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Mailafia’s allegations: NGF demands immediate investigation

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Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) has challenged security agencies to investigate allegation by a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia that one of them is a Boko Haram commander.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Simon Lalong, in a statement in Jos, expressed concern over Mailafia’s allegation and demanded an urgent probe to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the claim.

Mailafia, who was invited by the Department of State Services over the allegation, was, however, released yesterday after six hours of interrogation.

Mailafia, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in 2019 presidential election, in a video that went viral had alleged that he had a chat with two repentant Boko Haram members who named a northern governor as a commander of the terror group.
In the viral video he said the terrorists and bandits were one and the same, adding that the terrorists moved weapons even during the lockdown imposed by the federal government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NGF forum reaction was coming on the heels of the DSS’ invitation to Mailafia
The governors tasked the security agency to thoroughly probe the allegation.
Lalong said: “The forum, which has been working with the federal government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of criminality in the region finds the allegation by Dr. Mailafia very weighty, which deserves further investigation.

“We as Northern governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the Northern region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers, and other criminals, but also engaged the president and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem. To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet. We demand an immediate and thorough investigation.”

The northern governors also urged Mailafia and all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.
The governors also wondered if “such allegations are not smear campaigns or attempts to discourage the Northern governors who are putting in their best to bring an end to insecurity in the region.”
Lalong added that the governors do not, and will not support the activities of any criminal group, adding that governors and their families are also not spared as was recently witnessed when the convoy of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum was attacked.

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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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