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Police neutralise 2 suspected kidnappers, rescue victim in Imo

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Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Police Command in Imo on Friday, said it had neutralised two suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim at Avu near Owerri.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, who disclosed this in a statement, said one locally made cut-to-size gun, two cutlasses, and charms were recovered from the suspects.

He said the Police swung into action following a distress call made by a “Good Samaritan” on Aug. 29, at about 12:30p.m. along Umuezorokam- Avu in Owerri West Local Government Area in an attempt to kidnap a man (name withheld).

“The DPO in-charge of Nekede Divisional headquarters swiftly mobilised his men and stormed the scene with the assistance of the some local vigilance group.
“The hoodlums on sighting the Police immediately opened fire but were overwhelmed by the professionalism and stiff resistance showcased by the ever-gallant operatives, who maneuvered into vintage position and returned fire.

“In the ensuing gun duel, two of the criminal syndicates were neutralised while others escaped to the adjoining bushes with various degrees of gunshot injuries.

“Efforts are on top gear to arrest other fleeing members of the criminal syndicate,” Okoye said.

The command’s spokesman said the victim was rescued with a deep machete cut on his hand and other parts of his body and was immediately rushed to Federal Medical Center Owerri, where he is currently receiving medical attention.

He said the lifeless bodies of the neutralised hoodlums have been deposited at the morgue for preservation.

He commended the DPO Nekede, his men, and the local vigilantes for a job well done.

Okoye reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Barde, to ensuring that the life and properties of all and sundry in the state are adequately protected.

“The Commissioner of Police stated in strong terms that there will be no hiding place for criminally minded elements across the length and breadth of Imo.

“He has beckoned on residents to continue to support the Police and other sister security agencies in the onslaught against all forms of crime and criminality in the state.

“In case of emergencies, the command can be reached via 08034773600 or 08098880197,” Okoye added.

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Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise

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Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft

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Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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