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#ENDSARS: Osinbajo, Govs Beg Youths to Halt Commemorative Protests Promise compensation for victims, prosecution of indicted persons Deji Elumoye in Abuja The federal government and the 36 states have resolved to compensate victims of the #ENDSARS protests that rocked several states in October

last year, as well as prosecute all persons indicted by the panels set up to investigate the protests. They also urged youths planning to commemorate the one year anniversary

of the protests with another round of protests, to shelve the idea and seek other lawful alternative to drive home their point. These were some of the resolutions of the National

Economic Council (NEC) yesterday at its monthly virtual meeting, attended by the state governors with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presiding. A communiqué issued at

the end of the NEC meeting, signed by the Media Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, stated that upon the receipt of reports from judicial panels, regarding EndSARS protests, set up in 28 States

across the country and in the FCT, the NEC resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed in each state, in collaboration with the Continued on page 5

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APC Holds State Congresses Amid Internal Crisis Parallel assemblies likely in 13 states Fence-mending maneuvers crumble

Our Corrrespondents

With the dusts raised by the local government congresses of

the All Progressives Congress (APC) yet to settle, the party is today going ahead with its state congresses, to elect

officials for these levels of its structures. The scenario of the local government congresses,

characterised by protests, boycotts, and the election of parallel executives by the different factions in many

states, looks set to repeat itself across the country. Parallel congresses are likely in at least 13 states in spite

of the various fence-mending sorties carried out by the Continued on page 5

In Landmark Move, Cambridge Returns Benin Bronze Cockerel Legendary Okukor to arrive Nigeria October 27 Charles Ajunwa Jesus College, University of Cambridge, England yesterday announced that it would hand over a Benin bronze cockerel, Okukor, to a Nigerian delegation on October 27, in a gesture Nigerian officials said “offered hope for amicable resolutions” of the ongoing disputes over the ownership of its cultural properties. The Okukor, described by the college as a “royal ancestral heirloom,” was taken from the Benin Kingdom during a punitive expedition in 1897, when thousands of bronzes were looted by British forces. It will be the first stolen artefact to be returned and this is expected to spark a wave of repatriation ceremonies, as the cultural world continues to reckon with concerns over the ethics of plundered historical artefacts.

Jesus College, the first British institution to return one of the stolen bronzes, in what it described as “a historic moment”, said officials of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments will formally collect the Bronze in its College on October 27. “Delegates from the Commission and Benin will visit the College for a ceremony to complete the handover process and celebrate the rightful return of the Bronze,” said the college. Ms Sonita Alleyne, OBE, Master of Jesus College, said: “This is an historic moment. We look forward to welcoming representatives from Nigeria and Benin to the handover ceremony and to celebrating the return of this Bronze. “This is the right thing to do out of respect for the unique Continued on page 5

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GOOD TO SEE YOU… President Muhammadu Buhari (L) welcomes the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor GODWIN OMOIGUI Tunde Bakare, to his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja...yesterday

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