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12 Weeks In Captivity: Family Of Bauchi APC Chieftain, Uba Boris, Worried

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The family of the abducted All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Bauchi State, Alhaji Uba Boris, has expressed deep concerns over his whereabouts 12 weeks after his abduction, saying that his prolonged absence has impacted negatively on them.

Boris, a one-time Senior Special Adviser (SSA) on Youth Mobilization under former governor, Isa Yuguda, and who also served as the Director of Yuguda Vocational Centre, was kidnapped in Bauchi on 7th July, 2021.

Though there were conflicting narratives concerning how he was abducted, the politician was said to have been abducted by his assailants at about 8pm at the CBN roundabout on the Murtala Muhammed way in Bauchi metropolis.

Speaking with journalists, Boris’ senior wife, Sa’adatu, informed that the family had not heard from his abductors since their breadwinner was kidnapped.

This, she said, made members of the family to be in palpable fear, adding that they never knew the motive and those behind the abduction, which she said had brought untold hardship on them.

“It is exactly 12 weeks of my husband abduction and up till today, there was no report of his whereabouts and all his phone numbers have been switched off.

“We have made all our efforts to find him but it was not successful. We visited the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police and he told us that the police were still investigating the case and whenever they had information about him, the command would contact us,” Sa’adatu said.

According to her, before her husband’s abduction by unknown persons, there was an attempt on his life two weeks earlier, informing that Boris reported the incident to the police that time but nothing was done about it.

“Before his abduction, a woman leader assembled some women and insisted that he (Boris) should come and meet them but he initially declined because political activities have not kicked off.

“He asked the woman to bring them to his office but she insisted that he should come to her house at 1000 Housing Estate and he later agreed to follow her.

“On his way to the house, they were attacked by two tinted vehicles and he narrowly escape from them. He reported the case to the State CID. I remember when he narrated the incident to us, he was not suspecting the woman of staging the attack or any setup against him then.

“We did not think that the incident was so serious because we thought it was political opponents who were trying to intimidate him but two weeks after the incident, he was kidnapped,” the politician’s wife explained.

She then said that her husband’s prolonged absence had thrown the entire family, relatives as well as his supporters into palpable fear and mourning mood.

“We are living in this house in palpable fear and distress because he has 17 children and three wives waiting for unknown misery. We are sleeping with one eye open.

“Whenever we heard any movement of a stranger knocking the door, we are always apprehensive and thinking of who is coming into the house,” she informed.

Efforts made to get the reactions of the state police command proved unsuccessful as the calls made to the telephone of the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, did not go through.

However, a top official of the command, who pleaded not to be named because “I was not authorised to speak on this matter”, confided in DAILY POST that though the police are working on the circumstances surrounding Boris’ kidnapping, his family did not help the situation.

According to the official, despite the assurance given to the family by the State Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi, the family attempted to give the kidnappers money, thus compromising police investigations.

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EndSARS: CNN, Amnesty International Must Apologise To FG -Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government has demanded an apology from Amnesty International, CNN and DJ Switch for misleading the world that there was a massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate on Oct. 20, 2020.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made this demand on the occasion of the first year anniversary of the famous #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

According to the Minister who spoke during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, CNN, Amnesty, and DJ Switch are all guilty of spreading fake news.

Mohammed maintained that there was no massacre of Nigerian youths at the Lekki Toll Gate incident during the protest last year and the trio mentioned only gave false and misleading reports.

The Minister insisted a professional analysis of what transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate revealed that the military didn’t massacre anyone while if truly there was any killing as widely reported, the families of the victims and those affected would have appeared with evidence before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

Not done, Lai Mohammed further accused the trio of spreading ‘tales by moonlight’ about what he described as the phantom killings at the Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS protests last year.

He said: “…During the sitting, CNN was summoned but it never showed up, thus missing a great opportunity to prove its allegation of massacre at the toll gate. Also, Amnesty International had a golden opportunity to convince the world, but it rather opted for issuing meaningless press releases.”

“In its latest attempt to grasp at straws and redeem whatever is left of its battered credibility on this issue, CNN has continued with its baseless report that soldiers shot at protesters. In a report currently running on the network, CNN brazenly and unashamedly held on to its flawed narrative, relying on an unidentified mother whose son was reportedly shot dead at Lekki, but without convincing evidence of who shot him dead. The same CNN that tweeted on Oct. 23rd 2020 that 38 people were shot dead at Lekki is now struggling to convince the world that one boy was killed at Lekki. What a shame!”

“The testimony of ballistic experts before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in Lagos contradicts the tales by the moonlight by Amnesty International, CNN, a runaway DJ, and their ilk.”

 

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BREAKING: Police Arrest #EndSARSMemorial Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two protesters at the Lekki tollgate where the #EndSARS Memorial Protest is scheduled to hold in the state today.

One of those arrested claimed to be a journalist while the other was seen carrying a placard.

The police had reportedly warned that anyone seen at the tollgate without an ID card will be arrested.

The arrested journalist told newsmen that he works with LegitTV and that his phone, driver’s license and other documents were taken away from him.

Speaking from a Lagos State Task Force van where he was kept by the police, the journalist who identified himself as Abisola stated that he lost his ID card in transit.

About 30 police trucks and armed personnel are currently at the tollgate to enforce a ban on protests issued by the police command.

A car procession in honour of those believed to have lost their lives at the tollgate when soldiers dispersed #EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020, is scheduled to hold at the tollgate today.

What #EndSARS protests were about

The #EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force which was accused of police brutality.

The epicentre of the protests was the Lekki tollgate in Lagos where many youths gathered day and night to air their grievances against police brutality and bad governance.

They were dispersed from the location by gun-wielding soldiers on October 20, 2020, an action which some quarters believe led to the loss of lives.

This was followed by the destruction of private and public properties by hoodlums in Lagos, an incident that informed the latest warning issued by the police in the state.

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Police Threaten To Punish Inspector For Voting At APC Congress

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The Zone 1 Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Kano, on Tuesday said its attention had been drawn to a trending picture on the social media, of a police inspector casting his vote at the Kano State congress of the All Progressives Congress alongside his principal, the state party chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas.

A statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, DSP Abubakar Ambursa, added that the inspector had been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base 1, Kano.

According to the statement, the Inspector is attached to the Government House, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG (Assistant Inspector General of Police) has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed the offence, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against him,” the statement said.

The police assured members of the public that further development on the matter would be communicated.

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