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IPOB and other secessionist groups hijacked #EndSARS protest – National Economic Council

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The National Economic Council (NEC) has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionist of hijacking the #EndSARS protest.

 

The council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the communique issued after a virtual meeting in which a committee to engage youths, representatives of civil society organisations (CSO), religious and traditional leaders, on employment and social safety net programmes was setup, expressed the belief that most members of the nation’s security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order.

 

The NEC which also supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to overhaul the country’s security services by improving the capacity of security officers across the rank and file while providing them with the necessary equipment to carry out their jobs effectively, stressed that the subterranean and violent tendencies must be quickly addressed given that the secessionist groups have “continually hijacked demonstrations and caused mayhem and lawlessness across parts of the country.”

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They commiserated and condoled with all those injured and who have also suffered the death of a loved one or lost a property following the hijacking of the #EndSARS protest.

 

The statement read;

 

“To this end, a council committee to engage the youths, representatives of civil society organisations, religious and traditional leaders, on employment, social safety net programmes, and national unity among other key issues of concern has been constituted composing governors representing the six geopolitical zones.

“NEC enjoined the CACOVID leadership to come out with an independent statement on the status of the distribution of palliatives donated to states, which should clearly explain the circumstances behind the delay in the distribution of food items domiciled in warehouses across the country.

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“Council reviewed the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionist groups, stressing that these subterranean and violent tendencies must be quickly addressed given that they have continually hijacked demonstrations and caused mayhem and lawlessness across parts of the country.

“Council established that economic issues underlie what the country has gone through in the last few weeks. Good governance and improved service delivery remain the fundamental panacea to social tensions in the country and social welfare must be given greater priority in the first instance.

“Council decried the irresponsible use of social media in fueling misinformation and increasing social tensions.

“The council agreed to embark on an objective framing of a new security and stability architecture for the country supported by the development of a framework of engagement with the youth, civil society and religious leaders.

“A framework for national unity; a framework to engage with security agencies that will devolve more control to state governors who are the chief security officers of their states; a framework for federal support to provide compensation for those who have incurred losses in the last few weeks and a framework for social security to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.”

 

It was further gathered that members of the committe to be chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are Governors, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Prof. Babagana Zulum (Borno), Mr. Muhammed Bello (Niger), Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) (Ondo), Chief Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta).

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Welder killed as fuel tanker explodes at a mechanic workshop in Anambra

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A tanker explosion has claimed the life of a welder at a mechanic workshop in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident said the explosion occurred on Saturday, November 28, about 2:30pm, at the mechanic workshop located along new road toll gate in Ogbunike.

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“The incident took place when a welder named Richard ‘m’ surname yet unknown was on top of an empty Fuel Mack Truck with REG number XA-740-CAL trying to weld the upper compartment. All of a sudden the tanker exploded and threw the welder two hundred metres away from the truck leaving him unconscious,” he said.

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The scene was visited by Police operatives attached to Ogbunike Division and the victim was rushed to Iyienu Hospital for treatment where he was confirmed dead by a doctor.

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The corpse has since been deposited at the hospital mortuary while investigation is ongoing to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Court orders police to pay N50m compensation to family of slain musician

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The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the Nigeria Police to pay N50 million compensation to the family of Daniel Chibuike-Ikeagwuchi, popularly called Sleek who was killed by policemen in the state.

 

Sleek was reportedly shot dead on Saturday, September 19, 2020, by a mobile police officer attached to De Topic supermarket, while he was being chased by SARS operatives.

 

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Sleek’s family had approached the court to seek justice for their son whose life was cut short.  The family had named the police; Inspector-General  Ibrahim Adamu; the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan; and two others in a suit it filed to enforce the fundamental human rights of the deceased. They prayed the court to declare the killing of their son unlawful and to award N1bn as compensation.

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According to reports, the defendants neither appeared nor filed responses in two sittings. They were said to have appeared in court on the last adjourned date of November 23 when they presented a counter-affidavit that was rejected by the court.

 

Delivering judgement in the case on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice, S.C. Amadi, granted the four prayers of the claimant and declared that the gruesome murder of Sleek contravened the constitution of Nigeria. Justice Amadi held that the failure of the police to arraign the officers who killed Sleek was illegal and awarded N50million against the defendants.

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Counsel to the family of the deceased, Noble Njoku, applauded the judge for the judgement and said it would serve as a deterrent to men of Nigerian security forces who abuse power.

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“I witnessed that thin line separating life and death”- Speaker Gbajabiamila’s aide narrates how he escaped being crushed to death by a truck in Abuja

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Hamza Ibrahim Baba, the Special Assistant to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Humanitarian Affairs, escaped death in a multiple collision that left one person dead.

 

"I witnessed that thin line separating life and death"- Speaker Gbajabiamila

 

The accident which occurred on Friday, November 27, at Mpape Junction along the Nmandi Azikiwe Express Road in Abuja, involved a fuel tanker and two tipper trucks.

 

 

Read his post below:

 

It was so close.

 

Yes it was so close this afternoon at Mpape Junction along the Nmandi Azikiwe Express Road. I have not recovered from the shock of what happened and the reality is dawning on me that I could have been history.

 

Today I witnessed that thin line separating life and death. I escaped by the grace of ALLAH S.W.T because it is not yet my time. But it was so close.

 

I planned to meet Julius the P.O.P guy who I earlier called to meet me at that junction by 1.00pm. I later rescheduled the meeting to 3pm because of Friday Prayers. I arrived at that our meeting point 1 hour later by 4.00pm. Julius had waited and had left by the time I arrived and therefore I had to wait for him to come back.

 

While I was waiting for Julius, the ugly incident happened. A tanker carrying fuel came out from Mpapae with speed and hit another tipper also emerging from same direction carrying stones. Before my eyes, the trailer fell down and summersaulted and hit another tipper which also fell and came towards where I was parked with high speed.

 

I was seeing it coming towards me and I was so perplexed I couldn’t do a thing. It happened so suddenly and so spontaneously I thought it was all over. I just closed my eyes praying and waited for the collision when the tipper screeched to a halt just about 2 fts or less away pouring tones of stones on my car.

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I couldn’t remember how I managed to drive a few metres away. I couldn’t see the road because of the dust and so much pandemonium as people were running away from the accident scene in different direction.. It was a miracle but somehow Allah S.W.T had destined we have more days to live. I later learnt one person wasn’t so lucky as he was crushed by the tipper.

 

Julius my guy came running towards my car crying and asked whether I was safe. He hugged me and I couldn’t hold tears running from my eyes. I could see his genuine concern for my safety.

 

I don’t know how to do Thanksgiving because we don’t really do it, but all I will say “it was so close”. I will surely do my own version of Thanksgiving.

 

Alhamdulillah MaashaAllah. We shall all live long InshaAllah. Not only we live long, but our long lives shall benefit and impact positively on others.

 

I really deserved not only prayers but bottle of coke from you.

 

May Allah safeguard us.

 

"I witnessed that thin line separating life and death"- Speaker Gbajabiamila"I witnessed that thin line separating life and death"- Speaker Gbajabiamila

"I witnessed that thin line separating life and death"- Speaker Gbajabiamila

"I witnessed that thin line separating life and death"- Speaker Gbajabiamila

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