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Hajj 2017: NAHCON completes the the return of Pilgrims back to Nigeria

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Monday concluded the airlift of Nigerian pilgrims back to the Nigeria.

The last flight by Max Airline, NGL 2110, took off from King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, to Kano via Port Harcourt at 6:53 a.m. Nigerian time on Monday.

According to NAHCON’s Command and Control Centre in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, the Flight had 172 pilgrims from Kano state, 76 from Rivers and 30 officials.

The commission said flight NGL 2110 “marked the end of airlift of pilgrims for 2017 Hajj.”

The return airlift of Nigerian pilgrims began on September 7 with two flights transporting pilgrims from Gombe State and Abuja.

The three selected airlines, Max Air, Medview and Fly Nas airlifted 65,008 pilgrims from the 36 states, FCT and the armed forces in 152 flights.

About 19,000 other pilgrims who used Private Tour Operators returned earlier through various international airlines.

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Akwa Ibom Governor Constitutes Judicial Panel To Probe Police Brutality

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Akwa Ibom Governor Constitutes Judicial Panel To Probe Police Brutality

Udom Emmanuel

Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom has set up a judicial panel of inquiry to probe cases of police brutality in the state.

This was announced in a statement signed by the secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem.

He stated that the decision was part of resolutions reached at an emergency of the State Executive Council meeting on Monday.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

This is coming following days of #EndSARS protests across the country.

Members of the panel include; Justice Ifiok Ukana (Rtd) Chairman, Ms. Manti Umoh Representative of Civil Society Organizations, Mr. Harris Udoh, (a representative of the protesters, Barr. Bassey Essien CP(Rtd), Senior Retired Police Officer, Barr. Omen Bassey, youth representative, Comrade Aniedi Michael, National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students Worldwide President – Student Leader Tony Iji – National Human Rights Commission, and Mfon Edemekong Esq. Ministry of Justice ~ secretary.

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#EndSARS: Show You Understand Youths’ Plight, Obasanjo Tells Buhari

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#EndSARS: Show You Understand Youths’ Plight, Obasanjo Tells Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari should demonstrate his care for the protesting youths by attending to their demands.

Obasanjo made this remark when he visited Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

He described the #EndSARS protest as the product of an extensive agitation by the Nigerian youth.

He said the youths are clamouring for a better life and there are several ways the government can show it understands their plights by making things easier for them.

“More than 65 percent of our population is under within the ages of 18 and 30; they are not only struggling to acquire education, they are also aspiring for the best that life can offer them,” Obasanjo said.

“Some of them didn’t even get educated, while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.

“But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youth, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.

“Fortunately, the president has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youth know that he, as a father, understands their plight and that his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them.”

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Tinubu Hails Protesters, Carpets Hoodlums, Pleads For Cessation

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Tinubu Hails Protesters, Carpets Hoodlums, Pleads For Cessation

Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has hailed young Nigerians for leading the #EndSARS protests across the nation against police brutality.

The APC National leader also commended Nigerian youths for the level of organisation that went into the protests, saying it showed a new level of consciousness that could strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.

He, however, warned the protesters against creating a platform that would lead to the destruction of Nigeria’s democratic process.

Tinubu pointed out that protesters must not abuse their right of demonstration by impeding the country’s democratic rights.

Also Read: ‘#EndSARS One Of The Most Successful Protest In Nigeria’: Lai Mohammed

He, however, stated that the protesters must admit that President Muhammadu Buhari had “acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.”

He said it would only be fair for the youths to call off the protests and give the regime a chance to implement the reforms they had demanded.

Tinubu urged the youths to be careful not to fritter away the considerable gains they had made within a very short period with “lack of moderation and strategic thinking.”

He also condemned hoodlums who had begun to take advantage of the protests to perpetrate violence and disrupt civil life.

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