Ekiti: Policemen allegedly teargas Fayose, PDP supporters – Newspaper review

The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, July 12, are focused on the upcoming Ekiti state gubernatorial election and President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction as bandits killed about 32 persons in Sokoto state. This Days reports that President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to be patient with him over the protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country, saying his security team was racking its brain on how to end the violence. The president made the appeal in reaction to the killing of over 32 people in Gandi, Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits on Monday. Vanguard reports that the campaign for Saturday’s governorship elections in Ekiti state took a dramatic turn yesterday as security operatives who blocked the entrance to Government House, Ado-Ekiti, also fired tear-gas at the governor and his supporters. But the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, in a swift reaction, told newsmen that policemen were deployed only to abort the rally since no approval was sought for it. The Punch report that Fayose, it was learnt, raced to the scene to prevent the policemen from disrupting the political rally and to rescue his supporters. But the governor said rather than listen to his entreaties to allow the rally to go on, he was attacked by the riot-policemen, who allegedly fired canisters of tear gas at him. The governor also claimed he was hit with a gun by one of the mobile policemen. The Guardian reports that the PDP described the incident as an assassination plot. Addressing journalists at its secretariat in Abuja, National Chairman Uche Secondus said: “This morning, in its desperation to forcibly take over Ekiti state, the APC-led federal government deployed armed police personnel led by one Compol Mopol Echel Echel, who blocked the Ekiti State Government House, attacked and placed the democratically elected governor of Ekiti state, Governor Ayodele Fayose, under house arrest. At the moment, no one goes in or out of the Government[…]

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Outrage as policeman kills NYSC female member in Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force continues to drag its name into the mud due to the conduct of its personnel Daily, Nigerians are killed by trigger-happy policemen who cut short the life of innocent citizens at will – A recent case in the Federal Capital Territory has sparked outrage in the Nigerian online community A policeman has allegedly shot dead a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The deceased, Linda Angela Igwetu, was billed to pass out of the NYSC programme on Thursday, July 5, after a compulsory one-year service in the nation’s capital. The late Corps member who was 23, served at Outsource Global Company in Mabushi and was said to have gone out with her friends, as part of celebration for the completion of her year service. The incident has sparked massive outrage on social media as some Nigerians have reiterated their calls for the scrapping of the NYSC. Throwing more light on the incident after inquiring from the family, the convener of the #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG on Twitter, Segun Awosanya tweeted: “She finished at work late at 11 p.m (Tuesday) and joined a few friends for a hangout before their passing out parade scheduled for Thursday (today). “They left for home around 3 a.m (Wednesday) and was shot at shortly after the checkpoint near Ceddi Plaza by a police officer, identified as Benjamin Peters. “The bullet hit Angela on her side, by the midriff, and she began losing blood in the open roof vehicle. “She was rushed to the Garki Hospital but they would not treat her until they saw a police report, despite the fact that the police officers were present. While the deliberation was ongoing, Angela bled to death.” Awosanya said the case was taken to the Federal Secretariat police station and his group was awaiting the police report on the incident. He said they had written a petition to the police commissioner and the Force headquarters in Abuja[…]

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