March 25, 2019

* Minimum Wage: Ngige Briefs Buhari, Osinbajo on NLC’s Threat, Says NEC, Govs to Meet Monday * Gunmen Kidnap 5 Catholic Nuns In Delta

* Minimum Wage: Ngige Briefs Buhari, Osinbajo on NLC’s Threat, Says NEC, Govs to Meet Monday                     * Gunmen Kidnap 5 Catholic Nuns In Delta



Minimum Wage: Ngige Briefs Buhari, Osinbajo on NLC’s Threat, Says NEC, Govs to Meet Monday

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Friday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on the threat by the organised labour to embark on industrial action from Nov. 6. The threat followed the delay in the implementation of new national minimum wage. Ngige, who spoke to State House correspondents after the closed door meetings at the Presidential Villa Abuja, said the Economic Management Team would be meeting with state governors to harmonise positions on the ongoing negotiation with labour unions over the issue. He said: “I have come here to consult with the vice president and Mr President. “On Monday, the economic team will meet and the governors are supposed to come so that the federal government will brief them on what is on the ground.

Gunmen Kidnap 5 Catholic Nuns In Delta

Suspected gunmen, Friday abducted five Catholic nuns of the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State under the Issele-Uku Diocese. The circumstances surrounding the kidnap were still hazy. It was learnt that the victims were said to be returning from a burial ceremony in the eastern part of the country when the hoodlums struck around the Railway Line near Agbor. The hoodlums intercepted the private vehicle of the nuns and shot at the vehicle of the clerics, injuring two nuns on the leg region before making away with the other five. As at the time of filing this report, the abductors were yet to make contact with the leadership of the Catholic community in Issele-Uku Diocese.

 Order Military To Release Your Credentials, Nigerians Tell Buhari

Nigerians have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Secretary of the Military Board to release his certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission. INEC had on Thursday published a list of over 70 candidates, who are participating in the 2019 presidential elections and their credentials. However, Buhari failed to attach necessary documents to his presidential bid sent to INEC by his party, the All Progressives Congress, insisting that they were in the custody of the military.

Atiku Reacts To UK Magazine’s Prediction Of 2019 Election

Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential campaign Organisation has reacted to the research unit of The Economist Magazine prediction that Abubakar will unseat President Muhammadu Buhari 2019. The London-based magazine made the prediction in its latest country report on Nigeria, less than two months after it had predicted that Buhari would lose the forthcoming 2019 election. However, the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate’s Campaign organisation’s spokesman Segun Sowunmi in statement on Friday said the report has vindicated Abubakar of all allegations.

INEC Chairman Meets Buhari’s Chief Of Staff Inside Aso Rock

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. The meeting was held behind closed doors inside Kyari’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. The agenda of the meeting was not made public. Yakubu did not speak with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. The Presidency also has yet to issue a statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

Ezeife, Ologbondiyan, Ozekhome Flay Fashola’s 2023 S/W Presidency Remark

Reactions have continued to trail Thursday’s directive to the South-West by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola urging them to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid to pave way for the return of the Presidency to the zone in 2023. Speaking exclusively with Saturday Vanguard yesterday, former governor of Anambra state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife bemoaned the Minister’s comment, noting that the South-East zone ought to supported by Nigerians to produce the President in 2023.

Missing General: Army Uncovers Spot Where Corpse Was Buried, Exhumed

The Nigerian Army on Friday claimed that it had uncovered a shallow grave where suspected hoodlums had initially buried the corpse of its former Chief of Administration, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Idris Alkali (retd). The shallow grave, the Army said, was in ‘No Man’s Land,’ and had been identified by four different suspects at different times of arrest. The General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division in Rukuba Barracks, Maj. Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, at a press conference, claimed that the suspects took troops on the search-and-rescue operation to the spot where the corpse of the missing officer was allegedly exhumed and reburied in a yet-to-be-identified place.

Stephen Tsav Dumps PDP For APC

A former Speaker, Benue House of Assembly, Mr. Stephen Tsav, has defected from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress. Tsav, who announced his defection in Guma, said that he was defecting “after collecting financial inducement aimed at stopping me from defecting.” He, however, did not state who offered the said financial inducement. In a speech at the occasion, Senator George Akume accused Governor Samuel Ortom of treating people displaced by the recent violence “very poorly,” alleging that Internally Displaced Persons fared better in neighbouring Nasarawa State.

Nigeria Loses $25bn To Foreign Ship Owners In 3 Yrs

The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, said on Friday that Nigeria lost 25 billion dollars to foreign ship owners between 2015 and 2017. Bello disclosed this when the Nigerian Fleet Implementation Committee paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Budget and Planning in Abuja Sen. Udoma Udoma. Bello said that over $9.08 was paid as freight for dry and wet cargos to foreign ship owners in 2015 due to the absence of Nigerian-owned fleet plying the international route.

Gunmen Attack Taraba Communities, Kill 100 Cows

Suspected bandits dressed in military uniform, on Thursday attacked communities in Abbare, Lau Local Government area of Taraba and killed no fewer than 100 cows, the police said. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr David Misal, stated this in Jalingo on Friday and said that the command had deployed more policemen to the area. He also said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area had been directed to investigate the matter.

AWCON 2018: Falcons Opponents Set For Int’l Friendlies

Nigeria’s Group B opponents South Africa, Zambia and Kenya have all been lined up to face Ghana’s Black Queens in international friendlies ahead of the 2018 Women’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations. The Ghana FA which is still operating under the supervision of a Normalization Committee is said to have reached a deal with the three teams, who are also bound for the tournament.

Manchester United To Announce Paul Woolston Signing In Coming Hours

Manchester United are reportedly set to announce the signing of Paul Woolston after the goalkeeper was released by Newcastle. Woolston impressed while on trial with United earlier this summer and the 20-year-old is understood to have reached an agreement with the Premier League giants. The Red Devils have been keen to bring a new ‘keeper to the academy to provide competition for Under-23 starlets Matej Kovar and Alex Fojticek. According to Manchester Evening News, United will officially unveil Woolston in the coming hours.

Giving Usain Bolt A Professional Contract Would Be ‘Farcical’, Blasts Former Premier League Striker Now In A-League

The greatest sprinter of all-time has been offered a contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners following a trial period with the club. The Australian FA has said it is working with the Mariners to help fund a deal for the 32-year-old Jamaican. But Keogh, the former Wolves star now playing for Perth Glory in the A-League, is unconvinced by Bolt’s ability and says giving him a contract would be ‘facial’ and would make a mockery of the game. “It’s nice to have the attention on the A-League but him playing in the A-League, that’s not for me,” Keogh told Off the Ball. “For me, he’s not going to be able to make it [as a footballer]. “He’s shown a bit [of potential] but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.”

Pipe Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Charged By FBI After Explosives Sent To Obamas, Clintons And CNN

US pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc has been charged by the FBI after 13 explosives were sent to top Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The 56-year-old is accused of five federal crimes, the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed tonight during a press conference. Sayoc could face up to 48 years in prison if found guilty. FBI director, Christopher Wray, announced that 13 explosive devices had been sent to individuals. Sayoc’s fingerprints were found on a package sent to congresswoman Maxine Waters, Wray said. And he didn’t rule out there being other packages. But he added: “We do believe we’ve got the right guy.”

Negeri Sembilan Takes Away Najib’s Datuk Title

The ruler of Malaysia’s western state of Negeri Sembilan has revoked the Datuk Seri Utama title conferred on disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak as well as a similar title it gave to his wife Rosmah Mansor. The decision was made to safeguard the honour and dignity of the Negeri Sembilan royal institution, a palace official said. The palace revoked the Darjah Seri Utama Negeri Sembilan award, which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama, that it conferred on Najib in 2005, and the Darjah Seri Paduka Tuanku Ja’afar Yang Amat Terpuji title it awarded Rosmah in 2006.

Pressure On Westminster Over Tay Cities Region Deal

Pressure is building on the UK government to increase its funding for a major economic deal in Scotland in next week’s Budget, after Scottish ministers announced they would provide £200 million. Infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson has challenged Chancellor Philip Hammond to match the sum for the Tay Cities Region Deal when he reveals his annual spending plans, after reports that the UK government is set to invest only around £150m in the deal.

How The World Is Grappling With China’s Rising Power

Countries around the world are pushing back against China’s revival as a major global power.China’s sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world’s most populous country and among its largest. Its influence has boomed – along with its economy – in recent years, as the US and Europe nursed the wounds from devastating financial crises. This has concerned several countries, particularly the US, which is keen to retain its dominant position in the world. Here are some areas where governments are grappling with Chinese influence.

Today Is A Dark Day For Android Flagship Phones

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is the most powerful phablet the company has ever released, and it carries a hefty $1,000 price tag to match. The Galaxy S9+ is just as powerful, and it starts at $840. Google’s newest and most powerful smartphone ever is the Pixel 3, which starts at $800. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 3 XL version costs $900 and up. The LG V40 ThinQ is a great option if you want to stray from the beaten path, but it’ll also cost you a pretty penny with prices starting at $950.

US Mail Bomb Suspect Nabbed, Traced with Fingerprint, DNA

FBI agents used DNA and a fingerprint to identify the Florida man suspected of sending at least 14 parcel bombs to critics of U.S. President Donald Trump days ahead of congressional elections.

Cesar Sayoc has been charged with five federal crimes including threats against former presidents and faces up to 58 years in prison if found guilty, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference.  “We will not tolerate such lawlessness, especially political violence,” he said. FBI agents arrested Sayoc, 56, in Plantation, Florida and also hauled away a white van plastered with pro-Trump stickers, the slogan “CNN SUCKS” and images of Democratic figures with red crosshairs over their faces.

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