Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Monday, September 12, 2022.
FG may lose N7.58tn to contract disputes, damages [Punch Newspaper]
The Federal Government is currently facing several court cases over alleged breach of contract and a compilation of suits filed against the government by local and foreign entities in the past two years may see Nigeria losing about N7.58tn if the nation loses the cases.
Last week, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed that the Federal Government had agreed to pay a foreign investor $496m (N212b.3bn, using the official exchange rate of N428/dollar) to settle a long-standing $5.26bn (N2.25tn) contractual dispute.
The government said the mediation proceedings were under the Alternative Dispute Resolution framework of the International Chamber of Commerce led by Phillip Howell-Richardson.
FG Asks Court to Order Lecturers Back to Work [ThisDay Newspaper]
The federal government has referred the prolonged strike embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication. This followed the failure of dialogue between the union and the Federal Ministry of Education.
The government requested an order of the court for ASUU members to resume work in their various universities while the NICN was addressing the issues in dispute in line with the provisions of Section 18 (I) (b) of the TDA Cap T8. LFN 2004.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, said the demand was contained in a referral instrument addressed to the Registrar of NICN, dated September 8,2022, and signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.
In the matter billed for mention at 9am today, the federal government asked the NICN to inquire into the legality or otherwise of the on-going prolonged strike by the ASUU leadership and members that had continued even after apprehension by the Minister of Labour and Employment.
It asked the court to entirely interpret the provisions of Section 18 LFN 2004, especially as it applied to the cessation of strike once a trade dispute was apprehended by the Minister of Labour and Employment and conciliation was ongoing.
Tukur Mamu’s Arrest: This is also terrorism, Gumi tackles DSS [NewsWireNGR]
Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has slammed the Department of State Services (DSS) over the arrest of Tukur Mamu, a negotiator for the terrorists that kidnapped victims on the Kaduna-Abuja train on March 28.
NewsWireNGR had earlier reported that Mamu was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners at Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday while on his way to Saudi Arabia.
Why I wished Queen Elizabeth II ‘excruciating pain’ — Professor Uju Anya [NewsWireNGR]
Nigerian-born American professor, Uju Anya, has disclosed the motive behind her controversial tweet wishing the late Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom excruciating pain.
NewsWireNGR reports that a tweet by Anya, now deleted by Twitter, generated a mixed reaction during the week.
In an interview with a foreign-based news platform, The CUT, Anya revealed her reasons for making such wishes.
She said the late Queen Elizabeth II’s throne “represents the legacy of enslavement and colonialism and its direct harm,” adding that she supervised the British government, which caused very painful harm to her, and “the harm shaped my entire life and continues to be my story and that of the people she harmed.” Read more.
Al-Qaeda releases book detailing September 11 attacks [NewsWireNGR]
The Al-Qaeda terrorist network on Sunday released a book written by a senior member, including a detailed timeline leading up to the attacks on several U.S. airliners on September 11, 2001, which left nearly 3,000 people dead in three locations.
Marking the 21st anniversary of the attacks, the book was written by Abu Muhammad al-Masri, a senior Al-Qaeda member reportedly killed in Iran in 2020. Read more.
Policemen feared dead as Senator Ifeanyi Ubah escapes assassination attempt [NewsWireNGR]
On Sunday, the Senator representing Anambra South senatorial district, Ifeanyi Ubah, escaped an assassination attempt as gunmen opened fire on his convoy, killing some policemen.
According to reports, the tragic event occurred at the Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. Read more.
In Anambra, three Ojukwu University students found dead in their hostel [NewsWireNGR]
Three students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, Anambra State, were at the weekend found dead in their hostel at the Igbariam campus of the institution.
The three female students were identified as Obidiaso Chidera (200 level Political Science); Mercy (200 level Pharmacy); and Emmanuella, (200 level Business Administration).
The cause of their deaths has not been ascertained, although some people on the university campus suspected foul play as they were locked in their rooms from outside. Read more.
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