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Olajide Sowore: Stop Speaking For Kidnappers, HURIWA Tells Police In Edo

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Olajide Sowore: Stop Speaking For Kidnappers, HURIWA Tells Police In Edo

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked the Edo State’s Police Command to cover its face in shame for playing the role of the devil’s advocate for the alleged armed Fulani kidnappers who at the weekend killed Mr. Olajide Sowore.

Sowore who was a pharmacy student at the Igbinedion University, Edo State was reportedly killed by suspected armed Fulani kidnappers at the Okada axis of Edo State.

However, in a “dramatic show of shame, the Edo State Police Command on Sunday explained that Felix Olajide Sowore, younger brother of the Sahara Reporters publisher, and convener of #Revolution Now, Omoyele Sowore, was was just a victim of circumstance.”

At a press conference on Sunday, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Bello Kontongs, said the late Sowore, who was driving himself, ran into the kidnappers who had laid ambush for passengers of a commercial bus which had broken down on Friday night and had spent the night in the community.

READ ALSO: Police Confirm Killing Of Sowore’s Brother , Kidnap Of Five

According to him, the deceased was not an occupant of the bus from which five persons were later kidnapped.

Kontongs explained that the stranded commuters had returned early on Saturday to pick their personal effects from the bus when the kidnappers opened fire on them and Sowore unknowingly drove into the scene.

“He was just a victim. The kidnappers tried to stop him, but he refused to stop. The bullet hit his car and one of the bullets got him, and he died on the spot”, the PPRO stated.

HURIWA condemned the Nigeria Police especially the Edo State Police Command for “now deciding to become the advocate for armed Fulani kidnappers for whatever reason rather than work resiliently to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

HURIWA has therefore described as unspeakable shame the statement credited to the Edo State Police Command concerning the dastardly terrorism that resulted in the killing Sowore.

It stated that the impression created from that police briefing in Edo State was that the police simply did a public relations job for the terrorists going by the text and the message of the police at that media event.

“This colossal and catastrophic policing fiasco is what you get in a country where merit, competency and professionalism are pushed aside and people get enlisted into important positions in national institutions on the basis of who recommended them for the job. Why should it be the work of the police to defend the activities of kidnappers by saying that Olajide Sowore was killed because he refused to stop? Where were the men and officers of the Edo State police Command when suspected armed Fulani kidnappers took over the highway and succeeded in killing the innocent student?”he queried.

HURIWA has once more canvassed total reforms of the Nigerian Police Force and the establishment of state police to stop terrorists, kidnappers and armed herdsmen from overrunning the entire country.

 

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has disclosed what transpired during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

In an interview with BBC, the monarch said the agitator rejected advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

Ooni said that during the meeting, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari said Igboho needed to be “calm and patient”.

The president also asked monarchs in the South-West to advise Igboho against moves that were lawless.

The monarch, who said Igboho had a just cause to fight, said he should have been more diplomatic.

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He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.

Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in Benin Republic.

He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.

He said: “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

“He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different pieces of advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.

“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.

READ ALSO: Ooni Warns Against Communal Crisis Over Modakeke Killings

“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united.

“No one can fight with the government alone. You’ve to be diplomatic.”

 

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Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque

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Seventeen people were killed as bandits invaded a mosque in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State.

Also, 18 people were said to have been abducted during the attack on Monday morning.

The gunmen invaded the community on motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers, shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources said that the gunmen shot at some victims, leaving 17 dead.
Some of the residents said on phone they were still in shock over the attack, which they said took them by surprise.

The Maza Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger State are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Will Be In Ruins If Bandits Are Declared As Terrorists – Gumi

The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the attack to reporters.

He said that 16 people were killed in the mosque while one other was killed at Kaboji village by the gunmen.

Matane said that the State Government had sent a team of military personnel to the forest to fish out bandits hiding there.

The Chairman of Mashegu local government council, Alhaji Alhassan Isa Maza-Kuka also confirmed the incident, describing it as very devastating to the people.

He said that the attack was uncalled for especially as the people were in the mosque for prayers.

Alhassan disclosed that one of the injured people was in a critical condition and had been referred to the Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

 

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

The Department of History and International Studies, Federal University, Lokoja will hold a national conference in honour of renowned historian Prof. Toyin Falola.

The theme of the conference is “Insurgency, Armed Banditry, And Ethno-religious Conflicts In Central Nigeria.”

The event billed for 10:00 a.m. on November 10, 2021 at the University Auditorium, Adankolo Campus, is one of the ceremonies of the fifth convocation of the university.

Falola is a Professor of African History and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin , U.S.A.

Prof. Falola’s research interest is African history and the geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Falola’s thematic fields include Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Falola who is author and editor of more than one hundred books, makes regular interventions in the simmering and overt socioeconomic and political crises of his country Nigeria and continent Africa.

 

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