Five Of 39 Abducted Kaduna Students Regain Freedom
Five of the 39 students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have regained freedom.
The five students returned on Monday afternoon and were taken to a military medical facility for examination, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement.
The five students and 34 of their colleagues were abducted by bandits who invaded the school on March 11, 2021. #
NARD orders COVID-19 doctors to join strike, threatens N5m fine
The National President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi,
has ordered doctors at the COVID-19 isolation centres to join the nationwide strike it began on April 1st.
NARD, an association of doctors undergoing residency training, had on April 1st begun a nationwide strike over the government’s failure to pay salaries of house officers and review N5,000 hazard allowance of doctors, they have now also threatened to impose a fine of N5m on any of its branches that fail to join the strike.
The NARD President said branches found wanting would not be able to hold any national position for the next two years and stated that consultant doctors should be able to handle emergencies at the isolation centres for now. #
1876 inmates roam free after Imo prison break
The Acting Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), John Mrabure, has confirmed the return of 6 out of 1,876 inmates released after the attack on Owerri Custodial Centre in the early hours of Monday, April 5th, 2021.
However, Mrabure also noted that 35 inmates refused to escape during the attack and added that he has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident which commenced with a Search and Recover Operations to recapture the fleeing inmates.
They were said to have arrived at the centre in their large number in several Hilux Pick-Up vans and Sienna buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately engaged the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle and used explosives to blast the administrative block to gain entrance. #
Nigeria missing as IMF grants debt pardon to 28 countries
Nigeria has been excluded from the list of 28 countries granted debt pardon by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Board has approved the third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT). This approval followed two prior tranches approved on April 13, 2020, and October 2, 2020, respectively.
In a report released on Monday, the Fund said the approval will enable the disbursement of grants from the CCRT for payment of all eligible debt service falling due to the IMF from its poorest and most vulnerable members from April 14, 2021, to October 15, 2021, estimated at SDR 168 ($238) million. #
Nigerian courts locked as judiciary workers begin indefinite strike
The Nigerian judiciary workers begin indefinite strike as all courts across the country were locked up today as judiciary workers, under the support of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), commence an indefinite nationwide strike.
According to the national leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, the strike action is to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The circular signed by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria’s General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.
The union had at its last National Executive Meeting on March 13, 2021, in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary with a threat that failure of which JUSUN will have no other option but to resume the suspended national strike action. #