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Some EndSARS Protesters Displaying Mob Mentality – Keyamo

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, says the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country is becoming a mob action.
According to him, some criminal elements have mixed with genuine protesters to unleash terror on citizens and members of the Nigeria Police Force.
The minister said the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was committed to improved welfare for members of the police, noting that the President increased salaries of policemen in the country two years ago.
Keyamo was reacting to one of the demands of #EndSARS protesters who want better remuneration for police officers nationwide.
The after days of protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday afternoon, announced the disbandment of the police unit.
Adamu said a new policing arrangement to replace the now-defunct police unit would be announced “in due course”, adding that all officers of the disbanded SARS have been redeployed with “immediate effect”.
But the protesters want the police authorities to carry out psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.
They demand the release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.
They also want increased salaries for police officers as well as the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct.
Reacting to one of the five-point demands of the protesters on Tuesday, Keyamo, who spoke in a Facebook Live Chat, said the Federal Government was not buoyant to increase the salaries of police officer at the moment.
He said, “The President has no powers to come up tomorrow and announce new salaries for policemen. When you do that, you even trigger an industrial crisis because you have different segments of the society, doctors, civil servants, soldiers and others will make fresh demands.
“We just did a minimum wage last year. It was President Buhari that increased the salaries of policemen two years ago. It was after a rigorous exercise, almost 100 per cent increment. Corporals and all that went home all smiling.
“You have to look at the national purse to do that. Right now, we are borrowing and that is why we are freeing up a lot of subsidies.” He emphasised that the reformation of the Nigeria Police Force is a process that won’t happen in a day.
He said the release of detained protesters is “an event” which the Federal and State governments have done but the other points would take some time. He, therefore, appealed to the protesters to give the government room to make those happen.
According to him, there must be a face to the struggle for proper negotiation between the government and the protesters.
The minister said, “Government cannot address hashtags and when they are addressing that, they don’t know whether they are exhaustive or not. The next day after addressing those hashtags, another party will rise with another demand. Nobody is going to do that.
“There is a babel of voice and right now, there are fifth columnists in the midst of everything. I am sure you have seen some hashtags like #BuhariMustResign. It is a matter of people pushing the frontiers of their demands without revealing from the beginning what they want.
“It is just a moment of emotions and lack of reason. This is mob mentality going on right now. But at some point, some voice of reasons must let people know the fact and fiction.
“Some people know the voice of reason to add at this time but they are scared to let out the voice of reason because they are afraid of the mass of angry listeners will turn out on them. But we shouldn’t, we have a bit more experience than them and we should tell them how it should be done.”
He commiserated with the families of victims killed in the ongoing protests, insisting that some unscrupulous elements have joined the demonstrations to wreak havoc on genuine protesters.
He said, “Some criminals mixed with the protesters, we must always realise that. Criminals at times come out to mix with genuine agitators. They carry weapons and they can hurt innocent Nigerians in the process.
“We need to get footages of these incidents, investigate them thoroughly and whoever is involved whether law enforcement agents, should face the law.
“Peaceful protests must be on both sides – those who are protesting must conduct themselves responsibly, the law enforcement agents must also act with restraint.”

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Police Kill 5 Looters In Ikotun , Arrest Scores

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Horror in Ikotun as police kill 5 looters, arrest scores
Pandemonium broke in Ikotun, Alimosho area of Lagos State following the killing of about five hoodlums who were shot dead by Mobile Police, Mopol, after attacking a popular supermarket and looted various items in the process.
Earlier, a Mopol officer and another person believed to be a police informant were allegedly killed by hoodlums in Idimu-Ikotun road, Egbe-Idimu Alimosho Local Council Development Area, LCDA.
According to an eyewitness, Mr Ayo Akinwale, “At about 2 pm some hoodlums who invaded Ikotun Police Station but found no policeman on ground proceeded to a nearby supermarket, called Twins Faja and looted various items such as computers, households items, wristwatches, foodstuff, among other expensive items.
“While the looters were still operating, a team of Mobile Policemen who arrived the scene following a distress call, started shooting at the looters killing at least five persons, while several others were arrested with various gunshot wounds.
“The bodies and those arrested were later taken away in the police vans to an unknown destination.”
When Vanguard visited the crime scene, the shattered glasses and other looted items which could not be taken away littered the ground.
It was also gathered that earlier, a mob had lynched a Mopol while walking along the road in College area of Ikotun, while another unidentified man believed to be police informant was also beaten to death in the presence of his infant daughter while having a stroll.
“Some of the hoodlums who recognised him as police informant raised the alarm before others descended on him and beat him to death in the presence of his daughter, about 7 years old.
“The body of the deceased was later recovered by the Mopol who have been patrolling this area,” Akinwale narrated.
Amid the curfew and following the ugly incidents the entire area was like a ghost town as the road was totally deserted with several Mopol in their vans seen patrolling the area at the time of filing this report, 6.30 pm.

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WTO: European Parliament Backs Okonjo – Iweala , Says She Is Well – Equipped

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The European Parliament has endorsed the candidacy of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her quest to lead the World Trade Organisation as Director-General.
The Parliament in a letter on Wednesday said it screened the two remaining candidates in the WTO DG race — Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea — and was convinced that the Nigerian candidate has the ‘energy’ and is ‘well-equipped’ for the job.
In the letter signed by the Co-chairs of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO Steering Group, Bernd Lange and Sven Simon, the EP said it was satisfied with Okonjo-Iweala’s level of requirements and skills.
It, therefore, urged the European Union to express support for the candidacy of the former World Bank director.
The letter titled, ‘EP Exchanges of Views with WTO Director-General candidates’, partly read, “On 19 October, the EP’s Steering Group of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation organised exchanges of views with the two remaining candidates for the role of Director-General of the WTO.
“On this occasion, both candidates gave us an extensive account of their plans for the future of the organisation and the approach they would choose in order to deal with the crises that are currently threatening the multilateral trading system.
“Both candidates are extremely experienced, well qualified and knowledgeable, and have their own clear visions for the WTO’s future and priorities, and the Director-General’s role in shaping it, as well concerning the important role for parliamentarians in that future.
“During the discussions, we appreciated, in particular, the vision that Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala presented for tackling the substantial challenges the organisation is facing.
“Her assessment of the existing problems of the organisation revealed a deep understanding of the fault lines dividing the WTO’s membership.
“The points she set out for her first steps after being appointed to the position reveal a clear-eyed agenda, tackling head-on key topics such as special and differential treatment, industrial subsidies and dispute settlement reform while recognising the need for positive momentum through the conclusion of agreements on issues such as fisheries, e-commerce, and health.
“We also appreciated the energy with which she is likely to approach her new role. It appears to us that her personal approach is what is needed now to resolve the key questions at the organisation.
“Dr Okonjo-Iweala appears to be well-equipped for being the fair broker who could bring key players together and help them find the compromises that will be needed to resolve the WTO‘s complex set of challenges and the deep disagreements between its members.
“We, therefore, very much hope that the EU will be able to support Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy during the last round,” the parliament noted.
The had earlier reported that 79 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO endorsed Nigeria’s first female finance and foreign minister for the job.
The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time whichever of the two candidates is successful in their bid to follow Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August a year ahead of schedule.
Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist at the World Bank, said it would be good if WTO could also boast its first African leader.
The initial pool of eight candidates for the WTO’s top post, which has been whittled down over two rounds of consultations, had included three Africans, and the AU had until now refrained from offering an official endorsement.
The third and final round of consultations seeking to establish consensus around one candidate is due to begin next week and end on October 27, with the announcement due in early November.

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Fire outbreak at Warri prison as inmates attempt to escape

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The administrative session of Warri Prison in Delta state was razed in an attempted jailbreak on Thursday.

It was gathered that protesting inmates burnt down the place just as suspected hoodlums stormed the prison to set them free.

But soldiers reportedly moved in to prevent the escape of the prisoners.

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