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The Big 5: Health workers announce indefinite strike, the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer prices and other top stories

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), has announced an indefinite strike that, it says, will paralyse activities in all health institutions across the country.

The National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela said the strike will commence from midnight on Tuesday.

According to the union, six months after a deal was struck with the government on salary adjustments, promotion arrears, and improved work environment for its members among others, nothing has been implemented.

The members of JOHESU are hospital workers, including nurses and pharmacists, but excluding medical doctors and dentists.


The FCT Police Command said 115 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were taken into custody following Monday’s protests in Abuja.

The Shiites took to the streets in Abuja on Monday morning to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and a social media footage showed protesters hurling stones at police water cannon vehicles.


Electricity supply in Nigeria got worse in the first quarter of 2018 as cumulative power supply reduced to 114,556 megawatts, MW in the first quarter of 2018, as against 144,054.92MW recorded in the last quarter of 2017, data from the power generation fact sheet of the Presidential Task Force on power showed.


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has cracked the activities of an online company, Swiss Golden Company Limited, which defrauded over 7,000 Nigerians to the tune of over N3 billion.

The spokesman, EFCC zonal office, Kano, Idris Isyaku, who disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, said, “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N216,402,565.05 from Swiss Golden Company Limited, an online investment that purportedly deals with buying and selling of gold bars.”


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved further healthcare intervention in the communities of Ogoni, Rivers, to alleviate the suffering of residents of the area following much exposure to oil pollution.


And… stories from around the world.

Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said.

The international team has been in the country since Saturday but has not been allowed to visit Douma.


A Singaporean tutor has admitted to helping six Chinese students cheat in their 2016 exams in what prosecutors say was an elaborate plot.

Tan Jia Yan took the exams as a private candidate and FaceTimed questions to accomplices who then rang students and read the answers to them.

The students snuck in mobile phones and Bluetooth devices and wore skin-coloured earphones during their exams.

Tan pleaded guilty to 27 charges of cheating on Monday.


A request for US President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen to be allowed to vet the documents seized from Cohen by the FBI before prosecutors can examine them was rejected by a federal judge on Monday.

But Judge Kimba Wood said she might appoint an independent lawyer to review the trove of records to find those protected by attorney-client privilege – possibly with a specific remit of checking documents related to the president.


Commonwealth leaders could decide this week on who takes over from the Queen as head of the organisation, Downing Street has said.

The news came as British prime minister Theresa May prepared to address her fellow national leaders on Tuesday.

The prime minister is expected to urge the Commonwealth to engage and inspire the next generation and to pledge £212 million to help a million girls get a better education.

She also made clear the UK backed Prince Charles to be the new head of the Commonwealth. The position was passed from his grandfather to his mother but is not hereditary.


The New York Times and The Washington Post each won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday as they went in on scoops to understand a possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the focus of an ongoing special counsel investigation into the 2016 election.

Another dominant story of 2017, the global reckoning over sexual misconduct across industries, was also a major theme of this year’s awards. The Times and The New Yorker, whose separate, groundbreaking reports on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates, shared the public service prize.

The Pulitzer board also awards prizes for the arts. Kendrick Lamar just made history as the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album “Damn.”

See the full list here.

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