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SECURITY / NBC Fines Channels, AIT, Arise TV N9m Over #EndSARS Coverage by PatienceNgwuli(f): 10:54 pm On October 26, 2020
For unprofessional coverage of the End SARS protests, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is said to have fined Channels Television, African Independent Television (AIT) and Arise TV N3m each. In addition to the N3m fine on AIT, the broadcast industry regulator said it is contemplating confiscating the station’s license over a fake report that the National Ecumenical Centre was set ablaze.

The NBC acting Director General Prof Armstrong Idachaba who announced the sanction at a press conference in Abuja on Monday said the three stations grossly breached the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in their coverage of the EndSARS crisis by depending on unverified social media reports.

Channels Television, Arise TV and AIT especially continued to transmit footages obtained from unverified and unsure social media sources. No doubt these pictures stimulated anger and worsened the violence that was witnessed during the crisis. He said in a hurry to break the news, the stations engaged in unprofessional attitude to relay information to their viewers.

He said their reports of the crisis were questionable and mostly incorrect. He also said that The National Broadcasting Commission is concerned about the professional misdemeanour of some broadcasting stations in the past couple of days.

According to him, monitoring reports available to the Commission indicate that indeed at the early stages of the conflict the broadcast industry largely gave a fair and balanced coverage to the issues, the trend became completely reversed when violence, wanton destruction and looting were added to the dimensions.

Perhaps in the eagerness to break news and be pace setter, the stations engaged in the very unprofessional attitude of speculative and unverifiable broadcast, the acting DG said.

He added that in spite of the provision of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code which cautions broadcasters against relying totally on User Generated Center (UCG).

DG further said they believe that the whole country has now seen why the spurious and recklessness on the Social Media must not be patronised by the main stream traditional media. Broadcasters who therefore dogmatically patronise the Social Media must bury their heads in shame,” he also said.

He said Nigerians are at the stage of their nation’s history when broadcasters have a crucial responsibility for responsive and professional broadcasting.

The DG said by picking unverified, baseless social media sources and reiterating the narratives, Nigerian broadcasters have shown crass lack of professionalism and a disposition to be escalators of conflict and more seriously a threat to Nigeria.

In line with the provisions of section 5.6.9 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code which states that; “the broadcaster shall be held liable for any breach of the Code emanation from the use of material from User Generated Sources.
The Commission has therefore sanctioned Arise TV, Channels TV and AIT in line with the provisions of the broadcasting Code. This is to serve as deterrent to broadcasters who deliberately ignore to verify stories before they broadcast,” the acting DG said. The commission called on broadcasters to always ensure that when they use UGC and Social media Sources, they must ensure their veracity and authenticity.

Meanwhile, the Commission has also condemned the assault and intimidation of media houses.

The burning of TVC Lagos, the brief closure of Channels TV Lagos are all worrisome indicators of mob treat to the freedom of the press. No nation can grow when the citizens muzzle and intimidate its press, he said.

PROPERTIES / Re: Police Arrest Suspects For Destroying Properties During ENDSARS Protest In Ondo by adex84: 10:52 pm On October 26, 2020
The government should try to be lenient on them as orientation should be given them and let's all build a new Nigeria.

PROPERTIES / Police Arrest Suspects For Destroying Properties During ENDSARS Protest In Ondo by adex84: 10:50 pm On October 26, 2020
Ten suspects have been arrested in Ondo State for damaging both public and private properties in the State.

The suspects who were identified to be thugs hijacked the peaceful protest calling for an end of SARS operations to damage and loot public and private properties in the State.

The thugs operated in some parts like Akure, Okitipupa and Owo areas, all in Ondo State where secretariats of both APC and PDP, Nigerian Correctional Centre, Magistrate Court, Police Stations and buses were attacked and damaged.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Bolaji Salami confirmed the arrest in his statement on Monday as he said that, "Those arrested have confessed to what they have done and proper investigation is now being carried out on the cases.

"Although, those we arrested are not the ones who were demonstrating on the streets but criminal elements who hijacked the peaceful protest earlier started by the youth.

"So, we didn't arrest any protester but the ones in our custody are those who use the opportunity to cause trouble and violence by turning it into arson and other criminal acts.

"By the time we conclude our investigations, they would all be charge to court and made to face the consequences of their action in due time."

SECURITY / Re: Nigerian Soldiers Kill Residents While Struggling To Recover Rifles by adex84: 10:29 pm On October 26, 2020
This is pathetic. What a sad incident!

SECURITY / Nigerian Soldiers Kill Residents While Struggling To Recover Rifles by adex84: 10:28 pm On October 26, 2020
Nigerian soldiers have gunned two residents of Ikire under Irewole Local Government Area in Osun State during a protest to remove the community traditional head.

The protest that was being demonstrated by the youth of the community to implement the 2014 judgment of the Supreme Court which stated that Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi ( Lambeloye III) should evacuate the throne as he is not the person to be crowned as the traditional head of the community.

The protest called for the intervention of the soldiers to restore peace into the community which made the soldiers shoot sporadically.

The youth in retaliation started throwing stones at the soldiers, laid an ambush for soldiers and snatched away rifles. In struggling to recover the stolen rifles, soldiers killed two protesters.

CRIME / Re: Indian Police Arrest Nigerian Lady For Stabbing Boyfriend To Death by adex84: 10:13 pm On October 26, 2020
Anger in relationship is very bad.

CRIME / Indian Police Arrest Nigerian Lady For Stabbing Boyfriend To Death by adex84: 10:09 pm On October 26, 2020
A lady known to be Oge Florence has been arrested in Indian for killing her boyfriend, Obinna.

One who is a Nigerian lady killed her boyfriend who was also a Nigerian as she stabbed her boyfriend on Sunday during a quarrel.

The news gathered that the duo was used to quarrel from time to time before Mr. Obinna was finally stabbed on Sunday.

The police in Indian have therefore arrested the lady for further investigation.

CRIME / Re: 120 Criminals Apprehended By The Police In Adamawa For Looting by PatienceNgwuli(f): 6:53 pm On October 26, 2020
This is a reasonable talk, sounds good.

CRIME / 120 Criminals Apprehended By The Police In Adamawa For Looting by PatienceNgwuli(f): 6:47 pm On October 26, 2020
The Police Command in Adamawa has apprehended 120 suspected criminals who masqueraded as End SARS protesters to steal items from government and private warehouses on Sunday.

DSP Suleiman Nguroje, the spokesperson revealed this while speaking with newsmen on Monday in Yola. Nguroje said that the command has recovered many stolen items including tractors, cars, and farm machines.

He also said that an investigation was ongoing to arrest other suspects and recover more stolen items. The DSP remarked that the suspects will be prosecuted in law courts at the end of investigations.

Nevertheless, he urged residents of the state to maintain peace, law, and order in their respective communities, giving assurance that police would do everything possible to protect the lives and properties of the humanity.

SECURITY / Troop Kill 38 Bandits, Arrest 93 Insurgent Logistics Suppliers, Recovers Arms by PatienceNgwuli(f): 5:40 pm On October 26, 2020
The battalions of Operation Sahel Sanity, a unit of the Nigerian Army says that it has heightened functional workouts in the theatre of operation have massacred over 38 suspected robbers, incapacitating dozens of them and reclaiming ammunitions in Katsina and Zamfara States.

The Army spokesperson stated that this has led to the degradation of the bandits and their activities to the barest minimum as indicative by the successes. The gains they say is gradually bringing stability and normalcy back to the zone as evident by the massive resumption of farming and socio-economic activities in the northwest zone.

The information was given by the Acting Director, Defense media operations, Brigadier Bernard Onyeuko at the Special Army Super Camp 4 in Faskari, Katsina state. It is important to note that the tremendous successes achieved since the commencement of the operation could not have been possible without the sacrifice, commitment and gallantry exhibited by the professionally and responsive soldiers of the Nigerian Army

Some of the soldiers have paid the supreme price in the course of their professional calling. The troops of Operation Sahel Sanity within some period now carried out a series of clearance operations, ambushes, day and night patrols denying bandits and other criminal elements any respite”

Also numerous farm and highway patrols were carried out within Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi and Zamfara States thus boosting the confidence of the locals as well as commuters in carrying out their daily activities without hindrance.

Onyeuko explained that the operations most importantly led to the rescue of kidnapped victims, neutralization of bandits, the arrest of several bandits informants and collaborators, recovery and return of rustled cattle to their bonafide owners. Furthermore, there were recoveries of a large cache of arms and ammunition as well as other dangerous weapons. Similarly, numerous captured bandits motorcycles and bandits hideouts were destroyed by the gallant troops.

Also some bandits logistics network have been smashed leading to the arrest of some of the syndicate members within the period. The troops’ spokesman stressed that in all the operations conducted, on 25th October 2020, 38 armed bandits were neutralized while 93 suspected bandits logistics suppliers and collaborators were arrested.

Relatedly, 30 Dane guns, 941 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and five live cartridges were seized during various encounters with troops.

Also, a total of 131 cows, 154 sheep/rams and 1 camel were recovered. In all the search and rescue operations carried out, 108 kidnapped victims were rescued, 90 bandits informants and collaborators, three rustled cattle marketers and 12 bandits logistics suppliers were arrested.

He revealed that a total of 10 bandit’s camps and their logistics bases were destroyed by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity. Relatedly 47 bandits attacks and 31 kidnap incidents were curbed by the troops. He said that the troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have continued to dominate all the hitherto volatile areas with confidence building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations to deny the bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action.

The people of the North-West zone are also appreciated for their continued cooperation in providing credible information for the success of the operation. They are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with actionable information that would aid the desired goal of the operation.

Onyeuko said they are further reassured of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to restore total peace in the zone and indeed the entire country.

For the press family both within and beyond the zone, your patriotic and professional zeal towards this noble course is highly commendable and appreciated”Army kill 38 bandits, arrest 93 insurgent logistics suppliers, recovers arms in Katsina, Zamfara.

SECURITY / Re: One Dead, The Sun Journalist Shot Amidst Sporadic Shooting In Lokoja by PatienceNgwuli(f): 4:51 pm On October 26, 2020
This is bad, but the hoarding of the Covid-19 palliatives caused it all.

SECURITY / Re: One Dead, The Sun Journalist Shot Amidst Sporadic Shooting In Lokoja by PatienceNgwuli(f): 3:36 pm On October 26, 2020
This is bad, but the hoarding of the Covid-19 palliatives caused it all.

SECURITY / One Dead, The Sun Journalist Shot Amidst Sporadic Shooting In Lokoja by PatienceNgwuli(f): 3:30 pm On October 26, 2020
There was a sporadic gunshots between the security agents and the protesters on Monday as a result of End SARS protests which disrupted actvities at Lokoja Kogi state. a pretense of normalcy was said to have returned to the streets, Emmanuel Adeyemi, the state Correspondent of The Sun newspaper was among victims of the gunshots.

Adeyemi was on his way to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in the morning when he was caught in the crossfire. He was shot a stone throw away from the gate of the NUJ secretariat. Adeyemi was rushed to a clinic where he is said to be responding to treatment.

An unknown person who was reportedly hit by a stray bullet around the Kogi Circle roundabout, close to the Misi T restaurant was not that lucky as he was said to have died on the spot. sources alleged that hired thugs incited the attacks which later worsened. The drive-by shooters whose bullet hit Adeyemi from behind, also shot a passerby whose name could not be instantly verified.

The other victim of the drive-by shooting on the Lugard Road, close to the NUJ state secretariat, was said to have just arrived from Benue State, and was caught up in the middle of the confusion. The sporadic gunshots in Lokoja followed the resumption of looting in another warehouse in the Zone 8 area.

A similar incident was recorded overnight when the Agricultural Development Project (ADP) warehouse where bags of fertilizers were stored was invaded and looted by hoodlums. One Boluwatife Rotimi, a businessman is believed to be the brain behind the warehouse. A large crowd of youths had gathered at the Zone 8 roundabout close to the warehouse as early as 7am on Monday, having on Sunday emptied a government warehouse near the Kpata market, where Covid-19 palliatives were stored.

As at the time of filling this report the sporadic gunshots was still on, while traders along the Murtala Mohammed Way, closed their shops, even as the residents scampered for safety in different directions, while journalists have all but vacated the NUJ secretariat, for fear of further attacks.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya said that the gunshots came from hoodlums who were scaring people away to enable them free access to their looting activities. He said that the perpetrators were being trailed and would be brought to book shortly.

The State capital is said to have been on edge for the last 24 hours, with the government saying it was on top of the situation.

PROPERTIES / Re: Fire Burns Down SUBEB Office In Ondo by adex84: 12:07 pm On October 26, 2020
This is serious.

PROPERTIES / Fire Burns Down SUBEB Office In Ondo by adex84: 12:06 pm On October 26, 2020
The annex office of State Universal Basic Education in Akure, Ondo State has been razed down by fire on Monday morning.

The incident was reported to occur overnight and burnt SUBEB office in Oke-Eda, Akure. The fire also affected the marketing office of the State government of the State.

A staff who confirmed the incident said, "All the buildings, because it was made of wood, were gone. It was completely burnt.

"We can't lay our hands on anything. Everything in the office is gone."

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