A group, #March4Nigeria has applauded Nigerians calling for an end to police brutality across the country through peaceful protest.
According to the group, the #EndSARS protest is a “vocalization of our yearnings and freedom, which have been trampled and repressed for too long”.
Protest across the nation calling for an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Police on Friday entered its eighth day.
Despite disbandment of the department and subsequent launch of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), young Nigerians have remained on the streets.
In a statement signed by Augustine Richard Adie on Friday, the #March4Nigeria said it is high time to consolidate on the gains of the peaceful protest.
According to Adie, the momentum should not be lost as a result of politicization or ethnicity, hence it is time to end the current protest and begin another chapter.
“We are therefore calling on all Nigerians to participate in the #March4Nigeria taking place across cities in the country and the world over,” he said.
” It is a march to refocus on the holistic reforms we want as a people and we shouldn’t leave it to usurpers”.
Read full statement below:
We note with a sense of patriotism the commitment that Nigerian youth have extracted from the Federal Government including the National Assembly and some state governments to pursue comprehensive reforms of the Nigeria Police Force in response to the #EndSARS protest. We further note that there is a need to clarify that the youth spoke out not just because of the criminality and impunity of the few operatives of the defunct SARS.
The underlying spirit of the protest is a vocalization of our yearnings and freedom, which have been trampled and repressed for too long. As we demand that trigger-happy police officers stop brutalizing and extrajudicially killing us, we also expect that the reforms will be wide-sweeping enough to ensure that we will not similarly be discriminated against based on economic status, age, ethnicity or in any other form that impunity manifests itself. We are confident that a period of equity envisaged by the Constitution has begun, we only need to passionately pursue what we have started.
We thank all Nigerians who have participated in #EndSARS, #EndSWATS, #EndPoliceBrutality protest across cities in the country. The kind of patriotism that brought us out to speak with one voice on the direction we want the policing of our nation to take is one that we must hone and extend to other facets of our national life.
After achieving this much standing together as citizens, we must not allow narrow interests and hidden agenda of a few destroy our country. We noticed that a few persons are beginning to crown themselves as protest leaders. It has also become glaring that such people are shifting the goal post by bringing out fresh demands that could distract the entire country from focusing on and pursuing the reform of the police that we demanded, and the government agreed to implement.
It surprising that old agenda from other movements are now being infused into the #EndSARS, #EndSWAT, #EndPoliceBrutality protest. Because these agenda are mostly political, they risk pitching us against each other along political lines when the strength and consequent success of our struggle were in part attributable to its apolitical and spontaneous nature. Some of the hidden agenda is also ethno-sectarian in nature, which would destroy what we have collectively fought for as Nigerian youth.
Without meaning to arrogate to ourselves an over-bloated reckoning in history, we see the current demand for police reforms as the last chance to begin setting things right in Nigeria. If we lose the momentum as a result of politicization or ethicizing of this protest, then we risk dooming our nation and destroying it. Some person might have convinced us that this protest is about the youth, but happenings of the past few days have confirmed to us that the entire chain of events is about the future of Nigeria – infants, youth, adults and all citizens.
This is why we must #March4Nigeria and end the PROTESTS NOW!!! The aim of the protests has been achieved.
We are therefore calling on all Nigerians to participate in the #March4Nigeria taking place across cities in the country and the world over. It is a march to refocus on the holistic reforms we want as a people and we shouldn’t leave it to usurpers.
Bandits Lay Siege To Armed Forces Command And Staff College, Jaji
Some criminals, suspected to be bandits, are currently laying siege around the premises of Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) located in Jaji, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Their mission, according to some locals in the community who spoke to our correspondent during a telephone conversation, was to abduct some staff of the college and the communities around the area.
This is coming in less than two months after bandits stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, also in Kaduna and kidnapped no fewer than 39 students.
AFCSC is a training facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy.
A resident of the area, who simply identified himself as Adamu, told Daily Trust via telephone that the bandits have always surrounded the institution while terrorising the communities around the college.
“It is only Allah that has been saving us. They (bandits) have always rustled cows in our communities. Military operatives do engage them in gun battle anytime they come around, that is why we don’t have major casualties yet,” Adamu said.
The Commandant of the college, Air Marshal Olayinka Alade, confirmed this on Wednesday in Abuja when he visited the Army Headquarters to brief Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, on the development and other issues in the institution.
Alade said the institution has decided to launch impromptu searching and clearance operations in some communities where the bandits are operating around the college having informed General Officer Commanding 1 Division.
“There are some communities around the school that have developed and because it is like part of the college, maybe they are hiding under that cover, so some bandits are there. Because of that, there is collaboration with other institution’s heads in the college. Constantly, we try to conduct an impromptu searching. We conduct search and patrol from time to time.
“What we discovered now is that, not too far ahead, some communities… it is like all these bandits have made all that place their aim, so I discussed with GOC 1 Div. From time to time, we need to carry out clearance operations,” the AFCSC Commandant said.
The Commandant further disclosed that the bandits rustled some cows behind the college on Tuesday, April 13 – a development that led to gun duel between them and the military operatives.
He, however, did not disclose whether there was any casualty, noting that he came to brief the COAS so as not to be surprised if he hears anything subsequently.
According to him, “In fact, yesterday (Tuesday), I was told that some bandits came to come and rustle some cows just behind us. There was an exercise that was carried out by the NACI. They actually encountered these bandits, they had to exchange fire during the exercise.
“Those are the things we’re trying to ensure that we are not surprised if they have come that close, then, we need to sit tight and ensure we clear that place.”
Deputy Nigeria Ambassador to Jordan, Ibrahim Mohammed,(1st left) the Managing Director Ministry of Tourism and Antiquiies, Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, (middle) Executive Secretary NCPC, Yakubu Pam (right) during a courtesy visit paid to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan recently
Coalition Warns Anti-Vaxxers, Urges Nigerians To Disregard Fake News Of COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects
The National Vanguard on Covid-19 Administration and Advocacy has urged Nigerians to treat reports of side effects from the AstraZeneca jab as fake news, noting that some elements are out to frustrate the ongoing vaccination exercise.
This follows the claim of blood vomit by a woman in Kaduna after allegedly being administered the vaccine.
While the state government has vowed to investigate the report, the National Vanguard on Covid-19 Administration and Advocacy said the assertion is the handiwork of anti-vaxxers.
In a statement signed by its Director of Public Enlightenment, Samson Abu, on Saturday, the group, though, admitted potential side effects from the jab, added that some persons are out to sow fear in the minds of Nigerians.
Abu, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to disregard all fake news pertaining to the safety, efficacy and effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to him, the supposed victim is an isolated case yet to be proven by any expert.
The group, however, urged Nigerians to continue to take the vaccine for their good and the safety of their loved ones around them
Read the full statement below:
The National Vanguard on Covid-19 Administration and Advocacy is appalled by the deployment of fake news by anti-vaccine elements in Nigeria in their bid to scare and discourage people from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that is meant to protect against the Corona Virus and save lives.
The fake news, published with the headline “Woman vomits blood after taking COVID-19 vaccine” is a disingenuous attempt at creating a deepfake given the effort that was made to create the impression that one Hannatu Tanko was rushed to Gwamna Awan General Hospital in Kaduna State because she started vomiting blood after receiving the vaccine.
Interestingly, the same script was published by several blogs and a few undiscerning news sites without the publishers carrying out the necessary checks and without speaking with experts on what could have led to the woman’s condition.
The fake news also created the impression that there is coercion in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine whereas people are voluntarily accepting the jab owing to their knowledge of how it protects one from catching the deadly virus. Such a desperate act could have only resulted from people that are keen on seeing the pandemic decimate humanity.
With more than half a million so far vaccinated, even if the account of the woman experiencing reactions to the vaccine were correct, the case would be an isolated one and the fact that sources claimed the woman is recovering confirms that the vaccine is safe while any unintended effect would be at worst temporary. We, therefore, find it unacceptable that the isolated and unproven instance is now being used by purveyors of fake news and anti-Vaxxers to discourage Nigerians from taking the vaccine. This is a huge disservice and unacceptable.
For the avoidance of doubts, experts’ views are required to confirm that what a person experiences after taking the jab is related to the vaccine. To do this, the experts would have ruled out that the symptoms exhibited by such are not caused by other underlying factors that coincidentally flared up at about the same time the person took their vaccine.
The National Vanguard on Covid-19 Vaccine Administration and Advocacy consequently warn detractors and anti-vaxxers in Nigeria that they have a responsibility to society to desist from sowing fear in the mind of the people especially when it is apparent that the fake news they are spreading has all the potential to hurt more people than save them.
We appeal to Nigerians to disregard all fake news about the safety, efficacy and effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and only based their decision to accept the jab or not on sound science, which would make them appreciate the benefits it offers. Nigerians, who truly value their wellbeing as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, should make it a personal responsibility to take the vaccine for their good and the safety of their loved ones around them.
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