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Groups wants IGP to retrieve illegal arms from youths in in Kogi

Two groups, Save Kogi Movement (SKM), and Idah Club 6575, have called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to retrieve arms illegally possessed by youths in the state.

In separate appeals yesterday in Lokoja, they claimed that the just concluded general elections provided a fertile ground for unscrupulous politicians to recruit and arm the youths for selfish ends.

The groups regretted that with the polls over, the dangerous weapons were being deployed for kidnapping, robbery and other criminal activities.
SKM’s acting president, Commodore Daniel Folorunsho, stressed that the dangerous weapons needed to be retrieved to free the state from what he termed ‘siege’ owing to the prevalence of vices in parts of Kogi.

Describing security as all encompassing and multifaceted, he stated that it was unfortunate that government was placing emphasis on physical security, abandoning other issues that form the whole mix.

He said the Movement is a committee of like minds coming together to look at the position of Kogi State.

In his words, “We are calling on the Inspector General of Police to make sure he retrieves all illegal arms because in Kogi State during the last election there were too many arms in circulation, illegal arms”.

Commodore Daniels described security as all encompassing and multifaceted, saying that it is unfortunate that government is placing emphasis on physical security, abandoning other issues of securities that come together to form the composite security.

“If food security is not addressed you can be sure that all these structures they thought they are putting in places would not work. A hungry man is an angry man. If you push somebody who is starving to the wall there is nothing he would not do to feed himself.

“These people, when you arm them and they are hungry after election they would go into robbery, Kidnapping and all kinds of vices. So we are calling on all security agencies especially the commissioner of police in Kogi State, the Inspector General of Police, to come to the aid of the State because another election is coming because if these arms and ammunitions are not retrieved we are in trouble.”
In the same vein the Idah Club 6575 said the proliferation of light weapons came about as part of the fallout of recent general election in Kogi State.
The club which is a duly registered association with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the part c of the company and allied matters registration category stated this in a letter addressed to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, copy of which was also made availlable to the Guardian in Lokoja yesterday.
The letter which was signed by the President of the Club Samuel Ogali and director of publicity and strategy Jibrin Sam respectively wants the police commissioner to do all within the ambit of the law to ensure the arms are retrieved from the youths.
“If these youths are not dispossessed of these arms, the tendency to resort to criminal activities such as Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and cultism is high.
“Our prayer is for you to use your good office to nip this ugly trend in the bud in order to ensure peace and security for our people at home as well as to provide an enabling environment for our people in Diaspora to accesses home and contribute their quota to the development of our society.
It stated further that their major objective is to promote the welfare and the wellbeing of their members and our society at large especially to ensure the spate of criminal activities in Idah and environs are curtailed.
It explained that as part of their activities, they have lined up avalanche of programs geared towards the overall development of their society as a way of complimenting efforts of Government at various levels.

“You will agree with us that no meaningful development can be attained in any society in the face of crime, criminality and insecurity. We are of the firm belief that peace and security is a panacea for unity and development.
The club acknowledged the effort of the state Government and security Agencies in tackling the menace of Kidnapping and cultism in recent times.
Worthy of note is the clearing of the forest 10meters from both flanks of the road for ease of visibility for Travellers.

He said “Despite the gesture of the state government in providing logistic support to various security agencies and the reciprocal effort of the various agencies, kidnappers are again on the prowl along Idah Ajegwu road and other highways within the State.”
It cited the most recent victim of kidnap in the area to be Abdul Abaji from Idah who was picked along Idah Ajegwu road.

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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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