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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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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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