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Pastor Bakare Proposes OND As Minimum Qualification For Police Recruitment

Founder and senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) Tunde Bakare has declared his support for the #EndSARS campaign in his state-of-the-nation broadcast.

Bakare described the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as State-Aided Robbery Squad.

He said Nigerians have a right to express their angst towards the government by protest.

“We have been denied quality education, good healthcare, quality roads, access to electricity, and much more,” the cleric who was once a running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari said.

“The brutal impunity of the gun-wielding policeman or SARS operative is the symbol of this bad governance experience.

“SARS is also the symbol of that politician who loots public funds to build a political war chest and spends it during elections buying votes, hiring thugs, intimidating voters and robbing the people of the power of choice.

“SARS is the emblem on the agbada of the legislator who robs the people through budget padding, outrageous allowances, and unaccounted-for constituency projects.”

“SARS is the symbol of the corrupt judge who compels Lady Justice to remove her blindfold to check whether the person in the dock is a poor phone thief or a wealthy pension thief so as to sell justice to the highest bidder.”

Bakare urged the Buhari administration to fish out those who shot at protesters at Lekki toll gate, Lagos on Tuesday.

“Above all, I strongly recommend that President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that those who ordered armed soldiers to fire on innocent citizens are fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

“The officers who carried out such wicked acts should also be prosecuted under international legal standards,” he wrote

The popular preacher also called for an end to corruption and bad governance.

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How I Plan To Share The Looted COVID-19 Palliatives — Lagos Lawmaker

Lagos State House of Assembly Majority Leader Sanai Agunbiade popularly known as SOB Agunbiade says some COVID-19 palliatives which hoodlums looted from his Ikorodu home on Friday were meant for distribution on his birthday.

The lawyer turned politician said in a statement on Saturday that the hoodlums stole his certificates, his family’s travel passports, valuables as well as foodstuff.

The Ikorodu Constituency 1 representative’s house was attacked following rumour on social media that COVID-19 palliatives were being hoarded at a property in Ikorodu belonging to Team SOB, the lawmaker’s political group.

“I got intelligence reports of the plan to exterminate me early enough, but I took it as unfounded rumours. Moreso, I was not ready to have security operatives around lest lives be lost. I trusted in God’s plan for my life,” he wrote.

“But to those that masterminded and sponsored the carnage for nothing other than political vendetta, I say ‘thank you.’ We know ourselves in Ikorodu, but God reigns supreme. God will repay every hands involved in the attack in appropriate proportion.

“I am happy to be alive to witness the 2020 anniversary of my birthday on Sunday 25th October. The plan of detractors to delete me before my birthday has failed. To God be the glory.

“Let it be noted that at the peak of covid 19 pandemic, I personally distributed palliatives to my constituents more than three (3) times at my personal expense and recently, my team also shared palliatives to very indigent residents of Ikorodu. All these and many more of efforts aimed at taking care of my constituents are public knowledge as we have a way of ensuring open nomination of beneficiaries.

“And for my bithday on 25th October 2020, I have sent out, through my Media Team, notice of my intention to give support to 50 widows who have already been nominated by different groups in a programme christianed Widows Mite for Widows and also distribute to some vulnerable and indigent individuals across the three local councils of my constituency, some palliative materials donated by the state and federal governments, as well as myself. Those are the materials stolen from my house yesterday. Alhamdullilah.

“My service to Ikorodu since my teenage years up to this present time is already treasured by posterity and remain immutable. God knows I do not deserve the treatment meted on me by the perpetrators of this politically motivated attack and their sponsors, but I seek solace in God.

“It is a truism that no one will attack the property of a mad man, but people of reckoning always suffer vilification. The barbaric event of Friday is though shocking but like a dolphin which is happy even in the middle of giant waves and horrible storm, I am stable and my faith in the mercy and grace of God is very fat.

“For certain the looters are not #Endsars protesters because the youth in Ikorodu engaged in very peaceful and well coordinated protest. The perpetrators of the attack on my house are group of assailants on a mission targeted at my life. They stole my certificates and travelling passports of my family. They emptied my wardrobe and that of my wife and went with other valuables…pure broad day robbery! But we thank God.”

Rumour circulated via social media had on Thursday led to the looting of a Lagos State Government warehouse at Mazamaza where COVID-19 palliatives were stored.

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Enough Is Enough, IGP Adamu Says As He Orders Police To Stop Looting, Lawlessness By Thugs

Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate mobilisation of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private property.

The IGP gave the order on Saturday to all assistant inspectors general of police (AIGs), commissioners of police (CPs), heads of police operational units, squadron and base commanders in charge of zonal/state/FCT commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit.

In addition, CPs and heads of police formations in the various states have also been charged to mobilise policemen and work in sync with the Command CPs in the areas where they are domiciled, to dominate the public space and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas.

According to a statement by Force spokesman Frank Mba, “the IGP further directs police strategic managers to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means to halt further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.

“The IGP enjoins law-abiding citizens not to panic but rather join forces with the police and other members of the law enforcement community to protect their communities from the criminal elements.”

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Ex-SARS Chief, Nwafor Was Never My Security Adviser — Peter Obi

Col. George Molokwu (rtd) a former special adviser on security to ex-Anambra governor Peter Obi has debunked rumour that the former commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Awkuzu James Nwafor was appointed Mr Obi’s security adviser.

Molokwu was answering questions from journalists in Onitsha on Friday.

The retired infantry colonel said he was Obi’s security aide and that the irony of the matter was that he did not even know Mr. Nwafor well nor dealt with him.

In his words, “If I did not know him, the consequence was that my principal, Mr. Peter Obi, would not know him as well.”

Continuing, he said that as the chief security officer of the state, Obi dealt mostly with him on security matters and in rare case directly with heads of security agencies.

“When we had cause to interact with other senior security officers, it was my office that did so and I can tell you that there was no possibility of Obi dealing directly with the said Nwafor,” he said.

Molokwu added that Obi was cleared of complexities by all panels that investigated the dumping of corpses at Ezu River.

He said that apart from Obi offering N5million to anybody that would give a clue to who dumped the bodies, he ordered an autopsy and set up a probe panel that was later taken over by federal authorities.

Commenting on the state of the nation, the retired colonel assured protesting youths that the nation had heard their grievances, which, according to him, was for the good of everybody, including his own grandchildren. He prayed that their demands would be expectedly met.

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says I Didn’t Go Anywhere

National leader of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu has debunked rumour that he fled Nigeria for France in the heat of the violence that followed the hijack of #EndSARS protest by hoodlums.

Tinubu spoke on Saturday during a visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina.

“I didn ’t go nowhere, I’m a Lagosian. I still hold the title of the Asiwaju of Lagos. I’m still the Jagaban. Fake news is all over the place. They said Seyi my son was kidnapped, but he’s here with me and I didn’t pay any money to bring him here,” he said.

Tinubu also said he could not understand the rationale behind the looting, arson, invasion of police stations, stealing of arms and maiming of innocent persons that characterised the state for days.

The former Lagos governor said he came to personally ask Mr Sanwo-Olu if he ordered the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday.

“I came to ask him pointedly; did he order the attack, or if he didn’t order the attack, who ordered it? Was it to his knowledge that people were attacked? That was all I needed from him,” he said.

When asked the way forward, Tinubu said since the government had already set up a judicial panel of enquiry to investigate the allegations of human right abuses by officers of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, people who suffered casualty during the gunshot Lekki incident should volunteer information to the government.

“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too. How were they there? How long were they there? What kind of characters are they? Even those we want to help, we still must extract information that would help the government to prepare in future or understand how and when to react,” he said.

Tinubu added that the government showed sensitivity in listening to the protesters and taking actions.

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‘Buhari Is Not Nigeria’s Problem’ – Zahra Buhari Shares Post

Zahra Buhari-Indimi daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night reposted a short note on Instastories, saying the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across the country is evidence that her father is not Nigeria’s problem.

“Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” she wrote.

The post originated from one Mansurah Isah.

Across the nation, angry youths have been plundering warehouses in Lagos, Plateau, Osun, and Kwara in the wake of the #EndSARS protests to discover some COVID-19 palliatives still undistributed.

In some instances, COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were found in private homes of politicians.

Some of the items include cartons of noodles, sacks of garri, and bags of rice, some of which had gone bad due to poor and prolonged storage.

In Osun State, the government said it was waiting for officials from Abuja to “commission” the goods hence the delay in distributing them while in Lagos, the Majority Leader of the House of Assembly Sanai Agunbiade said he kept the palliatives in his Ikorodu home because he wanted to distribute them on his birthday.

Several high-profile individuals such as Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola and Tony Elumelu had donated billions of naira in cash and food items to assist federal and state governments in helping vulnerable families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hoodlums Storm Dogara’s Residence, Cart Away Tricycles, Furniture, Others

The house of a former speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara in Jos, Plateau State has been looted.

Hoodlums defied the curfew in the state to loot Dogara’s residence located near Jos University Teaching Hospital.

It was gathered that the ex-speaker’s apartment was attacked around 9am on Sunday.

Policemen and other security operatives enforcing the curfew shot to disperse the rampaging youths without success.

Items such as tricycles, furniture, electronics, and other valuables were moved out of the house, an eyewitness told the news media.

Across the nation, angry youths have been raiding government agencies and homes of some high profile individuals in search of COVID-19 palliatives.

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Soyinka Denounces Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has described the threat by a UK-based Nigerian Adeyinka Grandson on Igbo indigenes to leave Yorubaland within 48 hours as the “work of sick, cowardly minds”.

Soyinka stated this in a release on Saturday in response to the viral video of Grandson’s threat.

“From Monday 26th of October, we will close the roads, stop all the vehicles across Yorubaland and every Igbo national will be dealt with accordingly. What happened at Ore in Ondo state in August 1967 are just highlights of what we are going to do from Monday, 26th October, 2020,” Grandson had said.

In his statement, Soyinka said: “Undoubtedly in order to promote the video clip of an ethnic revanchist calling on Igbo to leave Yoruba land, this same lunatic fringe has exhumed, and embarked on circulating an ancient fabrication – several years mouldering in the grave – once attributed to me and vigorously denounced.

“That statement impudently expounds, as my utterance, what the Hausa want, what the Yoruba want, and what the Igbo want.

“Such an attribution – let me once again reiterate – is the work of sick, cowardly minds that are ashamed, or lack the courage, as the saying goes, ‘to answer their fathers’ names.’ At least the current ethnic rabble-rouser has the courage of his convictions, not so the sick brigade of identity thieves.

“Normally, one should totally ignore the social dregs. However, in the present atmosphere where FAKE NEWS is so easily swallowed and acted upon without reflection, I feel once again obliged to denounce this recurrent obscenity.

“As for our brother and sister Igbo, I hope they have learnt to ignore the toxic bilge under which some Nigerian imbeciles seek to drown the nation.

“It is time also, I believe, to also enter the following admonition: one cannot continue to monitor and respond to the concoctions of these addicts of falsehood, and their assiduous promoters who have yet to learn to wipe the filth off their tablets.

“The patrons of social platforms should develop the art of discrimination. Some attributions are simply so gross that, to grant them even a moment’s latitude of probability diminishes the civic intelligence of the recipient.”

In August 2019, Grandson was arrested in London for allegedly “stirring racial discrimination” against the Igbo and Fulani ethnic groups and also “encouraging terrorism”.

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Lekki Toll Gate: DJ Switch Speaks About Shootings

Popular female disc jockey DJ Switch on Friday denied saying 78 protesters died in the shooting carried out by men in military uniform at Lekki toll gate, Lagos on Tuesday night.

In a video posted on Instagram from a live session, she said: “Please, I never said 78 people died, I do not know that. I do know that as at the time I was doing the live video, seven people had died. When my battery died we had counted about 15 people.

“I don’t know if it was more than that because we had a lot of people that were hit by stray bullets. 78 people? I do not know where you got that information from.”

Born Obianuju Udeh, DJ Switch said she would continue the #EndSARS protest.

She urged protesters to keep their demonstration peaceful and not back down.

“We must continue to move because if we stop, it might take the next 60 years before we talk about this again. We must continue but we must continue peacefully,” she said.

“I condemn any sort of violence. I condemn the burning of buses and the source of people’s livelihood. I know we are angry but the most powerful weapon we have is peace. Let us continue, I cannot wait to come back because I will definitely be back on the street peacefully.”

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Dino Melaye Confirms Lekki Massacre In New Song

Senator Dino Melaye has composed a new song to criticise the army over the shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Tuesday night.

According to a video seen, men dressed in military uniform shot at #EndSARS protesters hours after the curfew went into effect.

However, in his new song posted on Twitter on Saturday, Melaye urged the army to tell Nigerians what happened at the toll gate.

“Na Army wey kill for Lekki,” he captiond his post.

The former Kogi lawmaker in his song also urged Nigerians not to support the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 general election.

The Defence Headquarters has denied that soldiers carried out the shooting in Lekki.

A judicial panel of inquiry set up by Lagos State Government to probe the incident will begin sitting on Monday.

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US Considers Visa Restriction On Officials Culpable In The Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters

The United States Government has reaffirmed its commitment to impose a visa restriction on persons found culpable in the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Tuesday.

Although, the Defence Headquarters has denied deploying soldiers to the location, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu insists the military carried out the shooting.

“For clarity, it is imperative to explain that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

“I have, nonetheless, ordered an investigation into the rules of engagement adopted by men of the Nigerian Army that were deployed to the Lekki toll gate last night (Tuesday).”

The casualty figure is still being disputed.

However, following an email inquiry from Saturday PUNCH to the US Foreign Mission to Nigeria on actions to be carried out against the culprits of the shooting, the US embassy stated: “We stand by Secretary Pompeo’s statement of October 8, 2020: Adherence to these democratic norms and to the rule of law allows all citizens to engage in political dialogue and support their choice of candidates, parties, and platforms.

“We will watch closely the actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process and will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions.”

Senior officials of the US government had on Thursday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and expressed displeasure over the shooting.

Meanwhile, the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government to probe the Lekki incident will begin sitting on Monday.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Statue Destroyed by Angry Youths in Anambra

Hoodlums have burnt the statue of a pioneer President of Nigeria the late Nnamdi Azikiwe in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The statue was at Denis Memorial Grammar School Roundabout, Awka Avenue, Onitsha, known as Zik Roundabout.

Some of the hoodlums were heard saying while destroying the effigy “You put us in this mess by championing one Nigeria” and “You are the cause of our trouble.”

In several parts of the country, hoodlums have since hijacked the #EndSARS protest, forcing states to declare curfew.

Victor Ononye a kinsman of Azikiwe told PUNCH that the incident was heresy.

“The Right Hon Dr Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe, the first President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, must be expressing regrets wherever his spirit is, for attracting independence to Nigeria,” he said.

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‘My Older Brother Lost His Life During A Sickle Cell Crisis At Age 10’ – BBNaija’s Mike Reveals

Big Brother Naija star Mike Edwards has recounted how his older brother Matthew Edwards died in Nigeria of sickle cell anaemia at age 10.

The father of one in an Instagram post on Saturday shared a picture of his younger self with his siblings.

“My older brother Matthew lost his life during a sickle cell crisis in Nigeria when he was 10 years old, to think if he would have been in a country with better health care support that his life would be saved today is heartbreaking,” Mike wrote.

The Big Brother Naija season 4 first runner-up added: “The fight to End SARS is our cry for help after years of corruption and bad governance.”

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Mike has been a part of the #EndSARS campaign and led a protest alongside Wizkid in London.

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#EndSARS Protests: I Won’t Allow Miscreants, Criminals Perpetrate Acts Of Hooliganism – Buhari

Nigeria’s former leaders including Olusegun Obasanjo and Yakubu Gowon applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast on Thursday as “detailed and soothing to the country,” the Presidency has said.

Buhari on Friday held a virtual meeting with the former leaders which also included Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, Abulsalami Abubakar and Goodluck Jonathan.

According to a statement by Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina, each of the former leaders commended Buhari for steps taken so far to restore calm and order to the country following the crisis which followed the #EndSARS protest.

Buhari claimed that his administration’s decision to accept the demands by youths who protested against the disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force emboldened them to become violent.

Adesina quoted the president as saying, “We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

“Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the government to address their grievances.

“Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

Adesina said the president reiterated his pledge to Nigerians in his nationwide broadcast that “we will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.

“We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

Adesina further said Buhari told his predecessors that his administration would not fold its arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.

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Residents Discover, Loot COVID-19 Palliativesʼ Warehouse In Osun

Several youths on Friday broke into a warehouse in Ede town where COVID-19 palliatives were kept and carted away food items.

The warehouse is located at the moribund Cocoa-Ceramic Industry in Ede.

Some of the items carted away include beans, noodles, sugar, salt, garri, rice and pasta.

It was gathered that residents made no attempt to stop them.

One of the youths Mufu Akano told newsmen that he was happy to be among those who will go home “with what belongs to us”.

Akano noted that the food palliatives which were supposed to be distributed to residents in the state were locked up for some unexplained reasons and agenda which he considered “evil”.

He commended the looters which included commercial motorcyclists for their courage.

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Akwa Ibom Extends Curfew Till 7am Saturday

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has extended the curfew in the state to 7 am on Saturday in order to ensure full return of normalcy.

The governor announced the extension in a statement issued on Friday by the Commissioner for Information Ini Ememobong.

The curfew declared earlier by the governor was to elapse by midday Friday.

“This extension has become necessary because of the overriding interest of the public and the inevitable need to protect lives and property of the citizens,” he said.

Mr Emmanuel directed total cessation of movement during the period, saying, “Only those on essential duties, who must show proper means of identification will be allowed to move.

“All law abiding citizens are to remain at home, security agencies have been briefed to strictly enforce this order.”

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If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her – Femi Adesina

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity Femi Adesina says churches and mosques and a part of the media are to blame for the unrest in the country.

In his Friday article titled ‘If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her’, Mr Adesina alleged the aforementioned groups have been promoting hate.

“The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose,” he wrote.

“And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate. Against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally prepare for power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix.”

He added: “When things boil over in graphic demonstration of hatred, it is a culmination of negative sentiments and tendencies. They come in persistent negative postings on social media, which generate and stimulate hate.

“From hateful messages from the pulpit, as if that was the message of love Jesus Christ handed over to his followers. From unduly critical messages during jumat services. From radio and television programs, in which bile is spewed. From talk shows which become a harangue of government, newspaper articles and columns tailored to instigate and generate dissent, and the like.

“Eventually, all cumulate in hatred, which finds expression in genuine causes like the EndSARS campaign. When things boil over, they leave sorrow, tears and blood in their wake, as we have seen. And who suffers? The whole country. Who bleeds? Nigeria.”

Taking another swipe at religious institutions, he wrote, “Hatred is evinced from many quarters for Nigeria, and for its government and people at any given time. It comes from churches, mosques, professional activists and agitators, interest groups, some elements in the media, so-called analysts who never see anything good, and so on and so forth.”

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Billionaire Businessman, Femi Otedola Saves Another Life

Billionaire businessman Femi Otedola has through his foundation paid the medical bills of an ailing lecturer Inih Ebong.

The lecturer’s wife Uduak Ebong confirmed this to Premium Times, saying her husband who was diagnosed with cardiac failure has been admitted to Prime Clinic, Uyo.

“We have been to the hospital, he has started receiving treatment,” she said.

A representative of Femi Otedola Foundation Philip Akinola said Mr Otedola was moved to help when he read their story published by the online platform.

The 71-year-old lecturer was an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Uyo, when his appointment was terminated in 2002.

He has not been reinstated despite several court orders.

It was learnt that Mr Ebong had trouble with the university authorities for speaking up regularly against alleged maladministration and corruption in the school.

His physician Ime Essien in a medical report issued on October 8, said the lecturer was brought to Prime Clinic in November 2019 because of “recurrent leg swelling and shortness of breath of about 9 years duration”.

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Fagba, Iju-Ishaga Boils As Hausa And Yoruba Clash In Lagos

Several shops have been burnt in Fagba, Iju Ishaga area of Lagos following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba youths.

Residents say the clash sprang up from the #EndSARS protest which has raised tensions in Lagos for over two weeks.

It was gathered from a shop owner in the area simply identified as Yemi alias gadget man that his store which houses electronic devices was razed with goods worth over N10 million in it.

Yemi said the perpetrators had tried severally to break into his store before finally succeeding on Thursday and setting it ablaze.

With the curfew still in place in Lagos, Fagba residents are more pessimistic about leaving their houses following the clash.

Several persons have also been injured and houses destroyed.

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Thugs Burn Down Governor Akeredolu’s Campaign Office in Akure

Hoodlums on Thursday set ablaze the campaign office of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu located at Ilesha Road, Akure.

Items in the building were first destroyed before being set on fire.

Elsewhere, hoodlums set on fire the secretariat of the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State and the Okitipupa Divisional Police Station.

It was gathered that the trouble started when the policemen tried to disrupt the protest of the youths in order to enforce the curfew order.

The hoodlums looted several items in the secretariat.

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Governor Oyetola Suspends Curfew In Osun State

Osun State Government has suspended its 24-hour curfew effective from today, Friday, October 23, 2020 till further notice which was imposed to forestall breakdown of law and order owing to high level of compliance.

This was contained in a statement released by the Secretary of the state, Prince Wole Oyebamiji.

The state government commended the residents and citizens of the state for their show of understanding and cooperation in the last 48 hours of the curfew.

The government also commended the youths of the state for displaying high sense of maturity in carrying out their protest.

This development comes after the government reviewed the situation of the last 48 hours and inaugurated the State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality.

According to the statement, the suspension is to allow members of the public approach the Panel to make their submissions and to go about their lawful businesses.

The statement reads partly: “Government will not hesitate to reinstate the curfew should the need arise.

“Government remains committed to the cause of our youths and the #EndSARS protesters and shall take every necessary step to ensure that their demands are met.

“Considering Government’s commitment and determination to meet the demands of the protesters, we appeal to the protesting youths to suspend their protest and engage Government in a dialogue.

“All citizens and residents are enjoined to be peaceful and to be law abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property.

“May God continue to bless and keep the State of Osun.”

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BREAKING!!! Buhari Holds Emergency Meeting with Former Leaders, Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has convened a meeting with some former Nigerian leaders including Olusegun Obasanjo and Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd.)

It was gathered that the meeting is part of the ongoing critical consultations with major stakeholders aimed at finding lasting solutions to the nation’s security and socio-economic challenges.

The meeting on Friday comes hours after the president addressed the nation in a broadcast, urging the youths to end the #EndSARS protest against police brutality.

The meeting is being presided by Buhari from the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja while some former Nigerian leaders are participating virtually.

Other participants include Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.) former President Goodluck Jonathan and Ernest Shonekan.

Also at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Chief of Defence Staff General Gabriel Olanisakin, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu, Director-General of Department of State Services Yusuf Bichi and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency Ahmed Rufai, among others.

Buhari had on Thursday met with security chiefs.

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Lagos Royal Families, Others Condemn Attack On Palace

Isale Eko Descendants’ Union has condemned the attack by hoodlums at the palace of the Oba of Lagos Oba Riliwanu Akiolu.

Hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest against police brutality invaded the palace on Wednesday and made away with traditional instruments of office and other valuables and artefacts.

The union in a statement on Thursday by its chairman Yomi Tokosi expressed sadness that the organised peaceful #EndSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums.

“We unreservedly condemn the acts of sacrilege committed by the culprits who desecrated our cultural heritage,” the union said.

“We appeal that they stop this wanton destruction, sheath their swords and allow peace to reign.

“It is pertinent to state that Iga Idunganran belongs to all sons and daughters of Isale Eko and it’s sanctity is our collective duty. The Palace is the custodian of centuries’ old priceless and irreplaceable heritage artefacts that have been passed down through generations.

“We are consoled that Kabiyesi, Oba Riliwanu Babatunde Akiolu, Akiolu 1, and his Family are safe and secure.”

Similarly, the Forum of Eko Princes and Princesses condemned the attack.

In a statement signed on behalf of the forum by Prince Adewale Ojora, they said: “Reviewing the damming footage of the violent invasion by these miscreants and vandals, it is disheartening to observe the wanton desecration of our traditional heritage in Lagos.

“We totally condemn this attack and demand that it ceases immediately and urge the security services to secure the Palace.

“We commiserate with our Royal father Alaiyeluwa Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu, Akiolu I and call on the Lagos State Government to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book.”

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AY’s Brother, Yomi Casual’s Store Vandalized & Looted By Hoodlums In Lagos

Popular fashion designer Yomi Casual on Thursday said his store in Surulere area of Lagos was vandalised and looted by hoodlums on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old posted a video on his Instagram page showing the condition of his store before and after the vandalism.

“Woke up to this and the first thing that came to my mind is ‘it’s already too late to educate the hoodlums that this fight is for all of us and not at each other,’” he wrote.

Born Olorunyomi Makun, Yomi also advised those leaving at the Surulere axis to be careful as different stores are being looted.

Hoodlums have since hijacked the #EndSARS protest against police brutality to vandalise properties.

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CCTV Cameras Captured Lekki Shooting, They Were Not Removed – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has debunked claims that the close-circuit television at the Lekki toll gate was removed before the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by masked men believed to be soldiers.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said during a live programme on ARISE TV on Thursday that the CCTV captured the shooting and that it would be submitted to the judicial panel on police brutality, extra-judicial killings and extortion.

“I will just speak up the truth on what actually happened. There are security personnel of The Lekki Concession Company on the ground. I had called the Managing Director that night when I saw the pictures. What he said to me is that because of the curfew that has been announced, they took a decision that they will take out installations that are critical to them,” he said.

“That camera that you saw is not a security camera or a motion camera. The camera is a laser camera for vehicles. It picks the tag on cars and number plate.

“It is not for a camera for human beings. It is an infrared camera that just picks the tag on the vehicles. Security camerals for the plaza are still available. These are some of the footage that we are going to use for our investigation. Security cameras are installed on top of towers and they are there because I have seen them. Nobody can touch the security camera.

“These are things that we can leave open for citizens to come and verify when the panel of enquiries start. We will adopt this as evidence so that experts can come and review what kind of cameras are those shown at the footage.”

When asked if the footage of the cameras can be assessed, he replied “absolutely”.

The management of the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) has also released a statement saying the CCTV at the Lekki toll gate is intact.

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President Buhari Holds Meeting With Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday convened a meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Those in attendance included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Defence Bashir Magashi, Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama.

Others at the meeting were the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, service chiefs, Director-General of the Department of State Services Yusuf Bichi and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency Ahmed Rufa’i.

It was gathered that the meeting was convened over the aftermath of the #EndSARS demonstrations and other security challenges facing the country.

It comes amid outrage over the president’s silence on the shooting of protesters by men in military uniform at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.

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Hoodlums Goes On Rampage In Lagos, As They Loot Shopping Mall

Hoodlums on Thursday looted Circle Mall in Lekki area of Lagos and set the building on fire.

A video of the incident was shared on Instagram by filmmaker Steven Ndukwu.

“Currently happening♨️ circle mall is on fire, I woke up with heavy smoke from my window and decided to send in a drone to see what’s happening,” he wrote.

“Hoodlums are currently stealing and destroy properties at circle mall.”

The looting is part of the fallout of #EndSARS protest against police brutality which has been hijacked by hoodlums.

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Massive Looting At Shoprite, Surulere

Several offices and stores have been looted and some set ablaze on Bode Thomas Street in Surulere area of Lagos.

A video posted on social media by a resident showed the extent of damage to properties by hoodlums.

A Samsung store was also looted.

The incident comes amid a 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government to curb violence.

Some stores in Lekki area of the state have also been looted and burnt.

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BREAKING!!! EndSARS: Buhari To Finally Address Nigerians At 7pm

Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast on Thursday, October 22 at 7pm.

A statement by his special adviser on media and publicity Femi Adesina read.

Nigerians have been calling on the president to address the country following the shooting of protesters by men in military uniform at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.

The incident has forced more attacks on private property and police stations.

At least six states are now under 24-hour curfew.

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Oke Was Killed By Thugs, Not Police – Brother Speaks

Younger brother of the late product designer Oke Obi-Enadhuze has debunked rumour that Mr Obi-Enadhuze died after being hit by a stray bullet from a policeman.

Obi-Enadhuze had just tweeted “Nigeria won’t end me” moments before he died.

His brother Daniel Obi-Enadhuze Daniel in a lengthy Twitter thread on Thursday morning narrated the incident.

He said his elder brother died from an injury to the neck inflicted by one of the thugs that attacked their barracks at Mafoloku, Oshodi area of Lagos on Wednesday.

He wrote: “My mum’s two cars were destroyed and set on fire, and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door. They then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away everything we own.

“My brother, on trying to get them to take everything but spare us, was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck.

“The attacker then proceeded to attack me, but missed my neck but got my chin instead.

“After this, my mom and I carried my brother’s body to the entrance of the station, soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks.

“We were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because ‘he was already dead’.

“Unfazed, we moved him to another hospital, where he met the same treatment. This was where he bled his last drops of blood and died. His body has now been moved to a morgue.”

He added: “Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee (Oke) was NOT killed by a police bullet, but died a hero protecting my mother and me.”

Late Oke, who had helped build a blood donation app for Life Bank Services, was a fresh graduate of Computer Science from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

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Controversy Over Soun’s Alleged Rejection Of Makinde’s Offer To Repair Palace

Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosholand has rejected a gift of N90m extended to him by Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde for renovation of his palace which was attacked by hoodlums during #EndSARS protest in the town.

In a letter dated October 19, 2020 addressed to Governor Makinde, the monarch politely turned down the gift.

Recall that the governor had pledged a donation of N100m for the repairs of the vandalized palace.

According to the monarch, the damages incurred during the unfortunate incident would be taken care of by a coordinated community effort of Ogbomoso sons and daughters.

Oba Oyewumi further stated that a N10m released by the Governor would be added to the contributions of his subjects.

Part of the letter read, “allow me to use this medium to express the appreciation of my people and myself for the kind gesture by Your Excellency in pledging the sum of N100m for the cost of the repairs and renovation of the Palace from the damages of the attack and an immediate disbursement of the sum of N10m”.

“However, subsequent to your visit, and in a gesture truly representative of the good and peace-loving people of Ogbomoso, a coordinated community of Ogbomoso sons and daughters have also taken up the responsibility for the repairs and renovation of their Palace and the repair and renovation work has commenced.”

“In consequence of this development, and the assessment done, there is no need to disburse the balance of the sum of N90m.
“May I reiterate my advice during your visit that avenues and opportunities to engage our teeming youth who are largely unemployed or underemployed be assiduously explored to keep them meaningfully engaged and not idle. I have no doubt in my mind that under your able leadership this will be done.
“With respect to the misguided ones who violated the sacred sanctity of Aafin Ogbomoso, as the father of all, they are forgiven for their mistake and misdeed in the knowledge that they have retraced their steps and mended their ways for the future and will no longer allow themselves to be misguided”.

“Once again, my sincere thanks to you for your support and interest in upholding the traditional institution of Oyo State and by extension Yorubaland.

“May God grant you wisdom and success as you steer the affairs of Oyo State”.

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BREAKING!!! Hoodlums Set The Nation Newspaper Office On Fire

Hoodlums on Wednesday attacked the head office of The Nation newspapers at Matori, Mushin area of Lagos State.

A car on the premises was set on fire, according to a video of the incident seen online.

No casualty has been recorded.

Hoodlums had earlier in the day attacked a broadcast station Television Continental (TVC) in Ikosi area of Ketu.

Both media houses are reportedly owned by a former governor of Lagos Bola Tinubu.

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BREAKING!!! Capture Ikpeazu To Face Trial, Nnamdi Kanu Tells IPOB Members

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu has ordered his members to seize Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to face trial for the alleged role he played in the killing of #EndSARS protesters in the state.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Kanu claimed the governor was hiding in Asaga village, Ohafia in the house of his chief of staff Ukpai Ukpai.

“Our youths in Ohafia are hereby instructed to capture him alive to face trial for the numerous murders he committed including the death of protesters yesterday (Tuesday) in Aba. On no account must he be allowed to leave Ohafia alive. Its an order,” Kanu said.

He urged the #EndSARS protesters not to give up, adding “the oppressors will try every option including shooting to quell the protest, but nobody should be deterred.”

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Lekki Tollgate Shooting: We Switched Off Billboard Based On Curfew Orders – Seyi Tinubu

Loatsad Promomedia Limited an advert company owned by Seyi Tinubu, son of former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu, says it turned off the billboard at the Lekki toll gate based on the state governor’s curfew request.

The billboard provided lighting around the toll gate.

There had been claims that the decision to turn off the billboard was part of the plot to attack protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday.

However, in a statement on Instagram on Wednesday, Loatsad Promomedia denied the allegation.

“When the ‘EndSars and ‘say no to police brutality’ protests started from day one, we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause,” the statement read.

“On Tuesday, when the curfew was announced we heeded the governor’s warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3 pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governor’s curfew request.

“We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.”

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IGP Orders Withdrawal Of Police Personnel Attached To VIPs Nationwide

The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate withdrawal of all policemen attached to VIPs across the country.

The latest directive was contained in a police wireless message dated October 21 and addressed to all commissioners of police.

However, policemen attached to Government Houses, Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representatives were exempted.

“Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without a firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned,” the directive signed by the AIPOL, Protect, Force Headquarters, Abuja read.

It further directed the affected personnel to report to their respective command CPs.

This comes days after the police authorities disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad following protests against the squad for high handedness and extrajudicial killings.

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#EndSARS: Military Actions May Make Situation Unmanageable, Says Adeboye

The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria Pastor Enoch Adeboye has warned that the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday may worsen the situation of things in the country.

He stated this in a release on Wednesday.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms, attacks launched by the Nigerian military on unarmed young people, who have been peacefully protesting police brutality over the last 12 days as #EndSARS protests,” Adeboye said.

“The condemnable actions of the military risks driving the agitations of the young people underground, thereby making the situation unmanageable.

“I call on the Federal Government to thoroughly investigate the tragic events at Lekki and other parts of the country, give justice to all victims even as it engages the #EndSARS protesters to reach a common agreement to end police brutality.”

To the youth, Adeboye said: “I am also appealing to the youths to allow peace reign & stop any form of action that would give the military any other form of excuse to attack. May the peace of God come upon our nation, now more than ever in Jesus name (Amen).”

The cleric had earlier endorsed the protest as long as it was peaceful.

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Hoodlums Attack, Set TVC Studios In Lagos Ablaze

A fire outbreak at the premises of Television Continental (TVC) in Ikosi-Ketu, Lagos forced the station to go off air on Wednesday morning.

The fire was reportedly started by hoodlums in retaliation of the alleged killing of protesters by security agents at the Lekki Toll Plaza on Tuesday night.

TVC is believed to be owned by former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu.

Morayo Brown, who was anchoring the popular ‘Your View’ disclosed during live show that a mob was trying to force its way into the premises.

The station subsequently went off air.

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#EndSARS: Ekiti Declares 24-Hour Curfew

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Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state following a wave of violence occasioned by hoodlums.

Secretary to the State Government Biodun Oyebanji stated this in a release on Tuesday.

“…Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State starting from 10.00 pm tonight, Tuesday, October, 20, 2020,” the statement read.

“Only essential workers and service providers with valid means of identifications are allowed to move around during the period of the curfew.

“Any person found on the street that does not belong to this category, would be promptly arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of Ekiti State.

“We seek the understanding of the good people of Ekiti State as we continue to take deliberate steps towards ensuring that peace and normalcy return to our state.”

The governor said hoodlums capitalised on the #EndSARS protest to “rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the state” and destroy properties.

According to the statement, the governor met with protesters on October 16 and assured them the state government would immediately put measures in place to respond to all their demands.

“Government has since then constituted a Human Rights Investigation Panel to review all cases of abuse by Officers of the disbanded SARS. In addition, Government has enabled a Victims Compensation Fund to facilitate speedy remedial measures for victims of such abuse,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Lagos State on Tuesday also declared a 24-hour curfew.

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