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Striking ASUU Members Don’t Deserve Salaries -FG

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Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has stated that the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) don’t deserve to be paid salaries.

Newsrand understands that ASUU went on a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, a development that had since grounded public universities activities across the country.

Speaking on the matter, Nwajiuba lamented how the lecturers have continues to earn salaries without working, saying it makes no sense in any way.

His words: “The lecturers have continued to earn salaries while on strike; it doesn’t make sense to earn salaries when you have refused to work.

If you refuse to even pay them, by the time they call off the strike, they will still come back to fight for the payment of the period they refused to work.

You can air your grievances, come to the negotiation table without refusing to work. The issue of the strike has become a thing of concern. I have four children; two have graduated while the other two are still in public universities. I feel for them, I feel for other students who are at home. I feel the same way other parents feel, but can I bring money from my house and give it to ASUU?

The Ministry of Education isn’t the employer of the lecturers, we are a supervisory body, and there is no way we can fire or hire someone. Universities have governing councils that supervise the activities that go on, our job as in the ministry is to supervise, we can’t meddle in.

On the issue of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, I am also paid via the IPPIS, it is owned by the government, there is no way you can tell the government to throw away its platform and pay you with another platform.

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Electoral Act: Supreme Court Strikes Out Buhari’s Suit

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The Supreme Court has struck out the suit by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami seeking to void the provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

In a judgment on Friday, June 24, 2022, a seven-member panel of the apex court, headed by Justice Musa Dattijo Mohammed, was unanimous in holding that Buhari, having participated in the making of the law by assenting to it, could not turn around to fault its provisions.

The court, which upheld the objections raised by the National Assembly and other defendants against the suit, declined to determine it on the merit but declared that the Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to hear it and that the suit was an abuse of the court process.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, in the lead judgment, held that it was an attack on the democratic principle of Separation of Powers for the President to seek to direct/request the Legislature to make a particular law or alter any law.

The President lacks the power to direct the National Assembly to amend or enact an act..it violates the principle of separation of powers.

There is no part of the Constitution that makes the exercise of legislative powers subject to the directive of the President,” the court stated.

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Organ Harvesting, Fraud, Forgery, List Of Ekweremadu’s Ordeals

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Organ Harvesting, Fraud, Forgery, List Of Ekweremadu's Ordeals

These are not good times for former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu as he has been arrested in the United Kingdom for organ harvesting.

It was reported by NEWSRAND, that Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, conspired to arrange the travel of a child in a desperate bid to harvest organs.

Disclosing this incident, Metropolitan Police said the duo was arrested following an investigation by the force’s specialist crime team.

READ ALSO: REVEALED: How Ekweremadu Applied For Visa To Traffic Homeless Child

This will not be the first time the serving Senator will be appearing in the press for bad reasons, here are three other times the former Deputy Senate President appeared in headlines for bad reasons.

  1. Alleged N7.75bn Fraud: In 2015, an investigation revealed how Nigerian federal lawmakers, led by Ekweremadu, allegedly withdrew N7.75 billion of public funds in four years to purportedly review sections of the 1999 Constitution.
  2. Forgery: In 2016 when he was the Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu was tried before an FCT high court for allegedly forging the Senate Standing Rules 2015. He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery when the charges were read to him before Justice Yusuf Haliru.
  3. Attacked in Germany: In 2019, Ekweremadu was physically attacked by a mob while attending a cultural event in Germany. Ekweremadu, who confirmed the attack in a statement, said the attackers were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a South-East secessionist group.

The couple is still in custody for alleged organ harvesting, as they have been denied bail.

Although a letter that emanated revealed that Ekweremadu informed the UK authorities that he was taken Ukpo abroad for a kidney transplant in favor of his ailing daughter.

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Why Nnamdi Kanu Can’t Be Granted Bail Again -Buhari

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Why Nnamdi Kanu Can't Be Granted Bail Again -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) would not be granted bail considering his history with that.

Speaking at a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, Buhari said Kanu had previously jumped bail, adding that he can no longer be granted such privilege.

On notions that Kanu was not allowed to see his lawyers privately, the President said the detained separatist is being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.

He felt very safe in Britain and said awful things against Nigeria. We eventually got him when he stepped out of the United Kingdom, and we sent him to court. Let him defend all that he said there.

“His (Kanu’s) lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?

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