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Labour Kicks As Kano Cuts Salaries
Civil servants in Kano State said Wednesday that they had been left confused following unexplained slashes in their November and December salaries.
Some civil servants said they were left with less than the old minimum wage of N18, 000. Officials of the state government denied reverting to the old minimum wage, insisting that there were only deductions because of the prevailing recession in the country occasioned by COVID-19.
A cross-section of civil servants in Kano described the “slash” as unfair, saying the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led administration shouldn’t have deducted money from their November and December salaries at a period when it released N2.3 billion for the conduct of local government elections scheduled for January 16.
Village Heads Inviting Bandits — Niger Gov
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello says some village heads have been arrested for inviting and harbouring bandits in the state.
He said this on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on the rising insecurity and infrastructural decay in the state.
“In fact, we’ve arrested some village heads. Now, if a whole village head invites bandits or harbours bandits, then where are we headed to? The village head is supposed to secure the village,” he said.
FCT High Court Gets Acting Chief Judge
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad on Wednesday swore in Justice Salisu Garba as the acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court. The CJN charged Justice Garba that his new oath is a covenant with the Almighty God, which requires that he redouble his efforts.
Justice Garba, who is the second most senior judge of the court, was appointed following the retirement of Justice Ishaq Bello as substantive Chief Judge of the court on Tuesday, January 5 after clocking the age of 65.
Justice Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was called to the Bar in 1984, and practiced Law between 1985 and 1989. He joined the FCT High Court as a magistrate in 1989, and was later appointed the Chief Registrar of the court in 1997, before becoming a judge of the court in 1999.
JNI Tackles Kukah Over Christmas Message
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has urged the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah, not to take Muslims’ kindness for timidity or foolishness. JNI was reacting to Kukah’s Christmas message.
A statement Wednesday by JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said Kukah’s message was an attack on Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.
“One cannot but agree that it was a calculated attempt to insult Islam which is typical of him. His veiled insinuation that Muslims have a pool of violence to draw from is disgusting, disheartening, as well as condemnable,” he said.
Troops Destroy 197 Bandits’ Hideouts, Neutralise 220 – DHQ
The troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have destroyed 197 bandits’ hideouts, neutralised 220, arrested 892 suspects and recovered a large cache of arms in North West in the second half of 2020, Defence Headquarters said on Wednesday.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this at a news conference held at the Army Special Super Camp 4 in Faskari, Katsina, on Wednesday. Onyeuko said the operations were carried out from July 1 to December. 31, 2020.
He disclosed that 73 AK47 rifles, one GPMG and 194 Dane guns as well as 5,032 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 568 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition and 156 live cartridges were recovered by the troops. According to him, 197 bandit’s camps and hideouts including the notorious Dangote Triangle and several bandits’ logistics bases were destroyed by troops during the period.
2023: Nigerians Want PDP Back In Power— Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says Nigerians are earnestly waiting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over power at the federal level in order to enshrine good governance.
Governor Wike said this at the inauguration of the 11.53km Agbonchai-Afam road, connecting Eleme and Oyigbo LGAs performed on Wednesday by the former Senate Majority leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume.
The governor said Nigerians had increased their yearnings for good governance, improved economy and developmental projects that PDP had continued to provide in states under its control.
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