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I Became Paralysed After SARS Threw Me From Two-Storey Building – Nigerian Trader

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The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses & Lekki Toll Gate Incident, on Tuesday, heard how members of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) threw a trader in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos State, from a two-storey building in 2018.

The trader, Ndukwe Ekekwe, who became paralysed and bound to a wheelchair due to the incident, said he was thrown from a two-storey building at the popular Alaba International Market in Ojo Local Government Area of the state.

Accompanied by his aged mother to the sitting, Ekekwe, who was not represented by a counsel, narrated to the panel in pidgin English the events that led to his paralysis.

The petitioner said at 2.00 pm on Feb. 16, 2018, he was arrested at the Alaba International Market without charge by SARS officers.

He said that fellow traders asked the policemen show their identity cards before Ekekwe could be handcuffed.

“They immediately removed their SARS shirts and began to shoot and everyone ran away. I asked them what my crime was and they said the arrest was an order from the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

“I was handcuffed in one hand because they noticed I wasn’t a troublemaker. On our way, they stopped at Igando and came down from the car and were talking.

“I used my other hand to reach my phone to try to call my mother, but the Inspector saw me, approached me and asked who gave me the guts to make a phone call and he took the phone, stepped on it and destroyed it.

“He stabbed me on my wrist and back and I was hit on the head with the butt of a gun and beaten. They collected the N58,000 that was for my shop,” he said.

Ekekwe said he was taken to the SARS office at Ikeja, Lagos, and at midnight he was stripped naked, taken to a torture chamber where he was beaten and tortured.

He said other SARS officers, who were torturing other individuals, also joined their colleagues in torturing him and the men even threatened to shoot him.

“I was left there till evening and I didn’t know my crime and till now I don’t know my crime. They kept saying that intelligence report is on me.

“At night of that day (Feb. 17, 2018), I was taken to my three shops where I sell phone accessories.

“The SARS officers using hammers, broke into my shop and took my goods in their vehicles and sold some of it to people in the market.

“They took away my goods worth N15million. I began shouting to attract attention and the commander told them to take me to the top of the two-storey plaza and I was thrown down from the building.

“The SARS officer that threw me from that building is Hamza Haruna. They took me back to their office in my injured state,” he said.

Ekekwe said that when his condition became dire, he was taken from the SARS office to the Police Hospital in Ikeja. He said was eventually referred to two other hospitals for treatment of his injury.

The trader said that he used to be the breadwinner of his family, but suffered a spinal injury from being thrown from the storey building, which led to his paralysis.

The petitioner said the police did not pay for his medical expenses and that he had to sell his house and landed property to offset the expenses.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi (Rtd) adjourned proceedings to Nov. 13 for the testimony of Ekekwe’s mother.

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Rice Farmers’ Murder: Ezekwesili Calls For Nigeria’s President Buhari Medical Report

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Former World Bank President, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Tuesday called for full disclosure on the state of mental and physical health of President Muhammadu Buhari, following the killing of 43 farmers in Borno State.

News Central reports that the farmers were tied and their throats slit by members of the Boko Haram insurgents on November 2 at Koshobe community in Borno State.

Ezekwesili, in a statement by her Publicist and Spokesperson, Mr. Ozioma Ubabukoh, said she’s making the call following the recurrent failure of Buhari’s administration to provide a credible response to the spate of massacres in the country.

She said the frequency with which citizens were killed, without any form of prevention by the security establishment, which the President supervises as Commander-in-Chief, nor any prosecution and judicial consequences against perpetrators of heinous murders, raises questions on whether he was still able to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

Ezekwesili said Buhari’s failure to decisively tackle the persistent killing of Nigerians had further emboldened pre-judicial and terrorist activities within the Nigerian territory, thereby necessitating her call.

The former World Bank Vice President said citizens should collectively demand for a credible independent medical panel to investigate and disclose the state of the President’s physical and mental health to Nigerians in order to determine his fitness to continue in office.

“I think that at this stage and depth of fragility of the Nigeria state, privacy has to yield ground to our right-to-know as citizens, the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The state of affairs in the country is dangerous enough for citizens while the President appears incapable of providing effective leadership necessary to secure, stabilise the country and protect lives.”

“We really must assess the physical or mental capability of the President to carry on the duties of his office,” Ezekwesili said.

According to the 2019 Presidential candidate, the conditions of Nigeria “have become too grave for us all to sit still and watch a train wreck in the making.”

She added, “citizens can collectively push for an independent panel to help us make the critical medical determination of the state of mind and body of our President.

“As an extremely concerned citizen, I hereby demand for a #MedicalPanelOnBuhari since we obviously cannot trust the State House physician to provide us accurate information. It is a reasonable demand now for citizens to have full disclosure on the state of health of Buhari and I hope that more people from all regions of the country will speak up.”

Boko Haram militants slaughtered 22 farmers working on their irrigation fields near Maiduguri in two separate attacks on October 12 and 25, .

The latest beheading of about 43 (110 according to figures from United Nations) farmers/fishermen on November 28 occurred barely 48 hours after the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, raised the alarm that the North had been taken over by bandits who kill and maim at will.

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Namibia Begins Economic Recovery Plan In 2021

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Namibia warns against second wave of covid 19

Namibian President Hage Geingob on Tuesday said his government will present an economic recovery plan by February 2021.

He said the plan is aimed at reviving the Namibian economy that is struggling from the effects of (COVID-19).

Geingob said at the last decision-making cabinet of the year that it was crucial for the country to revive the economy.

“We must revive the economy. We must create jobs for our young people in the critical sectors.

“These include the present-day green and blue economies. We must deliver better services to our people. These are vital undertakings,” he said.

The President pointed out that a safe and peaceful environment is central to the country’s development and survival.

“Our success depends on our ability to work harder and smarter in unison and not in silos. Peace, stability and rule of law are condition sine qua non for development to take place,” he said.

According to the Bank of Namibia, the country’s domestic economy is estimated to contract by 7.8 per cent this year compared to a lesser contraction of 1.1 per cent in 2019

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News In 60 |1 – 12 – 2020

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Catch up with Newscentral’s Sulaiman Aledeh on the major stories from Africa today.

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