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Muslim Leaders Pledge To Join Forces Against Boko Haram, Condemn CAN Head’s Comments

MUSLIM leaders, under the umbrella of Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) have promised to join hands with the leadership of Christians in the country to fight the menace of Boko Haram sect in order to put an end to the insecurity pervading the nation.
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Madalla-church-31-12-11MUSLIM leaders, under the umbrella of Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) have promised to join hands with the leadership of Christians in the country to fight the menace of Boko Haram sect in order to put an end to the insecurity pervading the nation.

Meanwhile, the President of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN), Bishop Frank Alabo Job has called on Muslim leaders  to join forces with other Nigerians in putting an end to the activities of Boko Haram.

In a statement issued by Bishop Job in Kaduna yesterday, he pointed out that “Boko Baram have claimed responsibility for this shameful crime against God and humanity,” however, “we use this opportunity to call on our peace loving Muslims especially their leaders from the political, economic, social and religious spectrums not only to publicly denounce, but for their own good and the good of Nigeria to be proactive and to do everything positive to end this movement.”

 

JNI leaders, however, cautioned the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to desist from inciting the Christian population into a religious warfare against the Muslims, saying that such may not be in the best interest of the corporate existence of Nigeria.

The Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, while addressing journalists in Kaduna yesterday, reviewed the events leading to the Christmas day bombing of churches in some parts of northern states and the reactions of religious, traditional and opinion leaders in the country, stressing that the position of Oritsejafor may not be helpful for the security and well-being of the country.

According to him: “The Muslims in Nigeria are always ready to promote peace and peaceful co-existence in the country, but it is unfortunate that some people are misunderstanding the good intention of our leaders and rather they are calling for war in the country.

“We are really ready to join hands with the Christians in tackling this menace of bombing in Nigeria. We are also ever- ready to find solution the insecurity in the country today. We are ready and we will continue to be ready.”

Besides, Aliyu said:  “It is with a heavy heart and a sense of responsibility that I address you this morning in response to some of the unguarded utterances made by the leader of a religious organization who is supposed to be seen as an ambassador of peace.

“But unfortunately, he went right into the heart of Aso Rock Villa to threaten the government and to say whatever he had to say before the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.  “He also accused the Muslim leadership, the religious scholars and other leaders within the Muslim community.

“He blamed the attack also on religious and traditional rulers whom he said are not publicly condemning this upsurge of bomb attacks. This statement is an unguarded utterances is intended to incite and instigate Christians against Muslims in this country”.

The JNI scribe argued, while lamenting  the utterances ascribed the CAN President, that “in essence, the man has already called for war.”

He added: “He said it that there is going to be a civil war in this country. It is very astonishing for such a person to say that Muslims have not condemned the act when more than two dozens of prominent Muslim scholars have condemned what happened at Madalla.

“Apart from that, the governor of Niger State and other traditional leaders have been there. The Sultan himself has declared that the attack was unIslamic and yet, he said that was unacceptable”.

We don’t know whether he wants us to jump the gun and arrest faceless people whom the government has not been able to arrest and then kill them. What he wants is for us to apply jungle justice on them. Do we have that legal authority to begin to chase people that we don’t even know? Therefore, this statement is contempt on the Sultan of Sokoto who is the President General of JNI and NSCIA.”

. Where were they when Muslims were attacked during the Eid-Fitr celebration that proceeded the month of Ramadan in Plateau State where Muslims were attacked, killed and maimed?

According to him: “This group has apparently declared war on Nigeria and at times of war, nations count on their reserves.

“It is apparent that if we depend only on our available active security agents, we shall not make progress.

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

Former Military president of Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has disclosed that the government has a hand in the mayhem going on in the country.

The 79-year-old made this remark owing to the massacre in Lekki toll gate and other parts of the country. He quoted Gen. Sani Abacha and disclosed that any insurgency that exceeds 24hours is being manipulated by the government.

Taking to his Twitter page he wrote;

“Once again, I will like to quote Late Gen. Sani Abacha: “Any Insurgency that lasts more than 24 hours, a government official has a hand in it.”

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