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AU Council Wants Support On Fight Against Boko Haram

THE Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) yesterday in Addis Ababa condemned activities of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.
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THE Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) yesterday in Addis Ababa condemned activities of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.

And for the first time, the PSC has urged international support for the current effort at stemming the tide of the insurgency group in Nigeria.

At a joint world press conference after its meeting, the AU Commissioner for the PSC, Ramtane Lamamra, said all other flashpoints on the continent deserved urgent attention in order to restore the dignity of the lives being traumatised by terrorist activities.

Presenting three communiqués on Mali, Guinea Bissau, Sudan and South Sudan, Lamamra confirmed that the leaders were seeking the UN Security Council support for military intervention in Mali, to end the rebellion in the north and reunite the Sahel state, which was split after a March 22 military coup in the capital, Bamako.

The Security Council had endorsed the West African efforts to end the unrest in Mali, but stopped short of backing a military operation until African leaders could clearly spell out its objectives and how it would be carried out.

Denouncing alleged links between al-Qaeda in the Sahel region and other violent radical Islamist groups, such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia, Chairman of the Council and President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, said the situation in Nigeria posed “a serious threat to regional security.”

Ouattara, who flanked Lamamra, roundly condemned what he called “the intention of terrorist groups to create a sanctuary in northern Mali.” The Ivorien leader is chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Lamamra also said that, “Boko Haram poses a threat to regional peace and security. I appeal to the international community to render assistance in putting an end to this problem.”

 

On Mali, she said the interaction between ECOWAS and the Security Council was on-going. “Council calls for the finalisation of the list of individuals and actors in implementing a peace programme to pave way for the lifting of sanctions on Mali,” she said.

“Council welcomes the dispatch of a technical team to Bamako. But Council wants the human rights situation in Mali investigated.”

Lamamra also confirmed last night that Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, met at the summit behind closed doors, to revive faltering talks.

The neighbours came close to war in April after they clashed over undefined borders and the sharing out of oil revenues.

Meanwhile The Guardian has gathered about a high possibility of the emergence of a compromise candidate to break the deadlock in the jostle for the position of the chairperson of the AU.

“It’s hard to get to the truth of this,” lamented Uganda’s state minister for foreign affairs, Henry Okello.

Confident that the AU meeting could finally choose a new commission, he, however, stressed that “it should be a person that does not polarise.”

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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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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.

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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AU Council Wants Support On Fight Against Boko Haram

THE Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) yesterday in Addis Ababa condemned activities of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.
And for the first time, the PSC has urged international support for the current effort at stemming the tide…

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THE Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) yesterday in Addis Ababa condemned activities of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.

And for the first time, the PSC has urged international support for the current effort at stemming the tide of the insurgency group in Nigeria.

At a joint world press conference after its meeting, the AU Commissioner for the PSC, Ramtane Lamamra, said all other flashpoints on the continent deserved urgent attention in order to restore the dignity of the lives being traumatised by terrorist activities.

Presenting three communiqués on Mali, Guinea Bissau, Sudan and South Sudan, Lamamra confirmed that the leaders were seeking the UN Security Council support for military intervention in Mali, to end the rebellion in the north and reunite the Sahel state, which was split after a March 22 military coup in the capital, Bamako.

The Security Council had endorsed the West African efforts to end the unrest in Mali, but stopped short of backing a military operation until African leaders could clearly spell out its objectives and how it would be carried out.

Denouncing alleged links between al-Qaeda in the Sahel region and other violent radical Islamist groups, such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia, Chairman of the Council and President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, said the situation in Nigeria posed “a serious threat to regional security.”

Ouattara, who flanked Lamamra, roundly condemned what he called “the intention of terrorist groups to create a sanctuary in northern Mali.” The Ivorien leader is chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Lamamra also said that, “Boko Haram poses a threat to regional peace and security. I appeal to the international community to render assistance in putting an end to this problem.”

 

On Mali, she said the interaction between ECOWAS and the Security Council was on-going. “Council calls for the finalisation of the list of individuals and actors in implementing a peace programme to pave way for the lifting of sanctions on Mali,” she said.

“Council welcomes the dispatch of a technical team to Bamako. But Council wants the human rights situation in Mali investigated.”

Lamamra also confirmed last night that Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, met at the summit behind closed doors, to revive faltering talks.

The neighbours came close to war in April after they clashed over undefined borders and the sharing out of oil revenues.

Meanwhile The Guardian has gathered about a high possibility of the emergence of a compromise candidate to break the deadlock in the jostle for the position of the chairperson of the AU.

“It’s hard to get to the truth of this,” lamented Uganda’s state minister for foreign affairs, Henry Okello.

Confident that the AU meeting could finally choose a new commission, he, however, stressed that “it should be a person that does not polarise.”

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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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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.

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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