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How Odumegwu-Ojukwu united Nigerians, by Okonjo-Iweala

FOR the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,  the death of former Biafran leader Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has united the whole country .
She told The Guardian shortly after the internment of Odumegwu-Ojukwu  at the weekend at …

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OkonjoFOR the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,  the death of former Biafran leader Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has united the whole country .

She told The Guardian shortly after the internment of Odumegwu-Ojukwu  at the weekend at Umudim community in Nnewi, Anambra State that the Ikemba Nnewi was a man who in death united the whole country,  although when he was alive, he seemed “like a divisive figure. But that’s not the case; he has actually brought everybody together.”

Describing Odumegwu-Ojukwu as her hero and the hero of all Nigerians, she said: “During the war, my father was a brigadier in the Biafran army. I was also a teenager at the time. As I said in a tribute recently, I was cooking for the Biafran soldiers at the war front. So Ojukwu was my hero and he was the hero of all Nigerians, and we want his soul to rest in peace.”

She asked: “Have you ever seen someone who received the kind of tributes from all over the country, even from outside the shores of this nation? Look at the calibre of the personalities who attended the ceremony – from the Speaker of the House of Reps to the President, the First Lady. So we want to thank the Ojukwu family for having given us a great hero.”

Asked if there was any lesson people could learn from the life of  the Ikemba Nnewi, the minister declared: “Nigerians can learn to be principled, to be resilient; to believe in their country; to be patriotic; to be courageous; stand for what you believe in. This was a man who stood for what he believed in. And like the priest said in Enugu during the funeral at Okpara Square, no one has come out to say that Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu ever stole one naira from public funds. That’s the best example you could ever have. Let it be said of all of us when we depart that we never stole one naira.”

Reminded that Nigerians seemed  not  to have pointed out any of Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s faults, she said: “Of course not; there is no human being who don’t have any fault. I don’t think I am qualified to even talk about whatever must have been his faults, right now. But I am sure that if you were here today, he was a great man and great people admit their faults.”

More tributes continued to pour in  even after the burial of Odumegwu-Ojukwu. The Igbo community in Edo State at the weekend honoured  him.

The Chairman of the Igbo Community Union in the state, Chief Luke Abbas, in his address said Odumegwu-Ojukwu saw some many years ago the oppression being  experienced  in the country .

Also, the President General, Igbo Community Association, Jigawa State chapter,  Ozor Linus Ozor has lauded the Federal  Government for its effort to ensure  that the country was  one indivisible entity by giving the late Ikemba Nnewi a national burial.

The President who was speaking on Friday when the Igbo communities in Dutse and other parts of Jigawa State stopped  commercial activities to honour their  hero said the level of solidarity by every tribe made every Igbo man to be proud of the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu as well as conferring on them a  sense of belonging to the country.

“We have to march through the streets in Dutse to announce to the people in the state that we lost our hero after which we came back for a requiem mass at the Christ the King Catholic Church because as a Catholic that is the highest sacrifice we can offer for him.

“Ojukwu lived as a detribalised Nigerian who saw the various tribes as Nigerians. He was very pragmatic, doing the right thing at the right time. If our current leaders could emulate his virtues by ensuring that what is due to the people is given to them, then Nigeria would have been a better place,” he stated.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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