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THE United States (U.S.) and Italy have urged Nigeria to find a solution to the challenge posed by terrorism and other criminal activities to ensure the development of the country.
The U.S. government yesterday expressed worry over what it termed as

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McCulleyTHE United States (U.S.) and Italy have urged Nigeria to find a solution to the challenge posed by terrorism and other criminal activities to ensure the development of the country.

The U.S. government yesterday expressed worry over what it termed as “heavy-handed tactics” being applied by security forces handling the Boko Haram menace and called on the government to tackle the problem using developmental strategies.

The Special Envoy of the Italian President Margherita Bonver said that issues of terrorism, border control and most especially, zero tolerance of criminality against civilians were the core tasks that Nigeria should address to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on security.

Conferring with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi yesterday in Abuja, Bonver said: “Italy considers bilateral relations with Nigeria with utmost importance. We are ready to partner Nigeria on all of the identified areas. But today we urge your government to apply zero tolerance to criminals and criminality against civilian Nigerians. We are pledging our assistance in this regard.”

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley who articulated the position of his country urged the Federal Government to work harder on the lapses in the rule of law, corruption  as well as the prevailing insecurity in the country as a sure way of attaining economic growth.

McCulley said at the 50th anniversary lecture of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) that the U.S. government was opposed to the use of heavy-handed tactics by security forces taking on those challenges, adding that government needed friends in the North, and a more targeted approach to tackling Boko Haram.

McCulley said:  “This is one reason why the U.S. supports the improvement of schools, health programmes and infrastructure in Northern Nigeria as part of a comprehensive approach to the challenges posed by Boko Haram. It is also a reason that the U.S. objects to the use of heavy-handed tactics by security forces taking on those challenges. Nigeria’s government needs friends in the North, and a more targeted approach to tackling Boko Haram combined with better services for Northern citizens can help it attract those friends.”

On solution to the conflict, McCulley added: “I see some similarities between New Yolk in the 1980s and northern Nigerian today. Criminals and terrorists exploited these sentiments and took advantage of a dearth of government’s presence to grow their nefarious organisations.

“Good governance requires a coordinated campaign to address issues like these simultaneously, with a vision for the long-run result that policymakers hope to achieve. Change rarely happens overnight, which is often actually a good thing: it gives… planners to research and evaluate different options to select the best path to prosperity and security.

He added: “Urban revitalisation requires a holistic, long-term approach. If a city fixes its transportation links, but is still ridden with criminals, shoppers will not visit. Likewise, if a city fixes a crime problem, but has no easy means for residents to visit the safe downtown area and no businesses to develop there, it remains at risk of falling back into decline.”

McCulley who feted Nigerian government officials, captains of industry and the diplomatic community to mark the American National Day on  Wednesday night in Abuja said there was more to be done to improve the climate for trade and investment  in Nigeria.

He quoted President Barrack Obama as saying that  “development depends on good governance.  … But we all know that there is more to be done to improve the climate for trade and investment in Nigeria. And Nigeria will become more attractive to both domestic and foreign investors by improving the rule of law.   By respecting the sanctity of contracts, and ensuring transparency and accountability, Nigerian and international firms can compete on a level playing field, and all of Nigeria will benefit.”

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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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U.S. , Italy want Nigeria to tackle terrorism

THE United States (U.S.) and Italy have urged Nigeria to find a solution to the challenge posed by terrorism and other criminal activities to ensure the development of the country.
The U.S. government yesterday expressed worry over what it termed as

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McCulleyTHE United States (U.S.) and Italy have urged Nigeria to find a solution to the challenge posed by terrorism and other criminal activities to ensure the development of the country.

The U.S. government yesterday expressed worry over what it termed as “heavy-handed tactics” being applied by security forces handling the Boko Haram menace and called on the government to tackle the problem using developmental strategies.

The Special Envoy of the Italian President Margherita Bonver said that issues of terrorism, border control and most especially, zero tolerance of criminality against civilians were the core tasks that Nigeria should address to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on security.

Conferring with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi yesterday in Abuja, Bonver said: “Italy considers bilateral relations with Nigeria with utmost importance. We are ready to partner Nigeria on all of the identified areas. But today we urge your government to apply zero tolerance to criminals and criminality against civilian Nigerians. We are pledging our assistance in this regard.”

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley who articulated the position of his country urged the Federal Government to work harder on the lapses in the rule of law, corruption  as well as the prevailing insecurity in the country as a sure way of attaining economic growth.

McCulley said at the 50th anniversary lecture of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) that the U.S. government was opposed to the use of heavy-handed tactics by security forces taking on those challenges, adding that government needed friends in the North, and a more targeted approach to tackling Boko Haram.

McCulley said:  “This is one reason why the U.S. supports the improvement of schools, health programmes and infrastructure in Northern Nigeria as part of a comprehensive approach to the challenges posed by Boko Haram. It is also a reason that the U.S. objects to the use of heavy-handed tactics by security forces taking on those challenges. Nigeria’s government needs friends in the North, and a more targeted approach to tackling Boko Haram combined with better services for Northern citizens can help it attract those friends.”

On solution to the conflict, McCulley added: “I see some similarities between New Yolk in the 1980s and northern Nigerian today. Criminals and terrorists exploited these sentiments and took advantage of a dearth of government’s presence to grow their nefarious organisations.

“Good governance requires a coordinated campaign to address issues like these simultaneously, with a vision for the long-run result that policymakers hope to achieve. Change rarely happens overnight, which is often actually a good thing: it gives… planners to research and evaluate different options to select the best path to prosperity and security.

He added: “Urban revitalisation requires a holistic, long-term approach. If a city fixes its transportation links, but is still ridden with criminals, shoppers will not visit. Likewise, if a city fixes a crime problem, but has no easy means for residents to visit the safe downtown area and no businesses to develop there, it remains at risk of falling back into decline.”

McCulley who feted Nigerian government officials, captains of industry and the diplomatic community to mark the American National Day on  Wednesday night in Abuja said there was more to be done to improve the climate for trade and investment  in Nigeria.

He quoted President Barrack Obama as saying that  “development depends on good governance.  … But we all know that there is more to be done to improve the climate for trade and investment in Nigeria. And Nigeria will become more attractive to both domestic and foreign investors by improving the rule of law.   By respecting the sanctity of contracts, and ensuring transparency and accountability, Nigerian and international firms can compete on a level playing field, and all of Nigeria will benefit.”

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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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