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Activists hold protest over death of Abuja journalist, Alex Ogbu killed by police.


Tears flowed freely as activists, family members and friends gathered on Thursday night at Julius Berger Bus-stop, Abuja, to hold a candlelight procession in honour of journalist, Alex Ogbu, killed by the police.

Ogbu was felled by police bullet on January 21, 2020 while covering a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria over the continued detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky in Abuja.

Speaking during Thursday’s procession, Kunle Wiseman said activists and civil society groups would not stop to demand the prosecution of the policeman, who fired the shot that killed Ogbu.


Wiseman said, “We want to tell the world that till date despite the autopsy that confirmed that Alex Ogbu was gunned down and murdered by the police, officers attached to Utako Police Station are yet to be brought to book.

“The police have not yielded to one of our demands that compensation should be paid to the wife, child and family members.


“We want to say that the police does not have right to use live arms against protesters.”

The mourners called on Nigerians and people of conscience to stand up for justice for the deceased and speak up against the brutality of the police using live ammunition on protesters.


Wife of the deceased, Francisca, vowed to continue with the ideal and legacy of fighting for humanity and freedom left behind by her husband.

She said, “I call on Nigerians to join me, I need your support because I cannot do it alone.


“Today I am a widow but tommorow it can be anybody.

“Until we stand up and say no to injustice and unlawful killings, nothing will change in this country.”

The activists vowed to on March 10 present a formal petition to the leadership of the National Assembly, National Human Rights Commission and other rights organisation to draw attention to the issue.

Recall that the police in an attempt to cover up the crime tried to change the narrative by claiming that the late Ogbu fell and hit his head on a stone while trying to flee the protest by IMN members.


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SARS officer who killed Nigerian footballer unveiled. {Photo}


A SARS officer identified as Oyato has been fingered in the killing of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu, Kaka, Kazeem in Ogun State.

Officer Oyato is reportedly notorious for scouting perceived internet fraud operators, also known as “yahoo boys” in order to obtain money from them.


Reports also have it that he has amassed wealth for himself from proceeds of his extortion of internet fraudsters arrested within his jurisdiction.


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4 NSCDC officers abducted in Kogi. (How..)


A total of four officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been kidnapped, N.Rs learnt.


William Aya, a deputy superintendent of police, told media that the officers were kidnapped at a spot in Alo-Offoke community on the Itobe-Ayingba road.

The officials were said to be travelling to Makurdi for promotion examination when their vehicles were stopped by some gunmen.


“Information gathered reveals that four civil defence personnel were among the kidnapped victims,” Aya said, indicating that those kidnapped may be more than four.

He said three other persons that sustained injuries during the attack were currently receiving treatment at a hospital.


Aya said the police responded immediately it received distress calls that some armed men were operating between Alo- Offoke and Ayingba.

“The Divisional Police Officer in charge immediately mobilised his personnel to the scene where they met two abandoned vehicles, one Volkswagen Sharon bus with registration number Kogi KNA 220 LG and a Volkswagen Gulf car with registration number Lagos EZ 376 SMK,” he said.


“Both vehicles were riddled with bullets and occupants suspected to have been abducted while 20 expended AK47 ammunition and civil defence kits were recovered from the scene.”

Aya said the command had flagged off aerial surveillance patrol of Obajana axis and other black spots.

He said the operation also involved ground troops consisting of police and military personnel who are now combing the bush to rescue victims.

He said the new operation was being led by the state Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ekpeji.


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Kebbi deployed 140 officers to evaluate primary one teachers in 956 schools


The Kebbi State Government has deployed over 140 monitoring officers to evaluate the performance of 1,452 trained primary One teachers in 956 primary schools across the state.


NobleReporters heard that the affected teachers were trained under Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure the improvement of Primary one pupils under the guide of Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA) scheme and their enrollment in the state.

While deploying the officers in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Hajiya Rafa’atu Hammani, explained that the essence of the exercise was part of the follow-up on an effort to improve literacy level and retention of pupils’ enrollment in the primary schools.


“We invited these coaches and mentors here because they are the ones who will go round to evaluate the effects of the training we gave to these primary one teachers on RANA programme.

“Their responsibilities are to see if they are following the syllabus.


“Are they doing it correctly? If they are doing it right, they will encourage them to do more.

“This is to ensure that RANA is going on the way it should be.


“We have distributed books to all the primary one pupils that these trained primary one teachers are teaching.

“So, we want them to go round to see if all these pupils have RANA books.


“And if the teachers are teaching exactly what they are supposed to teach by following the syllabus the way it’s should be.

“Where the teacher is deficient, they will assist and help the teacher, guide him or her on the aspect such a teacher is not doing well.


“So, the whole essence of this exercise is to remind ourselves of our roles as the people who will not only bring back children to schools but make sure we retain them until they complete their schools and make sure we give them quality education,” Hammani explained.

She also recalled that one of the major problems facing the education sector was lack of constant monitoring.


The permanent secretary expressed optimism that with the deployment of the coaches, there would be an improvement in literacy standards in the schools while quality education would be achieved.

Earlier, the Desk Officer of BESDA, Malam Hassan Umar, disclosed that the programme was designed to improve literacy, enrollment of children in schools and the modalities in ensuring the objectives were achieved.

He added that the World Bank had promised the state about $1 million US dollars if the literacy level in the state improved by two per cent through the adoption of RANA.

N.Rs learnt that 120 mentors and coaches, as well as BESDA officers in all the 21 LGAs of the state, converged at Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of the state for the meeting of LGEA Desk Officers and RANA coaches/mentors on the distribution of pupils book and teacher’s guide.


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Naval officers arrested 3 suspected robbers ..


The Nigerian Navy has arrested three sea robbers suspected to have links with the pirates that killed four naval ratings in Ondo State.

The suspects including Odun Ogunse, Adeojo Sunday and Edema ThankGod were arrested during the week by the team of naval officers in Igbokoda area of the state.

Their arrest comes barely a day after the navy declared 33 sea pirates wanted for the abduction of three foreign sailors (two Russians and one Indian) in the Niger Delta.


Recall the tragic incident that occurred penultimate weekend when some navy personnel were killed in a gunfight at Gagira, a suburb in the Awoye coastal community in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base in Igbokoda, Commodore Danjuma Ndanusa, disclosed the arrest of the suspects to SaharaReporters in a chat on Friday.


Ndanusa said the suspects were arrested in the creeks of the Niger Delta after extensive intelligence and surveillance.

He identified the earlier arrest of another suspect Bamitale Iwatan, who is wanted for the kidnap of three foreign nationals.


According to him, Iwatan alongside his gang members also stole a cache of ammunition belonging to the naval ratings during the rescue mission.

Ndanusa added that the wanted criminal was an ex-militant who claimed to have repented during the amnesty programme of government but still engaged in criminal activities.

He said, “We have issued out the names of those we arrested and handed them over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“We are still looking for about 33 other suspects who have been perpetrating all sorts of crimes in the creeks across the region.”


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Cop behind Ogbu’s death should be penalized – Journalists


The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Federal Capital Territory Council, Abuja, has expressed sadness over the death of Mr Alex Ogbu and demanded an in-depth investigation into the circumstances leading to his killing.

Ogbu was killed by police bullet on Tuesday during a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

The union in a statement on Thursday said it seemed to had become a pattern for police personnel to target journalists covering protests in Abuja going by the rising tragic deaths in recent times.


The statement reads, “It is heart-rending to know that yet another journalist was felled in this seeming unending orgy of bloodletting in Abuja and other parts of the country.

“We at the NUJ are now asking if this is a pattern where journalists become victims in the legitimate pursuit of their profession as reporters?


“It is barely seven months that Precious Owolabi of Channels TV was cut down in his prime, only for Ogbu to die in a senseless manner.

“We demand that the FCT Police Command commences investigation into this death and ensure that the officer(s) involved in his killing faces the law.


“The police should know that any investigation without the inclusion of the union and National Human Rights Commission will amount to an exercise in futility.

“NUJ will hold the police hierarchy responsible if justice was not served in this matter.

“We will ensure that if the Nigerian state fails, we will explore diplomatic channels to ensure that those who harass, intimidate and kill journalists under any guise are made to bear the brunt of such objectionable conduct.”

Ogbu until his death was a journalist with Regent Africa Times where he covered politics and was a critical voice in demanding for good governance.


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