Good morning Nigerian, and welcome to the Ejes Gist News roundup of today’s top newspaper headlines in Nigeria, for Thursday, October 21st, 2021.
1. Since 2017, I have been urging Buhari to declare bandits terrorists – El-Rufai cries out!
One of the most recent calls for the Federal Government to declare bandits terrorists comes from Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
He claims that this will allow the military to kill them without fear of repercussions under international law. On Wednesday, the Governor made the remark after receiving the state’s third quarter security report, which was delivered to him.
- On Wednesday, the Niger State Police Command confirmed that gunmen abducted 13 passengers from their vehicle in the Konar Barau village of the Rafi Local Government Area of the state of Niger. In an interview, Mr. Monday Kuryas, the state’s Commissioner of Police, confirmed that the incident had occurred.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is concerned that the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which he blames for the failed coup attempt against his government on July 15, 2016, is still active in Nigeria. On the occasion of his official visit to Nigeria, Erdogan held a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, insisted on Wednesday that the incident at the Lekki toll plaza last year was a “phantom massacre” in which no one was killed. While protesters gathered in several major cities across the country to demonstrate in commemoration of the EndSARS protests, Mohammed made his remarks at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon.
- Pastor Sam Adeyemi, the founder and senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, has commemorated with youths the one-year anniversary of the alleged shooting of protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, which occurred during the #EndSARS protests in October 2020. On Wednesday, the clergy urged Nigerian youths to continue their fight for a better future for their country and the entire continent by continuing to press forward.
The Industrial Court of Nigeria in Calabar, presided over by Justice Sanusi Kardo, has issued an order suspending the ongoing strike by the Organised Labour in Cross River State, which began on March 1. On Wednesday, October 19, 2021, in Calabar, the Honourable Justice Kardo issued an order prohibiting Labour and other affiliate unions from holding further rallies in support of the strike and from locking up government buildings, and ordered that the strike be suspended with immediate effect.
In response to the EndSARS memorial protests taking place in Nigeria, the United States Mission in the country has advised protesters to take a political approach to addressing their demands. The United States Mission in Nigeria made the announcement on its verified Facebook page on Wednesday.
On Wednesday in Benin, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, announced the conclusion of an agreement with Cambridge University in the United Kingdom to return artefacts from Benin that were in their custody. During a courtesy visit to the palace by Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman, DAAR Communications, the Oba expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to celebrate with him on his birthday and the fifth anniversary of his coronation.
The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, stated on Wednesday that the level of killings in the South East region has reached a point where people will no longer tolerate it if it continues in this manner. Goodluck Ibem, the president of the COSEYL, told reporters in Owerri that he was speaking about the attack on traditional rulers that took place on Tuesday during their meeting at the Njaba local government headquarters in Imo state on Tuesday.
11 Angry residents, mostly from rural communities in Zamfara State’s Tsafe local government area, blocked the Gusau-Funtua highway on Wednesday to express their dissatisfaction with the activities of bandits who have killed and kidnapped several members of the community. The residents stated that they would not allow free flow of traffic until their concerns were addressed.
11. Police Accuse IPOB Of Killing Two Imo Traditional Rulers
The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been accused by the Imo Police Command of attacking 20 monarchs during a meeting on Tuesday.
Ejes Gist News learned, two traditional rulers were killed by unknown gunmen during an attack on the Nnenasa community in the state’s Njaba Local Government Area.
When gunmen stormed the council’s headquarters, the area’s monarchs were in a meeting with the council chairman, Hon. Emeka Ihenacho.
However, in a statement released on Wednesday by the state Police spokesman, Michael Abattam, Rabiu Hussaini, the Police Commissioner, claimed that IPOB was to blame for the deaths of the two traditional rulers.
According to Hussaini, the Command received information on Tuesday around 3 p.m. that some traditional rulers in the Njaba area of the state were being attacked by suspected IPOB members.
He explained that the Command’s tactical teams, which included Special Forces, the Rapid Response Squad, and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, were dispatched to the scene right away.
Unfortunately, he said, the suspected IPOB members had fled the scene after killing the two monarchs before the police arrived.
12. Within three months in Kaduna, bandits kill 343 people, kidnap 830, and injure 210 others.
According to official figures released by the Kaduna State government, at least 343 people have died in the state in the last three months.
Aside from those killed, 830 people were kidnapped in the third quarter of 2021, and 210 people were injured in various ways.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this on Wednesday while delivering a security report to State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
In the time period under consideration, security agents killed 69 bandits, according to the report.
On Wednesday, the Lagos Police Command revealed why its officers fired tear gas at #EndSARSMemorial protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.
Earlier, it was reported that police fired tear gas at protesters who were holding a memorial car procession to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS campaign.
However, state Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu told reporters on Wednesday that the police used tear gas on the protesters to avoid a breakdown in law and order.
According to Odumosu, the protesters broke their earlier promise that the procession would begin at 8 a.m. and end at 10 a.m.
Any demonstration that lasts longer than the agreed-upon time is considered a nuisance, according to the police commissioner, and will not be tolerated.
He went on to say that the remaining youths are miscreants and hoodlums who want to take advantage of the situation by attacking innocent people and robbing them.