#EndSARS Crisis: Overhaul your govt machinery to make it more responsive to expectations of Nigerians, PGF DG urges Buhari

By Godwin Amunde Director General (DG) of the Progressive Governors Forum, (PGF), the umbrella body of Nigerian governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Moh. Lukman said the crisis produced by the EndSARs protest has highlighted the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently take steps to overhaul the machinery of his government if the nation’s democracy and the government are to meet the expectations of Nigerians. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Salihu Moh.Lukman while noting that the federal…

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Send army to Sambisa, Birnin Gwari, others, not streets, CNG tells FG

The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has cautioned the Federal Government against going ahead with its planned military exercise, Operation Crocodile Smile, saying it could lead to chaos at a time like this. It also described the operation scheduled to commence on October 20, 2020, as ill-timed and ill-advised. The group said this today  in a statement by its spokesperson,  Mr. Abdul-azeez Suleiman. According to CNG: “The move to deploy the military on Nigerians already taken over by peaceful #EndSARS and #EndInsecuriyNow protesters is ill-timed, ill-advised and a deliberate and costly attempt…

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Buhari meets NASS leadership at Aso Villa over ENDSARS protests

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed door with the leadership of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila represented the leadership of NASS at the meeting which was presided over the president. Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Senate President said the meeting specifically deliberated on how best to address the ongoing ENDSARS demonstrations being witnessed in some parts…

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We will not allow anarchy in Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has warned that it will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Saturday when he featured on a late night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File” The programme entitled, “EndSARS Protest: The Way Forward,” was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The minister said Saturday’s assassination attempt on the Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, while addressing the protesters was…

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#EndSARS: We’re worried about hunger, anger in Nigeria – Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said yesterday that he and his colleagues in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) were concerned about discontent, hunger and anger in the country and would be ready to work with other stakeholders to find a lasting solution. Governor Fayemi, who is the NGF Chairman, said the raging nationwide ENDSARS protests resulted from years of pent-up emotion, anger and hunger in the land, adding that the governors are committed to larger reform of the polity not only much-taunted Police reform. The Governor spoke on Sunday…

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Two killed as thugs attack #EndSARS protesters in Edo

No fewer than two people were feared dead Friday when hooldums attacked peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Benin-City, capital of Edo State. The state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, swiftly condemned the attack on the #EndSARS protesters by the unidentified hoodlums, noting that a thorough investigation would commence immediately to bring the culprits to justice. Obaseki charged the Police Command to come out in full force to provide adequate security to the protesters, as they were exercising their rights as concerned citizens of Nigeria. “I have just learnt that hoodlums have attacked…

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181 students, staff of Lagos school contract COVID-19

The Lagos State Government has confirmed one hundred and eighty one positive COVID-19 cases in a private boarding school in Lekki. The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who made this known said one hundred and eighty one students and staff members of a private school located in a suburb of Lekki tested positive for COVID19 during surveillance and case investigation in the school. Giving details of the investigation, Professor Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on the 3rd of this month and was sent home…

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Police Service Commission to dismiss 37 ex-SARS officers

No fewer than 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad have been pencilled down for dismissal from service. The Police Service Commission (PSC) is also expected to order the prosecution of 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.  Ikechukwu Ani, PSC spokesman, who broke the news on Friday, said a presidential panel set up on the reform of SARS, made the recommendation. He said the panel had among other things investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform…

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Kaduna govt appoints judicial panel of inquiry into police brutality

Kaduna State Government has constituted a judicial panel of inquiry into acts of police brutality in the state. A statement by the Special adviser to the state governor on Media and Communication Mr Muyiwa Adekeye says this follows the resolution of the National Economic Council committing state governors to this and other steps to ensure accountability in the operations of police units in their states. The Statement explains that, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into acts of brutality by police units in Kaduna Sate will be inaugurated on Monday, 19th…

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#EndInsecurityNow: Security agencies are trying to stop our protest – CNG

The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has said security operatives have made efforts to stop its planned protest in Kano scheduled for Saturday (today). It also said its members were detained in Gombe before a scheduled protest earlier yesterday. According to the group’s spokesman, Abdulazeez Suleiman, CNG would go ahead with tomorrow’s protest despite what he described as an attempt to suppress their right. He said: “Security agencies are trying to stop our protest in Kano tomorrow. They called and asked us not to go ahead with the protest. Our…

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