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APM Terminals Shut Down By Workers Over Unfair Practices

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Operations of APM Terminals, the largest container terminal in West Africa, was at the weekend shut down by workers, as the Maritime Workers Union, MWUN, threatened to make the operations of the company in Nigeria unprofitable if the management continued with its alleged unfair practices against Nigerian workers.

The management of the company has however declared the industrial action by the workers backed by their union illegal.

The union and APMT, it was gathered, have been in running battles for a while over improved conditions of service for workers. Things were said to have gotten to a head during negotiation for increase in allowances and other benefits.

However, at the time of this report, Vanguard gathered that parties were making frantic efforts to resolve the matter because of the huge losses the company was said to have incurred as a result of the shut-down.

Confirming the shut-down, President-General, MWUN, Anthony Emmanul Nted, said the management shut down the operations on Friday after the workers started “a slow of work” protest against the management over protracted negotiation for improved conditions of service which began in April 2013.

He accused the management of treating Nigerian workers as sub-humans and infringing on their rights at will.

According to him: “When it was time to review the condition of service for our members, we met with management in April this year and they said the education subsidy and other subsidies they are offering will be deducted from workers’ salaries.

“This, we said, is unacceptable. This negotiation has protracted for a long time and workers have become restless. That is why we embarked upon a work-to-rule action which is intended to slow down production.

“But the management shut down the entire operations and threatened to sack the workers. The operations will remain shut until the management does the right thing. We are waiting for the Managing Director to sack the workers.

Until we get the agreement, the terminals will remain shut. The company is making a lot of money, but yet they treat our workers with impunity, like slaves and sub-humans.

“APMT discharges not less than 420,000 containers every year and generates over $7 billion yearly, but yet they cannot take care of their workers. Rather, they repatriate the profit to their country.”

He decried the hazardous environment under which members (especially those working in the cranes) were exposed to blaming it to the failure by management to put in place occupational safety and health measures in the workplace.

Nted lamented that that management was frequently threatening the workers with dismissal and termination of their job at will thereby making the work environment unfavoufable for workers.

He blamed the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA, and other regulatory agencies for alleged failure to carry out their oversight function of ensuring that APMT adhere strictly to the laws on port concessioning and operations in the sector. [Vanguard]

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

Read Also: Femi Otedola Spotted Dancing With His Children (Video)

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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