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This is Why Youths Started #EndSARS” – Nigerians Demand Justice For Newspapers Vendor Killed by Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide



The death of a newspaper vendor in the hands of Femi Gbajabiamila’s security aide has incurred the anger of Nigerians on social media.

The victim, Ifeanyi Okereke was killed when one of the security details attached to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila shot in the air.

The killing has sparked outrage on social media as Nigerians condemned the act and called for justice over the incident.

Many Nigerians have said the killing of the newspapers vendor again validates the recent #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.

It was gathered that the vendor was shot in the head by the security aide.

The incident, which occurred at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3pm on Thursday, had caused panic in the area.

The victim, Okereke, was subsequently rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers, where he reportedly died.

It was learnt that the shooting happened when Okereke and other street vendors selling on the Shehu Shagari Way, Three Arms Zone, flocked around the convoy of the Speaker, who was said to be in the habit of giving out money anytime he passed them.

The Speaker, in a statement today, condemned the shooting, saying he was distraught by the incident. He also said the matter has been reported to the police, adding that the officer who fired the fatal shot has been suspended pending the conclusion of investigation.

“I am personally distraught about this incident and my deepest sympathies go to the victim, his family and Abuja vendors,” Gbajabiamila said.

However, Nigerians have taken to the social media to express their anger over the incident with many saying it was unfortunate the incident happened amid the call for an end to police brutality.

Lawyer and activist, Tope Akinyode, tweeted, “The killers of a street vendor in Abuja yesterday must be brought to book.”

Comedian and #EndSARS campaigner, Debo Macaroni, stated, “Ifeanyi’s wife just recently gave birth. Another Nigerian dead because we are in a country that has zero value for human life!”

Also, popular broadcaster, Kadaria Ahmed, wrote, “No justification for using lethal force to keep citizens away from those who elect them. I believe @femigbaja is appalled but that’s not enough. The shooter must be prosecuted.

“Ifeanyi and his family deserve justice and then how about legislation banning the use of live ammunition during regular work by the security services especially that which brings them into contact with civilians. This will be a worthy memorial to Ifeanyi.”

A Facebook user, Oyalade Olujide, compared the shooting to that of the Lekki toll gate of October 20, 2020. “At Lekki, they said they shot in the air, this one again they shot in the air?” Olujide queried.

Hadeyshuyi Steven commented, “In Peru, a government official resigned over the killing of two innocent citizens. I hope Gbajamiamila will show us true leadership by tendering his resignation letter.”

Instagram users were also pained by the tragic incident in Abuja yesterday. “What’s wrong with all these trigger-happy security personnel?! They don’t train them to have value for human life?! This is really sad,” sandy_nene wrote.

“This incident clearly validates the #EndSARS movement and calls into question whether the judicial enquiries can be truly independent,” patrickdonaldlee said.

“Justice must be served, this is how accountability will start,” ezekielnelson stated.

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Senate confirms Yakubu as INEC Chairman



National Chairman Of INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was on Tuesday December 1, confirmed by the senate as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission for a second term of five years.

This came after a report of the Senate Committee on INEC which recommended Yakubu for confirmation was considered.

Speaking before his confirmation, the senators described him as highly qualified for the job

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Former Governors are not in senate to sleep – Senator T.A Orji



Former Governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia Central, Theodore Orji has countered claim of former Governors not being productive in the national assembly.

Speaking while inspecting one of his constituency projects at Okwuta Primary School, Isieke Ibeku, the senator stated that a combination of all their outputs will reveal what they have generated in the senate.

Orji said;

“You see, all this hate speech – people saying that former governors are there sleeping. Are we sleeping and producing those bills? They say former governors go there to relax, they are sleeping, and that they are not doing anything. But you see the output of one person and all of us. Combine them and you will know the total output that we have generated in the senate.”

On the recent defection of the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, Orji added;

“I am not worried at all. Every person has his own objective. He knows why he has gone.

“Will I go and pull him back? No. we are individuals and he has his reasons for leaving which he has told the people. It is either you take it or you leave it. You cannot take a rope and tie him and say, stay there. He is free to move. This is a mobile world.”

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Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings’ funeral to be held on December 23



The former President died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.

Late Rawlings ruled Ghana from 1981 to 2001. He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana. When it failed, he was imprisoned, publicly court-martialed, and sentenced to death.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC). He then resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first president of the Fourth Republic.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years. After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as a presidential candidate in 2000.

He is survived by his wife and children.

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