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Seun Kuti launches Movement of the People despite police ban

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By Gbenga Bada and Olaitan Ganiu


THIS event is supposed to happen at the Afrikan Shrine and it was a meeting of all socialist progressive organisations to launch the movement of the people and start our political resistance to the tyranny of this oppressive regime,” were the words of Seun Kuti as he proceeded to launch a new movement despite police ban for such gathering.


During the launch, Kuti, flanked by representatives of other organisations, expressed that though the police tried aborting the plans, he would not be deterred.

“Even though they diminish our space, they can’t diminish the things we control and things we must control. We must not see that as a defeat but as more fuel to the fire that is propelling us forward from the tyranny that is the Nigerian situation today,” Kuti began.

Continuing, he said, “I am sitting down here with members of all the progressive organisations that I have been with for several decades and some people have been in the struggle since I was small. The Movement of the People being an alliance of all progressive organisations, socialist progressive organisations and this is our own way of announcing this movement that will bring about political and business opposition to our ruling elite.”

On Monday, November 16, the Afrobeat musician announced that the Nigerian police had threatened to seal Femi Kuti’s Afrikan Shrine in Central Business District if continued with his decision to launch the movement alongside other organisations.

“I respect my family’s decision not to hold the event but I will still go ahead with all the other organisations to launch the Movement of the People tomorrow and start our political resistance to the tyranny of this oppressive regime.

“This is a meeting, just a meeting of organisations and they are basically banning the right of association. Why are they afraid of the people organising? What is democratic about this act? The last time we tried to launch the government quickly called a curfew and this time they have used threats but you can’t stop the will of the people,” the younger Kuti said on his official Instagram account on Monday night.

The Nigeria Police had banned Kuti from holding the launch of a mass meeting at the African Shrine, Lagos.

In a letter shared by Kuti, the police explained the reasons for the ban of such a gathering.

The police explain that following the recent violence that marred the EndSARS protest in Lagos, it won’t allow the launch of the Movement of the People to hold.

“It is on this premise that I write that such a gathering of meeting planned to be hosted at your venue is not welcome at this perilous time when the security of the nation is trying to find her footing to stabilize all threats to life and properties.”

“You are hereby warned to suspend such gathering as any infraction that may emerge from this gathering will be tag a deliberate action to sabotage the transition and restoration of the peace in Lagos State by the Lagos state government and the Nigeria Police Force,” the letter addressed to Yeni Kuti read in parts.

The youngest son of the famous afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, had followed suit in his late father’s footstep of clamouring for the emancipation of the people from the ruling elites.

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How Police Officer Shot Indiscriminately Into The Air After Argument With Bartender In Rivers

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An official of the Nigeria Police Force has been nabbed for indiscriminate shooting.

The policeman, whose identity is not known yet, has been arrested by Nigerian Air Force personnel at Port Harcourt Military Airport after shooting indiscriminately into the air.

A source at the scene of the incident told SaharaReporters that the policeman became angry and committed the act after being cautioned by a bartender in the officers’ mess not to take a bottle of beer he was holding into the apron where jets were parked.

The policeman was asked to find a private area to drink but instead of complying with the directive decided to cock his gun and shoot into the air to show his anger at the bartender.

“Police escorts for several dignitaries were at the Port Harcourt Military Airport yesterday for a meeting held at the Government House.

“Close to the apron where their jets were parked is an air force officer’s mess where one policeman approached the barman to ask for a bottle of beer.

“As he had the bottle and was approaching the apron to go drink it, the barman told him to drink it under a mango tree and that bottles were not allowed into the apron.

“The policeman flared up and asked him who gave the order. Almost immediately, he cocked his rifle and shot in the air and the guy took cover before other policemen around disarmed him and air force personnel arrested him,” the source disclosed.

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Police Constable Arrested In Kano For Sexually Exploiting Underage Girls

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Sharia Police (Hisbah) has arrested a police constable identified as Basiru in Rumawa, Ungogo Local Government Area of the state after he was accused of sexually exploiting underage girls and women.

It was gathered that Basiru and his accomplice, one Jamilu, now at large, used a house in Rumawa area where they allegedly lured girls and women for their ”nefarious activities.”

A Hisbah official, who confirmed the development under anonimity, said the suspect was arrested after members of the community raised the alarm about their activities.

It was further gathered that a 16-year-old girl, who was earlier declared missing by her family was found in the custody of the suspect.

A guardian of the teenager, Usman Ahmad, said she went missing for two days.

“They (Basiru and Jamilu ) built the house in Rumawa area and use it for sexual exploitation of underage girls and other victims. My daughter went missing for two days but was later found in the apartment of the constabulary. Basiru was arrested and his friend Jamilu, who is the owner of the house, is now at large.” Ahmad said.

The matter had been transferred to KwaKwachi Police Station for further investigation .

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Police Constable Arrested In Kano For Sexually Exploiting Underage Girls

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Sharia Police (Hisbah) has arrested a police constable identified as Basiru in Rumawa, Ungogo Local Government Area of the state after he was accused of sexually exploiting underage girls and women.

It was gathered that Basiru and his accomplice, one Jamilu, now at large, used a house in Rumawa area where they allegedly lured girls and women for their ”nefarious activities.”

A Hisbah official, who confirmed the development under anonimity, said the suspect was arrested after members of the community raised the alarm about their activities.

It was further gathered that a 16-year-old girl, who was earlier declared missing by her family was found in the custody of the suspect.

A guardian of the teenager, Usman Ahmad, said she went missing for two days.

“They (Basiru and Jamilu ) built the house in Rumawa area and use it for sexual exploitation of underage girls and other victims. My daughter went missing for two days but was later found in the apartment of the constabulary. Basiru was arrested and his friend Jamilu, who is the owner of the house, is now at large.” Ahmad said.

The matter had been transferred to KwaKwachi Police Station for further investigation .

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