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THE dire state of the nation’s security system was again exposed yesterday in Kaduna where two bombs went off at separate locations in the capital city of Kaduna State.
The first explosion occurred near the Ungwa Sarki Market opposite the Kadun…

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KadunaTHE dire state of the nation’s security system was again exposed yesterday in Kaduna where two bombs went off at separate locations in the capital city of Kaduna State.

The first explosion occurred near the Ungwa Sarki Market opposite the Kaduna State Transport Authority (KSTA) motor park housing the state transport offices and loading units. Several people were injured in the incident.

The second explosion, in which a policeman serving in the police anti-bomb squad died, occurred close to the Sultan Bello Mosque in Unguar Sarki.

According to eyewitnesses, shortly after the first bomb exploded, a polythene bag containing “moving substances” was discovered at another location about 500 metres away from the first blast.        

One eyewitness told reporters that the dead policeman showed bravery by trying to detonate the content of the polythene. Unfortunately, the content exploded, killing the policeman instantly.

When The Guardian visited the scene of the blast, the remains of the dead policeman were strewn on the road.

The scene was later barricaded by a combined team of armed policemen and soldiers, which caused heavy traffic jam as residents made frantic efforts to flee the area.

Following the blasts, traders at the Ungwa Sarki market quickly locked up their shops while schools and financial institutions around the area also closed abruptly. Travellers at the KSTA motor park also fled later in search of another motor park.     .

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Kaduna Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident.

Lawan stated: “Our officer was affected while trying to defuse the explosives. He lost his life in the process. We have started a thorough search of the entire area to ensure that another explosive is not planted around there while further investigation will be carried out.”

In statement, Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa, stated: “Today, February 14, 2012 at about 1040 and 1045 hours respectively, there were two explosions that occurred at Ungwar Sarki Bus Stop Kaduna.  The first Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in a gutter near a parked 15-seater bus. No one was affected. The second explosion occurred when a police anti-bomb personnel, one Sergeant Sunday Badang, was about to detonate it. The improvised explosive device exploded and he was killed instantly.

“The fragment affected two other persons near the scene. They were rushed to 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna for treatment and the victims are in stable condition. The area was equally swept by the police anti-bomb squad and no other explosive device was detected.

“We have beefed up security in the entire state and members of the public are advised to report any suspicious object to security agencies and to avail us with credible information that will nip in the bud these criminalities”.

Meanwhile, youths in the Ungwa Sarkin have pledged to join forces with the security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the dastardly act.

One of them who spoke with reporters on condition of anonymity stated: “We are not happy with the situation and we will assist the police in bringing out those linked with the blast once identified.   We are tired of bomb explosion every now and then killing innocent people.”

In a related development, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Olufemi Lanlehin, yesterday stated that the Boko Haram insurgency posed a dangerous threat to the unity and continued existence of the Nigerian nation.

Consequently, he charged the Federal Government to check the sect’s activities without further delay.

Lanlehin, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District, expressed concern over the increased spate of bombings by the Islamic sect and warned of grave dangers ahead if the banned group was not checked.

The lawmaker, who spoke with reporters in Ibadan after inspecting ongoing solar automated borehole projects for residents of his senatorial district, said the National Assembly had invited security chiefs in the country for questioning on their preparedness to arrest the insurgency.

Lanlehin stated: “Boko Haram is condemnable and I believe that every right thinking human being will condemn the sect because it is against humanity. I appeal to the Federal Government to rise up to the occasion and make sure that the sect is completely flushed out of existence before it destroys the peace and unity of our dear country.

“Some of the key participants have been apprehended and efforts to arrest other members of the gang are very encouraging, but there is still more to be done to save the country from disintegration.”

The senator also faulted those against the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), saying there was nothing wrong in having the conference in as much as it would bring out good recommendations that would further strengthen the unity of the country.

Lanlehin stated that the recommendations at the proposed conference would contribute greatly to the planned amendment of the nation’s Constitution, which the Senate is currently working on.

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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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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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Policeman dies in attempt to defuse bomb

THE dire state of the nation’s security system was again exposed yesterday in Kaduna where two bombs went off at separate locations in the capital city of Kaduna State.
The first explosion occurred near the Ungwa Sarki Market opposite the Kadun…

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KadunaTHE dire state of the nation’s security system was again exposed yesterday in Kaduna where two bombs went off at separate locations in the capital city of Kaduna State.

The first explosion occurred near the Ungwa Sarki Market opposite the Kaduna State Transport Authority (KSTA) motor park housing the state transport offices and loading units. Several people were injured in the incident.

The second explosion, in which a policeman serving in the police anti-bomb squad died, occurred close to the Sultan Bello Mosque in Unguar Sarki.

According to eyewitnesses, shortly after the first bomb exploded, a polythene bag containing “moving substances” was discovered at another location about 500 metres away from the first blast.        

One eyewitness told reporters that the dead policeman showed bravery by trying to detonate the content of the polythene. Unfortunately, the content exploded, killing the policeman instantly.

When The Guardian visited the scene of the blast, the remains of the dead policeman were strewn on the road.

The scene was later barricaded by a combined team of armed policemen and soldiers, which caused heavy traffic jam as residents made frantic efforts to flee the area.

Following the blasts, traders at the Ungwa Sarki market quickly locked up their shops while schools and financial institutions around the area also closed abruptly. Travellers at the KSTA motor park also fled later in search of another motor park.     .

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Kaduna Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident.

Lawan stated: “Our officer was affected while trying to defuse the explosives. He lost his life in the process. We have started a thorough search of the entire area to ensure that another explosive is not planted around there while further investigation will be carried out.”

In statement, Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa, stated: “Today, February 14, 2012 at about 1040 and 1045 hours respectively, there were two explosions that occurred at Ungwar Sarki Bus Stop Kaduna.  The first Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in a gutter near a parked 15-seater bus. No one was affected. The second explosion occurred when a police anti-bomb personnel, one Sergeant Sunday Badang, was about to detonate it. The improvised explosive device exploded and he was killed instantly.

“The fragment affected two other persons near the scene. They were rushed to 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna for treatment and the victims are in stable condition. The area was equally swept by the police anti-bomb squad and no other explosive device was detected.

“We have beefed up security in the entire state and members of the public are advised to report any suspicious object to security agencies and to avail us with credible information that will nip in the bud these criminalities”.

Meanwhile, youths in the Ungwa Sarkin have pledged to join forces with the security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the dastardly act.

One of them who spoke with reporters on condition of anonymity stated: “We are not happy with the situation and we will assist the police in bringing out those linked with the blast once identified.   We are tired of bomb explosion every now and then killing innocent people.”

In a related development, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Olufemi Lanlehin, yesterday stated that the Boko Haram insurgency posed a dangerous threat to the unity and continued existence of the Nigerian nation.

Consequently, he charged the Federal Government to check the sect’s activities without further delay.

Lanlehin, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District, expressed concern over the increased spate of bombings by the Islamic sect and warned of grave dangers ahead if the banned group was not checked.

The lawmaker, who spoke with reporters in Ibadan after inspecting ongoing solar automated borehole projects for residents of his senatorial district, said the National Assembly had invited security chiefs in the country for questioning on their preparedness to arrest the insurgency.

Lanlehin stated: “Boko Haram is condemnable and I believe that every right thinking human being will condemn the sect because it is against humanity. I appeal to the Federal Government to rise up to the occasion and make sure that the sect is completely flushed out of existence before it destroys the peace and unity of our dear country.

“Some of the key participants have been apprehended and efforts to arrest other members of the gang are very encouraging, but there is still more to be done to save the country from disintegration.”

The senator also faulted those against the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), saying there was nothing wrong in having the conference in as much as it would bring out good recommendations that would further strengthen the unity of the country.

Lanlehin stated that the recommendations at the proposed conference would contribute greatly to the planned amendment of the nation’s Constitution, which the Senate is currently working on.

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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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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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