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EndSARS Protests: Gov. Bello decries infiltration by hoodlums, sues for peace

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EndSARS Protests: Gov. Bello decries infiltration by hoodlums, sues for peace


By Friday Idachaba


Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has decried the infiltration of the EndSARS protests across the country by criminal elements with nefarious intents, armed with dangerous weapons.

Bello who disclosed this In a special broadcast on Tuesday in Lokoja over the on-going protests Said the infiltrators were acting in pursuit of nefarious intents which had no nexus with the noble objectives of the youths.

The Governor who sued for peace said, “I hold the opinion that you have won a battle and I must now urge you not to lose the war. Protesters have a tangible and moral victory in the bag, and it is wisdom to safeguard it.

“I was very proud to speak up last week in support of your protests to end police brutality in our country. No doubt the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had caused so much pain to so many Nigerians.

“It had allowed its image to become so battered by the crudeness of a percentage few in its ranks that urgent and total overhaul was needed. “Your agitation was therefore justifiable.

“We are now concerned that what has been a generally peaceful citizens’ protest is now threatening to dissolve into mindless attacks on government facilities and running battles with the Police.”, he said.

He reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that the demobilisation of SARS was only the first step in a broader spectrum of reforms designed to address wide-ranging questions of discipline and performance in the force.

He said that the President had among other undertakings, promised to set up a forum for regular interface between the Public and the Police and as well, inquiry into abuses against citizens with a view to ensuring redress.

Bello however, urged the Nigeria Police to display the highest level of professionalism and patience in handling civil protests like the EndSARS and call for policing reforms.

He said, “In the absence of clear and present threat to lives, there is almost no circumstance under which it is right to engage protesting citizens with extreme prejudice.

“It is neither morally justifiable nor an acceptable function of the policing duty.”

Bello expressed his willingness to remain an “Ombudsman” towards attaining a peaceful and law-abiding resolution to matters arising from the circumstance as he sued for peace. (NAN)

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Kogi Covid-19 warehouse violence: Activist urges investigation of armed groups

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Kogi Covid-19 warehouse violence: Activist urges investigation of armed groups

By Friday Idachaba
Executive Director of Kogi-based Initiative for Grassroots Advancement (INGRA) Mr Hamza Aliyu,
has called on Kogi State Government to properly investigate the alleged armed groups that engaged in violence over warehouse Looting of Covid-19 palliatives.

Aliyu made the call in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Tuesday in Lokoja in reaction to the violence resulting from Covid-19 palliatives looting.

In what he termed, “Needless Violence, Looting And Death in Lokoja”, Aliyu said the deadly violence, death and looting that occurred on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October, had raised concerns of well meaning citizens.

“It is important that the perception by many citizens of the involvement of amorphous “armed groups” during these looting that took place on Monday is quickly investigated by the Kogi State government.

“Such individuals and groups must be brought to justice and efforts put in place to avoid such callous, wanton deaths and maiming of our citizens.

“The heartbreaking death of a physically disabled young man in Lokongoma is condemnable and must be investigated. We must never allow the lives of our people to be taken unconstitutionally.

“We call on the citizens to obey laid down constitutional government laws and orders and desist from criminality of any kind.

“We must never justify our anger and frustration with our governance process by breaking and looting public and private establishments and stealing”, Aliyu cautioned.

He urged government to quickly address the issues and bring the culprits to book in view of the fast approaching December 12, elections into the 21 Local Government Councils in the state.

According to the Human Rights activist, the #EndSARS nationwide protests has exposed the challenges that has bedeviled the nation’s governance process.

Aliyu noted that citizens, especially young people, were fast losing confidence in the current generation of leaders at the community, religious and political levels.

“This frustrations and anger has boiled over into criminal activities that have led to deaths, sorrow and blood in the once peaceful State.”

He therefore, called on government to take seriously, the issue of good governance, transparency and accountability of state resources. (NAN)

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COAS, PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders brainstorm to tackle security

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COAS, PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders brainstorm to tackle security

By Aminci Faith Audu

Chief of Army staff Lieutenant General Yusufu Tukur Buratai in a meeting with PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders on Monday held a brainstorm on how to tackle insecurity in the country

At the meeting they reiterated their commitment to ensuring democratic stability in the country.

The COAS who was represented by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Connell Sagir Musa, disclosed this during a press briefing at the Army Headquarters in Abuja. He made it clear that there will be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, the best system of government is democracy, and with his subordinates, they will ensure that Nigeria’s democracy remain stable and steady.
The Army, he said will not allow any force, elements or destabilising agents in or outside the country to set the country on fire.

The COAS indicated that a group of individuals and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful protest #ENDSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country.
This he said has led to the imposition of curfew in several states, adding that the Nigerian Army is aware of the grand design by the sponsors of ENDSARS protest to draw into crisis.

Buratai further stated that the Nigerian Army will continue to assist the federal government to bring an end to the insecurity across the country and to prevent miscreants and criminals from hijacking the ENDSARS protest nation wide.

He urged all the PSOs GOCs and field commanders to remain loyal and unwavering in ensuring the unity, stability of the country

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FG will ensure justice is done over death of protesters -Lawan

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President of the senate Ahmad Lawan, has called on all Nigerians to be calm as he assured that the Federal Government will ensure justice for all over the deaths of protesters across the country
He said the National Assembly is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency.
Lawan in a statement re-assured youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.
“In spite of the unfortunate hijack of the protests against police brutality by hoodlums to unleash horrifying violence, arson, looting and wanton destruction of public and private property on the country, we will ensure that government fulfils the commitment it has made to the well-meaning agitators for police reform and good governance.” Lawan stressed.
“As we seek a path out of this regrettable crisis, my heart goes out to the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the Supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property.”

“Now that the mindless carnage has distorted the purpose of the protests, I urge the youths to join hands with the authorities in bringing an urgent cessation to the violence.”

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