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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has denied ever asking the military to return weapons recovered from repentant youths.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor maintained that the article, which cited a tweet credited to the Special Assistant to the Senate President on New Media, was not only false but also full of mischief.
“The call I made on behalf of the State Security Council was for the release of official documents and operation vehicles – including the official Hilux of the Executive Chairman of Katsina-Ala Council, Alfred Atera, in which the late Terwase Akwaza (a.k.a. Gana) was being conveyed to Makurdi for the amnesty programme – confiscated by the army during the raid.

“It was the considered resolution of the council that the release of the affected youths would enable them complete the amnesty process, which would reshape their lives as better human beings,” Ortom said.
He urged Nigerians to disregard the insinuation in its entirety, adding that the online publication was a gross misrepresentation of what took place after the Benue State Security Council meeting.
“The writer’s claim that Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) also quoted the governor as having demanded the return of the recovered weapons is equally false, as the television station did not air such a report.
“I will not be distracted from my focus on ensuring peace in the state and continued support to security forces to guarantee the safety of lives and properties of Benue people,” the governor added.
Ortom also has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe; and Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Famous Adejo.
He told newsmen at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, that he knew the late Torshimbe when they were council chairmen from 1990 to 1993 and that they had worked closely since then.
The governor described the deceased as an experienced and competent administrator who had added immense value to his government.
He noted that the late Torshimbe was very supportive to many, including widows and orphans.
Adejo, he added, was a hardworking individual who defied all odds to acquire higher education up to master’s level and was studying for his doctorate degree when death struck.
He announced his decision to train Adejo’s only son, who just completed secondary education, up to university level.
Ortom described the two deaths as very painful and prayed God to grant the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the losses and the deceased aides eternal rest.

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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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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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