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Attack on #EndSARS Protesters an “Absolute Horror”—Aisha Yesufu Tells CNN

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Nigerian activist, Aisha Yesufu, has described the last Tuesday’s attack on #EndSARS protesters in Lagos as an “absolute horror” which has left her “numb.”

In a chat with CNN’s Becky Anderson after the unfortunate shooting allegedly carried out by men of the Nigerian Army, she said the demonstrators were only asking the government to give them police they can trust and be proud of like their colleagues in civilised nations.

According to her, there is a “culture of impunity” among the Nigerian police and the youths were just asking the government to reform the police, nothing more.

However, she expressed disdain that this humble request was met with a violent suppression from the government, which is yet to take responsibility for the shooting.

A day after the shooting of live bullets at the peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, claimed he was not aware of the use of the military to disperse the youths after he declared a curfew in the state, insinuating that this may have been done by some “forces beyond our direct control.”

On Thursday night, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the unrest that engulfed the nation after the shooting but he did not specifically mention the Lekki incident but described the youths as “so called protesters.”

The next day, on Politics Today programme aired on Channels TV and monitored by Business Post, one of the President’s media aides, Mr Femi Adesina, claimed that Mr Buhari did not speak on the incident because it was still being investigated by the state government.

“I can’t believe that our military men turned roulettes on our citizens, and the government decided to hurt young adults – our youth who came out and in peace just to say that they want a right to live. And by coming out they have been killed, and it’s just horror that I am feeling right now,” Yesufu, who helped organize the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement, told CNN.

“The police will waste you, they will kill you and nothing will happen to them. They will even tell you the President will not be able to do anything. And indeed we have seen this with the youth who are constantly being profiled, who are being killed and who are being maimed, who are being escorted from coming out to make demands of the president and to say to him, stop this killing,” she added.

Yesufu called on the Nigerian government to “stop killing its people” and for the international community to not look away from “this horror being inflicted on the Nigerian people.”

“The Nigerian government needs to stop killing its people and listen to the demands of the youth. They are asking for compensation for victims of police brutality. They want an end to police brutality. They are asking for protesters who have been arrested to be released. They are asking for reform – they are not asking for too much.

“We are asking them to stop killing the Nigerian people. It’s a crime against humanity. Genocide is happening right now and the world must not look away,” Yesufu, who is one of the iconic faces of the #EndSARS protest, said.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.

Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.

In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.

However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.

“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.

“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.

Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.

The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.

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Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.

The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.

Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.

There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.

He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.

According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.

“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.

“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.

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N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.

He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.

In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.

The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.

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