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Govt charges envoys-designate on citizens’ rights abroad

AS they prepare for their posts abroad and against the backdrop of the recent diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru, yesterday charged 87 envoys-designate to work closely with the Nigerian communit…



Ashiru-OAS they prepare for their posts abroad and against the backdrop of the recent diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru, yesterday charged 87 envoys-designate to work closely with the Nigerian communities in the Diaspora with a view to burnishing the country’s image.

The envoys-designate were also charged to guide Nigerians living abroad in the way of their host-countries in order to prevent them from flouting the laws of such countries, which might drag the country’s name in the mud.

Ashiru stated this yesterday in Abuja at an induction course for envoys-designate who would soon be posted to Nigeria’s missions abroad.

He also warned that the Ministry would not hesitate to sanction any head of mission who flouted extant regulations.

The presidential station charter for the envoys included a recognition of the urgent priorities of the economic diplomacy of the current administration, what constitutes Nigeria’s vital interests today and how best to actualise them in a competitive global arena.

Addressing the envoys-designate, Ashiru said: “On arrival at post, your excellencies would need to settle down quickly, work closely with the Nigerian communities in your host countries, listen to their complaints and urge them to continue to propagate the good image of Nigeria.

“I must emphasise that your primary duty is the protection of Nigerians in your countries of accreditation. As you know, there is no Nigeria without Nigerians. You must therefore adopt an open-door policy to Nigerians on transit or resident in your country of assignment.”

The minister also warned the envoys-designate to leave above board by guarding against certain impunities noticed in the past.

He said: “There is a need for prudence and accountability in the management of scarce resources. We are in lean times and heads of mission will be held liable for misallocation of funds put at your disposal. Rules and procedure for financial management and public procurement must be strictly adhered to at all times.

“Headquarters will not hesitate to sanction any head of mission who flouts the extant regulations on travels from post, including those who abandon their posts for Nigeria without prior authorisation. The era of impunity in the conduct of heads of mission is over under this administration.

“I shall ensure regular monitoring of your performance in line with the federal template of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Your nomination is a rare privilege and a mark of honour, which demands of you to do no less. ”

At the event were Nigeria’s retired ambassadors, former permanent secretaries of the ministry, senior diplomats and foreign bureaucrats.


Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew



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.

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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.”

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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.”

Sahara Reporters

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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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