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Today's Headlines: Another Protest Begins in Port Harcourt, ASUU Threatens To Embark on Strike

A group, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, has petitioned the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, over an alleged invasion of the privacy of a 20-year-old woman by a police officer.

Source: Punch Newspapers

The group, in a petition dated September 6, 2021, signed by its National Coordinator, Prince Wiro, alleged that a police officer simply identified as Benjamin, attached to Mile 1, Diobu Divisional Police, Port Harcourt, had barged in on the young woman, Ebube [surname withheld] while she was out of clothes.

Wiro said the cop had refused to leave the room even when she asked him to leave to enable her to dress up.

ASUU Threatens To Embark on Strike

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said the non-fulfilment of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed with the Federal Government was capable of disrupting academic activities in universities.

Source: The Nation Newspapers

The varsity teachers, under the Ibadan Zone of ASUU, met on Thursday at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, to review the strike they suspended in December last year, after reaching the agreement with the government.

They said: “The persistent non-responsiveness of the FGN to the contentious and outstanding issues of the December 2020 FGN/ASUU MoA has created a ticking time bomb, which may explode and engulf the Nigerian university system at a time sooner than may be imagined. When this happens, Nigerians should hold the Federal Government of Nigeria responsible.”

CBN says e-Naira will strengthen banking system

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said e-Naira will strengthen the banking system and make it easier to comply with existing laws such as anti-money laundering, customer protection against fraud and ensuring the safety and stability of the payment system.

Source: The Punch Newspapers

The Deputy Governor Operations, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Folashodun Shonubi, said this at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria advocacy series webinar held on Thursday.

Shonubi said, “The Central Bank in its implementation has ensured the e-Naira feeds our economy and provides greater value.

Current VAT regime unfair to hardworking states: Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, says that the federal government taking more value added tax than states where it is realised is an unfair and unjust way to reward hardworking states.

Source: People Gazette

Reacting to a recent court judgement on the collection of VAT in Rivers State, Afenifere demanded that the federal government practice true federalism as prescribed by the Constitution.

The group also said a previous court ruling had said that the federal government only has powers to collect income taxes of individuals and companies, capital gains taxes and stamp duties; while VAT should be administered by states. 

Gov. Makinde to clamp down on illegal miners, revenue defaulters

The Oyo government has warned illegal miners to stop operating in the state or be ready to face the wrath of the law.

Source: People Gazette

Chairman of the Oyo State Minerals Development Agency, Abiodun Oni, stated this on Thursday.

The government also warned other operators who failed to comply with extant rules and regulations guiding the mining industry.

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