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Nigerian Army Brigadier-General Killed By ISWAP Terrorists To Be Buried Friday

Slain Brigadier-General Dzarma Zurkusu would be buried on Friday, at the military cemetery in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, SaharaReporters has learnt. 
Zurkusu was killed alongside four soldiers in an ambush by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, in Uba Askira, Borno State on November 13, 2021.





SaharaReporters had on November 15, 2021, reported that terrorist sympathisers in the Nigerian Army leaked the Brig-General’s movement to the ISWAP, according to a family source.
The Brigade Commander of the 23 brigade Yola, Brigadier General Aminu Garba Mustapha, told SaharaReporters on Thursday that “the slain General would be buried on Friday by 3pm at the military cemetery in Yola.”
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has declared a 3-day mourning to honor the departed military General.
A statement issued by the Director General, Media and Communications to the governor, Solomon Kumangar, said the governor directed that mourning period starts from Friday to Sunday.
He said, “Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has declared a 3-day mourning period for the late Brigadier General Dzarma Zurkusu as a mark of honour for his sacrifice to our fatherland.
“During the period which commences on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November, 2021, the National flag is expected to fly at half-mast across the state.”

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Terrorists Currently Attacking Borno Town, Nigerian Soldiers Repel Attacks

Boko Haram terrorists have launched an attack on Malam Fatori, a border town and headquarters of the Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State.

Malam-Fatori is one of the two local government areas without human activities where Governor Babagana Zulum had insisted on returning displaced persons by December 31.



According to security sources, the terrorists are presently engaging the army formation in Malam-Fatori. The attacks started on Friday evening.

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In a report by Punch, there were 500 mobile police personnel deployed to clear the town in preparation for the return of 1,000 refugees from the Niger republic.

This is besides the army base stationed in the deserted town and other security agents like NSCDC, DSS and the civilian JTF that were posted there to help in securing the town for the safe return of the refugees.

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The mobile Police crack team have also abandoned the town and returned to Maiduguri while the military personnel are still there.

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Buhari’s Former Political Ally, Hanga Dumps Ruling APC, Says Party Non-existent

Senator Rufai Hanga, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dumped the ruling party. 

Hanga said the APC is ‘technically non-existent’ right now.



Hanga who was a pioneer national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), however, told the Independent that he has yet to join another political party. 

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CPC is President Muhammadu Buhari’s former party before it merged with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and others to form the APC. 

Hanga said even though he worked to build the APC, he cannot watch the party collapse as a member. 

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“Yes, I decided to walk away from the APC even though I have not yet openly declared for any other party. But I have left the party and I’m watching them do their thing,” he said. 

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Dowen College Once Suspended Same Bullies Who Killed My Son When They Asked Him To Describe His Sister’s Private Parts— Father

Sylvester Oromoni, father to the deceased 12-year-old pupil of Dowen College, Lagos, Sylvester (Jnr) has explained that the students who bullied his child, were once suspended temporarily by the school after they asked the boy to describe his sister’s private parts. 
According to the bereaved father, after the incident of bullying was reported to the school, the young boy was taken from one hostel to another but the bullying persisted and even though he had initially planned to remove his child from the school, he reconsidered because his elder sisters were schooling there at the time. 




The aggrieved father said Saturday, December 4 is his son’s birthday but he will celebrate it regardless of his demise. 
Oromoni said the family took the boy to the hospital where blood tests and an X-ray were conducted. He said Junior also underwent typhoid/malaria treatments but his lips started peeling. 
The father said Junior suffered liver enlargement due to congealed blood. It was also claimed that Junior was fed a liquid substance described as “a chemical” for refusing to join the group.
In an outpour, Junior’s father told The Cable: “My son suffered. His birthday is next tomorrow (Dec 4). I’ll celebrate it. I’ll have a cake baked. I’ll cut it on his behalf. 
“The boys they mentioned were also reported to the school the last term when they bullied Junior and collected all his foodstuffs; clothes. I have two daughters, one of whom earlier graduated. I had to remove the second after this incident. They asked this boy to describe the sister’s privates (private parts) and this got to us.
“They put fear in him so much so that, when you ask him, he might keep to himself and say, ‘they will kill me’. This way, we didn’t know what to do. I considered removing him, but reconsidered since his sisters were still in the school. 
“The new incident came to my knowledge on November 21st after the school called my wife to notify us that our son was in the school clinic, injured. My senior son, who was to make a London trip, came to see us in Warri.
“The next day, we sent a family friend to help pick up our son since he was the only person in Lagos and take him to the hospital. When he got there, he panicked, pointing out that he doubts it’s a football injury as the school claimed. 
“He said the boy couldn’t stand because his waist was bent and swollen along with one side of his belly. His mouth was black. I asked, ‘Is this really a football injury?’ He was taken to my house in Lagos but couldn’t sleep at night.
“I asked my eldest to fly to Lagos on November 24 while I took a trip to Asaba, from where I’d also make for Lagos. On getting there, he screamed. ‘This is beyond football injury. Come to Lagos now,’ he told me over the phone.”
The bereaved father said Sylvester Junior only managed to sleep one hour when sedated and would wake up screaming in pain. He said it was on Monday, when he was away for a government function, that Junior “opened up”.
Oromoni said Junior, before his death, revealed he neither played ball nor tripped as claimed. He also alleged that the deceased stated that five boys had barged into his room, put off the lights, and beaten him up in the presence of other pupils.
“Junior said, ‘Mummy, I didn’t play ball; I didn’t fall.’ He jumped off his hostel bed. They kicked him, marched on his waist. Other students ran off. They threatened to kill them all if they spoke a word to the school staff. They warned Junior to say he sustained injuries while playing ball. They threatened him. If you ask the roommate, they’d all lie. They marched on his ribs and waist. All that pain for a 12-year-old.”
He said, before he could make a return trip to Warri towards facilitating Junior’s transfer to the teaching hospital, the boy drew his last breath.
Meanwhile, the principal of the school resisted the release of the deceased boy’s picture to the press. Oromoni said she had premised her argument on the deceased being a minor. 
He also said he looks forward to an autopsy, arguing that Dowen should be more concerned about going after the boys Junior had named as his assailants before death.
The boy’s father said: “They even released a press statement. Was the principal there when the boy played the said football game? Can they identify who he played with? Where was the housemaster when he was playing it? The woman too is confused. Clearly, she’s trying to protect the school’s image. But a mother of children wants to hide the truth?”
The family, on Thursday, petitioned Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State commissioner of police.
Another petition addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) will follow on Monday for a full-scale probe.
He said, “I won’t reveal the steps we’ve taken to seek justice. The parents of the boys are wealthy. They withdrew them. The school called the parents to pick their wards; interviewed them. Some of the parents are planning to fly the children out of the country. 
“How can Dowen allow those boys to leave the school without informing the police? The boys are five in number: four are in SS2 while one is in SS1. When the result comes, Nigerians will know the truth.”

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I Won’t Sign “Draconian Anti-open Grazing Law” Because Herders Are My Brothers—Cross River Governor, Ayade

The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has said the anti-open grazing law which some southern states have passed based on the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum might lead to war in the country.

Ayade said such laws, without taking into consideration the concerns of nomadic herdsmen and farmers, might pose more danger as it might lead to anarchy across the country.



The governor also gave reasons why the state government had yet to pass the law in line with the resolution reached by the Southern Governors’ Forum during one of their meetings.

Ayade, who called the nomadic herdsmen his brothers, revealed that his government would come up with an Open Grazing Management Law which would accommodate the concerns of farmers and herders. 

The Governor noted this during a press conference in his office on Thursday. 

The governor said, “Just ask yourself one minute, ‘Is this your body you’re carrying just a mere body ready to be robbed?’ Why this huge material drive? How would you as a nation legislate to illegitimacy, a legitimate trade of a people, the nomadic herdsmen? You cannot by law make illegitimate a legitimate trade of a people. 

“You have a responsibility as an educated person. We sit in the office and that’s why even though certain governors have made it clear that governors must pass the anti-open grazing law, I have not because I’ve found a solution to it.

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“My herdsmen brothers of north or south extraction, to shut down their trades, stay confined in a place whether they have a pasture or not, it doesn’t matter to me. So if I have a brother from Yobe state in a semi-arid condition with no grass and having no money to do irrigation to sustain his pasture, will I make his business illegitimate, shut him down and close him from survival? That is insensitive. What I think is anarchy, a deliberate invitation to war. That is inviting the nation into war.

“I ask myself if indeed open grazing is coming with this consequence? The sociology and anthropology are unacceptable and we must find a way to create means and balance between the herders and the farmers. That’s the essence of being a leader.

“So before I pass the law, I decided to pull back and find a solution. That is why in Cross River, we’re coming with an Open Grazing Management Law. I think morally, ethnically, it is unacceptable to prohibit a trade that existed before I was born. I’ll rather find a way to modulate it so that it will meet the definition of modern animal farming or husbandry. I think because it’s a profession, a business, it’s also a fundamental right of people to do the business.

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“Unfortunately, because of the social imbalance, associated pressure, demographic exposure, economic growth, most farmlands have been taken from infrastructure development at the moment. There’s a constriction that the 933,000 squares kilometres of land in Nigeria is no more expanding. Development is expanding and taking them, honestly, so we’re bound to have pressure.

“It’s our duty as a government to find a solution because indeed if we pass such a draconian law, and they also pass theirs, and we pass another, gradually we’re getting into war. But I’m a conformist. I belong to a certain governors’ forum and they said we should pass the law. I’ll pass the law but by the time the law is out, you’ll see that the law is coming with concerns for both parties.”

Some residents of Cross River have expressed the view that Ayade has been pro-President Muhammadu Buhari since he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ayade formally defected to the ruling APC in May 2021 after months of speculations that he would do so. 

Herders are predominantly Fulani, like President Buhari. 

Buhari has on several occasions been accused of not doing enough to curb the atrocities of suspected Fulani herdsmen and openly supporting open grazing, which often pits Herders against farmers. 

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Three Suspected Fraudsters Arrested With 1144 ATM Cards At Nigeria’s Kano Airport

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three suspects at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano while attempting to smuggle 1,144 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards out of the country.

The suspects were identified as Abdullahi Usman, Musa Abubakar and Abdulwahid Auwalu.



They trio were arrested between November 24 and December 1, 2021 by state zonal command of the agency. 

Spokesperson for the agency, Wilson Uwajaren said the suspects would soon be charged to court. 

He said Abubakar was found with 714 ATM cards while Usman had 298 ATM cards with him. 

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Abubakar was going to UAE while Usman was going to Saudi Arabia. 

The third suspect, Abdulwahid, was found with 132 ATM cards while trying to go to Istanbul, Turkey via Ethiopian Airlines. 

In a related development, a Federal High Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, presided over by Justice Uche Agomoh on Thursday convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Ogunrinde Olugbenga Akanbi and Olusegun Akinwunmi Eyinade to ten months and three months in prison respectively, on separate charges bordering on fraudulent impersonation.

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The charge against Ogunrinde reads: “That you, Ogunrinde Olugbenga Akanbi “M” on or about the 11th day of February, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Iga Swiatek, a female Tennis player from Warsaw, Poland via your Facebook account with Gmail address- [email protected], with intent to gain monetary advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the same Act.”

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BREAKING: Lagos Government Indefinitely Shuts Dowen College Where Deceased 12-Year-Old Was Allegedly Tortured For Refusing To Join Cult

The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr), who was allegedly beaten by colleagues for refusing to join a cult. 

The closure, the state government said, is pending the outcome of an investigation into Sylvester’s death. 



Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the management and staff of the school on Friday. 

Following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester, the management of the school had earlier ordered that academic activities be put on hold for two days — Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of December. 

This was disclosed in an email the school management sent to parents on Friday morning. 

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Though the school did not make a direct reference to Sylvester’s death, it said the stay-at-home was necessitated by the current happenings and the emotional disposition of its pupils.

The school also said it would allow the pupils to revise for their forthcoming examinations.

The email reads, “Dear Parents,

“In view of the current situation concerning the school and considering the emotions of our students, we have advised that our students stay home tomorrow Friday 3rd and Monday 6th.

“This will also afford the students opportunity to revise for their forthcoming examinations starting next week.

“Thank you for your understanding.”

On Wednesday, a social media user, @perrisoromoni, who is also a relation to the deceased, lamented the death of his cousin who was allegedly beaten to death at Dowen College, Lagos.

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The young man who took to his Twitter handle alleged that the deceased was beaten to death after he refused to succumb to pressure by fellow pupils to join a cult.

According to him, the deceased mentioned the names of five persons responsible for the pain before he finally gave up the ghost on Tuesday.

On Friday, Sylvester Oromoni, father of the deceased 12-year-old pupil said the pupils who bullied his child, were once suspended temporarily by the school after they asked the boy to describe his sister’s private parts.  

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Declare Miyetti Allah As Terrorists, They Have Bandits As Members — Governor Ortom Tells Buhari

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged the Federal Government to declare Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM as terrorist organisations.

SaharaReporters had reported last week that a Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, outlawed the activities of groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism.



The court had asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to publish the proscription order in the official gazette and two national dailies.

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Speaking on Friday in Makurdi, Ortom said the bandits being mentioned were mostly from Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MACBAN and FUNAM and so they should be designated as terrorist groups as well.

He said, “I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists. But I call on the government to also include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members.”










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Ortom urged the people of the state to support security agencies with useful intelligence in the fight against criminality and other forms of insecurity, pointing out that security is everyone’s business.

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Body Of Wrongly Jailed Nigerian Woman, Itunu Babalola Who Died In Ivorian Prison To Arrive In Nigeria

The corpse of a Nigerian woman who died in a prison in Cote D’Ivoire, Itunu Babalola, also known as Becky Paul will arrive in Nigeria tonight (Friday night). 
It was learnt that her remains will arrive at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 11pm on Friday via Air Côte d’Ivoire.





Family sources told Tribune that Itunu’s remains will be interred at Sango cemetery in Ibadan on Saturday, December 4.
Top senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) are expected to receive the body.
About eight months ago, the Nigerian Government, through NIDCOM and the Nigerian Mission in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire had said its investigation into the case of Itunu showed that she was innocent and was framed up.
The government said the former prosecutor in Cote d’Ivoire in collaboration with the police twisted the case against Itunu and accused the woman of human trafficking, leading to her conviction for 10 years, out of which she had unjustly served two years.
Gabriel Odu, of the NIDCOM’s Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, issued a statement at the time which noted that the Nigerian government would move to rescue Itunu having established that she was framed up by the Ivorian government.
The government said, “Following painstaking investigations by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Nigeria Mission in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, it is now confirmed that Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian living in Abidjan was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime she did not commit.
“According to the Chairman of the NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Charge D’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Mohammed Gana, sent officials of the mission to Bondoukou, a city eight hours outside Abidjan when the case was brought to his attention. 
“Plans are underway to engage the services of a legal Luminary to prove the innocence of Itunu Babalola at the Court of Appeal after the accused had spent two years out of a ten-year jail term for an offence she did not commit.
“Reports indicate that the new Prosecutor assigned to the case has given assurances of a fair and unbiased review and retrial of the case to secure the release of Itunu Babalola.
“Reports also allegedly indicate that the former prosecutor in collaboration with the police twisted the case and accused Itunu Babalola of human trafficking hence her conviction for 20 years although the sentence was reduced to 10 years from which she has served two years.
“On efforts made to secure her bail, the prosecutor said it is only the Court that can grant her bail as she has already been convicted. We will continue to monitor the case as it unfolds.”  
However, several months after, the young lady died after being infected in prison.  

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Nullifies Prophet Sotitobire’s Life Sentence Over Missing One-Year-Old Boy, Acquits Preacher In Ondo

The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has set aside the judgement of the State High Court that sentenced the founder of the Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Prophet Sotitobire. 
Prophet Babatunde Alfa, popularly known as Prophet Sotitobire, is the founder and director of the Sotitobire Miracle Church in Akure, Ondo State.





An Ondo State High Court had sentenced Sotitobire to life imprisonment over the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole in his church in 2019.
The Sotitobire founder had asked the Appeal Court to nullify the conviction by the lower court.
On Friday, the Appellate court ruled that the circumstantial evidence the high court based its judgement on is not enough to convict him.
He was, therefore, discharged and acquitted. 
Justice Gamma Barka read the judgement on behalf of other judges. 
The Court of Appeal had said on Thursday that it would pass its ruling on the case today (Friday).
Sotitobire had asked the Court of Appeal to review his case following his life sentence judgment given by the lower court on June 6, 2020.
Sotitobire’s trial for kidnapping started in February 2020 and he and six others were found guilty of the charges levelled against them. 
The cleric and six members of his church were found to have been involved in the abduction of Gold in his church in November 2019.

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IPOB Lambasts Northern Groups, Calls Them “Ignorant, Hypocritical” For Opposing Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said it is to Nigeria’s benefit that some Igbo elders are asking President Muhammadu Buhari for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu. 
The group slammed all the Northern groups that have spoken against the plea by the Igbo stakeholders that the Presidency should let Kanu regain his freedom. 




IPOB said the Northern groups have only displayed their self-centeredness and ignorance, adding that it has confirmed the reason it (IPOB) has been seeking to have the South-East break away from Nigeria. 
It, then, warned that the groups should desist from insulting South-East leaders. 
IPOB stated this in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, obtained by SaharaReporters on Friday. 
The statement described the antagonism as, “shameful display of stupidity and arrogance by Fulani- controlled pro-Northern associations under the auspices of Northern Consensus Movement (NCM) where they voiced their opposition to the visit of elder statesman Chief Mbazuruike Amaechi, and other respected credible Igbo leaders to the Presidency to ask for the unconditional release of our Leader.”
It said further, “The ranting by these groups are not only disgusting but provocative, and one of the very reasons we agitate for self-determination. How can we continue to belong to the same country with people who are self-centred and don’t reason objectively?
“We don’t want to dignify these inconsequential groups but we just want the world to note that these were the same charlatans responsible for the killing of Biafrans living in the North even before the civil war.”
It blamed them for further attacks on the Igbo people in Northern Nigeria. 
It continued, “They are still the masterminds of unprovoked and senseless attacks on Biafrans living in the North up till date. They want to keep us together in this bondage so they can continue in their genocidal attacks against us but it’s too late.
“We are warning these Northern attack dogs to stop disparaging Igbo elders, traditional rulers and respected Bishops who made out time to meet the President in Abuja for a peaceful resolution of the debacle. These are the real enemies of Nigeria who don’t want peace to prevail because of their selfish interests.”
Nnamdi Kanu-led group said, “The Igbo elders and traditional rulers were doing Nigeria good by telling Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu. 
“We believe much in what we are pursuing and their ranting cannot afford to move us in our resolve to get Biafra. 
“It is quite appalling and unfortunate that these attention seekers are showcasing their stupidity and ignorance to the world by coming out openly to rant in the very manner they did. 
“They should stop pretending that they don’t see the handwriting on the wall against the Nigeria government and its security apparatus for the extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya.” 
IPOB called these Northern groups hypocritical for not speaking against many attacks by terrorists against Christians in the North, also for keeping mute while an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi went about negotiating on behalf of bandits. 
“Where were these shameless hypocrites when the suicide bomber, Kabiru Sokoto behind the December 2011 Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, near Abuja that claimed scores of Christian worshipers was released from prison by Buhari? 
“Where are these elements without conscience as the federal government has continued not only to release but absorb into the security apparatus of Nigeria, thousands of captured terrorists and Fulani bandits responsible for the daily senseless killings of innocent Nigerians including security operatives? 
“Why are these ethnic bigots getting agitated and unsettled because Nnamdi Kanu who committed no crime to ask for a referendum for the freedom of his people is involved?
“Where were these hypocrites when Sheikh Ahmed Gumi was and still negotiating with Fulani bandits and midwifing the release of their victims after billions of Naira and hard currencies were paid as ransom? 
“Why will any upright and fair mortal who reasons like a human being ever oppose the unconditional release of innocent freedom seeker like Nnamdi Kanu in a country where mass murderers are daily granted amnesty and state pardon?
“Let these pretenders know that there is time for everything. The Fulani will not continue to call the shots in Nigeria. Kingdoms rise and fall. Tyranny doesn’t last for too long as many tyrants have since gone the way of all flesh,” IPOB added. 

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Protests In Osun As Trigger-happy Policeman Shoots Commercial Driver Dead

A truck driver was on Friday shot dead by a yet-to-be-identified police officer at the Ota-Efun area of Osogbo in Osun State

Some angry drivers, however, blocked roads in Osogbo to protest the death of their colleague.



It was learnt that the deceased who was driving a borehole drilling truck was brutalised before he was shot dead.

Daily Post reports that the drilling truck broke down along Ikirun road around 10:30am.

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The driver and his crew were said to have allegedly blocked the road while trying to fix the vehicle before the arrival of the police officers.

According to the report, an eyewitness said, “the police officers who came down from a mini commercial bus (Korope) hit the driver with a shovel under the truck before he was shot with a pistol in the chest.

“The police officers, immediately after the act, took off their uniforms and ran away.

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“Police were shooting guns and teargas to scare away the angry crowd, while they took away the corpse of the driver.”

However, the chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Oroki Park, Osogbo, Adewale Kareem (Asiri Eniba), who showed up at scene, calmed down the protesters while he urged them to unblock the road.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lagos Govt Disburses N450 Million To Higher Institutions For Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Peace Walk

The Lagos State Government has disbursed N450 million to higher institutions in the state for the peace walk announced by the state governor. 

A government source told SaharaReporters on Friday that the state government paid the money to solicit the support of young Lagosians for the ‘peace walk’, to ensure the governor does not walk alone. 



Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state governor disbursed the money to universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the state for the peace walk, which is likely to be held on Monday, SaharaReporters learnt. 

“Lagos State Government has disbursed N450 million to higher institutions for peace walk, which will likely be held on Monday. 

“Universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are the beneficiaries,” the top source said. 

On Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu had revealed plans to organise a peace walk in December 2021, in commemoration of the #EndSARS movement.  










Sanwo-Olu, during a press briefing at the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday said he will be leading the peace walk to herald the healing of the land. 

This comes after the state government in its White Paper on a report by the #EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry on General Police Brutality Cases and Lekki Incident Investigation, accepted only 11 out of the 32 recommendations made by the panel. 

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The panel concluded that the Nigerian Army and police shot and killed peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, the epicentre of the demonstrations against police brutality, on October 20, 2020. 

But the government in the White Paper flayed some claims in the report, maintaining that it was full of discrepancies, irregularities and inaccuracies with claims of deaths of victims. 

Sanwo-Olu had further extended an open invitation to youths, civil society groups, journalists, students and other stakeholders to join him in the peace walk. 

However, some of his invitees have already rejected the invitation with some youths in the state declaring that the state governor will walk alone. 

It should be noted that students of the Lagos State University (LASU) have expressed their readiness to participate in the ‘Lagos Peace Walk,’ proposed by Sanwo-Olu.

This was made known on Thursday by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) President of the school, Oladipupo Uthman Badmus, during the sitting of the Students Representatives Council, the legislative arms of the SUG.

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The sitting was the first council session to be held at the newly built students’ Arcade in the school, which was inaugurated by Sanwo-Olu on Thursday.

“Mr. Governor, sir, it is what you signed up for but we are indebted to you. Be rest assured, whenever you walk, we will walk with you. We will be by your side. Whenever you run, we will run with you to the end,” Badmus assured on behalf of LASU students.

However, it is not clear if the union executives were motivated by money or the newly inaugurated project in their school. 

Also, rights activist and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Segun Awosanya yesterday said he would join Sanwo-Olu in the proposed peace walk.

When SaharaReporters contacted the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, he declined to comment on the matter. 

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How Nigerian Senate Paid N1.7billion For Cars Without Receipts, Deducted Over N200million Taxes Without Remitting

Civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has decried the misappropriation of funds by lawmakers of the upper chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly as revealed by the Auditor-General of the Federation’s report.

Taking to its Twitter handle on Friday, SERAP stated that the senators deducted that N176million and N39million as tax from staff salaries with no evidence it was remitted to the relevant authorities. 



The body also noted that N1.7billion was paid by the Senate for the supply of vehicles and other office equipment but there are no supporting documents for the payments.

The tweets read, “Nigeria’s Senate reportedly deducted N176,267,255.31 as PAYE from staff salaries but “there was no evidence to show that the above amount was remitted to the relevant tax authorities.” N39,776,437.54 was also deducted as VAT but no evidence that the money was remitted.

“Nigeria’s Senate reportedly paid N1,718,130,630.24 between February and December 2019 for the supply of vehicles and other office equipment. N657,757,969.05 was also paid between July and December 2019 for the same items. But “there are no supporting documents” for the payments.

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“Nigeria’s Senate reportedly paid N423,370,000.00 for the supply of utility vehicles and production of National Assembly Logo between August and November 2019. But “there is no evidence of payment.”

On Thursday, SERAP in a series of tweets explained how the members of the House of Representatives obtained N2.5billion as running costs in 2019 but refused to pay back the money.

Also, about 59 members of the House of Representatives who also took loans worth N258 million have refused to pay back the loan.

The National Assembly Service Commission in 2019 reportedly paid N31 million to 59 staff members as “personal cash advances” but failed to retire the money.

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Nigeria’s Secret Police, DSS Officer, Paul Adeshina Destroys Man’s House, Removes Windows, Roof, Steals Valuables Despite Pending Tenancy Court Case

An officer in Nigeria’s secret police, Department of State Services (DSS), Paul Adesina has ordered a partial demolition of the home of one Afolabi Solanke, despite a pending court case. 
SaharaReporters learnt that Solanke had instituted a tenancy case against Adesina which is currently pending at the Court of Appeal.





However, the officer took the law into his own hands by ordering men to remove the roof, window and doors of Solanke’s apartment. 
This is even as Adesina claimed his action was based on approval from the Director-General of the DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
From pictures shared with SaharaReporters, the house has become completely uninhabitable while valuables such as television, pieces of furniture and air conditioning system were exposed to outside elements. 
Also, it was observed that the rooms, kitchen and other facilities were in disarray after the ‘invasion’ of the home by the officer and his colleagues. 
A source said, ”A DSS officer who had a tenancy case against Afolabi Solanke which is pending at the court of appeal took the law into his hand by going to the property to remove the windows, doors and the roof.
“He said he got approval from the DG of the DSS to carry out the illegal act.”
Speaking with SaharaReporters on Friday, Solanke said he was sleeping in the house when the invaders arrived. According to him, he was still sleeping when a plank fell on his head, only for him to wake up and observe a part of the roof was gone. 
He said he bought the house from Adesina in 2006 and since then, it had been a battle. 
According to him, Adesina came to the house in 2018 and towed two of his vehicles valued at over N100 million away. 
He said, “I was in the house, they arrived at my place around 6 am. I started hearing sounds but at first, I thought the sounds were from the next flat because a major renovation was going on there. Something fell on my head and then I looked up and saw there was no roof anymore. I stood up and peeped from the back window. I saw one Ade Jones, a carpenter in that neighbourhood. He was talking to someone on the phone, explaining that they were already there and had started work. 
“I went to the front of the house and noticed a patrol vehicle with no number or any inscription on it, I saw people inside masked up with sophisticated weapons. I went back inside the room and tried to switch my CCTV cameras on because my house is well covered both outside and inside, I realised that all the cameras were now facing the wall. 
“I went back to the room and opened the curtain, I then saw Paul Adesina. There was a man with a chisel and hammer trying to chisel my window. I observed they had already removed all the iron fences around my house so I immediately ordered the man to stop chiselling my window but Paul said he should continue. 
“I immediately called the police emergency line and they sent a patrol vehicle to me. The officers went to Paul Adesina and said there was a complaint that they were asked to take all parties to the Garki division so they could listen to us. Paul said he was not going anywhere that he’s a Deputy Director of DSS, and that the DPO cannot interview him. He also said the DG DSS directed him to come and carry out this thing, that it was DG of DSS’ instruction and he would not leave until then.
“They came to meet me and said the man didn’t know what he was saying, they asked me to follow them to the station. I went inside the house to get my phones, by then, a plank had already fallen and broken my phones. I locked my security door and my gate too. 
“By the time I got back to my house with more police officers, Paul Adesina had already removed all my roofs, ceilings, windows, fencing, burglaries and doors, thereby gaining access into my house. He stole all my money, DVR, bags containing documents, gold wristwatches, gold necklaces and so many other valuables and also turned my house upside down. Paul Adesina, Ade Jones, their thugs and the unknown gunmen they came with also stole all the things they removed from my house– roofs, ceilings, windows, burglaries, iron fencing, doors, etc.
“A man using a chisel on my house had used the chisel to remove windows, security doors plus the key, fence, entered my house. The DDR which is storage for cameras took it and took my money, bags containing documents, my wristwatches, all the money I had in the house, they carried everything. They turned my house upside down. I don’t know what they were looking for. 
“This is a man I’m in court with. We have been in court since 2014. We are at the Court of Appeal; I also have another suit against him because that’s the same thing he did in 2018. I was sleeping and there was a stay for execution but before you knew it, Adesina mobilised men to my house, towed away my vehicles, with my bulletproof SUV. Till now, I have not seen my cars. I called the police, they didn’t come, they said it was because of the state and now even the stay was in my favour. 
“That’s why I had to sue him again at the High Court to claim damages; he, the high court registrar, the director, enforcement. I have a lawsuit against them. 
“Adesina started from a very low position. He used Chief Magistrate of Wuse Zone 6 Magisterial division in Abuja, Emmanuel Iyanna. I even wrote a petition against Iyanna and a six-man panel was set up, Iyanna was begging me to forgive him. 
“I bought a house from someone and the person submitted a writ of summons before you that I trespassed into the house in 2014. My problem with this man started in 2006 when I bought the house from him, it’s a government house, he was supposed to collect the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and give it to me and I trusted him only for the C/O to come out and he refused to give me. 
“He’s now claiming that the money I gave him was rent, that after all I’ve enjoyed the money and I thought he was joking. He actually went to court and this same Iyanna after noticing it’s not a case of trespass, threw out the suit. Iyanna started amending the case for them and started calling me a tenant, from trespasser to tenant. 
“Iyanna manipulated the whole thing and delivered a judgement asking me to give Paul Adesina N4.1 million again and vacate the house. That DSS boy, I knew him when he was an ASD, he might be a deputy director now but he used to stay in my house, drive my car around; he was a nobody, he’s still the same man causing all these problems for me. 
”I noticed that even my statement in the court is different from what Iyanna puts up there, that evil man. If I say A, Iyanna will write C, all my statements are not what Iyanna is writing. The magistrate who was supposed to precede over the matter is writing something totally different from the statement I’m giving under oath. He’s writing things to suit the script they already have.
”My vehicle that Adesina took is over a hundred million, they took my home theatre, TV, and many other things from the house, that’s in 2018 and now this is 2018. Paul Adesina came and killed my parrot, I have two parrots. He came on the 20th of November, a Saturday. 
”My other pets, dog, chicken, turkey are not meant to be killed, they were also there and they were traumatised, the dog is still even shocked. Adesina broke into that place and locked them all up in a cage. 
“The plank that fell on my head has caused me so much headache, but my phone and iPad, laptop were destroyed.”

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Dowen College Shuts School For Two Days Over Death Of 12-Year-Old Allegedly Tortured To Death For Refusing To Join Cult

Following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr), the management of Dowen School, Lagos has ordered that academic activities be put on hold for two days — Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of December. 
This was disclosed in an email the school management sent to parents on Friday morning. 




Though the school did not make a direct reference to Oromoni’s death, it said the stay-at-home was necessitated by the current happenings and the emotional disposition of its pupils.
The school also said it would allow the pupils to revise for their forthcoming examinations.
The email reads, “Dear Parents,
“In view of the current situation concerning the school and considering the emotions of our students, we have advised that our students stay home tomorrow Friday 3rd and Monday 6th.
“This will also afford the students opportunity to revise for their forthcoming examinations starting next week.
“Thank you for your understanding.”

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On Wednesday, a social media user, @perrisoromoni, who is also a relation to the deceased lamented the death of his cousin who was allegedly beaten to death at Dowen College, Lagos.
The young man who took to his Twitter handle alleged that the deceased was beaten to death after he refused to succumb to pressure by fellow pupils to join a cult.
According to him, the deceased mentioned the names of five persons responsible for the pain before he finally gave up the ghost on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in their reaction, the school claimed the deceased sustained injuries while playing football and was given immediate medical attention by the school’s resident nurse.
Subsequently, the pupil complained of having pains in his hip and was attended to again, this time by a doctor and a nurse and thereafter taken to his house, the statement said.
The school further said it had carried out a preliminary investigation where it was confirmed that there was no case of bullying, adding that it has policies that are strongly anti-cultism.
It also claimed there is a very cordial relationship between the school and the family.
But on Thursday, the family released videos that capture the last moments of Sylvester Junior to support its claims of torture on the young man.
 The 12-year-old boy, from the video, was seen writhing in pain while bleeding from his mouth, with swollen lips and teeth that appear to be broken. 
The parents of the deceased who were massaging him were heard hurling abuses at those responsible for causing their little boy so much pain.

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