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Nigerian doctors in state-run hospitals have suspended a 10-day strike over pay and inadequate facilities, union leaders said Sunday.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents around 40 percent of Nigeria’s doctors, called the strike on April 1 to push the government to meet their demands.

The industrial action which paralysed activities in state-run hospitals, was the latest in a string of work stoppages to hit Africa’s most populous country as it battles Covid-19.

“We have suspended the strike following a series of meeting with government representatives on our demands,” NARD president Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi told AFP.

He said the suspension would be “for four weeks to enable us monitor how the government will implement the agreement we reached with them,” he said.

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He said the union had directed doctors to resume work by Monday.

NARD had gone on strike following government’s failure to meet demands that include non-payment of allowances and lack of facilities at state-run hospitals.

There are some 42,000 doctors in Nigeria, out of which 16,000 are resident doctors — medical school graduates training as specialists.

Doctors have long complained of a lack of beds and drugs in hospitals as well as inadequate protective kits.

Other demands include life insurance coverage, a pay rise and payment of unsettled wages.

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The doctors union has previously called work stoppages on similar issues, grounding activities in government hospitals before calling them off.

Authorities fear any reduction in capacity this time could harm the country’s ability to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, including a programme to administer some four million doses of Astrazeneca vaccines.

Nigeria with a population of 200 million inhabitants, has recorded 163,736 Covid-19 cases and 2,060 deaths since the first index case of the virus in February 2020.

But the past few months have seen a drop in the number of infections, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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BREAKING: Gunmen kill three policemen at Enugu checkpoint

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Two people are presumed dead in Enugu State after an attack by unknown gunmen on Tuesday morning.

The gunmen attacked an Army checkpoint on the Obeagu-Amodu road in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, according to reports.

This is not the first time gunmen were attacking security agencies along that axis. The frequent attacks led to the deployment of the combined team of security operatives.

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However, it was gathered that the gunmen stormed the area again in two Lexus Jeeps and one Toyota Sienna bus around 7:25 a.m.

They reportedly opened fire at the combined team of the Police and the military.

Although the casualty figure is still unclear, a source said at least two persons died.

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The police in Enugu State is yet to issue a statement on the reported attack.

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2023: Why consensus may not work for presidential primary – APC chairman

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The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council has postponed the kick-off of its campaigns earlier slated for Wednesday.

Director-General, of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong disclosed this in a statement Tuesday.

According to him, the adjustment of the timetable and schedule of activities is in order to accommodate growing interests showing by various political tendencies in being party of the campaign council.

According to him, a new date for the kick-off would be announced soon.

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The statement reads; “Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to officially kick-off our campaigns for the 2023 Presidential Elections. We had also announced that the members of the Campaign Council report at the Campaign Headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.

“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the time-table of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold

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“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates

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“A new date and time-table of events will be announced soon”.

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Kidnap kingpin John Ewa paraded in Yenagoa

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John Ewa, the Bayelsa born suspected kidnap kingpin, who was arrested in Abuja and alleged to be responsible for high-profile kidnappings in the State is currently being paraded alongside three members of his gang by the Bayelsa State Police Command at the Police Officers Mess, Yenagoa Bayelsa State.

It was reported that the suspected kidnap kingpin had been on the wanted list of the police for various alleged abductions in the state.

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Naija News 247 gathered that the police trailed Ewa, who goes by the alias ‘Lion’, to Abuja where they nabbed him on Saturday.

The suspect, who flaunts wealth on social media, is believed to be involved in several kidnap incidents around Yenagoa, the state capital.

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In a six-second clip that trended on social media at the weekend, Ewa, dressed in his pyjamas, was seen displaying few notes of foreign currency saying, “Get money for this life, hustle, hustle.”

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