​Kaduna Security Update: 24-hour curfew extended to the entire state 

The Kaduna State Government has extended all over the state the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in some communities in Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan made the announcement in a statement made available to Newsmen on Saturday.
He said the measure is taken to help safeguard the communities, protect lives and property and contain criminal elements who are looting public and private assets.

“The extension of the 24-hour curfew to all the 23 local government areas of the state is effective immediately”.
“KDSG will keep the situation under review and regrets the inconvenience it may cause to law-abiding citizens. 
The state government wishes to appeal to all residents of the state to kindly bear with the government as it takes necessary action to maintain law and order, and to protect the right of citizens to live in peace”, Aruwan said.

Earlier on, Newaweb Express reported that the Kaduna State Government had declared curfew in some communities in Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs of the state.

The areas are Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South Local Government Area and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi and Ungwan Romi of Chikun Local Government Area. 

​KDSG imposes curfew in parts of Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs

The Kaduna State Government has declared 24 hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government areas, effective immediately. 

This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan on Saturday, 24th October 2020.
The areas are Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South Local Government Area and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi and Ungwan Romi of Chikun Local Government Area. 

According to the statement “Security agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute any found violating the curfew and those responsible for breakdown of law and order.

 “Security agencies have further been directed to effect the arrest and prosecution of anyone found looting and destroying properties”

“KDSG strongly condemns the concerted incitement being done on social media. The government appeals to all our communities to reject incitement and resist the attempt to create chaos and anarchy”.

Rivers prepares for LG poll, reconstitutes commission

Rivers State Government has begun preparations for a local government election following the reconstitution of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) by Governor Nyesom Wike.

Wike, who inaugurated the commission at the weekend in Government House, Port Harcourt urged the electoral body to conduct a credible poll in compliance with the Local Government Laws of the state.

A statement signed by Wike’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the governor lauded eight members of the commission for their successful screening by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Wike urged them to take the responsibility of conducting a credible election from the ward to the local government level, seriously.

He explained that the inauguration of the new RSIEC became imperative following the expiration of the tenure of the previous chairman and commissioners in July.

He said conducting the election in the country was a herculean task, amid all kinds of threats and blackmail and urged the members of the commission to be committed to discharging their duties.

“It is not an easy job to participate in conducting the election, it is quite tasking. It requires every commitment. It is time-consuming, it is energy-sapping. Sometimes in three days, you will not get home,” he said.

Wike stressed that members of the commission must detach themselves from social organisations to avoid being accused of partisanship.

He said some persons in the state were already plotting to thwart the successful conduct of local government election in Rivers.

He said: “So many traps will be set for you so that election will not hold. Like I hear people are plotting that the election will not hold. That is not a problem. You do your own work.”

The governor said he had no vested interest in the poll and asked persons willing to contest to canvass for votes.

He said any member of the commission indicted through petitions to be a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would face immediate disqualification.

He said: “Elections must be conducted as soon as possible in compliance with provisions of the Local Government Law as amended. I don’t know any of you who have a PDP membership card. If I do know, I will not have appointed you”.

The chairman of the commission, Justice George Omereji (rtd) lauded the governor for finding them worthy to be saddled with the responsibility to oversee the conduct of the next local government election and promised not to disappoint the people of the state.

Other members of the commission are, Dr. Doris Ruhuoma Chukwu, Mrs. Chioma Ochia, Dr. Hope Barango Tariah, Prof. Lysias D. Gilbert; Barine Akpobari Nwikinanei, Dr. Iyeneomie Tamunoberetonari and Dr. Solomon Egbe.

Christian Lawyers task FG to fish out killers of EndSARS protesters

The Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON), has called on the federal government to fish out those responsible for the killing of EndSARS protesters across the country, especially in Lekki Area of Lagos and bring them to justice.

In a statement jointly signed by CLASFON President, Mr. Arome M. Okwori and the National Secretary, Mr. Olatunji Omole, the group urged the federal government to urgently investigate the unfortunate incidents with a view to ensure justice for the victims.

The statement also called on Nigerian youth to be calm and maintain law and order and conduct themselves peacefully as they ventilate their grievances on the current state of affairs in the country.

CLASFON appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the demands and agitations of the youths by putting in place appropriate strategies and timelines for implementing the demands of the protesters to demonstrate government’s sincerity addressing the problems.

The statement said: “The youth of Nigeria, as citizens of our nation, are entitled to the fundamental and inalienable rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and thought guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and should not be denied or hampered in any way from exercising their rights guaranteed by the Constitution, as this is the hallmark of a true democracy.

”We condemn in totality the gruesome attacks and killing of unarmed innocent citizens by armed men alleged to be men of the Nigerian Army and other security operatives in different parts of Nigeria and in particular the brutal and violent attacks on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza, Lagos on the 20th day of October 2020.

“We call on the federal government of Nigeria to swiftly investigate the above ugly incidents of unlawful brutalisation and killing of innocent citizens with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.

”We urge the teeming youths of our nation to keep calm, maintain law and order and conduct themselves peacefully as they ventilate their grievances on the current state of affairs in the nation.”

The christian lawyers noted that “The Federal Republic of Nigeria according to Section 14(1) of the Constitution shall be a state based on principles of democracy and social justice.

”We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to urgently address the demands and agitations of the youths by putting in place appropriate implementation strategies and timelines which, we believe, will demonstrate sincerity on the part of the government, assuage the agonies, the grievances and well placed demands of citizens for a better Nigeria and to restore hope for a better Nigeria.

“We share in the grief of those who have lost their loved ones, and commiserate with them and pray God to comfort and strengthen them.

“In line with the Motto of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which is Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress we demand that all the organs, persons and authorities of the Government of Nigeria should preserve and promote these core values and pray for wisdom, courage and the willingness to do what is right, on their part, in the present circumstance, and for peace and tranquility to reign throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Buhari’s silence on Lekki shootings, evidence that attacks were aimed at bringing down Yorubaland – Akintoye

Leader of the Yoruba World Congress, Professor Banjo Akintoye, on Friday, described Tuesday’s shooting at unarmed protesters at Lekki, Lagos by security forces as a declaration of war against the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

Akintoye, in a statement, also tackled President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to show empathy, in his broadcast, at the injured protesters and those who lost loved ones during protests.

The Yoruba leader, also expressed worry over the wanton destruction of properties and monuments across Yoruba Land in the last 48hours without any form of resistance from security agencies, saying it is an evidence that the almagamation of 1914 between the South and the North has already expired.”

He also called on the international communities, especially, the British and American Governments, United Nations, European Union, African Union and the Commonwealth of Nations to, as a matter of urgency, come forward to be part of the renegotiation team to discuss the existence of Nigeria, stressing that the reality on ground does not indicate that restructuring can still save Nigeria from extinction.

The statement reads: “President Buhari addressed Nigerians on the serious crisis now confronting Nigeria, the crisis which started with peaceful protests by Nigerian Youths but which suddenly grew into wide spread violence in Lagos State, in some other parts of the Yoruba South West and other parts of Nigeria, and which the international Press has been valuably reporting on.

“President Buhari’s address sounded like a reluctant address crafted to touch mostly on inconsequentials and to avoid the most compelling aspects of the crisis. To the surprise of all Nigerians and the whole world, President Buhari did not acknowledge that the Youths’ protest started peacefully and remained commendably peaceful until the shooting.

“The whole world had watched as the youthful protesters conducted themselves in an orderly manner, and even as they cleaned up the trash that was generated by them on the streets. Most Nigerians accept that the demands being made by the protesting Youths were reasonable and justified in the interest of Nigeria.

“We are all witnesses to the fact that in admiration for all these, Nigerian citizens and even non Nigerians from abroad rushed food, drinks, and money to the protesters in the streets.

We are all witnesses to the fact that the Youths were sitting, holding small Nigerian flags and singing the Nigerian national anthem at the Lekki Toll gate when some troops dressed in Nigerian Uniforms suddenly began shooting

“We all saw on the video what the shootings caused and we are shocked that President Buhari did not say anything about the shooting.

“President Buhari also said nothing about the very troubling questions that have grown around the Lekki shootings. The Lagos State Governor, who is the Chief Security Officer of Lagos State, has said that the shooting was done by forces beyond his control. The Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Army in the Lagos Area has denied authorizing the shooting. The Nigerian Army has also denied ownership of the whole action. Many troubling questions have now arisen. Who authorized the shootings? What are the true identities of the shooters who were clothed in the Nigerian Army Uniforms?

“President Buhari also said nothing about another very troubling fact. There was manifestly present, during the peaceful protests, an effort by some persons to infiltrate bands of thugs and hoodlums into the peaceful protests, obviously for the purpose of disrupting and discrediting the peaceful process, and thereby manufacturing an excuse for a repressive governmental clampdown on peaceful protesters.

“In some places, especially reported/alleged to be in Abuja, publicly owned vehicles were seen again and again on video worldwide bringing the thugs and hoodlums to the scenes of peaceful protests. We Nigerian citizens, Nigerians in Diaspora worldwide and the whole civilized world, want an explanation of this feature of the on going Nigerian crisis.

“Inevitably, we Nigerians are asking many troubling questions. Does there exist in this country a secret paramilitary force that has access to Nigerian Army Uniforms and that can be employed by its owners against targets in the Nigerian population? Is there a group of people in this country that have a special agenda of their own and who are employing the authority and resources of the Nigerian State to implement their agenda?

“Troubled by these and allied questions, most Nigerians are now coming to various conclusions and demands. We, Yoruba, of the Nigerian South West, a Nation of 55million people in Nigeria, now demand that in order to achieve a peaceful resolution of the the convoluted Nigerian problems and the widely devastating insecurity in Nigeria, Nigeria should embark on serious negotiations over the whole Nigerian situation.

“We demand a negotiating table at which the representatives of the various nationalities of Nigeria will come face to face to negotiate. We are not demanding restructuring, we are demanding negotiation by the nationalities, the owners of the various ancestral homelands that constitute Nigeria. Nothing less than that can now adequately address the catastrophic situation into which Nigeria has now sunk.

“Alternatively or in addition, and in order to prevent further violence, bloodshed and destruction in our Western region, the region that is responsible for most of the industrial, commercial and professional productivity in Nigeria, we call for face-to- face negotiation between the leaders of our Yoruba nation and President Buhari as the head of the Nigerian Federal Government, in order to immediately stop further violence and bloodshed in our region and in the rest of Nigeria.

“With all sense of responsibility, we call upon the United Nations and significant agencies and factors of the International communities, and on all the most powerful countries of the world, to step forward now to support our demand for negotiation, and exercise the needed influence to make the negotiation happen. We ask the world to remember that in the background to the present crisis in Nigeria is the situation whereby, in the past 5 years, one of the nationalities in Nigeria has incessantly proclaimed it’s agenda of using violence to subdue other nationalities, to seize the lands of other nationalities, to banish some nationalities from their homelands and to invite their own non Nigerian kinsmen to come and occupy the land.

“We ask the world to remember that this nationality positioning themselves as conquerors have been killing, maiming, raping, kidnapping and destroying in most parts of Nigeria in pursuit of their proclaimed agenda.

“We ask the the world to remember that in the throes of the consequent insecurity, Nigeria has plunged frighteningly into poverty, deprivation, and horrific human suffering.

“We ask the human race to respond expeditiously to the Nigerian situation in the exercise of its responsibility to protect vulnerable and threatened people and peoples by acting upon our call for peaceful and responsible negotiation now.”