The Kwara State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyiola Oyedepo, and the youth wing of the party have demanded that a former Governor of Kwara State and the incumbent Senator, representing Kwara North, Shaaba Lafiagi, be recalled from the Senate.
According to them, the killing of three persons and injuries sustained by several others during a protest penultimate Saturday indicated that the Senator was poorly representing the people.
About 300 youths of Lafiagi had blocked the Senator, who was en route to Lafiagi from Ilorin with his associates, to protest the non-completion of a culvert near Sodo River along Lafiagi Road.
Following military resistance to the protest, a part of Lafiagi’s residence was burnt down, leading to three deaths.
Oyedepo, during a media briefing in Ilorin, Kwara State, said it was sad and undemocratic that the former governor allegedly invited the military into a civil matter.
He said Lafiagi should be recalled.
The PDP youth leader in the state, Haliru Mahmud, in a statement, also described the deaths and injuries as sad.
He said, “The youth wing of the PDP, Kwara State chapter, received with a heavy heart (news of) the killing of three promising young men in the Edu Local Government Area by the Nigerian Army under the instructions of the Senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District, Alhaji Sha’aba Lafiagi.
“It is very unfortunate that the Nigerian Army, whose constitutional responsibilities are to protect lives and property and defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria against external aggression, allows itself to be used by a civilian to kill and maim those he derived power from to become a senator.
“This gross abuse of power is not only barbaric, undemocratic, irresponsible, condemnable and unacceptable, but has further exposed the desperation of the APC-led Kwara State government to forcibly perpetuate itself in power, despite its inability to deliver democratic dividends to Kwarans.”
But the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 2 Division, Ibadan, Nigerian Army, Col Ezindu Idima, had said soldiers were not involved in the shooting.
Idima said, “The shooting had already taken place before our soldiers were deployed when the situation was getting out of hands.
“Our soldiers only came to bring the situation under control. They were not there before and during the shooting. What our soldiers did there was just to bring the situation under control. They were not involved in the shooting.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
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.
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).
This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.
Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari
The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.
The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.
The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.
The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.
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