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Fuel, currency scarcity: TUC gives FG seven days ultimatum

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TUC President, Festus Osifo

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), yesterday gave Federal Government seven days ultimatum to make fuel and currency available to Nigerians, failure which it would call out its members for a nationwide industrial action.

The TUC in a statement by the President, Festus Osifo and the Secretary General Nuhu Toro, said it has already puts its members on red alert.
“Congress is however, not going to wait in perpetuity for the political leadership to put on its thinking cap. Therefore, we demand that the Federal Government within seven days, beginning from Tuesday 7th February, 2023 provides a solution to the twin problems of currency unavailability and fuel shortages,” the statement read.
The labour centre said it shall be monitoring the situation closely and will give further directive should the situation not improve.
“All State Council executives are hereby put on red alert,” adding that Nigeria belongs to the people, not to the government or the birds of passage who hold power.
The TUC leadership said the centre would be willing to make the needed sacrifices, if necessary, to salvage the country.
It lamented that like the rest of the Nigerian populace, is bewildered that the country is being dragged through the twin crises of currency and fuel shortages.
According to the labour centre, never in the history of the country have Nigerians been subjected to so much pain, sorrow and anger which threatens to boil over into the streets, “Indeed, pockets of protests have broken out in some states.”

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It stated, “Nigerians have never been subjected to the nightmare of being unable to access their hard-earned money in the banks leading to business closures and inability to pay for food, transportation and medical bills amongst other necessities.
“Also, the situation where the populace is forced to buy Nigerian currency or part with a significant percentage of cash just to get access to their own money is disheartening and evil. It is unacceptable that a country of laws with a plethora of government and security services in place is unable to curb these crimes against the people and bring perpetrators to book.”
The Congress warned the politicians that it is not interested in the blame game going on in government and political circles, neither is it fascinated by the endless promises and assurances made by the federal government that the situation will soon be brought under control.
But rather it expressed that it is bothered that even the smaller denominations of N100 naira notes and N50 notes that were not affected by the Naira redesign, paradoxically are not in circulation anywhere in the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari needs to give a marching order to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the commercial banks to make available the legal tender, unconditionally to Nigerians without further delay,” it charged.
The TUC leadership opined that all it demands is the immediate return to normalcy so that Nigerians who are already subjected to an unprecedented runaway inflation, can have access to their hard-earned money.
It added that the lengthy explanations on why there are long queues at fuel stations and prices of PMS being far above the official price can no longer be tolerated.
“All we demand is that petrol returns to fuel stations and is available at the official price across the country,” the Congress stated, warning that the time for government to act is now before the situation gets out of hand and the populace take matters into their own hands.

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Court fixes May 9 for Agunloye’s ₦1bn suit against EFCC

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Court fixes May 9 for Agunloye’s ₦1bn suit against EFCC

Justice Emeka Nwite fixed the date after EFCC’s lawyer, Abba Mohammed, sought an adjournment to enable him to regularise his processes before the court.

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2 top bandit kingpins, 12 others killed in supremacy battle

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2 top bandit kingpins, 12 others killed in supremacy battle

Two prominent bandit kingpins, Kachala Gwande and Kachallah Madagwal  as well as 12 other  fighters have been killed  after a confrontation erupted at Kaurar Zomo village in the Kunchin Kalgo district of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara State.

The deadly fight involved three rival bandit groups operating in the area.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, that Alhaji Tsauni’s group, Kachallah Jafaru’s group, and Kachallah Gwandu’s group, clashed in a fierce gun battle, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at approximately 15:45 hours, resulting in the reported deaths of over 10 bandits from the three factions.

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Jafaru, a notorious bandit kingpin known to operate from Faskari LGA in Katsina state, descended upon Kaurar Zomo village, which serves as Tsauni’s stronghold, under undisclosed circumstances that led to the violent confrontation.

Jafaru’s  fighters were said to have overpowered and naturalised Gwande and his fighters.

The fight, however, escalated to other enclaves shortly after the news of Gwande’s death broke, resulting in another heavy gun battle with Kachallah Madagwal’s group, who was neutralised in the aftermath of the shootout.

Zagazola understands that several bandits who sustained severe gunshot wounds were promptly evacuated to Munhaye Health Facility for urgent medical attention.

2 top bandit kingpins, 12 others killed in supremacy battle

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Troops rescue another Chibok girl with three children in Borno

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Lydia Simon with the children

Troops rescue another Chibok girl with three children in Borno

Lydia Simon, another abducted Chibok schoolgirl, was rescued by troops from Operation Desert Sanity III, part of the North-East Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), on Wednesday.

She was rescued along with her three children by the troops of the 82 Division Task Force Battalion in Gwoza LGA of Borno State on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, exactly ten years after she was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists alongside over 200 schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014.

Intelligence sources, according to Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region, revealed that Lydia, who was tagged serial number 68 among the abducted schoolgirls, escaped from the camp of Ali Ngulde in Mandara Mountain where she was held in captivity for several years.

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She surrendered to troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion at Ngoshe in Gwoza LGA of the State. The rescued Chibok girl was five months pregnant and claimed she was from Pemi Town in Chibok LGA.

April 14, 2024, marks the 10th anniversary of the violent abduction of 276 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents.

While 57 of the girls escaped from their captors in the following days, 16 were later rescued and 107 had at different times been released through negotiations.

The Federal and Borno State Governments, including the Nigerian Army, have pledged their commitment toward rescuing the rest of the abducted schoolgirls that were still held in captivity by the terrorists.

Troops rescue another Chibok girl with three children in Borno

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