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NURTW dissolves Lagos council, says MC Oluomo fails to show remorse

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The leadership crisis rocking the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos has taken a new turn as the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the union has announced the dissolution of the Lagos council of the NURTW.

The union in a statement titled Dissolution of Lagos State Administrative Council, jointly signed by the Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa and Alhaji Kabiru Ado Ya’u, the national president and general secretary, respectively, stated that the decision of the body was based on the provisions of the union’s constitution.

The Lagos State council of the union under Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) has been in a running battle with the national body of the union in Abuja.

He was suspended for insubordination and in retaliation, he (Oluomo) on 10 March, 2022 at a press conference voluntarily announced their exit from the NURTW.

He was to have been granted a pardon after the mediation of the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and other well meaning opinion leaders on condition that he would show remorse and tender a apology.

But the NAC in a new statement said the national body took the decision to dissolve the Lagos State council due to the failure of MC Oluomo to show remorse.

“The National Administrative Council during its meeting of March 15, 2022 graciously passed a resolution to grant pardon to the suspended state chairman if he shows remorse and tender unreserved apology to the union. However, up until this moment the suspended chairman has bluntly refused to do so; hence, the decision to take action against the Lagos State administrative council by dissolving same.”

It therefore directed the state secretary of the union, Comrade Seyi Bankole, “to take over the running of the affairs of Lagos State council, pending the constitution of a caretaker committee after consultation with relevant authorities.”

The statement also advised all members of the union in the state and the general public to henceforth desist from dealing with members of the dissolved Lagos State council on issues concerning the union.

 

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Thugs allegedly loyal to Governor Wike attack Rivers PDP presidential campaign boss’ residence, destroy vehicles

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Political thugs allegedly working for the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike have invaded the residence of former Rivers South-East Senator, Lee Maeba.

The house located at GRA, Phase 3 axis in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was invaded by thugs on Thursday morning.

Maeba is the chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state.

A source said the hoodlums, allegedly loyal to Governor Wike, destroyed many cars, including an SUV, while occupants of the house including Senator Maeba’s relations fled the scene.

It was learnt that the hoodlums also shot indiscriminately and injured some occupants of the building during the attack.

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“About 200 hoodlums loyal to Governor Wike attacked the residence of Senator Lee Maeba this morning. They destroyed vehicles and injured some occupants,” the source said.

Since Governor Wike lost the presidential ticket of the party to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the party has been factionalised.

This followed allegations made by the governor that the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu manipulated the process to favour Atiku, a fellow northerner.

He subsequently asked Ayu to resign from office but the national chairman has refused to do so amid the attendant crisis in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Wike-led Rivers government earlier revoked the ownership of a landed property belonging to Maeba in Port Harcourt.

When contacted, DSP Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, spokesperson for the state police command said she wasn’t aware of the incident.

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Over 100 injured in Spanish train collision

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At least 150 people have been injured after two trains collided in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain, emergency services have said.

The crash, which occurred around 07:50 (06:50 GMT), took place at a station on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Local media reported that the trains had been travelling in the same direction and collided while one was parked at the station.

It is unclear how the accident happened and officials have yet to comment.

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Emergency officials wrote on Twitter that the crash happened at the Montcada i Reixac – Manresa station, about 12km (7 miles) from the city centre.

Writing on Twitter, emergency services said that 150 people were “in a mild condition” and five others had been left with “in a less serious condition”.

They added that three people had been transferred to hospital.

Train traffic was briefly disrupted on several lines due to the accident, the national rail service Renfe said.

One passenger told RAC1, a local radio station, that “train was full and my carriage, which was the last one, was completely full” at the time of the collision.

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ICPC Arraigns Rector, others over N6m fraud

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The Rector, Samuel Timi Johnson and the Acting Bursar, Werepere Martins Degbegha of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as well as one Yerikema Tony Tombra have been arraigned for their complicity in a Six Million Naira (N6,000,000) fraud.

The defendants were brought before Honorable Justice M.A Ayemieye of High Court 2, sitting in Yenagoa, by ICPC, on allegations bordering on ‘using office to confer corrupt advantage, conspiracy & making false statement.’

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ICPC, in a 7-count charge, is accusing the Rector and the Acting Bursar of conspiring and using their offices to confer corrupt advantage on themselves when they withdrew the above sum from the confers of the institute under the guise of spending the money on renovations of a viewing centre in Tropani Community while investigation revealed otherwise.

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