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Northern groups battle southern governors over PIB, Electoral law

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The Southern governors’ position on raging national issues, yesterday, raised dust in the polity, eliciting support and criticisms in many quarters.

Rising from a meeting attended by 15 of the 17 state governments in the South on Monday, the governors, among others, insisted on power shift to the South in 2023, and rejected removal of electronic transmission of results from the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

They also agreed to commence open grazing ban on September 1, opposed a three percent share of oil revenue for host communities and 30 percent share of profit for the exploration of oil and gas in the frontier basins in the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, just passed into law.

While the governors got the backing of southern members of the House of Representatives, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, MBF, and PANDEF, immediate past Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mr. Anthony Sani; and the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, criticized them.

Indeed, the CNG said southern governors could not stampede the North to get the Presidency.

CNG said while the North may not be opposed to the democratic and credible transfer of power to any competent person from any section of the country, the North will not support power moving to the zones of those that are using threats, violence and falsehood as means for political ascendancy.

CNG said specifically, its attention was drawn to “the audacious resolve of the Southern Governors to shield felons, arsonists and mass atrocity perpetrators in their midst by challenging the prerogative of the Federal Government to enforce law and order in all parts of the country and to protect the state and innocent citizens from persons and groups whose conduct constitute grave threats to national security and public safety.”

The Northern Coalition in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, noted “the gang-up against the North in particular, to force a regional shift of the presidency in 2023 by whatever means and tactics, including those that are clearly undemocratic.

“We also note the insistence by the Southern Governors on the retrogressive anti-grazing law that aims to selectively imperial the business of cattle herding and threaten the legitimate presence of pastoral communities in the South, irrespective of whether they are part of a crime committed or not.

“Having made these points clear, the CNG hereby wishes to address specific issues arising from the threats revealed in the communique released by the Southern Governors.

“The desperation of the Southern Governors to shield the assortment of criminals incite who carry out attacks, and wanton destruction of lives and properties of other citizens and national security assets has exposed the level of their complicity in the operations of the armed terror groups in the South.

“Their support for treasonable felony, by the subtle endorsement of the activities of such criminal separatist forces led by the likes of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, by warning the nation’s security agencies against operating in the region without obtaining permission from the governor of the particular state is a matter that must be given the seriousness it deserves.

“On national security and zoning, the CNG categorically affirmed that the North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the presidency and shall insist that only a candidate who is competent and able to unite and secure Nigeria should be President in 2023, irrespective of where he or she comes from.

“On anti-grazing law, we emphatically repudiate the insistence on passing of the Anti grazing law by the Southern Governors that potentially jeopardizes the lives and property of pastoral communities in the South and call on the Federal Government to ensure their right to freedom of movement is not impeded by any legislation or obstacle imposed by a state or a community.

“We invite all northerners to note that clearly the pattern drawn from these strategies employed by the Southern Governors and elites are to achieve the results that the events of 1966 failed to realize, namely the destabilization of the country and in particular, bringing the North down on its knees by political and economic incapacitation.”

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#EndSARS Memorial: Nigerian youths plan to shutdown Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow

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The Nigerian youths have confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos will be shut down tomorrow, Wednesday 20.

According to the youths, the #Endsars Memorial Car Procession will be held at the toll gate from 8 am.

The notifier, shared by Nigerian singer Falz, said the procession is “in memory of the lives lost on the 20-10-20.

“We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons.

“Please be sure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together,” the notifier stated.

This plan was also confirmed by Comedian Mr Macaromi, who shared e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme on his Instagram page.

Meanwhile Falz, on his part, noted that nothing will stop the procession.

“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes,” Falz stated on Instagram.

However, some youths are also planning a counter-protest titled “Defend Lagos.”

The Defend Lagos group in a trending message said:

“About a year ago, this carnage fell on Lagos State while Lagosians thought it was just going to be a protest. Lagos State was destroyed by End SARS protesters.

“Lagosians are ready to defend Lagos NOW. Never again will Lagos be destroyed.”

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University of Ibadan loses two students in 24 hours

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A 200 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oluwaseun Ayomide Adeyemo, yesterday died in a car accident.
 
The student of the department of Microbiology was involved in a car accident around Mobil filling station, UI Ojoo axis.

She was rushed to the University Health Clinic popularly known as Jaja but efforts to save her life proved abortive as she passed on due to excessive loss of blood.
 
Her death came barely 24 hours as the university community was mourning the loss of a 400 level student of the department of History, Adebayo Adegoke.

Adegoke was allegedly shot by robbers around Pre-Boye World Shopping Complex in the late hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

A source, who preferred anonymity said, the deceased, who lived in Independence hall was shot and efforts to save his life proved abortive as he was unable to make it to the hospital.

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The students’ union officials were joined by the Dean Students Affairs, Professor A. Abiona, Head of Department of History and some other students’ leaders to visit the Bodija police station in order to ensure proper investigation is carried out on the deaths.

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Another building collapses in Lagos

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A building collapsed Monday night at No. 97, Lagos Road in the Haruna area of Ikorodu.

The incident occurred around 10pm. Two persons, a male and a female, were confirmed injured.

The victims are currently at the Ikorodu General Hospital receiving treatment.

At least three persons are trapped but no casualty yet, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

It was gathered that after the structure disintegrated, residents within the area mobilised to carry out initial rescue.

The Fire Service and Police responded on time but could not do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift rubbles.

A rescue operation was ongoing as at press time.

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