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2019: Why DSS arrested Kaduna PDP campaign DG

The Kaduna State Command of the Department of State Services ( DSS ) has clarified the reason it arrested the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party campaign, Ben Bako.

The security outfit said it picked up Bako because of a recent inciting statement credited to him.

It said if left unchecked, the comment was capable of leading to a “complete breakdown of law and order in the state and beyond”.

It would be recalled, that the PDP Campaign DG, Mr. Ben Bako, was arrested after a video in which he allegedly called for anybody that fails to vote for the PDP in the forthcoming election to be killed.

The PDP in the state, however, said his arrest was part of a plan by the All Progressives Congress in the state to clampdown on opposition elements.

But in a statement issued in Kaduna, the DSS said the PDP chieftain was arrested in order for him to “shed more light on his inciting statement.

The statement which, was issued and signed by AI Koya, state director of DSS of the state Command said “other people with similar tendencies are also being investigated and would equally face the same fate of found culpable.

His words: “On the 9th February, 2019, this service invited Mr. Ben. Bako to shed more light on his inciting statement and call for violence in the state. Earlier on the 7th February, 2019 Bako had addressed a rally at Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.

“During the rally, Bako was recorded calling his followers to kill anybody that votes for any party other than the PDP. The video has already gone viral through the social media.

“Bako, a former commissioner for information in this state and a leader in his own right made this call along with other inviting statements at Kafanchan, deliberately with the intention to cause violence in the state

“This development, if left unchecked, could lead to complete breakdown of law and order in this state and beyond. Consequently, Bako is under investigation by the service and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed. Other people with similar tendencies are also being investigated and would equally face the same fate if found culpable.

“The service assures the good people of Kaduna state that in collaboration with sister security agencies would ensure that citizens are free to exercise their right to freedom of association and choice without hindrance,” the statement read.

But the PDP in the state has accused that the action of the DSS was premeditated, saying that, the party was aware of the ruling party’s plan arrest top leaders of the opposition party.

Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Felix Hassan Hyat, who addressed the press at the party’s secretariat in Kaduna said, “in the first week of December, 2018 we started hearing rumours that the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i in collaboration with State Security agencies will arrest strong PDP members, days before the elections.

“We took it as mere rumours. The reality is now on ground and the action has started.”

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Finally, President Buhari signs Minimum Wage Bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law.

The new national minimum wage had earlier been passed by the National Assembly.

Last week, Nigerian workers pleaded with the President to sign the bill.

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Saraki reacts to signing of Minimum Wage Bill into law by Buhari

Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President, has reacted as President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Reenactment Bill, 2019 into law.

DAILY POST had reported that Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate) disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senate had on March 19, approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action on assent and implementation.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30,000 and this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments are excepted by the Act.

Reacting, Saraki on Twitter, while congratulating Nigerians, said the reviewed wage, which is aimed at increasing the productivity of Nigerian workers, is a good step in the right direction.

He said, ”I congratulate Nigerian workers on the assent of the N30,000 minimum wage into law.

”This reviewed wage, which is aimed at increasing the productivity of Nigerian workers, is a good step in the right direction for our nation’s workforce — who are the lifeblood of our dear country.”

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Nigerian Railway speaks on train killing two persons in Kano

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Thursday denied a report that a train crushed two people to death in Kano.

DAILY POST had reported that the Police in Kano State on Tuesday confirmed the death of two persons, who were crushed to death by a train in the state capital.

He said, “On April 16, at about 8am the police received a report that two yet-to-be-identified persons, who were stretched out on the railway track, had been crushed to death by a moving train behind Kano Club in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.”

But, a statement by Abdullahi Alhaji, the Public Relations Officer of the Zaria District of the corporation on Thursday claimed that some individuals brought out mutilated corpses and placed on the rail track to create the impression of the purported accident.

He said, “On behalf of the Nigerian Railway Corporation management, Northern District, Zaria, I hereby call the attention of the general public, especially people of Nasarawa LGA of Kano State in respect of the train accident that allegedly killed two people in the area.

“Investigations carried out by the District Railway Police Command and Public Relations Officer of the District; reveal that the information transmitted is false as there was no accident on the train.

“However, NRC northern district is of the opinion that the killing was perpetrated by unknown people who came to dump the mutilated corpses on the track to give the impression that they were killed by the train,” he said.

He advised the public to disregard such information that it killed two persons, adding that a train cannot hit and kill a person or persons without traces of blood, flesh or others signs on it.

“Therefore, this release is intended to correct the erroneous impression that they were killed by the train.

“By and large, the NRC will continue to sensitise the public on the dangers of trespassing on the track to forestall such occurrences,

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