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Police Arrest Cult Leader, 32 Members In Lagos Raid

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The Police Command in Lagos State have arrested 32 suspected cultists and recovered firearms in the last one week.

Spokesman for the command, DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the arrest in a statement on Sunday.

He said that a 32-year-old man (name withheld), a member of Aiye Confraternity, was arrested on Saturday.

Elkana said the suspect, arrested by the Cultism Squad while on patrol at Mosafejo Amukoko Street, Ajegunle, was found in possession of one locally-made pistol.

He stressed that the suspect confessed his gang was responsible for series of violent crimes in Ajengule.

“Investigation is ongoing and efforts are in place to apprehend other members of his gang. The suspect will be charged to court,” he said.

Elkana said on the same day operatives of the Operation Crush from 8 Division in Area H Command, Ogudu raided a cultists’ hideout at Bariga.

The raid, he said, paid off as a 39-year-old suspected cult leader, a resident of Kajora Street, Bariga, was arrested with 22 members of his gang.

“They all confessed to be members of a deadly gang and a cult group responsible for various killings and violent crimes in Bariga.

“Investigation is ongoing, and suspects will be charged to court,” he said.

He noted that a follow-up operation carried out by officers of the Bariga Police Station on Wednesday, at Oyenaya Street, Bariga, led to the arrest of 20-year-old suspect and five other members of his gang.

Elkana said two other suspected cultists were arrested on July 24 at Itabale Igbolomu area of Owutu, Ikorodu, while engaging each other in a battle for supremacy.

He said one locally-made pistol was recovered from them, stressing that all the suspects would be charged to court soon.

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Nigerian Youths Lack Intelligent Curiosity, They Want Things Quick And Easy – Wole Soyinka

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Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he would not keep silent whenever injustice is done to any powerless or vulnerable Nigerian by the people at the helms of affairs of the country.

In an interview with Premium Times, the Nobel Laurete said he feels himself reduced whenever some horrendous violation is being done to another human being, especially the downtrodden.

“If I step out of my house and there is some horrendous violation being done to another human being, I feel myself reduced, and for the rest of the day, maybe the rest of the week, I’m not really whole. It preys on my mind. In other words, there are other things that I would rather be doing than going out on a limb to bat.

“If you live in a society like this where you feel, sometimes, that you are completely alienated from the rest of society, where society itself doesn’t seem to share, in the main, same principles, where very often, in fact, you find the very people you’re trying to defend turning on you because they prefer to take the side of power. They feel more comfortable under tyrannical forces because they perhaps feel that, if they just endure such tyrannical forces, they might go away in the end.”

Speaking on the Nigerian youth, Soyinka frowned at the treachery of the so-called young generation saying many of them are only just waiting for their own slice of the national cake, stressing that they admit it, they co-opt others and even ridicule the progressive ones among them.

“The first thing is that I have never given a blanket endorsement of youth. I used to exchange friendly disagreements with Tai Solarin from time to time over this. I remember I took him on once when he said, I can die for the young generation, and I said, don’t say that. Don’t be so sweeping in your statement, some of this young generation is treacherous and many of them are only just waiting for their own slice of the national cake.

“But something has been happening to our youth. It’s probably the technological strides in communication and dissemination of information. Far too many of them, empty-headed, really think that they know. They are what I sometimes refer to as the generation of be–the- first- to- comment. It’s like they are sitting down there, they don’t understand the issue somebody has just posited, either as a blog or whatever you people call it, I don’t know– I don’t live in that virtual realm,” he added.

He said some Nigerian youth lack intelligent curiosity, adding that they want things quick and easy and that they ridicule those who take the trouble to set a standard.

“They strike me as capable of betraying a serious, genuine cause and endangering themselves–-which is okay–-but to endanger the overall movement is unacceptable. They want everything quick and easy, and they want knowledge as pre-digested mush.

“Anything that requires even figuratively chewing over an idea, a moment, an occurrence, they resent it, they ridicule those who take the trouble to set a standard-– it’s too much labour for them to aspire to a higher level. I become sickened, in the main, by this so-called new generation,” he said.

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Soldiers Kill 3 Policemen, 1 Civilian To Free Arrested Kidnap Kingpin

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Nigerian Police Force Wednesday accused some Nigerian troops of killing three policemen and one civilian.

Police spokesman Frank Mba in a statement said the soldiers also freed a suspected kidnap suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who was arrested by the Police operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije.

Mba said the policemen “came under sudden attack and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, along Ibi – Jalingo Road, Taraba State.”

He said “three policemen (comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants) and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.”

“The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run,” Mba added.

Mba noted the freed suspect has been on the police wanted list for “his complicity in several high-profile kidnap cases including the recent abduction of an Oil-Mogul in Taraba State wherein a ransom of about One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000) was paid.”

The Force said it has commenced investigation into the “bizarre and unfortunate incident.”

The military is yet to react to the accusations.

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RevolutionNow: Nigerians Have Right To Protest But… – Oshiomhole

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday said that Nigerians have the right to protest but must properly articulate their grievances.

Briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of the APC National Working Committee, NWC, with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Comrade Oshiomhole condemned Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy for the revolution protest on Monday.

He said that Sowore who was the Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC and the Sahara Reporters publisher decided to lead the protest after failing to win the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

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