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Your Warning Is Misdirected Aggression – HURIWA Tells PEIWA



Your Warning Is Misdirected Aggression - HURIWA Tells PEIWA

… Says It Has No Business With PEIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has been accused of misdirected aggression from the Private Estate International West Africa Limited (PEIWA).

HURIWA said that PEIWA’s aggression came in the form of a warning which was contained in a statement on Thursday while reacting to a recent statement by the human rights group where it alleged that operatives of the Nigeria Police were being used to support land grabbers.

The rights group has described the warning as a misdirected aggression and a subtle blackmail to harass it from exercising its responsibility as a civil rights advocacy group.

PEIWA reportedly threatened to institute a contempt or defamation proceeding against HURIWA.

But HURIWA through its National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and its National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf has told PEIWA to take its aggression elsewhere because HURIWA has no business with any of the said pending court cases related to land ownership in Enugu State .

HURIWA insisted that as a responsible body of activists, its intervention ends at informing the inspector-general of police to investigate the allegations that some of his officers went on an illegal duty in a part of Enugu State and in the process some villagers who alleged violations “of their human rights approached HURIWA and we subsequently asked the Nigerian Police as an institution created by the Constitution to investigate their men.”

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PEIWA reportedly noted that the press conference by HURIWA as an association could be perceived as an interference with the course of administration of justice and could mislead the public.

It therefore alleged that the said press conference by the human rights body constituted actionable falsehood, “for which redress may be sought at the appropriate judicial fora under the laws of defamation against your organization corporately and against Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Ms. Zainab Yusuf personally.”

PEIWA said thus: “You are also advised to henceforth desist from taking any further step in the aforesaid matters or conducting itself in any manner as may embroil your organization in time-consuming, costly and very public litigation.”

HURIWA has, however, expressed shock that “we are being threatened with a defamation or contempt suit by a business entity that we absolutely have no relationship with whatsoever just as the rights group faulted the claims by the company that it interfered in certain court cases by the said company” even as HURIWA submitted that it has no knowledge of any litigation but that “its intervention was purely because some people from Amechi and Obeagu Awkunanaw communities in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State alleged that the Force Criminal Investigation Department sent armed SWAT officers to their communities and in the course of this alleged illegal duty some of these persons were brutalized physically just as some of them were arrested and driven to Abuja and some were allegedly taken to Nasarawa State by the office of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police incharge of FCID in Abuja.

HURIWA therefore wondered if this “company that threatened with audacity to institute a defamation suit against HURIWA thinks that Nigeria is North Korea or Communist China whereby civil rights are subjugated by the whims and caprices of the powers that be and the dictators of those nations.”

The rights group said as long as “there are allegations of human rights abuses by the police or anyone for that matter, HURIWA will step in to sensitize the heads of the security forces to their constitutional mandates and obligations to the citizens and no amount of blackmail,  intimidation, threats to life can stop the just struggle for protection of human rights in Nigeria.

“HURIWA acted armed with this video footage that went viral in which personnel of the SWAT team, FCID Abuja , penultimate week, reportedly arrested nearly a dozen persons. Interestingly, none of the persons arrested thus far, have any direct connection to the incident they’re supposed to be investigating. Interestingly again, all other persons arrested and those they have, in different Gestapo styles, attempted to whisk away from their houses in the last week, are out-spoken individuals from Amechi allegedly.

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“The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria is established to deal with all matters relating to the promotion and protection of human rights, investigation of alleged human rights violations, and to seek the enforcement of professional code of conducts by armed security operatives in Nigeria. The people of Amechi and Obeagu Awkunanaw communities consider this SOS appeal to us and to IGP a last resort, and we as an independent organisation of human rights activists only addressed a press conference to state that we will ask the IGP to intervene and provide immediate and far- reaching redress to these Nigerians whose civil rights were flouted by the police.

“In which way did we defame PEIWA or does the company work for the DIG in charge of FCID in Abuja? How did we defame a company that does not work as part of the Nigerian Police Force that we complained about? May we also ask this company to leave us out of their issues because we are simply doing our job as human rights practitioners who in the course of our duty therefore prayed the IGP to heed the SOS appeal of the Amechi and Obeagu Awkunanaw people whose constitutionally guaranteed human rights are abused by certain individuals belonging to the Nigeria Police Force.”


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BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Strike As Govt, Labour Leaders Meet



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President Bola Tinubu

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday night suspended their strike scheduled for Wednesday.

This development is sequel to a meeting by the representatives of the Federal Government and the Organised Labour at the Presidential Villa on Monday night over fuel subsidy removal.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed the outcome of the meeting to State House correspondents, read a communique stating the agreement struck between the NLC, TUC and the team set up by President Bola Tinubu to discuss the issues arising from the subsidy removal.

According to him, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.

“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.

“Consequently, the parties agreed follows:

“The NLC to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations

“The TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above

“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.”

Earlier on Monday, the National Industrial Court restrained the Organised Labour from embarking on any form of strike.

Ruling on an exparte application filed before the court, Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the defendants (the TUC and the NLC) from embarking on the planned nationwide strike on Wednesday pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice dated June 5, 2023.

The judge also ordered that the defendants be immediately served with the originating processes, the motion on notice and the order of the court.

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BREAKING:Court Bars NLC, TUC From Strike Over Petrol Subsidy Removal



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The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division, on Monday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on strike over the removal of petrol subsidy.

The federal government had asked the court for an interim injunction preventing the labour unions from proceeding on the strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Delivering the ruling on Monday, Olufunke Anuwe, the presiding judge, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex parte motion filed by the federal government.

On June 2, NLC issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide strike.

Worker unions, including the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Nigeria Union of Journalists, have asked their members to join the planned strike.

Owing to the development, the federal government approached the court for an interim injunction.

The presiding judge said the federal government was able to show that the planned strike is capable of disrupting activities in the health and education sectors.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023,” the judge said.

“It is ordered that the defendant/respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing for 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes.”

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BREAKING: Kwara Govt Reduces Workdays To Three Over Fare Rise



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Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

As fares have risen following the removal of fuel subsidy, the Kwara State government has directed that work days be reduced from five days to three per week for every worker in the state.

The state government said on Monday that the reduction of working days had become necessary following the astronomical hike in fares.

This is contained in a statement in Ilorin, by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

The State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, therefore directed all Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.

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