NEWS: Bloody weekend in Port Harcourt as gunmen kill 11, Shekau’s allegiance to ISIS changes nothing — Military

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Bloody weekend in Port Harcourt as gunmen kill 11

It was a bloody weekend in the city of Port Harcourt as unknown gunmen killed 11 persons at different locations around the city. Six of the victims were killed on Worlu Street in D Line close to Oroworoku community when the assailants stormed a spot near a mechanic workshop at about 7.15 pm demanding to see the owner of a vehicle parked outside.

The assailants numbering about four, suddenly dashed to their vehicle, pulled out their rifles and started shooting indiscriminately at those they saw. Eye witnesses said six persons died on the spot.

It is yet to be ascertained if the killings were cult related or not as the development generated so much tension in the neighborhood.

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Court awards N42m to employee for wrongful sacking

The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja recently awarded the sum of about N42.8m in favour of a former employee of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Abdulazeez Ibrahim.

Ibrahim who was a Deputy Manager with Zenith Bank Plc, had sued the bank, challenging the decision of its management terminating his appointment over a purported N7bn fraud said to have been perpetrated by a syndicate within the bank.

The presiding judge, Justice O. Shogbola, in his judgment, awarded N42m in favour of the plaintiff, to cover for salaries, allowances and interests accruable to the plaintiff for the period of his suspension and subsequent sacking by the bank.

The judge also advised the bank not to rubbish its workers on mere suspicion, stressing that the bank must not be misled into believing that it had the power of life and death over its workers.

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Shekau’s allegiance to ISIS changes nothing — Military

On Sunday, the Nigerian Army said allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria by the wanted leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, could not safe him.

This was made known by the the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in an interview on the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation monitored in Maiduguri.

He said the entire nation, especially citizens living in the troubled North-East zone, needed not to be afraid that Shekau’s allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group would mean a renewed reign of terror and that the military was in control of the situation in the North-East.

“With or without allegiance to ISIS, the days of Shekau has already been numbered, ” Usman said.

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FG reviews policy on tax holiday

The Federal Government has revised its policy on tax holiday to three years for investors in the economy granted under the Pioneer Status Incentive (PSI) Scheme. Before now, the tax relief was five years.

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, NIPC, the federal agency in-charge of the policy, has already started writing to the companies who are hitherto enjoying the holiday to intimate them of the policy revision and are urging them to comply.

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