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#EndSARS Protest: Police Organise Sensitisation Programme for Nasarawa Youths

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The police authorities in Nasarawa State yesterday organised a sensitisation programme for youths in the state on alternatives to violence as part of the police training on human rights.

Speaking to journalists during the sensitisation programme, which was held at the Police Officers Mess in Lafia, a resource person for the exercise, Mrs. Ogechi Ugo, said the sensitisation exercise was an initiative introduced to address challenging issues of trust and confidence between communities and the police.

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Ugo, who is a deputy director of Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), said: “This is coming as a backdrop to what happened in 2020 regarding the #EndSARS protests.

“So, we are reexamining issues and trying to addressing them. What we are doing is to introduce these youths to alternative to violence that will make safety of our communities.

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“This is part of PRAWAS human rights training for the police. So we have found that training police alone would not solve the problem. We equally need to engage the public also so that there would be a balance, and that confidence that is required for the police to provide security for us would be achieved.”

One of the participants in the sensitisation programme, Mr. Keffas Tiga, told journalists that all the youths umbrellas in the state were in attendance to learn how to live peacefully in their various communities.

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Tiga, who is the Nasarawa State chairman of the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), added: “You know, Nasarawa State didn’t really join the #EndSARS ovement, but one thing we are trying to do is to learn more on the need to live in peace.”

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Fierce gun battle in Idumota as hoodlums clash, streets, markets deserted [Video]

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Idumota on Lagos Island is boiling as heavy gunshots have been witnessed in the area following bloody clash between rival hoodlums.

The incident began last night and spread to Friday morning, with hoodlums seen with dangerous weapons, such as cutlasses, guns, fighting themselves.

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Some people have been feared killed in the gun-battle. Areas such as Idumota, Kosoko, Oluwole, Martins and Balogun have been deserted as street urchins engaged in bloody clash.

Security reports said there is heavy gunshots and serious fight on Lagos Island as Area boys were fighting themselves.

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People have been warned to stay away from Lagos Island right now as the fight spreads to other areas, while officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and Task Force are trying to restore calm to the area.

The popular Idumota Market has been deserted as traders ran for their lives.

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According to EONS Intelligence, as at 9,00am, the crisis in Idumota has escalated.

It said: “Violent attacks accompanied with sporadic shootings in Idumota area of Lagos State as hoodlums from the area clash with hoodlums from Kosoko/Oluwole, Martins and Balogun. The situation in the area is currently tensed.”

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Footages on Twitter showed residents running helter and skelter, with sporadic gunshots heard. Hoodlums with cutlasses were also seen in the footages.

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New defence spokesperson to Media: Help sustain troops’ morale

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Major General Jimmy Akpor, the director of defence information has asked the media to assist in sustaining the current morale of troops deployed to various operations across the country.

According to Akpor, this would enable the troops to effectively defend the territorial integrity of the country as well as win the ongoing war against insurgency in Nigeria.

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He stated that this would be the modest contribution of the press to national security.

Akpor spoke after assuming office on Friday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said, “Bearing in mind that National Security encompasses the ability of our nation to protect its citizens, economy and other institutions, the Military with other security agencies, have been at the forefront of maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation as well as facilitating economic, political and energy security, amongst other aspects of national security.

“Permit me to bore you with one of the Components of Fighting Power; the Morale Component, which enables personnel to fight efficiently, braving all difficulties while carrying out their constitutional roles.

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“The Press, our press, must therefore do its part (as you have always done), in sustaining the morale of the citizenry and especially the morale of the military, along with other security agencies, as it deals with the contemporary security challenges that bedevil the nation.

“Fostering the morale of the fighting troops, the morale of the military, would remain your critical contribution to national security as members of the Press.”

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