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Rivers Shooting: Citizens Don’t Need Police Permit To Hold Rallies – Gbajabiamila

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gbajabiamila1-360x225The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday questioned the powers of the Rivers State Police Command to use tear-gas on citizens holding rallies.

The lawmaker claimed that the command abused citizens’ rights and acted in flagrant disobedience of a Supreme Court judgment, which declared that police permits are not necessary before a rally can take place.

Gbajabiamila was reacting to last Sunday’s alleged shooting of Senator Magnus Abe by the police with rubber bullets.

The alleged shooting, which occurred during a Save Rivers Movement rally in Obio-Akpor local government area of Rivers State, left Abe and several other persons wounded.

The police also used tear-gas to disperse those participating in the rally.

“The Supreme Court years ago ruled that Police permit is not required for a rally.

“So, all this talk from the Rivers state commissioner of police about permit is balderdash”, Gbajabiamila noted in a statement in Abuja.

He also argued that tear-gas was a “chemical weapon” because of the “gas” it contained.

According to the lawmaker, the police should face similar charge as any person or body that used chemical weapons on citizens.

The statement read further, “The House Minority Leader wants the public to note that tear gas is a chemical hence the word gas.

“He further derided the police for use of chemical weapon on citizens.

“The use of chemical weapons against once own citizens (or anyone for that matter) is unacceptable and that is why the world is up in arms against Syria.

“The Minority Leader is calling the attention of the international community to this abuse of citizen’s rights.

“Reprisals and public order also have internationally acceptable standards.

“The world needs to pay attention to this inhumane treatment of innocent citizens”, Gbajabiamila 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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