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Bakers association storms Lagos Assembly, decries harsh policies

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Bread producers under the aegis of the Premium Bread-Makers Association of Nigeria, on Thursday, staged a peaceful protest at the Lagos State House of Assembly and expressed grievances over what they described as harsh government policies affecting their businesses.

The bread makers, who marched through the streets of Alausa, Ikeja to the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, held placards with various messages indicating their challenges.

The President of the association, Onuora Emmanuel, told journalists outside the assembly that the group had written a letter to the Office of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, detailing the various challenges facing break makers occasioned by poor government policies.

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He said the association decided to come to the assembly because the state government had refused to address the challenges facing bread makers.

“We are staging a peaceful protest at the Lagos State House of Assembly to complain to the state government how uneasy it is to do business in Lagos State. We issued a press release about two weeks ago. We wrote to the state governor, but nobody has answered us. So we are taking our complaints to the representative of the people, that is the state House of Assembly,” Onuora said.

“We are not saying we will not pay the rates, but we want a single regulator in Lagos State, we want to know where we belong to in the state. We can’t be doing business and be putting money into the coffers of the state government while our members are suffering. Our demand is for the state government to tell us how many agencies we need to deal with. We want a single agency to regulate us as it is done elsewhere.”

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In a letter titled, “Unbearable intimidation, harassment by state agencies and the challenges of doing business in Lagos State: Save our businesses,” and addressed to the Speaker of the House, Hon Mudashiru Obasa, the bread makers appealed to the state parliament to “save our businesses from collapse and prevent over one million people in Lagos State under our employment from becoming jobless and being pushed back into the already saturated unemployment market.”

According to the protesting bread makers, the key challenges threatening the survival of bread factories include multiple oversight/monitoring of businesses by numerous state ministries, agencies and parastatals; intimidation and harassment of drivers and delivery vans by state agencies and miscreants; undue checks and monitoring which shrouds the essence of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, and hostile treatment by men of the Nigeria Police Force, among other concerns.

The effects of the hostile production environment, they said, had made business operational capacity to drop below 50 per cent, while staff retention as well as employment of more staff was now challenged with the attendant PAYE tax by the state government.

“The implication is that job losses to the tune of 500,000 persons are imminent if this negative trend is not reversed,” the association added.

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Hon Tobun Abiodun, a member Representing the Epe Constituency 1 at the state House of Assembly and Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, alongside his colleague, Hon Akande Victor, the Chairman, House Committee on Petitions, addressed the protesters.

They promised the businessmen and women that the House would critically examine the issues raised with a view to amicably resolving them.

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Thugs assault lady in Maiduguri for ‘insulting’ Borno Rep

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Thugs, alleged to be loyal to the member representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Satomi Ahmed, have assaulted a lady, Fadila Abdulrahman, for purportedly denigrating their principal on social media.

A trending video, which surfaced on Sunday night, showed youths slapping and hitting the Abdulrahman, raining expletive statements at her for ‘insulting’ Satomi on Facebook.

In the video, the thugs were heard screaming in Hausa, (Fadila, your father!) (With all that Satomi has done for you, you still did this to him?)… (You must go, prostrate before Satomi and seek forgiveness).

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Borno PPolice Command, Abdu Umar, in a briefing on Monday said the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sanda Kyarimi Zoo, in Maiduguri, and that four suspects had been apprehended and are in police custody.

“It happened on Sunday around 2 o’clock, in the afternoon, at the Sanda Kyarimi Zoo in the heart of Maiduguri. Some political thugs, loyal to Satomi Ahmed, a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Jere Constituency stormed a restaurant known as Zahura Restaurant owned by a member of the Police Community Relations Committee member, 29 years old Fadila Abdulrahman.

“She was beaten up and her restaurant was completely destroyed and her phone missing on the excuse that she posted and circulated a picture with inscription undermining their master, Satomi Ahmed.

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“The suspects under custody are Nasiru Abubakar alias Mana, Ali Dungus Shettima, Bello Mudasa, and Mallam Mohammed. The principal suspect is still at large, known as Saadu Suleiman and one Saleh but we shall arrest them.

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“Meanwhile, one of the suspects arrested and paraded at the police command, Bello Mudasa, 21 years old, said he was engaged by Saadu Suleiman to carry out a job on behalf of the honourable.

“I am a shoe cobbler within Maiduguri metropolis. I was in my shop when Saadu Suleiman came and took me on a tricycle that he has something he wanted me to do for him.

“When we got to the zoo, he confronted the lady and started insulting her. The lady began to insult him back, that was when I rushed and begin to slap her,” Bello stated.

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Hanifa Abubakar: Kano youths raze down school owned by her killer

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A mob has set ablaze the school owned by the kidnapper and killer of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil in Kano.

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The school was razed by irate youths on Monday morning.

Hanifa was killed by Abdulmalik Tanko, the school’s proprietor after he kidnapped her in December and collected N6 million as ransom.

Tanko confessed he killed the girl with rat poison when he realised that she had recognised him.

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The suspect was nabbed by security operatives while trying to get some part of the ransom he demanded.

He later confessed to killing her with rat poison.

Hanifa’s body was dug out of the shallow grave the suspect buried her in the school premises.

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