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Many killed as Boko Haram attacks Madagali communities again

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents invaded four communities in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Tuesday evening, killing a yet-to-be-confirmed number of people.

The insurgents hit Madagali, Gulak, Magar and Shuwa communities, killing and destroying properties before they were overpowered by soldiers who killed some of them and forced the rest to run to surrounding mountains.

The latest attack on Madagali came as the 3rd in nine days, following an attack on February 4 when three residents lost their lives, and another on February 11 when a village head and a soldier were killed.

The Tuesday incident forced many residents out of Madagali, including one Ruth Gauje, who fled to a relative in the state capital, Yola.

Ruth, who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday evening, said at least, one person died in Shuwa where she ran from.

“They killed Friday, a popular young man in our place,” she said.

She also said a community leader in Madagali identified as Bulama and several other people died in the town.

Some other sources, however, said most of the invading insurgents were killed, unlike when they first launched attack on the Madagali LGA on February 4 and 11.

Civilian and military sources in Madagali insisted that the soldiers overpowered the insurgents after some exchanges of gunfire, killing an unspecified number and seizing their weapons as well as vehicles.

“Sounds of gunshots and heavy blasts rented the air as the battle between the soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents reigned, forcing the insurgents out into surrounding mountains and bushes,” another source said.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, attested to the killing and repelling of the Boko Haram insurgents but did not confirm deaths on the side of the residents.

He said a combined team of security personnel succeeded in decimating the Boko Haram insurgents, but that there was no indication of the death of any community person in the information before him.

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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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