Wednesday, 28 October 2020



JULIUS BERGER SERVICES NIGERIA DELIVERS TOP BRAND INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL OPERATIONS AT WARRI PORT…Company awarded ‘Nigeria’s Best Terminal Management Company’

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Julius Berger Services Nigeria Limited (JBSN) has served as a multipurpose terminal operator at the Warri Port – Terminal C since 2007. A subsidiary of the internationally acclaimed and ever reliable enginerring brand, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Julius Berger Services Nigeria, as an experienced terminal operator, offers shipping services for import as well as export of goods to and from Nigeria. 






JBSN, as the Warri-based port terminal subsidiary of Julius Berger Plc is fondly called by its clients and hosts, follows national and international standards for terminal management. In good compliance and loyalty to its parent brand, JBSN adheres to strict policies and procedures to increase productivity, guarantee service excellence and ensure that health, safety and environmental standards are constantly and irreducibly met. The operational excellence and reliability of the company has understandably earned JBSN recognition with the award as ‘Best Terminal Management Company in Nigeria’. JBSN provides services such as customs clearance, stevedoring, terminal handling and storage, all within a highly secure port facility certified as per ISPS Regulation security level 1 with 24/7 CCTV based staff observation. The Warri Port – Terminal C, operated by Julius Berger Services Nigeria, is an internationally certified ship and port facility. The port follows the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, to detect security threats and take preventive measures against potential security incidents affecting ships or port facilities. Furthermore, to ensure that discharged goods are safe and secure at all times, the company has integrated additional security measures such as 24/7 monitoring by security staff, Close Circuit TV surveillance and biometric access control.
Very strategically, as an ISO certified company, Julius Berger Services Nigeria provides the highest quality service and top performance.

JBSN HAS RELIABLE CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENT AND COMPETENCE TO PREVENT DEMURRAGE AND OTHER COST LEAKAGES FOR CLIENTS
On cargo handling capacity, efficiency and effectiveness, Julius Berger Services Nigeria has the capacity to safely load and offload cargo of up to 200 tons. Julius Berger Services Nigeria operates and maintains a range of quality equipment suitable for different types of cargo handling, including container cargo, vehicles, heavy Lift and oversized cargo. Furthermore, to guarantee availability of key equipment at all times and minimize downtime, the company operates a professional workshop segment, inclusive of a heavy duty unit, light vehicle unit, welding unit, turning unit, auto electrical panel beating and slipway boat unit, which carry out preventive maintenance measures and timely repair. JBSN utilizes a range of mobile cranes, forklifts/reachstacker as well as various certified lifting cranes. By utilizing specialized equipment such as reach stackers, consignments can be conveniently loaded from the jetty side directly onto land transport vehicles, enabling the highest efficiency in the handling of cargo. JBSN offers round-the-clock service, to facilitate the discharging of vessels within a short timeframe. As a result of Julius Berger Services Nigeria’s effective and timely cargo handling, demurrage and other negative cost implications can be avoided.

JBSN IS A LICENSED CUSTOMS CLEARING AGENT ABLE TO EFFICIENTLY ACHIEVE CLEARING AND DELIVERY OF CONSIGNMENT WITHIN 48 HOURS
Licensed as Customs agent by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), Julius Berger Services Nigeria has an official NCS office located on its premises. Julius Berger Services Nigeria has a proven record of reliable and effective customs clearing services. Clearing and delivery of consignment is usually achievable within 48 hours, due to the fast track scheme authorized by government officials, including:
Expedited processing of Pre-Arrival Assessment
Reports (PAAR) and release of shipments
Priority release of consignment selected on green
Option to release consignment at owner’s premise
Priority inspection / scanning, when physical examination or scanning is required
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JBSN HAS SAFE AND DEPENDABLE STORAGE CAPACITY FOR CLIENTS USE, EVEN FOR HAZARDOUS CARGO

At Warri Port – Terminal C, Julius Berger Services Nigeria offers flexible and secure stacking and storing services to enhance seamless logistics planning. The company’s facilities have a capacity of up to 500,000 m³ container storage and provide spacious and safe storage options for a wide variety of goods, including hazardous cargo. Depending on the customer’s needs, storage is available for cargo and containers during dwell time, as well as for long-term and temporary storage. A modern equipment fleet allows the company’s well-trained staff to carefully move stored goods quickly and efficiently when needed.prestigious buildings








JBSN OFFERS RELIABLE IMPORT & EXPORT SERVICES THROUGH A REGULAR LINER SERVICE BETWEEN NORTH EUROPE AND WEST AFRICA
of the world
Julius Berger Services Nigeria Limited has expanded its offerings to include a regular Liner Service between North Europe and West Africa / Julius Berger Warri Port Terminal, Nigeria, in cooperation with Universal African Lines (UAL) – a leading provider of shipping services, specialized in breakbulk and project cargoes.
Julius Berger Services Nigeria’s import and export services guarantee the fast release of cargo with 24/7 loading and discharge, adhering to international compliance standards. Very helpful to JBSN’s clients’ businesses, the central location of Warri makes the company’s facilities easy to access by land and sea. Optional transport of goods, including heavy load and project cargo, within Nigeria via Julius Berger’s land transport or marine service is also available.
JBSN effectively provides reliable feeder service between local and international ports.

As a reliable service edge, Julius Berger Services Nigeria proudly parades not only technical and commercial resources that boosts its clients’ businesses, but also a most highly trained, motivated and dedicated workforce. Julius Berger Services Nigeria remains purposefully committed to a continuous and consistent training and retraining  of its personnel at all levels in order to increase technical capacity, operational knowhow and compliance with Health, Safety and Environmental processes and procedures. The result and leading advantage of comprehensive and detailed training of its human capital, is that Julius Berger Services Nigeria’s qualified and highly effective staff have the resources to handle even the most complex port terminal tasks in a short time frame, guaranteeing clients efficient and cost effective services. “The Julius Berger Services Nigeria terminal management team led by the industry-knowledgeable, very professional and massively experienced General Manager, Captain Rainer Jensch, waits to receive you to first class service, the definitive hallmark of the dependable Julius Berger standard of international best practice and due diligence”, said the head of the Media Relations Office of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC Group, Prince Moses Duku.
The Julius Berger Services Nigeria terminal at the Warri port is specified at a Berth of 560m, a Draft of 65m, a Staking of 95,000m2,  with a wharehousing capacity of 7,100m2, and a Container and Reefer Stacking Area of 12,000TEU

For more information on Julius Berger Services Nigeria, Duku cordially and very confidently invites clients to contact: Julius Berger Services Nigeria, Warri Port – Terminal C | Warri 332 008 Delta State | Nigeria. Phone +234 803 906 7000 and +234 803 080 7581. Julius Berger Services Nigeria can also be reached online at e-mail: sales@jbsnltd.comwww.julius-berger.com



Tuesday, 27 October 2020



Breaking: Mile 12 Boils As Hoodlums Vandalise BRT Buses, Loot Shops

Breaking: Mile 12 Boils As Hoodlums Vandalise BRT Buses, Loot Shops

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There is an ongoing commotion at mile 12 as hoodlums have gone crazy vandalising public property.

 

Scene of the incident
Thugs attacking BRT buses in mile 12
 
Hoodlums have taken over Mile 12 area of Lagos attacking people and vandalizing public property.
 
It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday.
 
The hoodlums also vandalised several BRT buses.
 
It was gathered that the hoodlums also attacked private shops, shooting and looting properties in the area.
 
There was pandemonium as traders and shop owners fled for safety.
 
Vehicle owners were said to have abandon their vehicles and fled as the crisis spread around Mile 12 to Owode axis on Ikorodu Road.
 
Primero, operator of the BRT (Blue buses) said they would be shutting down operation immediately to avoid other buses being damaged by the hoodlums.
 
Thugs were presently moving around with guns and machetes and were causing mayhem, an eyewitness said on twitter.
 
Hoodlums were seen on video holding machetes and other dangerous weapons.
 
A top police chief, who craved anonymity said policemen had been drafted to the troubled area to maintain peace.




BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Orders Full Reopening Of Markets

BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Orders Full Reopening Of Markets

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The governor of Lagos state has given a new order asking markets to fully reopen in the state.

 

Governor Sanwi-Olu
Governor Sanwi-Olu
 
Food markets and non-food markets across Lagos state have been given the approval to reopen.
 
The new order was given by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu.
 
To this effect the markets are now to open daily.
 
Recall that the markets were shut due to the outbreak of ravaging COVID-19 pandemic about eight months ago and subsequently, reopened partially on alternative days arrangement.
 
The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, in a statement on Tuesday said, Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that residents can recover fast.
 
Sanwo-Olu however, advised operators to continue to observe all safety protocols to prevent possible resurgence of the pandemic in the state.
 
According the governor, traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.



#EndSARS: Lagos Youth Representatives Asked To Sign Oath Of Secrecy

#EndSARS: Lagos Youth Representatives Asked To Sign Oath Of Secrecy

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The Oath of secrecy which was vehemently opposed by the representatives was seen as a move by the government to remove transparency from the outcomes of the panel sitting.

 

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 Lagos Youth Representatives Asked To Sign Oath Of Secrecy
 

As the Lagos state government set up a judicial panel to preside over the #EndSARS protest, the representative sent by the Nigerian youths have been asked to sign an Oath of Secrecy.

The Oath of secrecy which was vehemently opposed by the representatives was seen as a move by the government to remove transparency from the outcomes of the panel sitting.

Taking to social media, youths across the state called out the government over what they consider an alleged attempt to silence them and sweep under the carpet the reports of the investigations that will be carried out by the panel.

One of the social media activists actively involved in the struggle, Bamikole Omoshore took t his page to report the issue.

"I don’t understand the need for oath of secrecy. @SavvyRinu
And Majekodunmi are the representatives of the youth, we stand solidly with them. They should not sign any oath of secrecy. @jidesanwoolu
should actually see that the panel is public and televised. #EndSARS"





#endsars: pastor Arrested For Allegedly Looting Warehouse In Kogi (Photos)

#endsars: pastor Arrested For Allegedly Looting Warehouse In Kogi (Photos)

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A pastor among those who looted a warehouse carting away properties worth N1.2billion has been arrested.

 

Edino
Edino
 
Security operatives have apprehended a pastor who allegedly broke into a warehouse in Kogi state and looted medical equipment worth N1.2billion.
 
According to DailyPost, the pastor identified as Sunday Edino and his alleged accomplices have been arrested by the Kogi State Police Command.
 
This is as the sporadic shooting by masked hoodlums in Lokoja on Monday, 26th October, 2020 has led to the death of no fewer than five persons, while several others sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
 
The suspected pastor was arrested on Monday in a manhunt led by the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ede.
 
When he was under interrogation, the suspect could not not account for the medical equipment found in his car which he packaged inside his booth and others which he hid inside a nearby bush.
 
Meanwhile, residents of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital have continued to lament the invasion of the town by suspected hoodlums who shot at innocent citizens and destroyed properties belonging both government and private individuals.
 
Some residents of Lokoja were hit by a stray bullet, while as at yesterday night, unconfirmed reports revealed that no fewer than five persons have lost their lives after sustaining degrees of injuries in different locations, where the hoodlums perpetuated their heinous crimes.
 
One Nda Ara, a shoe maker shot alongside two other victims in Lokongoma Market, was unlucky as he did not survive the bullet.
 
A friend of Nda Ara, identified as Umar Dan’Assabe Mohammed, told DAILY POST on Monday morning that those that killed him must be brought to book.
 
 
Also, a resident of the state capital who never wanted his name to be mentioned sent a text message to our correspondent in Lokoja which reads
“Good evening. Could you believe that a member of my church was shot today and bled to death during the sporadic shooting? We are about starting the requiem mass now in our church. I am psychologically and emotionally down. May God take vengeance for all of these”.

Another casualty recorded in Monday's brutality from the masked hoodlums is the Kogi State correspondent of the Sun Newspaper, Emmanuel Adeyemi who was hit by a stray bullet.
 
Adeyemi was about entering the press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) when he was hit by live bullets fired by the masked thugs. He is currently on admission in a private hospital.
 
DAILY POST correspondent, who had been monitoring the health condition of Mr Adeyemi, gathered that he had a successful surgery at about 8:30PM Monday.
 
 
In a reaction, the Police public relations officer, William Aya, said those who shot the journalist could be the looters who were scaring people to enable them perpetuate their nefarious acts.
 
He said that the shootings were not from the Police officers, adding that they were being trailed and would be brought to book shortly.



Lekki Shooting: "Blood of Dead Nigerians Crying for Justice" - Oby Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

Lekki Shooting: "Blood of Dead Nigerians Crying for Justice" - Oby Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

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A former minister has called on the government to ensure justice for innocent Nigerians killed by soldiers at Lekki toll gate.

 

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili
 
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been warned that the blood of innocent Nigerians killed by soldiers last week are crying for justice.
 
Oby Ezekwesili, a former presidential aspirant and minister made this known on her Twitter page on Tuesday.
 
Recall that some protesters were shot during the End SARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos State.
 
She tweeted: “It is 7 days since that #BlackTuesday of #LekkiTollGateProtest where @HQNigerianArmy shot our unarmed #EndSARS protesters.

“The Blood of the dead citizens is crying for Justice, @MBuhari.”
 
Her tweet comes after the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State yesterday admitted that the Nigerian Army ordered the shooting of End SARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate last Tuesday.
 
Speaking to CNN on Monday, Sanwo-Olu said footage available to him shows that the Nigerian Army ordered the shooting.
 
But, the Nigerian Army had earlier denied the presence of its soldiers at the scene of the incident.
 
The Nigerian Army also said that viral videos of the shooting were “photoshopped.”



ASUU Reveals Why They Are Yet To Call Off Strike

ASUU Reveals Why They Are Yet To Call Off Strike

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The ongoing industrial action is yet to be called off because it is waiting for the Federal Government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

 

ASUU

ASUU Reveals Why They Are Yet To Call Off Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU have revealed why they are still embarking on the on-going strike.

According to the Union’s president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, in an interview on Monday, the ongoing industrial action is yet to be called off because it is waiting for the Federal Government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

The UTAS is the payment platform created by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an Interview said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct integrity test on UTAS.

“The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”

While speaking on whether the government had accepted UTAS, Ogunyemi said,

"We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principal, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process.

We had presented UTAS at three levels, starting with the Ministry of Education, Senate President and members of his team, officials of Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, where all other stakeholders were present, including NITDA, all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what we are moving in to.

If government facilitates it, it is not something that should drag for too long at all. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS; it also depends on how early the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.





#EndSARS Is Politically Motivated. It Is About 2023 - Governor Yahaya Bello Says (Video)

#EndSARS Is Politically Motivated. It Is About 2023 - Governor Yahaya Bello Says (Video)

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According to the governor, he believes the protest is a ploy to set the youths of this nation against each other.

 

Yahaya

Governor Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has stated that the #EndSARS protest which was staged by the Nigerian youths is politically motivated and is setting the pace for 2023.

Yahaya Bello said this in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday morning October 27.

''What is happening today, the so-called ENDSARS, is politically motivated. Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it again and quote me anyday.

Why would you demand for five items and you are granted and have refused to take it. Which struggle or agitation or uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership.'' 
he said.

When asked if he doesn't agree with the agitations of the protesters, Governor Bello said;

''100% I agree but if you look at what is happening today, then you would have no other option than to classify it as politically motivated. This is a ploy to set we the youths of this nation against each other''

When asked to identify the politicians that have taken over the protest, Governor Bello said;

''By those who set them up. By the politicians who have hands in End SARS. By those who continue to shift the goalpost when the demands were met. By those those who continue to profiteer from it''

Speaking further, he said;

'' You asked for End SARS.  Remember, not everybody believes in ending the SARS. Even if you say SARS are wrong in doing one thing or the other, the best way to have agitated was to simply ask for the reform or the total security overhaul.

In the military, in the air force, in the Navy, even civil defence, there are bad eggs. Do we end those security outfits? Even in the media today, as good as the social media is, it has its own disadvantages that has set even countries and nations on collission course. Do you end the media?

We continue to ask for reformation. Now, SARS has been ended. Police morale has been dampened and they have gone off the streets. Hoodlums have taken over. Who do we report to? I think we should have articulated our points and go about it in a more credible way and not to be used by politicians.

Let me tell you, this is 2023 playing out''

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Monday, 26 October 2020



NBC Fines Channels, AIT, Arise TV N9m Over #EndSARS Coverage

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV N3m each over their “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSARS protests and the crisis that followed it.





The NBC acting Director General Prof Armstrong Idachaba announced that sanction at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.



Breaking: Niger Delta militants make 5 demands, write IOCs

MILITANTS in Niger Delta, who threatened to resume hostilities, some days ago,   have tabled five new demands before the Federal Government,  while waiting for expiration of an earlier ultimatum.



The nine renegade militant groups under the auspices of Reformed Niger-Delta Avengers, RNDA, said it had written the International Oil Companies, IOCs,  to evacuate their staff to avoid human casualties, as fighters would occupy oil and gas facilities after destroying them.

Leader of RNDA, self-styled “Major General” Johnmark Ezonbi, aka Obama, who confirmed the development, last night, said militants were in support of the #EndSARS protests and would, surely, escalate action in the creeks if the federal government failed to meet the demands.


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Those who want to blame you for destruction of properties know those who introduced violence in the #EndSARS protest - Pastor Sam Adeyemi tells youths

Those who want to blame you for destruction of properties know those who introduced violence in the #EndSARS protest - Pastor Sam Adeyemi tells youths

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Pastor Sam Adeyemi has addressed Nigerians on the outcome of the #EndSARS protest which has taken several turns in the last few days. 

 

The General Overseer of Daystar Christian Centre in tweets he shared, stated that those who want to blame the youths for massive destruction of properties in Lagos and other cities know the people that introduced violence in the #EndSARS protest.

Those who want to blame you for destruction of properties know those who introduced violence in the #EndSARS protest - Pastor Sam Adeyemi tells youths

 

He reiterated that people that destroyed properties are not part of the peaceful protesters who according to him, were phenomenal. The cleric also talked about the gains of the protest and some of the actions that must be taken henceforth. 

 

Pastor Adeyemi tweeted; 

 

Dear young citizen. It’s time for everyone to reflect. The massive destruction of properties in Lagos and other cities is so sad. Some want to blame you, but you must not buy that narrative. They know those that introduced violence.

Those that looted and destroyed property are also not part of you. They are products of a system that does not value its youths and has left them with little or no hope. They are part of the reason you raised your voice against injustice and want a new Nigeria.

What you did in less than a week was a phenomenon. Let me share how I see it. You attracted a mass following across all sectors within a short time because your cause is noble. No sane person should fault your call for justice.

Leadership experts believed for a long time that the best way to motivate people to move is to give them a vision of the ideal future. But it has not always worked. People prefer status quo to change.

In recent times, they have come to realise that it sometimes works better to tell the story of people’s pain: their livable experiences. You got this right. You generated impetus and galvanised people to act focusing on police brutality.

You overcame things that have divided our country and frustrated it’s development including ethnicity and religion, and put up a united front. You practically shared love instead of our culture of prejudice. That was a breakthrough.

The power gap between the leader and the led is high in most developing countries. That gap is low in most developed countries. You crushed that gap. You ran an efficient system on a flat structure. Your model of leadership facilitates development.

Your flat leadership structure meant no one was dominating another. As leaders you took responsibility and served one another. You were accountable and transparent, announcing income and expenses daily. These have not been part of our leadership culture.

You provided “stomach infrastructure”, meeting the basic needs for food and water. You provided healthcare with ambulance services. Some even got free haircuts on the street. Your organization was efficient.

You got quick wins. A governor came to meet you on the street (I commend him for this). SARS was dissolved and the government agreed to your 5for5 demands (I commend government for these).

Continue to call for a stop to the looting and destruction. Take a deep breath. You created a mini new Nigeria. How do you take things forward and scale up? Please, stay strong online, own your narrative by all means and keep your discussions going

 

Those who want to blame you for destruction of properties know those who introduced violence in the #EndSARS protest - Pastor Sam Adeyemi tells youths



It is painful that what started as a peaceful protest has been hijacked and turned into complete anarchy - Davido

It is painful that what started as a peaceful protest has been hijacked and turned into complete anarchy - Davido

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Davido has spoken up against the hijacking of the #EndSARS protest to unleash mayhem across the country. 

 

The singer who noted that turning of the peaceful protest into a complete anarchy is a disrespect to those that lost their lives in the struggle, wondered the gain in burning and looting private businesses.

 


It is painful that what started as a peaceful protest has been hijacked and turned into complete anarchy - Davido

He also wondered why police stations are burnt down when one of the demands of the protesters was better police welfare and training. Davido averred that we need a Country where there is law and order for us to make any real change. 

 

The singer tweeted; 

 

We need a Country where there is law and order for us to make any real change !!! Please stop!

It is painful that what started as a peaceful protest has been hijacked and turned into complete Anarchy, in total disrespect to those that lost their lives during the Peaceful protest. This is def not the way to honour those that lost their lives while protesting peacefully.

What is there to gain from burning and looting private businesses that provide employment to our own people?? Or burgling or burning houses belong to innocent citizens?! Or burning Buses that our own people depend on for transport to go to work and go about their lives???

Why burn police stations, when one of our demands was better police welfare and training??? Please stop stop stop stop! It all makes no sense whatsoever !! If you know anybody partaking in this, tell them to stop!!

 

It is painful that what started as a peaceful protest has been hijacked and turned into complete anarchy - Davido

Sunday, 25 October 2020



BREAKING: Gunshots Rent The Air As Hoodlums Loot Ex-Speaker Dogara's House In Jos

BREAKING: Gunshots Rent The Air As Hoodlums Loot Ex-Speaker Dogara's House In Jos

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The hoodlums defied the ongoing curfew imposed by the state government to also invade other buildings in search of COVID-19 palliatives.

 

Yakubu Dogara

Yakubu Dogara

It has been reported that hoodlums have targeted Yakubu Dogara's house in Jos.

The hoodlums on Sunday looted the house of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives located near Jos University Teaching Hospital.

The PUNCH reports that the hoodlums defied the ongoing curfew imposed by the state government to also invade other buildings in search of COVID-19 palliatives.

Dogara’s house was attacked about 9 am, an eyewitness told our correspondent.

Policemen and other security operatives enforcing the curfew shot to disperse the rampaging youths without success.

“They broke into the house of the former Speaker and attacked everyone, including Dogara’s brother, and (they) are currently moving anything they see. In the process, the invaders moved several items – tricycles, furniture, electronics, and other valuables – out of the house,”
 an eyewitness told The PUNCH.

Details later…





Oh No! Stray Bullet Allegedly Kills Trader In Enugu As Security Operatives Disperse COVID-19 Palliatives Looters

Oh No! Stray Bullet Allegedly Kills Trader In Enugu As Security Operatives Disperse COVID-19 Palliatives Looters

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Security operatives stationed at the school reportedly fired shots to disperse the crowd and a stray bullet hit the young trader.

 

Stray bullet

A trader has been reportedly killed by a tray bullet in Enugu state when a mob tried to steal COVID-19 palliatives.

The looting of COVID-19 palliatives turned tragic in Enugu on Saturday, October 23 after the stray bullet allegedly fired by security operatives hit and killed a young man who sells fuel.

It was gathered that after news spread that COVID-19 palliatives were housed at Queen's Secondary school located inside WTC estate, residents stormed there in attempt to loot food items.

Security operatives stationed at the school reportedly fired shots to disperse the crowd. A stray bullet hit the young trader.

A shop owner in the area said that the deceased was not part of the mob that attempted to break into the school.

A graphic video posted by eyewitnesses shows the deceased gasping for breath before he passed away.

Sen. Chijinke Ugwuanyi confirmed that the WAEC hall of Queens College had once served as warehouse for COVID-19 palliatives.

"There is no palliatives at the moment inside Queens secondary school Enugu" he added





BREAKING: NECO Postpones Exams Indefinitely

BREAKING: NECO Postpones Exams Indefinitely

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Sani said the #EndSARS protests disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.

 

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The ongoing nationwide Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations has been postponed indefinitely by the National Examinations Council.

The council postponed the exams due to the current security challenges, occasion by the #EndSARS protests, according to The PUNCH.

This was contained a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division NECO, Azeez Sani, and made available to newsmen in minna on Sunday.

Sani said the #EndSARS protests disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.

He said, “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 22nd October, 2020 reviewed the on-going 2020 SSCE (internal) nationwide. The Council had in a press release, dated 21st October 2020, informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 202 0 on-going SSCE.

“Arising from that meeting, today (Sunday) the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE (Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.

“In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges, some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property;

In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country and students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table.”

He said the governing board further resolved, that “when normalcy returns, the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States.

“While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.”





Come And Collect Free Food' - Looters Shout As They Cart Away COVID-19 Palliatives In Adamawa Warehouse (Video)

Come And Collect Free Food' - Looters Shout As They Cart Away COVID-19 Palliatives In Adamawa Warehouse (Video)

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In a video that has gone viral, some of the looters can be heard shouting 'come and collect free food'.

 

Adamawa COVID-19 palliatives

The looters

A large mob made of looters has stormed a warehouse housing COVID-19 palliatives in Adamawa state.

The mob comprising of several young men and women broke into the Adamawa state government warehouse in Yola on Sunday October 25, and carted away COVID19 palliatives donated by CACOVID.

In a video that has gone viral, some of the looters can be heard shouting ''come and collect free food''

Watch the video below





How SARS Men Detained And Made Me Miss Exam - OAU Final-Year Student Tells His Story

How SARS Men Detained And Made Me Miss Exam - OAU Final-Year Student Tells His Story

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Mayokun Olayiwola about his sad experience with officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

 

Mayokun Olayiwola

Mayokun Olayiwola

In this interview with The PUNCH, a final-year student of the Obafemi Awolowo University talks about the experience he had with SARS men.

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Mayokun Olayiwola, a final-year student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, tells BOLA BAMIGBOLA about his experience with officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

Can you tell us about your encounter with SARS?

I am Olayiwola Mayokun, a student of Philosophy at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. I am already in my final-year and I should have left school, but for the closure occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. I have had many encounters with the state and federal SARS in the past. The last one I had happened in Ife a few years ago. It was very pathetic. They arrested me for no justifiable reason and kept me in a cell overnight. They made me miss my examination.

How did it happen?

I was going to school that afternoon to write an examination. I was walking along Aserifa road towards the campus gate when they accosted me. They were about four at the checkpoint and they asked for my phone. I told them the phone was not with me because I was going to school to write an examination. We don’t go into the examination hall with any gadgets. After listening to my explanations, they said I looked like a bad boy. That sounded very funny initially, because I thought one of them that said that was merely joking with me. I was even laughing.

The leader of the team gave me a hot slap and ordered me to enter their van. They said I should take them to my house but I refused. Doing that would not allow me to meet up with my 4pm examination. I was scared because missing the examination might lead to an extra year for me. They eventually drove me to Moore police station in Ile Ife. I was detained in the cell till the following morning. I could not write the examination that day. It was a computer-based test. I have names of those that arrested me and I can still recognise them.

What happened during your detention?

 I was forced to write a statement claiming that I was in possession of Indian hemp. I was allowed to call my parents and could not believe it when they talked my parents into buying their story that I was in possession of weed. That really saddened me. My parents were made to pay N30,000 for my bail. The guy that forced me to write a statement was not even there at the point of my arrest.

Who were those that arrested you on that particular day?

They were SARS men, though they were not wearing any uniform and they didn’t come with a police van. During the period, SARS men usually move in a wine Toyota Corolla car and a black van. Every student in Ife knows these vehicles. If you come across them, you must flee because they symbolise danger.

What did you do after you were released?

I met the woman in charge of the examination and I narrated my ordeal to her. I was later allowed to write the exam. This is not all about me. Many of my friends, family members, relatives and other people at different times had encounters with SARS men that led to sad experiences.

How did you handle the trauma after you regained freedom?

The trauma was initially much. It was very serious. But I had to move on after the whole saga.

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Source: The PUNCH





#EndSARS Protest Continues In Germany And London Despite Crackdown On Demonstrators In Nigeria

#EndSARS Protest Continues In Germany And London Despite Crackdown On Demonstrators In Nigeria

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Nigerians trooped out in Gottingen, Germany, and London, United Kingdom, calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.

 

The protesters

It has been reported that even though there has been a crackdown on #ENDSARS protesters in Nigeria, the agitation has contained outside the country as citizens outside Nigeria refuse to back down.

According to SaharaReporters, Nigerians trooped out in Gottingen, Germany, and London, United Kingdom, calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.

The Nigerians also urged government to stop the attack and killing of protesting youth, who they described as leaders of the future generation of the country.

They also urged the government to swiftly carry out the reformation of the Nigeria Police Force as well as create jobs, good health care and end poverty in the country.

The #ENDSARS protests, which went on for at least two weeks in Nigeria, was met with stiff suppression by the Nigerian Government.

The government initially hired thugs to attack the protesters before sending in police and army to violently disperse demonstators, leading to death and injury of many.

The army engaged the protesters at Lekki, killing about 10 of them.

This led to nationwide unrest with state governments imposing curfew in a bid to restore normalcy.

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Saturday, 24 October 2020



#EndSARS: Shock As PDP Ward Leader Is Shot Dead In Akwa Ibom After Church Meeting

#EndSARS: Shock As PDP Ward Leader Is Shot Dead In Akwa Ibom After Church Meeting

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The victim, Iniobong Lyons, was shot on Thursday in Uyo as a fallout of the #EndSARS protests in the city, several witnesses said.

 

Iniobong Lyons

Iniobong Lyons

Iniobong Lyons, a former ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has been shot dead, according to PREMIUM TIMES.

The victim was shot on Thursday in Uyo as a fallout of the #EndSARS protests in the city, several witnesses said.

He was not part of the protest; he was hit by a bullet as he stepped on to the road after coming out from African Church where he had gone for a church meeting, family and church members said.

Mr Lyons, an elder in the African Church, was a former PDP chairman in Asutan ward 1, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area and a former supervisor in the local government council.

When a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited the victim’s home at Okop Ndua Erong, Ibesikpo Asutan, on Saturday morning, a delegation from the African Church, led by a bishop, Abraham Chia, was on a condolence visit to his wife.

“As humans, there is nothing else we can do in this circumstance apart from praying to God to console the family,”
 a member of the church said to the victim’s wife, Idorenyin.

The wife sobbed as the bishop and church members prayed for her, their three children, and the family.

“Father, console the family, and may the faithful who has departed from us rest in the bosom of Abraham.

“Lord, take care of the wife and the children, provide for them,
” the bishop said in his prayer.

A media aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Richard Peters, who is a reverend minister in the African Church, was a part of the church delegation.

The leadership of PDP in Ibesikpo Asutan have also visited the victim’s family.

The police and the Akwa Ibom State government, however, were yet to visit family, the wife told PREMIUM TIMES.

The police spokesperson in Akwa Ibom State, Odiko McDon, told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday morning, that one person was killed in Uyo on Thursday during the #EndSARS protest, but that the police were yet to have the victim’s identity.

“Investigation is ongoing,” he said.

 





Photos Of Police Officers Patrolling Lagos State After Days Of Unrest

Photos Of Police Officers Patrolling Lagos State After Days Of Unrest

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Sanwo-Olu on Friday afternoon eased the curfew, saying that “people can go out between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.”

 

Police officers

Men of the Nigeria Police Force have been patrolling Lagos state following days of unrest in the state.

The officers on Friday and Saturday patrolled Lagos State in a bid to restore order, The PUNCH reports.

Earlier, barricades and police checkpoints were seen on the streets of Lagos after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a curfew on the state after days of violent unrest.

The governor visited burnt police stations and razed facilities across the state on Friday, lamenting that it would take many decades for the state to recover from the destructions caused by the unrest.

Sanwo-Olu on Friday afternoon eased the curfew, saying that “people can go out between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.”

Lagos State Police Command on its social media handles said, “Our officers are patrolling parts of the metropolis for confidence-building.”

See photos:





BREAKING: Gunshots Rock Abuja Market As Policemen Prevent Hoodlums From Looting Warehouse

BREAKING: Gunshots Rock Abuja Market As Policemen Prevent Hoodlums From Looting Warehouse

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Policemen and other security personnel are firing gunshots and tear gas to deter hoodlums who stormed a warehouse with COVID-19 palliatives early this morning.

 

File photo: Police officers at a crime scene

It has been reported that some traders at the UTC market, Area 10, Garki, Abuja and residents of the area have been living in tension recently.

According to The PUNCH, they are currently cowering in fear as security operatives battled hoodlums attempting to loot a warehouse in the vicinity.

Policemen and other security personnel are firing gunshots and tear gas to deter hoodlums who stormed a warehouse with COVID-19 palliatives early this morning.

The warehouse is located in the precinct of the Cyprian Ekwensi building and the UTC market.

A graphics designer, Segun Stickers, said the UTC market and the big shopping plaza in the area had been shut down.

“We are presently locked inside the UTC market. The police are firing gunshots and tear gas to stave off the attack by the hoodlums who were trying to loot the COVID-19 palliatives kept in a warehouse here.

“Many people were injured while trying to escape attack by the hoodlums and the whole area is in turmoil, ”
 he said on the phone.

The PUNCH correspondent could hear gunshots just as a voice was heard ordering the traders to shut down their shops and go home.

The Federal Capital Territory police spokesperson, ASP Mariam Yusuf, confirmed that the police were deployed at the UTC market and other public infrastructure to prevent suspected hoodlums from looting.

It was learnt that a similar situation is presently happening in Bukuru, Jos South, Plateau State, where residents are carting away COVID-19 palliatives.

An eyewitness explained that hundreds of Bukuru residents are currently at the warehouse located at Old NITEL beside Total filling station taking away foodstuffs, including bags of rice and millet stored by the state government.

A similar incident had occurred in Lagos, Osun, Cross River and other states.





We've Seen The Footage, We Cannot Imagine The Pain - Arsenal FC Lend Voice To The #EndSARS Crisis

We've Seen The Footage, We Cannot Imagine The Pain - Arsenal FC Lend Voice To The #EndSARS Crisis

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Arsenal FC who stated that their thoughts and prayer are with everyone in Nigeria, also asked everyone to stay safe and strong.

 

Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club have reacted to the #EndSARS crisis rocking Nigeria.

In a message shared on their official Instagram handle, the English football club disclosed that they have seen footages which emerged from the crisis and can't imagine the pain it caused.

Arsenal FC who stated that their thoughts and prayer are with everyone in Nigeria, also asked everyone to stay safe and strong.

Read the message below:





BREAKING: Hoodlums Attack Iwo LG Secretariat, Osun

BREAKING: Hoodlums Attack Iwo LG Secretariat, Osun

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 sources at the Oluwo of Iwoland’s palace confirmed.


 

Osun state

File photo

Some hoodlums have caused serious mayhem in Osun state, it has been reported.

According to The PUNCH, the hoodlums on Saturday attacked Iwo Local Government Secretariat in Osun State.

During the attack, the hoodlums damaged properties and set a vehicle ablaze, sources at the Oluwo of Iwoland’s palace confirmed.

Eyewitnesses told The PUNCH that the hoodlums also looted some offices in the Secretariat.

A member of the state cabinet, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the attack.

The hoodlums moving in large numbers also looted Tuns Farm along Osogbo/Ikirun road.

An aide to the chairman of Iwo East LCDA, who preferred anonymity, said the Secretariat of the LCDA was looted by some hoodlums.

Details later…





Lekki Shootings: US Reaffirms Visa Ban Policy For Anti-Democratic Forces

Lekki Shootings: US Reaffirms Visa Ban Policy For Anti-Democratic Forces

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This is just as the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki killings is set to begin investigation into the incident on Monday.

 

RndSARS

EndSARS protesters

The government of the United States of America may ban some people from entering its country if indicted in the Lekki shooting.

According to The PUNCH, the US Government may impose a visa restriction on persons found culpable in the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Tuesday.

This is just as the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki killings is set to begin investigation into the incident on Monday.

Soldiers deployed to quell the protests had opened fire on protesters. While the Defence headquarters has denied deploying soldiers in the Lekki Toll Plaza, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu insisted the military carried out the shooting on the peaceful protesters at the toll plaza.

The governor said, “For clarity, it is imperative to explain that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military. I have, nonetheless, ordered an investigation into the rules of engagement adopted by men of the Nigerian Army that were deployed to the Lekki tollgate last night.”

Although the casualty figure remains a subject of controversy, global rights group, Amnesty International, says 12 persons were killed in the incident.

Saturday PUNCH subsequently sent an email inquiry to the US Foreign Mission to Nigeria on whether those found wanting in the shootings would be banned from visiting the US.

The email enquiry read, “With regard to the shootings at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos and attack on protesters in various parts of the country, will the United States Government be considering a visa ban on persons found wanting in the last few weeks?”

In its response, the embassy stated, “We stand by Secretary Pompeo’s statement of October 8, 2020: Adherence to these democratic norms and to the rule of law allows all citizens to engage in political dialogue and support their choice of candidates, parties, and platforms.

“We will watch closely the actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process and will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions.”


Earlier, senior officials of the United States Government on Thursday met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and expressed displeasure over the shootings.

Although the Nigerian Army had denied deploying soldiers to the scene, the US officials demanded that the soldiers behind the shootings be brought to justice.

The spokesperson for the State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that the officials were led by the Counsellor of the US State Department, Ulrich Brechbühl.

Others at the meeting include Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali.

The officials, according to the statement, raised concerns over the ongoing violence in Nigeria as well as human rights violations and human trafficking.

The statement read in part, “Counsellor T. Ulrich Brechbühl met with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo today in Abuja, Nigeria as part of a previously scheduled delegation, which included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali, to raise US concerns about ongoing violence in Nigeria, human rights, religious freedom, and trafficking in persons, and to hear from senior Nigerian government officials how they are addressing those issues.

“The counsellor expressed the US condemnation of the use of excessive force by military forces that fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos. He expressed condolences to the victims of these shootings and urged the government of Nigeria to abide by its commitment to hold those responsible accountable under the law.”


According to the statement, Osinbajo, as well as the counsellor, noted that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.

“Counsellor Brechbühl and Vice-President Osinbajo emphasised the importance of US and Nigerian collaboration on common goals of improving security cooperation and strengthening economic partnership to foster mutual prosperity,”
 the statement read.

The Nigerian Army had on Wednesday denied that soldiers were at the toll plaza despite eyewitnesses’ accounts and video evidence showing soldiers shooting.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, had also acknowledged receipts of complaints over the incident.

She tweeted, “My office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria’s law enforcement and security agencies.

“Any loss of life or injury is concerning. We have received information alleging crimes and are keeping a close eye on developments, in case violence escalates and any indications arise on that Rome Statute crimes may have been committed.”


However, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) made no mention of any investigation or arrest during his national broadcast on Thursday.





President Buhari Has Ordered Probe Into Lekki Shootings - Minister Reveals

President Buhari Has Ordered Probe Into Lekki Shootings - Minister Reveals

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said this during an interview on Arise Television on Friday.

 

Lekki shootings

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria's number one man, President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered a probe into the heartbreaking shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, The PUNCH reports.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said this during an interview on Arise Television on Friday.

Many people were injured when soldiers opened live ammunition on the #EndSARS protesters Tuesday night.

Despite public outcry and condemnations from foreign countries and international organisations, Buhari did not say anything about the shootings.

When asked about the silence of the president on Lekki shootings in his #EndSARS address, the minister said the president would speak after the outcome of a probe he had ordered.

He said, “For sure the president has ordered an investigation, he had a national security meeting yesterday.

“I can tell you that this is already ongoing because the president wants to have all the facts which will absolutely be made public.

“It is important to get all the facts right before we go forward, in this case, it’s going to be difficult to hide these facts because we live in a multimedia world and we have pieces of evidence and corroboration and I think it is important to get the facts right.

“I think that’s the path the president has towed and I am sure that when the facts are made available, this president – because he has integrity – will level with the Nigerian people about what happened on Tuesday in Lekki,”
 Dare said.

He explained that the Federal Government had accepted the demands of the protesters.

The minister said, “Previously, we just had lip service that SARS scrapped. For the first time, you have a presidential pronouncement that SARS has been dissolved followed by the inspector-general and then we saw quick steps thereafter.

“And I think when you look at what has happened in the past and the level of responsiveness and concrete steps, the whole five demands of the youth were wholeheartedly accepted by the president and he set up a process.”





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