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Balarabe Musa: Nigeria has lost a selfless leader – Mimiko

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Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has described the death of ex-Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Balarabe Musa, as a big loss to the Nigerian nation and the African continent.

Mimiko, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, John Paul Akinduro, said “Balarabe Musa was a detribalised Nigerian, who until his death, remained a true advocate for a just, fair and pro-people Nigeria”.

He further described the elderstatesman as a dogged politician. “To my mind, his most remarkable legacy was his unwavering commitment to principle in the face of overwhelming opposition and oppression during the ignoble effort to impeach him from the office of governor”

Mimiko eulogized the late ex-Governor of Kaduna State as one whose uncommon leadership style stood him out among the rest.

“Though he has left us, his passion and dedication towards making Nigeria an egalitarian society will continue to be a reference point for quality leadership. I join the good people of Kaduna state to celebrate his life and times and the legacy of selflessness he has bequeathed to our country,” Mimiko said.

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8 things Lai Mohammed said about EndSars, CNN’s report

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The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Thursday morning reacted to an ‘exclusive’ report released on Wednesday by international news platform, -Cable News Network (CNN), addressing issues raised in the report.

The televised press address on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) had a select team of Journalists in attendance.

These are eight main points of Mohammed’s address:

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THE FG WAS RESPONSIVE AND VERY RESPONSIBLE IN ITS HANDLING OF THE DEMANDS OF THE ENDSARS PROTESTERS

“The Federal Government was responsive and responsible in meeting the demands of the EndSARS protesters”

 

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WE DO NOT HAVE PLANS TO SHUT DOWN THE SOCIAL MEDIA

“The irresponsible use of social media by some unscrupulous persons aggravated the violence that erupted in the wake of the EndSARS protest and helped to precipitate the violence. While the government has no plans to shut down the internet, it will work with stakeholders to regulate the social media to curb abuse”

 

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WE CAN’TFOLDOUR ARMS AND ALLOW THE SOCIALMEDIA TO BE USED NEGATIVELY

“Those who use the social media responsibly have nothing to fear, but those who abuse it have every reason to be worried, as no responsible government will stand by and allow a few unscrupulous elements to set the country ablaze.”

 

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CNN’s REPORT IS JAUNDICED

“CNN goofed in its preconceived stance that the soldiers who were deployed to Lekki Toll Gate indeed shot at protesters, killing some of them. CNN relied heavily on unverified and possibly-doctored videos, as well as information sourced from questionable sources, to reach its conclusion. This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting.”

 

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THERE WAS NO KILLING IN LEKKI

“While the Judicial Panel sitting in Lagos works to unravel what really transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate, available evidence so far points to the world’s first case of MASSACRE WITHOUT BLOOD OR BODIES.”

 

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KUDOS TO THE ARMY, POLICE, OTHERS

“The Federal Government commends the security agencies for acting professionally and showing utmost restraint all through the EndSARS protest and the ensuing violence, an action that saved lives and properties”

“Human Rights Organizations should note that the security agents are also human beings and they have rights too. Even if the organizations, for whatever reasons, are reluctant to recognize the human rights of security agents, they should quit vilifying them as they are wont to do. It is also disheartening that the human rights organizations have not seen anything wrong in the mindless violence that was perpetrated in the name of EndSARS.”

 

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DJ SWITCH IS AN AGENT OF FAKE NEWS

“DJ Switch (Obianuju Catherine Udeh) should quit peddling falsehood and present her case, with verifiable evidence, to the Judicial Panel sitting in Lagos. No agency of government has declared her wanted hence she has no reason fleeing or seeking asylum anywhere.”

 

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NBC WAS LENIENT WITH THE FINES ON AIT, CHANNELS AND ARISETV

“The sanctions imposed on some broadcast media organizations by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) are justified, in view of the unprofessional acts of the organizations which were in clear breach of the Broadcasting Code, as stated by the Commission. It is also imperative for the traditional media to authenticate information from the social media before pushing such to the public”

 

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Lawyer seeks Court Injunction over Military interference in EndSars protest

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A Lagos based rights campaigner, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo has asked a Federal High Corut in Lagos for an order stopping the interference and involvement of the Nigerian Army in the restoration of order in the Nation after the EndSars protest.

Joined as first to 10th respondents are: The Lagos State Government, Lagos State Governor, Attorney General of Lagos State, The Federal Government of Nigeria, The President, The Attorney General of the Federation, The National Assembly, The Inspector General of Police, The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, and The Nigerian Army.

Omirhibo in his new suit numbered FHC/L/C’s/1813/2020 is seeking among other declaratory reliefs, a Declaration that it is improper, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the Officers of the Nigerian Army to declare their allegiance to the 5th Defendant instead of to their Country Nigeria and the constitution of their country.

He seeeks a declaration that it is improper, unprofessional, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the Army to solicit to civil authorities, that is the 1st, 2nd , 3rd , 4th, 5th and 6th Defendants of her intention and readiness to aid them to restore order by suppressing members of the Nigerian public exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement.

He seeeks a declaration that it is the statutory duties and responsibilities of the Nigerian Police Force to go after looters and hoodlums raiding ware houses and vandalizing properties across Nigeria and to carry out cyber warfare exercise designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in social media across the Nigerian cyber space and the positive identification of Nigerians and not that of the 10th Defendant.

He seeeks a declaration that it is improper, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the 10th Defendant to usurp the statutory duty and responsibility of the Nigerian Police Force.

Omirhibo wants the court to decide Whether by the combined interpretation and/or construction of the provisions of Sections 1(1), 217 (1)(2)(a)(b)(c)(d) and 218(1)(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), it is proper, legal, lawful and constitutional for the Officers of the Nigerian Army to declare their allegiance to the President instead of to their Country, Nigeria and the Constitution of their country.

He wants the court to decide Whether by the combined interpretation and construction of the provisions of Sections 1 (1)(3), 39(1), 40, 41(1), 45(1)(a)(b), 214(1)(2)(a)(b)(c), 217(1) (2)(a)(b)(c)(d), 218(1)(3) and 305 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), Sections 3 and 4 of the Nigerian Police Act 2020, it is proper, professional, legal, lawful and constitutional for the 10th Defendant to solicit to civil authorities , that is the 1st, 2nd , 3rd , 4th, 5th and 6th Defendants of her intention and readiness to aid them to restore order by suppressing the Plaintiff and members of the Nigerian public exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement

The activist therefore, wants a Court order restraining the 10th Defendant her servants, agents and/or privies from using life bullets on peaceful unarmed protesters to disperse them from exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement .

He seeeks an order restraining the 10th Defendant her servants, agents and/or privies from violating the fundamental rights of the Plaintiff and Nigerian Citizens to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and movement.

Plantiff consequently, seeke an order of pepertual Injunction, restraining the 10th Defendant, her servants, agents and/or privies from its own motion to undertake and or partake in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Nigeria without first being called upon by the 5th Defendant in writing to do so and subject to conditions prescribed by an Act of the 7th Defendant.

He wants an order compelling and/or directing the 4th and 5th Defendants to rejig, equip and reform the Nigerian Police Force to carry out her constitutional duties and responsibilities.

Omirhobo seeks n order compelling and/or directing the 8th and 9th Defendants to take charge of their statutory duties and responsibilities of going after looters and hoodlums raiding ware house and vandalizing property across Nigeria tackling cyber crime, identifying and tracking counter negative propaganda in social media across the Nigerian cyber space and the positive identification of Nigerian citizens throughout Nigeria.

In the Alternative, plantiff wants an order directing and/or compelling the 5th Defendant to formerly call upon the 10th Defendant in writing to aid civil authorities to restore order and for the 7th Defendant to prescribe the conditions by an Act for the 10th Defendant’s involvement in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Nigeria.

The new suit is filed on Monday is yet to be assigned a date for hearing

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