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BREAKING: NHIS governing council suspends Executive Secretary ‘indefinitely’

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 6 min 57 sec ago

Mr Yusuf was previously suspended by Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017 but reinstated by President Buhari in February

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Saraki heeds court’s warning, pays Omo-Agege’s entitlements

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 19 min ago
The Delta-Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, has been paid all his entitlements that accrued from his illegal suspension by the Senate earlier in the year. The development, on Thursday, put an end to the contempt proceedings initiated by Omo-Agege against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Omo-Agege’s lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), informed Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on Thursday that his client was paid on October 12, 2018, barely 24 hours after the court warned Saraki to either pay the judgment debt or appear in court to face the contempt proceedings. Justice Dimgba issued the warning on October 11, 2018 after he opted to give “the alleged contemnor (Saraki) another opportunity to remedy the alleged wrong”. Omo-Agege had initiated the committal proceedings praying that Saraki be sent to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10, 2018 judgment of the court which ordered him (Omo-Agege) to be reinstated from illegal suspension and be paid all his accrued benefits for the period of the voided suspension. Izinyon had complained in the Form 49, the contempt charge instituted against Saraki, that while his client had been allowed to resume to the Senate, Saraki had allegedly continued to flout the order directing that the applicant be paid all his entitlements. He said Saraki, in flouting the judgment, had refused to give an approval to the payment as ordered by the court. The hearing of the committal proceedings was scheduled for October 11, but the alleged contemnor and his lawyers were absent from court. Omo-Agege’s lawyer, Izinyon, informed the court that the defence did not show up in court despite having been served with the court processes and the hearing notice via newspaper publication as ordered by the court. He had urged the court to proceed with the hearing in their absence, but the court opted to give the Senate President another chance and adjourned till Thursday. At the Thursday’s proceedings, Izinyon told the judge that his client had been paid on October 12, which was a day after the judge issued a warning to the Senate President. Izinyon said  Saraki was served with the court order of October 11, along with a letter from his chambers informing him of the Thursday’s proceedings. He said the next day, on October 12, one of the Senate President’s Special Assistants reached him that his client had nine cheques. The senior lawyer said he received and acknowledged the receipt of nine cheques on behalf of the senator. According to the lawyer, when the cheques were presented to Omo-Agege, the senator acknowledged that there was a shortfall of N6m. He said when notified, the Senate President’s aide acknowledged that the senator’s claim was correct and admitted that the shortfall arose from an error of computation.

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Building collapses in Anambra, 11 still under rubble 

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 24 min ago

No fewer than 11 persons were trapped under a three storey building which collapsed in Nnewi, Anambra in the early hours of Thursday.

The building was located in Okpuno, Otolo, in Nnewi North Local Government Area of the state.

According to SP Mohammed Haruna, Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) who confirmed the incident, said the building belong to one Collins Avoyi.

Haruna said nine of the trapped persons have been rescued and taken to hospital while effort was on to get the remaining two out of the rubbles.

He said the trapped workers included foreign masons from the Republic of Togo.

“A three storey building belonging to one Mr Avoyi Collins ‘m’ collapsed at Okpuno Otolo in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State.

“Police Patrol rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looters from taking advantage of the situation to steal.

“So far, nine of them were rescued alive from the collapsed building while efforts are ongoing to rescue two others who are still trapped inside the debris.

“Meanwhile, the rescued victims were rushed to the Community Health Center, Okpuno for medical attention and investigation is ongoing to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” he said.

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Protest in court over alleged disbandment of Osun election tribunal

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 1 hour 36 min ago

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State are protesting on the premises of the Osun State High Court following the alleged disbandment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal hearing matters arising from the recently concluded governorship poll in the state.

Scores of PDP members while staging a peaceful protest in the court premises  carried  placards with the inscriptions such as ‘Why the sudden disbandment of the panel?’ Constitute a new panel immediately now?’ No more Salamigate in Osun’ Save our democracy from rogues’”

They said that the alleged disbandment would have a negative effect on the case of the petitioner.

A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Osun State, Mr Niyi Owolade, who is one of the counsels for the governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, said the disbandment of the panel ought to have been done simultaneously with the constitution of a new one.

Adeleke’s counsel who raised the alarm while addressing journalists in front of the courtroom where the panel usually sat said the dissolution of the three-man panel headed by Justice T. A. Igoche, would adversely affect the prosecution of the case.

The counsel said that they were worried because they filed an exparte application for substituted service on the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and the APC who he claimed had been evading service.

He, however, said that members and chairman of the tribunal were nowhere to be found when the application was supposed to be heard today.

He said, “We were told by court officials that the panel has been disbanded. But what is more surprising is that a new panel has not been put in place. It should be done simultaneously.

“Our 180 days have started counting since October 16 and final judgment is expected to be given in this petition before April 16, 2019.”

It was observed that the venue of the tribunal was locked and the court officials told journalists that there would be no sitting but no reason was given. – Punch.

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Abiy Ahmed: Protesting Ethiopian soldiers wanted to kill me

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 1 hour 48 min ago
Abiy Ahmed says he ordered soldiers protesting about pay to do press-ups to defuse the tension.

The Gambia protest over Togo defender Adewale Olufade

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 1 hour 54 min ago
The Gambia Football Federation lodges a protest with the Confederation of African Football over the eligibility of Togo's Adewale Olufade

Okada rider jailed over anal sex with six boys

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 7 min ago

The sentenced is without an option of fine.

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World number one, Halep, withdraws from WTA Finals

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 15 min ago

Despite withdrawing from Singapore, Halep is guaranteed to end 2018 as world number one for the second year in a row.

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Mourinho is focus again as English Premier League returns Saturday

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 19 min ago

Mourinho has suffered four defeats in six games against his former club since taking over at United.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Rewards for Malagasy history makers

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 2 hours 30 min ago
Madagascar's national team have been rewarded for earning the country's first qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

‘Dearth of funds frustrating family planning activities in Niger’

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 2 hours 55 min ago

The official called for improved budgetary allocation and timely release of funds.

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Labour rebuffs govt’s no-work-no-pay rule

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - 2 hours 57 min ago

The Organised Labour has dismissed the threat by the Federal Government to activate the “no-work- no pay’’ rule clause, saying that the rule would be a negation of workers’ right of association.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the assertion in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Wabba’s reaction followed the Federal Executive Council’s approval on Wednesday to apply the `no work, no pay’ principle during strike.

According to Wabba, the right to strike is a human and trade union right and cannot be wished away by any government policy.

“That’s why strike is legalised by our laws and has been exercised since colonial era to date.

“The right to strike is what differentiates a worker from a slave; just like the right to strike, right to picketing the right to work to rule, right to protest and peaceful assembly.

“So, the issue of no work no pay has always existed. It is morally and legally wrong to apply a phrase in a body of law without respecting all other provisions of the same law.

“Same law provides that a worker’s wage is due after 30 days; where this and or any collective bargaining agreement is violated, it is legally and morally justifiable for unions and workers to apply “no pay no work,’’ he said.

The NLC president said the threat to no-work-no-pay would not deter workers and trade unions from exercising the right to strike.

Wabba stressed that there were clear procedures provided by law on how workers can embark on a strike, saying “once this legal requirement is met, no- work- no pay rule cannot apply.”

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the implementation of the no-work, no pay principle when workers go on strike in the federal public service.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, told newsmen after FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari that the approval was sequel to the adoption of the Draft White Paper on the Report of the Technical Committee on Industrial Relations Matters in the Federal Public Service.

Ngige said that the public service in Nigeria was bedevilled by problems and conflict areas; hence governments over time set up various committees and brought out circulars in a bid to stem the tide of industrial dispute.

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Shekarau back in court over N900m money laundering charges

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 3 hours 36 min ago

Mr Shekarau was arraigned on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N950 million.

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11 trapped as building collapses in Anambra

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - 3 hours 42 min ago

Nine have been rescued alive from the collapsed building.

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The Nigerian female freestyle football champion

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 4 hours 9 min ago
Ajibade Rasheedat uses the sport to build her confidence and help with her studies.

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