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02:02

You’ve Made Your Point, End the Protests - Tinubu



National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, yesterday intervened in the ongoing #EndSARS protests, urging the protesters to calm down and end the demonstrations that have paralysed socio-economic activities in Abuja, Benin, Lagos among other capital cities in the country.


“You have made your point. Government has made a commitment to you. Please, please and please, call off the protests,” he appealed to the protesters in a statement, adding: “Give the government a chance to implement your demands.”

He urged the youths to end the protests since President Muhammadu Buhari has acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.

The former Lagos State governor noted that the protesters have made considerable gains within a very short period, urging them to be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking.

He said: “For instance, it is unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs and assorted criminals have seized on the protests to perpetrate violence, disrupt civil life and harass, intimidate and assault innocent persons going about their lawful business.

“The intent of the organisers of the protests is to achieve stated objectives on police reform, which the government has in principle accepted. It can certainly not be their motive to cause generalised anarchy or effect regime change. If they give the impression that that is their goal, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule.” Tinubu added that the vigour and vibrancy of the protests were an indication of the growing strength of the democratic culture in Nigeria.

He urged the protesters to be careful not to set the stage for the erosion or destruction of the same democratic process that gives them the freedom and right to protest in the first place.

He praised religious leaders for what he called their sense of patriotism and urged them to prevail on their teeming followers to call off the protests for now and give peace a chance.

Saying the protests have forcefully demonstrated the reality and potency of people’s power, he pleaded that the new energy must be tapped and channeled to strengthen, not weaken the country’s democracy.

“Surely, the country cannot remain the same after this,” Tinubu said, adding: “The government has demonstrated its sensitivity to the demands of the youth and must now be supported to implement the reforms it has committed itself to.”

He said it was a good sign that Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and a number of other state governors had speedily set up judicial panels of inquiry into acts of police brutality over the years and urged other state governors that are yet to do so to emulate Sanwo-Olu’s example.

“This process of change should be supported and this cannot be done in an atmosphere of endless protests that are also crippling an economy already enfeebled by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. Thisdaylive
02:01

EndSARS: Show you understand youths’ plight, Obasanjo tells President Buhari

 


FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday said the #EndSARS protests across the country were a product of extensive agitations by youths that must be attended to by government.

Obasanjo explained that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, could make Nigerian youths know that he understood their plight and would make life better for them.

According to a statement by Moses Olafare, the Director of Media, Ooni’s palace, Obasanjo, who spoke in Ile Ife, during a visit to Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi said many youths had struggled to get education, while the educated ones among them were frustrated over lack of opportunities.

He, however, expressed  the belief that there were windows of opportunities which the government could explore to show that it cared about the people.

Obasanjo was quoted as saying “Over 65 per cent of our population are under the age of 35, who look up to the best in life, who struggle for education; some of them didn’t even get educated while those who are educated get frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realise that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.

“But I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people, especially the youth’s welfare as the father of the country, particularly as the father of the youths.

“Fortunately, by experience, the President has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youths know that he, as a father, understands their plight and his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them,” Obasanjo concluded.

In his remarks, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, described the #EndSARS struggle as a clear message from the youths to the government, particularly about their ability to get things done in a coordinated manner.

He then urged the youths to allow the government to fully attend to their yearnings.

Punch

02:01

Gov Wike supports women on fresh constitution for new Nigeria

 


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, supported women who advocated a new constitution in the country that would usher in fresh democratic experience for Nigerians and end police brutality in all its ramifications.

He stressed that the inherent injustices that had characterised the Nigerian state and wanton police brutality must stop in order to give Nigerians a new lease of life.

He stated this while addressing scores of women who stormed Government House, Port Harcourt, to demand an end to police brutality and a new constitution that would usher in a free, democratic Nigeria.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the governor said he felt the pain of the women, some of whom have lost their child, husband and other loved ones to police brutality.

Wike said the injustice inflicted on Nigerians should stop, adding that he had been calling attention to the lawlessness of the Nigerian police officers, especially of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) since 2015 and 2016.

He said when he raised concerns that SARS officers in the state were going beyond their bounds, the Federal Government, which controls the police ignored him, insisting that even some officials of SARS who were caught on camera killing people in Rivers were promoted as though to justify impunity.

The governor explained that this was the best time to address the rot in the system, saying, “If Nigeria was truly a democratic country, the people’s voices must be heard.”

Speaking, Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo, told the governor that for 12 days, they and other Nigerian women have been on the streets crying to demand a reformed country, stressing that the protests were not political, but a movement of people who are frustrated with the system.

“We are standing to say ENDSARS. Destroy the constitution that has institutionalised injustice, inequality and lack of development. We want a new constitution where every Nigerian will be free, where the child of the poor can attend good schools, where sick women can go to good hospital and get treatment and where roads will not be death trap. That is not too much to ask,” she said.

Scores of mothers dressed in black attires had joined in the #EndSARS protest in Port Harcourt to demand an end to police brutality and bad governance in the country.

Niger Delta activist and former member of the 2014 national political reform conference, Ann-Kio Briggs, said those with evil intention were the ones attempting to change the narrative of the #EndSARs protests. Theguardianng

01:26

In Lagos: Polytechnic student goes missing after exams



A Lagos State polytechnic student, Shalewa Adebowale, has gone missing while on her way home from her cousin’s house in the Igando area of the state.


Punch learnt that the 19-year-old nursing student left her parents’ house at Olorulogbo, Anthony village, Lagos, on October 10, 2020, to sit an exam.

She reportedly decided to spend the night at a cousin’s house after the exam ended late.

Punch correspondent gathered that Shalewa later left the cousin’s house to board a bus at Checkpoint bus stop, LASU Road, en route to Iyana Ipaja.

Her whereabouts since then had been unknown.

Shalewa’s sister, Feyikemi, told PUNCH Metro that their father heard last from her around 7.09pm on October 11.

“She told him that she was dying and that she needed help. We reported the case at the Anthony and Ikeja police stations. The officers at both stations did not take the case seriously and they are slow with the investigation,” she added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, asked the family of the victim to meet the Personal Assistant to the Commissioner of Police and also advised them to go to the State Intelligence Bureau. Punch
01:25

EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League after Week 5



Tottenham Hotspur forward, Heung-Min Son, leads the race for the Golden Boot this season, after Game Week 5 fixtures.


Son scored one as Spurs were held to a pulsating 3-3 draw by West Ham on Sunday.

His first-minute strike took his tally so far in the Premier League to seven goals.

Son remains joint top with Everton’s striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who netted in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.

Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah also scored in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and now has six goals.

Premier League top scorers:

7 goals: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

6 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

5 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

4 goals: Neal Maupay (Brighton), Callum Wilson (Newcastle), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Danny Ings (Southampton)

3 goals: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), James Rodriguez (Everton), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Patrick Bamford (Leeds), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Jorginho (Chelsea), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), James Rodriguez (Everton), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raul Jimenez (Wolves) Dailypost
01:21

Crocodile Smile: Nigerian army asked to go tough against terrorists



The Nigerian military has been urged to go tough against remnants of terrorists in the country following the launch of the Operation Crocodile Smile.


Recall that the Nigerian army had announced that a new phase of the military exercise would commence on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, nationwide.

However, following the launch of the exercise, many Nigerians had expressed divergent reactions that the development came at a time some Nigerians are on the streets demanding an end to police brutality.

But, the Coalition of Progressive Yoruba Youths, believes that the exercise would further quell terrorism and banditry in some parts of Nigeria

Comrade Kola Salau, president of the coalition, in a statement on Monday, said Nigerians must forget about the cynicism and attempt to paint the current exercise in a bad light.

He said, “You’ll agree with us that after the Nigerian military made significant progress in quelling terrorism and banditry in parts of the country, that it’s likely that some of the criminal elements may have escaped into the hinterland to continue their heinous acts.

“Recent events leading to the disbandment of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force, have also given citizens concerns about the internal security situation in Nigeria and the police and other security agencies forced out of the streets, concerned Nigerians have expressed fears that crime and criminal activities may escalate in the country.

“In the same vein, since the suspected terrorists and criminal elements are running away from other parts of the country like the Northeast, Northwest, North central and other parts of the country, it’s only appropriate for the army to launch Operation CROCODILE SMILES VI to apprehend these elements and the make the country peaceful and secure for the people.” Dailypost

01:21

COVID-19: Republic of Ireland to move to highest restrictions



The Irish government is to move the country to the highest level of coronavirus restrictions, broadly similar to the spring lockdown.

Cabinet ministers have agreed to level five restrictions from midnight on Wednesday in a bid to combat the rise in cases.

The restrictions are to last for six weeks but will be reviewed after four.

Under the rules, people will only be able to exercise within 5km (3 miles) of their home.

The government has confirmed there will be a penalty for travel beyond that distance, with exemptions for essential work and essential purposes.

However, schools and creches will remain open and elite sport and construction will continue. BBC
00:51

N2.2bn fraud: Banker narrates money flow in Ex-Gov Fayose’s trial



The N2.2bn fraud trial of a former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, and a firm, Spotless Investment Limited, continued on Monday before the Federal High Court in Lagos with an official of First Bank testifying as the 9th prosecution.

Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the witness, Taiwo Ogundein, pointed out to the judge from bank documents, inflows and outflows of huge sums of money from the First Bank account of a firm, Still Earth Limited.

One of the EFCC’s claims against Fayose was that he purchased a N200m Abuja property from Skye Bank in the name of “your elder sister, Mrs Moji Oladeji.”

An ex-Skye Bank official, Olugbenga Falai, had in March told the court that the N200m payment for the property was made to Skye Bank “from a Zenith Bank account named Still Earth Limited.”

At the Monday proceeding, Ogundein, who said he manages Still Earth Limited’s account with First Bank, told the judge that the one Hoff Concepts Limited credited the account with N40m on January 29, 2015; while De Privateers Limited paid in N39.5m on January 30, 2015.

One of the EFCC’s claims against Fayose was that he purchased a N200m Abuja property from Skye Bank in the name of “your elder sister, Mrs Moji Oladeji.”

An ex-Skye Bank official, Olugbenga Falai, had in March told the court that the N200m payment for the property was made to Skye Bank “from a Zenith Bank account named Still Earth Limited.”

At the Monday proceeding, Ogundein, who said he manages Still Earth Limited’s account with First Bank, told the judge that the one Hoff Concepts Limited credited the account with N40m on January 29, 2015; while De Privateers Limited paid in N39.5m on January 30, 2015.

The witness, however, said he could not confirm whether First Bank considered the transactions of Still Earth’s legal or suspicious.

Justice C.J. Aneke adjourned further proceedings till Tuesday. Punch
00:46

Leave The Road And Let’s Dialogue, Governor Sanwo-Olu Appeals To Protesters



Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, again, appealed to the youths demonstrating against police brutality in the State to leave the roads and embrace the dialogue for the resolution of their agitations.


The Governor, on Monday, said the State Government had shown sincerity and willingness to address all concerns raised by the protesters, given the actions taken so far, including the constitution of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and setting up of compensation funds for the victims.

Sanwo-Olu made the appeal during the swearing-in of members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at the State House in Marina.

The Governor’s appeal came on the heel of violent dimension assumed by the EndSARS protests in some parts of the State.

Reiterating his solidarity with the protesters’ demands, Sanwo-Olu said the pain expressed and concerns raised were genuine and legitimate. This, he said, prompted the Federal and States’ governments to immediately acquiesce to some of the demands, while setting process in motion to implement other changes demanded.

The Governor urged the protesters to be part of the process of implementing the reforms they clamoured for in the police, stressing that continuous blocking of roads, Government, and private offices would slow down the procedure of implementing their demands.

Sanwo-Olu said he believed the task of reforming the police was achievable, but required the input and cooperation of the youth to accomplish the task.

He commended the cohesiveness of the “resilient” young people who stood their ground in the last two weeks. Their tenacity, Sanwo-Olu said, has made the much-desired change in the policing system become inevitable.

Speaking about the judicial panel, the Governor said he was convinced that its outcome and recommendations would open a new chapter in the police-citizen relationship.

He promised that the State Government would ensure that all wounds are healed, justice served to victims of abuse, and guilty police officers prosecuted.

At the time of the swearing-in of the panel members, the representatives of the youth in the panel had not been nominated by the protesters.

The State Government, last Friday, reached out to the protesters to forward the name of their nominees to the judicial panel. The protesters, however, pleaded for more time to send the names of their nominees, four days after the Government’s request. ChannelsTv
00:44

Peace ambassador who asked Buhari to crush #EndSARS protesters apologises



A self-acclaimed United Nations Peace Ambassador, Hussaini Coomasie, has apologised to Nigerian youths for calling on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to treat the #EndSARS protesters with an iron fist.


Coomasie had in a video on Saturday, said the protesters wouldn’t have dared to demonstrate under former President Olusegun Obasanjo the way they are doing today.

He had said, “I blame Buhari for taking things lightly. There are certain things that should be handled with an iron fist. Vladimir Putin says you should take the necessary process to deal with irregularities and not due process. There are times due process does not work but necessary process.

“Whichever way that your country will be in peace, handle it. If the police fail to do what they are supposed to do, bring in the military.”

Following the viral video, however, an online petition was initiated on Change.Org with over 28,000 persons calling on the UN to strip Coomasie of his peace ambassadorship.

However, checks on the website of the UN showed that Coomasie was never at any time appointed as a peace ambassador by the UN.

Coomasie’s phone number was also made public on social media with many youths stalking him on the telephone and insulting him. Eventually, his switched off his phone.

However, on Monday evening, Coomasie released a new video apologising to Nigerian youths and endorsing the protests.

The All Progressives Congress chieftain, who appeared remorseful, said he was only airing his opinion and didn’t mean to offend anyone. Punch
01:41

Twelve killed in Azerbaijan missile strike



Twelve civilians were killed and more than 40 people injured in an early hours missile strike on Azerbaijan’s second city of Ganja, the Azerbaijani prosecutor general’s office said.

The strike levelled several rows of buildings in a residential district of the city of 300,000, sharply escalating the conflict between separatist ethnic Armenian forces and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Details later…

(AFP)
01:40

Newcastle vs Man Utd: Ole Solskjaer’s future to be decided within weeks amid tough fixtures



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fate as Manchester United manager could be sealed within the next three weeks, the UK Mirror reports.

The Red Devils were hammered 6-1 before the international week, a result that leaves them 16th on the table.

United have only won once this season, needing a 100th minute penalty to see off Brighton 3-2.

Solskjaer’s men return to action with seven fixtures across three weeks.

It begins this Saturday, when they travel to play Newcastle in the Premier League.

After that comes a trip to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Their next three games will be at Old Trafford. First come Chelsea, before RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Mikel Arteta will then bring his improving Arsenal team in the league.

United travel to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, before a trip to current league leaders, Everton. Dailypost
01:40

Barack Obama campaigns for Biden in battleground Pennsylvania next week



Former US President Barack Obama will make his first appearance on the campaign trail for his former Vice President Joe Biden next week, the Biden campaign announced on Friday.

Obama will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday to campaign on behalf of Biden and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, the campaign said in a statement.

It did not provide any further information about the event and said additional details would follow.

Pennsylvania is one of the key battleground states at stake in the November 3 presidential election between Biden and President Donald Trump.

The 59-year-old Obama remained on the sidelines during the Democratic presidential primaries but endorsed his former deputy after he won the party nomination.

During the party convention in August, Obama urged voters to support Biden and said “our democracy” is at stake.

Obama said the 77-year-old Biden “made me a better president.”

“He’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country,” he added.

(AFP)
01:40

EndSars: UK Agency Questioned Over Financial Support To SARS



A member of the British parliament, Ms Kate Osamor, representing Edmonton, has written to question and seek clarification on the nature of aid the United Kingdom Government through the office of the Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs, extends to Nigeria’s disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

According to Thisday, The letter written on October 15 and personally signed by Osamor, called the attention of the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Mr Dominic Raab, to the nationwide protests in Nigeria in the past seven days against the excesses of SARS.

She warned that further assistance be withheld and also called for an audit of what the previous aids were used for so that the UK Government agency would not be unintentionally supporting or facilitating the actions of an agency notorious for human rights violations.

The letter made available to ACE was written in a tone of caution to avoid a situation SARS got support from the agency without proper use.

Osamor’s letter cited that there have been 82 proven and documented incidents of torture, ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions and gross human rights abuses against SARS since January 2017 and cautioned it would be unthinkable that UK agency gives support to such body unless for training on proper conduct that respects human rights.

Osamor notified Raab that she wrote in her capacity as a member of a committee that superintends the agency.

She alerted that given the shady accountability process in the Nigerian agency, there might be the likelihood that UK might have been unknowingly providing support for an agency involved in the offences of abuses mentioned. Saharareporters
01:39

EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League ahead of Week 5



Tottenham Hotspur striker, Heung-Min Son, leads the race for the Golden Boot this season, ahead of Game Week 5 fixtures.

Son netted twice as Jose Mourinho’s men crushed Manchester United 6-1 before the international break.

His brace took his tally so far in the Premier League to six goals.

Son is joint top with Everton’s hotshot, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will face champions Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah are both on five goals.

Premier League top scorers:

6 goals: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

5 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

4 goals: Neal Maupay (Brighton), Callum Wilson (Newcastle)

3 goals: Patrick Bamford (Leeds), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Danny Ings (Southampton), Jorginho (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), James Rodriguez (Everton), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Dailypost

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