Queries emir over blasts in domain
IN what can be described as a move against indolence and insensitivity, the Niger State government has queried the Emir of Suleja Malam Awal Ibrahim over the series of bomb blast in his emirate in the last eight months.
Meanwhile, Governor Babangida Aliyu has extended the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in some local councils in the state to the remaining 24 local councils.
Speaking in Minna yesterday when he inaugurated Suleja/FCT Development Interface Committee, the governor also said the Boko Haram sect did not represent Islam or the Muslim community.
Aliyu who was visibly disturbed by the criminal activities of the sect said the state of emergency in the local councils would remain until government has got rid of Boko Haram, their sponsors and those who, he said, had hijacked the activities of the sect.
He declared: “By the powers confired on me as the Executive Governor of Niger State, I am extending the state of emergency which the President has earlier declared in Suleja Local Government area to all the other local government areas in the state because of the special period we are in.
“Life will not be usual in this country until we rid Boko Haram, their sponsors or hijackers. I call on all political officials, local government chairmen and the people in the local governments to report all suspicious movement. Everyone must pipe down and pipe low until we are over this period.”
On the claim in some quarters that the Boko Haram sect represents Islam and the Muslim community in the country, Aliyu said: “As an Islamic teacher, the Koran forbids any Muslim from killing himself or killing others. Boko Haram does not speak for Muslims or Islam because the commuter of suicide and murderers of others cannot speak or be a representative of Islam. No religion approves the killing of oneself or others.”
The governor attributed the challenges facing the nation to indiscipline and laxity and the failure of elders to play and give the nation the much desired leadership. He wondered if the country still had elders, noting that the nation’s leaders and elders are failing in their responsibility.
“We are at the crossroads and for us to get out of it, it is our collective responsibility. Everyone should play his role toward ensuring that the nation gets out of this mess,” he said.
It would be recalled that not less than six bomb blasts have taken place in the Suleja emirate within the last six months, the last being that at the St. Theresa Catholic Church Madalla on Christmas Day which left over 38 people dead, 80 injured and 36 houses and four churches burnt, in addition to the destruction of seven vehicles.
It was learnt that on the New Year Day, the state government queried the emir for allegedly not showing sympathy with victims of the bomb blast which occurred in his area one week before. The emir was said to have stayed away from the scene of the blast and failed to show any concern even though the blast, in which lives were lost, occurred in his domain.
According to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mallam Yusuf Garba Twagwe, who briefed reporters yesterday in Minna after an elaborate meeting on Tuesday, the government found out that despite the retinue of people that visited the victims and the bomb blast scenes from across the country to show empathy, the emir of Suleja neither sent words to them nor visited the scenes of the incidents.
As a result of this, the commissioner said the government felt the action of the monarch was unbecoming of a person of high standing in the society and therefore issued him a query to explain within 24 hours why actions should not be taken against him for such behaviour.
The commissioner, however, said that the traditional ruler had replied the query within the stipulated period and “the government is looking into it”.
Twagwe said the state government welcomed the declaration of state of emergency in Suleja town and therefore asked the people to cooperate with law enforcement agencies deployed to the area to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has pledged that the Yobe State government would continue to partner with the Joint Task Force (JTF) and other security agents to end the serial killings and bombings by the Boko Haram sect.
The governor made the pledge at the Government House,
Damaturu, while reacting to the declaration of state of emergency by the President in five council areas of the state.
He said while complying with the state of emergency, in Damaturu, Potiskum, Bade, Geidam and Gujba councils, his administration will provide more support to the security agencies to ensure “peace, unity and protection” of lives and property.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, Gaidam said “the increasing security challenges in the country required bold and collaborative efforts to handle,” assuring that his administration will continue to support all the security agencies.
Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew
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.
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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.”
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.”
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.
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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