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10 things you need to know today Saturday 17/10/2020

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1. As the protest against SARS continues across the country, some youths Friday stormed the headquarters of the recently disbanded police arm, SARS in Anambra, insisting on searching the compound. This was based on their belief that some suspects were usually killed and buried inside the compound housing the SARS offices. But attempts by the protesters to access the compound was rebuffed by armed security men, resulting in an argument.

2. Rev Tola Oyediran, daughter of Obafemi Awolowo is dead. Oyediran, who is the eldest child of Awolowo died on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 79 years. She was billed to celebrate her 80th birthday on December 1. Until her death, she was the Chairman, Board of Directors of African Newspapers of Nigeria ( ANN) publishers of Tribune titles. Prior to her death, the deceased was said to be hale and hearty.

3. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Lauretta Onochie as an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Commissioner. Onochie is Buhari’s Special Assistant on social media. Yekini Nabena, in a statement said the PDP needs to be reminded that one of its card-carrying members, Dr. Johnson Alalibo is the current Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC). The party said for the PDP, Onochie’s capacity and effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional amounts to partisanship.

4. The Twitter account of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was on Friday hacked. The hackers put up a message threatening to reveal secrets of the Nigerian authorities. This, according to them was part of the protest against police brutality and a call for an end to the operations of SARS.

5. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said he is not a party to the directive by the National Executive Council, NEC for Governors to set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in their various states. NEC, after its meeting on Thursday, had directed the immediate establishment of state-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings. Wike, in an interview on a live television programme wondered who will fund the panel of inquiry. He added that state governors cannot take charge of tactical commands because they cannot employ or discipline anyone who errs.

6. Former Governor, Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, on Friday declared his support for Nigerian youths who have been on the streets to call for an end to police brutality and operations of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force. Gbenga Daniel, in a statement on his social media handles, said End SARS is the subjective condition for an impending revolution on the journey towards restructuring of the country’s political system.

7. The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the attack on the End SARS protesters by hoodlums in the state on Friday. Pictures and videos from some of the protesters showed some hoodlums armed with machetes and other dangerous weapons attacking protesters marching along Ring Road, killing one and injuring several others. Reacting, the Governor in a statement released on Friday evening, ordered the state Police Command to provide adequate security for the protesters as they exercise their rights as concerned Nigerians.

8. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Friday, addressed youths of the state who visited him at the Government House, Enugu, to press further their demand for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. Gov. Ugwuanyi who described the protest as a solemn moment for the country, called for prayers and a minute silence for the departed souls of victims of extra-judicial killings in the nation.

9. The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Aleredolu, on Friday identified with youths protesting against police brutality in the state. Akeredolu commended the protesting youths for bringing an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, unit of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF. The governor also disclosed that a committee has been set up to address the issue of illegality, extortion and harassment by police.

10. Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has apologized to Nigerians and also admitted and faulted the Federal Government for not moving faster in addressing the demands of Nigerians calling for a total ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS unit of the police. Osinbajo, in a series of tweets on Friday night, said he knows many Nigerians are angry, and that their anger was justified. The VP assured that efforts are being made to address the demands of aggrieved Nigerians.

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Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing 

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Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.

The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.

The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .

 

According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.

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Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits

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Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.

The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.

The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.

“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.

“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.

“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.

“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.

Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”

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Heaven will fall if another northerner succeeds Buhari in 2023 presidential election – Joe Igbokwe replies Northern elders

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe, has reacted to the remark by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

Igbokwe warned that heaven would fall if another Northerner is elected after Buhari.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF spokesperson had said the North was not ready to relinquish power in 2023.

Baba-Ahmed had said anyone against a Northern president should leave Nigeria if one emerges in 2023.

The NEF spokesman had disclosed this at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series in Zaria, Kaduna.

Moreover, Igbokwe, on his Facebook page wrote: “Heaven won’t fall if another Northerner is elected president – Hakeem Baba-Ahmad.

“Me- Hear me well, heaven will falloooo.”

Most Nigerians have talked against the North producing the country’s next president.

Against this backdrop, the Southeast has been clamouring to produce Nigeria’s next president.

The Southern governors had currently insisted that their region should provide Nigeria’s next president.

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