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Fresh explosion in Kano, UN decries killings

A FRESH bomb explosion yesterday disrupted the gradual return of normalcy to Kano after the last Friday’s blasts that killed about 200 people.
The killings have made the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to ask the Federal Govern…

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bankimooNA FRESH bomb explosion yesterday disrupted the gradual return of normalcy to Kano after the last Friday’s blasts that killed about 200 people.

The killings have made the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to ask the Federal Government to mobilise needed forces to quell the Boko Haram terror attacks.

Besides, the British government has offered to provide support for Nigeria in fighting terrorism.

The latest blast, which injured two persons, occurred at a luxury bus park at the Sabongari area of the Kano metropolis.

The incident occurred at about 1.30 p.m. when thousands of people who were fleeing the metropolis were about boarding various commercial buses heading for safer locations outside Kano.

A pandemonium ensued after the incident as residents of the entire Sabongari area who are yet to recover from the devastating effects of last week’s serial bombings in the metropolis, had to scamper in various directions for safety.

The explosion was caused by a small tin can between two luxury buses.  The blast was said to have affected the windscreens of one of the buses.

Soldiers and other security personnel cordoned off all roads leading to the luxury bus park as they reassured residents of that part of the metropolis that the situation was not as bad as they thought.

Military spokesperson, Lt.-Col. Iweha Ikediche, confirmed the development, adding that two persons sustained minor injuries as a result of the explosion.

Besides, the 97th Conference of the Evangelical Churches of West Africa (ECWA) opened in Egbe, Yagba West Local Council of Kogi State yesterday amid heavy security.

ECWA President, Rev. A.O. Farinto led 15, 000 worshippers to Egbe for the four-day programme beginning from yesterday and ending on Sunday under the watchful eyes of joint military, police and civil defence corps officers.

The security network will be coordinated by the zonal police headquarters comprising six states including Kogi, Kwara and Ondo states. It is the first time the conference will attract such heavy security since the conference began 97 years ago.

The authorities of ECWA said the decision to fortify ECWA churches and formations in Egbe was informed by the population of worshippers and visitors usually witnessed at the event, pointing out that the security situation in the country meant that “these are extraordinary times which call for extraordinary measures.”

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon at his first press conference in the year as he began his second term of five years in office, Ban affirmed his condemnation of the Boko Haram menace as a terrorist act that the global community had to come together and fight.

On Sudan and South Sudan, he said: “We have not been able to see perfect peace and stability.” To this end in his second term, Ban said he would continue to be fully engaged on the matter, declaring that at the forthcoming African Union summit meeting in Addis Ababa later this month he would be “really heavily engaging” on the matter with African leaders whose support he observed was very much needed now.

In response to a question on why some of the UN statements restrained from describing the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria as terrorist acts, Ban said: “I have on many occasions strongly condemned these terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, including that time of the attack against the UN House last year.”

But Ban added that, “the Nigerian government should also mobilise full possible forces to address these Boko Haram terrorist attacks.”

Promising that the UN on its part “will coordinate with the concerned parties, international organisations and regional organisations,” to address the problem, Ban added that he had already made a specific proposal earlier on Wednesday while meeting the UN General Assembly.

That proposal which will strengthen UN capacity in the area of counter-terrorism, according to him includes the need to have “a single coordinated counter-terrorism mechanism combining the currently existing functions.”

Disclosing that this proposal had earned support from several member states already, he added that, “we have established a counter-terrorism centre in Saudi Arabia.”

In the light of that, the Secretary-General said: “I am going to visit Saudi Arabia to convene the first advisory meeting some time early this year.  So, our commitment and determined will to fight against terrorism will be further strengthened and will continue.”

Restating that Africa would continue to be one of his major priorities in his second term, he lamented that the crisis in Darfur and Sudan was still continuing.

The British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Giles Lever who spoke yesterday, in Kaduna on the security challenges facing Nigeria, pointed out that the activities of Boko Haram in the country, were part of international acts of terrorism which must be fought through bi-lateral support.

Lever spoke to journalists after the opening of a workshop for representatives of Civil Society Organisations on using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, 2011, saying that the British government was ready to share its capabilities in putting an end to the problem posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Lever said: “The attacks were sickening and barbaric. To kill these many people in the name of some political dispute or religious dispute or whatever the agenda is, it’s just wrong. It’s quite unacceptable and is causing sufferings to innocent people and so we condemn the attacks unreservedly. We consider ourselves and hope to be friends with Nigeria in good times and bad times and we are willing to work closely with the Nigerian government, to help the Nigerian authorities to combat this menace of terrorism.

“This is something that has affected all of our countries, including my country in 2005 when around 50 people were killed in London by terrorist attacks on our underground trains and on a bus and so while all our societies are thinking of fighting this menace, we need to understand why it’s happening.”

The British envoy further remarked: “But understanding and excusing it are two completely different things and at the end of the day the people who have committed these appalling attacks have shown that they have no respect for human lives and no respect for individual people, and as I said, we condemn the attacks in the strongest possible terms and we are willing to offer the government of Nigeria and the authorities any support that we can provide as helpful to them in dealing with this problem.

“We have been fighting the challenges of terrorism ourselves for a number of years, sadly and we have developed a national counter-terrorism strategy but again this is on a request basis; we are willing to share and offer our information, our experience and our capabilities whether in large scale of national emergency crisis management or whether it could be in some capabilities such as forensic investigation to gather clues after terrorist attacks.

“There is a very broad range of things that we can offer. We are already working with the Nigerian government on some of these. I must also say we reaffirmed the offer following the terrorist attacks in Kano.”

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Mr. Edetan Ojo, has acknowledged the support offered by the British government in promoting the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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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.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

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.

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Fresh explosion in Kano, UN decries killings

A FRESH bomb explosion yesterday disrupted the gradual return of normalcy to Kano after the last Friday’s blasts that killed about 200 people.
The killings have made the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to ask the Federal Govern…

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bankimooNA FRESH bomb explosion yesterday disrupted the gradual return of normalcy to Kano after the last Friday’s blasts that killed about 200 people.

The killings have made the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to ask the Federal Government to mobilise needed forces to quell the Boko Haram terror attacks.

Besides, the British government has offered to provide support for Nigeria in fighting terrorism.

The latest blast, which injured two persons, occurred at a luxury bus park at the Sabongari area of the Kano metropolis.

The incident occurred at about 1.30 p.m. when thousands of people who were fleeing the metropolis were about boarding various commercial buses heading for safer locations outside Kano.

A pandemonium ensued after the incident as residents of the entire Sabongari area who are yet to recover from the devastating effects of last week’s serial bombings in the metropolis, had to scamper in various directions for safety.

The explosion was caused by a small tin can between two luxury buses.  The blast was said to have affected the windscreens of one of the buses.

Soldiers and other security personnel cordoned off all roads leading to the luxury bus park as they reassured residents of that part of the metropolis that the situation was not as bad as they thought.

Military spokesperson, Lt.-Col. Iweha Ikediche, confirmed the development, adding that two persons sustained minor injuries as a result of the explosion.

Besides, the 97th Conference of the Evangelical Churches of West Africa (ECWA) opened in Egbe, Yagba West Local Council of Kogi State yesterday amid heavy security.

ECWA President, Rev. A.O. Farinto led 15, 000 worshippers to Egbe for the four-day programme beginning from yesterday and ending on Sunday under the watchful eyes of joint military, police and civil defence corps officers.

The security network will be coordinated by the zonal police headquarters comprising six states including Kogi, Kwara and Ondo states. It is the first time the conference will attract such heavy security since the conference began 97 years ago.

The authorities of ECWA said the decision to fortify ECWA churches and formations in Egbe was informed by the population of worshippers and visitors usually witnessed at the event, pointing out that the security situation in the country meant that “these are extraordinary times which call for extraordinary measures.”

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon at his first press conference in the year as he began his second term of five years in office, Ban affirmed his condemnation of the Boko Haram menace as a terrorist act that the global community had to come together and fight.

On Sudan and South Sudan, he said: “We have not been able to see perfect peace and stability.” To this end in his second term, Ban said he would continue to be fully engaged on the matter, declaring that at the forthcoming African Union summit meeting in Addis Ababa later this month he would be “really heavily engaging” on the matter with African leaders whose support he observed was very much needed now.

In response to a question on why some of the UN statements restrained from describing the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria as terrorist acts, Ban said: “I have on many occasions strongly condemned these terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, including that time of the attack against the UN House last year.”

But Ban added that, “the Nigerian government should also mobilise full possible forces to address these Boko Haram terrorist attacks.”

Promising that the UN on its part “will coordinate with the concerned parties, international organisations and regional organisations,” to address the problem, Ban added that he had already made a specific proposal earlier on Wednesday while meeting the UN General Assembly.

That proposal which will strengthen UN capacity in the area of counter-terrorism, according to him includes the need to have “a single coordinated counter-terrorism mechanism combining the currently existing functions.”

Disclosing that this proposal had earned support from several member states already, he added that, “we have established a counter-terrorism centre in Saudi Arabia.”

In the light of that, the Secretary-General said: “I am going to visit Saudi Arabia to convene the first advisory meeting some time early this year.  So, our commitment and determined will to fight against terrorism will be further strengthened and will continue.”

Restating that Africa would continue to be one of his major priorities in his second term, he lamented that the crisis in Darfur and Sudan was still continuing.

The British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Giles Lever who spoke yesterday, in Kaduna on the security challenges facing Nigeria, pointed out that the activities of Boko Haram in the country, were part of international acts of terrorism which must be fought through bi-lateral support.

Lever spoke to journalists after the opening of a workshop for representatives of Civil Society Organisations on using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, 2011, saying that the British government was ready to share its capabilities in putting an end to the problem posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Lever said: “The attacks were sickening and barbaric. To kill these many people in the name of some political dispute or religious dispute or whatever the agenda is, it’s just wrong. It’s quite unacceptable and is causing sufferings to innocent people and so we condemn the attacks unreservedly. We consider ourselves and hope to be friends with Nigeria in good times and bad times and we are willing to work closely with the Nigerian government, to help the Nigerian authorities to combat this menace of terrorism.

“This is something that has affected all of our countries, including my country in 2005 when around 50 people were killed in London by terrorist attacks on our underground trains and on a bus and so while all our societies are thinking of fighting this menace, we need to understand why it’s happening.”

The British envoy further remarked: “But understanding and excusing it are two completely different things and at the end of the day the people who have committed these appalling attacks have shown that they have no respect for human lives and no respect for individual people, and as I said, we condemn the attacks in the strongest possible terms and we are willing to offer the government of Nigeria and the authorities any support that we can provide as helpful to them in dealing with this problem.

“We have been fighting the challenges of terrorism ourselves for a number of years, sadly and we have developed a national counter-terrorism strategy but again this is on a request basis; we are willing to share and offer our information, our experience and our capabilities whether in large scale of national emergency crisis management or whether it could be in some capabilities such as forensic investigation to gather clues after terrorist attacks.

“There is a very broad range of things that we can offer. We are already working with the Nigerian government on some of these. I must also say we reaffirmed the offer following the terrorist attacks in Kano.”

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Mr. Edetan Ojo, has acknowledged the support offered by the British government in promoting the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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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.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

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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