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Bakassi Strike Force Set To Lay Down Arms

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A group in the Niger Delta region, Bakassi Strike Force (BSF), has expressed the desire to lay down their arms if the Federal Government addressed their concerns. A leader of the group, Mr Simply Benjamin, aka ‘Humble Lion G1’ made the call in a telephone interview in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

Benjamin said that the group was not out to vandalise national assets but for the wellbeing of his people who resided in Bakassi, now ceded to Cameroon.

The leader, who spoke from his camp in the creeks of southern Cross River, said that unlike other militant groups, it had no record of oil installation destruction or molestation of the citizens. He said that in spite of offering to work with the government to address the concerns of the Bakassi returnees, the military had been on his trail and disrupting residents near his camp.

“The BSF has been agitating against the poor implementation of the Greentree Agreement after ceding Bakassi to Cameroon, leaving Nigerians resident in the peninsular without proper resettlement. “We are ready to lay down our arms and embrace dialogue under a process to be brokered by the international community to ensure that Nigerian returnees are properly resettled and rehabilitated.

“Our grievance against the Federal Government has to do with the way Nigeria ceded our ancestral land to Cameroon without recourse to the feelings and rights of the people to self determination. “Under the Greentree Agreement, there are steps to be taken to ensure that the fundamental rights of the returnees are protected but the government has not fulfilled its obligations under the agreement,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Joint Military Force deployed to the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, said that it had degraded the capacity of the group and had intensified operations to flush out its members. Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, the spokesman of the joint force, had in a statement said that troops raided the BSF camp on Oct. 29.

“Troops of Sector 4 deployed at Efut Esighi in Southern Cross River State during anti militancy operation raided Efut Esighi forest and killed a notorious militant popularly known as Okon Iyo while he was trying to escape. “Similarly, troops discovered the dead body of one of the Bakassi Strike Force militants who was earlier engaged in Efut Esighi but escaped with gun injuries,’’ Daudu said.

Meanwhile, troops also raided the compound of a suspected member of the BSF, Mr Otobong Sunday Essien, at Road 27 Resettlement Centre, Bakassi. The spokesman assured law abiding members of the communities of their safety in the ongoing military crackdown on the militants.

Source: Vanguard

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End SARS: Masari Charges Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of Police Brutality

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Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged the 11 men committee Judicial Panel to give recommendations going forward to end police brutality in the state.

He gave the charge during the inauguration at Government House Katsina on Saturday.

He also tasked them to come forward with general recommendations that will promote an endearing relationship between the Nigerian Police Force and the general public.

Read Also: #EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

The panel of inquiry will be headed by Justice Abbas Abdullahi Bawale of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.

Other members of the Commission include Retired AIG Danlami Yar’adua, Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim Zango, Alhaji Bello Musa Dankano, Professor Usman Dhun-nurain, Hajiya Rabi Mohammed, and Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina.

 

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#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

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Television Continental popularly known as TVC News is back on air after it was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Wednesday morning.

Recall that the host of popular ladies show ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, had confirmed during the show on Wednesday that hoodlums had entered the premises of TVC.

The hoodlums had attacked the TV station a few hours after #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers on Tuesday night.

Also Read: End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

There were speculations that the TV station was attacked because of its link to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Workers of the TV station were rescued by Men of the Police Rapid Response Squad who were in the compound to offer protection.

 

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End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

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Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has lifted the 24-hour curfew on two major cities in the state following the outbreak of violence when the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums.

Recall that on Tuesday night,  Aba and Umuahia went under curfew in a statement by the Governor.

However, following the return of calm to the affected areas, Ikpeazu directed that the curfew in the State be relaxed to now take effect from 6 pm to 6 am from Sunday, 25th October 2020.

Also Read: Edo govt extends ultimatum for escaped inmates by one week

This was made known by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

The Governor also directed all markets in the State to be reopened during the day, while Market committees should mobilize adequate security teams to watch over the markets at night and during the day.

Governor Ikpeazu further directed all commercial tricycle operators to henceforth vacate the roads during the curfew time of 6 pm-6 am daily.

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