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ASUU strike: Student drags lecturers, Nigerian govt, 36 states, National Assembly to court

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A university student, Soohemba Aker, has prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja, for an order suspending the activities of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) until ASUU strike is resolved.

The final year Law student of Benue State University, also sought same order suspending the operation of Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC),

The respondents include the Federal Government, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker, Attorney-General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice.

Others are Attorney Generals of the 36 states, Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Abia Governor, RMAFC, FAAC, Umar Faruk (President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

The student, in a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1684/2022 and filed by her lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, said she is affected by the ongoing industrial action.

Aker filed the action for herself on behalf of all students of public tertiary institutions currently affected by the nationwide ASUU strike, NAN reports.

The suit relies on Sections 46(1), (2) and (3) of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 (Charter 10 LFN 1990) No. 2 of 1983.

Aker prayed the court for an order stopping the payment of salaries, allowances and other benefits of all political office holders at the Presidency and federal lawmakers.

She urged the court to stop salaries and allowances of ministers, permanent secretaries, heads of parastatals and extra-ministerial bodies, VCs of striking universities, lawmakers and ASUU members.

Aker’s affidavit averred that the strike continues to affect her adversely as her plans of graduating this academic year 2022 and proceed to the Nigerian Law School had been thwarted.

The citizen lamented that her tuition fees paid for the academic year will go in vain as the academic year is almost lost if nothing is done.

Aker added that her dream of becoming a law graduate and a lawyer was at the verge of collapsing as her sponsor declared this year was the last she would be funded.

The matter is yet to be assigned to a judge. ASUU embarked on strike on February 14, 2022. The impasse is yet to be resolved despite a series of meetings.

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2023: Sit-At-Home Big Threat To Igbo Presidency – Group

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A group known as Pan Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction Coalition has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra and its factions that multiple sit-at-home orders could deprive the Igbo winning 2023 presidency.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed on Friday by the group’s Chairman, Rev Obinna Akukwe and the Secretary, Dr Pat Anyanwu.

According to PANPIEC, frustrated politicians would use the purported sit-at-home of February 24 to scuttle the aspirations for Igbo presidency and give the impression that the South-East voters were supporting the agitation for a Biafra state.

“PANPIEC is aware that some members of the Strategy Team are working behind the scenes for the release of Nnamdi KANU, details of which will be kept private.

“Therefore, any further multiple sit-at-home represents a multiple demarketing of the Igbo Presidency Project.

“PANPIEC advises Simon Ekpa, Commander of IPOB auto-pilot, to jettison his Biafra agitations till after the 2023 elections to enable teeming Igbo Youth to exercise their civic responsibilities.

“Igbo cannot be asking for Biafra and Igbo Presidency simultaneously.

“PANPIEC warns for the last time that the indiscriminate sit-at-home strikes fear into the minds of other stakeholders in the north favourably disposed to the Igbo Presidency.

“PANPIEC have received thousands of inquiries from concerned northern voters over the stance of Ndigbo on Biafra and warns that all the rumours of war are destabilizing the Igbo Presidency Project”, the group stated.

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Nasarawa Gov Sule Loses First Son, Hassan Sule

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Hassan, the first child of Nasarawa Governor Abdullahi Sule, is dead. Hassan, reported to have no health challenge, was full of life on Thursday and had useful engagement with friends, it was gathered.

He was said to have slumped around 9:30pm on Thursday before he was confirmed dead.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, confirmed the incident.

According to him: “His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on behalf of his family announces the sudden demise of his son Hassan Sule whose sad event occurred Thursday 26th January 2023 at the age of 36”

Hassan was laid to rest in Gudi, Akwanga Local Government Area on Friday.

 

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Frank MBA, Idowu Owohunwa Become Lagos, Ogun Police Commissioners

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The Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba on Tuesday approved the redeployment of two commissioners of police to Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

Frank Mba, a former spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force is returning to Lagos where he served as Police PRO for many years.

Also recommended to the PSC to take over as Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, is CP Idowu Owohunwa.

While CP Frank Mba, former Force Public Relations Officer, is the current Commissioner of Police in charge Federal Border Patrol branch at the department of operations, CP Owohunwa is currently the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

This was stated in a letter dated January 24, 2023, and signed by Hafiz Inuwa, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police to the Police Service Commission (PSC).

According to the letter, the postings are part of a strategy being put in place by the IGP to strengthen the strategic and operational readiness of the Police force in Lagos and Ogun commands.

It reads, “I am directed to humbly write and forward the proposed posting of the under-mentioned commissioners of police to State Commands indicated against their names for the Commission’s kind consideration and approval”.

“The Inspector General of Police is deploying the under-mentioned Commissioners of Police to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the commands.”

 

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