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Coup: Nigerian Army begins investigation on Soldiers

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The recent news of a suspected coup has allowed the Nigerian Army to begin an internal search for soldiers and officers suspected to be engaging in political meetings, a top military source has told SUNDAY PUNCH.

The source said that some arrests may have been made, but that the information was being kept as top secret so as not to add to public tension.

Some other sources who spoke with our correspondent on Saturday also noted that the  establishment of an army unit in Daura, Katsina State, on Friday, named Muhammadu Buhari Forward Operation Base, by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, was an effort to fortify the president’s hometown and a public pledge of loyalty.

On Tuesday, Buratai, in a tense language, had warned officers and soldiers to steer clear of politics, as information had reached him that some officers were involved in political meetings for “undisclosed reasons.”

The army chief had advised officers and soldiers interested in politicking to resign from the service, as any officer caught would be severely penalised.

Three days after the alert (Friday), Buratai went to Daura, where he inaugurated the army unit, and paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Daura, Dr Faruk Umar.

The details of the meeting have yet to be known.

The army chief, at the ceremony, had said the establishment of the unit was to enhance security in parts of 1 Division, which Daura town fell under.

Also, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said, “The establishment of the new unit was part of the implementation of the Nigerian Army approved Order of Battle 2016 (ORBAT 2016) by the Army council.

“Prior to that, the COAS was also at the Palace of his Royal Highness, Alhaji Faruk Umar, the Emir of Daura, for a courtesy call.”

The top army source said the army knew quite well the weight of its statement on politicking soldiers in the country, and had already followed up with high intelligence-driven search, adding that the public groups and civil societies could not be more rigorous than the army.

Other sources told our correspondent that some of the suspected political meetings were held under the guise of some of the recently redeployed 147 soldiers and officers, allegedly trying to familiarise with their new hosts.

When contacted on the measures the army was taking on the alert of soldiers hobnobbing with politicians, the army spokesman, Usman, said the army was a professional service, and would not hesitate to brief the public if it considered the information as necessary.

He said, “The army is a disciplined and professional service. We relate well with the Nigerian public. When there is need to disclose information, we will.”

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

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#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality
#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality

Aminu Masari

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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#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack
#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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#EndSARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

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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