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Another Protest Hits Imo State + Igbo Group Sends Message To Attahiru & More

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1.) Another Protest Hits Imo State.

Workers of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) on Tuesday, took to the streets of Owerri, the Imo State capital, demanding for the return of their salary scale.

“Daily Post” gathered that the protesting staff also demanded that their monthly salary be paid as at when due.

The leader of the delegation and chairman of the ISOPADEC  workers, Chinedu Awuzie, while speaking to the press, said the ill treatment meted on them by the government was undeserved.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the commission, Promise Ekeh confirmed that there was a slash in their salary, disclosing that the Managing Director of the commission, Charles Orie, with the help of the board, had engaged the government to find a lasting solution to the issue.

Meanwhile, the protesting workers brandished casket tied with red ribbon to mock the State Governor.

2.) Police Deploy 3,200 Personnel In Imo As Tension Heightens.

The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday said it had deployed a total of 3200 personnel to ensure adequate security in the state as Muslim faithful mark the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, the command assured Imo indigenes that it is collaborating with all security agencies in the state.

Ikeokwu said the police had made adequate arrangements to ensure the safety and security of lives and property within the period of the celebration.

While felicitating with Muslim faithful in the state, he asked them to use the period to pray for the sustenance of peace and security in the state and the unity and peace of the nation at large.

2.) COVID-19: Nigeria, Others’ Economy To Recover In 2023: UN.

The United Nations says vaccine inequality between countries and regions poses a significant risk to an already uneven and fragile global economic recovery.

While the world’s two largest economies – China and the United States – are on the road to recovery, growth remains fragile and uncertain in several countries in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Many countries will not see economic output return to pre-pandemic levels until 2022 or 2023.

It stated that while the outlook for global growth has improved, the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and inadequate progress on vaccination in poorer countries are putting the recovery at risk.

The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-year report warned that widening inequality was threatening global growth, projected at 5.4 per cent in 2021.

3.) Bandits Are Tired And Want Peace – Yusuf.

A former executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof. Usman Yusuf has submitted that bandits are tired of fighting and are ready to embrace peace.

According to him, he is part of a group that has been engaging the bandits on the need to embrace peace and the bandits are always eager to listen to what they have to say.

Making his submission on Tuesday when he appeared as a guest during an interview on Arise Tv, Yusuf noted that the meetings with the bandits were facilitated by clerics.

He added that banditry is a social issue and military action alone can’t be used to solve the problem.

5.) Igbo Group Sends Message To Attahiru.

A group of Igbo intellectuals and professionals all over the world, Nzuko Umunna, on Tuesday wrote an open letter to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, over the alleged shoot-on-sight order against Igbo youths to soldiers in the South-East and South-South regions.

It said such an order, if it was true, amounted to a declaration of war on Ndigbo. In the Open letter titled, “Shoot-on-sight order and ongoing extrajudicial killings in the South-East zone”, by Dr N. Odumuko and Dr P. Mbanefo, on behalf of the group, said if for whatever reason, the Federal Government was contemplating to declare war on the South-East or a part of it, there were standard international conventions and protocols that must be observed.

The letter was copied to the Chief of Defence Staff, Minister of Defence, Chief of Staff to the C-in-C, United Nations Agency on Human Rights, Human Rights International and United States Embassy in Nigeria, among others.

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