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Hardship: Protest Suffers Low Turnout in Ibadan

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The mass protest, scheduled for Ibadan on Monday witnessed low turnout as members of the public went about their lawful activities.

Reports says that a peaceful protest, tagged: “End Hardship Nigeria” had been scheduled to hold at the popular Mokola Roundabout in the heart of the city.

The protest, which was to commence by 8 a.

m., was expected to be witnessed by a large turnout of residents to express their displeasure with the current economic situation in the country.

Reports says that as at 8.30 a.m., only a handful of protesters were at the venue, being coordinated by some notable activists.

The protesters later moved to Sango-UI road with about 100 people participating.

NAN, however, observed the presence of security agencies, such the Nigeria Police Force and Amotekun personnel.

Their presence did not, however, stop the protesters from having their day, as everything went on peacefully.

An activist, Solomon Emiola, who spoke with NAN, attributed the poor participation to lack of proper communication, occasioned by irregular power supply as well as the hike in fuel price.

Emiola said that the protest was aimed at telling government that Nigerians could no longer endure the present economic hardship.

“This has put everybody in a state of confusion. We don’t know where to go again.

“As citizens of Nigeria, it is expected that the provision of social amenities is the primary duty of every government. 

“The provisions of Chapter two of 1999 Constitution (as amended) are not met by our leaders, and we, as citizens, must hold them accountable. 

“Sections 33 and 34 empowered every citizen to come out to protest the high cost of living, fuel hike and other abnormal policies,” Emiola said.

He condemned what he described as government’s decision to follow the dictates of International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading to naira devaluation.

“We expect government to declare a state of emergency on the economy and security,” the activist said. (NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns Businessman for Allegedly Tampering with Forfeited Property

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a businessman, Ifeanyi Bosah-Reginald, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly tampering with forfeited property.
Reports says that Bosah-Reginald was arraigned on a count charge alongside Magnificat Homes & Leisure Ltd.

 and fifth Neighborhood Management Ltd.

The EFCC alleged that the defendant ran foul of the offence of dealing with forfeited property without authorisation contrary to Section 12(1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The EFCC Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sonoiki, thereafter applied to the court that the defendant should be kept in appropriate custody and also  asked for a trial date.

According to the EFCC, the defendant was alleged to have trespassed property of one  Jokotade Tade Estate Resources Ltd. and that of one Mrs Foloshade Ogundare.
The EFCC said the property, a subject of forfeited order in suit ID/2168/2015, was said to be measuring about 10,687 hectares, situated at Sangotedo Lekki, Lagos State.
It said the property had been forfeited to the Federal Government based on the interim forfeiture order of the court of competent jurisdiction.
Justice Rahman Oshodi ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre.
The judge, however, adjourned the case until  May 31 for commencement of trial. (NAN)

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Raid: Police Arrest 1,802 Suspects in 2 Weeks

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The Police Command in Lagos State says no fewer than 1,802 suspects have been arrested in raids at different black spots in the state within the last two weeks.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos  on Monday.

Hundeyin said that between April 8 and  April 14, the command arrested 1,019 suspects in various raids within Oshodi, Mushin, Agege, Lagos Island, Ojota and Orile-Iganmu areas.

He said that also between April 15 and April 20, another 783 suspects were arrested when the command raided again some of the places earlier mentioned and other areas.

He said that the exercises were carried out by area commands, divisions, and tactical teams, including the Rapid Response Squad.

He also said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who gave the order for the massive raid, commended the officers for reducing crime and criminality through the exercise.

Hundeyin added that through the exercise, many attacks on the public in some areas, particularly at night and early morning had been checked.

He said the exercise would be sustained as it was yielding the expected result of checking crimes.

The image maker who noted that the exercise was not meant to extort members of the public, stressed that proper screening always takes place after raids, to ensure that innocent persons were not added to suspected criminals.

He advised the public to always go about with their means of identification and avoid hanging around suspected criminals and black spots.

Hundeyin further called on the public to keep on informing the police about the activities of suspected persons or group in their areas. (NAN)

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Nigeria’ll Strengthen Regional Collaboration Against Terrorism- Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria will continue to strengthen collaboration and lead in taking measures towards countering terrorism in Africa.

Tinubu said this at the High-level African Counter-terrorism meeting on Monday in Abuja with the theme “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threats of Terrorism in Africa”.

He said that Nigeria’s Counter-terrorism capacities have been enhanced through enactment of the terrorism prevention and prohibition act and establishing the National Counter-Terrorism Centre(NCTC).

Tinubu said, “Dedicated to coordinating and implementing counter-terrorism strategies, the NCTC significantly enhances our capacity to detect, prevent, and respond to terrorist threats.

”The Centre has become a platform; fostering greater collaboration among stakeholders and promoting synergy in our approach to fighting terrorism.”

The president said that the continent must, however, prudently handle the root causes of terrorism through good governance, rule of law, justice and inclusiveness.

He said that the citizens must be assured of their safety through robust programmes and policies aimed at not only eradicating the menace but building trust.

“The fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach. We must address the root causes of extremism, such as poverty, marginalization, and social injustice.

”However, this important fact should not become empty rhetoric, devoid of meaning or action.

“Terrorism snipes at the very fabric of the tranquil, prosperous and just societies we seek to build for ourselves and our children.

”Terror cannot co-exist in the same space as democracy and good governance, just as darkness and light cannot endure in the same room at the same time.

“Its goal is to cause such havoc that we doubt our democratic principles, putting societies and governments into such confusion and disarray that we begin fighting among ourselves instead of fighting the very thing that seeks our destruction,” he said,

Tinubu also described the activities of illegal mining on terrorism financing in the continent, adding that it is a significant factor boosting the menace.

He said that the international community has both the moral and legal obligation to support Africa in its fight against external funding of terrorism.

The president also called for collective efforts against terrorism through fully operational regional counter-terrorism centres to serve as hubs for intelligence sharing, operational coordination, and capacity building within the region.

“Additionally, we must strengthen existing counter-terrorism structures such as the Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit (RIFU) Abuja, the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) in Algiers and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) in Addis Ababa.

“A Regional Standby Force that includes tackling terrorism as part of its mandate must not be abandoned. I am mindful of the funding, legal and logistical complexities that face the proper establishment of such a force.”

He also called for the establishment of an all-inclusive African Union Ministerial Committee on Counter Terrorism as envisaged in the Declaration of the 16th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union Assembly in May 2022.

Tinubu said, “Nigeria is committed to working with our regional partners to strengthen arms control measures, enhance border security, and disrupt the illicit trafficking networks that fuel terrorism and organised crime.”

Early, Dr Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, urged African leaders to address the trust deficit by citizens through programmes and policies that include victims of violent extremism.

Mohammed said that women and youths are veritable tools for campaigns of terrorism and become ready tools when faced with bad governance, lack of justice, lack of transparency and non-inclusion.

She added,’ “Victims of terrorism must be appropriately reintegrated into the society through mental and psychological interventions as well as adequate recognition for them to overcome the trauma of their experiences in the hands of terrorists and other extreme violent actions.”

Amina said that the women were more vulnerable to extremist activities in the continent and therefore required more attention for their physical and psychological health.

The two-day meeting will feature paper presentations including; the evolving terrorist threat landscape in Africa and countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

Other papers are enhancing regional capacities to counter and prevent terrorism and strengthening cooperation between international partners and affected African member states.

The event was attended by the Presidents of Benin Republic Patrice Talon; Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and Togo, Faure Gnassingbe.(NAN)

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