In what started as a tension soaked morning with the news that the Central police Station CPS Nnewi was on fire and both the Road Safety Office and Area Command under attack. There was palpable trepidation accompanied by that feeling of gloom that indeed it was going to be a dark day in the history of the ancient commercial town of Nnewi.
The Senator on getting reports of these incidents including disturbing reports that a motley crowd of angry youths has gathered in front of the Area Command immediately swung into action.
He beckoned on his aide to start his car (the aide’s car ) and jumped into the passenger side and then turned and gave a standing instruction that no security man whether police or DSS should follow him. Everyone looked on in shock as the car made its way into the heart of a boiling Nnewi town. It took a few moments for the reality of what Senator did to sink in before his other aides and visitors who were with him that morning started mobilising vehicles to follow in pursuit .
To some of us, that move was pure suicide mission
On arrival at the CPS, a huge crowd had gathered and right in their midst laid a young man evidently shot and going by the motionless way he laid on the ground may be presumed dead. On sighting the Senator, the angry youths all started expressing their grievances in a cacophony of voices but one message stood out clear ,…..shots fired by policemen hit the boy on the ground .
The Senator immediately galvanised into action and mobilised the youths to carry the body into a vehicle from where they all moved in one accord to the hospital. Immediately the young man was pronounced dead, the Senator knew he had a big task ahead of him.
The youths started expressing their intention to embark on the burning of all the police stations in Nnewi town and environs as well as other public institutions while some where seen making calls and galvanizing more youths to join a mob action that would have left the town reeling in destruction
The Senator went into overdrive, pacifying, hugging the ones weeping, and cajoling the youths to think through their grievances and realise the futility in burning public institutions since it is still govt money that would have been used for their welfare that will be used to replace them. He made them realise that burning those places will even provide an opportunity for corrupt politicians to take advantage of and siphon funds in the guise of carrying out contracts for the repairs and replacement.
After some minutes of sustained pleading by the Senator who was by now evidently capitalising on the love that he commands amongst the youths, the mood in the crowd moved from the urge to destroy things to that of assisting the Senator in calming other restive youths in the other parts of the town down and that was how the procession commenced.
The youths marched on foot across the length and breadth of Nnewi town with the Senator himself in their midst alternating in between walking and standing on the passenger side of his aide’s vehicle .
That was the story of how he gathered the angry youths spoiling for a showdown in a town where the entire security apparatus had gone into hiding and where bonfires had already been set up at different points with some miscreants already making the moves to embark on looting and burning of shops. In some cases the Senator now accompanied by the youths of the town arrived at the nick of time and staved off ongoing arsons by calming the youths met on the scene and putting out already burning fires.
That was how he moved round Nnewi twice, gathered the restive youths and took them to Nnewi high school where he addressed them and sent them home now pacified.
This lasted from around 9 am in the morning till almost 2 pm in the afternoon before calm returned to the Commercial town.
He then retired back home after making a detour to Authority FM to address the youths in the state on the need for calm (the radio station is received almost all over the state).
At about 3 p.m , another distress call came from Ichi and once again he galvanised into action and headed to Ichi where he arrived the town to an atmosphere of chaos as the youths had already converged at the police station and set parts of it on fire. The policemen trapped inside the building were firing warning shots that seems to provoke the crowd more. , the same circle commenced once again as he immediately alighted from the car and walked through the crowd pacifying the angry youths, then raised his hands and walked into the Station defying the hail of bullets coming from within. On gaining entrance into the station , he quickly galvanised the policemen into securing and locking up their armoury and then walked out to the angry mob and immediately brought the situation under control , then got the youths to put out the fire which had by now engulfed many parts of the station
He moved into Oraifite where the youths had also gathered and were hell bent on setting fire to the police station. He gathered the youths and took them to the civic centre where he addressed them, assuaged their feelings and brought the situation under control
He moved from there to Ozubulu and Ihiala to ensure there was no spiral effect in those towns He also made calls to his people in Orumba, Nanka, Aguata and the rest of the towns under his Senatorial district and was reassured that the towns were relatively calm before he finally retired back to the house to a heavy sigh of relief from his aides.
On sighting our relief that he wasn’t attacked at any of the scenes visited or even shot , he laughed it off and told us that he is not a politician but a humanitarian and cannot be a proponent of #GosimKamfunanya and hide inside the house when his people are under attacks
He went upstairs to take his morning bath at 7 p.m
We, the aides and #UbahNation adherents all learnt lessons yesterday.
FG Petitions CNN Over investigative Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Action
The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.
The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.
In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.
According to a report from Mouthpiece NGR, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.
The letter reads
FG Will Replace Properties Destroyed By Hoodlums, SGF Assures FRSC
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that all the properties of the corps that were destroyed by hoodlums at the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest would be replaced by the federal government.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja when he visited the Corps to inspect some of the vehicles and bikes recently purchased, he noted that about Eight Commands across the country were affected as well as 28 vehicles.
Lagos: Ijanikin office of FRSC, VIO set ablaze by hoodlums
He said the federal government would look into the plight of the corps and ensure that the vehicles were replaced to enable the officers carry out their activities effectively.
Mustapha noted that during the yuletide, officers of the corps would be needed to help protect the highways and ensure it was safe for motorist to travel on.
On his part, Corps Marshal of the corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the vehicles that were procured would be given to states and commands that got affected by the hoodlums attack before others commands can get theirs.
He said about 16 patrol vehicles were procured alongside some ambulances and towing trucks hence, the towing trucks would be deployed to Lagos State due to the traffic nature of the state.
#EndSARS: Ooni Of Ife Lauds Muslim Community For Its Role For Restoration And Sustenance Of Peace In The Country.
By Yahaya Idris, Osun.
….. Hosts Leagues Of IMAMS President, says ‘Peace has no substitute’
The Arole Oduduwa & Oon of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Wednesday hosted the President General, League of Imams and Alfas from South-West region of Edo and Delta States respectively, Imam Jamiu Kewulere, at his Ile-Oodua Palace, Ile Ife.
In a statement Signed and made available to Journalists in Ile Ife Osun State by Comrade Moses Olafare, Director, Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, said Critical national issues affecting the country including the #EndSARS protests which was hijacked by hoodlums were fully discussed in the interest of the country.
According to the statement, Ooni Ogunwusi, the Spiritual Leader of the entire Oduduwa Race worldwide who is also the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), lauded the Muslim community for its role in the restoration and sustenance of peace in the country, adding that peace has no substitute.
“The kind of peace we enjoy in the South-West is unique to us in that it amazes people of other parts of the country how we live harmoniously regardless of our religious differences.
“I am impressed by your good works and those great moves you planned to move for the development of Nigeria and I am ready to join you because I am for peace and tranquility. We are also working with Christian Associations and practitioners of traditional religions too and the response is the same, they are for peace too.” Ooni Ogunwusi said.
on his part, Imam Kewulere who was flanked by top clerics across the region described the Ooni as an unequaled peace ambassador, who makes the supposed hard responsibility of peace keeping easy in the country.
“I wish to request your Majesty to convoke a meeting of the forum of all prominent Yoruba political leaders, religious leaders from both the Christian and Muslim circle and leading traditional leaders in Yoruba land as urgent as possible.
“The convocation should be made to deliberate and discuss the present state of events in Nigeria especially as it affects the Yoruba. It should also be part of the forum’s task to proffer solutions and way out to the seeming looming crisis.
“Kabiyesi, as much as I know that you are making frantic efforts towards the projection of Yoruba race, the time has come for all the Yoruba opinion leaders to sincerely and genuinely come together to address issues affecting the country and that of the Yoruba race in particular. The convocation of the forum of opinion leaders being proposed herein will go a long way to proffer solutions to some of the societal ills such as the ones that precipitated the recent #EndSARS protests.” The cleric requested.
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