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Court Adjourned Trial Due To Absence Of ‘Mastermind Of Nyanya Blast’

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Scheduled trial of one of the masterminds of Nyanya bomb blasts before a federal high court was aborted because of internal wrangling within the security agencies over which of the agencies will prosecute the suspected bomber.

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Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, 29, who is suspected to be one of the masterminds behind the bomb blasts which rocked a bus terminal at Nyanya in Abuja killing hundreds of Nigerians, was arrested with the assistance of the Interpol in Sudan.

According to three counts charge filed on behalf of the Inspector General of Police by DSP Oloye Torugbene, the suspected terrorist was alleged to have conspired with others said to be at large, to commit an act of terrorism by detonating improvised explosive devices at Nyanya motor park which resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons. The act is said to be punishable under section 17 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, Male, and others now at large, on the 14th of April, 2014 at Nyanya, FCT, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did facilitate the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism; by detonating improvised explosive devices at the Nyanya motor park which resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1 (2) (d) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.”

Count three of the charge accused the suspected bomber of being a member of the Boko Haram sect which is a proscribed terrorist organization which is an act of terrorism and punishable under section 16 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.

However, when the matter was called in court Monday morning, there were no legal representatives from the Nigerian Police force neither was the suspect anywhere within the vicinity of the court.

Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, adjourned the matter.

“Due to the absence of the accused person and the prosecuting counsel, this trial is adjourned to Tuesday, 1st July,” the judge stated.

According to P.M.News investigation, the charge hurriedly filed by the Police was a draft copy handed over to the police by the State Security Services, SSS, and was not the final charge.

A credible source at the SSS who pleaded anonymity stated that the SSS was surprised at the development and blamed the police for rushing to court to file a charge against a suspect they have not even seen or interrogated over his roles in the terrorist act.

“It is surprising that a draft copy of a proposed charge we gave to the police which was clearly marked as draft, will find its way to the court’s registry without the knowledge of the SSS. The Police are yet to take custody of the suspect but have gone file a charge and secured a trial date. It is a shame,” the operative stated.

It was also discovered that the police had sought the release of Ogwuche through Interpol by way of extradition which normally takes time to conclude.

The SSS operative indicated that the police had refused a proposal by the SSS to adopt a similar strategy to what was used in repatriating Mr. Henry Okah who was then held in Angola, a strategy which the operative said was fast and hassle free. He pointed out that from what is on ground, that the extradition process adopted by the Nigerian Police for the return of Ogwuche to Nigeria to face his trial, will not possibly run its full cause before the 1st July adjourned date for the trial.

The implication of the above is that the trial of suspected terrorist, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, may likely not happen on the next adjourned date, only time will tell.

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#EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew

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Following the various attacks on #EndSARS protesters in the state, Governor Kayode Fayemi has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective from 10pm on today, Tuesday, October 20.

In a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, the state government said the curfew became necessary following the state government’s observation of how the end SARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

Read the statement below

1. The Government of Ekiti State has observed with growing concern how the ENDSARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

2. The hoodlums have capitalised on the ENDSARS protest to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the State. These are in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties.

3. Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.

4. For the purpose of clarity Government continues to show understanding and responsiveness to the demands of the legitimate protesters.

5. On 16th October 2020, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State met with the protesters in person. While identifying with the legitimacy of their protests, he assured them that the State Government will immediately put measures in place to respond to all their demands.

6. Government has since then constituted a Human Rights Investigation Panel to review all cases of abuse by Officers of the disbanded SARS. In addition, Government has enabled a Victims Compensation Fund to facilitate speedy remedial measures for victims of such abuse.

7. Furthermore, several officials of Government have engaged the protesters at multiple fora and platforms including the social media in order to ensure that concerns of protesters are properly identified and responded to in a prompt and efficient manner with necessary feedback.

8. Government had also at various times drawn the attention of the protesters to the troubling hijack of the protests by individuals whose only interest is to inflict violence on the people of the state.

9. In the past 48 hours there have been incidents of gang-rape, robberies, physical assaults on innocent people, looting and burning of a police station. These acts of brigandage are not in consonance with the legitimate aspirations of the protesters. It cannot be logical to seek to remedy impunity with impunity.

10. Government therefore cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who have hijacked the protest for some clandestine reasons.

11. Consequently, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State starting from 10.00 pm tonight, Tuesday, October, 20, 2020.

12. Only essential workers and service providers with valid means of identifications are allowed to move around during the period of the curfew.

13. Any person found on the street that does not belong to this category, would be promptly arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of Ekiti State.

14. We seek the understanding of the good people of Ekiti State as we continue to take deliberate steps towards ensuring that peace and normalcy return to our state.”

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Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours

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Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours

Nigerian superstar, Davido has said criminals are responsible for the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

Davido made the claim while absolving End SARS protesters of involvement in the attacks.

The singer pointed out that no amount of mischief would stop the protest against police brutality and bad governance.

Davido made the remark while condemning the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

The hoodlums had attacked the facilities and freed some inmates.

Reacting, the singer in a series of tweets wrote: “After seeing all that’s gone on today I just want to say that from the beginning we have preached that the protest must remain peaceful and Law Abiding and as far as I know we have kept to that! And we will continue to keep to that so the narrative can NOT be switched up on us!

“The people they claim broke into prisons to free convicted criminals, burn police stations to steal weapons, damage police, government, and private vehicles are Criminals and everybody must condemn these acts. They are not part of our movement !

“#EndSars is a peaceful and law abiding protest that is going somewhere great! And no mischief can scatter it!”

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.

This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.

The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.

Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:

-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;

-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;

-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force

-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;

-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation

-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government

-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.

-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.

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