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Fierce gun battle in Idumota as hoodlums clash, streets, markets deserted [Video]

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Idumota on Lagos Island is boiling as heavy gunshots have been witnessed in the area following bloody clash between rival hoodlums.

The incident began last night and spread to Friday morning, with hoodlums seen with dangerous weapons, such as cutlasses, guns, fighting themselves.

Some people have been feared killed in the gun-battle. Areas such as Idumota, Kosoko, Oluwole, Martins and Balogun have been deserted as street urchins engaged in bloody clash.

Security reports said there is heavy gunshots and serious fight on Lagos Island as Area boys were fighting themselves.

People have been warned to stay away from Lagos Island right now as the fight spreads to other areas, while officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and Task Force are trying to restore calm to the area.

The popular Idumota Market has been deserted as traders ran for their lives.

According to EONS Intelligence, as at 9,00am, the crisis in Idumota has escalated.

It said: “Violent attacks accompanied with sporadic shootings in Idumota area of Lagos State as hoodlums from the area clash with hoodlums from Kosoko/Oluwole, Martins and Balogun. The situation in the area is currently tensed.”

Footages on Twitter showed residents running helter and skelter, with sporadic gunshots heard. Hoodlums with cutlasses were also seen in the footages.

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EFCC investigating Anamekwe Nwabuoku, acting accountant-general – Report

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Anamekwe Nwabuoku, the newly appointed overseer of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF, has corruption allegations and is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Recall that Mr Nwabuoku was on Sunday appointed to oversee the office in the absence of the suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris, who has been in the EFCC custody over alleged fraud running into N80billion.

The report added that some of the allegations against him include overpayment to himself in previous MDAs he served.

The newspaper gathered that some of the properties he acquired fraudulently have been recovered by anti-corruption agencies.

One of the sources informed the newspaper that perhaps his major financial crime was allegedly committed while he was the Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA, at the Ministry of Defence where he was said to have enriched himself with internal security funds.

He was allegedly involved in other fraudulent activities and using the Government Integrated Financial Management System, GIFMIS, to steal the salaries of federal government staff.

The GIFMIS is an IT-based system for budget management and accounting. It was adopted as part of a wider Public Service Reform Strategy by the federal government of Nigeria starting in the early 2000s.

Mr Nwabuoku, however, compromised the system and made away with humongous amount of money.

Asked to explain why the federal government opted to appoint a man with such questionable records to oversee an office vacated by an allegedly corrupt AGF, a top official in the Presidency said Mr Nwabuoku was the most senior official in the office.

“He is not acting AGF but overseeing OAGF as the most senior director in the office,” the official declared.

Mr Nwabuoku has few months left to reach the mandatory retirement age for civil servants.

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ASUU, polytechnic lecturers, others to get N34b minimum wage arrears — FG

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The Federal Government says it will spend about N34 billion as arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the education sector effective from 2019.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said that this was aimed at resolving the lingering crisis in the sector.

Ngige made this known while speaking with newsmen on the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and others on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ngige said that the beneficiaries of the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments included the members of the striking ASUU and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

According to Ngige, the universities will get N23.5 billion, polytechnics N6 billion and Colleges of Education N4 billion, bringing the total sum to N33.5 billion.

The Minister, while giving update on the ongoing striking, said committees were set up during the last tripartite meeting of the government and university based unions.

He said they were given a fortnight to turn in their report, adding they were still working and the reports of the committees were being expected at  the end of the week.

He said: “Those committees are working.

“The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

“Also, the University Transparency Accountability Solution of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System of the non-teaching staff.

“They have started the testing last Thursday.

“The National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission has issued their amendment circulars.

“The unions also have copies to take care of responsibility and hazard allowances wherever it has not been properly captured.”

Ngige assured that there might likely be wage adjustments as the government intensified efforts to streamlining wages through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

He said: “For example, we have done for police.

“It wasn’t envisaged that we should do it in pockets.

“But you can see that police has been done.

“You can also see university teachers saying that their own should be done immediately, since we have done police.

“So, something is being done.

“It was part of the 2009 negotiation they had with the government then.

“So, the committee of Prof. Briggs is on it, discussing with the university unions and their employer, the Federal Ministry of Education.

“They will bring up something for government to see.

“There are other people.

“The doctors are complaining about brain-drain, this and that.

“Their hazard allowance has to be touched and it was touched by close to 300 per cent.

“From N5,000 paid across board for each person, the least person in the health sector is getting N15,000, while the big ones are getting N45,000.

“So, that is the quantum leap.”

The Minister therefore, appealed to ASUU and other university-based unions once more to suspend their strike so that academic activities could resume once again in public universities across the country.

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