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Just in: Lagos thugs attack, set police station ablaze. [Nigeria]

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The spokesperson of the Orile-Iganmu Local Government Area, Ayo Micheal said, “Yes, the station has been attacked.

Suspected thugs on Tuesday burnt down the Apapa Iganmu Police Station in Lagos State.

The incident occurred around 09.45 am, according to an eyewitness. Noble Reporters Media learnt

“The burnt Station is in Apapa Iganmu but serviced both Iganmu community in Apapa Iganmu and Orile Community in Coker/Aguda.”

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EndSARs: Protesters mobilizes day 2. [Nigeria]

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Many other states including Delta, Imo have also witnessed #EndSARS demonstrations, as calls for an end of the police unit continue to heat up.

Protests and campaigns calling for the proscription of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over alleged harassment and extrajudicial killing of the citizens have entered its second day in various cities across the country.

The renewed protests against SARS started gaining momentum on Saturday after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta by operatives of the police unit went viral.


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Several celebrities have joined those clamouring for the proscription of SARS, citing the ceaseless nightmares the police unit has continued to cause Nigerians.

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Runtown and Falz, two music stars, took to the streets of Lekki alongside other young Nigerians on Thursday to demand outright ban of the police unit.

Mr Macaroni and other youths also staged an overnight protest at the Lagos state house of assembly in Alausa, Ikeja — with Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker, summoning an emergency parliament meeting amid the continued protests.

They reconvened in Alausa on Friday to continue the protest.

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EndSARS protests are also going on in Abuja.

Some of the protesters had, on Thursday, stormed the premises of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters at the nation’s capital to air their grievances.

The demonstrators, led by Omoyele Sowore, founder of the #RevolutionNow movement, as well as Deji Adeyanju and Aisha Yesufu, had insisted on meeting with Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP).

Noble Reporters Media earlier reported how the IGP banned SARS from undertaking routine patrols and search duties after victims began to speak up about their experiences with officials of the unit.


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Rep, Senate assures speedy passage of 2021 Budget. [Nigeria]

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The president presented the budget estimates before a joint session of the National Assembly

Presiding officers of the National Assembly, Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, have pledged to pass the 2021 budget before the end of the year.

The two lawmakers made this known on Thursday in separate remarks after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2021 budget estimates.


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In his brief welcome address, Mr Lawan expressed the readiness of the parliament to pass the 2021 budget before the end of the year.

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“We expect that before the end of the year, the 2020 budget would have been fully implemented,” Mr Lawan says.

He said the passage of the 2020 budget and assent in good time was a clear indication of the smooth working relationship between the executive and legislature.

He added that the implementation of the 2020 budget has shown remarkable improvement compared to previous years.

He also said he hopes the 2021 budget would be targeted at a consolidation of the gains of the 2020 budget, adding that it should also be targeted at creating more jobs.

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Nigeria has in the past seven years operated an irregular budget circle.

Promise kept – Gbajabiamila
In his closing remarks, Mr Gbajabiamila also thanked his colleagues for making the budget circle of January – December a reality.

“We promised that we would pass the budget promptly, free of the rancour that had bedevilled the process in time past. We delivered on that promise.”

“I thank my colleagues in the National Assembly for the dedication and commitment they showed last year during the appropriation process.”

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“Senators and members of the House of Representatives toiled night and day, sometimes through the night and into the wee hours of the morning to ensure that we achieved our commitment to return to the January to December budget cycle as envisaged by the constitution.

“I do not doubt that we will exhibit the same commitment to nation-building and deliver a good budget on time. We cannot afford a return to the old practices, and we must do everything in our power to avoid such an outcome.”

“We also promised to pass a budget that reflected our priorities – healthcare, education, public infrastructure and the development of an economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and gives to all Nigerians, the ability to achieve their dreams equal to their effort and commitment,” he said.

He said, however, that more needs to be done to assure Nigerian that the National Assembly will continue in this regard.

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He also seized the opportunity to announce a new protocol in the National Assembly.

“Let me also use this opportunity to announce a new protocol in the House. Henceforth, all ministries, departments and agencies who come to defend their budget proposals, will do so without their security details present.”

“We must take this course of action to prevent the unacceptable proliferation of sidearms in the hearing rooms during such engagements.”

“Additionally, the House intends to adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing protocols, and we need to be able to limit the numbers of people in these hearing rooms at any point in time,” he said.


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ASUU: Only IPPIS recognized workers will receive salaries – Buhari reminds.

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President Muhammadu Buhari says only federal workers that have been captured by the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform will continue to receive salaries.

Buhari said this when he presented the 2021 budget of N13.08trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), currently on industrial action, has vowed never to key into the IPPIS platform, as demanded by the government.

NAN reports that ASUU had since claimed to have developed an alternative salary platform for University workers.

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ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the union’s ongoing strike would continue in spite of the government’s decision to reopen schools shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We started our industrial action before the outbreak of coronavirus disease in the country.

“All the issues we raised are yet to be addressed. The government is free to open its schools, just like our members are also entitled to their dues.

“As we speak, our members are being owed between three to six months of salaries. The government’s so-called fund saving platform, the Integrated Personnel, and Payroll Information System is a colossal failure.

“Apart from that, the government is yet to take any step to revitalise the education sector among others,” he said.

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However, Buhari, who insisted that all federal workers must enroll in the IPPIS platform, said the directive was meant to check fraud including payment of salaries to non-existent personnel as well unauthorised allowances.

President Buhari also directed all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that they obtain necessary approvals before embarking on fresh recruitment.

He warned that any breach of the directive would be severely sanctioned.

Buhari said that the Ministry of Education’s capital allocation had been increased by 65 per cent to improve the education of Nigerian children.

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The president revealed that funds had been provided for the provision of scholarships to Nigerian students at home and abroad.

“We have provided funds for the upgrade of security and other infrastructure facilities in our Unity Colleges nationwide.

“To improve access to education, we have made provision for the establishment of five new Federal Science and Technical Colleges.

“We have also provided for the payment of allowances to 5,000 teachers under the Federal Teachers Scheme,’’ he added.


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COVID-19: CAN, JNI call for prayer.


Jamatul Nasiril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have jointly called for prayers against the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two faith-based organisations have also advised Nigerians to compliance with government’s directives on what they should do to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.


The groups made the call on Thursday during an awareness campaign visit to traditional rulers in Cham and Dadiya Chiefdoms in Balanga Local Government Area of the state the by the Task Force committee on the Coronavirus.

Alhaji Sale Danburam, Secretary JNI and member of the committee said that prayers and compliance with government directives would go a long way toward stopping the spread of the virus.


According to him, people need to understand that the virus is really spreading and killing people, hence the need for the public to pray for God to intervene.

“As Muslims whatever happens we submit it to Almighty God and we have our weapon which is prayers.


“We urge you to pray for us not to have the virus in the state and for those infected to recover.

“Government has done its own part and our own is to comply for all of us to succeed,” he said.


Danburam commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against the spread of the virus.

Mr Samuel Bulus, Vice Chairman of CAN and member of the committee also urged people to support government to save lives, ensure peace and development of the state.


Bulus said because of the virus, church services had been suspended except on Sunday on which day “worshipers must not be more than 50 persons at a time”.

He advised those with small Churches not to congregate more than 20 people and to provide water, soap, and sanitisers for good hygiene against the spread of the virus.


He emphasised the need to observe social distancing during funerals, marriages, and other gatherings that are necessary.

The Christian leader lauded the efforts of the state government in the fight against the spread of the virus.

On their part, the traditional rulers commended the state governor Inuwa Yahaya for the measures put in place by his administration to contain the spread of the virus.

They pledged to communicate to their subjects, government’s directives on what they should do to stop the spread of the virus.


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AY Makun’s wife forced to celebrate her birthday in isolation. (Nigeria)


AY Comedian’s wife, Mabel Makun has celebrated her birthday in isolation due to coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.

The Federal Government declared a 14-day lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State as a measure towards curbing the spread of the deadly virus which now has 131 confirmed cases in Nigeria.


This has forced many people in the mentioned cities to stay indoors with social activities brought to a standstill.

This hasn’t prevented AY Comedian from celebrating his wife Mabel Makun on her birthday as he decided to surprise her by spraying dollar notes on her.

Sharing on Instagram, he wrote:
“HAPPY ISOLATION BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVELY WIFE @realmabelmakun. GOD BLESS YOU FOR BEING A BLESSING. #stayhome #staysafe”.

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Lagos: Sanwo-Olu tells prospective corps members to be of Good Conduct.


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, charged the newly sworn-in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to portray good conduct during their service year.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Mr Taye Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner for Special Duties, said this during the opening and swearing-in ceremony of the 2020 Batch A Stream 1 corps members.


“Being called up for the National Service is a privilege hinged on the successful completion of various academic programmes,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He congratulated the corps members for their academic achievement, describing it as a first step on a worthy journey in the service of their fatherland.


He urged the corps members to internalise the words contained in the national pledge and uphold the oath of allegiance which they had sworn to.

Newsmen report that the swearing-in oath was administered by Chief Justice Olubunmi Olutoyin to no fewer than 2169 corps members.


Also speaking, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Eddy Megwa, said that the camp was free of the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

He assured everybody that there were sanitized at the gate and people were made to wash their hands before coming inside.

Megwa said that the welfare of the staff and the corps members were his deep responsibility throughout the orientation camp period.

He also said that NYSC and state officials had visited the new orientation campsite at Ikorodu and were confident that the 20,000-capacity facility would be ready during the Sanwo-Olu administration.


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We didn’t banish Sanusi, we only took him out of Kano – AG.


The Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, says the state government did not banish the deposed Emir, Muhammad Sanusi II.

Muktar said the state government was clear in its press statement on Monday that Sanusi was deposed but never made any reference to any banishment.


The Kano AG said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday.

He said, “If you listen to the Secretary to the State Government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he stated that the emir was banished from Kano State.


“So, the decision of the government when the emir was removed on Monday was that he was removed from office and a new one appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government.

“We have been hearing from the media that he has been banished but what I know is that he was taken out of Kano State but banishment was not part of our decision. There is no such decision to the best of my knowledge.”


Muktar said security agents decided to whisk Sanusi away from Kano State due to intelligence reports they had.

He said it was normal practice for deposed emirs to be moved away to maintain peace in the state, adding that such an action was not in contravention of the constitution which guarantees freedom of movement.


The AG further stated that Sanusi was not removed because of the corruption probe but strictly because of insubordination.

He said, “The state government has not taken the law into its hands. Let me explain that the decision to remove the emir from office is administrative and was not based on the issues pending before the court. All the issues pending before the court have not to do with the removal of the emir or the dethronement.”

When asked if the anti-corruption agency in Kano would continue with Sanusi’s probe, Muktar responded, “No decision on that actually. I cannot pre-empt the position of the government on whether investigation will stop or will continue. I cannot say as of now.”

Sanusi has been in Nasarawa State since his removal on Monday and has been denied access to visitors, according to his lawyers.


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