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Lagos panel plays CCTV footage of Lekki shooting

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  • Students storm Lagos panel over police killing of Pelumi Onifade

The judicial panel established by the Lagos State Government to probe police brutality is now playing closed-circuit TV footage from the October 20 Lekki shooting.

The panel is saddled with the responsibility of investigating cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The panel at its sitting in Lekki on Friday obtained footage of the incident from the Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

The chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, granted approval for the footage to be played after hearing from counsels.

Meanwhile, some Nigerian students stormed venue of the panel sitting to protest the killing of Pelumi Onifade, a journalist, who was killed by police officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force.

Onifade, a 200-level student of the Department of History at Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, was on October 24 reporting the crisis between the police and some thugs as an intern with Gboah TV when he was arrested by the task force team in Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.

He was later found dead at a mortuary in Ikorodu.

His colleagues, who were protesting his death, said the police team led by Yinka Egbeyemi should be sacked and made to stand trial for murder in a competent court.

“Pelumi was arrested, the task force team kept him away from his people.

“After some days, Egbeyemi called us for a meeting and the task force asked us to check a mortuary in Ikorodu where we found the corpse of Pelumi,” said Shoneye Abdulazeez, Students’ Union President of TASUED, who spoke on behalf of the protesting students.

He added, “The Nigerian state knew Pelumi has the record of the shooting and illegality they perpetrated, they had to kill him to cover their tracks.”

The students also asked that the state government disband the task force since it had become notorious for carrying out indiscriminate arrest, unlawful detention and killing of citizens.

Onifade’s family has called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death, urging that police officers involved in the killing of Onifade be brought to book.

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Flaunting wealth in public a serious security risk, DSS official warns

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An official of the Department of State Services (DSS) has warned that the public display of wealth constitutes a great security risk.

Paul Oduh, the deputy director, security enforcement, DSS Kwara command, gave the warning on Friday in Ilorin, capital of the state.

 

He said the deliberate exhibition of affluence and a flamboyant lifestyle attract kidnappers, bandits, and other criminals.

 

The comment comes in the wake of the extravagant display at the much talked about funeral of the mother of Obinna Iyiegbu, the nightlife promoter popularly known as Obi Cubana.

The DSS deputy director said given the security challenges in the country, Nigerians should avoid showing off in public.

 

“People must adopt moderate lifestyles, so as not to fall prey to these criminal elements,” Oduh said.

 

Oduh said a boastful attitude and maintaining a “habitual daily routine” can also make people prone to attacks.

“The country is ravaged by insecurity on daily basis. However, people should not despair, security should be concern of all people and they must be enlightened on it,” he said.

 

“Security can never be 100 percent everywhere in the world. People should be knowledgeable enough on those things they can do to protect themselves.

 

“Security denotes free from danger and protection of lives and property where individuals can pursue their lawful activities.

 

“There is need to accept that threats exist and people are targets of these threats. This is why people should put in place measures to safeguard themselves from such threats.”

 

 

 

 

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I don’t need your cheques, Buhari tells contractor

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday charged contractors who have enjoyed government patronage as well as other privileged citizens to use their resources to support less privileged members of society.

 

President Buhari gave the charge when he paid a visit to the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar.

 

He said passing gifts and ‘cheques’ to people in authority or already comfortable to buy favour is not the right approach.

 

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari challenged beneficiaries of government patronage to go to their respective communities and engage in corporate social responsibilities.

 

The President said: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities” instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.

 

“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities,” he said.

 

The President noted he would love to visit Daura more frequently but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring his heart remains with the people.

“We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me.

“But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals,” said the President.

The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30-month civil war

 

“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.

 

“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them,” he added.

 

The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.

 

At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced conferment of the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari.

 

He said a date would be announced for the turbaning ceremony of the President’s son, which might likely be before his marriage.

 

The Emir also announced creation of a District in the community of the President, with headquarters in Dimurkol.

He said the turbaning of younger Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the Palace and the family.

 

He said the decision was in agreement with the kingmakers in Daura Emirate Council.

 

During the visit, the Palace used the opportunity to clarify the difference between two titles, Talban Hausa, given to Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea and Talban Daura designated for Yusuf, the President’s son.

 

The Palace explained that Daura, as the linchpin of the Hausa society had conferred titles that have bearing on the Hausa Kingdom and those that are specific to the Emirate.

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