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EndSARS: Feminist Coalition Raises Over N77m Within Seven Days

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Feminist Coalition Receives Over N77 Million in Donations  in Seven Days

Feminist Coalition, one of the not-for-profit organisations, leading the #EndSARS campaign has raised over N77 million within seven days.

The group said the funds were raised “through the generosity of well-meaning people and concerned Nigerians who want their voices to be heard and their demands to be met.

The funds were raised to support Nigerian youths protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings by men of the now-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

Feminist Coalition, whose objectives include “fighting injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organisation” disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘Progress Report – October 15th, 2020’.

The statement released by the group partly read “Over the past week, there has been a peaceful uprising by the Nigerian youth, demanding for the disbandment of the notorious SARS unit, and the end to police brutality and an unjust judicial system.

“Like everyone else, we decided to play our part and help fight the injustice through fundraising in order to sustain the peaceful protests and ensure the safety of Nigerians exercising their civic rights – by providing food, water and other refreshments, masks, medical aid, and legal aid for protesters.

“We have raised a total sum of: NGN 62,643,663.05; USD 11,474.34 (N4.3m), CAD 5,595.89 (N1.6m), GBP 5,733.49 (N2.8m), EUR 875.42 (N390,225), GHS 1,256.70 (N81,823), KES 53,016.60 (183,656) and BTC 1.28827988 (N5.5m).

“With these funds, we have supported 100 peaceful protests in 25 states, paid NGN 759,080 in medical bills for injured protesters, donated NGN 400,000 to the families of victims murdered by police officers while protesting peacefully, paid NGN 500,000 in legal aid and spent N 11,367,500 on supplies including food, water, mask among other things for the peaceful protesters.”

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Arik Air Directed to Pay $21,466.64 to Former Air Hostess for Unpaid Salaries

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The Industrial Court in Lagos has ordered Arik Air to pay $21,466.64 in salary arrears to Mrs. Andreia Perdigao, a former air hostess who was wrongfully dismissed by the airline.

This decision, marked as SUIT NO.: NICN/LA/532/2017, brings a significant victory for Perdigao, who had been seeking justice and her unpaid wages since her termination in 2017.

Mrs. Perdigao, who worked with Arik Air for approximately three years, took legal action against her former employer after being dismissed in March 2017.

She sought the court’s intervention to recover her unpaid salaries from December 2016 to March 2017, which amounted to $2,683.33 per month. The total arrears for the eight months were calculated at $21,466.64.

In his judgment, Justice M.N. Esowe affirmed that a valid contract of employment existed between Mrs. Perdigao and Arik Air, thus entitling her to the claimed salaries.

“It is declared that the defendants are bound to pay to the claimant eight months’ arrears of salary for the months of August 2016 through December 2016 and for the months of January 2017 to March 2017 when the 1st Defendant wrongfully terminated the Claimant’s employment,” Justice Esowe stated.

The court further directed Arik Air to pay Mrs. Perdigao an additional $2,683.33 as general damages for breach of contract.

Furthermore, the court ordered that the airline must pay interest at a rate of 15 percent on all the judgment sums from the date of delivery of the judgment until full payment is made.

The court’s decision, dated May 9, has yet to be enforced by Arik Air. When contacted, Adebajo Ola, Head of Corporate Communications at Arik Air, stated he was unaware of the ruling.

“I am not aware of the case. I will need to find out,” Ola said, upon receiving the document and suit information from our correspondent.

This ruling highlights the ongoing issues faced by employees within the aviation sector regarding wrongful termination and unpaid wages.

The judgment serves as a reminder to employers about the legal obligations they hold towards their staff and reinforces the judiciary’s role in upholding employees’ rights.

Mrs. Perdigao’s victory may pave the way for other employees in similar situations to seek justice and proper compensation for wrongful dismissals and unpaid wages.

The case also underscores the importance of adhering to contractual agreements and ensuring fair treatment of employees in all sectors.

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Cholera Outbreak in Lagos: 15 Dead, 350 Infected in Aggressive Strain

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Authorities in Lagos, Nigeria’s bustling commercial capital, have issued a public health warning following the confirmation of a “highly aggressive and contagious” cholera strain that has resulted in 15 deaths and infected 350 individuals.

The densely populated city, home to approximately 25 million residents, has been on high alert since the outbreak was first detected.

The outbreak’s epicenter is in the affluent Lekki-Victoria Island neighborhood, where investigations into a potential water contamination source began a week ago.

Health officials have been working tirelessly to contain the spread, deploying community-based case finding and contact tracing measures.

Despite these efforts, at least 30 other regions across Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, have reported cases, pushing the national total to 882 as of June 2, according to data from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Health Commissioner, took to X (formerly Twitter) to share the severity of the situation.

“The identified strain is highly aggressive and contagious, with potential for widespread dissemination,” he stated. “Through community-based case finding and contact tracing, we have observed that the number of cases has peaked.”

In response to the outbreak, Lagos has activated public health emergency operations at a hospital in the Yaba area. Test results have confirmed that the cholera strain is a subtype associated with more severe disease manifestations.

However, Abayomi reassured the public that “cases are now dramatically subsiding in previously affected local government areas.”

The outbreak comes at a time when Nigeria is grappling with its worst inflation in 28 years, largely driven by soaring food costs.

This economic strain is exacerbating poverty and diminishing the purchasing power of the nation’s 231 million people, 60% of whom are classified as multi-dimensionally poor by the government.

Cholera, a waterborne disease, causes severe dehydration through vomiting and diarrhea and is treatable with prompt administration of oral rehydration solutions.

However, treatment is challenging in communities with poor general health and limited access to medical facilities.

Over the past two years, cholera outbreaks have impacted at least 16 African countries, fueled by severe storms and conflicts that have accelerated the spread of the disease.

The Nigerian government has issued a national alert as the country recently celebrated the Muslim Eid Adha holidays, prompting widespread travel and large gatherings that could further propagate the outbreak.

Health officials are urging citizens to exercise caution and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of cholera.

Efforts to control the outbreak are ongoing, with health authorities focusing on improving water sanitation and hygiene practices across the affected regions.

The government has also called for increased public awareness campaigns to educate residents about the symptoms of cholera and the importance of seeking immediate medical attention if symptoms arise.

As Lagos battles this public health crisis, the resilience and cooperation of its residents will be crucial in overcoming the aggressive cholera strain and preventing further loss of life.

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Arsenal Prepares €100M Bid for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen

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Arsenal is gearing up to make a significant splash in the summer transfer market, with plans to submit a formal €100 million bid for Napoli’s prolific striker Victor Osimhen in the coming days.

This move underscores the Gunners’ determination to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season.

The news, reported by Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, highlights Arsenal’s ambition to secure a world-class forward who can enhance their offensive prowess.

“Arsenal will make an attempt with Napoli in the next few days after many rumors,” Venerato stated, confirming the North London club’s interest in the Nigerian international.

Victor Osimhen, who has been a standout performer for Napoli, has a release clause set at €130 million (approximately £110 million).

If Arsenal were to meet this clause, it would make Osimhen the club’s most expensive signing, surpassing the £105 million paid for Declan Rice last year.

However, reports suggest that Arsenal is hoping to negotiate a lower fee, with an initial bid of around €100 million (£85 million) being prepared.

Osimhen has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, and Arsenal’s interest aligns with his aspirations.

Despite missing 11 matches due to injuries and his participation in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Osimhen managed to score 15 goals in 23 Serie A appearances in the recently concluded 2023/24 season.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Osimhen is part of a broader strategy to strengthen their squad after narrowly missing out on a top-four finish last season.

The club’s management is keen to add depth and quality to their roster, ensuring they can compete at the highest level domestically and in European competitions.

In addition to Arsenal, other top clubs have shown interest in Osimhen. Chelsea is reportedly monitoring the situation, while Paris Saint-Germain has also been linked with the striker as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who recently joined Real Madrid.

The potential acquisition of Osimhen would be a significant coup for Arsenal, signaling their intent to compete with the best in the Premier League.

The Nigerian striker’s blend of pace, power, and finishing ability would add a new dimension to Arsenal’s attack, complementing the talents of players like Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, and Martin Ødegaard.

As the summer transfer window progresses, Arsenal fans will be eagerly awaiting further developments. The club’s willingness to invest heavily in a player of Osimhen’s caliber demonstrates their commitment to returning to the pinnacle of English football.

If successful, this move could be a game-changer for the Gunners, providing the firepower needed to challenge for major honors in the upcoming season.

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