in Ghana are still facing what he called problems and complications despite the assurances the Federal Government received from the Ghanaian authorities. He said he was sure that the President Muhammadu Buhari would also be disturbed by the development.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘FG will ensure Nigerian traders in Ghana get justice, Osinbajo assures.’
Akande quoted the vice president as speaking during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana at the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana in Accra on Tuesday evening.
NLC, Danjuma, others reaffirm support for Obaseki
Labour unions in Edo State, including the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees have reaffirmed support for the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, promising to mobilise members to ensure his reelection.
The workers hailed the governor’s developmental strides across the state, noting that Obaseki’s sterling performance would earn him victory at the poll on Saturday.
The Chairman of NLC in Edo State, Emmanuel Ademokun, commended Obaseki for prioritising the welfare and wellbeing of workers in the state.
Three policemen to man each Edo polling unit –DIG
Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Adeleye Oyebade has warned those planning to ferment during the Edo State Governorship Election on Saturday, to have a rethink because the police were prepared to clamp down all trouble makers.
Oyebade, gave this warning while addressing journalists alongside sister security agencies, in Benin, on Wednesday.
“Police officers comprising conventional, plain-clothed policemen and specia forces have been deployed to provide security, during and after the election,” the DIG said .
Ondo APC, PDP supporters clash, Jegede alleges assassination
At least five persons sustained varying degrees of injury while some vehicles were vandalised when supporters of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party clashed in Oba Akoko, in the Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.
The incident occurred when the convoy of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu met with the convoy of the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, in the town.
Spokesperson for the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa Campaign Organisation, Mr Richard Olatunde, accused Jegede’s supporters of starting the fight. However, The Head, Media Research, Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation, Mr Samuel Fasua, in response alleged that Jegede’s convoy was attacked by Akeredolu’s supporters.
Later, Jegede who spoke with journalists at his campaign office in Akure, said the incident was an assassination attempt on his life and the lives of those in his entourage.