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  • #RevolutionNow: Take It Back Movement Calls On Students, Others To Protest


     

    The Take It Back Movement has called on all Nigerian students, masses and workers to participate in the #RevolutionNow third day of rage being organised by the Coalition for Revolution.

    According to a statement on Saturday by National Coordinator, Take It Back Movement, Sanyaolu Juwon, the mobilisation is to “unequivocally call for free, qualitative and compulsory education at all levels”.

    The group also demanded the “Immediate and unconditional release of our National Convener; Omoyele Sowore, and other political prisoners whose only offense was demanding a country that works for all and not a privileged handful”.

    The statement reads, “The past four years of the Buhari-led government has witnessed unprecedented attacks on the education sector.

    “This is such an irresponsible government that has spent its entire administration imposing policies of mass penury and unprecedented hardship on the Nigerian poor masses.

    “The government spared no effort in pushing policies that have successfully placed Nigeria as poverty capital of the world.

    “This is a government that has never allocated up to seven per cent of its budget to education.

    “The 2019 budget on education is a further testament to the fact that the Buhari government like previous administrations remains a government of greed whose policies are self-serving.

    “How else do one describe a government that comfortably gifts no less than N80bn as allowances to 469 members of the National Assembly while budgeting just N50.15bn as capital intervention into education sector; the sector which unarguably serves the need of over 40 million students and workers?

    “In all of this however, ours is not to lament but to understand. It is in this regard that we call on students, workers, peasants, unemployed, organised labour and the entire army of impoverished Nigerians to join the #RevolutionNow campaign demanding free, quality and compulsory education at all levels, implementation of 30, 000 minimum wage, end to insecurity and bloodletting in the country and an economy that works for all.”

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  • Flood Damages Major Roads, Submerges Houses In Jigawa


     

    Flood triggered by days of incessant rainfall has damaged the Guri-Adyani and Guri-Dolanzugo roads in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

    The roads, according to Alhaji Sanusi Doro, the area’s information officer, are important for the transportation of rice, sesame, watermelon and onions to the markets.

    Doro, in a statement on Saturday in Guri, said that the damage had cut off residents of Adyani and Dolanzugo from Guri town, the local government headquarters.

    The statement also said that the flood had submerged 400 houses in Guri town, forcing residents to take shelter in schools.

    He said, “Hundreds of people displaced by the flood are now taking shelter in Senior Arabic Secondary School and Nurulhuda Arabic School, both in Guri.

    “The towns threatened by flood in the area include Musari, Gaduwa, Abunabo, Zoriyo, Margadu and Dagana.”

     

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  • NAF Strikes Scores Of Insurgents In Borno


     

    Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents were on Friday killed during an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force in Borno State.

    The strike under Operation Lafiya Dole, destroyed the hideout of the insurgents at Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.

    In a statement on Saturday by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, it was disclosed that the target was designated for attack based on credible intelligence reports, which were further corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions. 

    The statement read, “The Air Task Force, therefore, detailed two Alpha Jets to attack the target area. 

    “The air strikes were synchronised for maximum effect, recording devastating hits on the Boko Haram hideout, killing several of their fighters in the process as captured in the Battle Damage Assessment footage.”

    Daramola added that the attack against the terrorists in the North-East would be sustained in the coming days and weeks.

     

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  • Senator Abaribe Dares IPOB, Says I’ll Go Anywhere I want In The World


     

    Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that he would embark on foreign trips regardless of a threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra to publicly humiliate Nigerian leaders, who they claim have impoverished the country.

    Abaribe’s comment comes after former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was assaulted in Germany at an event organised by Nigerians.

    Speaking with PUNCH, Abaribe said, “One of the hallmarks of constitutional democracy is the fundamental rights of people.

    “These include rights to travel, rights to freedom of movement, and rights to freedom of association.

    “Except we want to have an autocracy, so long it’s a democracy, then you have got to be a democrat. What a democrat does is that they respect the rights of others.

    “For instance, I am travelling next week; I will be in Houston and also in Atlanta in the United States.

    “I will go anywhere I want to go in the world, I don’t care. Senator Ekweremadu, despite the assault he suffered, has also said that people should be free to go to wherever they want. Because of that, I do not really see why anybody should be afraid to exercise their rights.

    “It is only in Nigeria that people do things without getting appropriate sanctions.

    “If you restrict the rights of another person in developed countries, I do not think that the enforcement agencies there will just let you walk around and do that.”

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  • Woman Narrates How Lagos Council Traffic Officials Extorted N25,000 From Her


     

    Traffic officers of the Ikotun/Igando Local Council Development of Lagos State are illegally extorting motorist, Sahara Reporters can confirm.

    The state government had banned local councils and their officials from controlling or engaging in traffic duties, maintaining that doing so was not within their purview.

    Adebimbe Adeoti, a victim of extortion by Igando/Ikotun LCDA, while speaking with Sahara Reporters on Friday said, “I was booked for illegal stopping.”

    Narrating her ordeal, Adeoti said she was asked to pay N25,000 by those, who accosted her rather than paying into a government bank account.

    She added, “I parked my car well and was looking for something inside the car when the council official came over and said I had broken a traffic law.

    “Before I knew what was happening, I was in their office and they demanded N25,000 from me.

    “I waited and asked them to provide the official government account number and one Mr Poopola in the office refused.

    “He insisted that I pay cash and that I would be issued a receipt. I knew they extorted me and I want the government to do something about it to save others.”

    Under Lagos State laws, only the Nigerian Police, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, the Taskforce on Special Offences and the Rapid Response Squad can perform traffic duties and fine offenders.

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