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Attack on Gov Zulum epitomises our collective vulnerability says NGF

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Attack on Gov Zulum epitomises our collective vulnerability says NGF

The Nigeria Governors Forum has described the unwarranted attack on Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, as a clear sign of the collective vulnerability and fragility of the country’s security architecture
The Borno State Governor has however maintained that the attack was an act of sabotage by the military.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State who wrote on behalf of the 36 State Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the NGF, flayed the attack last Wednesday, by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

The letter reads in part, “This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.
“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and a Police Officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.
“Mr. Governor, Forum members are resolutely behind you in your effort to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.
“We are appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in-spite of all the efforts of government to end it.
“On our part, the NEC Sub-Committee on Security will be meeting tomorrow and rising from the resolutions thereof soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.
“On a final note, Mr. Governor, we thank God for always being merciful.”

It would be recalled that Zulum insisted that there was sabotage in the system that will not allow insurgency to end in the North East.
He spoke when the Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa States, Atiku Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar, paid him a solidarity visit over the recent attack.
Governor Zulum exoressed the believe that some elements are trying to frustrate the effort of the government in ending the insurgency and President Muhammadu Buhari needs to know the truth.
He said, “Let me also re-echo my previous position with respect to the level of insurgency in Borno State, I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what has happened between 2011 to 2015, and 2015 to date. Yes, it’s true. The President has done well.
“But there’s sabotage in the system that will not allow insurgency to end; the President has to know this very important point.”
“When he came to Maiduguri two months ago, I said so because between 2011 to 2015, at a time, almost about 22 LGAs were under the insurgents.
“Out of the four main roads that lead to Maiduguri. only one was functional,” the governor added.
He, therefore, called on the President to examine the security situation in the region critically, to ensure the effort of his administration was not in vain.
Recounting his experience during his recent trip to Baga town, Governor Zulum said it was a terrible one.
He insisted that there was no justification for what he described as preventing residents displaced by insurgency from returning to their ancestral homes.
“There’s one very important question that we need to ask, why is the insurgency not ending? There’s sabotage in the system and there’s a need for the President to examine the current situation with a view to resolving it.
The meeting, which was also attended by the state Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, held at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Also present was the immediate past Governor of Borno, Senator Kashim Shettima, as well as Senator Ali Ndume and members of the State Executive Council.

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Group challenges Buhari to bring to book killers of protesters at Lekki, others

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Group challenges Buhari to bring to book killers of protesters at Lekki, others
By Doris Ferdinan Igwe

A group, made up of Nigerian Mothers from all works of life has challenged President Muhammadu to ensure Justice is done through a transparent panel of inquiry to unravel killers of unarmed #ENDSARS protesters in Lekki and other parts of Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued by conveners of Mothers United and Mobilised (MUM) to midwife the future, Boluwaji Onabolu and Sonye Allanah. The statement asked rhetorically about the person that ordered the shootings? who carried it out and how they are being held accountable?

The group said they watched as their girls were raped, stripped naked and tortured before everyone to confess to crimes they did not commit.

“We watched as our children in unison spoke up with one voice peacefully asking that no more should the nation watch while those given uniforms and arms for protection; kill, maim and extort money and their lives from them.

“The Lives they did not nurture nor give were taken away under the guise of ending robbery or internet crimes.”
“We are Mothers United and Mobilized, Nigerian mothers from all walks of life, ethnic and religious groups, based in Nigeria and in diaspora.

“We mothers of both the police and ‘the EndSARs protesters’, united in one purpose and one mission only; the protection of our children, the amplification of their voices and mediation between the Father of the nation and the youth of the nation.”

“President Mohammadu Buhari; Father of the Nation, we watched as the state sponsored the infiltration of these peaceful protests with thugs and hoodlums to beat and kill our children, your children.

“We watched videos showing government and political operatives ferrying these thugs in their vehicles and releasing them with one aim only to attack, pollute and bury the messages of these young ones.

“The Statement indicated that, prisoners were set free; cars were burnt and protesters were attacked by those sponsored to stop the peaceful protests.In Ibadan, Abuja, Benin and other towns in the nation.It indicated that the politically sponsored tactics and outcomes were the same; infiltrate, discredit, distract, maim and kill.

“In the past 48 hours youths are being hunted and their blood spilled solely because they clamored peacefully for the kind of governance which forbids brutality against its own children.

“We watched and saw military men, trained for war and armed for battle using the Federal might of live bullets against unarmed protesters, our own children, your own children at Lekki gate on Thursday.

“President Mohammadu Buhari, Father of the nation Nigeria, 20.10.20, is a date embedded in our hearts forever and never again will we watch as those we entrusted our children to for protection, try to stop their voices with bullets.

“As mothers united and mobilized we amplify the voices of our youth and our future and refuse that their message is hijacked or lost in the distraction of ethnic divisions,  fear, terror and the smoke of the blazing guns.”

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Govt wields the firepower as Security agents attack #EndSARS protesters in Lekki

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Govt wields the firepower as Security agents attack #EndSARS protesters in Lekki

The Nigerian Governmemt may have done the unimaginable as it has succumbed to the unpopular use of firepower hoping to stop #ENDSARS protests.

The Lekki tollgate protest ground was first plunged into darkness after sporadic gunshots were fired at peaceful unarmed protesters by security agents.

The gunshots were heard about two hours before the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government begins at 9 pm.
The curfew was scheduled to start at 4 pm but was shifted after  governor Sanwo-Olu was criticised for the short notice given.
Many people are feared dead already and many more with various degrees of injuries.
The protesters were alleged to have been sitting down Peacefully waving the Nigerian flag as they chorused the Nigerian National Anthem.
Videos shared on Twitter several minutes before the shooting began showed the protesters sitting on the floor at the Lekki toll plaza, singing the Nigerian national anthem and waving the country’s flag.

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Abuja residents in panic mode as #ENDSARS protesters face counter force

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Abuja residents in panic mode as #ENDSARS protesters face counter force

There is apprehension among residents of FCT over fears of reprisals from those whose properties were destroyed on Monday allegelly by the pro-SARS  protesters that came to counter the #ENDSARS group that have been very peaceful.
Many have been calling their loved ones to stay indoor tomorrow as the fear of the unknown envelopes the city.
The NationalUpdate gathered that Monday’s protest turned violent at the Apo District of the Abuja car spare parts market hub as thugs opposed to the endless protests unleashed mayhem setting ablaze dozens of cars for sale.
The video of the scene of burning cars went viral as many residents expressed fear that Tuesday may not be a day of peace.
At press time, the authorities are yet to make any official statement on the matter as angry traders chased around the alleged hoodlums with axes and cudgels.
Though the protests have been taking its toll on the economy as the youths have been holding everybody to ransome but it had been mostly been peaceful until the Apo incidence.

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