Security Operatives Shoot To Disperse Crowd Attempting To Loot COVID-19 Palliatives In Abuja

Screengrabs from a video showing a crowd attempting to loot an Arts and Culture Centre in Abuja on October 24.

 

 

Security operatives on Saturday fired gunshots to disperse a crowd who were attempting to loot the Arts and Culture Center in Abuja.

The crowd claimed that the centre houses COVID-19 palliatives for the Federal Capital Territory.

In a video which has now gone viral, some were heard threatening to go through the back door if the entrance was not opened.

Shortly after, gunshots were fired as the crowd scampered for their safety.

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This is coming amid the chaos, series of destruction and looting that has occurred in many parts of the country.

 

 

Major malls, shops, businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – prisoners have escaped from jails, following what started as peaceful protests across the country, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, as well as better governance in the country.

The looting of warehouses first started in Lagos, part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state.

Read Also: Crowd Storms Food Bank In Calabar, Loots COVID-19 Palliatives

Scores broke into a warehouse in the Amuwo area of the state on Thursday, where COVID-19 palliatives were being stored.

Viral videos on social media showed people packing out bags and cartons of the palliatives which were ought to have been shared by government to cushion the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

Elated by their finds, many took to social media to share pictures and videos of the loot, as several others slammed the government for ‘hoarding for months’ what could have helped Nigerians cope through the hard times of the pandemic.

The same began to happen in many other states, with state governments coming out to say the palliatives were not hoarded but rather saved for vulnerable groups of the society.

Security Operatives Repel Bandits On Kaduna-Abuja Expressway

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Security operatives have successfully repelled armed bandits who opened fire on motorists along the Kaduna-Abuja Road in the northern part of the country.

The assailants were engaged in a gunfight with troops of the Nigerian Army and personnel of the Nigeria Police deployed on the expressway.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

The commissioner who visited the scene disclosed that the incident occurred in the afternoon near the Olam Feeds Company.

He explained that those who were injured were immediately referred to a specialist hospital for comprehensive medical attention.

Aruwan added that security forces – both ground and air – have gone after remnants of the armed bandits in the adjoining forest.

“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has been briefed on the development,” he stated.

According to the commissioner, the governor praised the security personnel for their exceptional courage and bravery in repelling the armed bandits.

He wished the injured personnel and motorists speedy recovery and praised medical personnel at the Olam Clinic for stabilising the injured.

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter

 

Governor El-Rufai gave an assurance that the state government would continue to partner with security agencies in the battle against bandits and criminals.

The incident followed air strikes conducted by the air component of Operation Thunder Strike during which several armed bandits were killed, and their camps disrupted in the Kuduru and Kwaimbana forest areas of the state.

This was achieved through separate air strikes carried out on 2 and 3 September 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the 2 locations were being used as staging areas by the bandits.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, noted in a statement that the feat was recorded in separate airstrikes carried out on Wednesday and Thursday following credible intelligence reports indicating that the two locations were being used as staging areas by the bandits.

Security Operatives Rearrest Another Escaped Prisoner In Plateau

A photo released by the military on August 19, 2020, shows Adam Yusuf who was arrested by soldiers in Plateau State.

 

Security operatives deployed in Plateau State have rearrested a young man, Adam Yusuf, who escaped from the Jos Correctional Centre in the state capital.

The success was recorded by troops of Operation Safe Haven attached to Bisichi Area Command of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, confirmed the arrested of the 19-year-old inmate on Wednesday.

He explained that Yusuf was one of the six notorious inmates that escaped at High Court in Barkin Ladi on July 23, 2020.

Okonkwo stated that the inmate was later arrested at an abandoned building in Bisichi village where he had been hiding since he escaped from the court premises.

He added that the inmate confessed to being among the escapees, noting that concerted efforts were being made to rearrest the remaining escapees.

A photo released by the military on August 19, 2020, shows Adam Yusuf who was arrested by soldiers in Plateau State.

 

The JTF commander, therefore, solicited appealed to the people not to hesitate to provide useful information that would lead to the re-arrest of the remaining inmates still at large.

According to him, the rearrested inmate would be handed over to the Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service for necessary action.

Yusuf was apprehended following the rearrest of one Mohammed Ibrahim by troops of Operation Safe Haven during a search operation.

Ibrahim, who is also among the inmates that fled the court premises, has since been handed over to authorities of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Plateau State.

This brings the total number of escapees rearrested to two, while the search for others is ongoing.

PDP Supporters Protest As Security Operatives Keep Watch At Edo Assembly

PDP supporters protest at the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City on August 7, 2020.

 

Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have staged a protest at the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

The protesters, comprising women and youths, stormed the Assembly complex on Friday while security operatives keep watch at the facility for the second day.

They pledged their support for the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and prayed for peace to reign in the state.

The PDP supporters also threw their weight behind a factional Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye, saying they recognise him only as the leader of the legislative arm of government in Edo.

READ ALSO: 17 Edo Lawmakers Claim To Have Impeached Assembly Speaker

They, however, rejected another factional Speaker of the House, Victor Edoror, who was claimed to have been inaugurated by 17 lawmakers on Thursday.

The protesters also condemned the inauguration of 14 lawmakers-elect in Edo at a private residence in the state capital.

They insisted that the inauguration of the lawmakers was done in violation of the law, stressing that the lawmakers had missed their chance to join the House.

The protest held hours after Governor Obaseki addressed residents of the state where he condemned the takeover of the State House of Assembly complex.

In a state-wide broadcast, he described the incident as an attempted coup d’état that was tantamount to treason and contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

The governor, however, gave an assurance that his administration would take all steps necessary to defend the rule of law and democratic ideals.

“Any person or group of persons who set out to test our will in this regard will meet with the full wrath of the law,” the governor warned.

He added, “These events portend grave danger to the safety and security of our polity. It had all the hallmarks of an attempted coup d’état.

“The people of Edo State rose as one to prevent the desecration of our democracy. It is, however, worrisome that certain persons are willing to plunge the society into avoidable anarchy and conflict just to satisfy their illegitimate objectives.”

Court Invasion: NHRC Calls For Arrest, Trial Of Security Operatives Involved

DSS officials at the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, 2019.

 

 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for the arrest and subsequent trial of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security officials involved in the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, made the call in a statement on Saturday barely a day after some DSS operatives stormed the court.

“The Commission directs all the relevant agencies of government to arrest and try all law enforcement officers involved in the desecration of the hallowed chambers of the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday 6th Dec 2019 for contempt in the face of the court.

“They should be tried, and this should serve as a reminder to all law enforcement agents that they must obey the law in carrying out their law enforcement duties,” he said.

 

Ojukwu added, “They must enforce the law within the law.

“Impunity by law enforcement officials cannot be indulged in our democracy because impunity uproots the very foundation of our constitution and our democracy.”

READ ALSO: Sowore’s Re-Arrest: Soyinka Condemns DSS’ Action, Sends Message To Buhari

The NHRC boss said the commission watched with dismay the conduct of law enforcement officers in the court and condemned it in its entirety.

He reiterated the need for law enforcement officials to understand that to qualify as law enforcement agents, they must first of all be law-abiding and not be above the law.

 

According to the NHRC boss, as officials paid with taxpayers’ money, there must be no room for impunity and utter disregard for the constitution.

“Our democracy is founded on the principle of separation of powers and all citizens including law enforcement officials must understand the implications of that and are enjoined to respect the law and the constitution in the enforcement of the law,” he stressed.

 

The statement came a day after DSS operatives in at least three pickup trucks stormed the court on Friday to re-arrest Mr Omoyele Sowore who had just been released two days ago.

However, the attempt to make the arrested inside the court was resisted by Sowore and his supporters while a scuffle ensued between both sides.

Sowore’s lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, who was part of the group that confronted the security operatives informed them that such an operation cannot be carried out in court.

Thereafter, he asked the DSS operatives to go out of the court premises after which he drove Sowore in his vehicle to the DSS office where he was re-arrested and detained.

PHOTOS: Security Operatives Deployed To Kogi For Governorship Election

Security Operatives in Lokoja, Kogi State capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Preparations are in top gear in Kogi State for the gubernatorial election as security operatives arrived in Lokoja, the state capital on Friday. 

The operatives are screening people coming into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters to collect sensitive materials while others are parading major streets.

INEC Ad-Hoc staff are also getting ready as they check their deployment list.

See photos below…

British Govt Condemns Shiites’ Clash With Security Operatives

British Govt Condemns Shiites’ Clash With Security Operatives
Shiites protesters carrying one of their members injured during a clash with the police in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

 

The British government has condemned the recent clashes between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites and security operatives in the country.

In a statement from the British High Commission on Sunday, the government decried the number of people who lost their lives to the clashes which occurred in Abuja.

It said, “We are concerned by the deaths of up to 50 people in and around Abuja this week. Our thoughts are with the families of those people who have lost their lives.”

“We are following events closely, and have expressed our concerns about the levels of violence and numbers of people killed to the Federal government. We encourage all parties to work together to enable the people of Nigeria to exercise freedom of association, expression and religious belief safely, peacefully and in line with the rule of law.”

READ ALSO: US Calls For Probe Into Clash Between Shiites, Security Operatives

The British government stressed that security agencies have a primary responsibility to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.

It also urged the Nigerian Government to ensure that the incident was thoroughly investigated while those culpable should be brought to justice to serve as a deterrent for others.

The statement said, “It is essential that security forces act in accordance with international and domestic law and work to protect civilians.

“We welcome commitments by the Government of Nigeria to conduct a thorough investigation and to take appropriate action to hold accountable any member of the security forces held responsible for violations of Nigerian law.”

The Shiites had converged on the Federal Capital Territory last week in a protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The procession had, however, gone south when the protesters were intercepted by security operatives who dispersed them at various locations in the nation’s capital.

The clashed which left a varying number of persons dead and many injured have sparked a widespread criticism from individuals and groups within and outside the country.

Again, Shiites Clash With Security Operatives In Abuja

Again, Shiites Clash With Security Operatives In Abuja
Shiites protesters carrying one of their members injured during a clash with the police in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have clashed with security operatives again in Abuja.

The incident, which is the third in less than one week, occurred on Tuesday in the city centre of the Federal Capital Territory.

The group said its members were holding a procession to mark the 2018 Arbaeen, a Muslim religious observance that occurs 40 days after the day of Ashura – another religious observance mostly celebrated by Shiites.

READ ALSO: 50 Feared Killed As Shiites Clash With Security Operatives

They marched from the Aguiyi Ironsi Road in the Maitama area through Wuse II before they were eventually stopped by the security operatives as they attempted to gain access into the central business district.

The police dispersed the Shiite members using teargas, leading to the violence.

The group is protesting the continued detention of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, by the Federal Government.

On Saturday, the group clashed with personnel of the Nigerian Military in Zuba, a satellite town on the outskirt of Abuja where at least three people lost their lives.

Two days later, the members of the Shiite group clashed again with soldiers, this time at the Nyanya axis.

According to a statement from the Army, at least three people died on the part of the Shiite group while four soldiers were injured during the incident.

It explained that the Shiites forced their way into the troops’ checkpoint at Kugbo/Karu bridge after overrunning the police.

The three members of the group were reportedly killed while the soldiers were trying to repel them, having attacked the troops.

See photos of the clash that occurred on Tuesday below;

NASS Blockage By Security Operatives, A Disgrace To Our Democratic Process – PDP

Security agencies barricade entrance of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers, members of staff of National Assembly, journalists and other persons from entering on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Security agencies barricade entrance of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers, members of staff of National Assembly, journalists and other persons from entering on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the blockage of National Assembly entrance by security operatives, describing it as a disgrace to Nigeria’s democratic process.

The National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan, said this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“What we are facing now, honestly is a disgrace to our democratic process,” he said while condemning the refusal of security operatives to grant lawmakers and journalists entry into the National Assembly.

He accused the current administration of lacking ‘strategy’ and engaging in acts that could undermine Nigeria’s democracy.

“The basic thing I have noticed in the Buhari administration is the lack of tact and strategy because all these things that are playing out are unknown in our political history since 1999.

“That security (operatives) would block the access and stop journalists, members of the public and stop parliamentarians from coming in,” he added.

Security agencies barricade entrance of the National Assembly.
Security agencies barricade entrance of the National Assembly.

 

He further accused the executive arm of the government of using the state’s security apparatus to prevent the members of parliament from doing their normal business.

His criticism comes a day after the PDP gave an earlier warning of alleged plans to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

Earlier today, men of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Service (DSS) stormed the National Assembly denying lawmakers and journalists access into the complex.

How Security Operatives Blocked Entrance To My House – Saraki

Offa Bank Robbery: Police Invite Saraki Again
(File photo) Senate President Bukola Saraki speaks during a plenary at the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

Senate President Bukola Saraki has narrated how his house was blocked by security operatives on Tuesday morning.

Saraki, while presiding over plenary said if not because he was ‘prepared’ the plenary would not have held today.

“The road leading to my house was blocked and all cars going in and out were being stopped. My convoy was also stopped, then the Deputy Senate President called and said he could not come here.

“As you are all aware, very late yesterday, as early as 8:00 p.m., I received a letter asking me to report to the Police on the case of the Offa robbery, it had been concluded before now.

“If it had been according to plan, I also would not be here and the Senate would not have been able to sit today by the plans as of this morning,” he said.

The Senate President added that his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu called to inform him that security operatives were in his house.

He explained further that he had to shun police invite to preside over plenary as Ekweremadu could not make it to the Senate Chambers due to the heavy security presence at his house.

“Let me just contribute to this issue of the Deputy Senate President because I spoke to him this morning too when I found that my house, as early as 6:30am was under seige as well.

“So we had a situation where the Deputy Senate President could not come here and I was already going to report to the Police, so plenary would not have been able to hold today, for that reason, I had to come here to hold place.

“As you all rightly said, if one of our colleagues could not come out for no fault of his, I also do not see how we can sit here and continue to ignore the fact that one of us, a presiding officer, cannot be here.”

Security agencies early on Tuesday morning stormed the residence of Saraki and Ekweremadu in Abuja.

The move reportedly a ploy to prevent the Senate President and his deputy from making it to the National Assembly because of a plan by many lawmakers to quit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki, however, made his way to the Senate chamber at about 10:40 a.m. and presided over the plenary.

Ekweremadu did not make it to plenary as the siege on his home was on till midday.

Security Operatives Storm Saraki, Ekweremadu Residences

Security operatives have stormed the homes of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and that of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja.

The Senate President’s convoy was reportedly blocked by the security operatives while he was about leaving his residence.

Saraki was to appear before the police today for a further investigation into alleged killings in Kwara state.

The move is said to be an apparent ploy to prevent them from making it to the National Assembly today because of an alleged plan by lawmakers to decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki had on Monday described the police invitation as a mere afterthought designed to achieve a political purpose.

READ ALSO: Saraki Replies Police, Says Invitation ‘A Mere Political Game’

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President had claimed that the police decision to invite him was an alleged ploy aimed at scoring cheap political points.

“The police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident,” he said.

The Senate President noted that the police had already decided on the suspects to arraign in court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Wednesday, based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mohammed Etsu.

Senator Saraki, however, insisted that he would not be intimidated by anyone and that he has nothing to do with the Offa robbery.

See pictures of security operatives’ convoy at Saraki’s residence below:

Security operatives seen at the residence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki in Abuja on Tuesday.

Police, Fayose’s Spokesman Disagree Over Withdrawal of Security Aides

 

The faceoff between the Ekiti State Government and the Nigeria Police took a twist on Wednesday over the alleged withdrawal of security aides to Governor Ayodele Fayose.

While the governor’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, laments that the security operatives working in the Ekiti State Government House have been withdrawn since Wednesday last week, the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, insists that the aides have not been withdrawn.

“As at yesterday, the governor’s security aides are not available. They were withdrawn since last week Wednesday,” he said. “As at last night that I went to sleep, we had less than six security men in the entire Government House.”

During a phone interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Olayinka decried the alleged invasion of the Government House by security operatives on Sunday morning.

He added, “On Sunday morning, a day after the (Ekiti State Governorship) election, the Government House was also invaded by security men – soldiers, mobile policemen etc. And they sealed up everywhere. I have photographs that we have sent online showing soldiers in front of the Government House.”

But reacting, Jimoh denied the allegations of the police authorities withdrawing Governor Fayose’s security details.

He said: “What I can say is that all the assertions by the last speaker (Olayinka) and the governor himself is not correct. The Government House in Ekiti State has more than 100 police personnel.”

The Force spokesman, who also is a Deputy Commissioner of Police, said that the governor would not be deprived of his rights.

He added, “The governor is entitled to a right to life and all the rights that every Nigerian is entitled to. We have a full unit of 63 mobile men that are attached to the Government House. And we have the Explosive Ordinance Department (the Special Protection Unit), the ADCs and the CSO.

Reacting to claims that the Government House was sealed up on Sunday morning, Jimoh wondered how the governor gained access after the election.

“If the governor is saying that the Government House was sealed up, then how did he enter yesterday in the morning?” he asked.

The Force Spokesman also appealed to the governor not to mislead Nigerians with a contrary statement as the police would not expose Fayose to any form of threat.