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ENDSARS: TRADITIONAL RULERS OPTED FOR DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE YOUTHS GRIEVANCES AS SANWO-OLU RECEIVES DELEGATES FROM NATIONAL COUNCIL.

Traditional rulers across the country have lent their voices to the call on the youth who staged the recent nationwide protests against police brutality to embrace dialogue in resolving their grievances. 
 
The monarchs, under the aegis of Nigerian Council of Traditional Rulers, said although the protests were organized for good reasons, the violent outcome of the demonstration, they submitted, pushed the nation to the edge and threatened the peace. 
 
The Council of traditional rulers stated its position on Wednesday when its delegation paid a solidarity visit to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the destruction in the State. 
 
Etsu of Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, who led the delegation to the State House, Marina, said the visit to Lagos – the epicentre of the EndSARS protest – followed the decision reached on the November 3 meeting of the Council jointly chaired by Sultan of Sokoto and Ooni of Ife, noting that the Council was disturbed by violent attack on traditional institutions and the level of destruction visited on the Government- and private-owned assets. 
 
The monarch said the nation had learnt both good and harsh lessons in the violence that followed the protests, urging the protesters and political leaders to dialogue. 
 
He said: “We have come here to express our concern about the violent event that erupted from the EndSARS protests in Lagos and to also put our feelings forward to offer suggestions on the way forward. We acknowledge that there are a lot of shortcomings and misgivings in the system, but misinformation and negative bias that accompanied the agitations fueled the violence we witnessed. 
 
“The reason for the protest was very genuine and reasonable. Unfortunately, the demonstration was overtaken by groups who didn’t believe in peace and unity of this country. So many lessons were learnt both in positive and negative ways. As leaders who believe in peace, we owe people of this country a duty to ensure the lessons are taken by the political class. It is on this ground that we come physically to show our solidarity to the Governor over the losses.” 
 
Abubakar said that despite the violence, the Government had not reneged on its promise to grant the five-point demands of the protesters. This commitment, Etsu of Nupe pointed out, should be seen as an olive branch to the youths to embrace dialogue rather than returning to public protests to press home their demands. 
 
He said: “We urge all Nigerians, especially our youths, to give peace a chance. Whatever grievance anyone or a group may have against the Government, dialogue is the key to resolve them. Our youths have protested peacefully, and those in authorities have started responding to their demands. We all must be committed to peace in this period.” 
 
The Council sympathized with Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, over the attack of his palace, while also commiserating with the police and people who lost their loved ones in the violence across the country. 
 
Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked the traditional rulers for the gesture, assuring them of his administration’s commitment to engage jobless youths in productive ventures. 
 
Others traditional rulers in the delegation include Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, Obi of Obi-Orodo Eze Imo, Eze Agunwa Ohiri, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, paramount ruler of Nsit Ubium Okin Ibibio, Nteyin Solomon Etuk, Oba of Ikate Elegushi, Oba Saheed Elegushi, and Director General of the National Council of Traditional Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Kassim Yawa.
 

6 Cultists Arrested In Ogun While Causing Mayhem Over Unserviceable Gun.

A suspected dreaded cult group based in Ikorodu, Lagos state have been arrested by the Police in the Odogbolu area of Ogun State.

The six suspected cultists  were said to have started a fight, causing unrest in the area over a purchase of an unserviceable locally made pistol before they were rounded up.

It was revealed that the Ikorodu based suspected cultists contracted one Olaniyan Samuel to purchase a locally made pistol for them, and when they discovered after, the gun was delivered to them that the pistol is not serviceable they went to Odogbolu with the intension of punishing their partner in crime, Samuel for betraying their trust by purchasing a useless gun for them.

According to information, while the chaos was going on, a distress call was made to Odogbolu police division which made the DPO, SP Awoniyi Adekunle quickly lead his men to the scene where the six suspects were rounded up and apprehended.

Aboyeji Oluwadamilare, Adebiyi Mathew, Jacob Solomon and Iliasu Jubril are the suspected cultists from the Ikorodu of Lagos state while Olubanjo Segun and Samuel Olaniyan resides in Odo-Iselu Odogbolu area of Ogun state where they were all apprehended.

Recovered from them is a locally made pistol and two live cartridges.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed that the suspected cultists and exhibits be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation with the view to charge them to court on conclusion of the investigation.

Police Academy Fixes New Dates For Screening Of 8th Regular Course.

The Nigerian Police has said the Police Academy Wudil will begin the screening of candidates for the 8th Regular Course on January 9,2021.

The spokesperson for the academy, ASP N. Habib made the disclosure in a press statement recently issued and made available to our correspondent in Lagos.

The screening will begin at the academy with candidates from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, FCT Abuja, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo from January 9 to January 15, 2021.

According to the statement, candidates from the above-mentioned states that passed the aptitude test earlier conducted should proceed to Wudil at the specified date where the academy is located for the screening.

The statement explained that the shortlisted candidates would also undergo medical and physical screening.

In the statement, screening for candidates from Abia, Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Kastina, Kebbi and Nasarrawa would hold between December 16 and 22, 2020 while Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Kaduna, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara will start their exercise on January 23 to January 29, 2021.

The candidates have also been directed to get to Wudil with the original and photocopies of their credentials, passport photographs, authenticated certificate confirmation as an indigene by the state government and a pair of white canvass shoes, white vest, white shirts and socks.

Army Holds Spiritual Seminar, Says Boko Haram International Conspiracy.

The Second Edition of the Nigerian Army Spiritual Warfare Seminar was held on Thursday, 3 December  at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Asokoro, in Abuja.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army spiritual warfare seminar is a program organized by the Chaplain and Islamic Directorates of the Nigerian Army in the year 2019.

The spiritual warfare sensitized and mobilized religious/spiritual leaders to enlighten and educate their followers on the true and correct tenets of Islamic and Christian religions so as not to be easily brainwashed by the devilish and wicked teachings of Boko haram’s ideology.

The seminar is also intended to stimulate renewed vigor to finding ways of curtailing and tackling Boko haram‘s extremism and recruitment drive using counter narratives, knowing fully well that terrorism is about battle of inner consciousness/the struggle for winning the hearts and minds of the people.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai  was the Special Guest of Honor at the occasion.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said that the Boko Haram attacks are an international conspiracy to censor Nigeria and to destabilize the peace of the country

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, stated this in an article he shared on social media and with journalists, claiming that there are some international paymasters sponsoring Boko Haram.

“The recent killing of our people on a rice farm in Borno State was unexpected, inhuman, cowardly, dastardly and a sadistic cruelty by the Boko Haram terrorists. There is no normal human being that will take pleasure in such inhuman massacre of defenseless and armless civilians, working on their farms; but that is the nature of terrorism and those who sponsor.

“There is an international conspiracy to cut Nigeria to size and compromise national renegades making attempts to destabilize and dismember Nigeria if possible, in subservience to the international paymasters who are the owners of Boko Haram. They train them, arm them, finance them and supply their logistics. Without this treacherous international support of Boko Haram; they would have since been defeated.

“Yet, we can defeat them through our unity and unflinching support and encouragement of our security forces, particularly the military.” Musa stated

CAN kicks as Nigerian govt warns against Churches holding Christmas carols.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the warning by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 against Christmas Carols to curb a second wave of the virus as insensitive.

The Vice-Chairman (Northern region) of the umbrella Christian body, Rev. John Hayab, stated this recently

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, explained that Christmas carol services and other gatherings during the festive period were capable of becoming ‘super spreaders’ of COVID-19.

However, CAN said it was not right for the government to threaten a ban on Christmas carol without consulting the leadership of the church.

Hayab said, “Christians have been holding worship services and observing all Federal Government protocols, and other medical advice on coronavirus since the lockdown was relaxed and worship centres were reopened.

“So, what we expected from the PTF was advice for continued compliance by religious bodies and the general public to the already established protocols.

“But to mention Christmas Carol or suggest a ban only shows how insensitive some privileged government officials can be.

“The Church is doing more than what the PTF has requested us to do till now, and church leaders are still encouraging followers to practice those protocols both at home, market and anywhere there were more than ten persons.

“CAN remains ready and willing to work with, and help the PTF and all other relevant agencies to sensitize our congregations to observe any new or additional protocols to stop the spread of the virus, but the message from the PTF about the Christmas Carol is wrong and poorly timed.”