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AGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.
This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat …

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UtomiAGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.

This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi; Lagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana and former Editor of the defunct Daily Times of Nigeria, Chief Areoye Oyebola. He is also the initiator and chairman of Movement for Nigeria’s Total Transformation.

The trio spoke at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos at the launch of Oyebola’s new book, Grave Issues Nigeria Must Tackle.

Utomi stated: “Nigeria has slipped into the status of common criminals. All who rule us have become common criminals. All is not right when the rule of law is not followed. Even when Nigerian courts absolved ex-Governor  James Ibori of stealing Delta State money, a British court has nailed Ibori and today he is a common criminal”.

On how Nigeria arrived at this dangerous, corruptive bend, the Lagos Business School don argued that the uncertainty and apathy that greeted the 1999 elections called by the departing military made men and women of integrity and natural leaders to stay away. He said that action allowed all manners of political charlatans and common criminals to jump into the fray and have consequently amassed so much wealth to scare away genuine contenders to political offices in the land.

He stated further: “Today, Nigeria is paying for it; we need to change it. We need a ground norm to correct so many ills. The argument is not about resource control; that is a small matter before the major one we’re talking about, the basic laws”.

He commended Adebola for “his persistence and for staying focused; I pray that the labours of his days in the field as journalist will not be forgotten and for his transformational mission to come true for all Nigerians”.

On the ragging issue of the desirability or otherwise of a National Conference, Utomi carpeted the Senate, particularly its President, David Mark, saying it was not his place to determine what is best for Nigeria, being as he is, a beneficiary of the huge financial waste the National Assembly has become for the ordinary citizen of the country.

On his part, Falana said the former Delta State governor has qualified to enter the Guinness Books of Records “as a congenital thief; he stole Delta State dry. Ibori’s case must go into the Guinness Book of Records because his sister, wife, girlfriend and lawyer have all bagged four years’ jail term each. Ibori is going to be convicted for the fourth time – twice in London and twice in Nigeria”.

Oyebola said Nigeria’s situation was so critical that it needed serious handling for it to overcome the problem.

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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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Nigeria turning a criminal state, say Utomi, others

AGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.
This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat …

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UtomiAGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.

This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi; Lagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana and former Editor of the defunct Daily Times of Nigeria, Chief Areoye Oyebola. He is also the initiator and chairman of Movement for Nigeria’s Total Transformation.

The trio spoke at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos at the launch of Oyebola’s new book, Grave Issues Nigeria Must Tackle.

Utomi stated: “Nigeria has slipped into the status of common criminals. All who rule us have become common criminals. All is not right when the rule of law is not followed. Even when Nigerian courts absolved ex-Governor  James Ibori of stealing Delta State money, a British court has nailed Ibori and today he is a common criminal”.

On how Nigeria arrived at this dangerous, corruptive bend, the Lagos Business School don argued that the uncertainty and apathy that greeted the 1999 elections called by the departing military made men and women of integrity and natural leaders to stay away. He said that action allowed all manners of political charlatans and common criminals to jump into the fray and have consequently amassed so much wealth to scare away genuine contenders to political offices in the land.

He stated further: “Today, Nigeria is paying for it; we need to change it. We need a ground norm to correct so many ills. The argument is not about resource control; that is a small matter before the major one we’re talking about, the basic laws”.

He commended Adebola for “his persistence and for staying focused; I pray that the labours of his days in the field as journalist will not be forgotten and for his transformational mission to come true for all Nigerians”.

On the ragging issue of the desirability or otherwise of a National Conference, Utomi carpeted the Senate, particularly its President, David Mark, saying it was not his place to determine what is best for Nigeria, being as he is, a beneficiary of the huge financial waste the National Assembly has become for the ordinary citizen of the country.

On his part, Falana said the former Delta State governor has qualified to enter the Guinness Books of Records “as a congenital thief; he stole Delta State dry. Ibori’s case must go into the Guinness Book of Records because his sister, wife, girlfriend and lawyer have all bagged four years’ jail term each. Ibori is going to be convicted for the fourth time – twice in London and twice in Nigeria”.

Oyebola said Nigeria’s situation was so critical that it needed serious handling for it to overcome the problem.

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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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Nigeria turning a criminal state, say Utomi, others

AGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.
This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat …

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UtomiAGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.

This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi; Lagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana and former Editor of the defunct Daily Times of Nigeria, Chief Areoye Oyebola. He is also the initiator and chairman of Movement for Nigeria’s Total Transformation.

The trio spoke at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos at the launch of Oyebola’s new book, Grave Issues Nigeria Must Tackle.

Utomi stated: “Nigeria has slipped into the status of common criminals. All who rule us have become common criminals. All is not right when the rule of law is not followed. Even when Nigerian courts absolved ex-Governor  James Ibori of stealing Delta State money, a British court has nailed Ibori and today he is a common criminal”.

On how Nigeria arrived at this dangerous, corruptive bend, the Lagos Business School don argued that the uncertainty and apathy that greeted the 1999 elections called by the departing military made men and women of integrity and natural leaders to stay away. He said that action allowed all manners of political charlatans and common criminals to jump into the fray and have consequently amassed so much wealth to scare away genuine contenders to political offices in the land.

He stated further: “Today, Nigeria is paying for it; we need to change it. We need a ground norm to correct so many ills. The argument is not about resource control; that is a small matter before the major one we’re talking about, the basic laws”.

He commended Adebola for “his persistence and for staying focused; I pray that the labours of his days in the field as journalist will not be forgotten and for his transformational mission to come true for all Nigerians”.

On the ragging issue of the desirability or otherwise of a National Conference, Utomi carpeted the Senate, particularly its President, David Mark, saying it was not his place to determine what is best for Nigeria, being as he is, a beneficiary of the huge financial waste the National Assembly has become for the ordinary citizen of the country.

On his part, Falana said the former Delta State governor has qualified to enter the Guinness Books of Records “as a congenital thief; he stole Delta State dry. Ibori’s case must go into the Guinness Book of Records because his sister, wife, girlfriend and lawyer have all bagged four years’ jail term each. Ibori is going to be convicted for the fourth time – twice in London and twice in Nigeria”.

Oyebola said Nigeria’s situation was so critical that it needed serious handling for it to overcome the problem.

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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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Nigeria turning a criminal state, say Utomi, others

AGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.
This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat …

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UtomiAGAIN, the worrisome issue of graft among the country‘s leaders yesterday came to the fore as the ugly trend has been identified as turning the nation into a criminal state.

This was the common view to  former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi; Lagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana and former Editor of the defunct Daily Times of Nigeria, Chief Areoye Oyebola. He is also the initiator and chairman of Movement for Nigeria’s Total Transformation.

The trio spoke at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos at the launch of Oyebola’s new book, Grave Issues Nigeria Must Tackle.

Utomi stated: “Nigeria has slipped into the status of common criminals. All who rule us have become common criminals. All is not right when the rule of law is not followed. Even when Nigerian courts absolved ex-Governor  James Ibori of stealing Delta State money, a British court has nailed Ibori and today he is a common criminal”.

On how Nigeria arrived at this dangerous, corruptive bend, the Lagos Business School don argued that the uncertainty and apathy that greeted the 1999 elections called by the departing military made men and women of integrity and natural leaders to stay away. He said that action allowed all manners of political charlatans and common criminals to jump into the fray and have consequently amassed so much wealth to scare away genuine contenders to political offices in the land.

He stated further: “Today, Nigeria is paying for it; we need to change it. We need a ground norm to correct so many ills. The argument is not about resource control; that is a small matter before the major one we’re talking about, the basic laws”.

He commended Adebola for “his persistence and for staying focused; I pray that the labours of his days in the field as journalist will not be forgotten and for his transformational mission to come true for all Nigerians”.

On the ragging issue of the desirability or otherwise of a National Conference, Utomi carpeted the Senate, particularly its President, David Mark, saying it was not his place to determine what is best for Nigeria, being as he is, a beneficiary of the huge financial waste the National Assembly has become for the ordinary citizen of the country.

On his part, Falana said the former Delta State governor has qualified to enter the Guinness Books of Records “as a congenital thief; he stole Delta State dry. Ibori’s case must go into the Guinness Book of Records because his sister, wife, girlfriend and lawyer have all bagged four years’ jail term each. Ibori is going to be convicted for the fourth time – twice in London and twice in Nigeria”.

Oyebola said Nigeria’s situation was so critical that it needed serious handling for it to overcome the problem.

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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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