Yoruba youths back Nigerian Army’s Exercise Crocodile Smile, laud past successful outings

The Coalition of Progressive Yoruba Youths (CYYY) has welcomed the commencement of the Nigerian Army’s annual exercise, ‘Crocodile Smile’.  According to the Yoruba youths, the operation which commenced in 2016 has been a tremendous success, curbing crime and criminal activities and will continue that trend this year.   Comrade Kola Salau, speaking on behalf of the group at a press conference on Monday in Lagos noted that the addition of cyberwar makes this year’s edition unique.  Salau said that this would help identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across…

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Call for Resignation: #EndSARS protesters must not cross red line – Nigerians in diaspora warn

…says outbreak of violence may begin Monday  Some well-meaning Nigerians in the diaspora have warned #EndSARS protesters not to cross the red line with the call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation.    According to the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG), United Kingdom chapter, any attempt to violently coerce a legitimately elected president in any country to resign is a treasonable felony.  The group gave this warning in a statement signed by its President, Clifford Ogbonna, on Monday in London, United Kingdom.  While admitting that it is in place for Nigerians to…

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ENDSARS: GOs AS PROTEST PUPPET MASTERS

By Philip Agbese We may just be nearing the end in the head scratching search for the financiers of the gourmet food being served on a daily basis to the #EndSARS protesters. The protesters have persisted on staying on the streets even after government has agreed to meet their five-point demand for reforming the police. The offer of food and other freebies, like free of charge repair of vehicles damaged at the protests and the social attraction of women and exchange of phone numbers, has been a magnet for some…

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Crocodile Smile: Exercise has nothing to do with #EndSARS protests, civil rights lawyer warns

Contrary to reports, a civil rights lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, says the Nigerian Army’s operation ‘Crocodile Smile’ has no relationship with the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country.   In a statement on Sunday, Ugochukwu said the military has never involved itself in the civil uproar at all in any form whatsoever.  Protest across the country demanding an end to Police brutality has intensified despite disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and subsequent formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).  In the last couple of days, the protest has taken a…

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Nigerian Army will not clampdown on protesters – Kuanum

Human Rights Activists and field researcher of the Global Amnesty Watch, Terrance Kuanum has stated that the Launch of Exercise Crocodile Smile by the Nigerian Army would not clamp down on peaceful protesters across the country. He stated this during an interview with select news media on Sunday. Mr Terrance Kuanum believed that the Nigerian Army has evolved into a professional force with respect for human rights. “The Nigerian Army of today is not what it used to be. This is what most Nigerians have not come to realize. I…

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Yobe APC Stakeholders Pass Vote of No Confidence on Buni -Call for his impeachment

The All Progressives Congress(APC) Stakeholders, Yobe State led by Hussain Muhammad has called on the State House of Assembly to impeach Mai Mala Buni if he fails to resign as Governor due to his unavailability in the state to discharge his constitutional duties as Governor of Yobe. At a Press Conference today, Muhammad declared that it has become very expedient to draw the attention of the public and especially the State House of Assembly to the aberration of having a Governor who is non-functional. According to him, Buni was not…

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TSG Rejoinder to Professor Adebisi claim on Tinubu bankrolling protest

In response to an online statement credited to one faceless Professor Adebisi Titled “Professor Adebisi accuses Tinubu of Bankrolling protest to discredit Buhari” Among other things that were superfluous, Professor Adebisi claimed that, “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is babkrolling protest to discredit Buhari. The statement is false from the pit of hell and that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has no link whatsoever with #EndSARS protesters as he can’t afford to destroy the good reputation he has built for years.How can a man who build a house be against the house.…

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#EndSARS: Call for Buhari’s resignation unacceptable, politically instigated – NDF

The National Democratic Front (NDF) has warned individuals and groups hiding under the guise of the #EndSARS protest to demand President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation to desist.  According to the NDF, the agenda of the Organisation for Global Youth Peace Empowerment and Development Initiative (OGYPEDI) and others is unacceptable and politically motivated. Protest across the country demanding an end to Police brutality has intensified despite disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and subsequent formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).  In the last couple of days, the protest has taken…

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Odey Receives PDP Flag As Standard-bearer For Cross River North Senatorial Bye-election

… Calls on aggrieved members to sheathetheir swords and work together. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the October 31st Senatorial bye-election in Cross North, Chief Barr Stephen Odey Ph D has officially received the party’s flag. The ceremony, which took place in Okpoma, the headquarters of Yala Local Government Area, was well attended by Party stalwarts and supporters. The Governor, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade, ably represented by the his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, described Cross River North as the stronghold of Party in the state. He…

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SARS: Between Gov Zulum and Hypocrisy

By Idoko Ainoko Yesterday, it was reported that the Borno House of Assembly honoured the State Commander of the now disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, police unit, CSP Ibrahim Mohammed. The SARS Commander was honoured with a plague for what the House of Assembly said was for his gallantry in the fight against insurgency in the state. Members of the Borno Assembly from reports gleaned, said they were impressed with the way the Commander and his team had on three different occasions, 13th, 14th  and 21st July, encountered the…

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