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BREAKING: Kaduna To Shutdown Telecommunication Services Over Banditry

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JomogNews Nigeria reports that, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has asked residents to prepare for a shutdown of telecommunication services.

In a chat with some radio stations, the governor said security agents are prepared to launch an offensive on bandits taking refuge in some parts of the state.

El-Rufai said the shutdown would not cover the entire state, adding that only local government areas bordering the troubled Zamfara and Katsina states where military onslaught is ongoing will be affected.

“We have been advised by the Military and other security agencies to shut down telecommunication services in certain LGAs but we are waiting for the security agencies to tell us which specific areas and when.

“But I want the people of Kaduna State to know that if they give us the go-ahead tomorrow [Wednesday], we will shut down tomorrow.”

El-Rufai, who spoke in Hausa, said due to the shutdown of telecommunication services in Zamfara and Katsina, some bandits crossed over to neighbouring local government areas in Kaduna to make phone calls and demand ransoms.

“There is no doubt that bandits and other criminals rely on telecommunication to communicate with their informants as well as with relatives of kidnapped victims so as to demand ransom,” he said.

The governor said he had already written to the federal government on the shutdown which he said had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I will not mention the LGAs to be affected but the local governments that are constantly being tormented by bandits know themselves,” he said adding that: “As soon as we get the nod from security agents, then the people of Kaduna State should know that we will shutdown telecommunication to give security agents the maximum cooperation to carry out operations in those areas.”

Daily Trust reports that Kaduna’s Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru and Kachia local government areas are the most affected by banditry.

El-Rufai also said the state government had established a task force that will go round the hinterlands to monitor compliance on some of the security measures adopted by the state to ensure that fuel stations and markets are closed to further strangulate bandits in the forest.

While advising residents on the need to identify and report informants or accomplices of bandits, El-Rufai said:

“Anyone who comes to buy between 20 to 100 loaves of bread, sell it to him but also notify security agents.

“Or when someone comes with about 20 phones and wants to charge them, let them charge them, but also notify security agents.”

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Amended Charges: Be Ready For Fireworks –Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyers To FG

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Lawyers to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu have reacted to an amended charge against him by the Nigerian Government.

This online medium learnt on Monday, that the government amended terrorism charges against Kanu, who has a court appearance on Thursday, 21st of October.

Reacting to the development, Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor disclosed that there will be ‘legal fireworks’.

“Today, I and my colleague, Bar. Alloy Ejimakor, had a very fruitful visitation to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We discussed a wide range of matters, especially concerning Hearing in his case and appearance in court on 21st October, 2021. There will be more on this later.”

“The coast is now clear for legal fireworks this Thursday, particularly now that we have been served with a purported “Amended Charge” in the Case.”

“Nnamdi Kanu is in good spirit, awaiting his auspicious outing on Thursday, the 21st Day of October, 2021. He commended those who are in the spirit with him, while declaring that Chukwuokike Abiama has ordained this special Day for a victorious outing.”, the statement on Monday night read in part.

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Just In: Sunday Igboho Poisoned In Benin Republic Prison

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Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has reportedly been poisoned in Benin Republic Prison.

JomogNews Nigeria reports that Yoruba nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho has been poisoned in Benin prison.

This online news platform understands that the Self-proclaimed investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo took to Twitter on Monday to claim that the activist was ‘poisoned’.

“#BREAKING Sunday lgboho has been poisoned in a Cotonou prison. His kidney function is deteriorating and Yoruba Nation is silent. Where is the cash donated for him? Cotonou authorities need to be questioned on what he consumed. He had a healthy kidney before arrest. #Kemitalks”, she tweeted.

 

 

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Lagos Police Make U-turn, Approve #EndSARS Protests, Frown On Road Closures

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CP Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has made a U-turn on its earlier warning against any gathering or organisation of protest in commemoration of the first anniversary of last year’s #EndSARS protest in the state.

Addressing journalists on Saturday while monitoring the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state congress election in Lagos, Odumosu described protests as a right citizens are entitled to.

He went on to say that the state police command will be ready to protect protesters.

Meanwhile, in a previous statement, the Lagos Police Command  had said “The police in the state would not fold their arms and allow certain misguided elements to disrupt the peace and serenity now enjoyed in the state.”

“To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest…”

But Odumosu has made a U-turn, saying the police only want the organisers of such protests to work together and have a meeting point, NAN reports.

He said: “If you want to protest, it is your right under the law but you don’t have to block the road because, in the process of obstructing the road, you are no longer protesting for a better life for people.

“However, what happens to pregnant women in an emergency, what happens to collapsed buildings, fire incidents when the roads are blocked?

“Don’t forget that this is Lagos, it is the economy of the country and it is equally a working day and you can imagine those lives that earn their living on a daily basis.

“There are some people that cannot feed their families when protesters block the road definitely.”

The commissioner appealed to the #EndSARS protesters to give the police adequate information to ensure their protection and free flow of traffic.

 

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