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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 28 January, 2021 Edition)

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PDP Urges ICC To Probe Outgoing Service Chiefs

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to commence an investigation of tenure of the outgoing service chiefs over alleged “atrocities and crimes against humanity committed by security operatives under their command.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, replaced the service chiefs following nationwide calls on him to do so in order to improve the security situation of the country.

The PDP, in a statement on Wednesday night by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also called on the INTERPOL and other world bodies to commence processes that would lead to the prosecution as well as firm sanctions, including travel ban and freezing of assets belonging to all those involved in killings and human right abuses.

Buhari To Service Chiefs: We’re In State Of Emergency

President Muhammad Buhari has said that Nigeria is in a state of emergency and directed the newly appointed service chiefs to tackle insecurity across the country.

Buhari on Tuesday appointed new service chiefs including the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Leo Irabor; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as the Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo as the Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice-Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao as the Chief of Air Staff.

During his meeting with them at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday, Buhari told them that Nigerians expected a lot from them in the ongoing security operations across the country.

Insecurity: Akeredolu, Makinde, Ooni Of Ife Meet Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has held separate meetings with Governors Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu of Oyo and Ondo states respectively as well as the Ooni of Ife, Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, over the security situation in the Southwest geo-political zone.

Both Makinde and Akeredole met President Buhari at the State House on Wednesday after Ooni had been hosted on Tuesday night in his official residence.

The governor of Oyo State, while fielding questions from State House reporters, said his meeting with the President provided an opportunity to present accurate information on the security situation in his State.

Many Killed As Rival Bandits Clash In Katsina

Two bandits’ groups clashed at Illela village of Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, leaving many of them dead and many others injured.

The clash, between the Mani Sarki camp and Dankarami supported by Abu Rada camp, occurred last Thursday.

Sources told our correspondent that Sarki, now a repentant bandit, had accepted the government’s amnesty and was seen as an outcast by many other camps in the forests. It was gathered that his acceptance of the amnesty forced Sarki to relocate to Illela village to begin a new life, but some of his boys refused to move with him.

Amnesty Int’l Alleges Continued Police Brutality

Amnesty International on Wednesday alleged that the Federal Government was yet to initiate concrete reforms in the Nigeria Police Force, saying operatives of the force were still brutal in their dealings.

It accused the authorities of failing to bring to justice, those suspected to be responsible for the crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate and Alausa in Lagos in October 2020.

Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, was quoted in a statement by the spokesman of the organization, Isa Sanusi, that the authorities had brazenly attempted to cover up the violence, 100 days on from the attacks. “Reports from across Nigeria indicate that police violence is still widespread despite government promises of change. Amnesty International is concerned that the Nigerian authorities will continue their current ban on protests and reminds the government of its obligations under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and international human rights treaties to – which the country is a state party – to allow those who gather peacefully to express their views without fear of arrest or intimidation,” the statement read.

802 Stranded Nigerians In S/Arabia To Return Today

802 Nigerians stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are expected in Abuja on today and tomorrow.

They had been held at various detention centres in Saudi Arabia over migration issues.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Aduda, in a statement Wednesday, said the returnees would be received at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, via two Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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