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Abuja #EndSARS protesters attacked on CBN premises, soldiers disperse protesting youths

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There are reports that #EndSARS protesters that blocked the two entrances to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) head office in Abuja Sunday night were attacked in the wee hours of Monday.

Some of the youths were reportedly wounded and parked cars vandalised by their attackers who chased them out of the area and took charge of the CBN office.

News Trends had last night reported that the protesters, chanting anti-government songs and carrying different placards, had vowed to prevent activities at the nation’s apex bank on Monday.

They also packed vehicles in front of the main gate of the CBN office, blocking movement in and out of the premises and from connecting roads.

Some of them were also stationed on the road by the rear exit of the building. And as of 9:30pm, music was blaring from loudspeakers on the premises.

Nairaland captures some of the experiences of those who reportedly witnessed the early morning attack.

For instance, one Emmanuel Omadhebo tweeted, “Abuja protesters screaming and begging for their lives as hoodlums attacked, vandalised and burnt their cars at the #Abuja protest.”

Another Twitter user, Barrybrizzy, states, “Those thugs pursued us. I’ve not seen my brother yet.”

Meanwhile, security agents including soldiers have taken over the CBN premises and some major roads in Abuja hitherto blocked by the protesters, according an early morning report by Channels TV.

The security personnel were said to have freed some of the roads for traffic to flow.

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Kaduna LG poll: Electoral officers assaulted as ‘hoodlums’ snatch 41 e-voting machines

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No fewer than 11 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were vandalised by suspected hoodlums during the council polls in Giwa and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna state.

Saratu Audu-Dikko, chairman of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM), said about 41 EVMs were snatched during the election on Saturday.

Audu-Dikko said electoral officers were assaulted by the hoodlums who carted away some election materials.

“Thirty EVMs were carted away at Kwarau in Igabi local government, with two destroyed, while nine others at Panhauya in Giwa local government, were equally vandalised,” she said.

“The hoodlums also carted away election materials and assaulted the driver and staff of the commission conveying the materials.”

The chairman said that some other staff of the commission, including ad-hoc staff, were also assaulted in those places.

Earlier, Nasir El-Rufai, the governor, expressed concern over the low turnout of voters during the election.

Speaking after casting his vote at the Ungwan Sarkin polling unit 001 in the Kaduna north LGA, el-Rufai attributed the low turnout to the late arrival of some of the election materials.

He, however, said there was a vast improvement in the election process compared to that of 2018.

According to El-Rufai, the electronic voting machine makes it impossible for voters to indulge in multiple voting.

He said the APC does not have to win everywhere, adding that the party has worked for the people of the State.

“You activate the voting machine with your voter’s card once you have been accredited. The whole process takes less than 15 seconds; it’s very quick and efficient and you see your ballot paper being printed,” he said.

“As I said several times, we are not going to behave like other parties or other state governments, we will allow the people of Kaduna State to elect who they want.

“We don’t believe in cheating or rigging elections but also we don’t want other parties to cheat us and that was why encouraged the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission to come up with a fool-proof voting process.”

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‘Our roads now death traps’ — AAC speaks on killing of Sowore’s brother

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The African Action Congress (AAC) has condoled with Omoyele Sowore, national chairman of the party, over the death of his brother.

Olajide, the younger brother of Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, was murdered on Saturday along the Benin-Lagos highway.

The deceased was a student of Igbinedion University, Okada.

In a statement issued by Femi Adeyeye, AAC national publicity secretary, the party blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the spate of insecurity in the country, adding that no one is safe whether inside or outside of their home.

Shall we remind ourselves that many a Nigerian has been slain by the incompetence of the Buhari regime failure to secure lives and property and that no one is safe either at home, land, air or on sea including on our roads that are now clear death traps,” the statement reads.

“It is so sad that the insecurity ravaging our land is no more a matter of “if”, it is now an issue of “when”- when will it get to us?

“Although we are mourning with our teeth-gnashing and our eyes filled with tears, yet we can see clearly and it is to this end we call on the police and other security agents to investigate the circumstances surrounding this killing and fish out the killers of this young promising Nigerian whose life of service to the country has just been cut short.”

The party also called on Nigerians to put aside tribal and religious differences and unite to remove the present government from power.

“The AAC calls on Nigerians to bond as a matter of expediency, and organize with actions to kick out this regime that has failed woefully on its three major promises- providing security for all Nigerians, reviving the economy and fighting corruption,” the party said.

“The reality before us today is that if we do not bond, leaving behind our tribal and religious differences to end this terrorist regime, it will end us separately. This is not a bad prayer or wish at all.”

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Police probe 19-year-old who threatened JAMB with N1b suit

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There was mild drama at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Bwari, FCT on Friday when Chinedu Ifesinachi John, a 19-year-old candidate in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), who accused the board of altering his original score of 380, was handed over to the Nigeria Police for investigation.

The candidate, according to JAMB’s Head of Information and Media, Fabian Benjamin, has allegedly confessed to committing the offence.

He said: “The candidate who was paraded for forging the Board’s result has confessed after the Board discovered that he saved his sister’s number on his phone as 55019 and used the phone to send the fake result to his phone. When he sends such results they come as 55019.

“He pleaded for mercy that he had to do that when the result he got was not up to what could give him his desired programme.

“The police are on their way to Enugu to arrest his sister.”

There was mild drama at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Bwari, FCT on Friday when Chinedu Ifesinachi John, a 19-year-old candidate in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), who accused the board of altering his original score of 380, was handed over to the Nigeria Police for investigation.

The candidate, according to JAMB’s Head of Information and Media, Fabian Benjamin, has allegedly confessed to committing the offence.

He said: “The candidate who was paraded for forging the Board’s result has confessed after the Board discovered that he saved his sister’s number on his phone as 55019 and used the phone to send the fake result to his phone. When he sends such results they come as 55019.

“He pleaded for mercy that he had to do that when the result he got was not up to what could give him his desired programme.

“The police are on their way to Enugu to arrest his sister.”

John had claimed he scored 380 in the examination conducted in June this year and was surprised to receive 265 from the board after the results were released. After several enquiries, 265 kept appearing as his score as against the 380 score.

Following the alleged “alteration” of the UTME score, his father, John Ifenkpam approached an Enugu – based lawyer, Ikeazor Akaiwe, who wrote to JAMB for another opportunity for the boy to retake the examination and demanded N1 billion as damages.

The lawyer said the N1 billion was to cover physical and emotional trauma the boy had suffered from being offered “two separate scores from 2019 – 2021.”

John claimed that his UTME scores from 2019 till 2021 had been “altered” by the board, thereby denying him the opportunity to study his desired course – medicine.

On Friday, the candidate, his father and lawyers traveled down to Abuja from Enugu state following an invitation from the management of the board led by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede.

Initially, the boy was given some minutes to “come clean” in a closed session with his father and lawyers about the results he was parading but insisted that his original score from the examination was 380.

At the Friday meeting, documentary evidence tendered by the board showed that John actually scored 265 not the 380 he had claimed.

Oloyede accused the candidate of result tempering, adding that he will be handed over to the police for investigation and subsequently prosecuted.

The Registrar said John was among 11 eleven other candidates who allegedly forged their results that the board would prosecute.

He said the original result issued to John would be withdrawn pending the end of the investigation.

He also said a team of security agents would visit Enugu state to arrest members of a tutorial group the boy confessed to belong to.

John’s lawyer, Ikeazor, appealed to the board to give room for further investigation.

He said: “I will not stand against investigation. Let there be investigation but what I will not agree to is to prejudge him.”

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