Radio station manager flogs 4 staff in Bayelsa state.

The General Manager of Radio Bayelsa, also known as Glory FM, Mr John Idumange, on Thursday caned four members of staff on duty.

The station is currently facing an industrial dispute between workers and management of the station.

The Radio Bayelsa Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Unions (RATTAWU), consequently shut the radio station. Some reports had said the staffers were whipped by suspected thugs.

NUJ Chairman in Radio Bayelsa, Tonye Yemoleigha, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, said he and three female staff were flogged by the General Manager of the Station, Mr John Idumange.

“Four of us, myself and three female staff were flogged by Idumange himself. The report that it was thugs is inaccurate. It was the General Manager himself. The blisters on the skin are more severe for the ladies.

“We have reported the matter to the Ekeki Police Division and sought medical attention at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa. Workers have been constantly intimidated and threatened for no just cause.”

Mr. Idumange declined to comment on the allegation that he caned the four members of staff.

The NUJ Chairman said, “Mr. John Angese, Bayelsa Council Chairman of NUJ who is a staff of Radio Bayelsa has also been threatened with a sack, we are all being victimised for insisting that the General Manager complies with Public Service rules.

“We have been under siege since the General Manager was appointed on December 6, 2016. We are not opposed to repositioning the station which is in our interest but we want the procedure to follow due process,” Mr. Yemoleigha said.

It was gathered that after the station went off air, the management mobilised armed security men and few employees who rebuffed the strike to reopen the station.

The station continued to play music all through as the station’s scheduled programmes and news bulletin could not be aired.

Mr. Yemoleigha said that workers of the station are not opposed to staff redeployment.

“But the unions should also be part of the process to ensure that the best hands are not sacrificed on the altar of nepotism, sentiment or witch-hunt.

“We are also aware of the alleged over N5 million naira payroll fraud which Idumange claimed to have uncovered and has referred to the Police for investigation.

“Ordinarily, in line with established procedures, an Investigative Panel should have been instituted to look into the matter and come up with a report with which management would act as appropriate.

“All these are expressly spelt out in the Public Service Rules; however, we are requesting for a copy of the police report after their investigation.

“We have asked management to properly discipline everyone involved in an established case of running the salary of a staff who resigned with effect from August 2016,” Mr. Yemoleigha said

Mr. Idumange dismissed the allegations levelled against him. He his reforms had the backing of the supervising Bayelsa Ministry of Information.

“This small radio station has 346 workers; employment and job placement have never followed due process, we are currently reorganising the place and they are resisting our efforts.

“Those ghost workers must be fished out and the payroll cleaned up.

“The wage bill of the station is N35 million monthly and it is not sustainable. My predecessor incurred a debt of N40 million.

“The unions are being instigated by the Heads of Department affected in the illegal recruitment, and those who came into that place through the back door,” he said.

ExxonMobil Nigeria ‘sacks’ 89 workers

ExxonMobil Nigeria has laid off additional 89 workers in a gale of retrenchments that started in the company last year.

NAN said a top source disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview at Mkpanak in the Ibeno local government area of Akwa Ibom state.

The source reportedly said 60 regular workers and 29 contract workers were affected in the latest retrenchment, involving mainly workers at the company’s Qua Iboe terminal, adding that more workers may be laid off in the next two months.

The agency reported that the retrenched workers had been paid their terminal benefits running into millions of naira.

“The amount paid is commensurate with the number of years put in by each of the affected workers,” the source was quoted to have said.

“The departments mostly affected include public affairs, general services and logistics.”

Nsikak Ekwere, one of the retrenched workers, who claimed he still had eight more years to work with the company, said he was surprised to see his name among the retrenched workers.

He blamed the retrenchment on the current economic situation in Nigeria, promising to make good use of his terminal benefits to create employment for himself.

Ogechukwu Udeagha, manager, media and communications of ExxonMobil did not respond to calls or text messages sent to him on the issue.

At least 250 workers of the company were reportedly laid off between January and November last year.

On December 15, the company’s Lagos office was shut down, following a tense impasse between workers and the management over retrenchment issues.

Oil companies in Nigeria have resorted to laying-off workers since Nigeria entered a crippling recession that has dealt a severe blow to the economy.


Source: The Cable

Abuja council workers unpaid for four months – Staff

Staff of Kuje Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have decried non-payment of four months’ salary arrears owed them by the council.

Ibrahim Kabi, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Kuje Chapter, who spoke on behalf of the workers, appealed to the council chairman to pay the arrears.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kuje that non-payment of salaries had exposed the workers to hardship.

“We understand that the present administration incurred a lot of liabilities from the past administration, but there are measures that can be taken to address the situation.

“Some workers received their October salary last year, while some are yet to receive three months salary.

“We demand that four months’ salary be paid to the workers to alleviate their sufferings,” Mr. Kabi said, adding that workers’ welfare was paramount in the development of any organisation.

The NULGE chairman noted that though execution of development projects was necessary in every administration, it should not be to the detriment of workers welfare.

“The monthly allocations are reasonable enough to ensure that salaries and other allowances are paid to workers.

“If salaries are paid as at when due, I think by now the council chairman should have paid all arrears and allowances owed workers,” he said.

Reacting to the concern raised by the NULGE chairman, the chairman of Kuje Area Council, Abdulahi Galadima, appealed to the workers to exercise patience, saying plans were under way to pay salary arrears owed them.

Mr. Galadima, who stated that his administration inherited huge financial liabilities from the previous administration, assured that he would do his best to address all the challenges facing the council.


Source: NAN

INEC promotes 1,307 staff nationwide.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the promotion of 1,307 of its staff across the country.

The INEC’s decision was contained in its daily bulletin forwarded to our correspondent by the Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, on Wednesday.

Dazang said that the commission approved the promotion of the affected personnel after a meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, “14 were officers promoted from Grade Level 16 to the rank of Grade Level 17 (substantive directors) while 1,293 were officers from Grade Levels 7 to 16.”

He said that all those promoted passed their promotion examinations and met the rigorous criteria set by the commission.

Dazang stated also that the commission had set up a four-man committee to investigate the role of its personnel in the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun election in Rivers State.

He said that the members of the committee included “Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, Chairman; AVM Ahmed T. Mu’azu, (National Commissioner) member; Professor Jacob Jatau, (Resident Electoral Commissioner, FCT) member; Omoloja Tajudeen, Deputy Director (Discipline).”

It was stated that the committee was directed to submit a report of its findings by January 30, 2027.

BREAKING: Protesting workers shut down Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik

Staff of Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik, have shut down its operations in Lagos.


The staff are currently staging a protest at the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed airport.


The protesters displayed placards containing messages communicating their grievances.


Others danced to anti-establishment songs by the late Afrobeat musician, Fela Kuti.


“We want them to pay us our salaries. They are owing us for seven months,” one of the protesters said.


Details later?…

Hoodlums attack Ogun hospital staff for delaying treatment of accident victims

Hoodlums, commonly known as area boys, on Wednesday disrupted medical activities at the Ogun State Hospital, Ifo, in Ifo local government area for almost one hour.

The attackers stormed the hospital when some commercial motorcyclists were brought in to receive medical attention following a crash which occurred at Papalanto along Abeokuta-Lagos Road.

On arrival with the ?victims, the area boys were asked to obtained cards for the patients, but they revolted, insisting that the victims must be attended to immediately before obtaining hospital cards.

Shortly after, they began to beat up some of the hospital staff, just as many of the workers hurriedly abandoned their duty posts to avoid being attacked.

A staff of the hospital, while narrating their ordeal, said the area boys wanted all the accident victims to be treated the same time even though there was only one doctor on duty.

Pandemonium broke out at the hospital as the invaders threatened to set the hospital ablaze.

They were stopped by a team of police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, arrived the hospital to deposit a corpse.

Some of the hoodlums were arrested and taken away, but later released after few hours, a witness said.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Taofeek Somade, confirmed the incident, saying the quick intervention of the police saved the situation.

Mr. Somade said the hoodlums were arrested and whisked away by the police.

Similarly, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the attack.

NNPC Redeploys Staff; Promotes 108, Demotes One

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has undertaken a massive reorganization, with the redeployment of key officials.

In the redeployment memo obtained from the NNPC, yesterday, while 108 staff were promoted from Manager and General Manager positions to General Manager and Group General Managers respectively, one was demoted from Executive Director to Group General Managers (GGM).

Why no reason for the redeployment was stated, sources in the NNPC said it was part of ongoing restructuring in the NNPC and as key measures to cut cost, boost profitability and help make the corporation commercially viable.

Specifically, Mr. Chidi Momah, who was formerly GGM, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, was redeployed to become Secretary to the NNPC, while Hadiza Commasie was appointed Legal Adviser; A.A. Adamu, Sarah Ndukwe and O. Omigie were appointed General Managers in charge of Commercial Law, Litigation & Property Law and Corporate Law respectively.

Esther Ogbue retained her position as Managing Director, NNPC Retail; Felix Wono, Executive Director, Pipeline and Farouk Ahmed, Managing Director, Nigeria Products Marketing Company.

Ndu Ughamadu was redeployed from GGM, Government and Labour Relations to GGM Group Public Affairs Department; Adewale Ajayi Oladapo, formerly GM, Technical Services Limited, was reappointed GM, Capital Projects, while Animashaun Onipeko , formerly GM, Companyb Secretary/Legal, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, was reappointed GM, Board Support.

Okonkwo Chukwuma, formerly GGM, Liabilities Management was reappointed Managing Director, NNPC Capital; Wunti Maijama’a was appointed GM/technical Assistant Downstream from a former position of GM, Efficiency Unit.

Meanwhile, the NNPC posted a trading deficit of N17.18 billion for the month of September 2016, dropping further from a deficit of N11.22 billion recorded in August.


“Your jobs are intact”, NPA MD assures staff.

The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is not planning to retrench staff, Hadiza Usman, managing director of the organisation, has said.

Speaking during a tour of Warri Port in Delta state, Usman revealed that the management even has the intention to recruit more staff.

She disclosed that NPA’s general manager, human resources, had been tasked to bring up ideas in this regard.

Usman also said the management would take remedial measures so as not to allow ships to be grounded at the Escravos breakwaters due to high siltation.

She suggested that emergency remedial measures should be put in place to ensure that no vessel runs aground.

Earlier, Simeon Okeke, manager of Warri Port, highlighted the dangers posed by the breakwaters and the channels leading to the port due to high siltation.

He said the absence of vital buoys made navigation difficult, resulting to situations when vessels go aground.

The port manager also lamented that the right vessels were not coming into Warri Port because of the shallow nature of the berths.

Okeke suggested dredging and mooring of the channels of Warri Port as well as the removal of wrecks.

He said more manpower should be recruited into the various departments.

The port manager also talked about the problem of encroachment of port land and litigation, recommending a review of port tariffs and restructuring.

“The port needs intensive promotion to give the correct image as well as the complete rehabilitation of the facilities in the port,” he said.

Emmmanuel Adesoye, chairman of the board of NPA, advised the organisation to carry out corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Adesoye also urged the management to do physical development of the communities around them.

RECs, Officials Under Bribery Probe Won’t Supervise Elections –INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said none of its officials, who are undergoing investigations for alleged bribery, will be assigned any electoral duty.

It said the officials, whose names were on the list sent to it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, would be barred from electoral duty until they cleared themselves of the bribery allegations against them.

Though none of those under investigation had been suspended by INEC or indicted by the EFCC, the electoral umpire stated on Monday that it would be morally wrong to continue to assign electoral duties to the suspects.

It was gathered that the EFCC sent a letter to INEC and demanded the release of over 100 officers for interrogation for alleged bribery during the 2015 general elections.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had earlier confirmed the number of the suspects, saying at the end of the investigations, those found guilty would be fired by the commission.

Some states’ Resident Electoral Commissioners were allegedly bribed before, during and after the 2015 polls.

Many electoral officers and others were also said to have been involved in the alleged bribery scandal.

The bribe cash was said to have been disbursed by a bank from the N23bn deposited in the bank by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, who spoke with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, said none of those under investigation would be used in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

He added that until the concerned officers were cleared by the EFCC, they would not be used for any electoral duty.

Oyekanmi stated, “We have made it clear to them that none of those whose names appeared on the list sent by the EFCC would be involved in any electoral duty.

“Using them will send a wrong signal to the people about our integrity and all that.

“Though these people have yet to be indicted and they remain innocent until proved guilty, we have to safeguard the integrity of the commission as well.

“That is why we have placed embargo on them concerning electoral duties. There are other jobs they could do at the commission, but not electoral duty.”

He said the commission was poised to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ondo State.

A former REC in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, and other top INEC officials in the South-South geopolitical zone were alleged to have received N675.1m from the poll bribe cash.

Reliable sources at the EFCC had alleged that Khan, who was later redeployed as the REC in Cross River State, allegedly received N185.8m ahead of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections.

The commission also arrested one Oluchi Obi Brown, who, as the INEC administrative secretary in Delta State, allegedly received over N111m.

Further investigations by detectives revealed that Brown had about $75,000 in an account in the United States.

The anti-graft agency also arrested one Edem Effanga, who is a retired INEC official. Effanga was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, Immaculata Asuquo, who was the Head, Voter Education of INEC in Akwa Ibom State.

Effanga was alleged to have received over N240m, which he shared among INEC ad hoc workers during the elections.

Twitter to Sack 9% of its Workers Worldwide

Twitter Inc. is cutting about 9 per cent of its employees worldwide.

The social media site seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money has struggled amid competition from the likes of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, says it expects to book about $10 million to $20 million in workforce restructuring charges.

Twitter shares have tumbled 27 per cent in the past month as possible suitors have wandered away, rose 4 per cent before the opening bell Thursday.

The San Francisco company said it expects to take $10 million to $20 million (U.S.) in charges as it lays off more than 300 of its 3,860 workers.

“We have a clear plan, and we’re making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a company release.


NUPENG, PENGASSAN threaten strike over sack of 3,000 members.

Two leading unions in the oil industry, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and National Gas (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have raised the alarm over the sacking of 3, 000 of its members and subsequently issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to put a stop to it.

The National President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, who addressed the media at the end of the Central Working Committee (CWC), meeting of the union in Effurun, Delta state, said government must do something urgently to stop the mass retrenchment of its members to avoid grounding the industry.

Achese disclosed that most of the companies, like Chevron Nigeria Limited, ExxonMobil, Pan Ocean, Sapiem, and Hercules oil and gas limited, among others, have terminated the appointment of over 3,000 of their workers apparently over the current economic recession in the country.

“More than 3,000 of our members are affected,” Achese said, adding that “Chevron alone is about 1,500, Mobil is about 1,000 and the entire workers of Hercules Oil & Gas are being asked to go home, Pan Ocean have since closed shop and are gone. Industry-wide everybody is being asked to go.

“We are now asking ourselves where we are heading to with the industry. We have lost so much of Nigerian personnel working in the oil and gas industry. What is happening in Nigeria cannot be compared to what is happening in other African countries. We want government to wake up and address some of these issues.”

Achese said if government failed to act and direct the oil companies to stop this ongoing retrenchment of their members, they would be compelled to act to protect their interest.

Court revokes bail granted to ex-PHCN staff over alleged N5.5m fraud

Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, has revoked the bail granted to Solomon Yakubu Ndam, a former staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, who is standing trial on a 13 count charge of forgery, impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N5, 540,000.00 (five million, five hundred and forty thousand naira) brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ndam allegedly obtained the money from some unsuspecting persons, claiming that he would help them acquire plots of land being sold by PHCN.

The offence is punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Cap 532, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990.

However, the accused was granted bail by the court after he was arraigned on July 7, 2015 and the case went into trial.

The decision of the court to revoke his bail today was informed by the application by his surety, Tijani Haruna, to withdraw without giving the court any reason.

Justice Okeke, in granting his application, ruled that the accused person be remanded in Kuje prison pending the time he would get a new surety, adding that all documents belonging to Haruna be returned to him.

Thereafter, counsel to EFCC, Samuel Okeleke, entered his fifth prosecution witness, Olushola Adewumi.

Adewumi, a staff of the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, said he received a subpoena to produce certain documents and witness in the case.

“All customer details are captured in the bank’s database and we also demand that the customer furnish us with bank mandates which include his pictures, names and signature.

“We also produced the certificate of identification of the customer and the name of the account is Babatunde Kolawole”, Adewumi stated.

Justice Okeke adjourned to November 28, 2016 for ruling, while fixing October 25, 2016 for continuation of trial.

Workers Protest AMCON’s Closure Of Aero Contractors In Other To Save Their Jobs

Hundreds of employees of Aero Contractors Airline on Wednesday staged peaceful protest over the closure of the airline by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was organised by the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).

The workers, who began the protest at about 8.45 a.m., marched round the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, carrying various placards expressing their grievances.

The placards had inscriptions such as, “Don’t Allow Aero to Die“, “Save Aero from AMCON“ and “Aero must not go the way of Nigeria Airways“, among others.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Frances Akinjole, the Secretary, ATSSSAN, condemned the “illegal closure’’ of Aero Contractors by AMCON, adding that they would resist the plan to liquidate the company.

Mrs- Akinjole accused AMCON of running the airline aground after it took over majority shares in 2011 by approving bogus salaries and allowances for its representatives.

“Before AMCON took over, the airline had 11 operational aeroplane. They claim to have injected N12 billion in the company, but today, the airline has only three aircraft.

“This is calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to please come to the aid of Aero at this crucial time in her life.

“Aero should not be allowed to die from the strangle of AMCON,’’ she said.

She said that the threat to liquidate the airline would render its over 800 staff unemployed which would have negative effects on the already sick Nigerian economy.


Indian Man Assaults Female Domestic Staff In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested an Indian, Jay Keswani, for allegedly assaulting his wife’s domestic help, Faith Nwaneri, on the Banana Island, Ikoyi area of the state.

Punch Metro learnt that Keswani was apprehended on Tuesday by the Adeniji Adele division after about six weeks he allegedly evaded arrest.

It was gathered that Faith, who worked for the Indian businessman, was hit on the face on Friday, August 12, while in the Keswanis’ apartment on the Banana Island.

She was said to have been assaulted for coming late to work on that day.

It was learnt that Faith sustained a facial injury after which she reported the matter at the Ikoyi Police Division.

Policemen from the division had reportedly gone to the Island to arrest the Indian, but were allegedly prevented from entering the area.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the Indian’s arrest, adding that he would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

She said, “The police arrested him on Tuesday. He was nabbed by the Adeniji Adele division. He was tracked to his house. When the suspect discovered that the police were on the lookout for him, he initially fled.

“But when he thought the tension was down, he returned to his house and was arrested. The family support unit of the division is in charge of the case. The Indian has not confessed to the crime, but all the evidences before the police indicate that he assaulted the lady. He will be charged to court.”

Faith’s elder brother, Chukwuka, had narrated that her sister was late to work on that Friday, because the security men delayed to give her a pass.

He said, “Keswani’s wife queried Faith for coming late, and she explained that she was delayed by the security men at the gate for lack of a pass. The Indian’s wife became angry and reported Faith to her husband.

“There was an altercation and my sister was hit on the face; she began to bleed. She fell and became unconscious, but they thought she was pretending.

“When she regained consciousness, she headed for a public hospital at Falomo, and also reported at the Ikoyi Police Station. The police at Ikoyi invited the Indian, but he did not show up.”

Punch gathered that the matter was also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Alausa.

The DSVRT Coordinator, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said, “The case was brought to our attention on September 14.

“It came to our knowledge that the case was first reported at the Ikoyi division, but the police at that level were unable to invite him.

“The case was transferred to another police section on September 2, but the Indian did not appear to write his statement until September 7.

“When the matter got to us, the DSVRT referred the case to the Adeniji Adele division. The Divisional Police Officer referred the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, and the Commissioner of Police directed that the matter be charged to court.”

A source at the Adeniji Adele division said the Indian, in his statement to the police, insisted that he was not guilty of the offence.

Unity Bank Sacks 215 Workers

Unity Bank Plc allegedly sacked 215 of its employees yesterday due to their inability to cope with the new ideas and strategy of the company. According to a source close to the bank, about 200 new hires were said to have been recruited by the bank to promote the transformation initiative hat was initiated by the management within the past year.

The source also told Vanguard that about 100 other staff members were said to have been promoted recently.
The source also said:

“Some members of staff numbering about 215 have been allowed to go in an exercise that will enable the Bank realign its operation to pursue its long term growth strategy. However the affected staff were said to have exercised the option to resign while Management has approved severance package in line with the bank’s policy”.

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Why Our Staff Committed Suicide – FCMB Management Explains

First City Monument Bank Plc says its official, Olisa Nwakoby, who committed suicide on Friday in front of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Lekki, Lagos State, had personal challenges and became frustrated.


Why Our Staff Committed Suicide – FCMB Management ExplainsThe bank, however, noted that neither the management nor colleagues of the deceased were aware of the challenges, adding that it was working with Nwakoby’s family and the police to unravel the nature of the challenges.


Forty-four-year-old Nwakoby, said to be the manager of the bank’s branch in Lekki, shot himself in the head over a bad debt estimated at N350m on Friday.

The deceased was said to have given out the sum as loan to a bank customer, who allegedly failed to service the loan. He was reportedly under pressure from the bank’s management to repay the loan and became frustrated as he could not meet the demand.


But the Acting Group Head, Communications and Brand Management of the FCMB, Lola Egboh, said on Sunday that the suicide had nothing to do with the bank, adding that she did not have the knowledge of any loan.


Egboh, who described Nwakoby’s death as shocking, said the bank would have come to his aid if it was aware that he had emotional challenges.


She said, “It is rather unfortunate that the incident happened. Mr. Nwakoby was a member of staff of the FCMB. We are not aware that he was facing personal challenges, which led to the incident. As a bank that caters to the well-being of its workers, we have counsellors who could have helped him. This came as a surprise to us as it was to the public. It is such a trying time for the family; we have been in touch with them. There is a lot of speculations going on at the moment, a lot of them unfounded.


“We are working closely with security operatives and his family to understand what could have led to the personal challenges. I am not aware of any loan. I can’t comment on speculations.”


Efforts to speak with the family proved abortive as of press time. But a source close to the family said, “They were too distraught to speak to the press now.”


The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said a pistol and live cartridges were recovered from the scene, adding that Nwakoby  corpse had been deposited at the Lagos Island Hospital’s morgue.


She said, “At about 9.45am on Friday, one Olisa (Nwakoby) allegedly shot himself in the head with a pistol in front of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Northern Foresore Estate, Lekki.


“A team of policemen attached to the Ilasan division visited, examined and photographed the scene. The exhibit, a silver America pistol with five rounds of unexpended ammunition, was recovered to the station while the corpse was removed and deposited at a morgue for autopsy. Investigation is ongoing.”

NNPC Staff Abducted By Gunmen

A staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), identified as Yusuf Abdulkadir has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen in Kaduna.
Abdulkadir, who is a staff in the NNPC Abuja office was said to have been abducted on Saturday at his residence in Rigachiku, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 10pm on Saturday when he was whisked away to an unknown destination.
According to a family source, the gunmen trailed him while he was returning to his house and picked him up.
”They trailed him to the house yesterday dragged him out of his car at gun point and whisked him away.
”He works at NNPC Towers, Abuja, but on weekends, drives to Kaduna, where his family members reside,” the source added.
The matter has been reported to police but efforts to reach the Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar on the development proved abortive as his phone was switched off as at the time of filing this report.
Three clergymen, Dr Emmanuel Dziggau, Yakubu Talba Dzarma and Iliya Anto who eventually died in his abductors’ custody, were kidnapped on March 21 while another Colonel Samaila Inusa was abducted and killed on 26th of March, 2016, in the state.

Credit: Nation

Staff Drags ITF To Court Over Sack

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has been dragged to the Industrial Court sitting in Jos, by one of its staff, Mr. Joseph Bitrus Musa, over a sacked letter terminating his appointment.

Mr. Musa is seeking for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the ITF either by itself, agents, privies or any other person from terminating his service pending the determination of Suit No. NICN/Jos/56/2014, which he filed.

The suit also has one Hassan Umaru, the Director, Administration and Human Resources as Co-Respondent.

In the Amended Complaint filed by Musa’s Counsel, Bitrus Fwangshak (Esq), at the Industrial Court is also seeking an order of Court, setting aside the letters dated 9/12/2014 and 16/12/2014, purporting to terminate the client service of his client.

According to the claim of Mr. Joseph Musa, he want the Court to declare that the respondents lack the vires to compulsorily retire him from the service of the ITF and to also declare that his service can only be terminated by the Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments.

Furthermore, Mr. Joseph Bitrus, want the court to declare that, in view of the letter dated 3/11/2014 and received in the office of the Director General of the ITF on 4/11/2014, his service cannot in any way be terminated until there is a clarification thereof and for the Court to declare that by virtue of the circular dated 7/3/2014, with reference number OHCSF/062/vol.111/150, he has up to 2018 to retire from service.

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PDP Battles Ghost Workers, Pays Staff In Cash

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has detected ghost workers on its payroll after ordering the workers to line up and collect their salaries in cash.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that the precarious financial situation of the party forced its leadership to take the action.

It was gathered that the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was worried about the huge salary bill of the workers and decided to take action aiming at ascertaining the actual number of workers at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Sheriff was said to have inherited about N872m debt when he assumed office about a month ago.

Worried by this, Sheriff was said to have taken members of the National Workers Committee by surprise when on Thursday he directed the workers to get their salaries in cash.

A management employee, who spoke with our correspondent on Sunday, said that they were surprised when they (the workers) were directed to assemble inside the National Executive Committee hall at the national secretariat.

He said, “Sheriff has started the restructuring of the PDP for efficient and effective performance.

“March 24 will ever be a day to remember in our party. On that day, as early as 11am, the NWC and members of  staff of the PDP, under the instruction of our national chairman, moved into the conference hall.

“The chairman also joined everyone in the hall. And to the surprise of all, the business of the day was the payment of staff salaries, which was done department after department.

“One after the other, after individual’s physical verification of each file and identity, thereafter you are then paid your salary in cash.”

The exercise was chaired by the national chairman who directed the National Treasurer, Mr. Buhari Bala, to call the workers by their departments.

Another management worker said, “Names of all the workers were called according to their departments and once you heard your name, you would come out to collect your salary by hand.

“This order was followed by the national treasurer and some employees of the Finance Department, who assisted him.

“All heads of departments were on the ground to observe the exercise.

“So, when a name was called, the person came out and his/her file was opened for verification before cash was paid to such a worker.

“And at about 6:30pm, the chairman left the hall to attend to other meetings, while the national treasurer continued to call the names of employees.

“In the absence of the national chairman, he called four departments, amongst them were the Youth Department and Security Department.”

Before calling the security staff on the list submitted, Bala was said to have complained that the list was too lengthy.

It was gathered that Bala realised during the payment that the security department had what he described as ghost workers and security personnel, as the names of policemen called were those who had left the service of the PDP immediately after the resignation of the then National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, about two years ago.

Some of the workers at the national secretariat had called on Sheriff to set up a panel to investigate those behind the scam.

One of them said, “The outcome of what happened on Thursday was an indication that salaries of those ghost workers were being collected by someone over the years.

Ghost workers were also discovered in the other departments.”

It was gathered that seven policemen, who had left the party more than two years ago, were still being paid.

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MTN To Retrain Visafone Staff For 4GLTE Rollout

There are fresh indications that a good number of staff of Visafone, the leading Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) mobile technology operator may not be sacked after all. This is because they will be re-trained to have the requisite skills for roll out of the new 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) technology in the country.

Visafone, which was acquired by telecommunication giants, MTN Nigeria, is expected to provide the GSM giant the robust voice and data platform of Visafone and cater for booming internet population of Nigeria. It was gathered that staff of Visafone are likely to commence the retraining immediately ahead of the launch of the new data service.

The aggressive launch of 4G LTE services by the merged entity of MTN and Visafone is also expected to drive the broadband penetration in the country from under 10 per cent now to the targeted 30 per cent by 2018 as per the national broadband plan of the Federal Government and help meet the national broadband plan targets.

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FG Orders Deployment Of NNPC Staff To Petrol Stations

The Federal Government, yesterday, ordered the deployment of staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to petrol stations across the country to help check sharp practices and ensure the smooth supply and distribution of the product.
This was even as the NNPC stated that about 200 truckloads of fuel have entered Abuja, while another ?567 trucks have been dispatched nationwide under the special intervention fuel supply for the Yuletide season.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NNPC, after ?an emergency meeting between the Minister and senior staff of the NNPC in Abuja.
?The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, who gave the directive during the meeting, stated that the involvement of NNPC’s staff became necessary following the need to ensure total eradication of queues from fuel stations across the country and for effective monitoring of the distribution system.
He urged the staff to be ?ready to sacrifice their Christmas break if need be?, while he called on the staff to work towards achieving zero-queues at their respective stations as soon as possible.
He challenged staff to volunteer for the monitoring exercise, adding that standing up to provide creative solutions to challenges was what the new NNPC is all about.
Kachikwu further stated that though there were a number of challenges in the supply and distribution system that hamper efficient distribution of products across the country, it was time for NNPC to rise above the challenges by ensuring that the special intervention supplies are not diverted or hoarded.
He said, ?“This calls for effective monitoring of the supply system, especially at the end points, to ascertain that what is trucked out from the depots is delivered at the designated fuel stations and dispensed to the public in the most efficient manner. We need you to be out there to help achieve this; we can’t be at ease while Nigerians are going through so much pain to get fuel.”
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Reps Summon Aviation Minister, Stakeholders Over Sack Of Staff By Virgin Atlantic

Following the recent retrenchment of staff of Virgin Atlantic Airline, the House of Representatives on Thursday summoned the Minister of State in charge of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and relevant stakeholders to appear before its Committees on Labour and Productivity and Aviation with the view of resolving the issue amicably.

The resolution followed the unanimous adoption of motion of urgent matter of public importance sponsored by the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on the matter at plenary on Thursday.

While moving the motion on the floor of the House, He said that it will be recalled that a motion was brought before the House to stop the said retrenchment which was referred to the committee on Aviation.

“The laws of this country must be respected, I pray that the Minister of Aviation appears before the committee on Labour and Employment with the relevant stakeholders, “Gbajabiamila said.

Minority leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor said that the matter was already been attended to and should not be debated as the committee on Aviation is already looking into the matter.

Before putting the question, the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said that what the House feared to happen has already happened and that this motion has given the committee of Labour and Productivity a fresh mandate to look into the matter.

He said that the issue of unemployment should not be neglected adding that it has become a huge problem to the country.

The House adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

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Day Care Worker’s Threat To Kill Infant On Snap Chat Video Goes Viral

A mother in South Carolina is taking action after a video was posted on social media that appears to show a daycare worker threatening her infant daughter.

Asia Ifield says the video was posted on Snapchat and shows the daycare worker threatening to kill her 7-month-old daughter.

She wasted no time reporting the incident to police.

Ifield says, “I had a lot of rage going through my mind. I had a lot of anger. But you know, I’m not going to go and be belligerent. I’m not going to go and be crazy. I’m going to do it the right way.”

The daycare, located in Ladson, says it reported an incident to child services, but didn’t offer any other details.

Ifield says she’s currently looking for another daycare.

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Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals His Biggest Mistake At Man Utd

The Scot believes his decision to announce his retirement at the start of the 2001-02 season had a major impact on the mentality of his staff and players

Sir Alex Ferguson admits one of his biggest mistakes at Manchester United was revealing that he would retire in 2002 before the season had finished.

The Scot subsequently reversed his decision to call time on his reign at Old Trafford but eventually retired in 2013 having won 38 trophies with the club.

“It’s important to listen to your staff. In 2005, that period we didn’t win anything, just before that I had an attempted retirement, and I think that affected everyone,” Ferguson told ESPN.

“It was a mistake, and my wife and my three sons changed my attitude towards it and I started to think.

“The biggest mistake I made was announcing it at the start of the [2001-02] season, and I think a lot of them had put their tools away; they thought, ‘Oh, the manager’s leaving,’ but when I changed my mind in the January, I started thinking about United again and how we could get back on top.

“After that is when [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo came to the club and we had to regenerate everyone. The youth side of it, the scouts; we’d gone to sleep. Strangely enough, the period from there on has been glorious; it’s been fantastic with the numbers of league titles we won.

“The moments you don’t win anything register very strongly with Manchester United.”

NNPC Retires 1000 Staff

Over 1000 workers of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will leave service any moment from now, Daily Trust has learnt.

More than 200 of them are middle level officers that are caught up in the ongoing restructuring that has seen the exit of top management staff and nine heads of the corporation’s subsidiaries.

About 800 others are those that will attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 years or 35 years in service in the next one and a half years.

The new NNPC boss, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has said all staff retiring by 31st December 2016 should go
now as a result of the downsizing, a source said.

The source said those to be affected are from the subsidiaries, especially  pioneer workers  of the refineries.

As at January this year, the Corporation has about 9,500 workers in its services.

The New Group Managing Director announced the disengagement of 38 management staff last week and said the on-going retirement of the Corporation workers will go down to the lower cadre.

‘It’s A to zero restructuring. I’ve done the first three layers which is going from the Group Executive Directors to Group General Managers and General Managers. You’re going to have a lot more now. The NNPC isn’t public service. It’s a corporation and we run like a company generating money for the people of Nigeria. So, the whole concept of anything goes should stop,” he had said.

Already there is agitation from the staff due to the on-going reforms alleging that it was not following due process.

They cited the example of recruitment of about 12 top management staff into corporation and deploying them in key positions without any employment notice or consultations of relevant stakeholders.

They also accused the new management of punishing some staff that insisted on due process.
Last Friday the two unions in the oil industry, the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria  (NUPENG and PENGASSAN) warned that the reforms are exposing their members to danger.

“The on-going exercise portends a great danger in the Oil and Gas Sector, if workers are meant to bear the brunt of Government current action where the fight on corruption is now used as an act of vindictiveness against workers.”

Meanwhile, the management has scheduled a meeting with the oil unions tomorrow as part of the efforts to carry them along.

The Management further said the reforms were free from ethnicity or any agenda but mainly to enshrine professionalism in the system in a statement issued recently.

I’m Not on Mass Retrenchment Binge – GMD
The Group Managing Director has said his mandate was to put in place efficient, transparent and profit-oriented processes and not to embark on a mass retrenchment of the workforce.

Dr. Kachikwu stated that the mandate given to him by President Muhammadu Buhari is to turn around the entire commercial processes and procedures in order to impact on the growth trajectory and operations of the Corporation.

A statement from the NNPC yesterday said the reduction in the directorate from eight to four (4) at the top management cadre of the NNPC is to refocus and sharpen the business aspiration of the Corporation, adding that training and retraining of members of staff to align with the new vision is the next stage of the ongoing reforms.

The NNPC helmsman noted that all Production Sharing Contracts, Joint Venture Agreements and all other contracts between the NNPC and its various partners would be reviewed to reflect current day realities in the global oil and gas industry.

Dr. Kachikwu reassured that the recent repositioning is to put in place the right set of skills for performance stressing that the new arrangement provides a veritable vista for upcoming professionals in the Corporation to have a speedy career path.

He stated that the NNPC under his watch would put in place mechanisms that would plug all revenue leakages in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors while adding that all crude oil proceeds due for the Federation Account would be remitted accordingly.

Source: DailyTrust

AIT Staff Seek FG Intervention Over Non-Payment Of Workers’ Salary

Staff at African Independent Television (AIT) in Kaduna state have appealed to the Federal Government to intervene to make the television’s management pay salaries owed them.

The workers lamented dehumanising treatment being meted on them by their employers, describing the non-payment of their salary arrears as a deliberate act.

One of the workers who pleaded anonymity confirmed salary for August 2014 was paid on Tuesday—nearly a year later.

“There has been no communication or excuse whatsoever from management for non-payment of staff salary. When they pay for one month, it will take about four to five months before another payment will be made,” the staff said.

“A lot of people have left the organisation due to this problem while more people are planning to leave; yet the management are not bothered.

“We feel the non-payment is deliberate because the money is there but we are not been paid.

“The non-payment is inflicting suffering on us because we have families that we cannot cater for, we find it difficult to feed, pay our children’s school fees, house rent and other utility bills,” he lamented.

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PDP Staff Render Apologies To Party Over Crisis

As part of moves at recompense, the workers of the PDP have apologised to the leadership of the party over their actions during the week-long crisis that hit the opposition party.

In an apology letter addressed to the Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus and members of the NWC, the staff said they regretted their actions.

“Following inflamed passions, several allegations of corrupt practices’ bordering on speculation were raised against our respected members of the NWC. We regret the unintended consequences of our allegations especially the resultant damage caused to the reputation of members of the NWC and the party.

“Arising from the same inflamed passions and frustration, it has now dawned on us that proper channels of communication were not followed in expressing our grievances.

“To this end, we hereby offer our unreserved apology to the members of the NWC as well as the teeming members, supporters and stakeholders of the PDP for this unfortunate development.

“We regret any unintended consequences of our actions and inactions especially considering the efforts of the NWC to reposition the party to play a credible role as an opposition party poised to save Nigeria from emerging fascism,” the workers said.


PDP Crisis Intensifies As Staff Lay Siege, DSS Storms Secretariat

The national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was Monday almost turned into a battle ground as the staff members laid siege at the premises, spoiling for war with members of the National Working Committee (NWC).

Reports gathered made members of the NWC to stay away from the party’s headquarters, for fear of being attacked by the aggrieved workers. Following the mounting tension, operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) stormed the party’s national secretariat, obviously to assess situation on ground.

Three of the DSS officials were sighted at the premises at about 12.15p.m., when they went upstairs and stayed for over 30 minutes as the directors were meeting with leaders of the aggrieved workers. The DSS officials left the party premises shortly afterwards.

It was further gathered that the NWC had resolved to dialogue with the aggrieved staff, following the meeting held by the party directors with leaders of the workers’ welfare committee at the party’s national secretariat yesterday.

A  member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said the problem started when some workers were brought into the party by their godfathers who had since defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The fear at the party headquarters is that these workers, who owe allegiance to the godfathers that facilitated their employment in the PDP will be passing sensitive information and documents to their godfathers in the APC,” he said.

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INEC Staff Indicted By Election Tribunals Will Be Punished – Amina Zakari

The Independent National Electoral Commission acting chairperson, Mrs. Amina Zakari stated on Tuesday any staff of the commission indicted by elections petitions tribunals for wrong practices in the conduct of the 2015 general elections would be punished in accordance with the law.

Speaking at the public presentation of the final report on the 2015 elections by the Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja, she said:

“I would like to make it clear that electoral malpractices will not be tolerated as the commission will continue to drive transparency and effectiveness,”  speaking further she stated that “Any INEC official found wanting in the tribunals will be punished to the full extent of the law.?”

According to her, there has been a decrease in the number of petitions challenging elections conducted by the commission.

“In 2007, a total of 1,290 petitions were filed in the tr?ibunals, in 2011, it was 732 while 663 petition were filed in 2015. The reduction is driven by improvements in our electoral process but we would like to see a continued downward trend.”

?According to her, the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states would serve as an opportunity to continue to display its improved process and rigor.

Man Hilariously Narrates How He Was ‘Maltreated’ By Aero Contractors Staff

Lol, if only everyone can take their pains like this. I mean this is a real story but he still found humour in it. So nice… Please read below…

Me I had sworn that no matter how badly treated I was by a Nigerian Airline I won’t say anything. I will just be quiet and watch them disgrace themselves. So for years, I have been very silent with the rubbish they have been meting out on not only me but millions of Nigerians who unfortunately have to use them. From delayed flights, to outright cancellation.


From bumpy rides in rickety planes that have seen me peeing on myself and screaming Jesusssssssss, to smelly air hostess with dirty armpits who behave as if they are the best things since slice bread , in all these I have kept my peace and not said anything. I did not even talk when the whole Arik crew descended on my friend the Amiable Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and beat him silly simply because he asked why his seat was given out, I didn’t whimper o.

Maybe that is why, today they brought the fight to me. Me,Ajanaku, the Elephant, Aero people try me today. It all started when I got a text last night as usual postponing my morning flight in Abuja from 8.45am to 11.00am. The fact that I had an 11.0clock appointment that I had been chasing for years did not make me talk, the fact that the client had flown in from America and would be early for the meeting after flying for over 13 hours and me who had just 55minutes to fly would be late did not make me talk. So I took it all in my stride and slept off.

In the morning, I took my time and jumped into traffic and the usual Lagos traffic killed me. I arrived at their counter at exactly 10.30 for the flight and one very dirty Aero staff screamed at me with spittle gushing out of her mouth like a volcano erupting and throwing ash everywhere, ‘ we have closed the counter’ she screamed turning her back and showing me a split in her skirts. I smiled believing that this is NIGERIA and this is Ajanaku that I will surmount this challenge. I called out at her and in my smoothest Don Jazzy voice, I pleaded for help. She was livid, looked at me sternly and asked if I did not understand English, that it was over and gleefully told me that the next flight was for 5 o’clock in the evening.

At this time, my cool evaporated and I started begging. I pleaded as if my life depended on it and at this point about 6 of their lowliest paid staff, all with different kinds of body stench descended on me and telling me categorically that I had to leave and come back by 5pm. I begged and begged and begged all to no avail. I even told them that we all voted APC and that the change had come that they should please temper Justice with mercy. This served to only anger them the more as they immediately started mocking me and laughing at me. Guys, the most painful thing in all these, was the fact that they were still checking in other passengers o. Those with huge and plenty luggages where being given VIP treatment while me in all my Gucci Shoes and trousers was left stranded and being advised to either go to another airline the or should start trekking like all these people trekking for Buhari.

At this point someone in authority strolled in and decided to assist and then I knew what my sin was. He asked them to open the system to see if there was more seats, he stared at the system like the tyrant he was, with the power of life and death. He sent a signal to the Pilot, not to dare move that plane until he decided what to do and after staring at the system for what seemed like an eternity gave judgement, I should be upgraded to first class. I thanked him and prayed that God should bless his mistress and that his wife will never catch him, but as he was walking away, his leprous colleagues called him back and told him that I had complained about being delayed for four hours on my last trip and as such I did not see any reason why I could not board after just being late for 30 minutes.

My people, Emperor turned with all the dignity he could muster and gave instant judgement, no more seats and that was final. I stood there looking like a class clown. I could not believe this was happening to me. The circus midgets all immediately burst into imbecilic laughter and stuck out their tongues at me.

Out of frustration, I left them and went to the medview counter, where the Angels there gave me a seat on their 12 noon flight. I thanked them and paid but decided to go back to Aero counter to vent. My people, I for Kuku just go my way o. Na police dey wait for me o. The goons had called Police for me and you know police, na who first report na him get case. The bleached police man demanded for my phone and asked to go through my picture gallery that I had taken pictures of the Aero staff.

That’s how the man went through my phone, enjoyed himself with all the – you know the kind picture that will be there na- took his time and decided which ones he will delete and which ones he will keep and in all these the minions where still laughing and still checked people into a flight they had said was full an hour ago.

I thank God for the NCAA people who came to my assistance. Took me to their office took my complaints and calmed me down. They said they had been receiving series of complaints from harassed and humiliated passengers and will certainly do something this time.

So my people, Aero used to be my favorite airline, but with this kind of harassment and being treated like a thief I have left them and taken my wahala somewherelse. You can be sure, I will not miss their shitty service, I will not miss their cheap onboard flight, I will not miss the unpredictability of their services, I I’ll not miss their rickety planes, I will not miss having to ‘settle’ their poorly paid and under trained staff and I will certainly won’t have to kneel down and beg to be boarded simply because I mistakenly mentioned that if they could delay me for four hours, they should be a little bit more tolerant with my 30minute lateness, even though the flight was still on ground and checking in was still ongoing.

As I write, I am headed to the Airport with my heart in my mouth. One of the goons had threatened to cancel my return ticket and that I will never fly Aero. I asked him if his father was Ibru that he should try it. My people maybe I should join the Trekkers.

PDP Threatens Staff Over Leaked Vouchers

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to sack staff involved in the leaking of vouchers that showed how party executives shared a significant amount of money meant for the execution of the just concluded general elections.

The money was from the Party’s Presidential Campaign Council. The vouchers were published by many media outfits on Monday.

Among those who shared the money included the National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu; National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo and other members of the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

Oladipo summoned some of the workers to his office in Abuja and accused them of leaking the documents to embarrass the party executives. He vowed to sack everybody found culpable for the leakage.

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NDLEA Official Held For Allegedly Importing 2.7kg Cocaine

An official with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged trafficking of cocaine.

The accused, Adeogun Ogunyemi was brought before Justice Saliu Saidu, alongside one Adams Micheal a.k.a. Chidi by the NDLEA.

They were alleged to have conspired among themselves to import 2.692 kilograms of the banned substance into the country between January and March.

The court heard that the accused persons committed the offence at the International Mail Processing Centre, NACHO, International Airport, Ikeja.

They were arraigned on a four count charge, bordering on drug trafficking punishable under Sections 14(b) and 11(a) of the NDLEA Act.

However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, prompting the NDLEA to plead that the duo be remanded in its custody pending the completion of investigation.

His prayer was objected to by the defense counsel, Chief Benson, who told the court that the duo have been detained since March.

After listening to the parties, Justice Saidu in a bench ruling ordered that the accused persons be remanded in NDLEA custody for seven days and adjourned the matter to May 14.