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International Parliament Dedicates 2021 UN Peace Day To Sustainable World

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International Parliament Dedicates 2021 UN Peace Day To Sustainable World

The International Parliament for Safety, Peace and Justice of the United Nations (IPSPJ-UN) has dedicated this year’s United Nations International Peace Day in Nigeria to sustainable world.

The United Nations International Peace Day is celebrated annually on September 21 and it is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among nations.

According to the Nigeria Country Secretary General of the International Parliament for Safety, Peace and Justice of the United Nations, His Excellency, Ambassador Olumuyiwa Babalola, the day is very important in the sense that everybody and society must be in peace because life is better in a world where peace exists.

The day is devoted to observing 24 hours of ceasefire and non – violence.

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“It’s more important than ever today to promote peace and open-mindedness for acceptance across gender, race, and territories.

“Individuals and organizations around the world participate in activities and host events centered on a set theme “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World,” he said.

According to him, “throughout history, most societies have lived in peace most of the time. Today, we are much less likely to die in war than our parents and grandparents. Since the establishment of the United Nations and the creation of the Charter of the UN, governments are obligated not to use force against others unless they are acting in self-defense or have been authorized by the UN Security Council to proceed.”

This year’s event was hosted at the Nigeria Air Force Conference Centre, Abuja under the African International President of the International Parliament for Safety Peace and Justice of United Nations, His Excellency, Cardinal Prof. Esapa Joseph Dominion JP.

The dignitaries present included: Dr. Sera Jubril, former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Ahmed Haruna Zago, Chairman of this year event, Ambassador Prof. Praise Elizabeth Ngozi, International Vice President, Ambassador Dr. Kachi Iheme, Country Director of Faithful Friends Nigeria, Ambassador Dr. Hajiya Maryam Aliyu, the Jagaban Matan Zazzau Emirate Council, officials from the Presidency, representatives of embassies, governors and senators.

 

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We Teargassed Hoodlums Not ENDSARS Protesters – Police

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We Teargassed Hoodlums Not ENDSARS Protesters - Police

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.

READ ALSO: Police Teargas EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

“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.

READ ALSO: Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

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.

READ ALSO: No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 2020 – Mohammed

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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