Health Politics World News

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Imposes National Lockdown Until December 2 Over COVID-19 Spike

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has imposed a month-long lockdown in England expected to last until December 2.

The new lockdown comes as a second wave of COVID-19 sweeps through Europe, forcing countries such as France, Germany, Sweden and Ireland to renew strict restrictions.

The United Kingdom on Saturday passed one million confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The government said, “Between 31 January and 31 October 2020, there have been 1,011,660 people who have had a confirmed positive test result.”
Cases rose by 21,915 from the previous day while the death toll increased by 326, Reuters reports.

As part of the new lockdown, all shops, pubs, bars, restaurants that do not provide essential services would close and people would no longer be allowed to visit family and friends indoors.

Schools and courts would remain open.

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Entertainment World News

First James Bond Actor, Sean Connery, Dies At 90

Sean Connery, the first actor to play the iconic role of James Bond, has died at the age of 90.

The Scottish actor went on to portray the character seven times.

He died peacefully in his sleep while in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”, the BBC quotes his son as saying.

His acting career spanned five decades and he won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in “The Untouchables”.

Connery’s other films included Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones, Last Crusade and The Rock.

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Crime World News

US forces conducts hostage rescue operation in Northern Nigeria

Quoting Pentagon sources, NBC News reporting that the United States of America forces have conducted a hostage rescue operation in northern Nigeria.

The report says the operation was:
“To recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men.”
The report further stated that
”This American citizen is safe and no U.S military personnel were injured during the operation.”

The American citizen was reportedly abducted last week in Niger Republic, but was rescued during a high-risk U.S. military raid in neighboring Nigeria.

US forces routinely train African forces on counter-terrorism and fostering partnerships with friendly governments.

The mission was said to have been undertaken by elite commandos as part of a major effort to free the U.S. citizen, Philip Walton, 27, before his abductors could get far after taking him captive in Niger on Monday, October 26.

The operation involved the governments of the U.S., Niger and Nigeria working together to rescue Walton quickly, unnamed sources quoted in the report said.

The elite SEAL Team Six of the US forces were said to have been responsible for carrying out the rescue mission and killed all but one of the seven captors.

Pentagon chief spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement:
“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men.

“This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation.
“We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.”

U.S. and Nigerien officials had said that Walton was kidnapped from his home after the assailants asked him for money.

Walton lives with his wife and young daughter on a farm near Massalata, a small village close to the border with Nigeria.

Nigerien and American officials told ABC News that they believed the captors were from an armed group from Nigeria and that it was not considered terror-related. But hostages are often sold to terrorist groups.

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Local News

Petrol tanker catches fire near Ogun Governor’s Office

A truck loaded with about 50 ,000 litres of petroleum was gutted by fire in front of Ogun State Governor’ s Office , Oke -Mosan, Abeokuta .

The incident happened minutes ago.

Eyewitnesses gathered that the tanker was coming from Ijora , Lagos State , en route to Adatan, in Abeokuta metropolis .

The driver , who identified himself as Nurudeen Yusuf, told newsmen that he , alongside his two motorboys , discovered a spark from the engine, which resulted in the fire outbreak.

The leader of the Federal Fire Service at the scene , Sodiq Atanda, said it took the timely intervention of his men to put out the fire .

Atanda said, “ If not for the proximity of our station and the timely intervention of our men , this situation would have been worse .”

He , however , lamented that the truck did not have a fire extinguisher .


FG will make migration unattractive for doctors

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government will do everything possible to discourage doctors from leaving the country .

He said the government will provide the necessary incentives to make migration unattractive for the doctors .

Ehanire said this on Friday in Abuja after inspecting work on the new cancer centre at the National Hospital , Abuja .

“ I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country . We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive , ” he said .

The minister also said that the hospital performed well during the peak of the COVID – 19 pandemic in the country , pledging that the government will do everything possible to ensure that doctors will prefer to remain and work in country.

Dr Osagie Ehanire

Speaking further , the minister advised the hospital management to spend wisely , properly maintain the facilities when completed and seek alternative sources of funding .

He praised the hospital administrators for its prompt services to patients and advised them to be prepared for a possible resurgence of the COVID -19 pandemic as other countries are now experiencing .

“Schools are resuming , people are travelling in and out the country so we must be prepared for any emergency ,” he warned .

Also speaking , the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Jaf Momoh , indicated that the hospital has introduced incentives to encourage medical personnel to stay in the country .

Crime Politics World News

Photonews: Body Of Suspected #LekkiMassacre Victim Found Washed Ashore In Lekki, Close To Scene Of Attack

Body Of Suspected #LekkiMassacre Victim Found Washed Ashore In Lekki Close To Scene Of Attack Carried Out By The Nigerian Army On Peaceful Protesters On October 20, 2020

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Corruption Crime Politics World News

Lawyer Sues President Buhari, Sanwo-Olu, Others Over Shooting Of Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

A legal practitioner, Yusuf Temilola Nurudeen, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to court over the killing of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate.

The lawyer, in the suit filed for himself and on behalf of the #ENDSARS protesters, also joined the Attorney-General of the Federation, Attorney-General of Lagos State, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Chief of Army Staff, Inspector-General of Police, Brigadier-General Francis Omata, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, and M. I. Yahya as the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th respondents.

In the suit before the Federal High Court, Lagos, the lawyer prayed the court to determine whether the shooting of protesters was not a violation of the rights of the protesters and whether the situation, atmosphere and conducts of the protesters have degenerated into any situation that envisaged the deployment of the army.

He also asked the court to determine whether the 6th, 8th and 10th defendants have not failed in their constitutional responsibilities to provide adequate security for #ENDSARS protesters.

The lawyer prayed the court to declare that the action of the defendants in forcefully dispersing and shooting at the protesters is “unjustifiable, inexcusable and not permitted, therefore, wrongful, unlawful, unconstitutional and a violation of the plaintiff’s rights to freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly”.

He also asked the court to declare that the actions of the defendants in shooting and killing at least seven protesters and injuring many was an abuse of power by President Buhari.

The lawyer also asked the court to give an “order of perpetual injunction against the defendants whether by themselves, agents, privies and servants from applying brute force by deploying officers and men on the Nigerian Army or any armed forces to disperse peaceful protesters and other aggrieved citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from organising themselves or convening peaceful assemblies, meetings, or rallies against unpopular government policies.

“An order by this honourable court directing the defendants jointly and severally to published an unreserved public apology in five national dailies to the plaintiff and all the victims of the unjustifiable, inexcusable wrongful,’ unlawful and unconstitutional deployment of officers and men of the Nigerian Army who murdered and injured peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, 20th of October, 2020 by shooting life bullets at unarmed protesters including the plaintiff and for violating their rights to freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly guaranteed and protected by sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Articles 9 (2) and 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap A9) LFN, 2004.

“An order of this honourable court compelling the defendants jointly and severally to pay the families of all Nigerian youth that lost their life at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, 20th of October, 2020 the sum of N50, 000, 000 (Fifty million naira) each damages and pay the plaintiff the sum N5,OOO,OOO (Five Million Naira) for the violation of his right to freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly guaranteed and protected by to Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Articles 9 (2) and 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap A9) LFN, 2004.”

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Soldiers stop Lagos judicial panel from accessing military mortuary

Soldiers manning the gate at the Military Hospital in Ikoyi have stopped the Lagos judicial panel on

EndSARS from assessing the hospital’s mortuary.

The panel, unannounced, on Friday went to the hospital on investigation into the shooting at Lekki tollgate where 15 protesters were reportedly killed.

Witnesses of the Lekki shooting accused the military of taking away the bodies of those killed in the incident.

The panel met resistance as it got to the gate of the hospital.

Ebun Adegboruwa, a member of the panel, told soldiers, who stopped them at the gate, that the panel came to the hospital because it had intelligence that might help with its investigation.

“The facility is relevant to our investigation. We have a pathologist. We are here on the authority of the president, not only the governor,” he said.

“We are following dues process, and it is important we visit the mortuary as it will help our findings.

“If we are not allowed access, we will go back and take other actions. We won’t force ourselves in. We have confidential information that the military hospital here is relevant in the investigation of the Lekki event.

We heard this hospital is controlled by 65 battalion, and under the 81 division. We are also taking steps to reach military authorities.”

Adegboruwa said though the panel does not have evidence that there are bodies of those killed at the tollgate in the hospital, it was at the facility to verify the claim that they were.

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ASUU Strike To Continue As Meeting With FG Deadlocked

The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues as the meeting between the Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU held, late Wednesday night, again ended in a deadlock.

The meeting headed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, could not conclude and finally resolve the contentious issue of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), especially the issue of the platform to use to pay the university lecturers before the knotty issue of IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is finally resolved.

A source at the late-night meeting told that all other issues in contention have been resolved and agreed on, apart from the issue of IPPIS and on which platform to continue paying them before UTAS, developed locally and proposed by ASUU passed all integrity tests.

The issues, such as the Funding for Revitalisation of Public Universities; Earned Academic Allowances; Salary shortfall; state of State universities, Reconstitution of the Government Renegotiating Team; Visitation panels to Federal Universities; and the issue of University Pension System have all been resolved. The meeting is to be reconvened on Wednesday next week.

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Local News

10 Vehicles Burnt As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Lagos

Scores of persons have been left injured after a petrol tanker exploded at Mile 2, along the Oshodi/Apapa Expressway in Lagos on Thursday.
The incident left many vehicles burnt as well.

Goods worth several millions of naira were also destroyed by fire.
It was gathered that the affected truck, which loaded the substance from one of the tank farms along the expressway, was heading outward Apapa.

However, on reaching a failed section of the road, the tanker overturned, spilled its content and went up in flames.

The loud bang rattled some drivers, who were sleeping in their trucks, awaiting the right time to hit the road.
They scampered in different directions for safety.

Unfortunately for drivers of other trucks behind, they could not manoeuvre their ways because of the failed section.

They abandoned their trucks and managed to run for their lives.
The fire also affected some trucks on the other side of the road waiting for their turn to drive into the port.

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If you are tired, come and enter government — Desmond Elliot tells youths

A video making rounds on social media show the moment Lagos legislator, Desmond Elliot called for a ‘change in narrative’ as regards the way some unruly behaviour is displayed on social media.

In the video, the Actor-turned-Lawmaker called on the youths to get into government if they are tired.

He said;

Mr Speaker, we need to address certain things ;
The Nigerian Youth, The Social Media, The Social Influencers, All of these are making the narrative that we are seeing today, except we are joking with ourselves.
Social media is good but it has Negative impacts.

Let me thank you for condeming the killings and carnage that happened at Lekki. When i went through the comments i could not believe it Mr. Speaker, the curses, the abuses from children and i ask myslef, is this Nigeria ? What is going on?
Children cursing, people having the effontery to enter an Oba’s palace, hold the staff of office? Culture is gone. Mr. Speaker, in the next 5 years, there will be no Nigeria if we don’t act now.

The youth is not only those who do the peaceful protest, but those who have looted and destroyed lives are also youths as well.

He also seized the opportunity to plead with Nigerian celebrities, social media influencers and motivational speakers to “tune down on the hate narrative.”

He said the youth have a constitutional means to change government and it is called the ‘PVC’.

He added;
Go to the elections, if you are tired come and enter government. People are dying. The narrative must change.

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Education Local News Politics

Lagos State Government Reopens Schools

The Lagos State Government has reopened private and public schools.

Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education in the state, in a statement on Thursday said schools can reopen from Monday, November 2, 2020.

The statement reads in part, “The Lagos State Government has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, 2nd of November, 2020 while boarders in public schools are to resume on Sunday, 1st of the same month.”

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End Attempts To Cover Up Lekki Massacre, Amnesty International Tells Nigerian Government

Amnesty International Asks President Buhari Why Were CCTV Cameras Dismantled In Advance? And Who Ordered Electricity To Be Turned Off Before The Army Opened Fire
Amnesty International, AI, has on Wednesday, called out the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, and the Nigerian Army, for allegedly trying to cover up the Lekki toll gate ordered shooting of peaceful EndSARS protesters, on Tuesday night, 20th October, in Lagos, Page 36 learnt.

“What happened at Lekki Toll Gate, has all the traits of the Nigerian Authorities’ pattern of a cover-up, whenever their Defence and Security Forces commit unlawful killings.

“One week on, the Nigerian Authorities still have many questions to answer: who ordered the use of lethal force on peaceful protesters?

”Why were CCTV cameras on the scene dismantled in advance? And who ordered electricity being turned off minutes before the Military opened fire on protesters?”, Osai Ojigho, the Country Director of Amnesty International, asked.

Amnesty International further called on the Federal Government to bring to justice those behind the shootings, and to protect those who are exercising their right to freedom of assembly.

It said that it is still investigating the shooting, and the reported removal of bodies in an attempt to remove evidence.

Amnesty International has been monitoring developments across Nigeria, since the EndSARS protests started on October 8, 2020.

“At least 56 people have died across the country since protests began. In multiple cases, the Security Forces have used excessive force, in an attempt to control or stop the protests”, AI noted.

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Protesters Threaten To Start Another Protest Bigger Than EndSARS

The federal government and the Nigerian Army have been warned that another protest will take place if soldiers who killed protesters at Lekki toll gate are not arrested and prosecuted.

A coalition of civil society groups made this known on Wednesday after giving the government fifteen-day ultimatum to fish out the soldiers that shot the # EndSARS , protesters at Lekki Toll Gate Lagos.

The groups comprising the Campaign for Democracy, CD, Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation, HURIDE, Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, and Igbo Elders Forum, IEF, threatened another protest at the expiration of the ultimatum.

They flayed the Lagos State government and the Nigerian Army for feigning ignorance of persons behind the shooting when in actual sense they were united in sending troops to Lekki toll gate, which they said the Army finally exposed on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of the groups in Onitsha, Publicity Secretary of CD, and Chairman CD, South East Zone, Dede Uzor Uzor, the group also said the Federal Government should set up a fund to compensate the families.

He said,

“The protest was peaceful and very well organized, until some suspected thugs sponsored by people with a vested interest in government, started attacking them and instigating the supporters of the protester to violence, before the soldiers of the Nigerian Army, were drafted to open fire on them.

“The story is no more about whether soldiers were involved or not, the Army through Major Olaniyi on Tuesday revealed soldiers involvement and who invited them, we are now concerned about the soldiers or officers that carried out the shooting.

“This kind of shooting of protesting civilians does not happen in a Democratic government, so we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to within fifteen days, fish out Army officials that were responsible for the shooting of the protesters at Lekki Tollgate.

“If at the expiration of fifteen-day, from now to November 1st, 2020, the soldiers of the Nigerian Army who carried out the despicable shooting of the protesters were not shown to Nigerians, we will organize the mother of all protests that Nigerians have never seen in its history, to show to the world that Nigeria is not a banana republic and Nigerians are not happy that their citizens are being killed like rats.”

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Business World News

Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria ex- finance minister, elected WTO DG

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s nominee for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, has emerged winner of the highly competitive race.

The former minister polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat her South Korea’s trade minister opponent, at the final stage of the race
She has broken many records, including becoming the first African to occupy win that office at the WTO.

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Education Local News

WAEC announces new date to release result

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it postponed the release of the just concluded West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to next week due to curfew imposed in some parts of the country.

Recall that the council had said it will release the result within 45 days.

The head of public affairs of WAEC Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, had confirmed this on September 14.

But a tweet on WAEC’s official Twitter page on Thursday said the result will be released in the first week of November.

It tweeted, “WASSCE SC 2020 Results Release Date: Dear candidates, the Council had planned to release the results today in fulfillment of our Project 45 but due to the curfew imposed last week, it had to be postponed till next week.”

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“Lagos Govt Invited Us To Intervene In The EndSars Crisis” – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has finally revealed that it was summoned to the scene of protest at Lekki Toll Gate by the Lagos State Government.

The army said this after initial denial by both the military and Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the involvement of the military in the shooting and killing of protesters.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had blamed “forces beyond our control” for the attack, while insisting that he had no authority over military engagements.

The soldiers, who were deployed from 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos, told some victims’ relatives after dumping some of the injured and dead at MRS Hospital that they were sent by Governor Sanwo-Olu, the report revealed.

Confirming the report of being summoned to engage the protesters by the state government, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Osoba Olaniyi, said the state government called in the military.

He said, “The decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government after a 24- hour curfew was imposed
“This was as a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away.

“The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. It was at this point that LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.”

He, however, insisted that the army did not open fire on the protesters despite initial admittance by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who claimed troops were at Lekki to “ensure compliance with the curfew imposed by legitimate civil authorities in Lagos and other states”.

Olaniyi, who branded as untrue and unfounded the shooting of protesters at Lekki, also claimed that the news of the shooting was aimed at discrediting the Nigerian Army.

He said, “At no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian. From the onset of the ENDSARS protest, there was no time personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were involved.

“The intervention of the military followed all laid down procedures for internal security operations and all the soldiers involved acted within the confines of the rules of engagement for internal security operations.

“Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there is glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.

“This allegation is the hand work of mischief makers who will stop at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army. The general public is hereby enjoined to discountenance this allegation as there is no iota of truth therein.”

The army personnel also prevented ambulances from accessing the scene to evacuate those injured to the hospital after opening fire on them.
The soldiers also seized and carried away eight corpses of protesters killed at the scene.
The incident triggered widespread violence across Lagos and other parts of the country, leading to the destruction of public properties, causing the governor to announce a 24-hour curfew.

Corruption Crime Politics World News

BREAKING: Lagos Govt Invited Us To Intervene In EndSars Crisis – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army says the Lagos state government invited it to intervene in the fallout of the # EndSARS protest.

Details later…



The Federal Government has declared Thursday October 29, 2020 as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eidul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion.

He enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

The Minister admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, and those from among you who are vested with authority; and if you are to dispute among yourselves about anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if indeed you believe in God and the Last Day. This is the best (for you), and fairest in the end”.

Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, at this moment, to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness and daylight robbery as witnessed across the country most recently, stressing that Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black people.

While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urged all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace peace and cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Administration in its effort to build a virile nation, which all citizens can be proud of.

Ogbeni Aregbesola who described the youth as the hope and future of the nation advised them further to deepen democracy and not dampen it.

For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.

He wishes all Muslims a happy Eidul- Mawlid Celebration and all Nigerians a Happy Holiday.

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Corruption Crime News Politics

Oath Of Secrecy For Lagos Judicial Panel Is Illegal, Nigerians React

Nigerians on Twitter have condemned the oath of secrecy the Lagos State government is foisting on members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry established to investigate police brutality in the state.

A lawyer, Festus Ogun, who addressed the matter on Twitter, described it as unconstitutional.

He said, “Again, this oath of secrecy is legally defective. First, the idea of secrecy is occult. Section 38(4) of the 1999 constitution frowns at ‘secret societies’.

“Oath of confidentiality would be better. Second, oaths are to be sworn before a commissioner of oaths, not the governor.”

Again, this Oath of Secrecy is legally defective.

First, the idea of ‘secrecy’ is occultic; S. 38(4) of the 1999 Constitution frowns at ‘secret society’. Oath of Confidentiality would be better.

Second, Oaths are to be sworn before a Commissioner for Oaths, not the Governor.

— FESTUS OGUN (@mrfestusogun) October 27, 2020

Other Nigerians, who reacted on social media, said the state government’s move was suspicious.
Social media influencer, Dr Harvey Olufunmilayo, said the oath of secrecy was a ploy by the state government to cover up the truth.
If members of Lagos Judicial Panel of Enquiry are truly made to sign an oath of secrecy, NOW is time to end that scam.
These Panels are a PUBLIC inquiry into a matter of PUBLIC interest about PUBLIC crimes and atrocities committed by the Police.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc (@DrOlufunmilayo)
October 27, 2020

Another Twitter user, Dr Dipo Awojide, said the oath of secrecy would cause the low trust level between the government and the people to sink further.
There is absolutely no need for folks joining this panel in Lagos state to swear an oath of secrecy. It just makes everything look suspect from the get go. Trust levels is currently at the lowest level,
@jidesanwoolu . LASG should be doing everything to build trust! #EndSARS
— Dr. DÃpò AwójÃdé (@OgbeniDipo)
October 27, 2020

The oath of secrecy ordered on panel members reads in part, “I solemnly swear/affirm that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal any matter to any person which shall be brought under my consideration or shall come to my knowledge in the discharge of my official duties, except as may be required for the discharge of my official duties or as may be officially permitted by the governor. So help me God/Allah.”

The panel began its sitting on Tuesday (today).

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Fire Guts Petrol Station In Lagos

A petrol station has been engulfed in fire in Lagos.

The filling station along Ajayi Road, Ogba, Lagos, went up in flames in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Head, Public Affairs of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident, saying “A petrol station along Ajayi Road is on fire.”

He added that recovery operation was ongoing.

As at the time of filing this report, the extent of the damage and the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.

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If North had joined EndSARS protests , the story would have been different –Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has commended Nigerians from the northern part of the country, especially the youth, for not actively supporting the

EndSARS protests, and the violence, carnage that trailed the protests.

According to him, if the north had taken part in it, “the story would have been different”.

Youths in the country had protested peacefully for about two weeks against police brutality in the country, and called on government to reform the Nigeria Police Force.

The protest had however taken a different form when soldiers shot at the peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll gate, which had thereafter instigated an orgy of destruction and looting in many parts of the country.

Speaking when he paid a visit to sympathise with the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, the Speaker said the destruction caused by the protests was a very sad event that should not occur again in the history of Nigeria.

He said, “I want to also use this opportunity, in a way, to be grateful and commend our brothers and sisters from the North. I said this because if the North had been a part of this, I don’t know if we’ll all be standing here today. That’s why I commend our brothers and sisters from the North”.

Gbajabiamila also said that Nigerians killed before, during and after the EndSARS protests must get justice.

The Speaker, who sympathised with Nigerians from all parts of the country as a result of the killings, said the unity of the country remains non-negotiable.

The Speaker and his delegation also paid a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, whose historical palace was destroyed during the wave of violence that engulfed the state. The delegation equally met with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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COVID-19 Palliatives: Govt officials came to my office to find buyers – GALADIMA

An elder statesman, Buba Galadima, has made an explosive revelation about COVID-19 palliatives.

He spoke on Monday during an interview aired on AIT.

Allegations of hoarding had been made against some federating units.

The former National Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) accused a state of diversion of food items meant for the masses.

He narrated how persons sent by the government visited his office to look for buyers.

Galadima alleged that the state also sponsored thugs to Abuja during the End SARS protest.

“I know of a state, where all the palliatives taken from the federal government were kept in stores and they came to my office looking for buyers for those commodities and they said the buyers must not be from that state”, he said.

On Monday, Nigeria Governors denied claims that they deliberately kept the palliatives and refused to share.

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Irate youths invade Akire palace in Osun, attempt to chase out monarch

Following the legitimacy crisis rocking the Akire of Ikire, in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Olatunde Falabi, some angry youths on Monday invaded the palace and attempted to chased away the monarch.

The stool had been a subject of legal controversy since 1990 and the matter went up to the Supreme Court before it returned to a State High Court, which recently ruled against Oba Falabi’s stay on the throne.

It was however gathered that the youths early morning on Monday stormed the palace, chased security men at the entrance and entered into the building.

Some of the youths displaying placards.

According to the Chairman, Irewole local government, Prince Remilekun Abass, the angry mob repelled the soldiers who initially arrived the scene to put the situation under control.

“As soon as the military vehicle appeared, the mob was pelting stones at the vehicle without allowing the personnel to alight from the vehicle. Their action eventually forced the soldiers to request for re-enforcement.

“A few minutes later, another set of soldiers arrived and chased the mob from the palace and escorted the monarch out of the place to a safe abode.

“No casualty has been reported while soldiers and other security personnel have taken over streets in the town and normalcy restored in the community”, he said.

Also, while confirming the incident, the State Police Command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola said security personnel have evacuated the monarch from the palace and policemen stationed at the palace.

She said though gunshot was fired at the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed at the scene, but no casualty was recorded and confirmed that normalcy has returned to the town.

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NBC imposes N3m sanction each on AIT, Channels, Arise TV for alleged violation of broadcasting code in reporting the # EndSARS protests

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed N3 million sanction each on AIT, Channels and Arise News television stations, for alleged violation of broadcasting code in reporting the # EndSARS protests.

NBC Acting Director-General, Armstrong Adachaba, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Idachaba said the sanction would serve as deterrent to broadcasters who did not verify news stories before they broadcast.

He said the commission was concerned about the professional misdemeanour of some broadcasting stations in the past couple of days.

“In line with the provision of section 5.6.9 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code which states that the broadcaster shall be held liable for any breach of the code emanation from the use of material from User Generated Sources, the commission, therefore, sanctioned Arise TV, Channels TV and AIT in line with the provision of the broadcasting code.

“Channels Television, Arise TV and AIT especially continued to transmit footages obtained from unverified and unauthenticated social media sources.

“No doubt, these pictures stimulated anger and heightened the violence that was witnessed during the # EndSARS crisis.

“If you escalate the violation that have emanated from the misuse of social media sources by broadcasting it will escalate the sanction.

“According to the provision of the law, we can comfortably shut them down because what they are doing is capable of breakdown of law and order.

“No responsible country will sit down and allow any form of media to bring down the country.

“Look at the level of damage and killings that happened on account of unverified news report.

“In line with the provision of the code section B which is heavy fine between N500, 000 to N5 million, we will communicate that to the affected stations depending on the magnitude of breaches.

“But none of them will pay less than N2 to N3 million and any further breach will led to the withdrawal of licence,’’ Mr Idachaba said.

The acting DG cautioned broadcasters against airing materials that could embarrass individuals, organisations or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.

“We believe that the whole country has now seen why the spurious and recklessness on the social media must not be patronised by the mainstream traditional media.’’

Mr Idachaba used the occasion to condemn the assault and intimidation of media houses.

He said the burning of TVC Lagos and the brief closure of Channels TV Lagos were worrisome indicators of mob treat to the freedom of press.

According to him, no nation can grow when the citizens muzzle and intimidate its press.

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Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu’s staff of office reportedly returned

The staff of office of Lagos monarch, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, which was stolen after some suspected hoodlums invaded the Palace of Oba of Lagos, has been reportedly returned.

According to reports, the staff was placed by the wall and was found inside a room scattered with papers which was destroyed by the hoodlums.

Recall that last Wednesday, hoodlums invaded the Palace of Oba of Lagos located at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island, where they vandalized and carted away several artefacts.

Meanwhile few days ago, in a released statement the Lagos state traditional ruling house gave a 24-hour ultimatum to anyone who is with the staff of the office of the Oba of Lagos to return it or risk a spell being cast on him or her.

The statement read in part,
“The acts of these elements are sacrilegious, taboo and abomination to the Yoruba race. These nefarious misfits’ conducts could lead to mayhem in the land if not timely checked and tranquility restored.

“We hereby call on the paramount Apena of Oshugbo, Opa, Akala and other traditional heads and custodians to immediately secure the Oba’s palace from further attack(s) in order to save the face of our traditional stool.

“The royal house, however called for the return of the stolen staff of authority to be deposited at the Apena of Lagos within 24 hours or the deviants will face the consequences of their action. A word is enough for the wise”.

Although the whereabouts of Oba Akiolu is currently unknown, the staff of office is reportedly back to the palace.

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Gunmen Kidnap Local Government Chairman In Oyo State

Gunmen have kidnapped Olayiwola Adeleke, Chairman of Iganna Local Council Development Area of Oyo State and his driver.

The duo were kidnapped along the Okeho-Ado Awaye Road leading to Ibadan for a meeting scheduled with Governor Seyi Makinde.

Olugbenga Fadeyi, spokesperson for the police in the state,Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, saying, “Information reaching me reveals that he was kidnapped along the Ado-Awaye-Iseyin Road.

“Efforts are being intensified to get him released and arrest the culprits.”

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Lekki tollgate massacre have complicated things for me – Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , has said the # EndSARS protest , and its fallout , including the shooting of the peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers , has “ complicated matters ” for him.

Tinubu lamented that he was first accused of sponsoring the # EndSARS protest , then later accused of sending soldiers to shoot at the protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night to disperse them .

He said his political enemies falsely claimed that he sent soldiers to the tollgate because he has financial interest in the tollgate and he was losing revenue due to the prolonged protest .

He , however, described the claims as “ complete and terrible lie, ” saying they were being sponsored by his political enemies to pit him against the state and the Federal Government .

In a statement on Sunday titled , ‘The # EndSARS protests : A fundamental lesson in democratic governance , ’ Tinubu said that he neither have investment in the Lekki tollgate nor sent soldiers to disperse the protesters but admitted that “ I am, indeed, a promoter and financial investor in The Nation newspaper and TVC .”

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He said he got prior information that facilities of both The Nation newspaper and TVC were going to be attacked by “ certain malevolent elements” hiding under # EndSARS protests , yet he did not send soldiers or policemen there to prevent the attack , because he didn’ t want anyone to die.

“ There is no rationale that can adequately explain why I would order soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the tollgate , where I have no financial interest , yet , choose to do nothing to protect my investments in The Nation and TVC, ” Tinubu said.

He said the attacks on TVC and The Nation newspaper were carried out by the “ hirelings” of his political enemies.

Tinubu said , “ The present situation clearly does nothing to profit me politically or otherwise. It has complicated matters for me because many people now wrongfully blame me for a violent incident in which I played no part .

“Still , I stand strongly behind the people of Nigeria and affirm their right to protest peacefully .

“ Along with all well -meaning , patriotic Nigerians , I want to see an end to all forms of institutionalised brutality and I shall do my utmost to see that this humane objective is realised. ”

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IPOB Directs Members To Resume Peaceful Protests On Monday

The outlawed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) says its members across the country will resume peaceful protests from Monday, October 26, 2020, to ensure that all demands made by the leaders of the #ENDSARS movement were met in quick time.

The IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Sunday said that all necessary measures are being put in place to ensure that the lives of the protesters are protected.

He, however, said that the peaceful protest would be confined to designated locations and “there will be no procession or street march because marching on the streets will give room to mischief makers to breach public peace.”

He said the IPOB members would embark on cleaning up towns in Benin, Enugu, Aba, Abakaliki, Umuahia, Nnewi, Uyo, Calabar, Onitsha and Igweocha to clear the debris caused by last week’s violence.

He said: “Following the killings, destruction and burning of private properties occasioned by the brutal state-sanctioned, the murder of peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, brave youths across Biafraland would come out to commence the process of cleaning up and securing their towns and cities from hoodlums and criminal elements.

“This will afford young people in places like Benin, Enugu, Aba, Abakaliki, Umuahia, Nnewi, Uyo, Calabar, Onitsha and Igweocha the long-awaited opportunity to tidy up and clear the numerous mountains of rubbish in these cities which have become not only an eyesore but also a health hazard.

“Measures are also being put in place to protect the lives and property of innocent citizens from being attacked by rented hoodlums and political thugs. However, where necessary, assets acquired with looted public funds by corrupt politicians will remain a legitimate target.

“It is important to note that anybody found attacking or engaging in arson or wanton destruction of private property will be dealt with on the spot.

“Peaceful protests will commence after the clean-up but will only be confined to designated locations.

There will be no procession or street march. Marching on the streets will not be tolerated as not to give room to mischief makers to breach public peace.

“We are, at this moment, issuing a warning that any hoodlum or rented thug found at the venue of any protest will be mercilessly dealt with by the people. We urge them to steer clear or better join us in the clean-up and peaceful gathering afterwards.

“Anybody found wandering near a bank or loitering with intent will be moved on. People will not be allowed to assemble near a bank or financial institution. No act capable of breaching the peace will be tolerated from Monday, October 26, 2020, onwards.

“Protests and gatherings will be held, but it must be peaceful and orderly. No criminality of any form will be condoned, either from hoodlums, hired thugs, the police or the army. Everybody must be well behaved.

“We hope that protests across Biafraland and Nigeria would continue until all demands made by the leaders of #EndSARS movement met in quick time.

“We urge all youths who have been intimidated into submission by security agencies, especially in Abuja, to return to the streets from October 26. We warn every thug belonging to criminal politicians and DSS hoodlums to steer clear of protest venues, or there will be a repeat of last week’s mayhem.”

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Thugs Invade Warehouse In Abuja, Loot Food Items

Armed thugs have invaded and looted a warehouse in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where COVID-19 palliatives believed to have been kept.

The building located at Idu close to train station, was attacked while the food items were being carted away.

The incident has led to tension in the area as residents were seen runing for their lives.

As at the time of this report, no security operative was around to stop the thugs.

Recall that security operatives on Saturday prevented a group of miscreants from gaining access into the Art and Culture building located at Area 10 in an attempt to loot the items.

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