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USOSA Calls For Sincere Action On Police And National Reforms

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The leadership of the Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA), the umbrella body of all alumni associations of all 104 Federal Unity Schools has joined other well-meaning Nigerians to call on the Federal Government to ensure transformational reforms of the security architecture in Nigeria, especially the Nigerian Police.
This was made by the President General of the Association, Lawrence Wilbert in a press statement issued from the USOSA Secretariat in Abuja last week. This is in line with the citizens’ actions across the country, which has led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country.
Wilbert stated that USOSA is in solidarity with all Nigerians across the country who have made their voices heard in the last one week. While condemning the use of force to silence peaceful protest as was seen in some states in the country, the USOSA President General emphasized that the bedrock of any modern and progressive democracy is institutions that protect the rights of individuals to life and liberty.
“One of the most important of these institutions is the Police, and it is obvious that a huge section of the public has lost trust in the Police to protect these rights, as can be seen in the extent and scale of the protests, “Wilbert said. The call for #ENDSARS reignites the position of the Nigerian Constitution, which highlights Security and Welfare as the Primary responsibility of the Government.
Furthermore, while commending the swift response of the Federal Government in proscribing SARS and acquiescing to the demands of protesting Nigerians, Wilbert opined that this can only be the first in a number of steps required to restore public trust in the Police and by implication, the national security infrastructure. “We encourage the government to be transparent, accountable and sincere with these reforms and fast track delivery of the 5for5 request of the protesters.” he said.
Adding her voice to that of the President General, the Publicity Secretary, USOSA Sotonye Apiafi also noted that the continued protests in spite of Government action is a reflection of the state of frustration and despondence across the nation, in which the issues of concern extend beyond police reforms to more fundamental issues relating to the disappearing opportunities for young people.
Others include unprecedented unemployment rates, galloping inflation and escalating poverty across the nation. “This is made worse by the financial profligacy of the political class in the face of citizen penury. Other valid citizen concerns include the need for electoral reforms in order to strengthen electoral processes and guarantee the sanctity of the voice of the Nigerian people at future elections” Apiafi said.
At USOSA, sincerity of purpose is critical to bridging the seeming trust deficit between the Nigerian people and their governments at all levels. In this light, U Wilbert called on Federal Government to take the following actions specified below to address the critical and burning issues relating to nation building:
1. Take immediate concrete actions to demonstrate its long-term commitment to addressing the issue of police
brutality in Nigeria by commencing the prosecution of all Police Officers who have been indicted for violence
against Nigerian Citizens and Protesters.
2. Take concrete steps to reengineer the working and living conditions of the Nigerian Police Force to ensure
greater motivation and professionalism within the Force, towards building a more secure Nigeria.
3. Take immediate steps to ensure a review of the Nigerian Constitution in order to address the issues of True
Federalism, Resource Control and Electoral Reforms.
4.Take Immediate actions to address the size of Government by considering constitutional changes that will
engender a unicameral legislature and a cut down in the number and remuneration of Government Officials and
agencies to reflect the state of the national economy and identify with the sacrifices being made by millions of
Nigerians.
5. Government to strengthen National Orientation Agency (NOA)to deploy programs for better citizenship
participation and nation building.’
Finally, Wilbert wishes to draw the attention of government at different levels to the children currently in schools across the country, noting that the country owes them safety in the midst of the escalating global Covid-19 Pandemic, and owes itself the responsibility to re-orientate the citizen psyche through sincere, consistent investment in the educational sector. He also commended President Buhari on the recently passed National Teachers Policy, which he stressed was long overdue and a welcome development, and encouraged the Federal Ministry to Education to immediately absorb all
part-time teachers who are currently on the PTA payroll.
We believe that the safety of children in schools is top priority for governments at all levels. This is a solemn duty of care, which we cannot afford to get wrong. As the largest coalition of Alumni Associations in Africa, we are happy to work with the Federal Government to leverage our network across the country to ensure the country delivers on this duty of care and safety for children currently in our schools. USOSA will continue to support the Federal Government and the Nigerian People as we all collaborate towards the attainment of the Nigeria of our dreams.
Lawrence Anirejuoritse Wilbert
President General
Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA)
Web: usosa.ng
Twitter: @usosaonline
IG: @usosaonline

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They Took N650 , 000 From Me , All My Phones , Destroyed My Car – Actor Clem Ohameze

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Veteran actor, Clem Ohameze has recounted how he was attacked by hoodlums in Akwa Ibom state, NaijaCover Reports.
Speaking in an interview on BBC Igbo, the actor revealed that he was on his way to a movie location in Abak Road on Thursday October 22, when he was attacked by the hoodlums.
Clem who said he initially thought they were #EndSARS protesters, said he was attacked by the hoodlums after being identified. He also revealed that they took his money, phones, damaged his car and also slashed his hand with a machete.
The actor said;
“It happened on Thursday in Uyo. The protesters, I ran into them. On recognising me, they just didn’t want to bother. They took everything away from me.
“They took N650,000 from me, all my phones. Destroyed my car, slashed my hand with a machete. I did a police report when this happened. I was on Abak Road in Uyo. I went to work on a movie set of my own.”
Ohameze who further revealed that he has been in an Uyo hospital since Thursday and was discharged on Sunday October 25, added that his attackers have pleaded guilty to assault to a police officer and are awaiting trial.

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We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government has warned that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder if the issue of fake news is not urgently addressed, insisting on the regulation of social media in the country.
The House of Representatives has, however, warned against clamping down on free speech and press freedom.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values were sharply divided on the matter on Tuesday.
Mohammed had appeared before the committee to defend the 2021 budget proposed by his ministry.
The minister, while responding to questions from members of the committee, noted that the next war to be fought in the country and across the world might be fought the social media, making reference to the ongoing #EndSARS protests.
Mohammed stated that the government was not seeking to shut down social media space in the country because “the social media has come to stay.”
He, however, stressed the need to have a policy that regulates social media and check fake news and misinformation.
He said, “The biggest challenge facing Nigeria today is fake news and misinformation. Based on that, we dedicated an entire National Council on Information’s meeting to that issue, after which we launched a national campaign against fake news in July 2018.
“We said, then, that the next war will be fought without a shot being fired, but with the use of fake news. We didn’t stop there. We went on a tour of all media houses to solicit their support in the fight against fake news. We launched the campaign to regulate social media, which was bitterly contested by the stakeholders. We kept saying that if we don’t regulate social media, it will destroy us. Social media and fake news will not destroy Nigeria.
“The recent #EndSARS war was fought on social media. They mobilised using the social media. The war today revolves around two things. Smartphone and data and these young men don’t even watch television or listen to radio or read newspapers. You will be shocked that when you start arguing with your children, they will be quoting the social media. So, we need a social media policy in Nigeria and we need to empower the various agencies and we need technology to be able to regulate the social media.”
Members of the committee, however, cautioned the minister.
A member, Emmanuel Oghene, warned against any attempt to shut down the social media in the country, saying the action will be counter-productive and would make the youths to believe that there is an attempt to truncate democracy in the country.
Oghene stated that it will be wrong to always look at the negative sides of the social media at all times without mentioning the good side.

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Papers Filed Against Tinubu, Alpha Beta Burnt In Court — Lawyer

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The lawsuit instituted against All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta Consulting, by a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta, Dapo Apara, has suffered a setback due to the burning of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.
Apara’s lawyer, Mr. Tade Ipadeola, stated this during an interview on Tuesday.
He said, “Everything in Igbosere High Court got burnt including the registrar’s copy of our application. In fact, the whole building was burnt to ashes. So, we will have to file again. The registry has been moved to Ikeja.
“We may have to file the case afresh at the Ikeja High Court but we have not yet been instructed to do so.”
Apara had sued the company, Tinubu and the current Managing Director of the firm, Akin Doherty.
In the writ of summons marked LD/7330GCMW/2020, Apara asked the respondents to appear within 42 days or judgment may be given in their absence.
Apara had in his statement of claim stated that Tinubu controlled the company which was receiving 10 per cent of the taxes collected on behalf of the state.
The former MD said as the head of the company, he began looking into its finances and he made many startling discoveries such as mysterious transfers of over N20bn to various companies.
He stated, “N550million payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 15/5/18 N850million payment to Ocean Trust Ltd vide payment instruction dated the 14/3/15.”
The claimant said N960 million was spent on purchasing HITV’s 300,000,000 shares.
Apara stated that Tinubu was furious that he was looking into the company’s finances and this led to his demotion and eventual exit.
However, Alpha Beta Tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta LLP, denied allegations levelled against it by Apara, adding that he had diverted about $5m during his time as managing director by inflating a contract which was worth about $300,000 and then diverted a separate N6bn to personal use.
The firm said it had reported Apara’s alleged fraud to the appropriate authorities but he had refused to show up and rather remained in Dubai.
The firm said Apara’s allegations levelled against Tinubu were specious and diversionary.
Lagos State, which is the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests, witnessed wanton destruction following the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza by soldiers on October 20, 2020
On October 21, hoodlums took to the streets, burning over 10 police stations, two media houses, private business premises, courts and government facilities including the office of the Nigerian Ports Authority on Lagos Island.

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