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Stop tagging Nigerians hoodlums, Activist Eholor charges journalists

Comrade Patrick Eholor, founder of One Love Foundation in this treatise, expresses regret that journalists were describing protesters as hoodlums:

It has come to my notice that journalists in Nigeria, like the politicians, have failed us.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation with his empty speech with the collaboration of his Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, who refused to adhere to the rules guiding the journalism profession that such occasions call for journalists been allowed to ask Buhari very probing questions on his scorecard so far.

If Buhari did not want to answer questions from the media he should just have released a communique and passed it to the journalists. Fairplay demands that he should have created such a room.

Also, I am very unhappy hearing and reading Nigeria journalists call some of the #endsars protesters hoodlums and thugs. Remember that a hungry man is an angry man.

You cannot call such patriots hoodlums and thugs while you paint politicians in bright colours. Is there anybody that deserves to be called a thug and hoodlum than Bola Tinubu who is getting so much money from the Lekki Toll Gate? Is anybody more qualified to be addressed as a thug or hoodlum than members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) who forcefully collect money from commercial vehicle operators.

Journalists must be alive to their responsibility of giving us accurate report of events at all times. They should always protect the masses of the people and not the oppressors.

Dr Kalu Advices Youths To Stay Within The Periphery Of Geneva Rules Of Protest, Avoid Destruction

Dr Emeka Charles Kalu has this morning called on the Nigeria Youths to desist from destruction of public infrastructures in the name of protest because this is like shooting one’s self in the leg trying to clean a gun.

In a short video message to the youths, Chief Kalu acknowledged the fact that the the carelessness of the present government had infuriated and agravitated a civil matter that could’ve been handled with the greatest caution and maturity to save the nation the pain of another breakdown and the attendant loss of innocent lives, even as she is still trying to wiggle out of harsh effect of Coronavirus.

The best we can do to register our displeasure is to stay within the Periphery of rules of protest under the Geneva convention or the effort will amount to futility when it is classified as riot and unlawful.

Destroying government infrastructures built with our own money can only push us into harsher situations and greater unemployment as those people working in the establishments who are also youths will be put out of job too.

We are all pained by the bad system, we are aware that the youths have been shortchanged and schemed out of control over their destiny, they’ve made their voices loud and shooting any of them was a very bad and condemnable approach to civil matter. But I am appealing to the youths to stay within the reasonable path of rules of protest.

I also call on the government to do the needful by addressing the situation, profer solutions to placate the youths as stick and carrot approach will hardly work in the 21st century.

Breaking: #EndSARS protesters break into Benin prison, free prisoners (video)

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has just learnt that #EndSARS protesters in Benin has broken into the prison and freed some prisoners.

The event occured at the Nigerian Correctional Service along Sapele Road in the city.

See video below:

You have 24 hrs to fish out killers of #EndSARS protester, Edo Govt charges security operatives

Edo State Government on Friday charged all security agencies to fish out the killers of the #EndSARS protester in the state within 24 hours and ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to justice.

Addressing the protesters at the Kings Square in Benin City, Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the government will not fold its arms and watch harm come the way of young people exercising their rights as citizens of the country.

According to Shaibu, “I have given instructions to the security agencies to fish out those behind the attack. The police, the Department of State Security (DSS) and other security agencies have been ordered to bring to book those guys that harassed you and killed that young man.

“Some of you sustained injuries, I can see them from here; they have 24 hours to bring the attackers to book,” he noted.

The Deputy Governor further said: “I have ordered that the victim be taken to the morgue; we are going to give him a state burial because the martyrs of this struggle must be remembered. He will be remembered for being part of this struggle. He is a martyr already and by the grace of God, he will never be forgotten.

“By the grace of God, when all these reforms have taken place, it will be on record that he joined the struggle for emancipation. I want to assure you that the Edo Government believes in your peaceful protest.”

Assuring the protesters of the government’s support, Shaibu noted: “We will not fold our hands as a government and watch miscreants brutalize anyone involved in this protest. So, please maintain your calm and orderliness during the protests.

“We are with you in this struggle. President Muhammadu Buhari has also said that there is going to be a reform, but we, as a state, are going to ensure that we have a reform that is people-friendly because the police are meant to protect lives and property not to destroy them. I want to assure you that we are with you on this.”

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mr. David Osayende said, “One of us has been killed during this struggle. Sir, we want state burial for that man. We want an end to police brutality; we want the police to stop arresting us without any offence.”

#ENDSARS:Protesters Defy FCT Orders, Block Abuja City Gate

Protesters have now shut down the Abuja city gate, defying orders issued by the FCT Security Committee yesterday.

As at now vehicle cannot come into or leave the city from the Yar’Adua Expressway.

Vehicles also heading out or coming into the airport cannot have a right of passage into the city centre.

If you are heading in or out of Abuja from the CITY GATE use the Kubwa Expressway as an alternative route

Same with those heading to or coming out of the Local and International Airport Abuja .

As well as those coming in from the South East, South South and South West through Lokoja

CKN News

#EndSARS: FG Finally Caves In, Okays All Five Demands By Protesters

The Federal Government has finally bowed to #EndSARS protesters by granting all their five-point demand.
The Nation reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, agreed to meet demands tabled by the protesters.

The demands include:

· Immediate release of all arrested protesters.

· Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

· Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).

· In line with the new police act, psychological evaluation and retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS before they can redeployed.

· Increase police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting lives and property of citizens.

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said among the terms agreed to: are halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.

The Ministry of Police Affairs and Police Service Commission were also present at the meeting affirmed the five-point demand of the protesters and the ENDSARS movement are genuine concerns and will be addressed by the government.

A communiqué of Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) said:

“Following the public protests regarding various forms of human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the consequent disbandment of the unit by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, there arose the need for stakeholder engagement to build trust and restore public confidence in law enforcement.

“The agitations also brought to the fore, the need to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“The Forum was addressed by the Inspector General of Police and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission.

“The Forum collectively: welcomed the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Reaffirmed the constitutional rights of Nigerians to peaceful assembly and protest; Further affirmed the sanctity of life of every Nigerian and the role of the Police in protecting this right;

Affirms that the five-point demands of the protesters and the ENDSARS movement are genuine concerns and will be addressed by the Government.’’

According to the communiqué signed by Inspector General of Police and Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, Esq, the Forum noted that the dissolution of SARS presents an opportunity to embark on comprehensive reforms aimed at repositioning the Nigerian Police Force as a modern, responsive and citizens-centred law enforcement organisation.

“The Forum further notes that the proposed reforms should be anchored under the basis of the White Paper on the Report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad which was jointly authored by the National Human Rights Commission, the Federal Ministry of Justice, and the Nigeria Police Force.

“The Forum affirms that reform proposals for the Nigerian Police Force will be based on Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and existing legislations such as the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act, 2019, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 the Anti-Torture Act, 2017, and the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2010 amongst others.

“Following the dissolution of SARS, the Forum calls for the following immediate steps to be taken in restoring public confidence and trust in the Police: An order by the Inspector General of Police to all State Commands to halt the use of force against protesters;

Unconditional release of arrested protesters and citizens; Open communication and outreach to citizens to establish trust and confidence and a roadmap for the implementation of the White Paper of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the SARS.

“The Forum welcomed the proposal to set up an Independent Investigation Panel to look into the violations of human rights by the defunct SARS and other segments of the Nigerian Police.

“The Forum agrees to the setting up of this Independent Panel by the National Human Rights Commission within the next one week. An open call for Memoranda from members of the public whose rights have been violated by the defunct SARS and other segments of the Police will be released by the Commission within one week.

“The Forum recommends the psychological evaluation, training and retraining of disbanded SARS officials prior to re-deployment.

“The Forum resolves to set up the following Technical Sub-Committees to design an implementation roadmap and work plan for the implementation of the White Paper: Training, Capacity and Re-orientation; Logistics: Infrastructure, Communications and Technology; Arrest, Detention, and Investigations; Regulations, Oversight and Accountability and Financing and Partnerships”, it said.

The communiqué stated that sub-Committees will be supported by the National Human Rights Commission and other civil society organisations.

Those who attended the meeting were: Dr Kole Shettima- MAC Arthur Foundation; Innocent Chukwuma – Ford Foundation; Jude Ilo- of OSIWA; Segun Awosanya(segalinks) #ENDSARS Movement; Yemi Adamolekun- Enough is Enough; Clément Nwankwo- PLAC; Rafsanjani- CISLAC; Kemi Okonyedo- PWAN; YZ – CITAD; Folarin Falana Falz; Prof Deji Adekunle –NIALS; Chris Ngwodo, SSA to President Research & Policy; Dr Fatima Waziri – Rule of Law Adviser OVP and Abdulrahman Yakubu – NHRC Secretariat.

Others were: Hilary Ogbonna- NHRC secretariat; Halilu Adamu – NHRC Secretariat; Ben Aguh – NHRC secretariat; Dr Uju Agomuoh – PRAWA and Onyinye Ndubuisi – UNDP.

The Nation