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Nigeria Police Engage Naira Marley in Live Chat Following Protest Cancellation1 minute read

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The Nigerian police engaged popular singer, Naira Marley in a live interview session with its Public Relations officer, DCP Frank Mba on Instagram.

This is in response to concerns and complaints by Nigerian youths on the issue of unprofessional conducts by some Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Drawing from tweets from the force’s Twitter handle in the early hours of Tuesday, October 6, the Police PRO kicked off a live Instagram chat with Naira Marley to answer questions and discuss the concerns of young Nigerians on the issues of SARS operations and other burning issues.

The tweets read: “@officialnairam1, the Inspector General of Police wishes to inform Nigerian youths that their voices and complaints on the issues of unprofessional conducts by some SARS operatives have been heard very loudly and clearly.

The Force claims it is irrevocably committed to changing these narratives and undertaking far-reaching reforms to reposition SARS and other Tactical Squads for better service delivery.

The Orders and restrictions on the operations of SARS and others already issued by the IGP are reportedly just the initial steps out of the many reforms planned for the Tactical Squads.

The Leadership of the NPF now promises to work with the Ministry of Youth and other stakeholders, including Youth leaders, youth entrepreneurs, CSOs and others in formulating and implementing consensual reforms.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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Power Couple – Banky W And Adesua Etomi Wellington Lend Their Voices To The Ongoing Protests

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Nigerian entertainers join the #ENDSARS protests happening all over Nigeria. The ongoing #Endsars protest by Nigerian youth, is targeted at the disbandment of the notorious Police unit who have been alleged to be involved in the oppression, harassment, abduction, extortion and murder of civilians. Banky W and Adesua Etomi also lends their voices to this movement.

Banky W expresses how displeased he is about the government turning deaf ears to the cry of Nigerians. “How many young Nigerians will have to be robbed/ kidnapped/killed by SARS before our Government takes it seriously? The “Special Anti-Robbery Squad” is doing the robbing?! Such a disgrace. What will it take for our “leaders” to do something about it? #EndSARS #EndSarsNow”


He calls our the IG to address the youth of Nigeria on the streets as opposed to doing it by press. He also demands an apology from the IG to Nigerian youth.
“If the IG wants to talk to young people, he should come out to the same streets in Abuja where his officers were assaulting them for peacefully protesting and apologize to them there. And then update them about all the action they’ve taken on the #5for5 list. #EndSARS”


The “EbutteMeta” crooner established that he wants the 5 for 5 demands to be met, and that the #ENDSARS movement does not need a leader nor a dress code before Nigerian youth go for a peaceful protest.



”The dress code suggestion was clearly a terrible idea. Some are also worried about the park. The point was to gather and move as one. Not stay there. The point is to make our demands for police reform known and get them to take steps.

There is no leader here. We are all just trying to play our part. Everyone must do as they see best. I will be marching tomorrow with anyone else who wants to present our demands to the Police and the Govt. We will also focus on sustaining pressure to free ALL Protesters”

Banky Welington ensured the protest was a peaceful one by giving directives, and educating people the reasons for the protests.

”Why we walk: The 1st 3 points can be done instantly. The last 2 just need to be acknowledged and the review process can begin. There are people who are still locked up all over the country. There are parents who are burying their children. This is what makes it worth it. #5for5”

Adesua on the other hand, also talks about injustice and people who have been unjustly kept in prisons.


“One of the things this protest has taught me is that we need to face prisons all over this country. I don’t want to imagine how many innocent people are rotting away.
How can you say someone is not in your custody when they are? ”


“Just incase you’re forgetting why we’re still fighting, innocent people are dead, innocent people were assaulted and we don’t know of any police officer that has lost their job or been charged.

#EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria #EndSWAT”


“If you see SARS on any street in Naija, LOUD IT so we can loud it on these twitter streets. The government must know that they are still not on their way to abuja.
#SarsMustGoNow #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria #ReformTheNigerianPolice”


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Ondo Decides: Agboola Ajayi Is Contesting-Akinduro

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Voters in Ondo state South West Nigeria woke up on Election Day to a surprise news on circulating on social media. A press statement that said candidate of third force in the state, Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi has pulled out from the governorship poll. Ajayi is also the Deputy Governor of Ondo State.

News Central’s Nasir Agbalaya reached out to John Paul Akinduro, a member of the Zenith Labour Party and former media aide of Olusegun Mimiko, a former Governor of Ondo state.

In the phone interview, Akinduro denied that Ajayi has pulled out of the race. He added that Ajayi is in his hometown to cast his vote.

Akinduro added that the document being circulated is from the ZLP. Adding that a media aide of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is responsible for the fake document. The said aide was identified

Olorunleke Akeredolu. This claim has not been independently verified.

Last minute propaganda, ZLP is grateful for the attention this has brought.

NC asked if this will not be a breach of election rules and possibly lead to the disqualification of the candidates of ZLP and APC, Akinduro said it will not adding that it is not. He dismissed the whole incident that such an action as this is propaganda. He emphasized that ZLP is a movement of the masses…

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