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Amnesty International Demands Release Of Tanzanian Opposition Leaders

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Amnesty International Demands Release Of Tanzanian Opposition Leaders

Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has called on Tanzanian authorities to stop targeting the opposition and immediately release all opposition members arrested in a swoop on Wednesday.

“Tanzanian authorities must end the escalating crackdown on opposition party and leaders. Unless the authorities have clear legal grounds to justify these arrests, all of those arrested in this swoop must be immediately released,” Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Region, Flavia Mwangovya, said in a statement.

The Tanzania Police Force must also account for the whereabouts of Freeman Mbowe and ensure his security and safe return, the statement said.

Opposition leader Freeman Mbowe and 11 other party officials and staff of Party of Democracy and Progress, officially known as Chadema, were arbitrarily arrested on Wednesday.

“Tanzanian authorities must stop targeting the opposition and trying to narrow the space they are able to operate in. These arbitrary arrests and detentions show Tanzanian authorities’ flagrant disregard for the rule of law, and human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and association. These politically motivated arrests must stop,” Mwangovya said.

Amnesty International said the 12 members of the opposition were arrested at 2.30 am on 21 July from their hotel rooms in Mwanza by Tanzanian police.

The arrest came hours before a planned conference demanding a new constitution for the country.

On 20 July, Mwanza’s Regional Commissioner Robert Gabriel, banned all forms of gathering except for religious gatherings and funerals, stating that anyone intending to assemble must get clearance from his office.

According to the opposition party’s Protocol, Communications and Foreign Affairs director, John Mrema, the 11 detained at Central Police Station have not been charged with any criminal offence.

Lawyers representing them have also not seen any statements of offence regarding the reason for their arrest.

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Oyo Prison Break: Aregbesola Gives Update, Sends Warning Message To Escapees

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Kabba Prison Break: Aregbesola Reveals Steps Taken To Arrest Escaped Inmates-Crystal News

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, assured Nigerians that the attack on Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo, Oyo State has been brought under control, telling members of the public to go about their businesses.

The Minister who was reacting to the incident via a statement by his Media Aide, Sola Fasure, stated that he has been briefed by the Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service and he is monitoring the situation.

Aregbesola stated further that the awaiting trial section that was later attacked by grenades and other explosives, thereby setting some of the awaiting trial inmates free.

Security agents have rearrested some of those who escaped while some have voluntarily returned to the center while security agents are on the trail of others.

Heavily armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre late Friday, 22 October 2021 and engaged the security agents on the ground in a gun duel which lasted for about 20 minutes before they were overpowered.

Oyo Prison Break: Aregbesola Gives Update, Sends Warning Message To Escapees

Crystal News reports that in the area, at about 10.00 pm yesterday, October 22, 2021, a large number of heavily-armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre, in Oyo, Oyo State.

“The attackers subsequently used grenades and other explosives to gain access into the awaiting trial section of the facility and set free many of the awaiting trial inmates. Other sections of the facilities were left untouched.

“The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been on the situation immediately the incident occurred.

“The Minister of Interior has been briefed on the attack. He is monitoring the situation.

“He has assured members of the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation is under control. He also requires members of the public to report any suspicious movement or any sign of the escaped inmates and the gunmenin and around the vicinity to the nearest security post around them.

“Security agencies are on the trail of the escaped inmates, while a joint security services manhunt has been launched immediately for the apprehension of the assailants.

“This has led to the capture of some of the inmates while others returned voluntarily. However, those who are on the run are advised to turn themselves in, as escape from lawful custody is a serious offense. The full weight of the law will be brought on them when arrested,” the statement said.

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ICIR Tasks Journalists On Unity Of Nigeria

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ICIR Tasks Journalists On Unity Of Nigeria

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) has advised Nigerian journalists to work towards unifying rather than dividing the country.

Mr. Dayo Aiyetan, the Director, ICIR, said this at a training for journalists on peace and conflict-sensitive reporting in Abuja.

Aiyetan also advised journalists against using profiling as a reporting tool.

In a paper titled “The Danger of Ethnicity Profiling in Reporting”, he described ethnic profiling as means of targeting or singling out a person for blame or innuendo based on his or her ethnicity.

He said that ethnic profiling was unethical as it focused on sensationalism rather than professionalism.

“It also fuel division, criminality and genocide as witnessed in Rwandan of which the media will be blamed for it,” the ICIR boss said.

He urged journalists to adhere to the principles of truth, accuracy, balance, fairness and corporate responsibility in their reportage.

Alhaji Abdullateef Shittu, Executive Director, Research and Strategy Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said that the technical assistance the forum was rendering the governors was yielding positive results in states.

Shittu listed them to include; increase in Internally Generated Revenue and domestication of relevant laws and policies.

He said that many states had also been encouraged to set up relevant agencies that promoted development and accountability.

According to him, this includes the State Bureau of Statistics and Project Monitoring Agency to track projects execution in the states.

He recalled that NGF was instrumental in facilitating the disbursement of Parish Refund Club, the release of bailout funds as well as budget support funds from the federal government to states during an economic recession.

The workshop was attended by journalists from different media organizations in the country

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Adron Homes Celebrates Its Champions

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Adron Homes Celebrates Its Champions

As part of its give-back strategy to appreciate employees that have done exceedingly well for the month of September, Adron Homes and Properties has showered on its workforce treat and shopping spree for contributing to the growth of the organization.

The foremost real estate company, in its usual style, celebrated its leading and best employees across all hierarchies.

The company didn’t relent as it pulled all the stops to celebrate its best staff for the month of September in grand style.

Adron Homes Celebrates Its Champions

Adron Homes Celebrates Its Champions

It was a weekend filled with shopping, exquisite spa sessions, fine dining, as they enjoyed a luxurious picked up in exclusive limo rides across its 6 continents nationwide.

The heartwarming treat was carried out in all Adron’s continents, namely; Northern continents, Western, Eko, Mainland, Gateway and Rock of ages continents, which covers the real estate company’s offices and estates across the country.

Adron Homes Celebrates Its Champions

Adron Homes Celebrates Its Champions

The Director-General of Adron Homes; Mr. Ayodeji Omoniyi-Ojo, in his charge to the staff, said, “we see everyone and this is a token to say we appreciate all your hardwork. At Adron Homes, this is who we are, we celebrate our own”.

Mr Ayodeji further used the opportunity to urge other staff to put in more efforts to be part of the beneficiaries next time.

He thanked customers for trusting the company and investing in its sites across the country.

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