Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has vowed that the state will procure arms for operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said if the federal government can allow a security outfit in Katsina to carry arms, then Amotekun should be granted the same right.
“The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina, obtaining the approval of the Federal Govt. to bear arms is fraught with great dangers,” he said.
“Denying Amotekun the urgently needed rights, to legitimately bear arms is a repudiation of the basis of true federalism which we have been clamouring for.
“That Katsina was able to arm its state security force, with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing one country, two systems” solution to the national question.
“If the katsina situation conferring advantages on some, in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation which must be challenged.
“The Independence agreement was based on a democratic arrangement to have a federal state and devolved internal security mechanics. We must go back to that agreement.
“Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector. It is an existential threat.
“We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Ondo State government under the doctrine of necessity have decided to fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty to the citizens of the State, by acquiring arms to protect them.
“This is more so, given that the bandits have unchecked access to sophisticated weapons. The State government cannot look on while its citizens are being terrorized and murdered with impunity. We will defend our people.”
Akeredolu’s statement comes a few weeks after Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, said if the Federal Government refused to approve the licence for arms for the state’s security outfit, he would get approval from his people.
The Federal Government had said security outfit set up by various state governments cannot bear firearms.
Good morning! Here Are Some Major News Headlines In The Newspapers Today: Wike revokes 21 allocations, gives 3-month grace to 21 embassies, 168 others
1. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has revoked 21 plots of land in the Central Business District (CBD) of Abuja. In the revocation notice which Mr Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, signed on his behalf, Wike explained that the lands were revoked for continued contravention of the terms of development of the Right of Occupancy to wit non-development.
2. Binta Zubairu, Justice of the Court of Appeal, has said judges are wrongly accused of delay in dispensing justice. Speaking in Zaria, Kaduna State, during a reception organised on the occasion of her elevation as an Appeal Court judge, Zubairu said judges work in a team with the prosecutors, lawyers and others and as such should not be blamed for the delay in the dispensation of justice.
3. The Federal Government at the weekend warned electricity workers against vandalising the national grid during strike. Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu said at the weekend that doing so was not only a criminal act but also a sabotage of efforts to provide Nigerians with steady power supply.
4. Stakeholders at a meeting in Imo State have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to address late arrival of materials and other bottlenecks surrounding collection of permanent voter cards to enhance credibility in the forthcoming governorship election. Mr. Samuel Ozonna from the Civil Society Organization called for more sensitization of citizens to enhance participation.
5. To forestall security breaches, the police have assured voters of its preparation towards the November 11 governorship elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa states. Part of the security measures to be deployed is the use of drones for proper monitoring and nipping likely violence in the bud, warning those that were planning to instigate violence to stay off the states.
6. President Bola Tinubu has ordered security agencies to rescue the remaining female students of the Federal University Gusau (FUG), in the Sabin Gida area of Zamfara State. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement, yesterday, said the President condemned the reprehensible act of abduction, stressing that there was no moral justification for such heinous crimes.
7. The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Sunday slammed the Organised Private Sector, OPS, over its opposition to a nationwide strike on the grounds that the economy cannot withstand country-wide industrial action now. It said that the OPS was opposing the strike because it wanted to continue paying slave wages to workers.
8. The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has insisted that there is no going back on the construction of concrete roads, saying President Bola Tinubu has approved that it should be enforced. He, however, urged road construction companies nationwide to learn from the ingenuity of Sermatech Nigeria Limited.
9. The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Lagos will today, Monday, deliver judgment in the suits challenging the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The Justice Arum Ashom-led panel communicated this message to parties on Saturday.
10. Marauding Boko Haram insurgents have killed 10 farmers and abducted several others in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State. The attack occurred late Saturday afternoon in the fields between Bulakunkumma and Maiwa villages of the Baram Karowa ward of the LGA. The insurgents also obtained N4 million from a businessman in Zannari ward as ransom.
Fee hike may force 50 per cent of varsity students out of school in next two years – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised concern over the recent hike in fees by varsities across the country, adding that it may force many students out of school.
Many public universities have in recent months increased their tuition fees owing to what they described as the country’s economic realities.
While some of them have made a downward review after protests by students, the National President of ASUU Professor Emmanuel Osodeke is afraid parents/guardians would find it difficult to pay the new fees.
“Today, universities are arbitrarily increasing tuition fees,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“Is that correct in an environment today where the minimum wage is N30,000 per month and where they have to pay rent and pay heavily for transportation? And you are enforcing this thing on the students?
“As a result of this – I can assure you that you can check if nothing is done about this heavy fee being introduced all over the country today – in the next two or three years, more than 40 to 50 per cent of these students who are in school would drop out. ”
According to him, if such happens, these students would become willing tools in the hands of those who want to make the “country ungovernable”.
“That is what we are saying: create the environment we had in the ’60s and ’70s,” the ASUU chief said.
“When I was a student, the government was paying me for being a student. Let’s have an environment where the children of the poor can have access to education, not closing them. If you say school fees of N300,000, how can the children of somebody who earns N50,000 a month be able to pay such fee?”
To remedy the situation, Professor Osodeke asked the Federal Government to increase its educational budget “to at least 15 per cent from last year’s 3.8 per cent”.
Leave blue rail corridor, Lagos tells shanty owners
The Lagos State Government has asked owners of shanties along the Blue Rail line to leave.
This directive came from the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, the ministry’s Director of Public Affairs Kunle Adeshina said,
“Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab in furtherance of the directives of Mr Governor on Sunday supervised the removal of shanties on the setbacks and rights of way of Lagos Blue Rail line corridor from Orile to Iyana Iba urging those all those concerned to either move behind the road setback or relocate outright,” Adesina said in a Sunday statement.
He quoted the commissioner as saying this in Orile during an inspection of some of the infractions in the corridor.
“The Commissioner said the enforcement becomes imperative following the expiration of the one-month notice given by Mr Governor to all street traders, squatters, and occupiers of shanties and abandoned vehicles presently on the stretch of Lagos – Badagry Expressway from Orile up to Iyana-Iba,” the statement added.
THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab in furtherance of the directives of Mr Governor on Sunday supervised the removal of shanties on the setbacks and rights of way of the Lagos Blue Rail line corridor from Orile to Iyana Iba urging all those concerned to either move behind the road setback or relocate outright.
The Commissioner who spoke alongside the chairman of the Special Intervention Team for the restoration of the Blue line Right of Way, ACP Bayo Sulaiman at Orile during an inspection of some of the infractions on the corridor said there is a need to ensure a complete restoration of the right of way.
He added that in addition to the Blue Line rail right of way which has been infringed, the Lagos Badagry Expressway is an international highway whose setback must be observed.
The Commissioner said the enforcement becomes imperative following the expiration of the one-month notice given by Mr Governor to all street traders, squatters, and occupiers of shanties and abandoned vehicles presently on the stretch of Lagos – Badagry Expressway from Orile up to Iyana-Iba.
Accompanied by Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji, and his counterpart in the Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde and GM LASPARK, Toun Popoola, the Commissioner said he is moving around to ensure that the right-of-way is secured and illegal trading sites and settlements along the corridor are pulled down.
He particularly mentioned the illegal settlement at Agboju where squatters have built up shanties and have occupied government setbacks, saying Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) would move in after the squatters have been removed to commence work on the beautification and landscaping of the whole stretch.
He explained that the right of way for the Lagos Badagry Expressway stands between 90 to 120 meters, therefore any structure that falls between will not be allowed to stand.
He advised some recalcitrant occupiers of sheds and settlements under the bridge before Abule Oshun who are still staying put to move before the enforcement team moves in.
He urged all commercial vehicle operators on that corridor to maintain their designated Parks, saying henceforth any vehicle seen picking up or dropping passengers at undesignated bus stops along the road would be towed away and the owners prosecuted.
He emphasized that the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu intends to restore the greenery and beautify the Lagos-Badagry Expressway corridor as well as other parts of the state including Agege, Lagos Island, Ikeja, and other areas where illegal traders have encroached on the right-of-way.
In his words: “The Special Intervention Team, is cleaning up the Lagos Badagry to rid of all environmental nuisances and black spots. The exercise would be sustained to ensure that ejected squatters do not return to rebuild these shanties”.
He restated his warning to street traders in different parts of the state that no area encroached upon would be left out of the clean up urging traders at Afolabi Ege Market, Iyana Iba to relocate within 7 days as they are the causes of the man-made traffic bottlenecks along the axis.
Wahab warned residents against creating illegal dumpsites with particular reference to one noticed at the Eric Moore end of Surulere, saying that the government is determined to find a lasting solution to illegal dumpsites and gave a directive of evacuation of the black spot within 24 hours to the State Waste Management Authority.
The General Manager of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency LASPARK, Mrs. Adetoun Popoola, and other directors from the ministry were also part of the inspection exercise.
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