Newspaper review: More trouble for promoters of EndSARS protest

Newspaper review: More trouble for promoters of EndSARS protest

The front pages of the major national dailies for Thursday, November 12, focus on how the federal government came under fire for tagging of #EndSARS campaigners as terrorists among other reports.

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The Punch Newspaper reports that the federal government came under fire on Wednesday, November 11, for tagging of #EndSARS campaigners as terrorists with prominent citizens and groups deploring the Central Bank of Nigeria’s action, which led to the freezing of the accounts of some of the protesters.

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 12

The front page of The Punch newspaper published on Thursday, November 12. Photo credit: The Punch
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The federal government had succeeded in freezing the accounts of 20 #EndSARS campaigners after telling a Federal High Court in Abuja that the funds in their accounts might have been linked to terrorist activities.

This was according to a written address in support of a motion ex parte filed by the CBN, which froze 20 accounts in the second week of October and thereafter approached the court to seek an ex parte order to freeze the accounts.

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The Nation newspaper reports that the status of the panel set up by the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami to dispose of recovered looted assets of the federal government is in contention.

Malami (SAN), who is also the Minister of Justice, is under fire for the action, which senior lawyers and rights activists described as illegal.

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 12

The front page of The Nation newspaper published on Thursday, November 12. Photo credit: The Nation
Source: UGC

Their argument: only the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which recovered the loot is legally empowered to sell them off according to the Act setting up the anti-graft agency.

But Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Seyi Sowemimo differed. He reasoned that from the wording of the law, the AGF may “technically” be acting within his powers.

The Guardian newspaper reports that this year’s World Pneumonia Day (WPD) is being celebrated today, November 12, 2020, with some gloomy figures from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH).

The figures from the ministry indicate that the disease kills between 142,000 and 160,000 under-five children in Nigeria every year.

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Newspaper review for Thursday, November 12

The front page of The Guardian newspaper published on Thursday, November 12. Photo credit: Guardian Nigeria
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The FMoH, on Tuesday, November 11, blamed the high mortality and morbidity rate of pneumonia in Nigeria on low immunisation especially in hard-to-reach areas, urbanisation, malnutrition and pollution from greenhouse gases emanating from burning of woods.

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. Symptoms include a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. The infection can be life-threatening to infants, children, and people over 65.

The Sun newspaper reports that the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has cancelled the registration of Enough is Enough (EiE), a business organisation linked to one of the promoters of the protest, stating that the name is deceptive.

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 12

The front page of The Sun newspaper published on Thursday, November 12. Photo credit: The Sun
Source: UGC

In a series of tweets, on Wednesday, November 11, the CAC said:

“Further to cancellation of the business name registration ‘Enough is Enough BN 2210728’, the Corporate Affairs Commission wishes to inform the public that the proprietors of the cancelled business name are Opayemi Adamolekun and Bisola Edun.
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"Based on the provisions of Section 579 (2) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, (CAMA), the Corporate Affairs Commission has cancelled the registration of the Business name “Enough is Enough BN 2210728” with immediate effect.”

The de-registration comes amid protests by rights groups over recent repressive actions taken by the federal government against leading figures and celebrities that participated in the two weeks protest against police brutality across the country.

The Nigerian Tribune newspaper reports that the demands by members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) are worsening crisis in the universities, the federal government has said.

Newspaper review for Thursday, November 12

The front page of Nigerian Tribune newspaper published on Thursday, November 12. Photo credit: Nigerian Tribune
Source: UGC

The minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, told journalists that the unions within the ivory towers had since kicked against the proposed University Transparency Account System (UTAS) presented by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU).

The former Anambra state governor who spoke with newsmen shortly after budget defence by his ministry at the National Assembly listed SSANU and NASU among unions that might complicate the crisis.

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Ngige, who maintained that it was proper to harmonise the payment platform in the Nigerian universities, disclosed that his Ministry had since sent the UTAS to National Information Technology Development Agency for assessment.

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