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Group Urges Bello To Set Up Panel To Investigate Killings In Kogi.

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By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

A Human Rights group, Association for Social Justice in Nigeria (ASJN), Kogi state chapter, has called on Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to set up a special panel to investigate the alleged killings and maiming of Innocent persons on Monday October 26 in the aftermath of EndSARS protest across the country.

Kogi state Coordinator of the association, Comrade Bature Okunga, in a statement released in Lokoja on Wednesday, alleged that some yet to be identified armed persons, who claimed to be ” anti EndSARS protest” in Kogi state, went round Lokoja, the state capital unleashing terror on the people, killing and maiming innocent citizens.

According to the statement, while looters carried out their unwholesome activities at the zone 8 government warehouses, the “hoodlums” were busy killing innocent people in the town without being hindered by security agencies.

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The association which alleged official connivance, wondered how 65 looters of public and private properties could be arrested, while murderers and those that terrorised and maimed innocent citizens are yet to be identified and arrested to face justice.

According to the statement, “those that perpetrated the heinous killings in Lokoja used a hilux van and a Ciana bus, moved round shooting at anybody at sight, leading to several persons loosing their lives, while many others including a Journalist, Emmanuel Adeyemi of the Sun Newspaper sustained severe injuries from gun shots.

“We call on the Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to as a matter of security concern, institute a panel to investigate this serious security breach by some miscreants and bring them to face justice as in the case of the looters”

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They also want the Governor to task his State Security Adviser, Jerry Omodara, to exhibit his prowess in the apprehension of the looters to bear in the case of the wanton killers.” We quite appreciate the efforts of the government and especially that of the State Security Adviser in rounding up 65 looters and should do same to a more serious matter like the gruesome murders perpetuated by those they referred to as hoodlums”.

The group expressed fears that the same killers or other persons may be tempted to repeat same if nothing is done to them as they are hiding under the cover of opposing protesters of the EndSARS.

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With the End SARS protesters having heeded the government’s directive to suspend protest, all other actions are considered criminal and liable for legal prosecution in accordance with the law, the statement read.

The association therefore appealed to the bereave families and injured persons during the Monday 26 October attack to seek justice by testifying before the panel if eventually constituted.

While appealing to the people for calm and patience the group also pleaded with the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, whom they described as a security conscious leader, to act fast and ensure that justice is not delayed adding that his action will definitely forestall future occurrence.

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Nigeria Police Force Promotes 82,779 Junior Officers To Their Next Ranks, Pledges To Reform The Force.

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—Those Killed By EndSARS Rioters Get Posthumous Promotion.

IGP Mohammed Adamu

By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, on Monday, 23rd November, 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks. The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

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A statement by DCP Frank Mba
Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters,
Abuja, said the IGP, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling. He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.

According to the statement, the IGP promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of Government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the Police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.

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Nasarawa Assembly Ask Security Agencies To Unmask Killers Of State APC chairman

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has called on the state government and security agents to intensify efforts in unravelling the killers of the state All Progressives Congress ( APC) chairman , Mr Philip Shekwo.

Rt. Hon. Ibrahm Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House made the demand after Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majoriy Leader of the House moved a motion under the matters of public interest on the death of Shekwo  during the House proceedings in Lafia today.

He said that unravelling and punishing the perpetrators of the evil act would serve as deterrent to others and would ensure peace in the state.

” The resolution of this House  is to the effect that members advised His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule to direct the security agents to work hard to unravel the perpetrators of this act to face justice.

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” Security agents are to intensify efforts to protect lives and property of the citizens.

” Government should provide adequate support to the security agents to effectively protect lives and property, ” he said.

According to him, our state APC chairman is a man of peace, is an easy going man  and this is one death to many.

” We have lost a leader in the state and may his soul rest in perfect peace,” the speaker said.

The speaker directed the clerk to the House to produce a clean copy of the House resolution to the governor for his further necessary action.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while moving a motion under the Matters of public interest said that it is inhuman and ungodly for someone to take another’s life.

“It is ungodly and godless to take the life of another person. Security operatives are around, government are doing their best  in protecting lives and property.

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” And it is not that government are not doing anything but this is the sign of end time,I am calling on perpetrators of the act to repent and change for the better,” he said.

Hon Danladi Jatau, the Minority Leader of the House supported the majority leader’s motion and urged government to put more efforts to protect lives and property.

” It was unfortunate that we received the news of the death of the APC chairman with shock.

” Government are doing their best in the area of security  but a lot need to be done towards protecting the lives and property of the people across the state,” he said.

Others members who contributed Hon Mohammed Okpoku,Hon David Maiyaki and Hon Labaran Shafa threw their weights behind the submissions earlier made and called on government to give more support to National Orientation Agency to do more in sensitizing people on morality to guide the younger generation against negative acts.

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The House unanimously passed a resolution advising the state government to direct  the security agents to put more efforts in addressing the security challenges facing the state.

Shortly after the sitting,the Speaker led other members to paid a condolence visit to the deceased family where they were received by the deceased deputy Aliyu Barde, Yarus Dagusa and the deceased wife Larai Philip Shekwo.

It would be recalled hat on Nov. 21, 2020, the Nasarawa State Chairman of APC, Mr. Philip Shekwo was reportedly abducted from his residence in Lafia, the state capital,  and found dead on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.

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Islamic Group Alerts NSA Over Imminent Religious Crises In Kogi

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd)

An Islamic group in Okene local government area of Kogi state, ‘Righteous On-Lookers Association’ has raised alarm over threat to peace following the lingering crises rocking the area on the appointment of Chief Imam.

Worried by the ugly situation, the group has appealed to the National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), to prevail on Kogi State Government to put in place procedure for the appointment of a substantive Chief Imam of Okene Central Mosque.

The appeal was contained in a letter addressed to the office of the national security adviser titled “Security alarm -The pending leadership crises over Imamship of Okene central juma’at mosque” signed by the patron of the association , Ahmed Adoke copies which were made available to newsmen in Okene on Sunday.

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Adoke lamented that the yet to be resolved Imamship crises has pitched two Islamic group; the Tijaniya and Ansarul Islamic Society of Nigeria in the area against each other as a result of disagreement on the mode of ascension to the position of Chief Imam of the central Juma’at mosque in Okene.

According to him “Our concern is that instead of addressing the mode of ascension that has generated palpable tension, Kogi State Government waded in and appointed one of the contenders as acting chief Imam for an indefinite period.

“Thus giving the appointee an undue advantage over other contenders, a situation that seems to have generated more tension in the area.”

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He pointed out that part of the consequences of Kogi State government’s action was the recent violent clash between supporters of the two Islamic groups putting the area in an unnecessary apprehension.

While calling on the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to as a matter of urgency do the needful to avoid further crises that can snowball into massive killings and destructions of property, Adoke cautioned that religious crises can be more disastrous than political crises if urgent steps are not taken.

“As much as we appreciated and commended the quick intervention of the state governor , His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello immediately after the demise of Late Chief Imam Alhaji Musa Galadima, we still appeal to your honourable office and other Islamic Authority to act promptly in order to avert further crises against the existing peace we are enjoying in Kogi State.

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“This association is of the candid view that the leadership (Imam) crises has gotten to a level that calls for attention of your respected office, especially when considered the fact of the strategic location of Okene town as a gateway between north and southern parts of the country” he said.

National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd)

While appealing to the two warring Islamic sects to exercise utmost restraint in the interest of peace and the comfort of Islam that both parties propagate, Adoke drew the attention of those fuelling the crises directly or indirectly to bear in mind that the consequences of any crises can not be underestimated, noting that “no one can predict the end result”

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