Hours After CNN Released Video of Lekki Tollgate, Checkout Buratai’s Reaction to The Video
The events that happened at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos on the 20th of October, 2020, remains fresh in the mind if Nigerians. While there has been several stories from parties involved; Lagos State Government, Nigerian Army, and peaceful protesters, one solid thing we have been able to establish is the fact that soldiers were at the venue that night and gunshots were had.
However, the grey areas where we have heard different stories from the parties are whether the bullets fired were blanks or not. Also, the Nigerian Army has refused to accept there were casualties at the event.
In a bid to properly investigate the matter, the Lagos State Government set up a Judicial Investigative Panel that has been sitting for week. However, yesterday, a five minute documentary that included time stamps and satellite feed was released by the Cable News Network (CNN). Without a shred of doubt, this documentary insinuated that there were casualties at the Lekki tollgate on the fateful night.
As expected, many Nigerians reacted to this video praising the expertise of CNN and their commitment in finding the truth of what happened that night. However, the Chief of Army Staff, Buratai Tukur, will have none of this. Defending the professionalism of the Nigerian Army, Buratai said that the Nigerian Army is professional and will never engage innocent and peaceful protesters outside the rule of engagement.
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, Lt. General Tukur Buratai said that there’s no need for Nigeria to panic and they should feel safe. He further spoke on the banditry and kidnappings on the Abuja/Kaduna way. He said the Army and the Nigerian Airforce is doing all they can to make sure that they stop the evil doers. He further mentioned that the Army will be needing a special intervention fund to train men of the Nigerian Army and also buy some hardware equipment to tackle these security challenges.
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Mr Suleiman Musa, a resident of the village told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the hoodlums invaded the community in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said the hoodlums invaded the village firing several gunshots before breaking into some houses where they adducted the seven-year-old girl.
According to him, the quick intervention of a police team forced the gunmen to scramble out of the village.
NAN gathered that the Kwali Divisional Police Headquarters responded to the distress call on the attack at about 5 am on Wednesday.
A source said it was the swift response of police personnel, hunters and vigilance members led by the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that saved the community from further harm from the gunmen.
He said that the hoodlums engaged the security team in gun battle before escaping with the abducted girl.
The source said that the security team is currently combing the area with a view to rescuing the girl and arresting the gunmen.
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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Edo civil servants to work for three days a week
EDO State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has empathized with Edo people in the wake of the rise in prices of goods and services and overall cost of living occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government, announcing measures to ameliorate the sufferings currently faced by the people as a result of the policy.
In a statement in Benin yesterday, Obaseki said the state government has reduced the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days a week to three days a week, among other measures.
He said: “In the wake of fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government, fuel prices have increased astronomically leading to a rise in prices of goods and services and overall cost of living.
“The Edo State Government shares the pains of our people and wants to assure everyone that we are standing with them in these very challenging times.
“We want to reassure our people that we will do all within our powers as a sub-national government to reduce the pains and ameliorate the sufferings our people are currently facing due to the current realities.”
The governor further noted, “As a proactive government, we have since taken the step to increase the minimum wage paid to workers in Edo State from the approved N30,000 to N40,000, the highest in the country today.
“We want to assure you that we will continue to pay this amount, while we hope to increase it even further if more allocation accrues to our State from the Federal Government in view of the expected savings occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy.
“We know the hardship that has been caused by this policy which has radically increased the cost of transportation, eating deep into the wages of workers in the State. Therefore, the Edo State Government is hereby reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days a week to three days a week till further notice. Workers will now work from home two days a week.
“Similarly, for teachers and parents, their commuting to school will be reduced as the government is working on deepening the EdoBEST@Home initiative to create more virtual classrooms, thereby reducing the cost of commuting on parents, teachers and pupils. The Edo SUBEB will provide details on this initiative in the coming days.”
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“Similarly, fibre optic connections are being made available to help our people work remotely, thereby reducing their cost of transportation.
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