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Fayemi, Aregbesola, others decry policy
AMID the raging controversy over the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, the House of Representatives said yesterday that it had not taken any position on the issue.
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AMID the raging controversy over the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, the House of Representatives said yesterday that it had not taken any position on the issue.

This, however, contradicted its earlier position that the removal of subsidy was premature.

In a statement by its Committee on Media and Public Affairs yesterday in Abuja, the House said it was yet to take any position on the matter.

But the lower chamber had on December 1, 2011, debated and rejected the proposal by President Goodluck Jonathan to drop subsidy on petroleum products.

The latest position of the House, which was signed by the Deputy Chairman of its Media Committee, Victor Ogene, reads: “The House of Representatives notes the decision of the Executive regarding the total removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the subsequent reaction of cross section of Nigerians to the decision.
It is worth repeating here that the House of Representatives has not taken any definite decision on the subsidy matter before it proceeded on recess on December 20, 2011.

“However, the House of Representatives would immediately upon resumption on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, commence exhaustive deliberation and consultation with other stakeholders on the issue, and wishes to assure all Nigerians that as the elected representatives of the people, the outcome will be reflective of the views of majority of members.”

Adopting the recommendations of its joint committees on Finance, Appropriations, Legislative Budget and Research and National Planning and Economic Development, which reviewed the 2012 to 2015 Medium Term Fiscal Framework (MTFF), the House described the removal of subsidy as premature and urged that the idea be dropped by the Presidency.

The House said: “The proposal on fuel subsidy removal, as contained in the revised Fiscal Strategy paper, is premature. Sources other than relying on savings from the proposed subsidy removal as part of financing items for expected deficit should be explored.”

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi described the removal of the oil subsidy as the agenda of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and blamed the electorate for voting for President Goodluck Jonathan who was the PDP’s standard-bearer in the last Presidential election.

He said if the electorate had voted for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate, Nigerians would not have been going through the hardship the policy of the PDP is subjecting them to.

Fayemi spoke while kicking off the campaign for the local council election in the state and the presentation of 16 chairmanship candidates of the ACN and their deputies to party admirers, who converged on the Government House Playing Ground for the mass rally.

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola decried the removal of the subsidy as a cruel and anti-people policy designed by the ruling PDP-led Federal Government without any feeling for the poor.

While speaking at a new year inter-religious service, Aregbesola who also harped on the need for religious tolerance among people of different faiths, absolved his government and party of any involvement in the withdrawal of fuel subsidy.

On his part, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District on the platform of PDP, has lamented the hardship the petrol subsidy removal would inflict on Nigerians.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Michael Jegede, the senator decried the hardship Nigerians have been subjected to since the beginning of the new year, as a result of the withdrawal of the subsidy.

Abatemi-Usman, who had recently told the people of his constituency that he was totally against fuel subsidy removal at a town hall meeting in Okene, wondered why the people would be made to start year 2012 on such a painful note.

He called on the Federal Government to have a rethink on its decision, which, according to him, is clearly against the wishes of the masses. The lawmaker maintained that there were other ways the government could go about reforming the economy without having to make the populace go through untold hardship.

Besides, the National Youth Leader of the ACN, Mr. Ebikibina Miriki, has condemned the arrest of a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Dino Malaye, at the Eagle Square in Abuja over his attempt to mobilise for protest against the removal of fuel subsidy.

Miriki told The Guardian in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital that the action of the security personnel to effect any arrest was undemocratic, unconstitutional and an outright breach of the fundamental right of the people to register, ventilate and resist an anti-people policy of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Also, a former minority leader of the House of Representatives, Farouk Adamu Aliyu, has said that the members of the National Assembly can return the petroleum subsidy that was removed by the Federal Government if they live up to their mandates.

Aliyu, who was the Congress for Progressive (CPC) governorship candidate at the 2011 election in Jigawa State, told The Guardian that the President had done his worst by removing the subsidy in his budget proposal.

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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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We’ve no position on subsidy removal, say Reps

Fayemi, Aregbesola, others decry policy
AMID the raging controversy over the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, the House of Representatives said yesterday that it had not taken any position on the issue.
This, however, contradicted…

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Tambuwal-Fayemi, Aregbesola, others decry policy

AMID the raging controversy over the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, the House of Representatives said yesterday that it had not taken any position on the issue.

This, however, contradicted its earlier position that the removal of subsidy was premature.

In a statement by its Committee on Media and Public Affairs yesterday in Abuja, the House said it was yet to take any position on the matter.

But the lower chamber had on December 1, 2011, debated and rejected the proposal by President Goodluck Jonathan to drop subsidy on petroleum products.

The latest position of the House, which was signed by the Deputy Chairman of its Media Committee, Victor Ogene, reads: “The House of Representatives notes the decision of the Executive regarding the total removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the subsequent reaction of cross section of Nigerians to the decision.
It is worth repeating here that the House of Representatives has not taken any definite decision on the subsidy matter before it proceeded on recess on December 20, 2011.

“However, the House of Representatives would immediately upon resumption on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, commence exhaustive deliberation and consultation with other stakeholders on the issue, and wishes to assure all Nigerians that as the elected representatives of the people, the outcome will be reflective of the views of majority of members.”

Adopting the recommendations of its joint committees on Finance, Appropriations, Legislative Budget and Research and National Planning and Economic Development, which reviewed the 2012 to 2015 Medium Term Fiscal Framework (MTFF), the House described the removal of subsidy as premature and urged that the idea be dropped by the Presidency.

The House said: “The proposal on fuel subsidy removal, as contained in the revised Fiscal Strategy paper, is premature. Sources other than relying on savings from the proposed subsidy removal as part of financing items for expected deficit should be explored.”

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi described the removal of the oil subsidy as the agenda of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and blamed the electorate for voting for President Goodluck Jonathan who was the PDP’s standard-bearer in the last Presidential election.

He said if the electorate had voted for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate, Nigerians would not have been going through the hardship the policy of the PDP is subjecting them to.

Fayemi spoke while kicking off the campaign for the local council election in the state and the presentation of 16 chairmanship candidates of the ACN and their deputies to party admirers, who converged on the Government House Playing Ground for the mass rally.

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola decried the removal of the subsidy as a cruel and anti-people policy designed by the ruling PDP-led Federal Government without any feeling for the poor.

While speaking at a new year inter-religious service, Aregbesola who also harped on the need for religious tolerance among people of different faiths, absolved his government and party of any involvement in the withdrawal of fuel subsidy.

On his part, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District on the platform of PDP, has lamented the hardship the petrol subsidy removal would inflict on Nigerians.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Michael Jegede, the senator decried the hardship Nigerians have been subjected to since the beginning of the new year, as a result of the withdrawal of the subsidy.

Abatemi-Usman, who had recently told the people of his constituency that he was totally against fuel subsidy removal at a town hall meeting in Okene, wondered why the people would be made to start year 2012 on such a painful note.

He called on the Federal Government to have a rethink on its decision, which, according to him, is clearly against the wishes of the masses. The lawmaker maintained that there were other ways the government could go about reforming the economy without having to make the populace go through untold hardship.

Besides, the National Youth Leader of the ACN, Mr. Ebikibina Miriki, has condemned the arrest of a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Dino Malaye, at the Eagle Square in Abuja over his attempt to mobilise for protest against the removal of fuel subsidy.

Miriki told The Guardian in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital that the action of the security personnel to effect any arrest was undemocratic, unconstitutional and an outright breach of the fundamental right of the people to register, ventilate and resist an anti-people policy of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Also, a former minority leader of the House of Representatives, Farouk Adamu Aliyu, has said that the members of the National Assembly can return the petroleum subsidy that was removed by the Federal Government if they live up to their mandates.

Aliyu, who was the Congress for Progressive (CPC) governorship candidate at the 2011 election in Jigawa State, told The Guardian that the President had done his worst by removing the subsidy in his budget proposal.

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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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