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NLC calls for suspension of action on Health Insurance bill in Jigawa



The Nigeria labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Jigawa State House of Assembly to stop the process of passing the bill on Jigawa State Health Insurance Scheme into law.

The Chairman of Jigawa chapter of NLC, Malam Sanusi Alhassan, made the call in a statement issued in Dutse, on Wednesday.

Sanusi said that the organised labour was calling for the suspension of further action on the bill, following observation that that the original copy sent to the house had been tampered with.

“Regarding the proposed Jigawa Health Insurance Bill which has passed second reading in the state’s House of Assembly, and in which agreements were reached, the NLC observes that the original bill has been tempered with.

“This is contrary to the principles of mutual agreement.

“Labour therefore calls on Jigawa Government and the House of Assembly to suspend the process of passing the bill on the proposed Jigawa State Health Insurance Scheme into in law, until agreement is reached with NLC on all provisions of the bill,” the NLC said in the statement.

Labour, however, commended the state government for sustaining the free maternal and child healthcare programme for pregnant women and children under the age of five.

It also thanked the state government for initiating the construction of 50 housing units in each of the 27 local government areas of the state.

The state government was similarly commended for paying the 2019 Leave allowances of workers at state and local government levels.

The Jigawa NLC called on civil servants to continue to put in their best in the discharge of their responsibilities in order to move the state forward.

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Extrajudicial killings: Coalition of lawyers calls for Police reform



Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, to initiate a reform process in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to ensure its men work according to the rules of engagement.

The call followed reactions and condemnation of policemen seen in a viral video, shooting arrested suspects allegedly belonging to a notorious armed robbery gang terrorising Iba community in Lagos.

A statement issued on Wednesday by Ifeoluwa Adeyeye, of Human Rights Desk, COPA, stated that time had come for the IGP to reform the Nigeria Police to help instill sanity in the society.

“Why we all show our collective discontent for continued brutality, we also call on the Police Force to conduct a thorough and unadulterated investigation so that these merchants of death in legal uniforms can be brought to book.

“This will in the long run serve as a strong template of deterrent to other aberrant officers in our entire security architecture.

“It is totally worrisome and mind-boggling considering what circumstance may warrant security operatives to shoot at mere suspects and even when they don’t pose danger and after they have already succumbed.

“Our patience and calm for such notorious brutality and culture of torture on the part of those whose duties are primarily and fundamentally to protect lives and property of all Nigerians, have worn out,” Adeyeye said.

He said the constitution prohibits acts savagery, while the country is also a signatory to international conventions and treaties that outlaw torture and ill-treatment.

Adeyeye explained that there is no doubt that SARS has over the years earned a notorious reputation of a brutal agency, following alleged cases of extrajudicial killings, torture or ill-treatment of detainees as well as extortion of suspects.

Meanwhile, the police command in Lagos has arrested the four policemen involved in the extrajudicial killing of the two robbery suspected in their custody.

The command said the policemen, identified as Insp. Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila, would be charged with murder.

The command said this is because the affected policemen breached the code of professional conduct and use of fire arms.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the policemen had responded to a distress call around 3p.m. on Aug. 19, from one Valentine Anugu.

Anugu had alleged that he was robbed of his mobile phone worth N450,000 by four armed robbers on two motorcycles.

While two of the robbery suspects fled, the other two were held, disarmed of the two locally-made pistols, six life and five expended cartridges they had before shooting them inside the commercial bus they (police) used for the operation.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

Spokesman of Lagos Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the development.

According to the Spokesman, the policemen are currently facing internal disciplinary proceedings, known as Orderly Room Trial.

“If found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for prosecution in the conventional court,” Elkana said.

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Traffic violation: OYRTMA impounded 395 vehicles, 60 motorcycles in 8 months in Oyo



The Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority (OYRTMA) says 395 vehicles and 60 motorcycles were impounded across the state from January till date for violating traffic laws.

The Director, Administration and Supply, OYRTMA, Mr Tunde Aiki, made this known to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan.

He said that it was the statutory responsibility of the agency to enforce the state traffic laws, control traffic and maintain orderliness on the road across the state.

Aiki explained that the agency was not established to generate revenue for government through collection of fines from traffic law offenders but to ensure compliance of road users to traffic laws.

The director noted that commercial drivers topped the list of basic traffic law violators in the state, adding that some of the drivers and commercial motorcycle operators had not been making use of designated bus stops.

He also said that some motorists were in the habit of parking indiscriminately and driving recklessly.

Aiki said that the agency would not relent in its efforts at checkmating the excesses of motorists and other road users and enforcing strict compliance to traffic regulations.

He admonished pedestrians and motorists to always take into consideration the safety of other road users as well as acquaint themselves with the traffic laws of the state.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq



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Commissioners: Keep off Government House unless invited, warns Gov. Zulum



Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has warned the newly appointed commissioners to stay away from Government House, unless invited.

Zulum issued the warning at inauguration of the 22 newly appointed commissioners on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

He advised the commissioners should be at their respective offices and work in accordance with their constitutional mandates.

Zulum said that: “You should operate from your various ministries of assignment and not frequenting the Government House, except on invitations or emergencies.

“We should work assiduously to bridge the gap between our politicians and the civil servants, as well as followers so that together, working in harmony and understanding, we achieve our vision of a stronger and more prosperous state.’’

Zulum admonished the commissioners against truancy, adding that he had directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chief of Staff (CoS) Government House, to ensure effective monitoring and supervision of the commissioners, warning that defaulters will be sanctioned.

He enjoined the commissioners to brace up to the task and prepare to work in each and every part of the state.

Besides, Zulum advised the commissioners to run an open door policy to enable them to serve the people better and contribute to the sustainable social and economic development of the state.

The governor further directed the commissioners to declare their assets with the Code of Conduct Bureau, stressing that his administration accorded priority to transparency, probity and prudent financial management of public fund.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that those sworn-in as commissioners included Messrs Abdulrahaman Abdulkarim, Abbakar Lawan, Adamu Lawan, Babagana Banki, Mustapha Fanarambe, Yerima Kareto, Abubakar Hassan, Ali Abatcha and Sugun Mai-Mele as well as Mrs Inna Galadima.

Others are Alhaji Mohammed Kauji; Dr Toma Rangiya, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura, Mr Bello Ayuba, Alhaji Yerima Saleh, Mr Yuguda Vungas, Alhaji Musa Kubo, Mr Sunday Gadzama, Mr Kaka-Shehu Lawan, Fanta Baba-Shehu and Malam Mohammed Bulama.

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J.T. Useni says Nigeria can’t afford to abondone zoning now



The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in the 2019 general elections in Plateau, Sen. Jeremiah Useni, says Nigeria cannot not afford to abandon zoning now in her Democratic persuits.

Useni made the remark while in audience with some party officials, elders, and stakeholders from Zawan district of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

” Nigeria is not yet mature politically to jettison the zoning arrangement that has been producing leaderships at different levels of society and from diverse communities.

“Rotational leadership is best for us for now. It gives people the freedom and opportunity to be involved in establishing and running the government of their choice at different levels.

“Nigeria is not yet ripe to have leaders produced from only one area all the time and so deny others. Even in the days of military rule, leadership was always balanced to give fair representation to all parts of the country.

“If you allow only specific areas to produce leaderships, it will breed bitterness, hatred and crisis because many communities will feel left out in the running of their own affairs,” he said.

The retired Army General appealed to the Zawan delegation to stay united, work hard and pray for the victory of the PDP in all the tribunals.

“When we receive positive judgement at the tribunal, we will set up a government that will be inclusive and correct the many imbalances in our representations. We must unite the people of Plateau in our governance,” he said.

Earlier, leader of the delegation, Mr James Stephen-Pam, said that they were in Useni’s residence to show support, solidarity and to pray with him for victory at the election petition Tribunal.

Stephen-Pam stated that PDP leaders, supporters and stakeholders in Zawan had full confidence in Useni’s leadership and ” that is why the party supported you fully during the primaries as well as giving the highest number of votes among all the districts in Jos South in the general elections.”

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

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