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Tragedy: Police Inspector slumps, dies shortly after returning from duty post

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The family of an Inspector serving with the Ago Palace Police Division of the Lagos State Police Command, Jeremiah Omaga, has been thrown into mourning after he returned from work, slumped and died during treatment in a hospital in the state.

Reports said that Omaga, who resides in Queen Barracks, in the Apapa area of the state, returned home from his duty post at Ago Palace Police Division and started to complain about feeling unwell.

Our correspondent learnt that the officer’s health worsened shortly after complaining, prompting his wife to call one of his friends, who came to take him to the hospital.

The deceased’s neighbour, who identified herself simply as Comfort, said Omaga could not walk when he was brought out of his apartment in the barracks, adding that he had lost a lot of strength before he got to the hospital.

She said, “I saw him when he arrived on Sunday morning around 9.30am, and when I greeted him, I noticed he was not feeling too well. Shortly after greeting him, his wife came out of their apartment to meet his friend who came with a car.

“It was at that point that I knew that he was about to be taken to the hospital. But by the time they brought him out of the room, he could not walk by himself.”

A family member of the deceased, Kazeem Bonobi, said he got to know of his health condition after his wife called to inform him, adding that efforts to speak with Omaga proved abortive because of his condition.

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He said, “The wife called me to say that my brother came from work and he was not talking. She said he dropped his bag and went straight to lie in the bed, and did not even attend to the children.

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“He also told his wife that he wanted to rest, but she felt something was wrong with him due to the way he was behaving. When she touched his body, she said her husband started feeling pains, so she called me.

“I left home immediately and by the time I could get to their house, she had already taken him to hospital with the assistance of the neighbour. By the time I got to the hospital, he had been placed on oxygen. He was just staring at me and could not do anything.”

As the policeman was lying on the sick bed, Bonobi said tests were done to ascertain his medical condition, adding that Omaga died before the results were ready.

He said, “A test was carried out on him immediately he got to the hospital. But he gave up in the middle of the night before they could even provide the result of the tests.

“But as we prepared to move his corpse, we were told to wait for the outcome of the tests so as to know what to write on his death certificate.

“When the result came out, it was stated that his death had to do with his sugar level and high blood pressure.”

Our correspondent gathered that the late policeman’s corpse had been taken to his home town in Kogi State to perfect his burial rites.

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Efforts by our correspondent to speak to the Omega’s wife, who had been inconsolable by her husband’s death, proved abortive.

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Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the development, saying Omega’s wife informed the command after he started behaving strangely when he returned from work.

He said, “The wife called his office, said he was stooling when he got home and was taken to the hospital where he passed away.”

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Alleged N80bn Fraud: Yahaya Bello to appear in court for trial today

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Ex-Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

After several months of hide-and-seek between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the former governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the ex-governor is expected to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 13 for arraignment on the corruption charge against him.

The former governor, through his lawyer, finally agreed to submit himself to the court at the last adjourned date.

Bello’s lead counsel, Abdulwahab Mohammed, gave the undertaking to Justice Emeka Nwite on May 10, shortly after the court rejected the defendant’s request for suspension of trial.

According to him, the former governor was not afraid of arraignment but of the safety of his life in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

He said the life of his client has been under consistent threats in Abuja, hence his decision to go underground for safety.

The agreement to submit to court trial was informed by Justice Nwite’s remarks that the EFCC, as a law-abiding body, would not do anything contrary to the provisions of the law.

The judge said Bello was not the first former governor to be merely invited by the anti-graft agency and would not be the last.

The judge also said that the charges are based on allegations that have not been proved, adding that the law presumes any accused person innocent until proven otherwise.

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He advised the senior lawyer to prevail on his client to respect the law and order of the court as a law-abiding person.

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Bello’s lawyer, responding to the admonition, thanked the Judge for the hint, adding that, with the assurance that the EFCC would not do anything untoward, the former governor would be brought to court.

“All my client needs is just an assurance for the safety of his life, which has been under threat for some time in Abuja.”

The lawyer requested for four weeks to bring his client before the court.

He said Bello would, however, come to the court instead of the EFCC to take his plea in the charges.

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‘I did my Dobale’, Tinubu breaks silence on Democracy Day fall at Eagle Square

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Minimum Wage: FG denies offering N105,000
President Bola Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu late yesterday, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, broke his silence on a viral video on social media where he missed his steps and tripped earlier in the day during the proceedings at the Democracy Day Parade at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Speaking at the Democracy Day Dinner, Tinubu, a Yoruba from South West Nigeria, said tongue-in-cheek that he was only performing a traditional Yoruba gesture of respect.

“Early this morning, I had a swagger and it is on social media. They are confused on whether I was doing Buga or doing Babariga but it is a day to celebrate democracy while doing ‘dobale’ for the day. I am a traditional Yoruba boy and I did my Dobale,”

The president also underscored the importance of national orientation and collective effort in fostering a prosperous future for the country.

“Nigeria is blessed, our complexity, our diversity is there, but is the best road to success. Whatever we have to invest in our national orientation, we have to do it,” Tinubu declared, stressing the need for a concerted effort to instill a sense of service and patriotism among Nigerians.

He also noted that the nation’s national anthem encapsulated the essence of service, a value he observed being practiced by many governors across the country.

He expressed his gratitude to the governors, acknowledging their dedication to serving their people irrespective of their political affiliations.

“We include in our national anthem, the essence of service. I have seen many governors, both live and on tv, serving their people. They belong to other parties and many of them are here tonight. Thank you, Governor Eno, of Akwa Ibom, thank you Governor Okpara, my comrade from Kaduna, thank you, Sheriff and Abia, thank you. If I miss you, forgive me. Everybody has forgotten the partisanship column and embraced that green, white, green that depicts Nigeria.”

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Acknowledging criticisms of the national anthem, he called on governors to redouble their efforts in fostering a sense of duty and national character among citizens.

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“Citizenship is not just the dictionary meaning of it, it is the actual character. Let us teach this to our children, so that Nigeria collectively, we will do the job that we are called upon to do as both family or nation under God almighty,” Tinubu urged.

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NLC counters Tinubu, says no agreement reached with FG on minimum wage

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Minimum wage: Govs who can't pay should resign - Labour
NLC President, Joe Ajaero and other union leaders

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) says it has not reached an agreement with the federal government on the minimum wage.

In his Democracy Day speech on Wednesday, President Bola Tinubu said the federal government has negotiated with organized organised labour “in good faith and with open arms” on a new national minimum wage.

The president added that an executive bill on the minimum wage would be sent to the national assembly “to enshrine what has been agreed upon as part of our law for the next five years or less”.

In a statement on Wednesday night, NLC said the president may have been misinformed regarding the outcome of the wage negotiation process.

“We appreciate the President’s commitment to those fine democratic ideals which allowed the work of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Negotiation Committee to proceed unhindered despite some hiccups,” the statement reads.

“However, we had expected Mr. President to have used this understanding as one of those who was in the vanguard of the struggle with us around the nation to rescue Nigeria from the hands of the military to harmonize the two figures submitted to him by the Tripartite Committee in favour of workers and masses. It would have been a fitting Democracy Day gift.

“The NIC would have expected that the advisers of the President would have told him that we neither reached any agreement with the federal government and the employers on the base figure for a National Minimum Wage nor on its other components.”

The NLC said its demand still remains N250,000, adding that it has not been given any compelling reasons to change this position.

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“We are therefore surprised at the submission of Mr. President over a supposed agreement. We believe that he may have been misled into believing that there was an agreement with the NLC and TUC,” the labour body added.

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“There was none, and it is important that we let the president, Nigerians, and other national stakeholders understand this immediately to avoid a mix up in the ongoing conversation around the national minimum wage.

“We have also not seen a copy of the document submitted to him and will not accept any doctored document.

“However, we want to reaffirm our belief that the President, on whose table the Tripartite Committee’s report presently resides, will prepare an executive bill which content will reflect the true demand of Nigerian workers.

“We think that this is an opportunity for him to demonstrate his love for Nigerian workers and the masses by shunning the pieces of advice that may be coming from those whose intentions are continuously focused on hurting the poor and struggling workers of Nigeria.”

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