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Kagame lauds Ezekwesili on tenure at global financial body
THE House of Representatives yesterday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of World Bank President.
It also charged President Go…

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Okonjo-IwealaKagame lauds Ezekwesili on tenure at global financial body

THE House of Representatives yesterday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of World Bank President.

It also charged President Goodluck Jonathan to put more efforts into lobbying global support for her through diplomatic channels.

Okonjo-Iweala is in the race against a Korean-American Health expert, Jim Yong Kim, and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.

Kim is the United States (U.S.) nominee for the World Bank top position.  President Barack Obama nominated him for the plum job last Friday.

Adopting a motion sponsored by Austin Ogbaburum (PDP, Delta State) through matters of urgent public importance, the House commended the African Union (AU) for endorsing the candidature of Okonjo-Iweala.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s outgoing Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, has been commended for bringing changes to the bank that transformed its attitude and approach towards Africa.

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, gave the commendation on Wednesday evening in Washington DC at an event to honour Ezekwesili.

At the event were top U.S. government officials, including a representative of President Obama, U.S. Congressmen, 10 African Ambassadors serving in the U.S. led by Nigeria’s Ambassador Ade Adefuye and World Bank officials.

Kagame said: “Oby has warned those who ignore Africa, that the African train has already left the station, you are either on it or risk being irrelevant.”

According to Kagame, Ezekwesili ensured that the World Bank “worked with Africa and not worked for Africa,” and prepared the bank for the challenges ahead, building trust between the bank officials and African leaders.”

Showering praises on the former Nigerian Education Minister who used to be called “Madam Due Process” during her days in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet, Kagame stressed that not only did he trust Ezekwesili but he regarded her “as a sister, even a Rwandan.”

Recalling a meeting between the two of them to discuss Rwandan and African development, Kagame disclosed that having noticed his impatience and anger at some of the problems on ground, Ezekwesili actually advised him “as a sister to a brother, to calm down, holding my hands.”

Continuing with the story, Kagame said at first he asked Ezekwesili: “Don’t I have the right to be angry?” which Ezekwesili, whom he called “Oby” promptly validated but then “offered me other ways” to make the same point and advance on the development of the continent.

According to him, “she used her position well and forcefully…declaring that global prosperity will expand if Africa grows and prospers.”

Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, the USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, noted that the U.S. government found out that the priorities they had agreed on and the strategies adopted towards African development were the same as those Ezekwesili set as Vice President of Africa Region in the World Bank.

According to the USAID administrator, “it takes extraordinary people to inspire us to do great things. On behalf of the Obama ‘family,’ we wish you a good life going forward.”

In her response to the tributes, Ezekwesili said: “Each time I travel to African nations, I felt like a citizen of that country. I see myself in those people some of whom are devoid of opportunities. It is the opportunities that people get or lack that make all the difference.

“At the World Bank, my work is all about using everything the institution can boast of to create opportunity for those outside the opportunity sphere.”

Presenting his motion, Ogbaburum stated: “Our Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is vying for the position of President of World Bank. This is the first time that a Nigerian will be vying for this position and it is pertinent for us as a House to endorse her candidature so that the whole world will know that she has our support because she is eminently qualified to hold the position.”

Supporting the motion, Ogbuefi Ozombachi (PDP, Enugu State) commended South Africa, Angola and other African countries for supporting Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, noting that this was the first time Africa would have a consensus candidate on any position in recent memory.

Ozombachi said: “Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the best candidate for the World Bank top position.

“This is the first time Africa as a whole will be supporting the candidature of a fellow African for a top position like this and we should toe the same line.”

He implored the House to charge its Committees on Inter-Parliamentary and Foreign Affairs to rally support for Okonjo-Iweala.

Lending his support to the motion, Farouk Lawan (PDP, Kano State) who was chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during Okonjo-Iweala’s first term as Finance Minister, said that she has commitment to reviving Nigeria’s economy, which she demonstrated by resigning her position as Managing Director of the World Bank to join President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to realise his Transformation Agenda.

According to Lawan, if Okonjo-Iweala gets the job, “it would be an honour, great privilege and indeed a major milestone for Nigeria.”

The World Bank has always been headed by an American and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by a European since their inceptions after World War II.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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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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Reps back Okonjo-Iweala for World Bank presidency

Kagame lauds Ezekwesili on tenure at global financial body
THE House of Representatives yesterday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of World Bank President.
It also charged President Go…

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Okonjo-IwealaKagame lauds Ezekwesili on tenure at global financial body

THE House of Representatives yesterday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of World Bank President.

It also charged President Goodluck Jonathan to put more efforts into lobbying global support for her through diplomatic channels.

Okonjo-Iweala is in the race against a Korean-American Health expert, Jim Yong Kim, and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.

Kim is the United States (U.S.) nominee for the World Bank top position.  President Barack Obama nominated him for the plum job last Friday.

Adopting a motion sponsored by Austin Ogbaburum (PDP, Delta State) through matters of urgent public importance, the House commended the African Union (AU) for endorsing the candidature of Okonjo-Iweala.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s outgoing Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, has been commended for bringing changes to the bank that transformed its attitude and approach towards Africa.

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, gave the commendation on Wednesday evening in Washington DC at an event to honour Ezekwesili.

At the event were top U.S. government officials, including a representative of President Obama, U.S. Congressmen, 10 African Ambassadors serving in the U.S. led by Nigeria’s Ambassador Ade Adefuye and World Bank officials.

Kagame said: “Oby has warned those who ignore Africa, that the African train has already left the station, you are either on it or risk being irrelevant.”

According to Kagame, Ezekwesili ensured that the World Bank “worked with Africa and not worked for Africa,” and prepared the bank for the challenges ahead, building trust between the bank officials and African leaders.”

Showering praises on the former Nigerian Education Minister who used to be called “Madam Due Process” during her days in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet, Kagame stressed that not only did he trust Ezekwesili but he regarded her “as a sister, even a Rwandan.”

Recalling a meeting between the two of them to discuss Rwandan and African development, Kagame disclosed that having noticed his impatience and anger at some of the problems on ground, Ezekwesili actually advised him “as a sister to a brother, to calm down, holding my hands.”

Continuing with the story, Kagame said at first he asked Ezekwesili: “Don’t I have the right to be angry?” which Ezekwesili, whom he called “Oby” promptly validated but then “offered me other ways” to make the same point and advance on the development of the continent.

According to him, “she used her position well and forcefully…declaring that global prosperity will expand if Africa grows and prospers.”

Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, the USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, noted that the U.S. government found out that the priorities they had agreed on and the strategies adopted towards African development were the same as those Ezekwesili set as Vice President of Africa Region in the World Bank.

According to the USAID administrator, “it takes extraordinary people to inspire us to do great things. On behalf of the Obama ‘family,’ we wish you a good life going forward.”

In her response to the tributes, Ezekwesili said: “Each time I travel to African nations, I felt like a citizen of that country. I see myself in those people some of whom are devoid of opportunities. It is the opportunities that people get or lack that make all the difference.

“At the World Bank, my work is all about using everything the institution can boast of to create opportunity for those outside the opportunity sphere.”

Presenting his motion, Ogbaburum stated: “Our Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is vying for the position of President of World Bank. This is the first time that a Nigerian will be vying for this position and it is pertinent for us as a House to endorse her candidature so that the whole world will know that she has our support because she is eminently qualified to hold the position.”

Supporting the motion, Ogbuefi Ozombachi (PDP, Enugu State) commended South Africa, Angola and other African countries for supporting Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, noting that this was the first time Africa would have a consensus candidate on any position in recent memory.

Ozombachi said: “Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the best candidate for the World Bank top position.

“This is the first time Africa as a whole will be supporting the candidature of a fellow African for a top position like this and we should toe the same line.”

He implored the House to charge its Committees on Inter-Parliamentary and Foreign Affairs to rally support for Okonjo-Iweala.

Lending his support to the motion, Farouk Lawan (PDP, Kano State) who was chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during Okonjo-Iweala’s first term as Finance Minister, said that she has commitment to reviving Nigeria’s economy, which she demonstrated by resigning her position as Managing Director of the World Bank to join President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to realise his Transformation Agenda.

According to Lawan, if Okonjo-Iweala gets the job, “it would be an honour, great privilege and indeed a major milestone for Nigeria.”

The World Bank has always been headed by an American and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by a European since their inceptions after World War II.

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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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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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Reps back Okonjo-Iweala for World Bank presidency

Kagame lauds Ezekwesili on tenure at global financial body
THE House of Representatives yesterday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of World Bank President.
It also charged President Go…

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Okonjo-IwealaKagame lauds Ezekwesili on tenure at global financial body

THE House of Representatives yesterday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of World Bank President.

It also charged President Goodluck Jonathan to put more efforts into lobbying global support for her through diplomatic channels.

Okonjo-Iweala is in the race against a Korean-American Health expert, Jim Yong Kim, and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.

Kim is the United States (U.S.) nominee for the World Bank top position.  President Barack Obama nominated him for the plum job last Friday.

Adopting a motion sponsored by Austin Ogbaburum (PDP, Delta State) through matters of urgent public importance, the House commended the African Union (AU) for endorsing the candidature of Okonjo-Iweala.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s outgoing Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, has been commended for bringing changes to the bank that transformed its attitude and approach towards Africa.

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, gave the commendation on Wednesday evening in Washington DC at an event to honour Ezekwesili.

At the event were top U.S. government officials, including a representative of President Obama, U.S. Congressmen, 10 African Ambassadors serving in the U.S. led by Nigeria’s Ambassador Ade Adefuye and World Bank officials.

Kagame said: “Oby has warned those who ignore Africa, that the African train has already left the station, you are either on it or risk being irrelevant.”

According to Kagame, Ezekwesili ensured that the World Bank “worked with Africa and not worked for Africa,” and prepared the bank for the challenges ahead, building trust between the bank officials and African leaders.”

Showering praises on the former Nigerian Education Minister who used to be called “Madam Due Process” during her days in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet, Kagame stressed that not only did he trust Ezekwesili but he regarded her “as a sister, even a Rwandan.”

Recalling a meeting between the two of them to discuss Rwandan and African development, Kagame disclosed that having noticed his impatience and anger at some of the problems on ground, Ezekwesili actually advised him “as a sister to a brother, to calm down, holding my hands.”

Continuing with the story, Kagame said at first he asked Ezekwesili: “Don’t I have the right to be angry?” which Ezekwesili, whom he called “Oby” promptly validated but then “offered me other ways” to make the same point and advance on the development of the continent.

According to him, “she used her position well and forcefully…declaring that global prosperity will expand if Africa grows and prospers.”

Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, the USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, noted that the U.S. government found out that the priorities they had agreed on and the strategies adopted towards African development were the same as those Ezekwesili set as Vice President of Africa Region in the World Bank.

According to the USAID administrator, “it takes extraordinary people to inspire us to do great things. On behalf of the Obama ‘family,’ we wish you a good life going forward.”

In her response to the tributes, Ezekwesili said: “Each time I travel to African nations, I felt like a citizen of that country. I see myself in those people some of whom are devoid of opportunities. It is the opportunities that people get or lack that make all the difference.

“At the World Bank, my work is all about using everything the institution can boast of to create opportunity for those outside the opportunity sphere.”

Presenting his motion, Ogbaburum stated: “Our Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is vying for the position of President of World Bank. This is the first time that a Nigerian will be vying for this position and it is pertinent for us as a House to endorse her candidature so that the whole world will know that she has our support because she is eminently qualified to hold the position.”

Supporting the motion, Ogbuefi Ozombachi (PDP, Enugu State) commended South Africa, Angola and other African countries for supporting Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, noting that this was the first time Africa would have a consensus candidate on any position in recent memory.

Ozombachi said: “Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the best candidate for the World Bank top position.

“This is the first time Africa as a whole will be supporting the candidature of a fellow African for a top position like this and we should toe the same line.”

He implored the House to charge its Committees on Inter-Parliamentary and Foreign Affairs to rally support for Okonjo-Iweala.

Lending his support to the motion, Farouk Lawan (PDP, Kano State) who was chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during Okonjo-Iweala’s first term as Finance Minister, said that she has commitment to reviving Nigeria’s economy, which she demonstrated by resigning her position as Managing Director of the World Bank to join President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to realise his Transformation Agenda.

According to Lawan, if Okonjo-Iweala gets the job, “it would be an honour, great privilege and indeed a major milestone for Nigeria.”

The World Bank has always been headed by an American and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by a European since their inceptions after World War II.

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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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