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Soldiers, police take over strategic areas as #EndSARS protesters stay away

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The plans by youths to hold another round of protests on Monday failed as military and police personnel took over strategic locations in some states.

President Muhammadu Buhari had threatened to deal with any act of hooliganism under the guise of peaceful protests just as the police warned that any form of demonstration would be crushed.

Organisers of the protests, who had raised awareness on the social media, had planned to mass on the streets to demand the release of all protesters detained during the first protest and unfreezing all accounts of their colleagues suspended by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a result of the earlier protest.

Based on the fallout of the October protests while was hijacked by hoodlums resulting in orgy of killings, massive looting and destruction of property, the police on Sunday warned the organisers of the fresh protests to desist from going ahead with the plans as the country was yet to fully recover from the last incident.

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command and soldiers from 81 Division Nigerian Army were on Monday deployed in strategic areas of the state to enforce the ban emplaced on the second wave of #EndSARS protests.

The security operatives were seen at black spots and known volatile areas.

The deployment of the military and police personnel was a follow-up to the warning issued on Sunday by the state command Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu.

Ogun State Police Command also banned protest in the state, warning prospective protesters to desist from such action or face the full wrath of the law.

A statement by the command spokesperson, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said while the command recognised that it was the right of citizens to protest to express their grievances over issues of governance, “there is, however, nothing at present that calls for such a protest in the gateway state, except for those who see troublemaking as a lucrative business.”

The army said the deployment of soldiers was nothing out of the ordinary but in continuation of their normal routine patrols.

The acting Deputy Director, 81 Division Army Public Relations, Major Olaniyi Osoba, denied claims that soldiers were deployed in Lekki tollgate to abort the proposed protest.

He said, “We have soldiers in that axis on their routine patrol but they are not at Lekki tollgate. Besides, the soldiers you saw were drawn from Operation MESA.”

He, however, noted that the army would show up if they were called upon like they did during the first wave of the protest.

The police also debunked allegations that a protest was held at Lekki tollgate despite the ban.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the viral but fake video of the purported protest was circulated to create tension and destabilise the security network put in place.

He said, “The command wishes to debunk the fake video that has been circulated to create tension and destabilise security network in the state.

“The video was one of the viral videos released during the recent violent EndSARS protest before the Lekki Tollgate plaza was set ablaze by the violent protesters on October 21, 2020.

“The command, therefore, urges the general public to regard the video as baseless and mischievous.”

However, protesters marched on Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to demand good governance.

The protesters, under the auspices of Face of #EndSARS Movement, converged on Ogo-Oluwa area of the state and marched on the state House of Assembly where they demanded an audience with the leadership of the house.

The protesters, led by a man identified as Mr Emmanuel Adebisi, carried different placards with inscriptions such as: “We are not fighting for any political party; #End Bad Judiciary in Nigeria; #End fake judicial panel of Inquiry in Osun; Unfreeze all the frozen accounts; We are Nigerian youths.”

The protesters called for the release of all detainees arrested during the demonstrations in October and asked the CBN to unfreeze the accounts of protesters.

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Court grants ex-Power Minister Mamman N10bn bail

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Former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman

Court grants ex-Power Minister Mamman N10bn bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, admitted former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to a N10 billion bail with two sureties.

Justice James Omotosho, in a ruling on Mamman’s bail application moved by his counsel, Femi Ate, SAN, held that alternatively, the former minister shall enter into a bond or agreement of N10 billion with a bank.

The judge held that the sureties must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

Justice Omotosho also held that the sureties’ property, which must have title registers, must worth N750 million valuation.

Moreover, the judge said that the sureties must present affidavit of means and three years tax evidence which would be verified by the court registrar.

He ordered that that sureties must produce a passport photograph each while Mamman must submit his international passport to the court registry.

Justice Omotosho, who ordered Mamman to remain in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the perfection of his bail, adjourned the matter until Sept. 25 for trial.

Justice Omotosho had, on Thursday, ordered the remand of ex-minister in the correctional centre pending the hearing of his bail application.

The judge gave the order after Mamman pleaded not guilty to a 12-count amended charge bordering on money laundering offences.

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Upon hearing the bail application on Friday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s lawyer, A.O. Mohammed, did not oppose Mamman’s bail plea.

Delivering the ruling, the judge said granting bail is a constitutional right of the defendant which must be exercised judicially and judiciously.

He said the defendant is innocent until proven guilty by law.

EFCC had filed a 12-count money laundering charge against the Mamman.

He was alleged to have committed the money laundering offences to the tune of N33 billion.

The former minister served under former President Buhari from 2019 to 2021.

On May 10, 2021, he was arrested and detained at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja.

Buhari had Sept. 1, 2021, sacked Mamman and the then Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, in what was called a cabinet restructuring.

Mamman was accused of conspiring with staff of the ministry in charge of the accounts of the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro Electric Power projects to divert billions of naira.

The investigations uncovered property in Nigeria and overseas allegedly linked to the suspects, while millions of naira and dollars had reportedly been recovered.

Court grants ex-Power Minister Mamman N10bn bail

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Plateau school building collapses, kills four pupils, injures many

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Plateau school building collapses, kills four pupils, injures many

There was a pandemonium in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, as two-story school buildings collapsed while classes were going on, killing four students and injuring many others.

It was learned that the unfortunate incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m. at Saint Academy in the Busa Buji area of Jos North local government area of the state when students of the school were writing their third term promotion examination.

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As of the time of filing this report, some of the students are still under the debris while security men and other Samaritans are busy trying to evacuate the rumble.

The few rescued are presently at Bingham Teaching Hospital receiving treatment, while the remains of the four who died are being equally deposited at the same hospital mortuary.

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Woman conceals illicit drugs in food packs for inmate

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Woman conceals illicit drugs in food packs for inmate

Officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service’s (NCS) Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja have apprehended a woman identified as Precious Yusuf for attempting to smuggle drugs to an inmate.

The suspect, Precious Yusuf disguised herself as a visitor to one of the inmates, but the correctional service officials apprehended her during a search, the FCT command spokesperson, Adamu Duza, said.

Duza said the suspect concealed the drugs in food packs.

Precious Yusuf admitted that they had sent her to deliver the drugs to an inmate.

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“This occurred on Tuesday when the above-named lady disguised herself as a visitor to an inmate,” the statement reads. Officers from the Kuje Custodial Centre conducted a routine search and found items suspected to be Indian hemp and other dangerous substance concealed in food packs in a carton. The culprit admitted to delivering these items to a custodial centre inmate.

Ibrahim Usman, controller of the NCS FCT commander, ordered Precious Yusuf to be transferred to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for investigation and prosecution.

Spokesperson Duza stated that the controller warned those planning to perpetrate the same crime to desist.

Usman cautioned and warned drug peddlers to desist from trying to smuggle in illicit substances into the custodial centres under the guise of visits, as his officers and men are on alert to deflate such a plot, the statement added.

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