The Ogun State chapter of the National Union of Teachers has protested the alleged involvement of its members in a 200 million naira bank loan scam which saw to the arrest of 120 members of the union by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).
At a press briefing addressed by the State Chairman and other state executive members of the union in Abeokuta, the state capital, the leadership of the union called on the state government to put machinery in motion, independent of the EFCC to unravel the culpability of some officials of a first generation bank in the state.
120 members and teachers were arrested by the anti-graft agency for alleged 200 million naira loan as supposed by the bank but they have since been released by the EFCC as non of them was found guilty of the crime.
As a result of the embarrassment this development has caused its union members across the state, men and women of the teaching profession are demanding an unreserved public apology, failure of which the union said it would be left with no other option than to seek legal redress.
As the teachers seek justice, it is believed that the EFCC would fish out those responsible for this crime since 120 members of the union have been released based on their innocence and bring the perpetrators to book.
Scores of youths supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State stormed the party’s headquarters to protest what they call an attempt by the party to thwart the general wish of the people of Asari Toru Local Government Area (LGA).
The youths threatened to throw spanner in the wheel of progress of the LG elections, if the party insists on following a minority voice of some of their leaders without recourse to the democratic process for selfish reasons.
Health workers in the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, are protesting the non payment of their outstanding 2012/2013 promotion allowance.
The health workers held a peaceful protest on Friday, led by Mr. Okoh Austin.
The protesters are asking the Federal Government to fulfill its promises and release to them the outstanding allowances, and some other benefits which they claim their counterparts in other Federal Medical Centres are enjoying.
The Chairman of the Hospital Board, Mr Robert Theo, came out to pacify the workers and assured them that their case would be attended to.
Although the protesters promised to suspend the strike after Friday, they have, however, promised to hit the street again in another protest in the near future if their demands are not met.
Accredited customers of the Corporate Affairs Commission, C.A.C, on Monday morning in Abuja, staged a protest at the commission’s headquarters and in the process disrupted services.
The group, consisting of lawyers, chartered accountants and secretaries across the country, blocked the entrance of the commission demanding for explanations to issues bordering on service deliveries and multiple payments.
According to the group, clients have lost confidence in them because management of the C.A.C have failed to deliver in their services.
They accused the management of poor service delivery and multiple payments from customers.
Meanwhile, management of the C.A.C says the situation is a minor issue that would be rectified within 24 hours.
They insisted they were doing all they could to provide good services to customers.
The Registrar-General of the C.A.C, Bello Mahmud, blamed the commission’s woes on a service provider who shut their server for two weeks. They claimed that the vendor had no rights to shut their server since they had kept their side of the agreement.
The commission also denied allegations by protesters that the disruption of services has led to loss of information, as the commission has no back-ups, hence the issues of multiple payments.
The Youths of Anambra East and West Local Government Areas say it will not be business as usual for prospective aspirants to legislative positions in the 2015 general elections, as they protest what they call ineffective representation of their constituencies over the years.
The leader of the protesting youths, Mr Emmanuel Alogboja, who credited the massive infrastructural development in their area to the state government, said everybody was thriving on self sustainability when they have representatives who should move motions and sponsor bills that would attract attention to the agricultural and oil and gas potentials of the local areas and bring development to the area.
The protesting groups from their different quarters converged on the popular and central Aguleri Junction in Anambra East local Government AArea of the State to stage their dissatisfaction.
The Aguleri junction, with the statue of Reverend Father Iwene Tansi overlooking the intersection of roads, lay peaceful with everybody going about their businesses with every hope of self survival regardless of what the government or anybody can do for them.
Few persons from Aguleri community that Channels Television spoke to – Miss Ifeoma a shop owner and unemployed Ike and Samuel – said they do not know anything about representation or who their representatives were in both the State and Federal Legislative Assemblies.
It was such anomaly of poor and ineffective representation that protesting youths from Anambra East and West including women protested against at Aguleri junction, chanting notes of disappointment and dissatisfaction, insisting that 2015 general elections would be a furnace to heat and prove whoever that will represent them as they are presently not satisfied with the kind of representation they are having. From their comments, it was clear that they indeed have an idea of what they want.
In Anambra East and West Local Government Areas lies the food basin of the state and with the discovery of oil in the area too, the people said they need representatives who would be vocal, vibrant and proactive in lending their voices through bills and emotions that would attract attention to their area so they could be included in the scheme of things.
The leader of the protesting youths stated that credibility and spirit of sacrifice were the yardsticks for any prospective candidate for the 2015 election as far as Anambra East and West were concerned.
The people commended the state governor for creating an avenue of employment through the on-going registration of youths in the agricultural scheme and stated that if their representatives should be as proactive as the present administration, Anambra state would indeed be the light of the nation as it is named.
Three people have been killed on day 2 of the protest by some indigenes of Nasarawa State who are asking the state legislators not to impeach the Governor.
The ‘leave Al-makura alone’ protest on Thursday in Lafia turned violent when supporters of Information Minister, Mr Labaran Maku, an aspirant on the platform of the PDP, clashed with the pro-Al-makura protesters.
The account of the violence stemmed from alleged vandalization of Maku’s posters around Alamis market on UAC road by some of the pro-Al-makura protesters who locked down the state capital to press home their demand for lawmakers to rescind the impeachment plot against the Governor.
Military men were drafted in to contain the crisis. Two corpses were seen in Police van with their legs hanging down while the military arrested some persons.
The police spokesperson, Numan Umar, said that he was yet to confirm the casualty figure but referred our reporter to the B division of the Nigerian Police which was under heavy military presence and people were barred from gaining entry.
The aggrieved youths from southern Kaduna senatorial zone on Friday staged a peaceful protest in Kagoro town of Kaura Local Government Area of the state over the frequent killing of their kinsmen and destruction of property by unknown gunmen.
The protesting youths who go by the name, ” concerned southern Kaduna Youths” made a passionate appeal to both Kaduna State and the Federal Government to urgently curb the spate of further wasting of innocent souls and bring the culprits to book.
The Youths however, revealed that in the wake of the attack over 3000 people were killed across the communities in Kaura, Sanga, Jaba, and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state since 2012 till date.
The group further said that, over 150,000 people were rendered homeless and that the recent attack in Sanga, a week ago, recorded about 200 casualties and over 10,000 displayed.
The youths, who marched along some major roads in Kagoro town around 10:00am local time, carried placard with different inscriptions conveying their feelings and lamenting their ordeal.
“Since the bloody attacks in the area increased a year ago, the state government has not shown much concern or intensified effort to stop the killings,” they said. According to them, the frequent attacks have afflicted pains and severe hardships on the affected families and the entire Southern Kaduna, owing to lack of adequate security presence in the affected communities.
The angry youths therefore marched to the palace of the traditional ruler of Kagoro where they presented their protest letter for further presentation to the governor of the state and President Goodluck Jonathan.
The leader of the group,M. Vincent Badmos, who presented the letter, called for state of emergency in Kaduna State to stem the tide of invasion by armed Fulani herdsmen who always wreck havoc on the people and their belongings.
The youths likened the situation in southern Kaduna to what is happening in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the northeast, currently under the state of emergency declared because of the increasing attacks on villages, churches, mosques and schools.
They, however, advocated for the formation of a vigilante service to boost the ‘lean effort’ of the military in tackling the security challenges facing the Southern Kaduna people.
In a swift reaction, the State government denied the allegation of negligence and lack of concern in protecting lives and property of the people.
The spokesman of the Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, told Channels Television that the government had released funds for the resettlement of displayed persons in the areas affected and was rehabilitating former grazing site to avoid the frequent clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers.
The protesters, however, urged the State and the Federal Government to show serious commitment to the plight of the people and stop further killing in the area.
The National President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), Babatunde Oguns has announced plans by the association to commence an industrial action in the first week of January.
The association has expressed its seriousness to carry out this threat if the Federal Government fails to rescind its decision to privatise the nation’s refineries.
Addressing members of the association at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Abuja, Mr Oguns, flanked by the Deputy President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, said that the planned privatization is an attempt to hand over the nation’s refineries to cronies of the Federal Government.
He said that an indefinite strike will be declared in the first week of January 2014, to press home their demand on the Federal Government not to sell the nation’s refineries in the name of privatization.
“If between now and 24th of this month (December), government does not retract that every statement that has been made has been put on hold while further engagement is made, and everything we have to do is hinged on PIB (Petroleum Industry Bill) by first week of January, be rest assured that PENGASSAN and NUPENG will go on indefinite strike.”
He further said: “You cannot sell something without a model, without Nigerians knowing exactly what you are doing…the nature in which they do business in the oil and gas industry is fraught with secrecy. There must be a retraction first and it’s what they will make public, so Nigerians will know that it is on hold.”
Officers of the Nigeria Police dispersed a group of angry women who staged a fresh protest in Awka on Wednesday as a means of airing their grievances on the Anambra Governorship Election conducted by INEC.
Although a group of women had initially protested the election and called for a cancellation, another set of women staged a demonstration march in Awka, the state capital, making the same demand.
The women, who carried placards with various inscriptions, marched through a 2 kilometer road and headed for the INEC office but were prevented from entering the premises by security men who were stationed nearby.
They said that they had been disenfranchised in the process.
One of the protesters who called themselves ‘Anambra Women’ described the election as a ‘scam’ and the ‘destruction of the Igbo land.’
The police officer had to deploytear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd when the confrontation turned physical.
The electoral umpire, INEC, has admitted that there were several lapses in the election process and has announced that there would be supplementary governorship elections in areas where votes were cancelled.
The Egyptian capital, Cairo is poised for renewed protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi. They are expected to take place two days after authorities broke up Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo with the loss of at least 638 lives.
Mr Morsi’s supporters plan to converge on central Ramses Square from city mosques after Friday prayers. A state of emergency is in force and police have been authorised to use live ammunition in self-defence.
The Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to gather in mosques for Friday prayers and then take to the streets of Cairo in a “march of anger”.The group’s leaders say they will hold marches under the slogan “the people want to topple the coup”.
Security in the capital is tight, with many armoured personnel carriers on the streets. Members of groups opposed to Mr Morsi – the National Salvation Front and Tamarod – are reported to have called for counter-demonstrations in response.
Egypt’s Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army’s overthrow of Mr Morsi last month.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, an NGO, says 25 churches, along with private homes and businesses belonging to Copts and other Christian denominations, were attacked on Wednesday and Thursday.
Alexandria, a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold, appears largely quiet. The authorities in Egypt’s second city have cleared piles of sandbags, barricades and a tent camp set up by Mr Morsi’s followers and sympathizers in the past few weeks outside the main pro-Morsi rallying point, Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque.
Many shops and malls remain closed despite the end of the nightly 12-hour curfew imposed here and in 13 more cities. At night, the city’s streets look virtually empty as the authorities have further applied emergency laws and authorised the use of live ammunition if vital security and military posts come under attack.
Unlike other curfews in the past two and a half years, there is no defiance from the general public. However, vigilante groups have been formed in several neighbourhoods to protect private property including houses and cars.
The city has been at the heart of the political turmoil gripping the country since the removal of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
There are fears of renewed bloodshed after authorities said the police were authorised to use live ammunition to protect themselves and key state institutions from attack.
Reports say there were renewed attacks on security forces on Thursday, with at least seven soldiers and a policeman killed in the Sinai peninsula and another police officer killed in the central city of Assuit.
US Republican Senator John McCain said Newsnight that the ousting of President Morsi was a “coup” and President Obama should have cut off aid to Egypt as a result.
The entire PDP from the three senatorial zones of Abia State has staged a protest march to the government house in Umuahia against the reported return of former Governor Orji Kalu, to the party.
The protesters numbering over thousands marched round the government house in Umuahia, in protest against any move to re-admit the former governor into the party.
Carrying Placards with inscriptions that read ‘’OUK means confusion “Abia grassroots say no to the return of Orji Uzor Kalu to PDP’’,’’PDP Igbere ward A: Orji Uzor Kalu is not our member’’ among others.
According to Emma Ukwu-Rocks (Abia north), the peace and unity in Abia should be sustained as it has provided infrastructural development and cordial relationship with the Federal Government stating that the wishes of the party faithful in the state should be the priority of the national party secretariat.
Receiving the protesters on behalf of Governor Theodore Orji, the Deputy Governor Emeka Ananaba thanked them for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves and promised to convey their message to the governor.
Hundreds of ex-militants from Imo state have accused President Goodluck Jonathan of not recognising the state as part of the oil producing states in the country, vowing to disrupt oil production activities.
The youths who claimed to be ex-militants from Ohaji Egbema oil producing local government area of Imo state staged a protest in Owerri, the state capital over what they termed the outright removal of Imo state from the list of the Niger Delta States.
The states included on the list are to benefit from the third phase of the Presidential Amnesty Programme by the Federal Government.
During the protest, many of the angry youths barricaded major roads in Owerri.
While carrying placards with various inscriptions, the group accused the presidential amnesty office in Abuja headed by Kingsley Kuku of deliberately excluding their state from the list.