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House rejects motion to investigate ‘harassment’ of protesters in Abuja

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The House of Representatives has rejected a motion to investigate the alleged brutalisation and detention of the 1 October protesters by the Nigeria Police in Abuja.

The motion, moved on Wednesday by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, prayed that the House should condemn the alleged highhandedness of the police and mandate the committee on police affairs to investigate the matter.

According to Mr Elumelu’s motion, four protesters were arrested during that protest and police are yet to charge those arrested to a court or give them access to legal counsel.

“Four of the protesters were arrested and allegedly taken to Galadimawa Police Station, later moved to the FCT Police command and to date denied access to either their families or their lawyers.

“Such illegal detention of citizens held incommunicado brought to mind the draconian military decrees and speaks of barbaric conducts of past years under the current democracy,” he argued.

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Speaking against the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), said the burning of tyres and blocking of major roads is not a peaceful protest.

While making his point, Mr Wase also erroneously confused the 1 October protests with the September 28th Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) annual Arbaeen Symbolic Trek.

Eight members of the IMN reportedly died following clashes between members of the sect and security agents in the Gwarampa axis of Abuja.

The deputy speaker said he was stranded because of the protest. He stated that the police should be allowed to do their work.

“He (Mr Elumelu) knows the effect of what IPOB today are doing, burning police stations, killing people. It is not different from what has taken place. I think he fell short to tell exactly the association that is involved in this dastardly act.

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“Does peaceful protest mean you destroying national infrastructure, by burning tires on the road? It means they are weakening the strength of the infrastructure. It shouldn’t be tolerated. If you carry a placard peacefully, go to the right place but not obstructing people who are out to go and look for their genuine means of livelihood and they say it is a human right. I don’t know what that kind of human rights is.

“On that faithful day, I happened to be among the Nigerians that suffered in the protest. Before that day, on the other route along Mararaba and everybody will tell you the kind of carnage, the kind of inconvenience they caused. Lives were lost as a result of what is called a peaceful protest. And when people are brought to account, we will be the same people that will defend people who are offending the laws, offending our country, I think that is not correct. This is what is coming from the Shiite group. I fear, I don’t what to associate with those who have good belief that those things that happen other people are interested in it in order to bring the government down.”

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The Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, said the essence of the investigation is to unravel the circumstances surrounding the protest.

Speaking on the motion, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, raised concern on a paragraph in the motion, alleging the shooting of protesters. He urged Mr Elumelu to expunge that paragraph.

Mr Elumelu, therefore, moved an amendment to remove the paragraph.

While moving the amendment, he stated that some lawmakers were whispering that they will not support the motion.

When the motion was put to vote by the Speaker, the “nays” had it.

The motion was put to voice vote three times but the members rejected it.

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Obituary: Dr. Chike Akunyili’s Burial Poster (Photos)

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The burial Poster for the burial of Dr. Chike Akunyili has been released by his family.

He will be buried in his country home, Agulu in Anambra State, on Thursday 25th November, 2021.

Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former NAFDAC boss, Late Professor Dora Akunyili, was killed by unknown gunmen in Nkpor, Anambra state on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021.

Obituary: Dr. Chike Akunyili's Burial Poster (Photos)

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Obiano Signs Anambra Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law (photo)

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has assented to and signed the bill to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic Cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in Anambra State, establish Cattle and other livestock Ranches in the state and to provide for related matters.

The signing ceremony was performed today, Friday, 22nd October, 2021 at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

Obiano Signs Anambra Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law

Performing the function, Governor Obiano who appreciated the state house of Assembly for expeditious passage, said that the establishment of the law will hopefully enable entrenchment of peace, though they have been managing crisis for a very long time which were only short term measures, stressing that the law enforcement agents have been directed to implement it.

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Present at the brief ceremony were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nworgu, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Commissioner for Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng, Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Nnamdi Onkwuba, Chairman of South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor, Traditional Ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Member representing Awka North at the State House of Assembly, House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Chief John Nwokoye, Members of the Hausa Community in the state, among others.

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The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has donated an office block to Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos, to support policing of the area.

LERSA President, Chief James Emadoye, while inspecting the building on Wednesday preparatory to its inauguration and handing over to the Nigeria Police Force, said the project was 95 per cent completed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many police stations and business premises and property were destroyed during the EndSARS protests exactly a year ago.

According to Emadoye, the building, which awaits painting and completion of the restrooms, will be delivered to the Inspector General of Police through the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

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He said the association had intervened in several ways to bring succour to security operatives including the donation of canopies, generator, chairs and various humanitarian materials after the #EndSARS destruction.

EndSARS: Lekki residents donate office block to police station

“Members of the association recall the wanton destruction that followed the unfortunate incidence of the protests last year.

“The association almost completed the development of a block of office to accommodate the police, while waiting for government’s full construction of the police station, which was totally destroyed last year.

“The Exco of LERSA approved and released the sum of N8.5 million for the project, which was donated financially and materially by the members.

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“You will recall also that the association has, between Oct. 20, 2020 and today, donated two vehicles to the Nigerian

Police to assist them in the discharge of their duties.

“As at today, we would like to thank God that this project is 95 per cent completed,” he said.

Emadoye noted that the association was committed to continually intervene in all manners, as a responsible organisation with programmes that would affect the lives of citizens in Lekki area.

He commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government over the maintenance of the roads and for the progress made in the construction of the Lekki Regional Road.

“We trust that the government would fulfill its promises by starting the coastal road before the end of its term in office.

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“On this anniversary of the EndSARS campaign, we at LERSA pray for a better Lagos devoid of destruction.

“A Lagos of peace and tranquility and a true mega city, which will be home to all and a greater Lekki Peninsula, which shall be the destination for living, tourism and businesses in Nigeria.”

CSP Tajudeen Mustapha, Divisional Police Officer on hand at the project inspection, commended the association’s assistance to the Nigeria Police Force.

He noted that the building would be used and continuously maintained to the very high standard that the association had provided.

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