Matawalle Commends SARS, seeks for deployment of disbanded operatives to Zamfara

The Governor of Zamfara State, Mohammed Matawalle has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS) to the state.

The Govenor made the call on thursday while briefing Journalists, shortly after the Nothern Governors Forum emergency meeting, held at the Kaduna Government house.

The Governor said the SARS Unit has helped curtail the incessant banditry attacks in the state.

“We need all the disbanded SARS in the other states to come back to Zamfara State because we know how they have been contributing to end this banditry and other criminal acts in the Zamfara.” Matawalle said.

He expressed worries that since the disbandment of the SARS operatives, Zamfara State now have a pocket full of crisis.

“The SARS are doing alot in the state. They have been going into the bush to arrest Bandits and other criminals but since the disbandment of the SARS, we are now having a pocket full of crisis

Matawalle further disclosed that he will be meeting with President Buhari to find a lasting solution to the insecurity challenges ravaging the state.

#EndSARS: There is no cause for alarm in Jigawa State – Gov Badaru

Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has said the State is peaceful and will continue to remain peaceful amidst the ongoing #EndSARS protest that has led to the destruction of lives and properties in some parts of the Country.

The Governor stated this while addressing Journalists on Thursday during the Nothern Governors Forum Meeting.
He said Jigawa state is doing well and there is no cause for alarm, adding that the #ENDSARS Protests in some parts of the country does not affect the state.

He further explained that the state has those “for” and “against” the disbandment of the SARS Operatives and have submitted their proposals to the Government and they will look into it.
“In Jigawa, we don’t have problem. We have those that are in support of the disbandment of SARS, we also have those that are against it. They have submitted their proposals for us and we are still looking into it. Jigawa is peaceful and will continue to remain peaceful”, he said.

Governor Badaru added that the ENDSARS Protests has gained momentum for some weeks now in most parts of the country, leading to the destruction of lives and properties, despite the order from the government to scrap the unit.

#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu mourns dead victims, apologises to families, property owners

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has mourned dead victims of the #EndSARS protests that engulfed the state in the past two weeks.

He equally apologised to families who lost their loved ones to the crisis.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Friday via his Twitter handle.

He said; “We mourn the lives we have sadly lost across the state. To the families that we could have better protected, I sincerely apologise.
“To the police and law enforcement agencies that lost members, we also mourn them. Every life is important to us. And we do not take anyone for granted.”

The governor said he has spoken on Arise TV on the efforts the state government is making to return normalcy to the state.

“I mentioned my call to the President after which the Chief of Defence Staff called to assure us on helping to restore security to our state.

Sanwo-Olu assured that Lagos will be stronger. “We will rebuild bridges, we will deliver on the good work we started on ending police brutality & providing justice.

“The unfortunate incident that happened served as a catalyst that fueled anger and looting by thugs across the state.”

Adding that fake news and baiting was also spread across social media further causing more chaos. “We indeed apologize for all the losses.

“We are working to stabilise things across the state as we look to rebuild. The state team is working with the hospitals and emergency services to verify the details of everyone involved in incidents across the state.

“On the false report of switching off CCTV, the LCC has confirmed that what was removed were infrared car scanners. Evidence from the surveillance cameras (which wasn’t removed) will be used to aid investigations into the incident at the Lekki toll gate. An investigation panel will be constituted to probe the shooting, and all proceedings will be transparent.

“I understand that tempers are high but we are beginning to get a clearer picture of what led us to this point and I want to ask us to be circumspect to avoid further losses and triggering other sentiments. Do not encourage thugs through parody and innocent but inciteful words.”

Sanwo-Olu further pledged the resolve of the state government to work to end police brutality, saying the panel is ready to begin work. “We want to find justice and provide compensation for victims to the best of our abilities.

“We encourage the youth to provide two representatives to join the judicial panel.

“The governor implored Lagosians on the need to come together for genuine reconciliation to forge a better and stronger Lagos

“Lagos is the center of excellence, a symbol of national pride and we have to protect it. It is our home. It is my Lagos, your Lagos, our Lagos. We will protect our home,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Lagos sends 23 police officers on trial for murder, brutality, others

Twenty three police officers are currently facing trial in Lagos State for various acts of brutality including murder, manslaughter and causing grievious bodily harm, according to the state government.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Friday that the state government had commenced “the work of rebuilding Lagos and ending police brutality.”

Sanwo-Olu said on Twitter that the prosecutions were to “show our commitment” to the fight against violation of human rights in the state.
Facing trial are:Inspector Surulere Irede, Sgt. Sunday Ogunyemi and Corp. 

Hezekiah Babatunde all of them for manslaughter;Ogunyemi Olalekan for murder; Sgt. Gbanwuan Isaac for causing grievous bodily harm;Aminu Joseph for murder;Sgt.Alechenu Benedict for armed robbery;Sgt.Adebayo Abdulahi for involuntary manslaughter ;and Inspector A.Mohammed for armed robbery.

The rest include Matthew Ohansi for murder;Sgt.Segun Okun and Captain Adekunle Oluwarotimi for manslaughter and attempted murder;Adamu Dare for murder; Sgt.Mark Argo and 5 others for conspiracy and armed robbery;Corporal Pepple Boma for manslaughter; and Inspector Emmanuel Akpodana for attempted murder.

The others are: Emmanuel Uyankweke for manslaughter; Akanbi Lukmon for involuntary manslaughter; and Edokhe Omokhide for murder.

The state government has also filed murder charges against Afolabi Saka and Monday Gabriel while Yahya Adeshina and Aremu Museliu are to be charged with involuntary manslaughter and murder respectively.

In a separate statement on the matter,Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) asked the public to “keep track of our on-going diligent prosecution of these matters in the overall public interest.”

#EndSARS: South-East Governors, Igbo leaders call for calm, peace

The South-East Governors’ Forum, National Assembly members and other leaders in the region, Friday called on all ethnic nationalities in the country to maintain peace and order not minding the current challenges occasioned by the ongoing protests across the country.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, stated this in Abakaliki while briefing journalists after their virtual meeting.

The leaders condemned a video clip currently circulating on the social media, in which the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was alleged to have made provocative statements regarding the ongoing protests in the country.

They observed that Kanu had already disowned the video and called on the State Governments of other tribes to ensure the safety of Igbos in their domain as much as they would protect theirs, in Igbo land.

The leaders further condemned the unwarranted killing of protesting youths at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos and urged the federal government to quicken investigation into the matter, so as to immediately bring the culprits to book in line with the laws of the land.

Umahi said: “While we are sympathising with the Lagos State Government and others who have lost their citizens in the protests, we appeal to the youths in the country to disembark from the protests, it has been hijacked by hoodlums.

“While we equally maintain that the demands of the #EndSARS protesters have been met by Governments of many States, we advise youths to constructively engage with government towards meeting other genuine demands of theirs.”

Governor Umahi further appealed to Nigerian youths to desist from destroying public facilities which were established for their benefits as leaders of tomorrow.

“We appeal to the youths to forgive their leaders wherever they have failed them because we will go back to the drawing board.”

The virtual meeting, according to Governor Umahi, had in attendance Governors of the zone, the traditional rulers, the clergy, the National Assembly members and other eminent leaders of the region.

#EndSARS protests: NSCDC deploys 1500 personnel to guard national assets in Lagos

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed over 1,500 personnel to guard all national assets and critical infrastructures within Lagos state.

The Commandant, NSCDC, Lagos State Command, Mr Paul Ayeni, told the Newsmen in Lagos on Friday, that the directive came from the Commandant -General (CG) of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana.

Ayeni said that the directive was for all NSCDC formation across the states to reinforce deployment to protect nation’s critical infrastructure and assets in their domain following the #EndSARS protests in some parts of the country.

The Lagos NSCDC commandant said that he personally led some of his personnel to some critical areas because of massive #EndSARS protesters in the areas.

He said that some of the infrastructures the corps were positioned to guard include:

“the General Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Third Mainland Bridge, Ikoyi and Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centers, Railways.

“The Eko Electricity Distribution Company, (EKEDC) and all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines within the state, Ikeja Shopping mall, among others.”

The commandant reiterated that the corps would not relent in executing all mandates bestowed on it.

“For instance, about 30 corps from the command were posted to monitor Ikoyi prisons and its environments, while 64 corps were posted to Maximum Correctional centre in Kirikiri and its environments.

“The corps in conjunction with other security agencies foiled the attempted jailbreak at Ikoyi prison on October 22,” he said.

The commandant urged Lagos residents to report cases insecurity or violation of human rights to the corps, with a promise of taking appropriate steps.

COVID-19: FG disclaims discovered palliatives in Lagos’ warehouse

The federal government has disowned the COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a Lagos warehouse, saying the items were not from it.

Rather,the government said the inscriptions seen on the back of the items indicated that they were donated by a coalition of some non-governmental organisations.

Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development in a statement Thursday night, insisted that contrary to the belief in some quarters, the items were not from it.

The statement through Nneka Anibeze, Special Assistant to the Minister,Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the ministry was compelled to speak out with a view to clarifying issues following insinuations that the items were donated by the ministry.

It read in full:”The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has been made aware of trending messages on and off social media alluding to the fact that Covid-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the ministry.

“This is nothing but a tissue of lies.

The photos and videos recorded at the warehouse show that the bags of rice and other items were clearly marked ‘Lagos State Government and Ca-Covid’.

“Ca-Covid is short for Coalition Against Covid-19, a private sector-led a task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control NCDC and the World Health Organization WHO with the sole aim of combating Covid-19 in Nigeria.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development did not procure, distribute or facilitate the distribution of palliatives under the Ca-Covid initiative

“The ministry, therefore, wishes to inform the general public that it has nothing to do with the items found in that Lagos warehouse.”

Buhari’s address disappointing, completely disconnected, failed empathy test – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the long-awaited address by President Muhammadu Buhari on the protests rocking the nation, as disappointing and completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic occurrences in our country in the last two weeks.

Disclosing this in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, the party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of our nation.

The statement reads; “Mr. President’s address, in the face of the turmoil witnessed, the unrests as well as the killing of young Nigerians, is to say the least, depressing and failing in empathy test.”

“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that Mr. President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives, a situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch.”

“Painfully too, Mr. President, as the Commander-in-Chief, was silent on the demand by Nigerians for enquires into the involvement of the military in the gruesome killing.”

“Sadly, the long awaited address failed to inspire any hope. It failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.”

“In short, from the letters of the address, there were no correlations between the fundamentals of the crisis situation that we have witnessed and the long-sought reaction of Mr President.”

“Furthermore, Nigerians had expected that Mr. President will provide the lead for the much- needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.”

“Mr. President also failed to use the opportunity to further heal wounds and inspire hope by outlining a roadmap to open up the economy in a manner that will enable our teeming hard working youths to pursue their productive goals as well as address the issue of pervading hunger in the land.”

“However, in solidarity with Nigerians and in honour to the victims of Lekki Toll Gate killing, our party has directed that our flags in all our offices across the nation be flown at half-mast for a period of one week, beginning from Friday, October 23, 2020”, in the statement.

The PDP urges all men and women of good faith to join forces in praying for the country as well as working towards solutions and peaceful resolution of the crisis that seeks to envelope the nation.

Edo Govt reviews 24-hour curfew, now 4 p.m to 6 a.m

Edo Government has reviewed the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in the state on Monday, to check hijack of the #ENDSARS protests by hoodlums.

A statement by Mr Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser on Media and Communications Strategy to Gov. Godwin Obaseki announced this in a statement on Thursday in Benin.

According to the statement, the curfew is now to commence from 4p.m. to 6a.m. daily, starting from Friday, Oct. 23, and would be reviewed after 72 hours.

Osagie urged citizens to adhere strictly to the new directive.

He reassured that the Gov. Obaseki-led administration remained committed to the security of lives and property.

He further enjoined Edo people go about their normal businesses and return home before the commencement of the curfew.