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#EndSARS: Despite Video Evidence, Nigeria Army Denies Shooting At Peaceful Protesters

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The Nigerian Army has denied that its officials shot at protesters in Lekki Toll Gate Plaza on Tuesday evening.

Recall that PorscheClassy News earlier reported how security agents in military camouflage opened fire on protesters at the Lekki toll gate, in Lagos State.

It was learnt that the streetlights were put off and the CCTV cameras removed before the security agents stormed the venue.

Witnesses also told this newspaper that the attack on unarmed protesters after the Lagos State Government imposed a curfew in Lagos, left at least seven people dead. The figures could rise with many other protesters injured from the shootings.

Multiple videos captured by citizens show the moment soldiers opened fire on the protesters, and the clips show terrified citizens crouching and screaming as gunshots rented the air.

The army has, however, labelled the reports false on all its verified social media accounts.

When contacted on Tuesday evening, the spokesperson of the military outfit, Sagir Musa, told PREMIUM TIMES that protest is a civil matter and the army has nothing to do with the attack.

Meanwhile, when our reporter confronted him with the multiple evidence indicating that the shooters were soldiers, Mr Musa said; “I am not aware.”

Several Nigerians at home and abroad have condemned the killings of Tuesday night, describing it as an act of wickedness against the unarmed protesters.

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Morale Booster: IGP Promotes 16 Slain Police Officers, 82,799 Others

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has approved the promotion of 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks.

The force said the promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants, and 8,431 Constables to Corporal was part of the efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the police for greater efficiency.

About 38 policemen were reportedly killed while many others were injured during the violence that rocked the country.

Those promoted on Monday also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the #EndSARS riots, 16 of whom got a special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the protests were equally elevated.

This was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, titled ‘IGP promotes 82,779 junior officers.’

It read, “The IGP while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling.

“He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some #ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.”

The statement further said the IG also promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of government, and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the police for improved welfare and conditions of service “towards better service delivery to the people.”

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye New LASPOTECH Rector

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A chief lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Nurudeen Olaleye, has emerged as the 11th rector of the institution.

This was contained in a press statement by the Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Lagos State on Monday.

The statement titled ‘ASG appoints new rector for Lagos State Polytechnic’, was signed by the Head of Public Affairs, OSAE, Omolase Yejide.

It read, “Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the Executive Governor of Lagos State has approved the appointment of Dr Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the 11th Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic.

“The appointment was a sequel to interview conducted by the Institution’s Governing Council and its subsequent recommendation is for 5 years single term and takes effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

“Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye prior to his appointment was Chief Lecturer at the Polytechnic.”

The newly appointed rector studied Microbiology at the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he finished with second class, lower division, in 1994. He obtained his Master’s certificate in the same field in UNILAG in 1995.

He attended Loughborough University, United Kingdom, where he bagged his doctoral degree certificate in Public Health Microbiology with areas of specializations including, Water Microbiology, Water Sanitation and Safety, Water Safety Policy, Biotechnology, and Food and Industrial Microbiology.

He worked as quality control manager at Alateco Foods, Limited, Alimosho, Lagos between 1995 and 1999 before joining the service of the polytechnic as lecturer II at its Ikosi campus in 2000.

He became lecturer 1 in 2003 and was promoted to Senior lecturer in 2008. He later became a principal lecturer in 2013 and a chief lecturer in 2017.

Born on February 14, 1971, Olaleye served as the head of both food technology and science laboratory technology departments at various times.

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JUST IN: APC Drags Lagos-East PDP Senatorial Candidate Babatunde Gbadamosi To Court Over Perjury, Certificate Falsification

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State, has dragged the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the December 5 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, before the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for alleged perjury and falsification of certificates.

The suit instituted against Gbadamosi on Monday is seeking his disqualification from the by-election.

The APC filed the suit through its counsel, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, and Mr. Kemi Balogun, SAN.

Apart from Gbadamosi, another respondent in the suit is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the suit, the APC said that it studied the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate which Gbadamosi had submitted to the INEC in comparison with his certificate obtained from the official website of WAEC.

The party, in its writ of summons, claims that it discovered certain discrepancies in the certificates which, according to the APC, indicate that the WAEC certificate Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC might have been falsified.

It claims that some of the discrepancies observed in Gbadamosi’s WAEC certificate include the number of subjects the PDP candidate allegedly sat for ‘is different from the number of subjects he sat for as contained on the website of WAEC.

‘Also, the grades he claims to have received via the certificate is different from that contained on the official website of WAEC,’ the APC declared in its writ of summons.

The WAEC certificate which Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC revealed that the PDP candidate only sat for five subjects: English Language with A3 grade, Literature in English C5; History C5; Commerce C4 and Biology P7.

However, details of Gbadamosi’s result obtained from WAEC’s official website revealed that the PDP candidate for eight subjects in which he had F-9 in Bible Knowledge; F-9 in Economics; F-9 in Mathematics; A-3 English Language; C-5 in Literature in English; C-5 in History; C-4 in Commerce and P-7 Biology.

The APC, also, alleged that the PDP candidate filled Form EC9 that he attended the Lagos State University after obtaining his WAEC certificate in 1985, which it argued, was suspicious because he did not meet requirements for admission in the university.

On these grounds, the APC asked the court to disqualify the PDP and Gbadamosi from contesting in the forthcoming senatorial by-election in Lagos East, which the INEC had rescheduled to hold on December 5

Apart from asking the court to disqualify the PDP candidate from contesting the December 5 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, the APC prayed that the court, also ‘disqualifies him from contesting future elections in view of the falsified certificate he presented to the INEC.’

Also in its statement of claims, the APC declared that it had painstakingly studied the Forms EC9 and CF001 Gbadamosi filled and submitted to the INEC for the purpose of the December 5 senatorial bye-election

The party alleged that the PDP candidate made several false declarations on oath regarding his working experience, his educational qualifications and certain other aspects.

It also alleges that Gbadamosi did not participate in the one year mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC), which according to the APC, indicated that making ‘false declarations on oath and failure to participate in the mandatory national service are offenses under our several criminal laws.’

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