Afternoon NEWS For Today (12/10/2020)

1) Nigerian govt. extends suspension of new electricity tariff

The Federal Government has extended the suspension of the new electricity tariff by one week.

Prof. James Momoh, Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said this when the ad hoc Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff submitted its interim report at a reconvene bilateral meeting between Federal Government and Organised Labour on Monday in Abuja.


The new tariff was earlier suspended for two weeks and ended at midnight on Oct. 11, when the organized labour suspended the planned industrial action over agitation on the hike in electricity tariff on Sept. 28.



It would also be recalled that the committee which was Chaired by Mr. Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour is to examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff.


It was also agreed that while the committee carries the justification that electricity tariff should be reduced for two weeks.


Momoh while speaking, said the one-week extension new tariff said was to enable the committee to review and work out modalities for the implementation of the agreement reached on the electricity tariffs structure.


Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, while reading a resolution reached between the Federal Government, Organised Labour and the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff said that adoption of the work plan for effecting the resolutions has been reached.


Ngige said the resolutions adopted would be implemented by all stakeholders within the week by Sunday, Oct. 18.


“Using the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) VAT proceeds to provide relief in electricity tariff. This is to leverage on the VAT from the NESI, the increases experienced by customers due to the transition to the Service-Based Tariff will be reduced.


“That is Band A – 10 percent reduction, Band B – 10.5 percent reduction and Band C – 31 reductions,” he said.


He said on the acceleration of the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP).


2) Buhari decision on SARS a Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that President Muhammadu Buhari yielding to the demand of Nigeria on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), was a demonstration of good leadership.


Following widespread protests against the activities of SARS, Nigerian government on Sunday, October 11, disbanded the police unit.


Responding to the development in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, Lawan commended President Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu for disbanding SARS.


“I am applauding the president because it is a demonstration of good leadership to yield to the demand of the populace in difficult situations like this,” he said.


3) After SARS disbandment, protesters block Lekki, make more demandsdemonstration of good leadership —Lawan

There was a massive gridlock on the Lekki Toll Gate as EndSARS protesters shutdown the expressway on Monday morning.


The EndSARS protesters hit the Lekki Toll Gate section of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos State, to resume demonstrations despite the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.


The protesters on Sunday announced that workers and other commuters would be affected.


Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had also on Sunday afternoon, announced the disbandment of the police unit after days of online and offline protests.


The protesters are demanding that the authorities go beyond disbandment of SARS and carry out psychological evaluation and re-trainig of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.


They are also demanding the release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.


The protesters however, called for increased salaries for police officers and the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct within 10 days.


4) Angry mob kill tricycle rider over alleged theft of motorcycle in Minna

Angry mobs in Minna, Capital of Niger State have lynched a tricycle rider for allegedly stealing a motorcycle in Tunga area of the town.


It was gathered that the victim simply identified as Bashir stole at Tunga area of the town where he went to drop a passenger.


Eyewitness accounts told DAILY POST that after stealing the motorbike, irate motorcycle riders chased the deceased from Tunga to his house in Dusten Kura Gwari, a suburb of the town.


He was said to have been killed in front of his house without given an opportunity to make any explanation.


However, one of his neighbours, identified as Abubakar denied the allegation, he told our reporter that the deceased could not have stolen any motorcycle.


He claimed that Bashir was murdered in cold blood without committing the offence, he was accused of by his killers.


“We did not see any motorcycle in his tricycle nor was he allowed to explain himself before his pursuers lynched him to death. Bashir left the house as he usually does every day to search for his daily bread when this happened to him. It’s so sad and disheartening. ”


Idris Umar, another neighbour stated, “everyone in the area knows Bashir as a good boy and he is always going on his own. I have never known him with any record of bad character.”


Umar noted that it is sad that he was not allowed to give his side of the story before he was murdered.


5) IPPIS: ASUU reacts to FG’s order to stop payment of salaries

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared that it will not be cowed into enrolling its members on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).


The union which was reacting to the directive issued by the Federal Government which seeks to stop the salaries of university employees, who have not enrolled on the scheme, described the move as blackmail to weaken workers and make them enroll on the platform.


Speaking in an interview with Punch on Sunday, the Chairman of the University of Port Harcourt Branch of ASUU, Dr Austen Sado, said that the directive by the government clearly shows that there is something the Federal Government is not telling the people.


He said “It (directive to stop salaries) clearly shows that there is something the Federal Government is not telling the people. They are not paying us (some lecturers). So, why are they saying by November?


“What they are doing now is just blackmail and threat to see how they would weaken our members to go and enroll (on IPPIS). People who have not enrolled are not being paid; some people for eight months, some for three, going to four months. I have not been paid salary since July, while some people have not been paid since February”.


6) Beyond disbandment police must identify, punish SARS operatives involved in abuses —Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to the demands by Nigerians to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

He, however, said that beyond the disbandment of SARS that the the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) must ensure it identified and punish SARS operatives involved in severe cases of abuse of rights, brutality and murder of Nigerians.

Gbajabiamila stated this in a statement on Sunday by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi.

He was responding to the disbandment of SARS by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammmed Adamu, following widespread protests against the police unit.

Gbajabiamila said the dissolution of the unit of the police was a necessary response by the government to the outcry arising from their multiple documented excesses across the country.

He equally commended Nigerians, particularly the millions of young people at home and abroad, who saw a wrong and sought to make it right, who saw injustice and acted to put an end to it.

According to him, the dissolution of SARS and the broader, ongoing reforms of the police that will follow, are a testament to the passion and resilience of a generation of Nigerians who determined not to accept or tolerate injustice in whatever form it takes.

7) Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Uploads Video, Claims Soldiers Are Searching For Biafrans To Kill

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has uploaded a video, claiming that soldiers of the Nigerian Army are in his village in Abia state, southeast Nigeria, searching for pro-Biafra agitators to kill.


Naija News reports that Kanu, who is also the Director of Radio Biafra, is agitating for the Republic of Biafra. His group, the IPOB which is also seeking to break away from Nigeria had since been proscribed by the Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.


Like Kanu, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) is also fighting the same course along with other pro-Biafra groups in Nigeria.


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Posted Oct 12th, 2020



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