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#EndSARS Panel Report: It’s Shameful For FG To Call Press Conference Before Release Of White Paper, Ubani Fumes

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Monday Ubani, chairman Nigeria Bar Association, Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) has said that it is shameful for the federal government to call a press conference over a report which the Lagos State government is yet to release a white paper on.

The former second vice president of the NBA in a chat with Daily Independent said that it was obvious that the Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed knows that he is only trying to clear his name.

He said, Lai Mohammed’s image was damaged by that report. The report has put a ly to everything he said. It is obvious from their action that they are not ready to implement anything. The report in circulation has indicted the Lagos State government and the federal government security agencies for killing Nigerians at the Lekki Tollgate. Whatever narrative that they want to come up with, is immaterial because the narrative that Nigerians believe is that people died at the Lekki Tollgate, and whatever happens they cannot change that.

“No matter the white washing and intimidation they can never kill the truth. The truth is that people died at the Lekki Tollgate and the panel has said so,” he said.

While blaming the federal government for its action, Ubani said, “It is very shameful for Lai Mohammed to call a press conference over a report that the Lagos State government has not done any white paper on. What is in circulation may not be an official document until the Lagos State government acknowledges that it is an official document. President Buhari has said during his meeting with the United States secretary of state, Antony Blinken that he is waiting for the performance of the Lagos State government in regard to the EndSARS panel of I inquiry report.

“Why can’t Lai Mohammed wait for the white paper from the Lagos State government? The report has not been made public officially but what is in circulation at the moment may not be an official document. Why is he in a hurry? He expected a report that would say that there were no killings at the Lekki Tollgate and that is the report that would have satisfied his appetite.”

Ubani added “Since the panel gave a report that is contrary to his expectation and what he desired, he is claiming that the report is wrong. We are telling them that the report is a true reflection of what happened at the Lekki Tollgate. It is premature for him to want to tell the Lagos State government what it should do. There was no sincere intention on their part to set up the panel. We knew it was all a farce. From the begging when they set up the panel they wanted it to do what they wanted but now that they have given an accurate account of what happened, they are now running helter skelter.”

Meanwhile the lawyer said that it is wrong for any one to have resorted to singling out Ebun Adegboruwa (SAN) for intimation stressing that the government appointed Adegoruwa and he gave a sincere account of what happened.

He said, “If the government didnt want a fair report of what happened at the Tollgate it would have appointed the lawyers from their ministry. You appointed the man and he lived up to expectation. It is wrong for anyone to resort to threatening Adegoruwa or even any of the witnesses because we saw a video of a witness who was injured. That is barbaric. The government must get all those who were responsible for that act and prosecute them.”

It will be recalled that the federal government through the Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed discredited the EndSARS panel report stressing that it is not a true account of what happened at the Lekki Tollgate but a recycled fake news.

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Omicron: FG Expresses Disappointment Over UK Govt’s Red Listing Of Nigeria

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has expressed disappointment over the United Kingdom government’s placement of Nigeria on its red list following the detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

“We were not very happy when six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were placed on a red list and the WHO also advised against putting each on the red list,” the minister said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, less than one day after the UK announced the move.

“From what we know about the COVID-19, there are many ways to manage it, and besides, not much is still known about the Omicron variant. We know, for example, that there have been no fatalities.

“There have also been no reports of very severe illness. Actually, the rationale for being so hasty in putting countries on the red list is not something that is very helpful.”

According to the minister, the move was ill-advised as he noted that it would have multiple impacts on commerce, and disrupt activities during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

“It is going to disrupt commerce,” he added. It is going to disrupt family reunions.”
Ban List Not ‘Helpful’

He explained that while Nigeria has detected the COVID-19 virus on travellers from the UK, the cases have not been confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

While reiterating that the placement of countries on the red list will not help in the global fight against the pandemic, Ehanire said Nigeria is anticipating the fourth wave of the disease.

“If every country were going to put other countries on the ban list, very soon you would have a large number of countries on your red list,” the minister said.

“So, I do believe there are other ways of going about it. We in Nigeria do not regard banning flights and movements of people as particularly helpful and supportive.”

The UK’s move, which came a few days after Nigeria detected the new strain, followed a similar decision by the Canadian authorities.

“Foreign nationals who have transited or stayed in these 10 countries cannot enter Canada if they have been in those countries in the last two weeks,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a press conference.

Aside from Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi were the other countries recently added to Canada’s travel ban list.

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‘I’m Hurt And Humiliated’, BBNaija’s Maria Cries Out After Being Extorted, Quarantined By Ghanaian Authorities

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Former Big Brother Naija Housemate Maria Chike Benjamin was reportedly extorted and quarantined by the Ghanaian authorities against her will.

The report shared by an Instagram blogger alleged that Ghanaians are issuing Nigerians fake Covid-19 result to keep them in quarantine and extort them.

According to the report, Maria is kept in a stinking hostel even when the doctor has confirmed she is Covid-19 negative.

The post reads: The Ghanian authorities are holding Maria against her will. This is sad. What is this Covid extortion? These people are doing fake covid results to keep Nigerians in quarantine and extort them. What is this mess? Kept her in a stinking hostel even when the doctor confirmed she’s covid negative. Again, what is the essence of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Recall that Maria Chike received backlashes after sharing a video with her married lover Kelvin.

This generated several reactions from social media users, especially after Maria failed to debunk the news of dating and snatching the married man, Kelvin.

Many thought that Maria had finally dumped Kelvin, not knowing that they are still dating.

Maria, who is currently in Dubai, took to her Instagram story to share a video where she and Kelvin, alongside their friends, were having fun.

Reacting to this, many netizens slammed Maria stating that her apology to kelvin’s wife was to please the public and calm the situation.

While some netizens claimed that Maria had no conscience for showing off another man’s wife on social media, others blamed Kelvin for Maria’s attitude.

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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos

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Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.

The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.

The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.

“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

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