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Police arrests 52 Shi’ites member in Abuja



52 Shi’ites members were arrested at Area 3, Gari, Abuja by the Nigerian Police Force on Wednesday for involving in a protest.

The force explained that the Shi’ite members attacked citizens including police operatives, adding that some improvised petrol bombs, stones and catapults were recovered from them.

The Federal Capital Territory Police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement that the protesters, who were demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-ZakyZaky, also damaged police patrol vans.

He explained that the action of the Shi’ite members was unlawful and constituted a serious security threat to the peace of the FCT, noting that the police would never condone such unruly acts.

Manzah said, “Following the violent protest by the members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the group who went on rampage and were attacking innocent citizens including police operatives, the FCT police command has arrested some members of the sect and recovered some bottles of improvised petrol bomb, stones and catapult used by members of the sect to attack police operatives and damage police operational vehicles.

“The 52 members of the El-Zakzaky group arrested by the police operatives during the violent protest that left some policemen with injuries, will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation,” he added.

The force stated that it recognised the rights of citizens to express their lawful grievances, but added that it would not fold its arms and allow some individuals hold the city to ransom by disrupting government and legitimate business activities.

Before the protest was disrupted by the police operatives who fired tear gas canisters, the Shi’ite members had engaged the operatives by throwing stones at them.

The incident caused pandemonium in the area as traders in nearby shopping malls hurriedly closed their shops, while motorists looked for alternative routes to escape the confusion.

Policemen were observed going from street to street in search of the fleeing protesters.

But in Kaduna on Wednesday, members of the IMN raised the alarm that the health condition of their detained leader, El-Zakzaky, had deteriorated.

Zakzaky had since the December 15, 2015 clash between the Islamic sect and the Nigerian Army been in the custody of the Department of State Services.

Addressing newsmen at a press conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Resource Forum of the IMN, Prof. Abdullahi Danladi, said the Shi’ite leader needed an urgent medical attention to stay alive.

Danladi also hinted that three years after the bloody clash with the Nigerian Army, some of the bullets lodged in the body of El-Zakzaky’s wife, Zeena, had not been extracted.

According to him, the Shi’ite feared that El-Zakzaky might died in detention as a result of his deteriorating health status.

He said, “Following a rare visit to our leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, it was discovered that his health situation had taken a nosedive for the worse.

“He had suffered what turned out to be a stroke but the authorities illegally detaining him had kept a blind eye to his dire situation.

“It emerged that his health condition suffered severe knocks in the past week, such that he was critically ill and was in urgent need of the best medical attention possible but the Buhari administration is negligent about it.

“He suffered slurred speech, weakness of the right side of the upper limb and general weakness of both lower limbs and consequently has been unable to walk or even stand for the past one week. The Sheikh is also known to be hypertensive for more than 10 years.”

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the couple, noting that “we have started a series of peaceful protests across the country, to demand the immediate and unconditional release of our leader to enable him to get the proper medical attention he desires.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Lai Mohammed Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine



Minister Of Information, Lai Mohammed, Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied that he announced the increment of the speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.

He made this known in a counter-affidavit in response to a suit filed against him at a federal high court in Lagos.

Recall that some months ago, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced an amendment to the broadcasting code, where the increment of the new fine was announced.

Recall that weeks after the announcement, NBC fined Nigeria Info FM for alleged hate speech after interviewing Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who alleged that a northern governor is one of the leaders of Boko Haram.

However, Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong proceeded to the court to challenge the fine.

Also Read: BREAKING: NBC Fines Radio Station N5m For Hate Speech

However, in the affidavit deposed by Sunday Ojobo, an official of the Information ministry, the minister said he never announced the increase of the hate speech fine.

“Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,” an affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Sunday Ojobo, reads.

The minister further stated that the constitution allows for human rights to be suspended for the sake of national interest.

He wrote, “The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”

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‘Nothing To Forgive:’ Soyinka Speaks About Relationship With Gowon



‘Nothing To Forgive:’ Soyinka Speaks About Relationship With Gowon

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has commented on his relationship with former Head of State Yakubu Gowon.

Soyinka was in August 1967 arrested and placed in solitary confinement just as the Civil War started under Gowon’s regime.

Speaking about their relationship, Soyinka explained that there is no bad blood between him and Gowon and he does not think there is anything to forgive him (Gowon) about.

“We communicate whenever possible, he came for my birthday in Abeokuta here. And when he started to apologise – he made a public apology – I said, ‘There is no need for it,’” the playwright who was detained by the Gowon government for two years, in the wake of the Nigerian Civil War, told Channels Television.

Also Read: Gowon: AfDB President Adesina Warns Against Misinformation

Soyinka also revealed that General Gowon had on various occasions made efforts to meet him so they could talk.

He added; “He even asked the former ambassador to locate me so that anytime he was passing – I was in Europe and America then – so we could meet and talk. And I said, ‘any time’ but there is really nothing much to talk about.”

The playwright further disclosed that they later met at a conference and they talked about the Nigerian Civil War.

He said; “We hit it on very well and we joked. The ice was broken and since then, we have been friends.”

“The war, for me, is over.’ The ones I find difficult to forgive are those who lied against me. I don’t like liars; I just cannot stand liars.”

The former Head of State has been in the news in recent days over allegations that he embezzled half of the money in the Central Bank of Nigeria during his regime.


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Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP



Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP

IGP Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has expressed that the carnage that followed the #EndSARS protests across the country was triggered by fake news.

The IGP spoke on Thursday in Akure while addressing officers of the Ondo State Police Command as part of his tours of states affected by the #ENDSARS protest.

He maintained that those behind the protest were armed with the sinister motive to destabilize the government.

Also Read: #EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

While urging the officers to return to work, Adamu pointed out that no nation could survive without policing even as he informed them that the Buhari administration has taken various steps to reform the Nigerian Police.

According to him, “The government has approved an extension of health scheme to retired police personnel. The police salary structure has been reviewed affecting all ranks.

“Your job is important. Without you coming out, there will be chaos and you are special.”

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