The recent spate of bombings in Maiduguri, Borno State after it seemed like the act had finally been curtailed, has been strongly condemned by the Borno Elders Forum, which also urged President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate last Tuesday’s car bomb attack at a busy market in the state capital, which killed scores of people.
The elders also urged the Security Forces to treat the recent threat with professionalism, even as they condoled with the families of the victims of the blast.
Members of the Borno Elders include Alhaji Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno, Imam Babagana Asil, the Imam Idaini of Borno; Alhaji Garba Abba Satomi, Alhaji Bukar Bolori, Alhaji Usman Gaji Galtimari, Alhaji Kyari Sandabe, Brig. General Abba Kyari (rtd), Air Vice Marshal Al-Amin Daggash, Alhaji Shettima Ali Kidaji, Amb. Ahmed Yusufari, AIG Zanna Laminu Mamadi (rtd), AIG Mukhtar Alkali, (rtd), Alhaji Tijjani Bolori, Alhaji Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio, Alhaji Umar Abba Shuwa, Alhaji Ibrahim El-Zubairu, Alhaji Ibrahim Mustapha and Alhaji Gambo Gubio.
A statement on Saturday signed by Ambassador Gaji Galtimari, chairman of the Presidential Committee on Security Challenges in the North-East read: “The Forum has thoroughly diagnosed the events preceding the bomb blast and feels highly disturbed and frustrated. For nearly one year, Maiduguri had almost regained absolute peace and harmony. Our hitherto devastated people had started picking up their lives. That bomb blast, therefore, came to us as the rudest shock. The Forum condemns it in the strongest possible terms.
“The Forum therefore appeals to President Goodluck Jonathan for an immediate and thorough investigation of the bomb blast. The culprits involved should be brought to book. We have gone through extremely traumatic times for long and any further hardship on our people must be curtailed at all costs.
“The Forum appeals to governments, particularly Governor Kashim Shettima to remain focused and steadfast. We also appeal to our armed forces to critically examine and treat the situation at hand with professionalism and patience. Our brave young warriors- the Civilian JTF should also continue to stand for and defend the integrity of our people”, the statement said.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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