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AfAW Wants Police To Arrest, Prosecute Persecutors Of Emena Over Witchcraft Allegation



Mrs Emena carrying the corpse of her daughter.

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has called on the state police command and the government of Anambra to arrest and prosecute those who accused a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Azuka Emena, of witchcraft and subsequently assaulted her, subjecting her to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment in the Uga community.

Emena, whose daughter passed away on Thursday, March 30 after a protracted illness was accused of being responsible for the illness and eventual death of the young girl. As in other cases of witchcraft accusations, no medical report was tendered to support the witchcraft claim.

The Director of AfAW, Dr. Leo Igwe quoted local sources as telling the group that Mrs. Emena’s son, Nonso, who claims to be a pastor, was the main accuser and instigator of the persecution. Nonso mobilized some youths and elders in the village. They invaded the family compound forcing the mother to cross the corpse of her late daughter four times. The mob also compelled her to carry the dead body. Two elderly women stripped her naked; they removed her mensural pad in search of her “witchcraft medicine”. The mob looted Mrs. Emena’s house and made away with her belongings, including a sum of 700 thousand Naira, that she kept in her room. The elders banished her from the community. They threatened to murder her if she was seen in the Uga community. Mrs Emena fled to her paternal village, in Ekwulobia.

Mrs Emena walking across the corpse of the daughter.

The AfAW was informed that while she was leaving on a motorbike, mobs were shooting in the air, and booing her. Somebody kicked her, and she fell into a nearby bush.

“The AfAW has been informed that police at the area command arrested Nonso, but later released him after he paid a bribe. Nonso later lodged a complaint with the state CID in Awka, but there has not been any action on the matter. If nothing is done to get the police to act, this case would fizzle out. The perpetrators would not be punished. They would not be brought to justice.

“The AfAW requests the police command in Awka to arrest Azuka’s son, Nonso, Emma Onyeharam, Peter Onyirimba, Chidiebere Madukwe, Izuchukwu Ezenwonye, Okezie, Ngozi Emena and others linked to the accusation, assault, torture, and maltreatment of Mrs. Azuka Emena. It is unfortunate that despite the pictorial evidence, and a video recording of the torture and persecution of Mrs. Emena, there have not been substantial efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. This is shameful and unacceptable. The state police command has been duly informed. Other agencies, including the FIDA, and the NHRC have been contacted and briefed on the incident. The AfAW calls on the police and other state agencies to rise to the occasion and ensure that the persecutors of Mrs. Emana are brought to justice”, the group said.


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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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