One of the Coordinators of the #EndSARS protests, Serah Ibrahim again failed to show up for her cross-examination on Saturday at the Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters.
This prompted the lawyers representing the Lagos State Government, the Lekki Concession Company, LCC and the Police to ask the panel to strike out her previous testimony.
They premised their application on her continued absence at the proceedings of the panel.
During her previous testimony, Serah, who described herself as a professional auditor said she was at the protest ground every day and in fact helped in coordinating activities.
Led by her lawyer, Yinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), Serah had narrated how the Nigerian Army and subsequently the police shot at protesters at the Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, 2020.
She testified that at least 10 persons were killed.
During her appearance at the panel on May 8, Serah came along with several videos, some of which she said she shot personally with her iPhone.
One after the other, she played the videos which according to her demonstrates that soldiers shot at peaceful protesters on the night of October 20.
As she played the videos, she explained to the panel that soldiers shot at the harmless protesters and even took away some of the dead bodies.
Counsel to the Lagos State Government, Olukayode Enitan (SAN), in his application to strike out her testimony told the panel that the witness has been evading cross-examination after making “scandalous and outrageous claims.”
He asked the panel to note that this is about the 4th court sitting that the witness had failed to turn up for and having failed to present herself for cross-examination, she should be deemed to have abandoned the cause.
The Senior Advocate’s application was supported by Counsel to the LLC, Rotimi Seriki and Counsel to the Police, Joseph Eboseremen.
On her part, the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi said members would consider the application and take a decision which would be communicated later.
She adjourned the proceedings till September 11.
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Just In: Gunmen Storm Oyo Correctional Facility, Set Inmates Free
Suspected gunmen have attacked one of the facilities of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), in Oyo State.
It was gathered that the facility, christened Abolongo correctional facility was attacked by the gunmen Friday evening.
It was gathered that the gunmen set all the prisoners at the facility free during the attack.
Our correspondent gathered on Saturday that the attackers stormed the facility at about 10pm on Friday.
It was gathered that the attackers used grenades to gain access and set prisoners free.
Spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in the state, Olanrewaju Anjorin confirmed the attack to DAILY POST on Saturday.
Anjorin in a telephone conversation with DAILY POST Saturday morning, said that the senior officers of the agency were on their way to assess the level of damage.
He said, “Yes. It has been confirmed that the attack actually happened.
“And right now, the comptroller of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and other top officers are assessing the situation.
“But, I can confirm to you that the incident actually happened”.
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Senator Afikuyomi Greets Mustapha On Turbaning As Turaki Of Ilorin
The Royal Turbaning of Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin by His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, is a worthy recognition of Alhaji Mustapha’s contribution to nation-building, according to Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a long-term associate of the new Turaki.
Afikuyomi stressed in a statement that Alhaji Saliu Mustapha has been conscientious in politics, and painstaking in humanitarian services, not just around the people of Ilorin Emirate alone, but in the entire Kwara State and in Nigeria as a whole.
According to the Senator, who once represented both, Lagos Central Senatorial District, and Lagos West Senatorial District. Mustapha’s decent politics, maturity and candor have combined to portray him as a rare breed amongst the pack, which is why he is often welcomed in any circle he has pitched tent with.
“He has a great sense of fairness, comportment and is also result oriented. A loyal friend, with a god-fearing disposition, he passes as one of the most respectable public figures from Kwara State,” Afikuyomi added.
The senator summed that with his turbaning as the Turaki of Ilorin, he was confident that he will impact on the people of the peace-loving emirate, in line with the vision of His Royal Highness, and the expectations of citizens.
“May God almighty give him the wisdom, good health and longevity to deliver the much-needed goods for his people, his fans and for humanity at large. Congratulations to a good friend,” the Senator concluded.
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Borno Will Close Maiduguri IDP Camps On December 31, Says Zulum
Borno Governor Babagana Zulum said his administration would close the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps within Maiduguri metropolis on or before December 31, 2021.
Zulum disclosed this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, he had visited the President to brief him as well as request for the Federal Government’s input in the refugees’ resettlement efforts of his administration, adding that plans were also on to repatriate Nigerian refugees, currently living in IDP camps in parts of Niger Republic.
He said those taking refuge in Diffa Province of Niger Republic would be relocated to their homes in Malam Fatori, Borno State, on November 27.
“I came to brief Mr. President on efforts made by Borno State Government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes.
“So far, so good, the Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri Metropolitan on or before 31st of December, 2021.
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“In addition to this, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in Minao camp.
“Furthermore, on 27th of November, Borno state government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam Fatori.
“Malam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State, but somehow, we don’t have human population in this local government areas because of the insurgency.
“Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, Borno state government has intended to resettle Malam Fatori communities on 27th of this month.
“To this effect, the Nigerian military are providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State. I’m pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of naval base to Baga last month.
“These are some of the reasons why I came to brief Mr. President and I also requested Mr. President to continue to provide more support in ensuring that the growing number of ISWAP that are operating especially in the southern part and northern part of Borno State, are being handled appropriately.
“So, these are some of the reasons why I came here, but most importantly, Mr. President has given me the assurance that he will do everything possible to support the effort by Borno State government of returning internally displaced persons to their ancestral home.
“He has done before and I hope this time around, he will also support the noble cause.
“The people of Borno State and indeed the government are mostly grateful to Mr. President for all the efforts that he has been making, with a view to bringing succor to the internally displaced persons in the State,” he said.
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