The Federal Government has accused the northern governors of not doing enough to end terrorism in the region.
“They are not doing enough to win the war against terror,” said Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Speaking against the background of Tuesday’s bomb attack in Jos, Plateau State and the one in Kano two days earlier, the minister urged northern governors to do more than just criticizing the Federal Government’s decision to extend the current State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by re-organising social structures through grass-root mobilisation and information gathering to halt attacks.
According to Maku, the varieties of opinions among the political class fed into the confidence of terror groups, as he noted that the terrorists’ objective was to divide public opinions and penetrate and destroy the Nigerian society.
He said the governors must use mass mobilisation to track down terrorists and pass relevant information to security agencies for a more effective military operation, since terrorism is a psychological war which thrives on wrong ideology.
“It is not the weaknesses of the armed forces; it is the same way the Americans are getting frustrated in Afghanistan. If the terrorist there were to stand against the Nigerian armed forces, they will not last 30 minutes and will be completely destroyed,” the minister 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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