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APC Lawmaker Blames Buhari For Insecurity

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A member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yusuf Gagdi, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for the worsening insecurity in the country.

The lawmaker from Plateau State in the All Progressives Congress (APC) noted that the recent upsurge in insecurity in the country resulted from the inability of the Buhari regime to deal decisively with factors indicative of rising animosity in the country, mutual suspicion and religious frontlines.

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Yusuf who heads the House Committee on Navy, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari recalled that on the 29th day of May 2015, the president raised the hope of bringing back robust economic transformation devoid of corruption and insecurity via his three-point agenda when he spoke highly about defending and protecting the constitution.

According to the lawmaker, “By simple reflection, you swore to uphold the primary responsibility of government as enshrined in Section 14(b) thus the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”

He lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari declared explicitly that equitable and efficient strategies would be adopted by all the machinery of government to end the wanton destruction of lives and property particularly those associated with the activities of Boko Haram which hitherto had extended beyond the North East to the North Central and other parts of Nigeria.

He regretted: “However, your Excellency, about six years down the line and having secured a second term mandate from Nigerians, it is heart-wrenching to note that insecurity has worsened in the country, leading to interrogative concerns by people.”

Yusuf Gagdi wondered what becomes of the value of food if farms are not safe for agriculture to thrive, asking on what is the significance of infrastructure devoid of security.

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He observed that the issue of insecurity has reached a point where the current strategies being adopted by the president’s administration have failed and are in no way adequate to guarantee safety.

He added that they can no longer hold water in a cup let alone in a basket.

According to him, the gaps are becoming wider by the day with serious concerns such as the plight of many school children still in the den of bandits, adding that brazen daylight attacks on communities and travelers have become almost unabated.

He lamented the recent shameful raid on the highly fortified Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, noting that the attacks in Jos, Plateau State among others, have heightened the fear of insecurity in Nigeria.

The lawmaker observed that the recent merger of command and control of the special military Operations in Plateau State extending to parts of Kaduna State, and Taraba State code named Operations Safe Haven with the office of the General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division, Rukuba, Jos has failed to yield the desired results when compared to the successes recorded during the pre-merger period.

He decried: “The unjust amnesty to repentant Boko Haram fighters under Operation Safe Corridor policy even when many displaced Nigerians have not been adequately rehabilitated and reintegrated in their homeland is torturing to the psyche of many Nigerians.”

 

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We Teargassed Hoodlums Not ENDSARS Protesters – Police

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Amid allegations of indiscriminate shooting during the protest of Wednesday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has said that his officers only fired teargas at hoodlums at the Lekki Toll-Gate and not #EndSARSMemorial protesters.

The policemen who arrived at the venue of the protest in large numbers on Wednesday morning reportedly fired teargas canisters, brutalised and arrested several other protesters at the venue.

But Mr Odumosu, who addressed journalists, claimed that those present after 10:00 a.m. were hoodlums, as “activists had informed us that their activity will start by 8:00 a.m. and last till 10:00 a.m.”

“They had an agreement with us that they will be having a car procession, which they are done with and have left,” the police boss said.

He claimed the activists informed the police that other persons seen at the venue after the stipulated time were not part of them. Mr Odumosu also said the “hoodlums” were out for destruction and to steal, adding that dangerous materials were found in their possession.

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“They told us that they finished their activity around 10:00 a.m., adding that whoever was found still hanging around is not part of them,” Mr Odumosu maintained.

“Those you can see around now are hoodlums who want to steal and cause destruction. We found knives, cutlasses and other dangerous materials in their(hoodlums) possession.

“Those cannot be protesters but hoodlums, and that is why they were chased away so that peaceful citizens can go about their lawful businesses.”

It was also reported how officers fired teargas canisters into moving commuter buses in Lagos.

Earlier, a young man Adedotun Clement who identified himself as an Uber driver was brutalised by the officers.

A video of the moment captured by Arise TV saw the officers manhandle and pepper-spray Mr Clement as they tried to force him into a police van.

 

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Police Teargas EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Police Teargas EndSARS protesters At Lekki Tollgate

Some EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were teargassed by the police on Wednesday.

The protesters, who gathered for the EndSARS memorial protest at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were dispersed by men of the police force.

The demonstrators had gathered to call for justice for protesters who were allegedly shot dead on October 20, 2020

The EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force accused of brutality.

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However, on Wednesday the peaceful protest was disrupted by police officers who fired teargas at the youths.
The protesters scampered for safety as they chanted “EndSARS”.

 

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

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Protesters loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.

The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, held up placards stating,”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.

On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.

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While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.

Nigerians poured into the streets in Lagos, Abuja and other places on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

 

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