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Pensioners Protest Non-payment Of N25b Arrears, Call For Reflection Of New Minimum Wage In Their Pay

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Pensioners of Nigeria Electricity Power Authority/Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NEPA/PHCN), Wednesday, February 12 called for the implementation of the 33 percent awarded to pensioners by the past administration.

They also appealed to relevant authorities to reflect the new N30,000 minimum wage approved by the Federal Government in their pension.

Addressing newsmen in Benin During a protest, Vice Chairman, South-South National Union of Pensioners (Electricity Sector), Comrade Monday Adodo disclosed that N25,332,295,129.51k is being owed pensioners since 2012 up till date.

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Accroding to him, protest became necessary due to the hardship faced by the pensioners.

He said, “Coming out today is due to non payment of arrears met for us since 2012 when Nigeria Electric Power Authority/Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NEPA/PHCN) was privatized.

“At the time of privatization, our outstanding benefits was twenty five billion, three hundred and thirty two million, two hundred and ninety five thousand, one hundred and twenty nine naira, fifty one kobo.

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“The breakdown is as follows: Harmonization Arrears N14,306,479,450.49k, Monetization Arrears N7,072,029,6074.96k, Year 2000 Retiree/Retirement Benefits N3,037,607,883.08k.”

He noted that between April/May 2015, their pension and liabilities were transferred to Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD for settlement.

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The South-South Vice Chairman said the amount owed them have been forwarded to the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company who was then in charge of payment of their payment of their pension and benefits.

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EFCC Arrests 48 Kwara Varsity Students For Internet Fraud

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Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at their various hideouts, after days of surveillance, adding that they will be arraigned in court when investigations are concluded.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the statement, included laptops and different brands of phones.

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The statement read, “Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

“They were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in their various hideouts after days of surveillance and fruitful intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

“Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, 24 laptops, and different brands of phones. The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”

A week ago, the anti-graft agency also arrested 14 individuals suspected of internet fraud at a “Yahoo Academy” in Makurdi.

In a statement on its official X handle, the EFCC said, acting on intelligence, operatives from the Makurdi Zonal Command raided a three-bedroom apartment along Achusa Road, Benue State, believed to be a training centre for internet fraud trainees.

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PHOTOS: Three-storey Building Collapses In Lagos During Downpour

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A three-storey building at Ita Faaji Market in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State collapsed during the downpour on Thursday.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident which happened around 9am caused panic in the community.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, Magaret Adeseye, in a statement obtained by The PUNCH, said the building was under renovation before it caved in.

She, however, added that the construction workers escaped unhurt.

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“A three-storey building under renovation at 24, Binuyo Street off Ita Faaji Market, Lagos, collapsed during a downpour. The few artisans on site escaped unhurt,” the statement read in part.

Adeseye further disclosed that its personnel from Ebute Elefun Fire Station and other state emergency responders were at the scene of the collapse.

The LSFRS boss noted that the supposed cause of the collapse was unknown, adding that recovery operations had since been concluded.

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The PUNCH reported that a yet-to-be-identified woman said to be 80 years old died as the staircase of a storey building caved in the Oyingbo area of the state in September 2023.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency while condoling with the victims of the collapsed building blamed the non-compliance on the vacation notice on the part of occupants of the building.

Emergency responders raced to the scene for a rescue mission following the incident.

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JUST IN: One Missing, 15 Rescued In Boat Accident 

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Not less than 15 people were rescued this evening from the scene of a boat accident in Lagos, where a passenger ferry collided with an unexpected shoreline concrete at a construction site near the power line corridor at the Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.

Although one person was still missing as of the time the report was filed.

In a statement by the management of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), one of the passengers was said to have sustained an injury, while another is yet to be accounted for.

In a statement signed by Wuraola Alake of the Public Relations Unit of LASWA, said officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies were still at the incident location carrying out further rescue Operations.

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Part of the statement reads: “At about 6.50pm today Wednesday 21, 2024, an Ibeshe bound passenger ferry named Tee Ben having departed from Addax jetty, had a collusion with an unforeseen shoreline concrete at a construction site around the power line corridor at the Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.

“About 15 out of the 17 passengers said to be on board this boat have been rescued, with one casualty confirmed, while rescue efforts are still ongoing as at the time of writing this statement.

“Officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies were still at the incident location carrying out further rescue operations.”

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