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Jonathan In Top-Level Meeting With Security Chiefs Over Bama, Nasarawa Killing

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Heads of all the security agencies in the country on Friday met with President Goodluck Jonathan to review the gruesome murder of over eighty members of the Nigeria Police Force in Nasarawa and the Bama attack in Borno state.

The meeting which was attended by the Chief of Defence staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki,  the Chief of Naval Staff, Dele Ezeoba, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and the  Director General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpenyong, lasted for about two and half hours.

However, Chief of Army staff – Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, was represented by Maj. General Emmanuel Bassey, Chief of Policy and plans in the Army Headquarters.

Though the security chiefs declined to speak with the press, the Inspector General of Police who wore a black arm band to the meeting, described the murder of the police officers as a sad development for the country.

Meanwhile, Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd), who attended the meeting briefly before he was excused to allow the president meet with the service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police separately, expressed sadness at the killing of security personnel who are paid to protect Nigerians, however assured that the police would not carry out a reprisal attack on the community.

According to him, “it is sad that those who are protecting lives and property are becoming the targets of various insurgents and criminality be it political or otherwise.

“The security agencies particularly the police will not want to go and revenge, it is not going to help us because they are supposed to protect lives and property; going to revenge will not douse tension and will bring about lack of confidence in the system. So, we will strictly discourage that” he said.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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