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Police didn’t shoot #EndSARS protesters, IGP replies Amnesty

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has rejected reports by global rights organisation, Amnesty International, that police officers shot at #EndSARS protesters.

He described Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence”.

Adamu said police officers, instead, “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.”

This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’.

The statement was signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

Adamu said, “During the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters.

“Even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.

“Available Reports show that 22 police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life-threatening conditions at the hospitals.

“205 police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters.

“Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report.

“It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland.

“The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report. One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person.”

The IGP noted that the Force is committed to the Federal Government’s ongoing reforms of the Nigeria Police Force. He also enjoined Amnesty to subject its reports to “adequate scrutiny and proper verification of facts before making the reports public”.

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JUST IN: Two commissioners resign in Abia

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JUST IN: Two commissioners resign in Abia

Two commissioners in the cabinet of Governor Alex Otti on Wednesday, July 17, reportedly resigned from their positions.

The commissioners who resigned include Chima Oriaku, Commissioner for Science and Technology, and Prof. Mrs. Monica Ironkwe, Commissioner for Agriculture.

Our correspondent reports that news about the termination began circulating shortly after the State’s Executive Council meeting, presided over by the governor.

While some sources claimed the commissioners were dismissed, others asserted that they voluntarily resigned.

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At the time of filing this report, there had been no official statement from the governor or the Information Commissioner, Prince Okey Kanu, explaining the circumstances of their departures.

It was also reported that the two commissioners were unaware of the reasons behind their removal.

The development followed the recent dismissal of Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, the Commissioner for Health, during a State Executive Council meeting presided over by the governor in Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South local government area.

Reacting to the news, Ukoha Njoku Ukoha, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, clarified: “The two commissioners resigned from the Cabinet. No one was sacked. Disregard the trending rumours.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu launches student loan scheme

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BREAKING: Tinubu launches student loan scheme

President Bola Tinubu has launched the Nigeria Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), emphasising the importance of education as a vital tool in combating poverty and achieving national development.

Speaking at the official launch of the NELFUND and ceremonial disbursement of funds at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday, July 17, President Tinubu stressed that education is the greatest weapon against poverty, providing vision, development, and hope.

He noted that without education, conquering insecurity and achieving success is impossible, emphasizing that education provides the light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how slow the progress may seem.

Addressing the Board, members, and the management of the Fund present at the launch ceremony, President Tinubu reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to the Renewed Hope Agenda saying democracy is all about inclusiveness.

President Tinubu added that the target of his administration is to build a fair society that is built on successful inclusiveness.

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“What I believe is that education is the greatest weapon against poverty in any society, without education there is no vision, there is development, and you cannot successfully conquer insecurity.

“Education is that light at the end of the tunnel no matter how sluggish you move, it will give you the light and the hope”.

The President further noted that Nigeria will continue to invest in education to empower the citizens and deploy it as a tool against terrorism, banditry and insecurity.

“We are investing, we don’t want to try ignorance as an alternative, we want education from foundations to the topmost level and I am glad that leadership and its leadership accepted the responsibility.

“There is available here the hope and the genuine commitment, inclusiveness is what democracy is all about.

“Today I am fulfilling one of my greatest campaign agenda, you cannot find your way if you are not well educated, you cannot even fight terrorism and banditry.

“If we have successful inclusive and loan that is necessary for our people to get educated and invest in their own lives we would have built a fair society and a promise that we will earn a banner without stain to our children.

The President also symbolically presented loan cheques to students from each geo-political zone, indicating the beginning of the disbursement of the fund to qualified Nigerian students.

President Tinubu also presented cheques to Vice Chancellors of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), amongst other institutions present.

Disclosing the NELFUND portal’s key metrics from 25th May till date, the Executive Secretary of the NELFUND, Akintunde Sawyerr, said a total number of 164,000 students registered for the loan with a total number of 103,000 of them applied.

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Sawyerr revealed that a total sum of N32 billion is currently available for disbursement to kick-start the program.

He said NELFUND aims to empower Nigerian youth by providing fair transparent funding and removing financial barriers to educational opportunities and academic pursuits.

Reeling out NELFUND’s progress since the launch, Sawyerr said the Fund got key amendments of the loan act on 3rd April 2024, secured dashboard metrics on May 25th May till date as well as the Prssidial disbursement of funds on 17th July 2024.

Sawyer explained that students apply for two types of loan, one is educational fees which are sent directly to institutions and the other is the student application for upkeep loan, which is the loan that covers a monthly stipend

“Institutions collected cheques for multiple applications also students cannot get stipend unless the fees are been picked by NELFUND”

Recall that the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Action, signed into law on 3rd April 2024, is a transformative initiative empowering countless Nigerian students to pursue their educational aspirations.

Present at the launch were the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, Chairman NELFUND Board, Jim Ovia, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, Minister of Budget& Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu, Minister of Education, Mamman Tahiru, Minister of Youths, Jamila Bio Ibrahim, FIRS Chairman, Zach Adedeji, CBN Governor,  Olayemi Cardoso.

Others are, Jamb Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede; Acting Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Mayaiki, amongst many others.

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Edo Assembly kicks, appeals judgement upturning Shaibu’s removal

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Edo Assembly kicks, appeals judgement upturning Shaibu’s removal

The Edo State House of Assembly has appealed the judgement by Justice J. K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which set aside the impeachment of the state’s ex-deputy governor, Philip Shaibu.

The State Assembly has also filed a stay of execution on the judgment pending appeal.

Earlier today, Justice Omotosho voided Shuaibu’s impeachment as the deputy governor of the state.

Omotosho, while delivering judgment in the suit, ordered that Shaibu be reinstated to office because the state House of Assembly failed to comply with due process in impeaching him.

Shaibu fell out with Governor Godwin Obaseki over his ambition to succeed his boss. Despite Obaseki having his preferred candidate, Asue Ighodalo, Shaibu and nine others contested against Ighodalo, who eventually picked the ticket.

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After that, the Edo State House of Assembly, had on Monday, April 8, 2024, impeached Shaibu following the adoption of the report of the seven-man investigative panel set up by the State Chief Judge to probe allegations of misconduct against the former deputy governor.

The investigative panel set up the EDHA was headed by Justice S.A. Omonua (retd.) and probed Shaibu on allegations of perjury and leaking of government secrets, ending its sittings with the former deputy governor refusing to appear before it.

Shaibu was impeached by the vote of 18 out of 19 members of the Assembly present at plenary, while one abstained from the headcount and voting process.

Recall that the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, had upon the impeachment of Shaibu picked Marvellous Omobayo as his deputy to complete his second tenure in office, which ends on November 11, 2024.

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