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Lekki Massacre: Nigerian soldiers murder professionally, unlike police’s extrajudicial killings, CDS Irabor says



Lucky Irabor and Usman Alkali

Nigerian soldiers are disciplined and commit murder professionally, unlike the police that carry out extrajudicial killings, says the Nigerian Army hierarchy as they complained about the public release of the Lagos judicial panel’s report on the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Lekki Tollgate massacre of unarmed, peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

“In the meantime, until I see the full extent of the report, I may not be able to…but I can assure you that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are disciplined, well-disciplined and will not engage in any ignoble act,” said the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, while reacting to the #EndSARS panel’s report. “If Nigerians don’t trust us, then we will not be doing what we’re doing. In any case, it’s the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Remember, we are not dealing… We are not talking about the police but the Armed Forces with emphasis, the Armed Forces of Nigeria.” 

Reacting to the manner the report was released, Mr Irabor expressed his displeasure, saying it should have been “submitted to the convening authority“ before it was publicly released.

“The normal procedure is to have such report submitted to the convening authority, and then there would be a white paper that will be presented, based on which one can make informed comments,” he argued. “I’m sure those of you in the media, you must have seen a report that was released though, in my view, a wrong channel that is making its rounds on the social media.”

He added, “Now, whatever it is, I’d like to indicate the Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional Armed Forces, and we remain committed to constitutional mandate. We do not think at this point that Nigerians should make disparaging remarks regarding the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the sense that we are a professional Armed Forces. If there are issues, of course, we would address them within the ambits of the provisions.”

Regarding the Nigerian soldiers, the defence chief noted that “it will not be right to disparage men and women who have worked so hard to ensure the territorial integrity of this nation is kept intact” in a veiled reference that the army massacred Nigerian youths.

The military chief explained that the military would not engage in shameful acts and wait to see the panel’s report before taking the next step. 

“So when the Armed Forces is called out..errm… It is because there’s a need for the Armed Forces. We need to understand that the Armed Forces are there to keep the peace, to provide the ambience that will enable each and every Nigerian to live up to his desires in peace and harmony.” 

Against this backdrop, he urged Nigerians not to make disparaging comments against the military and “inciting comments that will put the entire space on fire.”


#Justiceforsylvester: Lagos police investigate death of Dowen College student



Late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr

The Lagos Police Command on Saturday said investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki, is currently ongoing.

In a statement by spokesperson Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command said although no report was made to it, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an investigation into the death.

“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media.

“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.

“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.

“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.” he said.

Mr Ajisebutu, in the statement, cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, saying the command has assured the bereaved family of justice.

“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.

“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course,” he said.

The Lagos Ministry of Education on Friday, December 3, announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of investigation into the boy’s death.


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Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person



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Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.

The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.

He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.

He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.

Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.


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PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10



Wadata House PDP National Secretariat

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.

A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.

It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.

“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said. 

The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly. 


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