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Dozens Arrested, Stripped As Youths Defy Heavy Security To Occupy Lekki Tollgate
Dozens of protesters, under the tag #OccupyLekkiTollgate, were arrested yesterday in Lagos as several youths defied the threat by the Lagos Police Command to stop the protest.
Daily Trust reports that there was massive detachment of police at the Toll Plaza, along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in a show of force to stop the protest. The protest was against the decision of the State Judicial Panel of Enquiry to allow the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate, saying justice is yet to be served on those allegedly killed during the October 20, 2020 shooting at the Lekki Tollgate.
Earlier in the week, the federal government and the Lagos State government warned that it would not tolerate the protest, vowing to crack down on the protesters. Despite the threat, some of the protesters trooped out to the Lekki Tollgate early on Saturday, defying the heavy presence of security operatives led by the Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Olayinka Egbeyemi.
Crisis Persists In Ibadan Despite Closure Of Shasha Market
Despite the closure of Shasha Market by the Oyo state government, the clash between Hausa and Yoruba residents have continued. Daily Trust gathered that despite the presence of the security operatives in the area, the youths are still engaging in a free for all. Some persons alleged that the officers, who were deployed to maintain law and order are protecting those from a particular ethnic group.
A source said many people have been killed while a lot of houses have been set on fire. Trouble started after a Yoruba man and a Hausa resident got engaged in a heated argument on Thursday. The crisis escalated and eventually led to the death of one of them. The situation continued until the government shut down the market and imposed a curfew. But on Thursday, a resident of Shasha, told Daily Trust that the crisis still continued on Saturday evening.
“Those people are still engaging each other despite the curfew. Please don’t stay long before you go home. I am also leaving here now. Our people are alleging that the soldiers are supporting their opponents. Government needs to act now before it degenerates to other parts of the state. Aside from the imposition of curfew, governors may need to ask their leaders to talk to their subject. I am afraid,” he said.
FG To Governors: There Are Many Steps You Can Take To End Banditry
The federal government has urged state governors and other representatives to play their parts in tackling banditry and other security challenges bedeviling the nation. The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) gave the admonition on Saturday in Kano after revalidating his APC membership at his Galadanchi ward of Gwale LGA of Kano State.
Responding to a question on the position of the FG on banditry in the face of exchanges among some governors, the Minister said the federal government remains committed to securing the lives and properties.
“We cannot sit down and allow people to be talking the way they want to. Let them do their own obligation to the people. Let all the governors do their own obligations. They have so many things that they can do to stop this banditry and other security issues. But crying that we should do that or should not do that will not solve the problem. Let everybody go back to his people. Everybody, I mean, all political office holders should go back to their localities and see what is happening there. There is poverty, there is neglect, there is no school, no healthcare centres, nothing! So, if they can concentrate on that alone, I think the nation will be better of,” he said.
Politicians Should Not See Elections As Coup – Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has advised Nigerian politicians not to see elections as coup or war, but rather come together to support whoever emerges winner.
Speaking in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital during the thanksgiving/anniversary service to mark Governor Douye Diri’s one year in office, Jonathan also advised those in politics not to play it with bitterness.
He said, “Our democratic process is recognised by law, so modern day politicians should not begin to practice democracy and contestation to power as if we were organising coup. At the end of the political process, we expect that both parties should come together and the winner carries everybody along. Leaders who contested the election must know that it was a political process known by law, and whoever wins, we agree that God gave him that position. I want to thank Governor Diri for opening his hands and welcoming every citizen of Bayelsa State, irrespective of political divide. Immediately you win an election you become the governor of everybody,” he said.
Insecurity: NSA, Governors To Meet In Kaduna
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd) and all the seven governors from the North-West have scheduled a town-hall meeting for tomorrow in order to address the growing insecurity in the region.
It was gathered that the meeting, which will hold in Kaduna, was convened on the heels of the recent disagreements among some of the governors on how best to solve the problem of insecurity.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State had said his administration was at war with bandits and could not negotiate with them. In an interview with BBC Hausa radio monitored on Monday, the governors also ruled out the issue of forgiveness and compensation as advocated by the state-based Islamic scholar, Dr Ahmad Gumi. But while speaking on Radio France International, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said El-Rufai was either misunderstood or ill-informed on the insecurity affecting the North for saying that using force on the bandits was the only solution.
Secondus: Nigeria In Distress, Needs Prayers
The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, says Nigeria is currently in distress and needs the prayers of all citizens.
Secondus, while speaking during the victory thanksgiving/anniversary service in honour of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Saturday, said it is only God who can take the country from where it is has got itself into.
He prayed that God, who brought Governor Douye Diri as the governor of Bayelsa State, will give him the grace to pilot the affairs of the state. He urged the people of the state to give the government the necessary support to succeed, adding that in all the states being governed by PDP, there is a remarkable difference in terms of performance when compared to the one being governed by other parties.
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