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We’ll not back down, Labour vows as strike enters second day

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NLC President, Joe Ajaero

Organised Labour has vowed never to back down as the indefinite strike initiated against the non-completion of the National Minimum Wage negotiation exercise and passage into law and the vexatious hike in electricity tariff enters the second day.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)’s President, Joe Ajaero, in his reaction to the management of Transmission Company of Nigeria said: “We will not back down, and we will not give in to any blackmail, intimidation or harassment.”

Ajaero, who said the day one of the strikes was successful, commended Nigerians for their solidarity.

He, however, called on all Nigerians to come out and join the nationwide industrial action as labour moves into the second day of the struggle.

“It is our collective struggle, and together, we can throw off the shackles that have kept us marooned in the cesspit of massive and excruciating suffering.

“Let us meet again at the barricades. We can collectively assist the government to govern our nation better in such a way that the majority benefits from their policies and programmes.”

He noted that the NLC has categorically stated that Nigerian workers would not be intimidated by the management of any organisation or government entity over their rightful decision to withdraw services through the indefinite nationwide strike.

He reasoned that the spreading of outright falsehood to mislead the public instead of working with other stakeholders to resolve the issues raised by Nigerian workers via the NLC and TUC is not helpful in any way.

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Rather, the labour leader said it would inflame the anger of the suffering masses, who are already burdened by the cruel policies of the Federal Government.

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He said: “It is important that we, therefore, address the statement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) where they made false claims regarding the indefinite nationwide strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) should understand that the company is not the only company impacted by the massive withdrawal of service across the nation by Nigerian workers. It should, therefore, not make it a TCN affair as other organisations also suffer one breakdown in service or the other, as a result of the nationwide industrial action.”

Ajaero said it was not true that anybody was manhandled by labour in any TCN location.

“Maybe, TCN in its effort to scuttle the strike, tried to force workers to be at work, not realising the resolve of all workers to stay away.

“Why would the grid not go down when the workers who operate them decide to withdraw their services? That is how it works, and it further demonstrates that without workers, no wheel can turn; no work can take place anywhere.”

He added that Nigerian workers led by the NLC and the TUC have exercised due caution and unusual patience in its engagement with social partners, and this restraint has been grossly abused.

The NLC President said labour has been duly informed that the TCN management has resorted to the use of the military in its effort at intimidating and harassing workers in its employ for carrying out their lawful and democratic duties at various TCN plants around Nigeria.

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“We warn that the TCN management would be held liable for any injury inflicted on any worker by their resort to the use of the military powers.

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“It is also important that we inform the TCN that deploying military men to its locations is a clear abuse and insult on the military, especially in a democracy,” he said

He maintained that both NLC and TUC remained steadfast in their commitment to the emancipation of downtrodden Nigerians, and would persist in the struggle for a fair and just living wage, as well as the reversal of the excessive electricity tariff hike.

“We call on all Nigerians to stand in solidarity with us as we demand the implementation of policies that prioritise the wellbeing of the people,”he stressed (SUN)

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86-year-old woman set ablaze by daughter over alleged witchcraft

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A 45-year-old woman simply identified as Abiodun and popularly called “Iya Sunday,” has set her mother ablaze in a bid to kill her.

Abiodun was told by a Pastor that she would be free from a spiritual bondage after the death of her 86-year-old mother.

Witnesses said the suspect poured petrol on her mother and set her ablaze on Friday morning around 5am.

The incident happened at Surulere, opposite Anglican Cathedral Church in Ondo West local government area of Ondo State.

Gory picture of the victim showed that she sustained severe burns all over her body and receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

An eyewitness, Sola Oladele, said the suspect came to her mother’s house in the early hours of Friday.

He said she called out her mother before pouring petrol on her and setting her on fire.

According to him: “What happened between them before the incident we don’t know, but the suspect has been arrested by police at the Enu-Owa division for further investigation.”

Abiodun said her action was because she was told that her mother was behind her predicament.

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She said: “I went to my mother’s house around 4 a.m. and sat outside. When it was 5 am, I called out my mother from the house. Immediately after she came out, not knowing what was happening, I poured petrol on her body and set her on fire.

“What started it is that I went to one Pastor for prayers and he told me that my mother is behind what is happening to me. I did not believe it at first. My mother also took me somewhere to see one woman. After my mother left, the woman also said the same thing.

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“I burnt my mother because of what I heard from the pastor and the woman, that I can only be freed from bondage when my mother is dead.”

Police sources said the case would be transferred to the Police headquarters in Akure for further investigation. (The Nation)

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Gunmen abduct Company MD, three foreigners in Lagos, demand $1.5m ransom

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Armed men suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four Lebanese including the Managing Director of Fouani Company, a prominent representative of LG and Hisense.

According to credible sources, the victims were travelling by boat from Apapa to Victoria Island when they were ambushed near Falomo Bridge. The kidnappers, whose identities are unknown, have demanded an astounding $1.5 million ransom.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident and stated that an investigation is ongoing.

He said, “Yes, we received the report and are investigating it.”
“We are currently working with their families and the Lebanese community to get them released,” Hundeyin explained.

However, the abduction has sparked outrage in the business community, with many calling for increased security measures to protect citizens.

The incident raises concerns about the safety of Lagos’ waterways and the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in combating crime.

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ICPC grills woman who accused suspended Perm Sec of S*xual harassment

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 •Suspended Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa
Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, the woman who accused the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, of s*xual harassment, has been grilled and thereafter released by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

This is in the wake of an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), following a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, in response to a petition written by Fajemirokun-Ajayi, against the permanent secretary.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust Saturday, an official of the ICPC said that Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was quizzed for hours by the crack detectives of the commission over her allegations.

The official, who did not want his name in print, said Fajemirokun-Ajayi arrived at the commission’s headquarters at about 9:40 am, on Friday, alongside her lawyer; responded to various questions posed to her.

“She wasn’t arrested. She was invited and she honoured the invitation to come and substantiate the s*xual harassment allegations against the Permanent Secretary of her ministry, Ibrahim Lamuwa,” the official said.

The official said she was released after the interrogation on Friday, adding that she would still be called upon in future to make further clarifications if there is a need for her to do so.

Ambassador Lamuwa had responded to the query issued him by the head of service, denying all the allegations labelled against him.

The ICPC’s invitation letter inviting Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, requesting him to release her for questioning.

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The ministry received the ICPC letter titled: ‘Investigation Activities: Notice of Invitation’ on Thursday.

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It said: “In view of the above and pursuant to sections 28 and 40 of the said Act, you are kindly requested to release and direct Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi of the Ministry to appear for an interview before the undersigned at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday, 14 June 2024 at 10:00 hours,” read the invitation letter dated June 11, and signed by Acting Director of Operations, S. Yahaya.

It is not immediately clear whose petition led to the ICPC investigation or what exactly the agency is investigating.

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