DSS Bars Journalists, Lawyers From Courtroom As Nnamdi Kanu Trial Resumes

There was a heavy security presence at the Federal High court in Abuja where the trial is to be heard on Thursday… October 21, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, resumed on a controversial note on Thursday with the Department of State Security (DSS) barring journalists and some court officials and lawyers from gaining access to the courtroom.

DSS officials had set up a barricade at the entrance of the Federal High Court where the case is to be heard and they prevented reporters and officials from gaining entry, resulting in angry scenes and arguments.

Nnamdi Kanu’s Special Counsel, Alloy Ejimakor while addressing journalists said the lawyers who accompanied him were denied access. He insisted that he will not enter the courtroom alone until the lawyers are allowed entry.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case is scheduled to be called up by 9:00 am. Now, the time is way past 9:00 am now.

“They want to grab me and put me in the courtroom alone. I am not going into this courtroom alone. I am going in with this multitude of lawyers who have come to show solidarity. So I am standing outside here in protest. The lead counsel is on his way, these lawyers with me have come to show solidarity and support and they are being prevented from going into the court. This is wrong,” Ejimakor said.

Police officers at the main entrance of the Federal High court in Abuja ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on Thursday… October 21, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Another lawyer on Kanu’s legal team, Godwin Uwazurike said they are at the court not just to ensure justice is served but to see the process as well.

“What do we tell Ohanaeze, that we were stopped at the gate? Can there be a fair trial under this toxic atmosphere? No, there can’t be a fair trial.

“Justice must not just be done; it must be seen to have been done. That is why we are here,” he said.

Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government had filed seven amended charges bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism against Kanu on Monday.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, filed the charges on behalf of the government.

Subsequently, the trial judge fixed today, October 21, for hearing and insisted that the trial will not go on in his absence.

Journalists were denied from gaining entrance at the Federal High court in Abuja ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on Thursday… October 21, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

El-Zakzaky, Wife Sue FG Over Passport Seizure, Demand N4bn

A file photo of El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat

 

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja, challenging the seizure of their international passports by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

In their separate suits filed by the Femi Falana Chambers on October 14, they told the court that their passports were last seen in the possession of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), which has officially denied that it was in their possession.

On attempting to renew their passports through the Immigration Service, it was revealed that the passports have been flagged by the DSS. They add that all requests to remove the restriction have been ignored by the secret agency.

The duo asked the court to compel the DSS and the AGF to release their passports and lift the red flag restrictions.

They are also asking the court to declare that the seizure of their passports since May 2019, as illegal and unconstitutional because it violates their fundamental rights to freedom of movement.

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They asked the court to mandate the defendants to pay the sum of N2 billion each, as general and exemplary damages, for the violation of their rights to freedom of movement.

The reliefs sought include by the plaintiffs include:

“A declaration that the seizure of the Applicants Passport No A50578740 since May 2019 is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates his fundamental right to freedom of movement guaranteed by Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“A declaration that the Red Flag Travelling Restrictions placed on the Applicants Passport and land borders by the Respondents without a court order is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates his right to fair hearing guaranteed by Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“A declaration that the refusal of the Respondents to allow the Applicant to travel abroad for medical treatment constitutes a threat to his life guaranteed by Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondents to release the Applicant’s international passport number A50578740 to him in order to enable him to access prompt and adequate medical attention as recommended by his physicians.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondents to lift the Red Flag Restrictions (and all or every form of restriction howsoever) placed on the International Passport number A50578740 of the Applicant by agents of the Respondents forthwith.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondents to pay over to the applicant the sum of Two Billion Naira (N2,000,000,000.00) as general and exemplary damages for the violation of the Applicant’s rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondents from further violating the Applicants fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without lawful justification.”

El-Zakzaky and his wife added that the seizure of their passports, and an absence of a court order, amounts to a threat to their lives since they have been denied the opportunity to seek urgent medical attention outside the country as recommended by their doctors.

Chiwetalu Agu Regains Freedom From DSS Custody

Actor Chiwetalu Agu (m) was released from DSS custody on October 12, 2021.
Actor Chiwetalu Agu (m) was released from DSS custody on October 12, 2021.

 

Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, has regained his freedom after spending four days in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) disclosed this on Tuesday via a statement issued by its spokesperson, Chinda Monalisa.

Agu was first arrested last Thursday by soldiers for wearing an outfit resembling the flag of Biafra during which he was also reportedly assaulted.

Shortly after, the military authorities issued a statement, saying the actor was apprehended after he publicly displayed his solidarity for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed separatist group.

After widespread criticism, the army freed the actor on Friday, after spending about 24 hours in detention.

But a few hours after his release by the army, he was arrested by the DSS for “further questioning,” he had remained in the custody of the security outfit since then.

However, the AGN said the actor’s release was as a result of efforts by its National President, Emeka Rollas, and other stakeholders.

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According to the statement, Agu was excited after his release while appreciating God as well as the AGN leadership for coming to his rescue.

“The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has yet again secured the release of Actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the DSS,” the statement read.

“On behalf of the Guild, I was at the DSS office with my colleague, the Senior special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh to receive Mr. Agu today.

“The elated veteran Actor thanked God for surviving the ordeal and commended the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria headed by Ejezie Emeka Rollas for their relentless efforts in securing his release from the detention.”

DSS Denies Involvement In Dr Akunyili’s Killing

Late Dr. Chike Akunyili,

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied the involvement of its operatives in the killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili, the husband of the late former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili.

The DSS in a statement through its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya on Thursday said, “the attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to an allegation that its operatives killed Dr. Chike Akunyili. 

“Also, the Service was alerted to a social media video claiming that the ‘Nigerian DSS’ murdered security escorts at Nkpor, Anambra State on 28th September 2021.

“The Service hereby denies these allegations and wishes to clearly state that they are spurious and illogical. There was no basis for the DSS to kill the medical doctor and/or fellow law enforcement agents. The Service cherishes life and believes in the rule of law.

“The public should therefore be wary of the false narratives by those desirous of using it (the Service) to cover up their heinous acts. The operations of these hostile elements are already well known in the public space and to the discerning,” the statement added. 

The Service noted that desperate efforts to divert attention or deploy reverse “psychology to deceive unsuspecting members of the public has become a stock in trade that has defined their patterns and trends. It is a matter of time before the law will catch up with them”.

The DSS assured the public of partnering with other sister agencies in tracking down those behind the breakdown of law and order in parts of the country with a view to bringing them to justice.

The late Dr. Chike was killed by gunmen on Tuesday alongside his driver and a police escort around Nkpor Junction in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A family source confirmed the news to Channels Television on Wednesday.

He was said to have been returning from an event where he received a posthumous award of excellence for his late wife when he ran into the hoodlums at Nkpor and was murdered in cold blood.

Igboho Aides: Robbers Stole Our Case File – DSS Lawyer

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Counsel for the Department of State Service (DSS), Idowu Awo, has told the Federal High Court that the case file relating to the Fundamental Human Rights Enforcement application filed by the aides to Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, was stolen by armed robbers.

Mr Awo on Wednesday told Justice Obiora Egwuatu that his colleague who was bringing the case file to court had boarded a vehicle belonging to armed robbers commonly known as ‘one chance,’ and they took all valuables including the documents.

Leaning on this premise, the counsel sought an adjournment of the case.

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A ₦100 Million Case

Awo’s plea today came after the 12 associates of pro-Yoruba agitator Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, instituted a rights enforcement suit against the DSS for being paraded on the media as common criminals.

The suit by Igboho’s associates sought a declaration of court that their detention beyond 48 hours and their media parade without a court conviction constituted a breach on their fundamental rights.

All 12 applicants have also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the DSS from interfering with their personal liberty and freedom of expression.

They also prayed for an order granting the sum of 100 million for aggravated and exemplary damages against the DSS for what they term a serial breach of their constitutional rights.

After hearing all sides, Justice Egwuatu ruled that the file of the fundamental rights suit before the court be returned to the registry for reassignment to the regular court.

This, according to the judge, was predicated upon the fact that the annual recess of the High Court is now drawing to a close.

Igboho’s Aides Sue DSS, Seek N100m As Compensation

A file photo of DSS officials.
A file photo of DSS officials.

 

The 12 associates of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, have instituted a rights enforcement suit against the Department of State Services (DSS) for parading them before the media as criminals.

They filed the suit on Wednesday before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court who presided as a vacation judge while the court is on recess.

In the suit, Igboho’s associates sought a declaration of the court that their detention beyond 48 hours and their media parade without a court conviction, constituted a breach of their fundamental rights.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the DSS from interfering with their personal liberty and freedom of expression.

Similarly, the applicants prayed for an order granting the sum of N100 million for aggravated and exemplary damages against the security outfit, for what they termed a serial breach of their constitutional rights.

But the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, told Justice Egwuatu during the proceedings that his case file was stolen from a member of the legal team who was meant to bring it to the court.

A photo taken on August 30, 2021, shows the eight aides of Sunday Igboho released by the DSS.

 

According to him, his colleague in question boarded a vehicle on Tuesday belonging to criminal elements, known as ‘one chance’, to whom she lost her personal belongings and the case file.

With the annual recess of the court ending soon, Justice Egwuatu ruled that the file of the fundamental rights suit be returned to the registry for reassignment to the regular court.

On July 1, Channels Television had reported that there was tension in the Soka area of Ibadan as a result of the early-morning firefight at Igboho’s house.

Hours after the incident, the DSS issued a statement in which it said it was a raid by a joint team of security operatives.

It alleged that Igboho and others had plotted to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State, calling on the Yoruba Nation agitator to turn himself in, at the nearest security agency.

Igboho’s associates were later paraded and detained until eight of them were released by the DSS on August 30, after about two months in detention.

The security agency had, however, kept four others in custody, although the court granted bail to all 12 persons.

Last Friday, the DSS released two more aides of Igboho, bringing the total number of those that have left its custody to 10.

DSS Files Terrorism Charges Against Two Of Igboho’s Aides

A file photo of DSS officials.
A file photo of DSS officials.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has filed five counts of terrorism against two of the aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.

Those facing the charges filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja are two of the four aides of Igboho held back in the custody of the security agency.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/305/2021, which was dated August 31, 2021, the DSS through its lawyer, S.M. Bello, filed five terrorism charges against Noah Oyetunji and Amudat Babatunde (female).

The charges come after over two months of being detained by the DSS, despite the order of a court directing their release on bail.

According to documents obtained by Channels Television on Wednesday, Oyetunji is alleged to have been in possession of firearms which the DSS claims was used for terrorism.

Babatunde, on the other hand, was charged for promoting acts of terror via social media.

As of the time of filing this report, the court had yet to fix a date for the hearing.

The DSS filed the suit days before Igboho’s aides also filed a rights enforcement suit against the security outfit.

 

Demand For N100m

Igboho’s aides filed the suit on Wednesday before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court who presided as a vacation judge while the court is on recess.

They sought a declaration of the court that their detention beyond 48 hours and their media parade without a court conviction constituted a breach of their fundamental rights.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the DSS from interfering with their personal liberty and freedom of expression.

Similarly, the applicants prayed for an order granting the sum of N100 million for aggravated and exemplary damages against the security outfit, for what they termed a serial breach of their constitutional rights.

DSS Releases Two More Igboho’s Aides – Lawyer

Sunday Igboho’s Aides

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has released two more aides of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo.

Their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi confirmed their release on Friday via a statement obtained by Channels Television.

This comes after the DSS had released eight of Igboho’s aides on Monday.

He however noted that two other aides – Amudat Habibat Babatunde and Jamiu Noah Oyetunji – remain in the unlawful custody of the DSS.

Olajengbesi vowed to file a contempt of court against the secret service.

“Sequel to the refusal of the DSS to release the other detainees, concerted efforts were immediately made to resolve all technical issues raised by the DSS. Accordingly, on Friday the 3rd of September, 2021, all issues raised were resolved and we proceeded to the Headquarters of the DSS to demand the immediate release of the four (4) remaining detainees in their custody,” the statement read.

“Regrettably and in the whimsical habit of the DSS, only two of the remaining four received their freedom while the other two namely; Amudat Habibat Babatunde and Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, remain in the unlawful custody of the DSS. No valid reasons on law were availed the Legal Team for this willful disobedience of the rule of law and court.”

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On August 4, Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court sitting granted bail to the 12 detainees but the DSS only released eight on August 31.

The detainees had met their bail conditions including the provision of 24 sureties, though the DSS lawyer, Idowu Awo, had kicked against the bail granted by Justice Egwuatu to four of them, claiming that they were heavily involved in the alleged offence of arms stockpiling and other criminal activities of their boss, Igboho.

But Olajengbesi warned that should the DSS refuse to release the remaining two aides, he would file contempt of court charges against its Director-General, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

He noted that DSS is a law enforcement agency and should not be allowed to carry out its official responsibility with impunity and absolute disrespect to the law of the land, especially where the constitutional rights and liberty of citizens are at stake.

 

See the full statement here:

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“DSS’ SELECTIVE OBEDIENCE TO COURT ORDER; AN AFFRONT TO AND DISREGARD OF THE AUTHORITY OF THE COURT”

By. Pelumi Olajengbesi Esq.

The keenly observing world will recall that during our last press briefing on the on-going case of Chief Sunday Igboho’s aides, it was reported that the DSS is yet to release four (4) of detainees on their custody on grounds of bail perfection technicality, in which we were allowed to secure the release of others.

Sequel to the refusal of the DSS to release the other detainees, concerted efforts were immediately made to resolve all technical issues raised by the DSS. Accordingly, on Friday the 3rd of September, 2021, all issues raised were resolved and we proceeded to the Headquarters of the DSS to demand the immediate release of the four (4) remaining detainees in their custody.

Regrettably and in the whimsical habit of the DSS, only two of the remaining four received their freedom while the other two namely; Amudat Habibat Babatunde and Jamiu Noah Oyetunji, remain in the unlawful custody of the DSS. No valid reasons on law were availed the Legal Team for this willful disobedience of the rule of law and court.

The DSS’ cherry-picking of an order of the court is an open dare and affront on the authority of the issuing court and it lacks legal backing under the extant laws of Nigeria. It is a condemnable action in any sane democratic society and speaks ill of the professionalism of the intelligence agency. The DSS simply have no right nor power to select or unilaterally handpick which order of the court is convenient for it to obey or honor. Any iota of non-compliance to an order of the court is tantamount to disregard of such an order in its entirety and the same is contemptuous.

Consequently, we want to restate that if by Monday the 6th of September, 2021, the DSS continue with their unlawful detention of the remaining two (2) detainees, we shall not hesitate to proceed with our earlier plans to institute a contempt proceeding against the Director-General of the SSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

The DSS as a law enforcement agency should not be allowed to carry out its official responsibility with impunity and absolute disrespect to the law of the land, especially where the constitutional rights and liberty of citizens are at stake. It is reprehensible conduct unbecoming of an agency that is itself a creation of the law and it will not go unchallenged.

Thank you.

Pelumi Olajengbesi Esq.

Principal Partner

Law Corridor

 

Customs, NDLEA, DSS Uncover Prohibited Hard Drugs In Apapa Port

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Department of State Service have uncovered and seized cartons of Captagon Pills, a hard drug concealed inside the cylinder of an imported machine at the Apapa Port in Lagos State.

According to a statement signed on Wednesday by the Customs Area Command Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Usman, the discovery was made through a joint operation that lasted for one week.

This followed intelligence and painstaking dismantling of the machine by personnel and sniffer dogs, the statement explained.

Security sources at the port also noted that the seizure is a fallout of a renewed synergy and cooperation aimed at curbing any form of port-related lawlessness.

The heads of the three services insist that the operation will be sustained in the fight against all forms of smuggling and infractions.

One suspect has been arrested in connection with the seizure while further examination and counting are ongoing.

Preliminary findings have shown that long-term use of the drug leads to side effects extreme depression, lethargy, sleep deprivation (insomnia), occasional palpitation, heart and blood vessel toxicity and malnutrition.

It has also been linked as one of the most common stimulants being taken by insurgents.

Lawyer Asks Court To Stop SSS From Using The Name DSS

File photo of DSS officials at the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, 2019.

 

A lawyer, Tope Alabi, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to stop the State Security Service (SSS) from being addressed or addressing itself as Department of State Service (DSS) without an amendment of the law.

The Lagos-based lawyer also asked the court to declare that the DSS is not an agency established under any law in Nigeria.

In the originating summons filed before the court, Alabi the plaintiff listed the State Security Service (SSS) and Attorney-General of the Federation as the first and second respondents.

Taking into consideration Section 2(3) National Securities Agency Act of 2004, the plaintiff amongst other things also sought a declaration of the court that the authorised operations of the SSS do not involve arrest and detention of Nigerians without a court order.

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The plaintiff also wants the courts to declare that that SSS is not authorised to arrest or execute extrajudicial killing of a person accused of a crime without a trial and conviction by a court.

In an affidavit dated August 24 and attached in support of the suit, Alabi referenced as examples October 8, 2016, SSS invasion of judges’ homes, the August 2, 2019 invasion of Omoyele Sowore’s home, and the July 2021 raid on the home of Sunday Igboho, during which 12 persons were arrested.

The plaintiff further asked the court to determine whether the SSS can invade any state without the knowledge and consent of the sitting governor of such state, among other prayers.

According to him, the SSS’ has also made itself “an agent for dispute settlement and debt recovery among the citizenry” and other unauthorised activities which has been creating “panic and terror in the society.”

The court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of the suit.

DSS Releases Eight Igboho’s Aides, Four Still In Custody

A photo taken on August 30, 2021, shows the eight aides of Sunday Igboho released by the DSS.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has released eight of the 12 aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, in its custody.

Lawyer to the detainees, Pelumi Olajengbesi, confirmed their release on Monday at a press conference in Abuja.

The detained persons have been in the custody of the security agency 61 days after they were arrested by security operatives in early July.

Those released on August 30 are Abdullateef Onaolapo, Tajudeen Irinloye, Diekola Ademola, Ayobami Donald, Uthman Adelabu, Olakunle Oluwapelumi, Raji Kazeem, and Taiwo Tajudeen.

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The DSS, however, refused to release the remaining four persons, contrary to an order of the court that granted bail to the entire 12 aides of the Yoruba Nation agitator in the custody of the agency.

Those held back by the security agency include Amudat Babatunde, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Oyetunji, and Bamidele Sunday.

While briefing reporters on the development, Olajengbesi insisted that all his clients must be released in accordance with the order of the court, having fulfilled all the requirements for their bail.

He also asked the DSS to give account for the two associates of Sunday Igboho who were killed on July 1 during the raid of the Yoruba Nation agitator’s house in Ibadan, Oyo State.

An Early-Morning Raid

A file photo of DSS officials at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

Channels Television had reported that there was tension in the Soka area of Ibadan on July 1 as a result of the early-morning firefight at Igboho’s house.

Hours after the incident, the DSS issued a statement in which it said it was a raid by a joint team of security operatives.

It alleged that Igboho and others had plotted to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State, calling on the Yoruba Nation agitator to turn himself in to the nearest security agency.

The DSS had also confirmed the arrest of 13 persons, but 12 of them were paraded at its office in Abuja.

Thereafter, the paraded suspects filed an application through their lawyer, Olajengbesi, in which they asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to inquire into the circumstances that led to their arrest and detention.

Olajengbesi had also prayed the court to admit his clients to bail, a request that was granted by Justice Obiora Egwuatu on August 4.

Last Tuesday, the court struck out a suit filed by the DSS seeking to further detain four of the 12 aides of Igboho, following the dramatic withdrawal by counsel to the security agency, Mr Idowu Awo.

Despite the withdrawal, the DSS has only released eight of the 12 detained persons.

We Did Not Disperse Doctors Seeking Saudi Arabia Job, Says DSS

In this file photo taken on December 6, 2019, two DSS operatives are seen having a conversation during an operation in Abuja.

 

The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has debunked reports suggesting that its operatives dispersed doctors at a job interview organised by Saudi Arabian officials at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.

In a statement on Friday, the agency described the reports as “illogical” and meant to “embarrass” the organisation.

“Though this is illogical and does not add up, sections of the media that reported it did not care to verify the news before going to print,” the statement signed by the DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, added.

“No further evidence was also adduced to prove that the DSS carried out such an operation at the hotel. It is obvious that the news is only designed to embarrass the Organisation.”

The agency therefore tasked the press to get their facts right before publication so as not to “mislead the public or undermine national security”.


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Abia Govt Yet To Pay 19 Months’ Salary Arrears To Our Members – Resident Doctors

Resident Doctors Still On Strike Due To Lack Of Trust – NMA


Brain-drain

The recruitment exercise – also held in Lagos – is one of the latest moves to poach the country’s doctors who have been at loggerheads with the Ministry of Health over their welfare and other benefits.

While different governments have in the past bargained with them, the medical doctors claim most of the agreements reached have not been implemented by the authorities.

Irked by the lack of commensurate benefits and what they described as poor working conditions, some of them have moved out of the country to places – Europe, Asia, US –  where they claim provide better conditions for their trade.