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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr Clement Onubuogo Illoh alleged to have been involved in the Sure-P scam to permanently forfeit N664million and $137,680.11 to the Federal Government. Trial judge, Justice Saliu Seidu, granted the order at the resume trial of the former permanent secretary.

Counsel to Illoh, Mr. T.S. Awana, had informed the court that his client had two applications, one challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the other for discharge of the earlier order of the court granting the interim for forfeiture of the properties in question. Awana added that the case being a civil case and the discussion between his client and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on the need to settle out of court, he would be withdrawing the two applications.

Counsel to EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, in his submission, confirmed the move to settle out of court, stating that he would not be opposing the withdrawals of the two motions by the defendant and urged the court to strike out the motions for the coast to be clear for out of court settlement. Oyedepo further told the court that based on the discussion and agreement reached between the parties, EFCC would be applying for the discharge of an earlier interim order of the court as regards two of the properties being sought to be forfeited to the government.

The properties are Clement Illoh’s Mansion located at Ikom Quarters, Issala Azegba, Delta State and the property lying and situates at number 19 Madue Nwafor Street, Off Achala Ibuzor Road, Asaba Delta State. Awana did not oppose the application which paved the way for EFCC to move the motion for the final forfeiture of the other properties, said to have been procured with proceed of suspected illegal act. In moving the application for final forfeiture of the properties, EFCC counsel, told the court that since the defendant had withdrawn their counter affidavit, the prosecution was left with no option than to move the motion for final forfeiture of the properties.

According to Vanguard, Justice Saidu consequently granted the application ordering the defendant to forfeit N437, 348,181.16 found by EFCC in possession of the former Permanent Sec, reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity. The court also order the final forfeiture of another N97, 300.613.44 found by the commission in the defendant’s account. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit another N129, 826,452.00 found by the commission in possession of Salisu Bala Kura, John Isakwa Kanku, Ahmed Mahmud Muazu, Muktar Safian, Udoh Nnamdi, Umar Bello Mashi, Salogu Karo, Usman Bello, Ahmed Mohammed Makki, Umar Abubakar, Aliyu Abubakar and Enape Victoria. He was also ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government the sum of $137, 680.11.

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N65,000 Minimum Wage: Labour Begins Nationwide Strike Thursday

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The organised labour has served to warn of an imminent nationwide strike which will kick off on Thursday over Federal Government delay in the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

Mr Joe Ajaero, President, United Labour Congress (ULC) gave the warning in a communique issued after its meeting on Monday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the organised labour, made up of the NLC, TUC and ULC had on Sept. 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to state an amount to enable the minimum wage committee to conclude its sitting.

Labour had collectively demanded for N65,000 per month as the new National Minimum wage for all Nigerian workers as harmonised by organised Labour.

Ajaero said that if the government failed to meet their demand on the expiration of the ultimatum, it would collaborate with other labour centres and Civil Society Organisations to embark on a nation-wide strike.

”We shall no longer be obliged by this time to give any further notice to the government before embarking on the action.

”By this communiqué, we order all our affiliates and state councils nation-wide to move to the final level of alert in their preparation for the proposed nationwide strike,” he said.

The labour leader said that a new national minimum wage was desirable and possible, adding that lack of patriotism, greed and corruption was the bane of a reasonable wage.

Meanwhile, the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has empowered the National Administrative Council (NAC) and its leadership to carry out all necessary actions in conjunction with other stakeholders to ensure the achievement of the minimum wage. (NAN)

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FRSC Screens 300,000 Applicants For 4,000 Jobs

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About 324,000 job applicants nationwide have commenced screening exercise for a slot of 4,000 positions in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Speaking on Monday during an assessment tour to the screening centres in Abuja, its Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said only 400 vacancies are made available for the officer cadre but have about 105,000 applicants were jostling for the job.

He said 3,200 vacancies were made available for Road Marshal assistants while 1000 vacancies were made available for Marshal Inspectorate cadre.

Oyeyemi said that they would go through different levels of screwing exercise ranging from credentials screening which has commenced, aptitude test to be conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), interview screening and drug test.

He noted some irregularities ranging from the presence of married women who were not supposed to participate in the recruitment exercise.

He also frowned at the presence of pregnant women and applicants below the height limit required for the job.

Oyeyemi appreciated the military and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for their support in ensuring the smooth conduct of the screening exercise.

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You Can Now Apply For A Free Retail Stall At The 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend [DETAILS HERE]

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Do you make or sell fabulous fashion apparels and accessories? Can your fashion brand stand out at the biggest fashion event in Africa? Then, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend is calling for you!

Now in its third year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the premier consumer-focused event that places African fashion on the global stage and helps small businesses in the local fashion industry thrive. The first and second editions of the event, which held in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, brought together over 250,000 people to interact with some of the best minds in the global fashion space and directly patronize more than 200 indigenous small businesses in the local fashion industry.

Organized with an overall vision of Promoting Enterprise, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend will provide more than 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories. Applications for free stalls at the event are now open and will close on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

To apply for a free Retail Space at the GTBank Fashion Weekend, kindly visit; https://fashionweekend.gtbank.com/apply

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