1. LAGOS COMEDIAN, Debo Adebayo, who is better known as Mr. Macaroni, yesterday, lampooned the police for the treatment meted out to him and other protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, claiming that they were stripped naked.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, condemned the molestation of some arrested #EndSARS protesters.
Macaroni and several others were, on Saturday, arrested by the police for protesting against the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the toll gate, which was symbolic of last October’s #EndSARS protests. They, were, however, granted bail.
In a video posted on his Twitter handle, he said: “When we were picked up, we were taken to Adeniji where we were beaten, we were stripped naked. Everyone was beaten.”
2. Nigeria being set on fire, Northern elders tell FG
Pondering the insecurity situation in the country, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has again asked President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly to put things under control, saying the country was being set on fire under his watch.
Spokesman of the group, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a Twitter post on Saturday night, said Nigerians living in any part of the country must be protected.
He also said there would be no attacks on Southerners living in the north as a response to the alleged attack on Northerners in the South.
“Attacking innocent southerners living in the north will not be the right response to attacks on northerners in the south.
“We should demand that Nigerians, wherever they are, must be protected. President and governors, do something, NOW! They are setting the country on fire under you!”
3. Gov Mohammed explains comments on herders carrying Ak-47 rifles for self defence
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, on Sunday, explained himself over a comment he made about Fulani herdsmen carrying Ak-47 rifles for self defence, a statement issued by Mr Mukhtar Gidado, his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media, said.
The governor said that the primary objective of his comment was to avert the dangerous prospect of a nation-wide backlash and generalization of the Fulani clan as criminals.
According to the statement, Mohammed said it would be inappropriate to label an entire tribe as criminals, based on the crimes of a few members of the ethnic group.
4. FG hands over National Theatre to Bankers Committee
The Federal Government yesterday handed over the National Arts Theatre to the Bankers Committee for transformation into the Lagos Creative and Entertainment Centre.
This followsthe Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and contract award signing ceremony held yesterday in Lagos between the FG, represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Bankers Committee, represented by the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele.
Also in attendance was the Minister for Sports and Youths, Sunday Dare, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Sanwo-olu and Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs Herbert Wigwe.
5. Former Oyo court deputy registrar jailed for fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, secured the conviction of a former Deputy Chief Registrar of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Adio.
She was convicted after pleading guilty to a fresh charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and issuance of dishonored cheque contrary to sections 419 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000 and Section 1 (1) (b) of the Dishonored Cheque (Offences) Act, Cap. D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In a statement on Sunday by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, titled, ‘Ex- Oyo Deputy Chief Registrar jailed over dud cheque,’ Adio was alleged to have obtained a 2000 model Toyota Pathfinder SUV valued at N1.5 million from one Fabunmi Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors by pretending to him that it would be paid once the cheque is presented to her bank.
6. Shasha crisis: Osinbajo, S-West govs move to avert reprisal attacks
SOUTH-West governors, took their troubleshooting efforts to Shasha in Ojoo Area of Ibadan, advising the residents of the area to avoid reprisal attacks with their Hausa neighbours. The crisis started, weekend.
Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who was led to the Shasha market by his Oyo State counterpart, Governor Seyi Makinde, urged the Yoruba elders in the area to prevail on the youths to allow peace to reign.
On his part, Governor Makinde, yesterday, vowed to resist attempts of those he described as fifth columnists to destabilize the state.
The governor’s remarks came, as the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Makinde to investigate the incident.
7. #EndSARS panelists resign, alleged Obiano paying lip service to probe
Four #EndSARS members of the Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Allegations of Extrajudicial Killings by the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad have resigned.
In their resignation letter addressed to Governor Willie Obiano and made available to journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Sunday, the four members, who said they represented youths’ interest in the panel, accused the state government of paying lip service to the cause.
They said as youths who had a future to protect, they would not want to continue to belong to ‘a lame duck panel.’
They alleged that the panel that had no fewer than 250 petitions before it had not received any serious funding from the state government.
Their resignation letter, read by their spokesperson, Ifediora Chijioke, a lawyer stated, “It is imperative to mention that Anambra State, under your (Obiano’s) watch and that of your predecessor, was the cynosure of police brutality, extortion, and even extrajudicial killings in Nigeria.
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