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We Won’t Release Bazoum, Rejoin ECOWAS – Niger Coup Leader

The leader of the military junta in Niger Republic, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, has pledged that none of the three Sahel countries will seek readmission to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He also affirmed that the junta ‘will never’ release the deposed president, Mohammed Bazoum, who was taken hostage following the July 26, 2023, coup in the country.

On January 27, 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger announced their plans to withdraw from membership in the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), despite repeated efforts at reconciliation.

Following their withdrawal, the foreign ministers of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger recommended the creation of a confederation as part of the long-term goal of uniting the West African neighbours within a federation.

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Gen. Tchiani reiterated his commitment to this stance during an interview he gave to the RTN news channel in the capital city of Niamey on Monday.

Late Night Fire Destroys Shanties In Lagos

A fire incident has destroyed some shanties at Ikate around Salem Bus Stop in Lekki, Lagos, late on Monday.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said this in a statement.

He said the agency’s response unit upon receiving a distress call moved in immediately.

“We received distress calls via our Toll Free Emergency numbers 767/112 at 11.21 pm, and activated the State’s Emergency Response Plans.

“The LASEMA Response Team from Lekki Base arrived at the incident scene at 11.50pm, while the elite LASEMA Fire Unit also responded from the agency’s hub at Cappa Base.

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Nigerian Secret Police, DSS Grills Kaduna-Based Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Auwal For Lambasting Tinubu, Buhari, Calling Them ‘Pharaoh And Haman’

The Department of Security Services (DSS) has grilled a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Auwal Shariff based in Zaria, Kaduna State over his recent sermon where he criticised President Bola Tinubu’s government.

Sheikh Auwal Shariff is a renowned critic of the Nigerian government and in one of his recent sermons during Juma’at prayer, he faulted Tinubu’s failed economic policies for the sufferings and inflation Nigerians are presently facing.

In one of the videos of his sermons, Shariff had likened the power transition between former President Muhammadu Buhari and Tinubu to that of Pharaoh and Haman, Daily Nigerian reports.

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He also berated the president for the hasty decision to remove petrol subsidy.

Fresh Strike Looms As University Lecturers, ASUU Says Tinubu-Led Nigerian Government Yet To Fulfill Any Of Its Promises

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said its members would consider embarking on another industrial action because the President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government is yet to fulfil any of its promises to them.

The ASUU National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, revealed this during an interview session, adding that the last month salaries were paid to them via the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as against the government’s promise to stop that.

The IPPIS unveiled in 2006, is a government initiative aimed at streamlining payroll for government ministries, departments, and agencies.

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