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Drama As DPO Held Overzealous PUWOV Member In Benin

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There was mild drama Wednesday evening at Oba Market, Benin City, as a police officer who Identified himself as Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at the Oba Market Police Division held firm shirt (uniform) of an overzealous member of the Public Safety Works Volunteers Scheme (PUWOV) of the state government.

INFO DAILY gathered that the drama started when the overzealous PUWOV member and others were said to have been seizing and throwing away goods of market women selling at the walkway which attracted the police officer.

According to the DPO who narrated the incident to onlookers including INFO DAILY while he held the PUVOW member, he approached the PUVOW members introduced himself and pleaded to them to be merciful to the market women because it is what they used in taking care of their respectively families.

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He further narrated that rather than listening to him as a senior police officer, they rather harassed him while one of them filmed the whole scene as he try to intervene.

“A senior police officer! After introducing myself as DPO in charge of Oba Market division, you still have the audacity to do what you did. I will not leave you. I am taking you to the station. Call whosoever you want to call,” he said.

Some onlookers who were at the scene pleaded to the DPO to pardon the PUVOW member while some particularly those who sell at the market and it environ gave the DPO a go ahead for the PUVOW member’s official arrest, narrating that it’s unbecoming of them.

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“That is how they do. Even in the night, they will come and be disturbing these women by seizing their goods. Is night work hour. Was that what they were asked to do as work. These is what these women used in taking care of their family, but they won’t listen because most of them want bribe,” a young man who appears to be lettered said.

As at when INFO DAILY left scene of the incident, the DPO had dragged the said man to the direction of the temporary station of the division as he turned down plead from other members of PUVOW who were mobilised to the scene of incident so to plead on behalf of the overzealous member.

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EndSARS: No Peace Without Justice, Eedris Abdulkareem To Sanwo-Olu

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Nigerian Music legend, Eedris Abdulkareem has condemned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over his invitation for a peace walk in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu, in a speech on Tuesday on the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020, said he will be leading a Walk for Peace in December to herald the “healing of our land”.

“Let me use this occasion to extend an open invitation to our youths, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, and the media as well as other stakeholders to join me,” he said.

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He specifically extended invitations to Falana, Adebayo, Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Just Detoun), Seun Kuti; Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu; and Commander of Rapid Response Squad CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos.”

Falz and Mr Macaroni have since rejected the invitation as they demanded justice of those allegedly killed during the EndSARS protest before peace can be restored.

Eedris, taking to his Instagram page described the invitation for the walk of peace as being dead on arrival.

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According to him, no amount of walking can get Nigeria to the destination of peace without the route of justice.

His post read, “Dead On Arrival; No amount of walking can get us to the destination of peace without taking the honourable route of justice.

“Sanwo-Olu your walk of peace is dead on arrival.”

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BREAKING: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Soludo’s Disqualification As Anambra Governor-elect

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.

Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, in a judgment, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.

The judge awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Ibezim.

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‘Why We Will Allow ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Terrorists To Go Scot-free’—Borno Gov

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Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has said the state government will not prosecute ‘repentant’ Boko Haram insurgents.

While presenting the 2022 budget at the State House Of Assembly on Tuesday, Zulum said terrorists will not be encouraged to eschew violence if they see ‘repentant’ ones being prosecuted.

Addressing the House of Assembly, the governor said, “Mr. Speaker, honourable members, we need Allah’s guidance and the utmost wisdom to work for an end to the crisis facing our dear state.

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“Prosecuting all the criminals (insurgents) would have been most appropriate but if we insist on it, we would discourage others out there that are willing to lay down their arms.

“The terrorists’ ranks could swell and our innocent fellow citizens, particularly those in local government areas, could become more vulnerable to attacks and abductions.”

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Noting that the exercise to de-radicalise terrorists is being handled by security forces, Zulum said the initiative does not give terrorists the freedom to kill and immediately seek pardon.

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He said none of the ‘repentant’ terrorists had been reintegrated into society yet, adding that terrorists willing to surrender must immediately “stop further attacks on civilians, security agents and facilities”.

 

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