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We shall march in peace: as Nigeria Shiites set to defy police

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Shiites in a procession

Nigeria’s Shiite community will be on the march today in celebration of a religious ritual, despite the police calling it an act in “advancement of terrorism”.

Spokesman of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa said the march will be a peaceful one and it is a religious duty.

” We want the world to however note that our event tomorrow is a peaceful solemn mourning procession that would not harm anybody and it is a religious duty to us. Similar mourning events and processions, like all other religious duties and obligations, are seen to be observed worldwide.

“It is worth remembering that in all the years since the Ashura procession started in Nigeria, participants have never once resorted to violence even in the face of a bloody history of attacks against them by the brutal might of the state”.

Musa in a press statement accused the police and the government of plotting to kill to kill innocent security personnel, journalists and some members of the public so as to later put the blame on members of the Islamic Movement just as they did in July, 2019 in Abuja.

“We therefore call on security personnel, journalists and members of the public to be particularly extra vigilant. The general Public, media and the international community should now hold the government responsible for the false flag operation should violence breakout during our usual Ashurah commemoration tomorrow Tuesday.

“The government has already sponsored banner headlines in select Nigerian Newspapers, obviously in preparation for falsely unleashing unprecedented violence in our name. We want the world to however note that our event tomorrow is a peaceful solemn mourning procession that would not harm anybody and it is a religious duty to us. Similar mourning events and processions, like all other religious duties and obligations, are seen to be observed worldwide.

“The government and anyone else involved in these nefarious plans must therefore be called to order, to uphold the rights of the participants and ensure their total protection everywhere. The Buhari government should particularly be held responsible for any harm that may be inflicted on the persons and properties of Ashura mourners or indeed anyone”, Musa said.

On Monday, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu ordered commissioners of police and Assistant Inspectors-general to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.

The IGP enjoined the public to avail the Force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Adamu also advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards not to be cajoled into embarking on illegal and ill-motivated activities by anyone or group of persons, under any guise whatsoever

“It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Force that some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) intend to embark on a nationwide procession, ostensibly to cause disruption of public peace, order and security in the Country.

“The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July, 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism”.

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Man Who Robs Prostitutes In Edo lands in police net

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The man whose name has been given as Godstime Ogechi specializes in robbing prostitutes in Ugbiyoko, Egor local government area of the state.

A statement released from the command revealed that Ogechi operates alone and uses a rod that looks like a gun.

He would get the girls and lie to them that he will pay them to spend the night with him then take his victim to a dark street where he would rob them.

Upon interrogation, Ogechi said he has lost count of the number of girls he has robbed.

“I don’t have any gang. I operate along Ekenwan road. I pick street girls at night and rob them. I will chat with them and tell them I want to take them for daybreak. When we get to a dark corner, I will bring out this thing like a gun and threaten them. They will give me their phones. I cannot remember the number of girls I have robbed. I was caught when one of the girls ran away after I have paid her. I went back to the spot I picked her from and demanded for my money. She raised alarm.”

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Gov. Bello opens up on why he granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits in Niger State

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Niger grants amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits.

Niger State Government has granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits that were arrested by security operatives along Kontonkoro axis in Magama Local Government Area of the state.

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the 2nd General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Annual Peace Lecture on Saturday in Minna.

He said the bandits were released based on the dialogue and peace deal as well as agreement reached by the government and bandits from the area in August.

The governor said the peace accord reached had led to gradual reduction in activities of armed banditry and kidnappings in the area.

“After hearing them on why they decided to engage themselves in such activities, we had to go into a peace agreement with them in the interest of peace and for them to help us with useful information to tackle spate of insecurity in the state,” he said.

The governor noted that they have been cooperating and helping security agencies with useful information on how to identify the unrepentant bandits who were still terrorising the state.

He said the repentant suspects have been engaged into various trade and skill acquisition programmes, adding that the same approach would applied with bandits in Pandogari, Allawa and Erena areas of the state.

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How LASCOPA recovered N18.9m compensation for consumers in Lagos

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General Manager, LASCOPA, Mrs Kemi Olugbode.

The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) says it has recovered N18,886,754 as refund and compensation for consumers in the state

The General Manager, LASCOPA, Mrs Kemi Olugbode, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

She said that the money was recovered for consumers who sought the support of the agency to get redress from infringements on their rights by retailers and traders of various consumables.

Olugbode said that LASCOPA received complaints daily from aggrieved consumers seeking redress from various unfair trade practices in the state.

She noted that 87.1 percent of the total complaints received by the agency had been amicably resolved, while 9.4 percent were receiving attention.

”About 1.5 percent of the complaints received are awaiting court judgment and two percent were dropped for lack of merit,” he said.

Olugbode said that complaints were received from transportation, banking and finance, food and beverages, Insurance, e-commerce, telecommunications and property sectors.

Other areas are; electricity distribution companies, confectioneries, Manufacturing, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, chemical and agro-allied companies, among others.

She urged consumers to take advantage of the agency`s services to seek redress whenever there was an infringement on their rights, as it was free of charge.

Olugbode said that complaints should be forwarded online through the agency’s e-mail addresses, lascopa@lagosstate.gov.ng or lascopa@gmail.com.

She said that complainants could also visit LASCOPA’s office and all complaints should be accompanied with relevant documents attached.

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