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Pastor Adeboye back peaceful protests against killings

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has expressed support for the #EndSARS protests being staged across the country against police brutality.

Adeboye said this in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

He tweeted, “Our daughters will not be able to prophesy and young men will not see visions if we don’t keep them alive.

“I support the youths in this peaceful protest as they “speak up” to #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #ENDSWAT.”

The cleric had two weeks ago called for restructuring of the country,  a move which was criticised by the Presidency.

Thousands of youths have been protesting against the extrajudicial killings by policemen perpetrated mostly by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The protests have continued despite the police authority disbanding SARS.

About 10 persons have been reportedly killed in the protests according to rights group, Amnesty International, The PUNCH reported.

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Akeredolu’s health: Court orders Ondo Assembly to appoint medical panel

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Akeredolu’s health: Court orders Ondo Assembly to appoint medical panel

Ondo State High Court in Akure granted leave to applicants in a suit seeking an Order of Mandamus compelling the House of Assembly and the Speaker to form a medical panel to assess Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s health state on Wednesday.

The suit, filed in court by Olufemi Lawson, Isijola Kike, Ologun Ayodeji, and Arogbo Olaniyi, emphasizes the critical role of elected officials maintaining public trust and ensuring openness.

The request for a medical panel attempts to shed light on Governor Akeredolu’s health after he has been absent from the state for nearly six months.

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On October 25, 2023, the petitioners filed an ex parte motion with the court.

The motion was brought pursuant to section 6(6b) of the 1999 constitution as amended as well as order 22 rule 1 of the Ondo State High Court rules.

The applicants prayed for an order of mandamus against the first and second respondents to compel them to carry out statutory and constitutional duties on the third respondent as stipulated under section 189(4) of the 1999 constitution.

The grounds were predicated on 11 grounds and in line with the rules of court, the applicant’s statement of claim and a 30-paragraph affidavit.

Upon the submission of the legal team of the applicant led by Dotun Ajulo, Fadeshola Ojamomi, A.V Ajayi and K.A Mogbojuri, the court ruled thereof.

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Court freezes 24 banks account belonging to Kano Government

A Federal High Court has ordered the freezing of 24 accounts of the Kano State Government.

The order is consequent upon the State government refusal to comply with a court order to pay N30 billion in compensation to victims of the Filling Idi Demolition exercise.

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The frozen order affects 24 Kano State bank accounts, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the state.

The presiding judge, Justice E.A Ekwo, has also directed the Kano State Government to appear before the court on January 18 to provide an explanation regarding the freezing of N30 billion in the affected bank accounts.

The funds are intended to be granted to the Incorporated Trustees of Masallacin Eid Shop Owners.

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Many Nigerian prisoners tortured to confess – Australian High Commission

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Many Nigerian prisoners tortured to confess – Australian High Commission

The Charge D’ Affaires of Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Leann Johnston, lamented in Abuja, on Tuesday, November 5, that despite the declaration by Nigeria for the Anti-Torture Act 2017, the government has not complied with it 100 per cent

According to him, there are many persons in correctional centres who are only there because of a confession induced through torture.

Johnston raised the issue during a training for members of the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) on the legal framework on torture and effective implementation of the Anti-Torture Act, organised by Avocats Sans Frontieres France (ASF) under the aegis of Promoting the United Nations Convention Against Torture (ProCAT) Project with support from the Australian High Commission in Nigeria and the United Nations.

He said, “Too frequently, we still hear stories from partners, NGOs, civil society, lawyers, the media, and victims themselves of instances where torture has been committed by those charged with protecting the rights of individuals under the Act. For example, there are many (persons) sitting in correctional centres today who are only there because of a confession induced through torture.

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“Again, it is in this vein that we are pleased to hear members of the new government, including His Excellency President Tinubu, not only admit that there have been mistakes in the past but commit themselves to protecting the rights of people moving forward. I welcome the commitments of the new government to work towards changing the culture of agencies covered by the Act away from one that permitted actions such as torture, towards one where it is not tolerated, as the Act intends.”

The Assistant Comptroller General of Prisons (Operations), Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Emmanuel Nwakeze, said contrary to insinuations in certain quarters, the organization does not employ the use of torture on inmates.

He said, “In the first place, it is with compliance with giving correctional service a human rights disposition that made our people change our name from prisons which signifies torture to correction which removes torture and talks of rehabilitation and correction.

“We are in the forefront for promoting human rights. It is already in our law and the part of the law says that no inmate should be tortured. In fact, using inmates to work for our staff is not allowed under the new dispensation of Nigeria Correctional Service Act of 2019. Therefore, you cannot see torture anywhere in our custody, just that sometimes the only problem we may have is congestion which we are working assiduously to correct.”

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While stating that there are mechanisms for inmates to complain when such cases arise, Nwakeze said that in every correctional service, there is a welfare staff who ensures that inmates have due welfare treatment, adding that any inhuman degrading treatment could be reported.

He said the NCoS was retraining its staff to ensure that they act within the confines of the law, saying, “we don’t have cases of torture we are handling currently.”

The Country Director of ASF France, Angela Uwandu Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, said the training was to support members of NCAT to ensure that they are able to effectively deliver on their mandates to curb torture in Nigeria.

She said, “We also know that here in Nigeria, we have our national legislation against torture which is the Anti-Torture Act 2017. Part of the mandate of the committee is to ensure implementation of this legislation and we hope that we will be leading the committee through various aspects and strategies to ensure that on one hand we bring about accountability for perpetrators of torture in Nigeria and also on the other hand, to ensure that there is access to justice for victims of torture.

“We know that torture is commonly used by law enforcement agencies but the strong message that we are engaging with the various security agencies who themselves also have nominations within the committee to put the message out that it’s not business as usual.”

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