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Court remands Sowore, others in Kuje prison

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An Abuja Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, and four other activists in Kuje Correctional Centre, pending the hearing of their bail applications.

The bail application is expected to be heard on Tuesday, January 5, 2020.

Sowore, who is also Sahara Reporters’ publisher, and other activists were arraigned on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and attempting to incite others.

They were arrested for holding a protest against bad governance on New Year’s Eve in Abuja and subsequently taken to a police unit infamously known as ‘Abattoir’ in the Lokogoma area of the FCT.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution said the defendants were arrested with placards calling for a violent revolution against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sowore had earlier before the protest charged Nigerians on Twitter to hold a crossover protest by picking up a candle and a placard showing their grievances against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He had tweeted, “How about a crossover protest/uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime; let’s upload our short videos and photos across our social media platforms. Let’s welcome the regime to a resolute 2021!

“#CrossoverWithProtest against tyrant @mbuhari’s regime, candlelight for #LekkiMassacre; a placard for #EndBadGovernment; procession to usher in #Revolutionary 2021, a fist for victims of repression-frozen bank accounts, malicious prosecution and detention of #Endsars activists.

“#Crossoverwithprotest starts at 11.30 till 12.30 am across Nigeria, a candle, a placard and fireworks to usher in a RESOLUTE 2021 in Nigeria! Join with your friends and neighbours ‪#EndSARS. ‪#ObigboMassacre ‪#LekkiMassacre ‪#EndBadGoveranceInNigeria ‪#BuhariTrainwreck ‪#RevolutionNow.”

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Lagos monarch Buhari Oloto dies nine months after coronation

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A Lagos monarch and socialite, Alhaji Buhari Oloto, has died at the age of 80.
The late Oloto was installed last September as the Oba of Iguruland in the Aguda area of Surulere, Lagos.

The All Progressives Congress Vice Chairman (Lagos Central) Hakeem Bamgbola confirmed the death of the king
He was said to have died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Buhari Oloto who was also called Abu Oloto was a popular figure in the Lagos social sircle for over 40 years.

 

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Bandits’ informant sets self ablaze in Zamfara

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BREAKING: DPO killed as militants attack Uzodinma’s hometown in Imo

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Gunmen suspected to be militants of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra have killed a Divisional Police Officer in Imo State, Fatmann Dooiyor, a Chief Superintendent of Police.
The slain DPO was reportedly killed while trying to repel the attack by the armed IPOB members.
Dooiyor was the DPO for Omuma at the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s community in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The armed gang struck on the day IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was to be arraigned at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Department of State Services (DSS) did not produce him in court.
According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of Imo, CSP Mike Abattam, six of the gunmen were killed by the police while 11 were arrested.
Abattam said the bandits in convoy of three vehicles invaded the community but were repelled by police led by the Area Commander, ACP Benjamin Abang.
He said that the police were alerted when bandits were sighted moving in convoy into Omuma town.
Abattam said, “The tactical teams of the command immediately swung into action, ambushed and launched a surprised attack on the convoy of the bandits which resulted to the neutralisation of six of the bandits while, 11 of them were arrested to the station.
“Unfortunately, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Fatmann Dooiyor paid the supreme price.
“The teams later recovered the three vehicles abandoned by the bandits to the station which includes, two Toyota Highlander SUV vehicles with registration numbers Abia MBL 517 AT and LAGOS, JJJ 984 EL respectively and a milk colour unregistered Lexus Jeep to the station.
“Presently, the command’s tactical teams and Special forces led by ACP Evans E.Shem are combing the bush for possible arrest of the bandits that fled into the bush,” the statement added.
Suspected IPOB militants had attacked the community earlier in the year.
They had killed a security guard at the residence of Uzodinma and set the building on fire.

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