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El-Zakzaky Is Alive And Well – Army

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Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is alive and well, according to the Nigerian Army. Spokesperson for the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Usman, who said this in an interview aired on Channels TV last week.

Narrating how the the bloody confrontation between members of the Islamic sect and the Army started, Usman said there was no procession by the group that day but a deliberate attack on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

“One thing I want you to understand is that there wasn’t any procession that day,” he said.

“Sometime around 2:30pm, along Sokoto Road, by the Railway Clinic, a group of youths started coming from the PZ end, close to the spiritual headquarters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“What they did was to start encircling the convoy of the Chief of the Army Staff. We came down, we pleaded with them and we wanted them to see reason but, before you could say Jack Robinson, some of them had started throwing stones and you could hear loud bangs.

“People who were responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of the Army Staff had to clear the way for the Chief of the Army Staff.

“They had made bonfires and there was stone-throwing all over the place and no amount of pleading could get them to see reason.

“They made it clear that they had done it to several other people and that the Chief of the Army Staff was nobody and he could not pass through that road.

“Remember again, there were series of arguments. They alleged that some days ago, some security operatives went to a particular village and murdered their people. Meanwhile, there was nothing like that. What actually happened was that there was an altercation between the Islamic movement and some other Islamic sect over the location or ownership of a mosque. Then they changed the argument that they were having a funeral procession.

“For goodness sake, there was’t any funeral procession and, of course, when the leader was giving an interview on the BBC Hausa Service, he said they were hoisting a flag.

“Please, which flag are you going to hoist at 2.30 in the afternoon?

“And, in any case, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no flag that is more important than the National Flag.

“I want to honestly tell you that all these things were premeditated, they were planned and, before you knew it, they started encircling.

“And the advance party of the Chief of the Army Staff, some 15 minutes earlier, passed through the same place without any incident.

“The arrival of the Chief of the Army Staff was well publicised and these people were aware that the convoy was that of the Chief of the Army Staff and they decided to ambush it,” Usman said, adding that the men were armed.

“The least were machete and catapult. They also had petrol bombs and were always hiding behind trees.”

While there has been history of altercations between the Army and the Islamic group, Usman noted that “the Nigeria Army does not have any problem with anybody or any group of persons. We are against criminals and criminality and whoever is not ready to operate within the ambit of the Nigerian law, something must be done about that.”

Asked how the military got to El-Zakzaky’s home and started exchanging gun fire and why/how the headquarters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria was levelled, Usman said the issues were subject to inquiry and he would not want to discuss them.

However, Usman said he understands people’s worries given the history of Boko Haram, “but I can assure that the Nigeria Army and every reasonable Nigerian has learned lessons from that ugly incident and we don’t want that kind of thing to repeat itself and that is why it needed to be nipped in the bud. And unlike the previous instance when the law was circumscribed, the law is being followed diligently and I will implore Nigerians to be patient.”

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

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.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

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.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

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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.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

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.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

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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