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Today's Headlines: NLC Declares Strike Over Sack Of 4,000 Workers, Buhari Issues Warning To Bandits

MURIC Slams Ex-DSS Chief, Amachree Over Pantami.

An Islamic rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has lambasted a former assistant director of the Department of State Services, DSS, over his recent comments concerning the embattled Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.

MURIC further urged the DSS to call Amachree to order, warning that the former DSS chief may expose the security agency’s modus operandi to criminals.

Recall that Amachree had recently revealed that the DSS warned the President Muhammadu Buhari government before Pantami was appointed the Minister of Communications and Digital Planning.

He want further to disclose some of the processes of screening prospective government appointees by the DSS

And in a statement signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said Amachree spoke too much and had given away the agency’s secrets.

Fulani Herdsmen Strikes Again.

Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen have reportedly killed a traditional ruler, Chief Hyacinth Ajon and Benjamin Anakula in Tse Zoola, Makurdi local government area of Benue State.

In another development, the Armed Herdsmen have also attacked and killed two persons in Mbayer/ Yandev Council Ward of Guma Local Government bringing the number of casualties to 4.

Confirming the Guma incidence, the Chairman of the Local Government Hon. Caleb Aba told LEADERSHIP on phone that the Herdsmen attacked the people when they were asleep after which they fled.

According to Aho Zoola, who is the eldest man in Tse- Zoola community, the militia herdsmen attacked the community without any provocation.

NEC Speaks.

The National Economic Coun­cil (NEC) has dismissed claims that N60 billion was printed to augment the March federal allocations to the three tiers of government.

Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Pres­ident on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, briefed State House correspon­dents after virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo had recently alleged that the Central Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) printed N60 billion in March to support federal alloca­tion to states.

Buhari Issues Warning To Bandits.

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued yet another hollow threat against rampaging terrorists in Nigeria’s Northwest, ordering the security agencies to step up their acts.

“These criminals should stop pushing their luck too far by believing that the government lacks the capacity to crush them,”Buhari said in a statement rolled out by spokesman Garba Shehu.

According to Shehu, Buhari has directed the military, security and intelligence agencies to take immediate steps to close all existing gaps in their operations being exploited by criminals to wreak havoc.

Buhari also expressed hope that the Special Operation launched by the military in the wee hours of Thursday from Maru Local Government area of Zamfara would prove decisive in ridding the state of the “frequent and horrifying” bandit activities.

The latest statement Thursday night was Buhari’s reaction to Wednesday massacre of about 50 villagers by the terrorists in Gusau LGA of Zamfara.

At the weekend 30 villagers were killed by the terrorists in Maru LGA.

As usual, Buhari criticised the latest killing of tens of people by bandits in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State, warning that “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later.”

NLC Declares Strike Over Sack Of 4,000 Workers.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared a five-day strike in both public and private organisations in Kaduna State over the mass sack of workers by the state government.

Naija News reports that the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai on April 6 gave 4000 staff across 23 local governments their disengagement letters.

Speaking to newsmen after a meeting of the Central Working Committee of the NLC which was held at Labour House, President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said the five-day withdrawal of service by workers in the state will become total if there is no remorse from the state government.

Recall that Ayuba Wabba had described the sack of the workers as "arbitrary and cruel", and called on the Kaduna State Government to reverse the mass sack.

Wabba said the decision to give effect to compulsory retirement of officers that are 50 years old and above; compulsory retirement of officers on Grade Level 14 and above, even when they are less than 50 years violate the fundamental human and trade union rights of Kaduna State workers.

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