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Two Killed, Many Injured As Shi’ites, Police Clash Again In Abuja




It was a second day of blood shed again in Abuja, the nation’s capital as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clashed with the police at the popular Banex junction, Wuse 2.

Security operatives stationed their vehicles at the junction, waiting for the protesters following hints that the Shi’ites will stage another protest by 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses told our reporter the pandemonium started when the protesters were matching towards the police and throwing stones at them.

With the development, the police according to another eyewitness, started firing gunshots and tear gas to disperse the protesters while about two Shi’ite members were killed in the process.

The armed policemen, who have condoned the road leading to the Banex Plaza, ensured that nobody drove through the affected area.


The clash sparked panic as anxious workers, commuters and motorists fled in fear of the unknown while the city witnessed serious traffic around Wuse 2.

Many vehicles were said to have been vandalised during the clash with business owners locking up their facilities.

Stones and other objects littered the scene of the clash as the area looked deserted after a while.

Pedestrians around the area were forced to raise their hands in the air by the stern-looking policemen.

Normalcy has since returned to the area.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Permanent, Sir Christian Ohaa has assured Nigerians especially residents of the Abuja that the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar and Precious Owolabi of Channels TV via the protest of Shiites will not repeat itself again.

He made this known when he paid condolence visits to the family of the DCP Umar , Channels TV reporter and the FCT Police Command, saying those who break the laws will face the full weight of the law.

According to him: “This type of incident will not repeat itself , as I speak to you now, all hands are on desk and the government will prevent this incident.

“Both the security agencies and other relevant agencies will work together to ensure the safety of the law abiding citizens those who break the laws will face the full weight of the law.

“There is no more preaching but day in day out , our people will make sure that this does not repeat itself again because the federal capital is housing Mr President, Senate, Chief Justice of the federation and all Diplomatic individuals in FCT,” she buttressed.

He further stated himself and the management team came to condole them on what happened that claimed the life of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, adding: “It is very tragic because he died on duty, he died while trying to safe lives of the ordinary citizens , he dies to make sure that others go about their businesses peacefully.

“We are sadden by this because he is one of the finest officer the police have produced in this country.

“We believe that he is in paradise because of his good works You and your men should keep the flag flying, because without police Nigeria is in dangers.

“Your men, rank and files should not be threatened that one of their strongest patriot is gone.”

The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Adamu Ciroma appreciated the visit, saying that the visit is of hope.

His words: “I will take the hope to the officers and mess so that they will continue in the discharge of their duties .

“We will always do our best to ensure that the relative peace we are have been enjoying in FCT is attributed to the late DCP.

“We are going to up our games to protect FCT residents , We will work harder that residents are safe and secured.”

Controller, Programmes, Channels TV, Mr Ambrose Okoh said: “This is a sad moment for us, because he was a young man with lot of hopes and expectations but his hope was shattered.”

According to him, they have paid a visit to the CP to known whose bullet hit the young man so that justice will be done.

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Sowore’s Re-arrest, DSS Court Invasion Reason I Rejected Soyinka Centre Award — Osinbajo



Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has frowned at the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow and for this reason has rejected an award from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.

The Vice President who was a keynote speaker in the United Arab Emirates explained why he refused to accept the award for his achievements in the justice system of Nigeria.

In statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, “I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.”

Osinbajo then went on to thanks the organizers of the event for considering him for an award.

“I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.


“The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.

“However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.

“Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.

“Please accept my heartfelt apologies and extend the same to the other members of the organizing team. God bless you,” the statement read.

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The Rights Of Every Nigerian Is Guaranteed Under My Watch, Says Buhari




Amidst repression of press and alleged victimisation by secret police, President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the commitment of his administration to guarantee promotion and protection of human rights of every Nigerian, respect for rule of law and sanctity of human lives.

This was contained in a speech delivered by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Mr. Dayo Akpata who represented the President at the 2019 National Human Rights awards ceremony held in Abuja.

Akpata disclosed that President Buhari has demonstrated that he is committed to protecting the rights of every Nigerian by being part of all important international human rights instruments.

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme, Edward Kellon urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to come up with policies that would protect and secure lives of Nigerians.

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DSS Conniving To Charge Sowore With Terrorism — Falana



Falana and Omoyele Sowore

Femi Falana (SAN), Human rights lawyer and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, has disclosed that the federal government is conniving to charge his clients with terrorism.

Falana in a statement on Monday, has revealed that the Federal government, having discovered it’s failure to prove a case of Treasonable Felony and Cyberstalking, has decided to change the charges to terrorism which will therefore give no room for bail.

The convener of the #RevolitionNow protest had been detained for several months by the Department of State Service, DSS.

He was released on bail after an ultimatum was issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu but thereafter rearrested in less than 24 hours inside the court premises.

The disdain act of the DSS has been considered a desperate move of the Buhari led administration to silence critics and a great dishonor to the Judiciary.


Falana said, “In comparing Sowore with the Boko Haram sect the presidency said, ‘Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the north-east region of country. The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.’ The link is a justification for the planned arraignment of Sowore for terrorism,” Falana said.

“Since it is common knowledge that Sowore and Bakare are not among the well known merchants of violence and coup plotters that had successfully but illegally removed democratically elected governments in Nigeria we are not going to join issues with Mr. Garba Shehu over the highly contemptuous statements credited to him. But as a senior journalist Mr Shehu ought to have known that it is highly unprofessional to subject a man who is held incommunicado to scurrilous attacks in the media. We are however convinced that Sowore will have a right of reply once the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people are restored.”

“It is therefore embarrassing that the federal government which has found it difficult to prove its case in a competent court of law has resorted to the media trial of Sowore…while the charge of treasonable felony is allowed to hang menacingly on the heads of our clients,” he said.

“We are however not going to be tempted to join issues with the Presidency over a case that is pending before a properly constituted court of law. If the Presidency is so sure that our clients committed treasonable felony or any other offence whatsoever it should keep its powder dry and advise the Prosecution to commence the trial without any further delay.”

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