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Lekki shootings: Four generals to testify before Lagos panel today

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After a week’s break, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers on the night of October 20 will resume sitting today (Saturday).

The retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel had adjourned on November 7 when its proceedings were frustrated over inability to form quorum due to the boycott of the sitting by the two youth panel members protesting against the freezing of the bank account of #EndSARS promoters by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army, which had been scheduled to testify before the panel then, was unable to do so.

The panel fixed today for the Nigerian Army to return to give its testimony.

The Nigerian Army has listed three Brigadier Generals and one Lieutenant Colonel, who will testify before the panel.

The top military officers, whose statements on oath have already been submitted to the panel, are  the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo;  Chief of Staff, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, VI, Lagos, Brig. Gen. Nsikak Edet; Commander, 81 Division Garrison, VI, Brig. Gen. Francis Omata; Commander, 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Brig. Gen. Musa Etsu-Ndagi; and Commanding Officer, 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, VI, Lt. Col. Salisu Bello.

The military said it is bringing before the panel “expended blank ammunition, which was used to disperse the crowd by firing into the air on 20th day of October, 2020; unexpended 7.62mm ammunition ( a detailed explanation of the use of this ammunition will be given at the hearing); an expended live ammunition and also an unexpended live ammunition (a detailed explanation of these ammunition will be given at the hearing); 13 flash drives containing the recorded videos of the Army involvement in the incident and news report from the British Broadcasting Corporation on the incident and other stations.”

SARS brutality victims narrate ordeal in C’River, Ekiti

Meanwhile, victims of SARS brutality have narrated their ordeals in the hands of the personnel in some states.

They spoke during the sitting of judicial panels set up by the state governments.

Also, a victim of police brutality in Calabar narrated how the police broke into her home, arrested her and took her to Lagos in her night gown.

The victim, Scholastica Ojeka, who was a nursing mother at the time of the incident on September 4, 2014, narrated her ordeal  to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Restitution in Calabar on Friday.

The civil servant told the panel headed by retired Justice Michael Edem that she and her husband had paid a rent of N340,000 for an apartment to a landlord  and moved in only for another man to show up and claim to be the landlord.

Ojeka, who testified under oath, narrated how she was arrested with her baby in her apartment in Calabar on September 4, 2014 by men of the Nigeria Police Force and taken to Alagbon in Lagos.

“We were detained in Lagos until my husband went to the Force headquarters in Abuja to lay a complaint and they were directed to let us go. In fact, one of them while apologising said I didn’t tell her that we had someone in Abuja,” she said.

She demanded the sum of N500m and an apology in a national daily as compensation.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice Michael Edem, adjourned sitting to Thursday, November 19.

Also, Mrs Ogunleye Ajayi, the wife of a late Sgt Musiliu Ajayi of the disbanded SARS, told the Ekiti State Judicial Panel on Human Rights Violations by Police Officers and other Persons that her husband’s death still remained a mystery.

The woman, a mother of four, told the panel that she had yet to know the cause of death of her husband, who left home for work hale and hearty on January 2, 2019 but was dead less than two hours after.

She said under cross-examination on Friday, “My husband, who left home on January 2nd, 2019 by 6.30am, never returned home alive. I received an emergency call from Police Hospital in Ado Ekiti by 8:30am only to get there and find out that my husband was dead.

“There were strange bruises on the dead body of my husband and the motorcycle he rode on was parked at the police station. No assistance has come to me from any person, group of persons or any organisation for the care of my children,” she said.

The woman, however, sought government assistance on the care, needs and education of her children which she said was now very difficult for her because her husband was the breadwinner of the family.

Her counsel, Samson Osobu, told the panel that three witnesses would testify on the case.

The panel requested for the investigaion report from the police on the matter and then adjourned the case for continuation on November 24, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, has suggested how future protests by Nigerians could be organised to achieve results.

Alabi, who spoke in Iwo on the sidelines of an event organised by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for the adoption of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for another term, said a protest without a leader would be hijacked.

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CBN raises interest rate from 18 to 22.75%

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CBN raises interest rate from 18 to 22.75%

The Central Bank of Nigeria has increased monetary policy rate otherwise known as interest rate from 18 per cent to 22.75 per cent.

It also raised the Cash Reserve Ratio from 35 per cent to 45 per cent.

The CBN’s Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, announced the rate adjustment at a news conference on Tuesday after the Monetary Policy Committee’s meeting in Abuja.

The monetary policy rate is the baseline interest rate in an economy, every other interest rate used within the economy is built on it.

The rate hike is the first monetary policy decision made by the committee since Cardoso assumed office on September 26, 2023.

Cardoso said the committee raised the MPR by 400 basis points to 22.75 percent, and adjusted the asymmetric corridor at +100 and -700 basis points from +100 basis points and -300 basis points around the MPR.

He said the committee also increased the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) from 32.5 per cent to 45 per cent, while retaining the liquidity rate at 30 percent.

He also spoke on inflation, saying the rate of change in prices of goods and services rose to 29.9 per cent in January 2024 — up from 28.92 per cent in the previous month.

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Hardship: Lagos gov slashes transport fares by 25%, asks civil servants to work three days weekly

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Hardship: Lagos gov slashes transport fares by 25%, asks civil servants to work three days weekly

 

Lagos civil servants are henceforth to show up in their places of work three times a week as a way to ease the currently hardship they face due to high cost of living.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this on Thursday also announced a slash in public transport fares by 25 percent beginning from next week.

Many young people have trooped to the streets in Lagos, Oyo, Lagos, Kano and Osun states to protest the growing hardship in the country.

The labour group has also fixed two days next week for nationwide protests over the issue.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at a media chat on Thursday, expressed empathy with the citizens, stressing that “as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems.”

“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, civil servants from the lower level to 14 will be working like three times a week and level 15-17 can work four times in a week,” he said.

The governor also said his administration had completed some rail projects including the Red Line for inauguration next week.

The rail system, he added, was aimed at creating robust transportation services in the metropolis.

Sanwo-Olu said the 25 per cent reduction on transport services would start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry), while there were discussions with various unions to also reduce their own fares.

The governor said the government would also identify caterers and ‘Mama Put’ in each local government to feed over 1,000 people once per day.

He also spoke on the Lagos Rice Mill, saying there were challenges with Paddy all over the country but disclosed that his administration was in discussions with the Federal Government to get two vessels of Paddy from outside for the rice mill to produce for almost a year.

Sanwo-Olu also said four more food hubs were under construction and that seven other locations in other local governments had been identified for new food hubs to be developed.

Lagos civil servants are henceforth to show up in their places of work three times a week as a way to ease the currently hardship they face due to high cost of living.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this on Thursday also announced a slash in public transport fares by 25 percent beginning from next week.

The governor spoke at a media chat expressing empathy with the citizens, stressing that “as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems.”

“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, civil servants from the lower level to 14 will be working like three times a week and level 15-17 can work four times in a week,” he said.

The governor also said his administration had completed some rail projects including the Red Line for inauguration next week.

The rail system, he added, was aimed at creating robust transportation services in the metropolis.

Sanwo-Olu said the 25 per cent reduction on transport services would start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry), while there were discussions with various unions to also reduce their own fares.

The governor said the government would also identify caterers and ‘Mama Put’ in each local government to feed over 1,000 people once per day.

He also spoke on the Lagos Rice Mill, saying there were challenges with Paddy all over the country but disclosed that his administration was in discussions with the Federal Government to get two vessels of Paddy from outside for the rice mill to produce for almost a year.

Sanwo-Olu also said four more food hubs were under construction and that seven other locations in other local governments had been identified for new food hubs to be developed.

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EFCC deceived me into admitting N109.4bn fraud – Ex-accountant-general

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EFCC deceived me into admitting N109.4bn fraud – Ex-accountant-general

An ex-Accountant-General of Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has said he was decieved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to admit his involvement in an alleged N109.4 billion fraud.
Idris is standing trial on a 14-count charge alongside Geoffrey Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and a firm — Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited, before a high court of the federal capital territory (FCT) in Maitama.

Idris was arrested on May 16, 2022, by the EFCC over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering.

Halilu Yusuf, the presiding judge, had ordered a trial-within-trial in the matter to enable the court to determine whether all the extra-judicial statements made by the former AGF to the EFCC should be admitted in evidence.

Chris Uche, counsel to Ahmed, alleged that the EFCC had assured the defendant that he would not be subjected to any trial if he gave details that would implicate a former minister of finance and some governors.

Idris urged the court to reject the said confessional statements which he said were obtained in violation of the provisions of sections 15(4) and 17(1) (2) of the ACJA 2015, as his lawyers were not present when he made them and the sessions were not recorded.

But the EFCC’s lead investigator, Hayatudeen Suleiman, denied the allegation.

Suleiman, who appeared as a witness on Thursday, said the statements by the first defendant were obtained voluntarily.

Under cross-examination by Rotimi Jacobs, prosecution counsel, the witness stated that “there was no such deception of promise made to the first defendant”.

“After he was cautioned, he was told that the matter would end up in court. The defendant came along with his legal representative in the person of Gbenga Adeyemi, who witnessed the statement from the beginning to the end and he also signed,” the witness told the court.

“We asked questions which he answered. The 1st defendant voluntarily made the statements and was also notified that it would be used in court for trial.

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