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We’ll no longer accept destructive comments on social media — Abia

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The Abia State Government on Monday issued a stern warning against individuals who engage in spreading falsehood against it on social media platforms.

Chief Anthony Agbazuere, Chief of Staff to the Governor, said while addressing newsmen at the Government House, Umuahia.

Agbazuere said that it was disheartening to know that it had become a way of life for some persons to spread false messages to disparage the Abia State Government and its officials.

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He said that the government was open to accepting pieces of advice and objective criticisms from the citizens.

Agbazuere added that any form of destructive criticism would not be welcomed by the state government.

He said: “In the spirit of new year, such people should be wary and refrain from unpatriotic, irreverent and debilitating conducts.

“Government shall be constrained to fully resort to extant laws against such uncharitable individuals except they purge themselves.

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“You can no longer in this country go to Facebook and write what you think or feel to disparage somebody without knowing that there are laws concerning such things in Nigeria.

“If you think what you are saying is right, then you must justify it on the basis of the law, or else the law will take its course. ”

Agbazuere charged persons that publish falsehood against the government for either political or selfish reasons under the guise of giving advice or recommendations to desist from such acts.

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Sanwo-Olu suspends NURTW operations in Lagos Island over recent clash

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The government of Lagos state has suspended operations of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos Island over the recent clashes recorded in the area.

This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by media aide to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat.

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Gawat said the decision to suspend the union activities was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting attended by the NURTW, Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya oloja general and iya oloja of Lagos Island).

Recall that there was a report on how factions of the union clashed over the control of motor parks in the area last week Thursday, leaving one person dead and several people injured.

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The police command in the state on Monday arrested two principal suspects – Adekunle Lawal alias Kunle Poly, and Mustapha Adekunle, popularly known as Sego.

Lawal is the Lagos Island branch chairman of the NURTW, while Adekunle is the treasurer of the state council of the union.

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According to the statement, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, special adviser to the governor on transportation, said the ban is to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota axis of the state.

Fayinka said operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will be stationed at strategic positions to ensure compliance with the ban and avoid further breakdown of peace.

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“Lagos State Govt has suspended the operations of the Transport Union (NURTW) in Lagos Island, particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state,” the statement reads.

“Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.

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“Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.

“Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (korope).”

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the union has apologised to Sanwo-Olu over the incident and disassociated itself from the chaos.

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Tajudeen Baruwa, NURTW president, said the union is in support of the ongoing probe into the matter and that any of its members found wanting will be punished.

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ASUU gives N800, 000 bursary to Kaduna State University undergraduates  

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) chapter, Tuesday presented cheques of N100, 000 each to eight undergraduates of the institution.

KASU Chairman, Peter Adamu, at the presentation event said the union placed priority on education and human capacity development of youth.

He said the gesture would enable the beneficiaries pursue their studies without hitches.

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The chairman called on indigent students to apply for scholarships whenever there were such opportunities.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose intended.

Shu’aibu Simon, a 400 level student of Pharmacy, who spoke on behalf other beneficiaries, thanked ASUU, assuring it that the money would be utilized judiciously.

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