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Ex-Gov’s aide laments recent killings in Bauchi

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

A former Senior Special Assistant on security to ex-Governor Yuguda, Alhaji Imamu Tukur Ahmad has decried the recent killings and assassinations of prominent persons in Bauchi state by unknown gunmen.

Ahmad who is also a legistlative aide to the chairman senate committee on police affairs Senator Halliru Jika made this known on Thursday in a press release issued to journalists in Bauchi

He cautioned that if prompt action is not taken by the government and authorities, the killings would escalate.

He particularly condemned the recent assassination of a member of the state house of assembly Honourable Musa Mante Baraza, director at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa university Bauchi Engineer Hassan Sabo Jama’are who was shot death three days ago and the abduction of governor’s elder brother Adamu Mohammed some months ago by gunmen who was later rescued by police.

According to him, another innocent citizen Malam Aminu Kobi was killed by unknown murderers in recent time and his corpse was found at Gudum Sayawa area of the state capital.

“Bauchi state has recently been plagued by insecurity; culminating into incessant kidnappings, assassinations of innocent people in cold-blood, ruthless killings of citizens for ritual purposes.

“Bauchi state is a state that represents tourism but how can tourists visit if there is an alarming rate of crime?

“As a former security assistant to Malam Isa Yuguda, the former Bauchi state governor (2007-2015) and the current security adviser to Distinguished Senator Halliru Dauda Jika (Dokajin Bauchi) representing Bauchi Central geo-political zone, I must condemn in every strong terms the nonchalant attitude and lukewarm approach to security measures”. He said.
He said his principal is the senate committee chairman on police affairs.

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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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Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power

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Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has described as abuse of power the arrest and detention of Mr. Tom Oga Uhia, publisher of Power Steering magazine by the police.

Uhia was arrested Wednesday night in a Gestapo manner by the men of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, (FCID) Abuja on the instructions of the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba.

In a statement on Friday by Chairman and Secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, respectively, the union noted that if the minister believes he has been either defamed or suffered libel, he should seek judicial remedy through the courts rather than resorting to abuse of power and privilege using the police.

“It is obvious that recent events are not enough lessons to officials in power that there is always a day of reckoning. If the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba feels strongly that he has suffered libel or defamation, what he ought to do is to seek legal remedy through the courts rather than using the police to arrest and detain Uhia, for over 72 hours without being charged to court,” the statement said.

“The NUJ FCT is not unaware of serious security challenges facing the country and urges the Inspector General of Police to channel valuable time and energy in confronting these issues including the growing nationwide protests against police harassment, brutality and impunity rather than arresting and detaining a journalist without being charged to court after 72 hours.

“We call on the IGP to unconditionally release Mr. Uhia and advice Mr. Jeddy Agba to follow the due process of the law if he is persuaded he has any case.

“The NUJ will resist any attempt to stifle press freedom and gag journalists in the performance of their constitutional role of holding government and its officials accountable to the people,” the statement added.

According to the statement, the union will continue to forensically x-ray the activities of government officials and in particular those who believe they can use their positions to intimidate, harass, arrest and detain journalists for reporting on them.

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