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Sowore: Rearrest video mischievous, propaganda

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The Department of State Services (DSS) says the circulation of a video clip on the attempt to rearrest Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the RevolutionNow protest in a courtroom was mischief.

Dr Peter Afunanya, the DSS Public Relations’ Officer (PRO) in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said the video was meant to serve as propaganda to bring the service to disrepute.

He said the statement was in response to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media on the involvement of the service in the incident that occurred on Dec. 6 at the Federal High Court.

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Afunanya said Mr Femi Falana, SAN, Counsel to Sowore had during the court proceeding informed the judge that he was suspicious of a move by the service to rearrest his client.

He said the court discountenanced the suspicion, noting that the service was law-abiding and would not engage in the act.

The PRO said it was on that ground that the court adjourned till February 2020.

According to him, when Sowore stepped out of the court and sighted operatives of the service within the premises, he ran back into the courtroom.

“In a bid to shield him from an imaginary arrest, his uncontrollable supporters mobbed him while chanting “you can’t arrest him”, thus the pandemonium that ensued.

“A critical look at the videos in circulation would convince any objective viewer that there was no DSS personnel during the entire period Sowore crowd acted out its orchestrated drama.

“DSS personnel were never, at any time, involved in the incident. In actual fact, it was his people who seized him,” he said.

He said reports had shown that the court had adjourned peacefully before suddenly, the unruly crowd imported into the courtroom went into a frenzy on suspicion that DSS was sighted at the court premises.

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Afunanya said the eventual re-arrest of Sowore was effected outside the courtroom adding that his counsel had affirmed it.

According to him, the DSS could not have invaded a courtroom including the one presided over by a respected Judge who is not only handling its case but whose order was unconditionally obeyed within a 24-hour ultimatum.

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He said the service hold the judiciary in utmost respect and would continue to work with it for national peace and public safety. (NAN)

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JUST IN: Air Peace sacks 70 pilots

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Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace has fired over 70 pilots across its fleets.

According to a leaked statement obtained by our correspondent, the management of the airline linked the disengagement of the pilots’ contract to the devasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It can be recalled that the Pilots on July 22nd protested a major pay cut after negotiations with the management over pilots’ remuneration broke down.

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The management of Air Peace denied the reports by issuing a statement that its pilots were not on strike as insinuated in the social media.

Notably amongst those affected are those who were signatories to the agitations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanwo-Olu pays debt of 45-year-old man who attempted to commit suicide on third mainland bridge (Photo)

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The Police in Lagos state recently rescued a 45-year-old man, Adeyinka Abiodun, who attempted to jump into the lagoon on July 31.

A statement by the state police command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, says Adeyinka was rescued and taken to Bariga Police Station for questioning and debriefing.

According to Bala, Adeyinka who is married with two children, said sometime in March this year, he took a N390,000 loan with a monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island.

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Bala said Adeyinka who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, told the police that the loan was collected with the intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money lost.

The Police spokesman said the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, moved with compassion, came to the rescue by repaying Adeyinka’s loan which has been confirmed at the microfinance bank.

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Bala said this would be the 8th suicide attempt successfully foiled by the Police in Lagos, in the last two months.

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It’s shameful educated Yoruba youths are dying in desert, sea in bids to enter Europe – Prof Banji Akintoye

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The President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye,

The President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye, has decried the trafficking of Yoruba youths to some European countries and other parts of the world for prostitution and modern-day slavery.

Akintoye blamed the massive migration of Nigerian youths abroad on poverty and the absence of youth development programmes.

“Nigerian young men and women are dying in droves in the desert trying to reach Europe. It is happening all the time and the government of Nigeria knows it,” he said in a TheCitizenNG report.

“Yoruba people are known for their love for education and an average parent in Yorubaland can do anything to send their children to school up to the university level.

“But it is wrong that we do not have plans for youth development and youth empowerment. We have identified that as a problem and that is why the Yoruba World Congress is doing something about youth development. A state government in the South-West has partnered us.

“The next step after education is youth development but we have failed to do that. That is why we have a big problem on our hand now. It is a shame that Yoruba youths, after obtaining university degrees, are dying in the desert and in the sea while trying to cross to Europe. It is also a shame that Yoruba youths are being used for prostitution and slaves in Europe and other countries.”

Meanwhile, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said the state will ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.

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According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said this while being briefed by the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, on the plight of Oyo State indigenes trafficked to Lebanon.

The governor said,

“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them.”

Sarumi-Aliyu said 40 female indigenes of the state had been identified in Lebanon while the state was going ahead with identification of others to know the actual number of Oyo State indigenes being used as slaves in Lebanon.

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