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Marriage of a Woman and her Physically Challenged Lover in Akwa Ibom

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Emem Effiong and her partner, Innocent Ntia, have tied the knot in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The bride, known as Uyai Innocent on Facebook, posted pictures of the wedding with the caption, “Thank God it ended in praise🙏💃.

“Our deepest appreciation to Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor, Pastor Mrs Patience Umo Eno, that was ably represented by wives of five LGA transition committee chairmen. Mummy, Thank you for honouring us, God bless you.🙏

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The wedding, as indicated on her Facebook page, took place on Saturday, December 9, at Christ The King Cathedral in Uyo.

Reposting the pictures of the couple, Cynthia Adinnu expressed, “Oh wow! Congratulations my dear brother Innocent Ntia.

“Happiness is understatement for me to describe how excited I’m celebrating these two love birds. My prayers are for unusual enlargement as you start this beautiful journey together.

“The year 2023 birthed so many beautiful marriages in the disability community, changing the narrative is a goal🤸. I’m positive and prayerful that 2024 will have more  warriors walk to the altar. Once more, accept my warmest congratulations.”

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Lagos police arrest three suspected one-chance robbers

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Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested three suspected members of a one-chance robbery gang.

This was disclosed in a statement shared on the command’s X handle on Saturday.

‘One chance’ is commonly used in Nigeria to refer to a robbery that takes place when criminals disguised as commercial drivers pick up unsuspecting passengers intending to rob them.

The statement read, “Operatives of #LagosPoliceNG, responding to a distress call about a one-chance incident, embarked on a rescue operation and rescued one Abisola Taiwo ‘f’.

“The operatives also arrested other members of the gang: Mayowa Akinjide ‘m’ aged 44, Aghama Ikponmwen ‘m’ aged 46, and Ahmed Jaleola ‘m.’ Investigation is ongoing.”

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Operatives of the command had on Monday arrested a suspected one-chance robbery leader, Ndubisi George, aged 49 operating within Itire, Aguda, Cele, and Surulere.

Earlier in January, operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority arrested a three-man ‘one chance’ gang at Jubilee Bridge in the Abule-Egba area of the state.

The gang members were arrested while they were being chased by members of the public after they noticed that a man was pushed down from their vehicle after robbing him of his valuables.

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Tambuwal presents himself before Sokoto investigative panel

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The former Sokoto State Governor, Senator Aminu Tambuwal, made an appearance before the state Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Saturday. The commission is currently investigating certain actions taken by Tambuwal’s administration during his gubernatorial tenure.

Upon assuming office, the current governor, Ahmed Sokoto, established the judicial commission to probe his predecessor’s activities.

Accompanied by former members of his executive team, Tambuwal was unable to provide testimony before the panel as he was requested to return on a later date, which will be communicated to him.

Addressing the situation on his social media platform, Senator Tambuwal, who represents Sokoto South Senatorial District, stated, “Earlier today, I appeared before the Sokoto State Judicial Commission of Inquiry led by Justice Mu’azu Abdulkadir Pindiga, which was established by my successor, H.E, Ahmad Aliyu Sokoto.”

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“I was accompanied by my legal team and some officials of my administration including the ex-SSG, Muhammad Mainasara Ahmad, ex-Chief of Staff, Muktar Magori, ex-Attorney General, and Commissioner of Justice, Dr. Sulaiman Usman, SAN, among others.”

“Our track record of integrity in public service speaks for us, always.

“In leading the younger generation, we must instil in them utmost respect for the rule of law and constituted authorities.”

“As citizens, we should realise that no one, no matter how highly placed, should be above the laws of the land, most specifically, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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“This, amongst other things, brings out the beauty in democracy.

“I wish the commission the very best in its sitting.”

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UNIVERSITY NON-ACADEMIC STAFF'S UNIONS SETS TO PROTEST OVER THE EXCLUSION OF NON-TEACHING STAFF FROM THE PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING FOUR MONTHS SALARIES

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Another round of crisis that may disrupt academic activities is looming in the universities following the decision of the the Federal Government to pay the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the four months withheld salaries in exclusion of other three University based unions.

Already, the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), has written to the Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajiabiamila on the implications of the decision of the government to single out ASUU for the payment in exclusion of the other three unions.

In a leaked memo to the Chief of Staff dated February 13, 2024, SSANU and NASU warned that if the government goes ahead with the exclusion policy, the two unions should not be held liable for any disruption in the academic calendar “for the injustice done to our members by the Government as the peaceful atmosphere in our Universities and Inter-University Centres cannot be guaranteed if the Federal Government fails to do the needful by paying our members their 4 months outstanding salaries like Academic staff in the University Sector.”

The memo titled, “Protest letter over the exclusion of non-teaching staff from the payment of outstanding four months salaries was signed by Prince Peters Adeyemi, General Secretary, NASU and Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, President, SSANU.

The protest letter read: “We write to draw the attention of the Chief of Staff to the President to the privileged information at our disposal that directive has been given to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to direct the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) Office to release four (4) months salaries out of the outstanding salaries owed the members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) excluding other staff who belong to other Unions in the Universities and Inter-University Centres.

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“These other Unions are: Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

“Your Right Honourable will recall that in year 2022, all the Unions in the Universities and Inter-University Centres embarked on strike action at different time to draw the attention of Government to issues relating to the corporate governance of our Universities and welfare of our members.

“The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU and SSANU embarked on strike that lasted five (5) months from 27th March to 24th August, 2022 as a result of the lackadaisical and unwilling attitude of the then Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to implement agreements collectively reached with the Joint Unions of NASU and SSANU.

“It is unfortunate that the then Government decided to bring hardship on our members in the University Sector by implementing ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy for four (4) months of May, June, July and August, 2022.

“The strike was foisted on the two Unions due to different unimplemented memoranda with the Government and it was suspended as a result of another Collective Agreement signed on 20th August, 2022, which has not also seen the light of the day. It also contained “no victimisation clause”.

“It is quite unfortunate that in spite of the high hope and aspiration of our members as a result of a press release by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on 20th October, 2023, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has granted waiver to the ‘No Work, No Pay’ to ASUU and other Educational Sector Unions.

“This assurance of payment of the four months outstanding salaries was further guaranteed at the meeting held with the Honourable Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman SAN, OON; the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu and the then Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Andrew Adejoh, OON on Saturday, 4th November, 2023 in Abuja where the Honourable Minister of Education promised equal and fair treatment of all Unions in the Sector and assured also that the Presidential pardon covers NASU and SSANU Members as no Union will be short changed.

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“This was also emphasized by the Honourable Minister of Education at the high-level stakeholders’ engagement the Honourable Minister of Education had with Vice- Chancellors of Federal Universities and Directors/Chief Executives of Inter-University Centres including Unions in the Universities Sector at the National Universities Commission (NUC) Secretariat, Abuja on Thursday, 11th January, 2024.

“It is in this respect therefore that we write to immediately call the attention of your exalted office to this impending unfair treatment of Non-Teaching staff in the Universities and Inter-University Centre against their Academic counterpart and to say unequivocally that being an Academic or Non-Teaching staff in a University or Inter-University Centres is a matter of choice of vocation and as such this indiscriminate and undue favouritism tilted toward the Academic staff against the Non-Teaching staff should be halted by this Government in the interest of justice, fairness and equity.

“We therefore call the attention of this Government to the fact that the leadership of NASU and SSANU should not be held liable for any disruption in the academic calendar for the injustice done to our members by the Government as the peaceful atmosphere in our Universities and Inter-University Centres cannot be guaranteed if the Federal Government fails to do the needful by paying our members their 4 months outstanding salaries like Academic staff in the University Sector.”

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