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Turn back family members who bring home looted items – Buhari condemns looting amid #EndSARS protest

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President Buhari has condemned the widespread looting and vandalism which has been witnessed in some cities across the country.

 

In a statement released by his media aide Garba Shehu, President Buhari stated that families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home.

 

It was also gathered that the President has urged the police and other security agencies to restore calm and normalcy as quickly as possible.

 

The statement read;

 

“President Buhari said while his administration is working hard through many pragmatic ways to reduce the hardship of the millions of our unemployed, poor citizens and those whose lives have been thrown into disarray by the harsh economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, he warned that resort to widespread attacks and the organised looting and plundering of public and private property in many states are inimical to public good and stand condemned.

“A government that has launched a massive crackdown on corruption, brought in strong laws for a decisive battle against corruption, pursues loot recovery at home and abroad, and taken strong decisions against those who thought they were above the law, will not fold its arms when an otherwise legitimate and peaceful protest is turning into free-for-all vandalism and looting.

“While the administration has, for its part, blocked so many means of looting public money in a war against corruption, it is the expectation that all civil authorities, community and religious leaders in the country must rise against the organised looting and plunder we are witnessing in parts of the country.

“Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home.

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“What is more, is that criminal actions as we have so far witnessed can weaken and erode the confidence of our people and that of foreign businesses in investing in the economy

“Looting and vandalism will hurt trade and investment growth in our country, both large and small industries, as well as our hardworking people in the informal sectors of the economy.

“These incidents do not reflect well on any society. They are wrong and condemnable and should not be supported by reasonable members of the society.

“In line with this, President Buhari commends the decision of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to prosecute 229 suspects arrested by the police for allegedly using the #EndSARS protest to destroy and loot public and private property.

“As mentioned in two successive statements on the issues, the President and his administration have taken note of the grievances of the people. “We have heard you loud and clear,” he said, and has shown a clear determination to take all necessary measures to address the complaints

“Nevertheless, the violence must stop. President Buhari also condemned hate messages and eviction notices to ethnic and religious groups asking Nigerians to take pride in the fact that our diverse people have been living with one another in harmony for ages.

“The right of all citizens to live and work in any part of the country is a constitutional right and will be defended by the government.”

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Family of slain Abuja newspaper vendor demands N500m compensation from Gbajabiamila

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The family of late Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor who was killed by a stray bullet fired by a security detail attached to Speaker of the House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, are demanding N500 million compensation from the speaker.

 

DSS Officer, Abdullahi Hassan, attached to the speaker, fired a gunshot to disperse newspaper vendors who gathered around the speaker last Thursday, November 19, with one bullet hitting Ifeanyi who died instantly.

 

In a letter written by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and dated today November 24, the family of late Ifeanyi asked Gbajabiamila to ensure that Hassan is fully prosecuted. Ozekhome was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.

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The letter read in part

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“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.

That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only. This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.”

 

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The Okereke family gave the Speaker a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands otherwise they would take legal action against him

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“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights” the letter stated.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

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A teenager who got 7A1s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has died.

Chisom Chukwuneke, made straights A’s in the entrance exam and emerged the best student from her school, Graceland college in Enugu last year. She went on to win numerous academic awards in her school.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

Chisom was reportedly sick and was already making a recovery before she died.

A photo of her as she sat on her hospital bed has been shared online.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

Her obituary reveals she died on October 18 in a hospital in South Africa.

She will be buried on Tuesday, December 1, in Okpuno village, Umuogali, Oba, Idemili South Anambra state.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

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Okada men and Agodi prison officials clash in Ibadan (video)

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A chaotic scene is currently being witnessed at Agodi community of Ibadan, Oyo state capital following a clash between okada riders and officials of the Agodi Correctional Facility.

 

It was alleged that the clash ensued after the death of an Okada man which was linked to a prison official.

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Olugbenga Fadeyi, spokesman of Oyo state police command confirmed the incident and also disclosed that policemen have been deployed to curtail the violence.

 

He said;

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“The truth is that there was a clash between officers of the correctional service and bike men stationed at agodi gate.

“One okada riders sustained injury and he was rushed to the University College Hospital. Our men moved in swift response to be able to curtail the menace of criminal elements. Are men are still there to ensure that okada riders do not take law into their hands.”

 

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Here is a video from the scene….

 

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