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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

It’s another Independence Day tomorrow when the country will celebrate sixty years of freedom from colonial rule.  To mark the occasion, the federal government is giving everyone a day off from work.

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Announcing the public holiday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Tuesday Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation.  He said Nigeria’s warmth, welcoming spirit and abundant wealth in human capital and richness of the land, makes the country Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.

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He assured the nation of the government’s commitment to socio-economic transformation.

Aregbesola says the country’s independence celebration this year will be low-key because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tambuwal To Buhari:  Withdraw Onochie’s Nomination Immediately

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Tambuwal To Buhari:  Withdraw Onochie's Nomination Immediately

It was just a few days ago that president Muhammadu Buhari added the name of his social media aide, Lauretta Onochie to the list of nominees as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, but Onochie’s nomination started gathering opposition almost immediately the list was sent to the senate for confirmation.

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Now, governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has demanded that the president immediately withdraw Onochie’s nomination.

While swearing in members of the state independent electoral commission on Wednesday, the governor said Onochie is not right for the country’s democracy as she is well known to be partisan.  He said her nomination should be withdrawn in the best interest of the country’s electoral system.  He then called on the upper legislative chamber to reject Onochie’s nomination if the president fails to withdraw it.

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Ganduje Reacts To Formation Of New Police Unit, Makes Demands

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Ganduje Reacts To Formation Of New Police Unit, Makes Demands

The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje says the formation of the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit of the Nigeria Police Force is a step in the right direction.

News Agency of Nigeria reports Ganduje said this while commending president Muhammadu Buhari for the formation of the new unit which the Inspector-General of Police had formed to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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Ganduje said the SWAT team would help in combatting crime in the country. The governor said unlike youths in other parts of the country who had been protesting, his state’s youths had decided not to condemn the police as an institution but the few bad eggs among them.

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The governor said the youths of the state are agitating for institutional reforms of the police.

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#EndSARS Protests Taking Violent Turn

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#EndSARS Protests Taking Violent Turn

#EndSARS protesters in Lagos on Thursday faced a situation that was similar to an occurrence earlier in the week in Abuja – infiltration by hoodlums. Today’s protests in #Alausa were punctuated by an attack as they marched by the Governor’s Office, State Secretariat and House of Assembly.

Dozens of young men were seen flashing weapons like knives and machetes. The occurrence changed the largely peaceful marches that started a week ago.

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Meanwhile, similar occurrence is being denounced by Pain State government which says the ongoing #EndSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums.

Secretary to the state government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji said in a statement on Wednesday evening that the peaceful protests had been taken over by some hoodlums with “ulterior motives and evil intentions.”

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He said the hoodlums whom he labeled as “criminal elements” were shooting into the air at the State Secretariat gate and even held workers hostage for some hours.

Oyebamiji said the state does not want the armed mob that is bent on harming peaceful protesters in the state. He said the government will carry out its responsibility of protecting its citizens and would not allow hoodlums to take over the street in the state.

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