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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Insecurity: Reps want 18-year-old Nigerians, others to carry guns


The House of Representatives, may soon pass a Bill for Act, to permit Nigerians from the age of eighteen, to carry arms for self-defence.

The House of Representatives may soon pass a Bill for Act to permit Nigerians from the age of eighteen to carry arms for self-defence.

This contradicts President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security services to shoot any civilian bearing arms.

A Bill to that effect, entitled: “Firearms Amendment Bill”, was exclusively obtained by VANGUARD at the weekend.

The Bill sponsored by Rep. Adejoro Adeogun, states in section 2 subsection 3, that “Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), a person shall be entitled to the grant of a license or permit under this Act if, at the time of application, the person: at least eighteen years of age”. and “has a psychological evaluation certificate from a government hospital not more than six months, has a vision quality certificate from a government hospital not more than six months, has a police clearance certificate not more than twelve months, has a rifle club membership of at least six months and a firearms proficiency certificate issued by the club, and has a national identification number”.

The Bill also demands that the bearer “Has a National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)”, adding that “The Inspector General of Police, shall maintain a manual and an e-register of such permits in force”.

The Bill also states that “The Inspector General of Police, may, with the consent of the Governor of the State, grant a permit to any person to carry on the business of manufacture and repair of the firearms referred to in Part III of the Schedule to this Act”.

The bill seeks a jail sentence of at least 2 years for offences to the law.

“Section 35 (2) of the Principal Act, is amended by substituting for the words, one thousand naira or imprisonment for two years, the words seventy-five thousand or imprisonment of not less than 2 years”.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

‘Why Nigerians should take NIN as social security number’ (SSN)

 DIRECTOR General, National  Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, has advised Nigerians and residents in the country to regard the National Identification Number, NIN, as a crucial feature of their life as it is the unique identifier for all in Nigeria.

Aziz, through the Head, Corporate Communications NIMC, Mr.  Loveday  Ogbonna, stated that the NIN is the same as the Social Security Number in the United States, the National Insurance Number in the United Kingdom or AADHAR number in India. “What is common in all the countries I mentioned is just the number.

Therefore, you need a unique NIN from cradle to grave. By law and along the entire lifecycle of individuals in Nigeria, you need to present your NIN whenever you need to be identified for services such as passport issuance, banking services, land transactions, insurance services, pension, health insurance, payment of taxes, voter’s registration, consumer credits, and all government services.”

The NIMC boss advised Nigerians and residents to present themselves to be enrolled for the NIN to avoid the usual rush that may arise with enforcement of the mandatory use of NIN for transactions and access to services as stipulated in NIMC Act of 2007, Section 27.

He added that “NIMC’s current focus is on the number – NIN and not card. We are already in a digital economy driven by unique index numbers and not by physical tokens such as a card, though the law specified we should issue general multipurpose smart cards as the exercise continues. The commission is mindful of the demands of the general public for the physical card and all hands are on deck to meet this enormous demand that has huge financial implications for the nation.”

Sunday, January 10, 2021

You can’t defeat Boko Haram by sitting in Aso Rock, Soyinka tells Buhari


Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called for a national mobilisation to combat the menace of insecurity bedeviling the country.

He also said Nigeria’s sovereignty had been taken away by Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements.

In a direct reference to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the Nobel laureate said the President could not end the insecurity challenge in the country, sitting  down in Aso Rock.

Soyinka stated this on Saturday while featuring on an Arise TV programme monitored by Sunday PUNCH.

According to him, Nigeria has reached the “stage of desperation” and the government should be willing to “pay people to come and help us” in defence against Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and other criminal elements.

Soyinka said, “There are those on whose shoulders must be placed the primary responsibility and that include some former Heads of State who refused to see the inevitability of what we are going through right now.

“I am very glad that the northern elite are now speaking up, boldly and practically, (and are also) now taking measures which they should have taken years ago. They’ve moved beyond the unbelievable policies of actually paying killers to stop killing. I don’t want to mention names but some of them admitted that they were paying protection money to killers instead of dealing with that cancer in the only way which they should which, is excision, to take out killers instead of giving them money.

“You don’t appease evil and we are dealing with evil; there is no other word, we are dealing with the proliferation, the enthronement of evil in the society. And unfortunately we have encouraged its manifestation, its proliferation, its entrenchment.

“So, let them get away with the issue of sovereignty. If they have to pay people to come and help us, then call them whatever you want. Please go ahead because we’ve reached that stage of desperation.

“But I will prefer a general mobilisation in which people are trained, farmers especially are trained to work with the hoe in one hand and the gun in the other hand, ready to protect their lives, their harvests and the rest of us.

“We are not unique, history is full of those situations. I will like to see a national mobilisation. Let’s be practical.”

The PUNCH had earlier reported that at least 43 rice farmers were beheaded by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State last November.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, had consequently urged the Federal Government to engage mercenaries and the militaries of neighbouring countries, like Chad and Cameroon, to crush the over decade old Boko Haram insurgency.

Soyinka added, “From a self-protective point of view, it is a common problem; it is a national, collective issue. Don’t just sit there and think that you can solve it from Aso Rock,; no. This now concerns even the lowest common citizens in this nation because that lowest, that most impotent individual has become a prime target. So, it’s a collective issue. I’m not surprised some governors now say let us reach outside help; it’s something I have said also. I don’t say mercenaries necessarily, but this has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.

“Instead of that, what do I hear? Somebody gets on the podium and say, ‘The sovereignty of this nation cannot be challenged. Please, don’t let us hear any more of that rubbish. The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of the murdering herdsmen. The sovereignty of this nation has already been taken over by Boko Haram, it’s been taken over by ISWAP, it’s been taken over by those with absolutely no respect for what is called national integrity.”

Soyinka also said Buhari’s nepotistic tendencies were outrageous, adding that the President appointed wrong people into the wrong places.

Soyinka’s statement comes two weeks after the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah, also accused the President of nepotism.

‘Amotekun must not become another SARS’

Meanwhile, Soyinka also warned that the Western Nigeria Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun, must not transform into another form of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The writer said Amotekun operatives must be trained in ethics so they would not end on the wrong side of history.

Syinka said, “Community policing, like Amotekun, is a recognition of the fact that the civic part of the entire national polity has got to wake up in not just its own defence but also survival.

“I have told them that anytime they want us to come and assist; we will come even if it is just on the ethical session so that as you are training them to defend us, we are also training their minds so that Amotekun does not become another SARS  – very important. We must do everything together.

“It is about time the public examined itself; what are we made up of? Are there those among us who, if they got into power, will behave exactly as those kinds of agencies which we are repudiating and against which we are protesting? There is absolutely no excuse for the brutality that occurred in the wake of the noise, rumour or reality of people being shot at the Lekki tollgate.”

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Lady Cries For Justice After A Nigerian Soldier Assaulted Her At An ATM Stand In Lagos (Video)


A lady, identified as Ada-Oma has narrated how a Nigerian soldier assaulted her at an ATM stand in Oshodi, Lagos.

According to her, she was on the queue when the soldier requested to jump queue. She availed him the opportunity, but kept enquiring if he was on the queue.

The soldier who was infuriated by her questions, flared up and physically assaulted her with his belt. She added that he also threatened her life.

Ada, who was visibly shaken up by the incident, is demanding for justice from the appropriate quarters.

She wrote:-

Hello Nigerians,
I was just assaulted by an army official this morning 26/10/2020 at the ATM stand of @UBAGroup at their oshodi branch. I’m still shaking and crying as I write this because I have never felt this way in my entire life.
I’m also scared writing this because he Threatened me. so my Life is your hands Nigerians.

I was on the ATM queue and this @NigerianArmy official asked me to move so he can pass, i asked him if he was on the queue that there is a queue, he asked me to move, I moved and continued asking him if he was on the queue, he flared up as you will see in the video below, and before I knew what happened he brought out his belt and hit me.

@UBAGroup This happened at your branch in oshodi and your security men were there.
He hit me!!!!! I literally cried my way to the office. I never insulted him.

I Only asked if he was on the queue and he got angry and furious and violent. He threatened to make me bleed blood, in my own country because I asked if he was on the queue. I want justice.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Lekki Shootings: ‘DJ Switch Should Be Prosecuted’ – Upcoming Journalist Cries Out


Truth is gradually coming out. Agreed the government messed up but her reports cause billions in damages. She has to pay for this.

DJ Switch is a fraud and her lies has caused a lot of destruction. She must be tried and prosecuted once the facts come out in the open. And let me assure you, she will not get asylum, regardless of her CNN interview. Nobody likes being manipulated or used. The intel is out there and her game will be up soon. You guys realise there’s something called satellite imagery bah? And you’ve heard of BBC Africa Eye � have you not?

Okay we shall soon see how the dead bodies of the massacre were removed and why their family members are yet to come to demand their whereabouts. Lies kill more than guns.

[#Endsars] Many Are Dead – Journalist Alerts Sanwo-olu Of Fagba Ethnic Clash


Michael Abimboye, a Nigerian journalist, has urged the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to visit Fagba.

The pressman advised the government to tighten security in the area.

He alerted of an ongoing ethnic clash between the Igbo and Hausa communities in Fagba.

Several videos seen by DAILY POST are gory.

In the footage, a murdered citizen is seen dragged into an inferno by two young men.

Abimboye revealed that the communities have lost about 15 persons since the clash began less than a week ago.

He said it’s time for Sanwo-Olu to meet and speak with both ethnic leaders to ensure a return to normality.

Abimboye reminded authorities that the family house of Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, is located in the troubled zone.

“Dear @jidesanwoolu you are yet to visit Fagba, why sir? Maybe you are not aware, what happened in Fagba is an ethnic clash with about 15 persons dead.

“Your excellency @jidesanwoolu maybe you don’t have the security report, Fagba is a hot and dark spot in Lagos. It’s home to Hausa communities which run the Oko oba abattoir and as such is prone to ethnic clashes. Shops owned by Igbo traders were looted and burnt down”

“You need to visit, speak with leaders of both communities so businesses can return. I have lived in Iju all my life & the destruction is the worst ever. Your Deputy Gov, @drobafemihamzat may be aware of this as his family house is just 2 mins drive from Fagba.

“Also, an Armoured Personnel Carrier belonging to @rrslagos767 was removed from Fagba shortly before the #Covid-19 lockdown. If the policemen were there, the clash would not have happened. Your excellency @jidesanwoolu please return to RRS to Fagba junction”, he tweeted.

[#Endsars] Billionaire Femi Otedola Sympathizes With Families Of Protestors Who Lost Their Lives As He Reacts To The EndSARS Protest


Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the EndSARS protest as he sympathizes with families that have lost their loved ones after being dragged.

According to him, the horror that unfolds in the country has filled him with sadness and he commiserates with all those who lost their loved ones as a result of that.

Adding that as at the age of 16 he participated in the ‘Ali Must G protest’ in 1978 therefore he understands perfectly how the Nigerian youths feel and their determination to change Nigeria.

He also disclosed that he will continue to do his part by providing for those who are most in need of support in Nigeria in this crisis as they fight for a better Nigeria.

See screenshot below:

Friday, October 23, 2020

[#ENDEARS] Check out President Buhari Full Speech.


Fellow Nigerians,

It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,

b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,

c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and

d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;

a. Farmermoni,

b. Tradermoni,

c. Marketmoni,

d. N-Power,

e. N-Tech and

f. N-Agro.

14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

President Buhari presides over National Security Council meeting (photos)


President Buhari is currently presiding over the National Security Council meeting in the State House, Abuja.

Present at the meeting include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd).

Others are the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Also present are the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Director General of National, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufa’i and the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

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Finally VP Yemi Osinbajo has spoken about the #EndSars Protesters

 My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings- VP Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has reacted to the unfortunate incident that happened at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, October 20 where peaceful end SARS protesters were fired at by security operatives.

In a post shared on his social media handles, the Vice President said his heart goes out to all the victims of the incident as well as the policemen and others who have lost their lives in the past few days in Lagos and other parts of the nation.

His post reads

''My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states.

I spoke to some of those in hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos & all other affected states in these trying times.

We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus name. God bless you all.

~Yemi Osinbajo''

#EndSARS: How Nigerians Used Phones, Drones To Expose Killings Of Unarmed Protesters By Nigerian Army

 On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Nigerians received the shocks of their lives when men of the Nigerian Army unleashed terror and shot at unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

This was coming two days after the Nigerian Army announced that it would launch its annual Operation Crocodile smile across the nation .

For 12 consecutive days, Nigerian youths took to the streets to call for an end to police brutality in the country by demanding the disbandment of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Government’s initial response

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammad Adamu, following the outcry of Nigerians, announced the SARS unit’s disbandment on October 11.

A few days later, the IGP announced a new unit, the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT).

IGP Adamu

The IGP also promised deep police reforms.

However, Nigerians, who had grown tired of the gimmicks, failed to withdraw from the streets.

The reason was that SARS had been disbanded four times earlier.

Chaos in Lagos

The nationwide protest took a wrong turn when some criminal elements, under the guise of the #EndSARS protests, decided to attack government property.

On Tuesday, October 20, some hoodlums attacked Orile Igamu police station and set it ablaze.

Police Station at Orile-Igamu on fire

In the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state, Yoruba and Hausa youths clashed at Fagba junction.

The fight resulted in the loss of lives and properties.

Hoodlums also attacked Ajeromi Local Government Secretariat.

The story was the same in Mushin and some other parts of Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu Declares Curfew

To restore sanity, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced a 24-hour curfew.

The governor said that the curfew would start by 4 pm.

Sanwo-Olu described the violence as monstrous.

He said: “Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders, must be found on the streets.”

Lekki Massacre

Protesters are the Lekki Tollgate carried on with the #EndSARS protest, despite the curfew’s pronouncement.

Around 4 pm, the picture of a man removing the security cameras at the Toll Gate surfaced online.

According to reports, the man said that he was ‘ordered’ to do so.

Around 7 pm, the Nigerian Army descended on the peaceful protesters and shot at them.

While this was ongoing, Nigerians took to social media to condemn what has now been termed as a ‘massacre.’

Phones, drones to the rescue as Army denies killing

The Nigerian Army has tagged as fakes news reports that its men attacked peaceful protesters and shot them.

However, DJ Switch, one of the protesters at the venue, was able to go live on her Instagram and captured the shootings.

Over 120,000 people watched live as the unharmed protesters were shot at by the Nigerian Army.

People also witnessed how the protesters maintained their cool by reciting the national anthem despite being shot at.

In the live feed, Nigerians also witnessed how protesters tried unsuccessfully to carry out surgery on a wounded protester who was shot in the leg.

On Wednesday, a drone image also surfaced online regarding the attack.

In the video, people were seen running while men in green camouflage uniforms of the Nigerian Army shot at them.

International Condemnation

Individuals and groups have condemned the attack on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate by men of the Nigerian Army.

A former US First Lady, Hillary Clinton, via her Twitter handle, called on the Nigerian Government to stop the killings of its protesters.

In the same vein, United States Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, also spoke out against the attack .

He called on President Buhari to stop the clampdown on peaceful protesters.


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