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Missing persons: Lagos coroner calls for identification of corpses at mortuary

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The Lagos State Coroner has called for the identification of missing persons between October 19 and 27, 2020 – days before and after the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in the state.

This was contained in a public announcement titled, ‘Coroner’s call for the identification of missing persons’, and signed by the Office of the Chief Coroner, Lagos State.

People were asked to go to the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for the identification of “the deceased”.

It said after a scientific identification, the remains of “the deceased shall be released to the next-of-kin for burial”.

However, it did state if the deceased were killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.

The notice did not also state if the victims’ deaths were related to the #EndSARS protest.

It read, “This is to notify the general public that the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Hon Justice M. A. Dada (Mrs) pursuant to Section 15, Coroner’s System Law of Lagos State, 2015 the Pathology Team would want all those who have lost loved ones between 19th – 27th October 2020 (that is, next-of-kin of the victims) to provide relevant information that would assist the identification exercise.

“The next-of-kin should kindly contact the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja for the identification exercise of the Deceased.

“The next-of-kin will be required to provide means of identification of themselves and their loved ones. Nationally recognized means of identification such as passport, driver’s licence, national ID card or LASSRA ID card shall be accepted.

“Only the parents, siblings or children, in that decreasing order of preference are expected to come to LASUTH. The hours of visit shall be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for the next two (2) weeks starting from the date of this announcement.

“Please note that these next-of-kin shall be required to come with the following: clear photographs of the missing person; their own upper body photographs; and also provide samples for Reference DNA Profile, where necessary.

“This profile will be compared with those already collected at autopsy from the deceased. It is only after a definitive scientific identification that the bodies of the deceased shall be released by the Office of the Chief Coroner to the next-of-kin for burial.”

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Borno to close all IDP camps in Maiduguri Dec 31

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The Borno State Government says it will close all camps for internally displaced persons located within Maiduguri, the state capital, by December 31,

The state governor Babagan Zulum gave the indication on Friday while addressing State House correspondents at the end of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

He said the decision to close the camps in Maiduguri was informed by the recent improvement in the security situation in the state.

According to him, the state government decided to close the camps to enable displaced persons to return to their ancestral homes.

He said, “I came to brief the president on efforts made by Borno state government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their homes

“So far so good, Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure the closure of all internally displaced persons’ camps that are inside Maiduguri on or before December 31.”

According to the governor, the state is collaborating with the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs on arrangements for the safe return of displaced persons currently in Niger and Cameroon.

“In addition to that, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the ministry, to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians in Minawo camp in Cameroon,” he said.

“Furthermore, on November 27, the Borno State government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa province of Niger to Malumfatari, a local government area in Borno, where we don’t have human population because of the insurgency.”

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IPOB killed 175 security operatives in South-East, says FG

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The Federal Government has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of killing 175 security operatives and carrying out attacks on 164 police stations in the South-East.

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, stated this during a press conference on Friday.

He said a 24-member presidential committee set up in June 2021 and comprising the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), found that Nnamdi Kanu seized the 2020 EndSARS protests and “actively commanded and directed attacks on security personnel and facilities”.

“The committee finds as a fact, that consequent upon the instigating directives of Nnamdi Kanu, members of IPOB/ESN carried out massive attacks on democratic institutions especially INEC facilities with a view to hampering democratic process in Nigeria. These attacks that were carried out between October 2020 and June 2021 include the following,” the minister said.

“One hundred and seventy-five (175) security personnel were killed by IPOB/ESN, comprising one hundred and twenty-eight (128) Police men, thirty-seven (37) military personnel and ten (10) other security operatives.

“Killing of prominent Nigerians, (recently there were gruesome killings of traditional leaders: Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, Eze E. Anayochukwu Durueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community as well as the killings of Chike Akunyili and eight others as well as the killing of  Alhaji Ahmed Gulak on 30th May. 2021).

“That as a consequence of Nnamdi Kanu’s broadcasts, there were 19 attacks on INEC facilities that resulted in the destruction of offices as well as burning of 18 INEC logistical vehicles, several election materials, equipment and ICT gadgets in Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, CrossRiver, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states.

“That 164 police stations and formations, including police headquarters, Owerri, Imo state were attacked by IPOB/ESN leading to the death of 128 policemen, 144 injured while 628 vehicles were destroyed.

“That 396 firearms and 17,738 ammunition were carted away during the IPOB/ESN attacks. That there were 3 IPOB/ESN attacks on the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), including the headquarters of NCoS, Owerri, Imo state where 1,841 inmates escaped. That the headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Umuahia, Abia state was also attacked by IPOB/ESN leading to the death of one officer.

Malami added that Kanu “is not alone in its subversive activities; he has accomplices in Nigeria and abroad, individuals and groups as well as state and non-state actors who are aiding and facilitating his campaign against the people and state of Nigeria.”

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I’ve not appointed any politician to beg Presidency – Igboho

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A Yoruba youth leader, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho, says he has not authorised any politician to beg the presidency on his behalf.

He stated this through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu,

The Yoruba nation agitator was arrested with his wife, Ropo, at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, while fleeing to Germany on July 16, 2021.

He has been in custody at a facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

A statement signed by Alliyu on Friday said they were aware that a politician and one other person had been putting pressure on Igboho and his wife for permission to speak with the presidency so that they could secure his release in Benin Republic.

“We have been reliably informed that some politicians are pressuring our client and his wife to give them endorsement to use at the presidency to justify their new found love and/or defection to the All Progressives Congress and/or curry affection from those in power,” Alliyu said.

“Let the whole world be aware, especially the presidency, that Sunday Adeyemo is totally apolitical with no special love or hatred for any political party as he has friends in all.

“He however respects the six elected governors of the south-west states as authentic representatives of his Yoruba race. Any document purportedly signed by Igboho or his wife endorsing, empowering or making anybody his mouthpiece other than his lead counsel should be disregarded and taken as fake.

“It is disheartening that a discredited politician with disreputable pedigree in Yoruba race and another retired security officer are pressurising our client and his wife to give them endorsements to Yoruba youths and the presidency without considering his unlawful incarceration in the Republic of Benin and health issues.”

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