The Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCC) has called for a probe over a possible sponsored attack on a Lagos court and properties belonging to All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu during the EndSARS protest.
According to the group, it is likely that the ex-Lagos State governor may be behind the vandalism of the Igbosere High Court as well as his own investments.
Recall that Tinubu, Alpha Beta, and the current Managing Director of the firm, Akin Doherty had been dragged to court for money laundering by his business partner and former Managing Director, Dapo Apara.
It is alleged that Alpha Beta is being used for massive corruption purposes including tax evasion, bribery of government officials, diversion of funds and money laundering.
However, the case file marked LD/7330GCMW/2020 was burnt by hoodlums with Apara’s lawyer noting that a new court case will have to be filed at Ikeja High Court.
And according to the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, the attack appears to be a deliberate attempt to wipe away evidence and cover-up the APC chieftain’s top secrets.
The destruction of some of his business interests, the group reckoned could also be a calculated attempt to keep the ‘Jagaban’ political relevant in the buildup to the 2023 general elections.
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens, however, urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency unravel the circumstances behind the EndSARS protest and the arson committed in Lagos State.
It also expressed confidence that indeed a nexus exists between the protest and the arson committed in Lagos State.
Read the full statement below:
We welcome you all to this press conference convoked to demand a thorough probe of the arson that was committed in parts of Lagos State during the EndSARS protest. We wish to state that the circumstances that led to the escalation of violence in Lagos State are indeed suspect given the action of the hoodlums that touched some select properties, especially that of some private concerns including the business interest of the former governor of Lagos State, Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The leadership of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens feels compelled to inform the generality of Nigerians that indeed from the look of things, there appears to be something fishy when the inventory of the properties destroyed are taken into account.
It is our considered opinion that what happened in Lagos State leaves more to be imagined because it is too much of a coincidence for some select properties to be destroyed by suspected thugs.
The selectiveness of the hoodlums is indeed suspect and an indication that some individuals and groups might be trying to insult the intelligence of Nigerians through their despicable actions.
We are consequently constrained to ask critical questions as concerned citizens of Nigeria hence this call for the relevant authorities to carry out a detailed probe of how the hoodlums would selectively touch properties especially those linked to a particular individual, including a court of competent jurisdiction slated to hear a case of fraud against Alpha Beta, a company of the former governor of Lags State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Our curiosity aroused when the hoodlums burnt down the Igbosere High Court after scores of hoodlums carted away computers, printers, files, fans, air conditioners and other items. The question we beg to ask is why the Igbosere High Court was targeted and burnt down?
This is on the heels that the Mr Tade Ipadeola, the lawyer representing the former managing director of Alpha Beta, Dapo Apara alleged that the court papers filed against Bola Tinubu’s Alpha Beta were burnt in the process.
The lawyer stated that “Everything in Igbosere High Court got burnt including the registrar’s copy of our application.”
This is indeed a strange occurrence when it is realized that the Igbosere High Court was the only Court that was burnt by the suspected hoodlums.
We are also constrained to add that aside the burning of the Igbosere High Court, some select properties of Bola Tinubu was also burnt by the hoodlums. Could this be deliberate?
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens wishes to state that indeed Nigerians have a right to know what truly transpired and if indeed it was sponsored to destroy evidence and cover up some top secrets that might be detrimental to Bola Tinubu’s political relevance in the buildup to the 2023 general elections where it is speculated that he is nursing an ambition.
If indeed this is the case, it is unacceptable and must be thoroughly investigated as no individual or group should take Nigerians for a ride in this critical point of our existence as a country.
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is using this medium to call on the federal government to as a matter of urgency unravel the circumstances behind the EndSARS protest and the arson committed in Lagos State.
We have no doubt whatsoever that indeed there is a nexus between the protest and the arson committed in Lagos State and why it is expedient for Nigerians to know the truth and bring to justice whoever is trying to cover his tracks.
We believe that indeed Nigerians are not gullible in this regard hence the need for a thorough investigation into the activities of the hoodlums that committed arson, which has every colouration of deliberate sponsorship by some highly placed individuals that claim to be democrats and working the interest of Nigeria.
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens believes that there is indeed a nexus between the protest and the arson that was committed in Lagos State and the relevant agencies in Nigeria must act in the overall interest of the country.
We also wish to state that there should be no sacred cows and the government must not be seen to be protecting the interest of a select few at the detriment of the destinies of over 180 million Nigerians.
The exigency of time requires that urgent and proactive steps are taken in our pursuit of the country of our dreams. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is confident that at the end of the day, the truth shall prevail.
We also wish to state that our commitment to building the Nigeria of our dreams remains unwavering; hence this press conference which remains in the best interest of our dear country.
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens appreciates the government and other relevant stakeholders for their efforts in the restoration of law and order in the country.
While thanking you all present for your time and attention, please be assured that in the fullness of time Nigerians shall know the truth and those trying to insult the sensibilities of Nigerians shall be brought to face the full wrath of the law.
Thank you all, and God bless.
Troops Foil Boko Haram Attempts To Infiltrate Dikwa Town
The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have decisively routed elements of Boko Haram Terrorists and their Islamic State of West Africa Province(ISWAP) counterpart who attempted to infiltrate and attack Dikwa town in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The terrorist groups who stormed the town in an unconfirmed number of gun trucks and motorcycles were visited with heavy bombardment and overwhelming firepower by troops of 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from other formations of the Nigerian Army and aided by air support of Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
The terrorists attempted to invade the town to loot food items and other logistics having got wind of the recent food distribution to residents of the town by the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.
They came in their droves through the Marte axis but could not gain access to the town due to the combat readiness of troops who were positioned there.
The terrorists subsequently lost initiative as they were cut off completely following the recent successful recapture of Marte town by the gallant troops.
In desperation and to scare off residents from returning to their homes, they planted series of landmines on the roads which were also detected and successfully detonated by troops.
Consequently, the Army Headquarters wishes to debunk the unsubstantiated reports on social media suggesting that the terrorists attacked UN Base in BORNO, trapping 25 Aid Workers as published by some outlets.
Those false and sensational reports are clearly aimed at stirring up tension in the region and diminishing the glaring efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency.
The COAS, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has commended the efforts of the gallant troops’ and the prompt response of the Air Task Force in providing air interdictions throughout the operation.
Apologise To Abia Gov Or Face Recall, Kogi West Youths Tell Adeyemi
A group called Concerned Kogi West Youths has called on the Senator representing Kogi West, Smart Adeyemi, to immediately apologise to Abia State governor, Victor Ikpeazu, over his uncomplimentary comment on the latter or face recall from the Senate.
A statement issued by the group and signed Mr Michael Oluwaseun Bolorunduro on Monday said Senator Adeyemi must apologise to the Abia governor and the people of Abia State within seven days or be ready for the consequence.
The youths, however, apologised on behalf of the Kogi West people to Governor Ikpeazu for the “behaviour” of Senator Adeyemi on the floor of the Senate during a debate on the Safe School Initiative agaisnt the backdrop of incessant attacks on schools by bandits in the North last week.
“We the concerned Kogi West Youth are writing to apologise for the behaviour of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi, recently on the floor of the Hallowed Chamber.
“It took us this long to react or respond to his ungentlemanly attitude because the character trait that he displayed is alien to our culture in Kogi West. We tried to know reasons for such reactions and alas, we couldn’t find any justifiable and sensible reason for such.
“We, too, were personally shocked and offended by his actions and utterances which were a direct contravention of the values of dignity and good mannerism that we teach in our locality.
“We all know that emotions can get heated, but it does not excuse the language and behavior of our representative,” the group said.
They added that they as “wise constituents” have decided “to right the wrong of the malady and public show of shame as displayed by Senator Smart Adeyemi” to apologise and as well demand apology from Adeyemi.
“It is on this note that we demand that Senator Smart Adeyemi within seven days apologise at the same Hallowed Chamber of the Senate for his uncontrollable utterances against the governor and people of Abia State or face recal,” Bolorunduro declared.
COVID-19: Coalition Salutes FG, NPHCDA Overall Early Arrival Of Vaccine
With the expected arrival of coronavirus vaccines into the country on Tuesday, the National Coalition on Vaccine Awareness and Administration (NCVAA) has applauded the Federal Government and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
The group, at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, noted that this is a big step in containing the rampaging contagion that has consumed millions across the world.
Nigeria will become the third West African country to benefit from the COVAX facility after Ghana and the Ivory Coast when it receives 3.92 million doses of the vaccine.
And the convener, Gabriel Agogo, speaking on behalf of the coalition, said Nigeria can not be left alone in the global immunisation against the disease, especially with the conspiracy theories and propaganda being peddled around.
He urged all Nigerians to become agents of this public awareness and actively partake in the immunization to protect ourselves, our families and the public health of the nation.
The NCVAA, however, called on all Nigerians irrespective of partisan, religious and ethnic affiliations to come out en mass to mobilize their families and friends for the Covid-19 vaccine administration as a way of totally defeating the spread of the coronavirus disease and saving humanity from its destruction.
Read the full statement below:
The leadership and members of the National Coalition on Vaccine Awareness and Administration (NCVAA) salutes and welcome all of you to this press conference. We also salute the courage and perseverance of Nigerians in the firm determination to fight Covid-19 to a standstill by observing the Government protocols to curtail its spread. Our case would have been worse, had Nigerians failed to imbibe self-discipline.
As all of you are aware, we have lost thousands of our brothers and sisters to the pandemic since it broke out in Wuhan, China in February 2020 and became a world health threat. And many more people infected by the virus are still hospitalized in different hospitals in the country. We prayerfully wish them a speedy recovery.
But the good news is that majority of Nigerians are uninfected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is this larger population of Nigerians free from the venom of the Covid-19 pandemic that our Government is more interested in insulating from the deadly disease. It is in this light that we have decided to create public awareness of the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine for immunization through this press conference and other necessary public enlightenment activities, to attract massive public awareness to it.
Therefore, we have decided to address Nigerians and draw their attention to the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country and the kick-start of the Covid-19 vaccine immunization exercise nation-wide. The vaccine is a proactive public health safety measure, which we believe will automatically arrest the spread of Covid-19 and put a halt to the other public inconveniences it causes if all of us avail ourselves to the immunization which is free of charge to everyone.
We wish to let all Nigerians know that the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has acquired and taken possession of millions of dosages of the Covid-19 vaccine. It is a scientifically approved immunization vaccine, certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) for onward worldwide circulation to fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Nigeria cannot afford to be left out of this global trend. Nigerians should therefore emulate other very religious nations like Saudi Arabia, Rome, India, Australia, Sweden and a host of other countries worldwide which have accepted the Covid-19 vaccine and immunized their people with it. These countries have overcome the Covid-19 pandemic as a result of the intake of the Covid-19 vaccine. And with our collective resolve now, we shall also overcome it.
We find it imperative to emphasize this point because of the underground campaigns, conspiracy theories and propaganda peddled by perpetual anti-progressive forces in the country, who have aligned the Covid-19 vaccine to some unproven and barbaric death claims. There is no scintilla of truth in these negative assertions on the Covid-19 vaccine
Permit us to sound it loud and clear that the Covid-19 vaccine is approved by WHO, the global health body, after several scientific and clinical tests, before certifying it as safe for all humanity. So, in Nigerian, we must guide against repeating the same mistake which opposed the idea of launching a G5 network for telecoms in Nigeria. We are too enlightened to be deceived by those who wish us no good.
Nigeria is a very strategic country in the African continent, which cannot afford indifference or antipathy in the global fight against the deadly Covid-19 epidemic. NCVAA is aware of the campaigns of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on the Covid-19 vaccine and has decided to add its voice to it. We expect all Nigerians to become agents of this public awareness and actively partake in the immunization to protect ourselves, our families and the public health of the nation.
NCVAA is hereby calling on all Nigerians irrespective of partisan, religious and ethnic affiliations to come out en mass to mobilize their families and friends for the Covid-19 vaccine administration as a way of totally defeating the spread of the coronavirus disease and saving humanity from its destruction. We must resolve today to victoriously conquer the Covid-19 pandemic, in the same manner, we defeated Ebola, bird flu, SARS which occurred years back.
The Covid-19 vaccine is advantageous in several ways. Socially, the immunization against Covid-19 will secure us against contracting the coronavirus disease and ensure greater chances of our freedom from other allied ailments which comes with the Coronavirus and restore our social and communal interactions.
The Covid-19 vaccine is not only capable of saving the lives of the entire humanity, but it can completely prevent hospitalizations’ and the mass deaths we have experienced in the past over Covid-19. It will save us from agonies and pains associated with it. All conspiracy’s theories against the vaccine should therefore be discarded.
Also, medical scientists and researchers who have painstakingly worked and developed the Covid-19 vaccine have attested to its nearly 100% effectiveness at preventing other related severe illnesses related to it, like the common cold amongst others. Taking the vaccine is akin to the popular African proverb which alludes to someone using one stone to kill two birds.
Furthermore, a general public immunization against Covid-19 nation-wide in Nigeria would ease the Government lockdowns and other disproportionate or stifling public health measures, which causes us varying disruptions in our everyday operations. This is why we have found it expedient to endorse the NPHCDA Campaigns. It is now a direct invitation to every Nigerian not only to take the vaccine but become the chief propagandists of this good message of redemption from the grip of Covid-19.
NCVAA profoundly thanks the Almighty God for His Grace upon us; we salute the medical scientists for their wisdom in developing the Covid-19 vaccine and finally, the FGN under President Buhari for securing the vaccines and their early delivery to us. It shows we have a Government and a leader who is sensitive to the public health of Nigerians. We immensely thank all of you.
Thank you all and journey mercies to your various destinations.
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