The police on Sunday ordered their officers and men to go after those who were looting private and government establishments in the last week. As of last night no fewer than 483 suspected looters have been arrested in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Kano, Lagos, Osun and Plateau states. Peaceful protests by youths calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force turned violent on Tuesday when soldiers shot peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos. Policemen and thugs also attacked protesters across the country. Police stations, government buildings and vehicles have been vandalised by thugs. On Friday, President Buhari said no fewer than 69 people died in the protests. Since last Thursday, looters, have been attacking stores, where COVID-19 palliatives were kept, as well as the residences of politicians in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Oyo and Plateau states. No fewer than 40 persons were arrested in connection with the looting at the Sabon Gari area of the Fagge LGA of Kano State. In Akwa Ibom State, the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, said that the command had arrested 10 suspected looters and recovered stolen goods estimated at several millions of naira, following Thursday’s looting of private and government establishments in the state. Also, the Osun State Police Command on Sunday said more than 80 suspects had been arrested across the state. A total of 118 suspected looters were arrested different parts of Plateau State by the army’s Operation Safe Haven. On his part, the police spokesman in Anambra State, Haruna Mohammed, said six persons had been arrested in the state for looting.
The Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky led Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shi’ite has dispelled rumour making the round its leader is dead. The IMN, in a statement by its Spokesman, Ibrahim Musa on Sunday evening, said Sheikh Zakzaky is alive and was visited by his family members at the Kaduna Correctional Centre on Saturday. The statement reads: “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has found it necessary to dispel the rumours currently making waves of the passing away of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. “We believe the originators of the rumours and its circulation are government-sponsored mischief-makers trying to plunge the nation into further chaos. “Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky was visited by his family members on Saturday, 24/10/2020 in the Kaduna Correctional Centre where he is being held on trumped up charges by the Kaduna state government of El Rufai. While the Sheikh indeed suffers from potentially life-threatening health challenges due to injuries to his vital organs and the subsequent prolonged incarceration without adequate care, none of that is new,” the statement added. The FG arrested Zakzaky in 2016 after the group clashed with soldiers in Kaduna and charged him with treason. Despite court orders requiring his release on bail, he has remained in custody.
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) says the total assets under the contributory pension scheme (CPS) rose to ₦11.34 trillion as at the end of August 2020. In its latest report, the regulator said ₦7.51 trillion (66.27 percent) of the total pension fund assets were invested in the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) securities. These securities include treasury bills; FGN bonds, Sukuk; agency and green bonds. Other areas where the funds were invested are the corporate debt and local money market securities; mutual funds; and the domestic and foreign ordinary shares. The total number of retirement savings accounts (RSA) registered increased from 9.06 million to 9.1 million.
About five soldiers and four members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been feared dead after a clash in Oyigbo and other parts of Rivers State. This brings to seven the number of IPOB members who reportedly died during the #EndSARS protests in the state. The IPOB members were said to have engaged in a shoot-out with a joint security team comprising soldiers and police deployed to quell their activities in Oyigbo, Rumuokwurusi and other flashpoints. Meanwhile, the state police command said two cops were killed, four police stations burnt and over 50 vehicles set ablaze by suspected IPOB members who attacked the Oyigbo community and other areas in the state. Sources also indicate that youths in the area have commenced a house-to-house recruitment exercise in order to fight the military. The reports add that dissenters were often murdered.