Gunmen abduct Nigerian Air Force 2-Star General in Lagos
Gunmen have abducted Air Vice Marshal Sikiru Smith (retd.), in the Ajah area of Lagos State, South-west Nigeria.
Smith is a cousin to a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and current Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.
The retired general, who is currently the Chairman of Double Wealth Ventures Limited – a dredging and engineering firm – was supervising work on a site in Ajah on Monday morning when masked gunmen invaded the place and shot sporadically.
According to smith’s driver, Corporal Odiji, Smith engaged in a struggle with his abductors before he was whisked away in a waiting speedboat.
Federal Secretariat Abuja shuts down Thursday
Ahead of the 61st Independence celebration coming up on Friday, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, has announced that the Federal Secretariat complex would be shut down on Thursday, September 30, 2021, to enable security agencies secure the area.
The affected complexes are Phases 1-3 of the Federal Secretariat complex and the closure of the offices would be to ensure a hitch-free 61st independence celebration on Friday.
However, major roads leading to the square will also be closed to traffic on Thursday evening to enable security agencies take pre-independence security protocol.
High-rise buildings overlooking Eagle square will also be closed for security purposes.
Ohanaeze declares Wednesday ‘Igbo Mourning Day’
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has cancelled its earlier proposed Igbo Day celebration and replaced it with Igbo Day of Mourning.
This was announced in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Temple Chika.
Chika urged Ndigbo to observe the world Igbo day of mourning in remembrance of all Igbo martyrs both at home and diaspora, whose lives were cut short at their prime age during security operations, herdsmen, obigbo/ orlu massacres, killings in the north by Boko haram and banditry.
He further stated that the Igbo day of mourning, with the theme “Ozoemena” will now replace Igbo day which is usually celebrated annually on the 29th of September.
Lagos Employs 400 Health Workers, Engages Over 1500 More
Over 400 health workers have been employed and 1500 engaged by the Lagos State Government to fill existing vacancies in State-owned secondary health facilities between the last quarter of Y2020 and the second quarter of Y2021.
This was stated in a press statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Monday.
The government noted that the employment is for the last quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.
The Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr Atinuke Onayiga was quoted to have said that the engagement of the health care workers is part of the current administration’s strategy to improve human resources for health towards the provision of qualitative healthcare delivery in Lagos State.
UN Concerned About ‘Xenophobia’ Against Migrants in Chile
The United Nations expressed concern on Monday at the violence and xenophobia meted out to undocumented migrants in Chile over the weekend by locals fed up with their presence in the country.
Some 3,000 protesters took to the streets of the northern port city of Iquique on Saturday, some burning the belongings of rough-sleeping migrants who had been occupying a public square for months.
In a tweet, the UN mission in Chile urged the authorities and the population to act within the framework of respect for human rights and international humanitarian rights.
The world body expressed its willingness to provide technical assistance and to collaborate in the efforts of national and local authorities.
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