Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Thursday 15th October 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Thursday 15th October 2020

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E2%80%99s-management Ondo Nurses Stage Protest Against Victimisation By Hospital’s Management

The DNS, Mrs. Olayinka.

Nurses at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo State have protested over alleged victimisation by the hospital authorities.
The nurses explained that they were always victimised anytime they demanded their rights including salaries. 

Some of them said they receive all sorts of queries daily from the authorities if they demanded their benefits.
The action, the nurses claimed, was making them feel depressed to continue working at the government-owned hospital.

The protesting nurses accused the Director of Nursing Services at the teaching hospital, Ajetunmobi Fehintola Olayinka, of specifically victimising them. 
One of the nurses, who simply identified herself as Bisi, told SaharaReporters that the health workers were angry over the unfavourable actions of the hospital authority.
She said, “Anytime you demand your rights especially salary, the next thing you would see is a query.
“We are even disappointed that the authorities of the hospital don’t even know the meaning of the query and when to use it.
“We have been telling them that minor offenses only needed verbal warning and not queries which they have decided to make as a tradition.
“But sadly, the office of the DNS has turned to an avenue for the victimisation of serving nurses who are always asking for their rights.”

The DNS, Mrs. Olayinka.

Another nurse, who pleaded not to be named, said authorities of the hospital were used to quoting civil service rules anytime a nurse challenged the status quo. 
“So, we wonder how they cannot detect that there is no part of the civil service rules that say an employee should be owed a month’s salary not to talk of months”, she added.
Mrs Olayinka, the hospital DNS, could not be reached when contacted by SaharaReporters but a source close to her said “some of the nurses are always rude in their approach”.
However, the protest comes barely three days after a nurse in the government hospital, Mr Taiwo Adeleke, dropped a suicide note following an alleged similar case of victimisation.
The nurse had gone on social media to call out the authorities of the hospital after they failed to pay the salaries of the health workers in the facility.
But rather than addressing the salary issue, the authorities proceeded to issue a query to Adeleke over his action.

Concerned by the situation, the nurse again went on Ondo syyeto social media and wrote that he was “depressed” by the decision of the hospital authority.
He, thereafter, threatened to kill himself and went offline before he was declared missing by some of his friends and families.
The nurse was later found and rescued to the emergence unit of the hospital after taking an unknown substance to kill himself.
Nurses and other health workers in the state have been agitating for the payment of their salaries for the past three months and above.
The government has been making promises to offset the salary of the health workers.

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E2%80%93shehu-sani #EndSARS Protest, A Strong Warning To Nigerian Political Class –Shehu Sani

A former federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has described the nationwide #EndSars protest as a signal and message to those in positions of authority that a revolution is inevitable in an atmosphere of social, economic and political inequities.
Sani disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the protest signified a new dawn of resistance and struggle for justice, rule of law and good governance.

The lawmaker noted that the protest by the Nigerian youth had lighted up the national space and recharged the conscience of the nation.
He added that Nigerians must admit the fact that the political class had taken the poor and downtrodden for granted for long.
He said, “The EndSARS protest is conscience in motion. The opposition, the trade unions and the parliament have failed Nigerians until the youth took their destiny in their hands.
“As long as the government at all levels and the nation will continue to be run for the benefit of the few and their immediate families, this kind of uprising is just the beginning.”
He condemned the attack on the protesters in Abuja and Lagos by sponsored thugs, adding that it must be allowed to stop the wheel of conviction.
“Nigerian leaders enslave the poor and the children of Nigerian leaders spit on the children of the poor. It’s Nigeria and governance that need to be reformed not just the police,” he added.

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Delta Women Protest Against Ned Nwoko, Appeal For Governor Okowa’s Intervention

Women of Idumuje-Ugboko community under Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday protested against Nigerian billionaire and former federal lawmakers, Ned Nwoko, accusing him of tormenting indigenes and incarcerating their husbands, relatives and sons.
Nwoko is being accused of forcefully taking over several hectares of land belonging to members of the community.

The protesting women of various ages under the umbrella of Concerned Women of Idumuje-Ugboko, were armed with placards bearing different inscriptions while storming the Delta State Government House, Asaba, the capital, to register their grievances.
The women, who accused Nwoko of promoting the insecurity in the town, disclosed that their husbands, sons and relatives were being incarcerated in Abuja on the orders of the Nigerian billionaire.
The protesting women also accused the local government council chairman of working for Nwoko by “legitimising illegality through issuance of customary rights of occupancy on lands under customary dispute and legal litigation”.

In a petition to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, women of the community alleged that Nwoko forcefully dispossessed farmers of their ancestral land for private commercial ventures.
It reads, “We consider it in the worst interest of the state and humanity to destroy food and cash crop farms and replace them with a golf course while leaving the owners with no alternative but a transition from being landlords to at best, tenants.”
 
The women wondered why the Governor Okowa-led government had not deemed it fit to present a staff of office to the traditional ruler, Obi Chukwunomso Nwoko, three years after he was traditionally installed after all necessary tradition and customs had been followed.
In the same vein, another group of protesting women said to have been sponsored by Ned Nwoko, stormed the state Government House in buses, saying those protesting against the former lawmaker were enemies of progress.
The pro-Nwoko protesters called on Governor Okowa not to recognise the community’s crowned prince as traditional ruler by presenting him a staff of office even as they appealed to the governor to intervene in the crisis rocking the community.
The pro-Nwoko protesters disclosed that the land in question was legitimately acquired by the former lawmaker with the purpose of building a university and golf course.

Addressing the two groups of women separately, the state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social and Community Development, Florence Alatan, assured them that their grievances would be addressed by the state government so as to find a lasting solution to all issues raised.

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Panic Grips Delta Community As Body Of Missing Seven-year-old Boy Is Found At Riverbank

Fear has gripped residents of Ughelli community in Delta State following the discovery of the body of a seven-year-old missing child at the Ohovwe River bank in Ekiugbo-Ughelli.
Fejiro Emoavworhe whose body was found floating on the river bank on Monday reportedly went missing on Sunday, October 4, 2020 when his whereabouts couldn’t be ascertained by his parents.
The incident comes barely two weeks after a middle-aged woman was found dead in a drainage with her breast, tongue and private part removed at Buluku Street in Ughelli.

Speaking with our correspondent, father of the seven-year-old boy, John Emoavworhe, disclosed that they had barely stayed four months in the community before the life of his son was taken away by yet to be identified persons.
Emoavworhe, however accused his brother-in-law, who came visiting with some slices of fried yam, ice cream and beverage drinks for his children on the day his son went missing, as the suspect.
He said, “My son, Fejiro, who was crying for ice cream outside, was called by a man who was dressed in a white caftan, consoling him not to cry with a promise to buy him ice cream. Unknown to me and the mother after a while we started looking for my son to no avail.
“While we were still in search of Fejiro, my brother-in-law left the compound in a hurry and when he was called by my family the next morning, he said he was going to church before he finally came at about 7:00pm.
“My wife’s younger brother told my family that he did not know anything about Fejiro’s disappearance or his whereabouts, but he heard my neighbours saying that I used to beat my children and drive them out of the home that this time around I will find my child and will not see him.
“When my brother-in-law was asked to direct my family members to his apartment, all the occupants of the apartment who are mainly Internet fraudsters escaped through the back door.”
Asked if he had reported the matter to the police, Emoavworhe said that had been done already.
Efforts to get the reaction of the police in the state proved futile.
However, a senior police officer attached to the ‘A’ Division, Ughelli, confirmed the incident, adding that the matter was being investigated.
Meanwhile, the body of the victim has since been deposited at the Ughelli General Hospital mortuary while a team of doctors are carrying out an autopsy on the corpse to know the cause of the death.

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My Dear African Brother, Why Do You Love Trump? (Part One) By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

Brother: Because as a Catholic knight, I am obliged to defend Christian values and as far as I can see, Biden is an apostate while Trump is the one defending Christian values. As someone worried that what happens in America will finally reach us, I urged my fellow Christians to vote for Trump.
My brother, you know that you are my man, anytime. But on this one, you’re mistaken.
Peter Obi once said that “When the premise of an argument is wrong, the conclusion is also wrong.”

The premise of your argument is so wrong.
First of all, protecting your Christian values is what Americans call baloney. I won’t waste time on that. Our ancestors will have enough time to query all of you who embrace foreign religions at the expense of ours.
The first point is that you framed the November election in America wrong. It is not about protecting Christian values. This your line of argument is the smokescreen the Trump side uses to confuse people like you who are not deep into American politics. In America, what is actually going on in a fight between those afraid that white dominance and privileges are eroding and those who have come to embrace emerging multicultural America.
They brought in Trump as their last hope of restoring the America that has long disappeared.
And guess what? Trump’s side is the losing side. Even if they close America down so that no new person will come in again, in 30 years, white people will become one of the minorities in America. They cannot do anything about it.
If they like, let them poop bees.
I understand their anxiety. It is like saying that Nsukka people are taking over Nnobi. Nnobi people will be anxious. They will seek to revert things, blame political correctness, wishing to go back to 50 years ago when things were “good.” They will cling to their Ukpaka Ndam and Ichie Abia instead of the new Redeemed and Winners churches cropping up everywhere as a premise to stop the changes they are seeing. Some will even insist that only those who have the Ozo title will own a store in Nnobi. That is the kind of anxiety driving Trump’s supporters.
It has nothing to do with Christianity.
Trump is not a Christian. He doesn’t even claim to be one. He only uses the bible as a prop. To him, Christianity is just a costume.
Incidentally, Biden is the one who is Catholic, like you. Unlike you, Biden is an American Catholic. The American Catholics have come to a unique conclusion – the pope can say whatever he likes in Rome, but they will do what works for them and their American constitution.
Those who share the same party with Trump but are appalled by him do so for his utter destruction of American norms. For those who do not know, values are norms that have matured. Trump’s systematic destruction of American norms is so horrifying that another four years of Trump in power will transition into the eroding of American values and laws. It is what scares the people in Trump’s party and non-partisan American civil servants whom Trump has conveniently called the “deep state.”
 
Because that is what he does best- any complex thing that his simplistic mind cannot grasp, he calls names.
America’s cultural wars like gay marriages, abortions, and others have long been settled. Nobody can reverse any of them. Trump with 9-0 conservative judges in the US Supreme Court, cannot change any of that.
The people who fought and won the battle for gay marriage and abortion rights in America tapped into the same pages of the American constitution that blacks used to fight and win the right to attend the same schools as whites. The same pages that blacks used to fight and win the right not to sit at the back of the bus, the same pages that blacks used to fight and win the right to marry whites.
America is a long story of wars fought… and they are all fought with one purpose – to build a better nation, a fairer nation, and a more perfect nation.
Funny enough, it is people who have lived all their lives in a country that never worked that are pointing at America and telling America how to make its democracy work.
That has been our genius in Africa. This is how the Sidney Herald newspaper put it. We admire a civilization whose external trappings we strongly desire, but whose internal workings we have no idea of. We are confusion’s masterpiece.
On the one hand, we abhor groups like Boko Haram. But on the other hand, we express the same level of intolerance in a more sophisticated way.
You are right. Where America is going is where the rest of the world is going. The church is virtually dead in Europe. It is dying in America, despite the mega-churches you see everywhere. I don’t need to tell you what will happen in Africa.
The world is constantly in transition. Those who have headaches are those who have the illusion that they can somehow stop things from changing.
Austria once resisted joining the European Union. They wanted to remain the same. After all, their neighbour, France, has this proverb that says, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”
But Austria soon found out that for Austria to remain the same, Austria has to change.
It may look confusing, but we, Africans, should stop confusing what is changing with what remains the same.
We cannot stop the world and jump out. The earth is moving at 1000 miles per hour. We may not feel the speed, but it is moving. We cannot stop it even if we poop bees.

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Hustlers Have Taken Over #EndSARS Movement By Fredrick Nwabufo

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The vulture is a minaciously patient bird. It does not exert itself hunting. It waits to devour the kill of another. It circles the sky while the hunt is on waiting for the opportune time to take advantage and gobble up the carcass. The spirit of 10 Nigerians dispatched to the netherworld since the spasm of #EndSARS protests groans in mortification.
The EndSARS movement began as a righteous agitation against years of police brutality and regime oppression. It was citizens’ convulsive reaction to state terrorism. But it appears the vultures have come to feast on the carnage left in the wake of police clampdown on peaceful protesters.
There will always be people who pursue blinkered agenda secreted in the noble goal of the collective. The EndSARS protests have been miscarried. The movement has been seized by some avaricious interests. The peoples’ fight has been merchandised by those who foxily put themselves up as ‘’stakeholders of #EndSARS movement’’ even while declaring, ‘’there is no leader of the protest’’.  

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Just like those who sit on high pillaging the country, the youth have among them vultures who feed on the carcass left by the predators of Nigerians. It is like a pyramid of oppressors. The predatory political and business class guts the citizens and leaves the remains from its belch to so-called ‘’youth stakeholders and representatives’’ some of whom have taken up residence on social media.
The #EndSARS movement is now an enterprise.What started out as organic demonstrations have become contaminated by GMOs – greed, money and offerings. What many protesters on the streets do not know is that while they are giving their sweat and blood for country, some persons are brokering deals for themselves on their behalf. Money and offerings – appearing as benign gifts and support to the cause from those who constitute the bulk of Nigeria’s problems – are exchanging hands.
As a matter of fact, I would like to be educated on this. Why are some ‘’microwave activists’’ parleying with agents of the government and business leaders on #EndSARS protests, but at the same time insist they are not leaders of the cause? So, who and what do they represent at the meetings? Themselves, the movement or their wallets?
Yes, I understand meetings have been held among the same group of people on #EndSARS for at least three times since the protests convulsed. I am also aware that there is a social media dichotomy on this cause. Certain ‘’influencers’’ are enlisted to promote pre-conceived hash-tags to drown out others of kindred purpose. Nothing is without design. The organism of the citizens’ action has been artificiated. There is also an element of opposition sponsorship by politicians who seek to benefit from the crisis.
I must say, there are only two stoic activists whose contribution to the latest struggle is altruistic — Omoyele Sowore and Aisha Yesufu. You can accuse them of anything but not of extracting tolls from their efforts in the cause. And really, you cannot take the mantle of citizen conscientisation from Sowore. Since August 2019, the RevolutionNow convener has been on the beat.
By and large, he is the provenance of the citizen revulsion against police brutality. Yes. He has been on the pedal throttling away and rousing consciences and guts against the inequities of the state.
Also, Segun Awosanya (Segalink) has an undisputed place in the saga of activism against police savagery. His execution by a mob on Twitter on Wednesday for saying the obvious did not come as a surprise to me. Nothing happens on Twitter without a vignette of agenda. You have to look beneath layers and layers of tweets to connect them to the Alpha.
Segun was poignant when he said: “Hustlers being controlled by the lust after money are playing games and throwing narratives around. Your rights to protest must never be commercialised for any agenda. Check the patterns and note the players while keeping your focus. The attempt to hijack the #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG Movement by known elements that were against it from day one and had to be a part now for fame and earnings is not surprising. They felt they can demonise me and take ownership by force. But they’ll fail again as always.’’
Really, the hustlers have taken over. This is not an attempt to submerge the #EndSARS cause in controversy. But we must get off the emotional high and face up to the fact.
EndSARS has been appropriated. The mission is compromised! I repeat, the mission is compromised!
Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist
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Nigerian Man, Two Others Sentenced To 10-year Imprisonment In India For Drug Possession

A special court for exclusive trial of cases under NDPS act in Chennai has convicted a Nigerian and two Indian accomplices and sentenced them to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for the possession of narcotic substances including ecstasy pills and cocaine.
According to Times of India, the three accused, Chukwu Simon Obinna (30) from Abuja, Nigeria, K Kumaresan (26) and C Arun Diwakar (33) were arrested near an apartment in Porur in 2018, for the possession of the narcotic substances.

According to the prosecution, SRMC police received a tip off about exchange of Narcotics in Porur and on December 17, 2018, they apprehended the trio near an apartment complex.
Police found the trio to be in possession of psychotropic and narcotic substances in their bags, which they had planned to sell. 
Police seized 220 grams of ecstasy pills, 18 grams of cocaine, eight grams of MDMA, nine gram of Meth from them.
Among the many arguments, the counsel for the accused submitted that independent witnesses were not cited by the prosecution and the same is very much fatal to the case prosecution. 
The judge, however, observed from the records that the scene of crime is a service road and held that for the mere reason of non production of independent witnesses the case of the prosecution cannot be rejected.
“The oral testimony of official witnesses cannot be disbelieved. When the evidence of seizure officer is credible, non production of independent witnesses is not fatal to the prosecution,” Judge V Thenmozhe stated.
The court further observed that people are generally reluctant to give evidence in a criminal case on the ground that it may invite problems and expose them to great risk.
The court also imposed a fine on the accused — Rs 3 lakh on the foreign national and Arun Diwakar and a fine of Rs 4 lakh on Kumaresan.

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E2%80%94sowore Some Individuals Have Made Billions From #EndSARS Negotiation —Sowore

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has said that some Nigerians have made billions of naira from the negotiations to put an end to the nationwide protests against police brutality.
Sowore disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday while reacting to leadership tussle rocking some of the voices of the #EndSARS campaign.

He said, “I will not be part of any negotiations regarding #ENDSARS, many have entered into these negotiations and come out of the other side becoming billionaires, to them it is a game! The only negotiation I will ever engage in is that of the surrender of our oppressors! #RevolutionNow.”I will not be part of any negotiations regarding #ENDSARS, many have entered into these negotiations and come out of the other side becoming billionaires, to them it is a game! The only negotiation I will ever engage in is that of the SURRENDER of our oppressors! #RevolutionNow— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) October 14, 2020

Now in its seventh day, the agitations follow demands by Nigerians for the police and Nigerian Government to among other things ensure justice for victims of police brutality and release all arrested protesters.
Following the protests, Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, disbanded SARS.
President Muhammadu Buhari had also issued a directive, calling for a reform of the police.
However, the protests have continued, with activists issuing a five-point demand including the release of all persons arrested and justice for victims of police brutality.
Governments in different states have appealed to the protesters to halt their demonstrations and called for negotiation with the youth.
While the protests have been adjudged successful, there have been reports of division among leading activists and agitators on whether the protest should end.

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Armed Thugs Attack #ENDSARS Protesters With Cutlass In Abuja

Armed thugs on Wednesday in Abuja attacked Nigerian youth calling for an end to police brutality at Berger Roundabout.
The attackers vandalised many vehicles belonging to the protesters and injured many of them.
Many people including passersby scampered for safety to avoid been caught in the melee.

BREAKING: Armed Thugs Attack #ENDSARS Protesters In Abuja | Sahara Reporters pic.twitter.com/ikzuqXCmQQ— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) October 14, 2020

Meanwhile, one of the attackers was unlucky as he was caught by the protesters and beaten to a pulp.
It was gathered that the thugs arrived the venue of the protest brandishing dangerous weapons including cutlasses and sticks.
As at the time of this report, the protesters had regrouped to continue with the demonstration.
A civil society organisation, Citizens Action for Good Governance, had earlier called for the total ban of all street protests including the #EndSARS agitation, saying it was a threat to national security.
But the demonstators ignored the sponsored group to continue their protest.

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