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Tortured Uber Driver Replies Lagos CP, Demands Arrest Of Rogue Cops, N500m Compensation

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Adedotun Clement, the Uber driver brutalized by security agents who fired tear gas canisters to disperse protesters during the #EndSARS memorial at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos State, has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the policemen who tortured him.

This was in response to a statement by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, that the police could not take any action on his case because there was no official complaint before the command.

In a petition addressed to the commissioner on Monday, Clement, through his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, said the attack on him was a violation of the Police Act 2020.

While urging Odumosu to take action to remedy the violation of his rights “as guaranteed by Section 34 and 35 of the Constitution,” the victim demanded that disciplinary measures should be taken against the policemen.

The petition read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to you as reported in The PUNCH Newspaper of Monday, October 25, 2021, in which you stated that you cannot take disciplinary actions against the police officers who tortured and pepper-sprayed our client because no formal complaint has been filed by our client.

“Since the assault was perpetrated publicly with video evidence in public circulation and widely reported, we expected that you would initiate disciplinary action based on the undisputed facts and evidence available to you. But since you have demanded a formal complaint, please take this petition as a formal complaint on behalf of our client.

“It is the brief of our client that on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, he was conveying a passenger to the Lagos Mainland, and on getting to the Lekki Toll Gate, he encountered traffic gridlock caused by the peaceful memorial protest in commemoration of the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.”

He stated that while Clement was waiting to pass the tollgate, pandemonium ensued after the police and the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps descended on protesters and fired tear gas canisters indiscriminately in order to disperse them.

“Following the pandemonium, coupled with the debilitating effect of the canisters which penetrated our client’s vehicle, our client and his passenger, like other motorists, road users, and the protesters had no choice but to abandon his vehicle and flee the contaminated scene for his safety.

“When the atmosphere became relatively calm, our client returned to retrieve his vehicle and continue with his business, only to realize that officers of the Nigeria Police Force and LSNC had towed his vehicle from the Lekki Toll Gate to an undisclosed location.

“Our client, as a law-abiding citizen, approached the officers of the Nigeria Police Force and LNSC, who were at the Lekki Toll Gate, to enquire about his vehicle. Rather than respond to our client’s enquiry, the police officers and LNSC officers, without any provocation, swooped on our client and subjected him to prolonged molestation, torture, intimidation, abuse, unwarranted dehumanization and degrading treatment,” the petition said.

Condemning the assault on the driver, Effiong noted that his client’s liberty had been violated.

He added, “Sequel to the foregoing, we hereby respectfully demand as follows: payment of the sum of N500m to our client as compensation for the gross violation of his fundamental rights by officers of the Nigeria Police Force; severe disciplinary measures should be taken against the police officers who attacked our client; culprits should also be prosecuted in court; a written apology to our client addressed to us for the violation of his rights.”

Odumosu told our correspondent that the command would look into the petition and deal with it based on its merit.

He said, “The case will be assigned to a team and if any officer is identified, the officer will go through our procedure as we are not going to circumvent our procedure.”

It was reported that the General Manager of LNSC, Ifalade Oyekan, after an orderly room trial, suspended two officers of the agency who were involved in the act.

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BREAKING: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays In Celebration Of Eid-el-Kabir

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Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, 2024, have been declared public holidays by the Federal Government to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, in a statement on Friday signed by the Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, congratulated all Muslim Ummah both at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.

Tunji-Ojo called on the Muslim Ummah to continue to imbibe the spirit of peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for unity, prosperity and the stability of the country.

The statement added, “The minister reiterated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration was committed to safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians.

“He further enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to support, cooperate and join hands with the president in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of the nation’s economic recovery.

“While wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Minister advised all Nigerians to take responsibility in the resolve to hand over a prosperous Nigeria to the nation’s children.”

Earlier report had it that President Bola Tinubu would depart Abuja, the nation’s capital, for Lagos State on Friday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu will observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, where he will also spend the Sallah holidays.

It added: “The President will mark the occasion with prayers and reflection on advancing the transformation of Nigeria in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda.”

Earlier reports had reported that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day after affirming that Friday is the first day of Dhul Hijjah.

Sultan disclosed this in a statement on Friday by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council, Sambo Junaid, in Sokoto State.

“His Eminence, the Sultan felicitates with Nigeria’s Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings.

“The Sultan, while urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country, also wishes all Muslims a Happy Eid-El-Kabir. May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, amen,” the Sultanate council said in the statement.

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SALLAH: Excitement In Odi-Olowo Community As Council Boss Hon. Razaq Ajala Sells Subsidized Rams At N50,000 [PHOTOS/VIDEO]

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The chairman, odi-olowo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Rasak Ajala, in his usual empathy, magnanimity and love for the good people of his community, took such a humane and drastic step in helping to enable Muslim faithfuls, within the community, the will to buy and celebrate Sallah in the traditional pleasurable, fun and enough “food and meat to eat” way, marking this year’s Sallah.

Hon. Ajala, who will always go extra miles to alleviate the suffering of the people and ensure every member of the community access basic needs, with regular empowerment, outreach and people’s oriented initiative, sold out “ILEYA RAMS” to members of the Local Government, at an incredible amount of 50k (Fifty Thousand Naira Only) no matter the size or weight of the ram.

Testimonies from residents in the community who had purchased and bought the healthy, well fed and Sallah certified rams could only attest more to the Chairman’s capacity in delivering on his electoral promises and aim at changing the lives of the people for the best.

Photos of the rams, as displayed across social media portals, and buyers from the local government have become a sensation and template for good governance and enviable leadership.

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BUSINESS: Investing In Davido’s Coin Highly Risky, SEC Warns Nigerians

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The public has been cautioned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to invest in the meme coin that is purportedly associated with popular Nigerian artist David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido.

The commission made this known in a statement published on its website on Friday.

The SEC issued a warning, saying that users of the meme coin do so at their own risk.

“The general public is hereby advised that meme coins lack fundamental value and are purely speculative. The general public is further warned that investing in meme coins, including $Davido, is highly risky and should be done with a full understanding of the associated risk.

“Capital market operators are by this notice warned not to associate with instruments that fall outside the SEC’s regulatory purview. Such instruments should not in any manner be distributed or monitored through any capital market mechanism.

“Please note that the commission does not recognise $Davido as an investment product or investable asset class under its regulatory purview, as such individuals who patronize it, do so at their peril,” the statement read.

The SEC said it will keep a close watch on market developments and is ready to step in with regulatory action as needed.

The commission further explained, “Generally, meme coins are cryptocurrencies inspired by memes and internet jokes. They are often envisaged as fun, light-hearted cryptocurrencies promoted through a social media community and sometimes through celebrity endorsements.

“Meme coins are also not intended to serve as a medium of exchange accepted by the public as payment for goods and services, or as a digital representation of capital market products such as shares, debentures, units of collective investment schemes, derivatives contracts, commodities or other kinds of financial instruments or investments.”

The music star unveiled a meme coin called $Davido on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

However, the meme coin has been widely criticised by Nigerians after its value nosedived just a day after its launch.

Social media was awash with disappointed investors and fans venting their frustration as the coin’s value plummeted, with many expressing their dismay and disillusionment.

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