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Lekki Tollgate Massacre: Army Denies Despite Video Evidence

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Lekki Tollgate Massacre: Army Denies Despite Video Evidence

The Nigerian Army headquarters has denied deploying soldiers to the Lekki tollgate despite video evidence showing uniformed soldiers shooting at the scene.

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The army in a Facebook post branded several reports linking soldiers at the tollgate as fake news, stating, “No soldiers were at the scene”.

Officials of the Lekki Concession Company had earlier on Tuesday evening removed CCTV cameras from the tollgates.

Around 7pm, the floodlights and display boards at the tollgates were also switched off, putting the entire area in total darkness.

Soon afterwards, security agents began opening fire on protesters.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State had imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state following the violence that engulfed the state leading to the burning down of at least three police

However, some protesters remained adamant and refused to vacate the Lekki tollgate which is the epicentre of the protests.

Several rights groups have condemned the Federal Government for the massacre.

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Court Rejects EFCCs Appeal to Revoke Bail Granted to Fani-Kayode in Alleged N26M Fraud Trial

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Wednesday failed to have the bail granted to a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, revoked.

The commission had in an application asked a federal high court in Abuja, presided over by justice John Tsoho to revoke the bail granted to him for the former minister’s failure to appear in court on several occasions to face trial.

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Fani-Kayode is being prosecuted by the EFCC for diverting n26 million allegedly received from the former national security adviser (NSA), col. Sambo Dasuki (Retd.) During former president Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

However, He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar appealed to the trial judge to revoke the bail granted to the former minister for his continuous failures to appear in court.

Abubakar said Fani-Kayode being absent in court on Wednesday and in two other previous occasions amounted to jumping of bail.

He, therefore, urged the court to revoke the bail and issue a bench warrant against the former minister.

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Lagos Based Cultists Arrested While Buying Guns in Ogun State

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Six suspected members of dreaded cult groups were on the 27th November arrested by the Ogun State police command in Odogbolu area of the State where they came to purchase locally made pistols.

The suspects were all apprehended when the four Ikorodu based cultists came to meet the two Odogbolu suspects to foment trouble as a result of gun transaction between the two groups.

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Investigation revealed that the Ikorodu based suspects contracted Samuel Olaniyan to purchase a locally made pistol for them, and when the gun was delivered to them, they discovered that the pistol is not serviceable; hence they came with full force to deal with the Odogbolu based cultists for betraying their trust.

A distress call was made to Odogbolu division, consequence upon which the DPO SP Awoniyi Adekunle quickly led his men to the scene where the six suspects were apprehended.

Recovered from them are one locally made pistol and two live cartridges.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed that the suspects 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.

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Borno killings: Life has lost its value under Buhari – Northern Elders Forum

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Under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), life has lost its value the Northern Elders Forum, has said.

The organisation also said that threat of farming in Northern Nigeria was real in the face of limited production of food in many of the communities.

The NEF Director (Publicity and Advocacy), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, raised these views in a statement on Tuesday night on the recent killings of 43 farmers in Borno.

He said, “Under this administration, life has lost its value, and more and more citizens are coming under the influence of criminals. We do not see any evidence of a willingness on the part of President Buhari to honour his oath to provide security for Nigerians. In civilized nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign.

“The Northern Elders Forum joins Nigerians in expressing outrage at the killings of farmers in Borno State and many other people on a daily basis in many parts of the North. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region.

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“We have consistently drawn attention to lack of political will to fight the Boko Haram insurgency and other threats such as banditry, rustling, and kidnapping. We had offered suggestions on how the security infrastructure could be improved and leadership of the military could be made more effective. Obviously, along with advice and concerns from many other Nigerians, these have made no impression on President Muhammadu Buhari.

“These particular killings have been greeted by the most insensitive response by spokespersons of the President. The lame excuse that farmers had not sought permission from the military to harvest produce merely exposed the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency.

“These killings and the reality they expose will make relocation of citizens and resumption of economic activities a lot more difficult to achieve even for a leadership that attaches priority to them, and this administration does not.

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“Elsewhere in many parts of the North, many farming communities have not been allowed by bandits and kidnappers to plant crops. Those who did are being prevented from harvesting by these same criminals. The prospects for famine are real in the face of limited production of food in many of our communities.”

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