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Nigerians Storm Embassy In Austria, Attack Ambassador

23 October 2020 - 3:48am


Nigerians living in Austria have attacked Ambassador Vivian Okeke.

Okeke was attacked at the country’s embassy in Vienna.

In video clips that surfaced online, the envoy was safeguarded by the police from the angry mob.

They were heard chanting in the video, “End Buhari ole, end SARS, Buhari should stop killing our people.”

The attack on Okeke might not be unconnected with the killings of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.

SaharaReporters recalled that men in army uniform on Tuesday opened fire on unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos, killing over 10 persons and injuring dozens in the process.

The incident has generated a global uproar, with many calling for justice for victims of extrajudicial killings.
 

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ECOWAS Calls For Dialogue To End Unrest In Nigeria

23 October 2020 - 12:42am


The Economic Community of West African States has urged Nigerians to sustain and build peace in the ongoing crisis in the country.

The Directorate of Communications in ECOWAS disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

ECOWAS noted with concern how the peaceful protest by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad had turned violent.

The statement reads, “ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent.

“ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

While ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it also wishes to stress that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner. In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally.

“ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly.

“Finally, ECOWAS Commission appeals to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian youth and the civil society to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest and maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order.”

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Air Pollution Killed 67,900 Infants In First Month Of Birth In Nigeria—Report

23 October 2020 - 12:28am


Nigeria’s air is the second most fatal for newly born children. This is according to the Health Effect Institute’s State of Global Air report for 2020.

According to the report released on Wednesday, 67,900 infants died within their first month of birth in Nigeria in 2019, due to air pollution.

This figure is only worse in India, where more than 116,000 infants died within their first month of birth in 2019.

According to HI, newborn babies in Africa and Asia, are most susceptible to dying from poor air quality.

The US-based institute reckons that 476,000 babies died within their first month worldwide.

The report, which measures household pollution and outdoor pollution, said the former is responsible for two-third – 64 per cent of infant deaths.

The report said, “Air pollution accounts for 20% of newborn deaths worldwide, most related to complications of low birth weight and preterm birth.”

“It is thought that air pollution may affect a pregnant woman, her developing foetus, or both through pathways similar to those of tobacco smoking,” it added.

Household air pollution chiefly results from the burning of various fuels for heating or cooking using open fires or cookstoves with limited ventilation.

Kerosene, coal, charcoal, wood, animal dung, are some of the materials burnt as fuels in the affected countries, the report noted.

Highlights of the report, however, failed to take into account the fume emitted from the burning of high sulfur particle fuels by generators in Nigerian homes as well.

The air pollution menace is both indoor and outdoor.

Outside the home, the report reckons that “Ozone exposure accounts for 1 out of every nine deaths globally.”

Explaining the build-up of pollution outdoor, the report said, “It – Ozone exposure is formed by a complex chemical interaction between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight.

“Nitrogen oxides are emitted from the burning of fossil fuels in motor vehicles, power plants, industrial boilers, and home heating systems.

“Volatile organic compounds are also emitted by motor vehicles, as well as by oil and gas extraction etc.”

The report noted that the lockdowns implemented due to COVID-19 improved air quality in several counties, but those gains are fast dissipating.

The Nigerian government has not seriously addressed the problem of air pollution.

Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world that uses dirty petrol – PMS with a ratio of 3,000 sulfur particles per litre. In comparison, neighbouring Ghana has already stepped up its petro quality to 50 particles per litre.

In Nigeria, it is also cheaper to import semi-used cars with poor emission-quality than to import new vehicle models which are required to have higher levels of fuel efficiency.

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Police Arrest Thugs Who Set Cars Ablaze In Abuja

23 October 2020 - 12:23am


The Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCT ), Muhammad Bello, said security operatives had arrested some hoodlums who infiltrated the #ENDSARS protesters camp.

The protesters have been clamouring for an end to police brutality.

The minister disclosed this during an on-the-spot assessment of Apo and Dutse Alhaji areas where some residents were killed and properties vandalised.

The Minister said the FCT Police Command had already arrested arrowheads of the violent protests, adding that security agents were still making efforts to arrest more culprits.

He called on community leaders and heads of market associations to fish out those who participated in the violent protests,

He said, "As I speak, arrests have been made. The FCT Police Commissioner has informed me. Those who participated and carried out the attacks will face the wrath of the law. We will ensure that it is done.

On plans to compensate those whose cars, houses and businesses were destroyed, the Minister said a committee had been set up to entertain complaints.

He added that compensations would be paid to those who have genuine cases.

It will be recalled that cars were burnt, houses razed and about six persons were confirmed dead in the mayhem in Apo and Dutse area of the territory.

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Military, Police Chiefs Must Go – Northern Leaders

22 October 2020 - 11:56pm


A group of northern leaders has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately change the leadership and structures of the military and police in Nigeria.

They described as disappointing, the President's failure to appreciate the magnitude of the threats, which the protests posed to national security, stability and unity.

A statement by the group of 36 Nigerians from the North, including Engr Bello Suleiman, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi, Yomi Awoniyi and Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed stated that: "We are particularly disappointed at the tepid and disjointed responses of the administration.

"In particular, we have noted the distinct impression that the administration operates under the impression that the pressures and multiple interests behind these protests can be accommodated by routine and pedestrian approaches in administrative and policy styles."

The group stressed that the continuation of protests could lead to negative consequences that include more dangerous acts of lawlessness.

This, it said, would worsen the state of insecurity of citizens as well as pose serious damage to the economy, increase the negative influence of foreign interests in the country's national affairs as well as further damage the image and confidence of security, law and order institutions.

Other consequences, according to the group, include "increasing polarization of constituent parts of the nation and deepening the fault lines in our national politics; further alienation of younger Nigerians from political processes and institutions; widening the scope for opportunistic interests that target the political process, particularly the elections in 2023, and the possibility that the country could be threatened by desperate attempts to pitch supporters and opponents of the administration against each other."

They urged the government to show a more determined effort at fighting the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry and kidnapping in the North, as well as the assumption of full responsibility to maintain all Internally Displaced Persons' (IDP) camps in the northern states.

It called for an immediate resolution of the strike by ASUU and immediate resumption of all tertiary institutions as well as commitment from governments not to prosecute or punish peaceful protesters and the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the killing of protesters in Lagos and other parts of the country.

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People Looking For Regime Change Are Behind #EndSARS Violence – Northern Governors

22 October 2020 - 11:47pm


Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State.

The Northern States Governor's Forum on Thursday blamed the violence that erupted in some states of the country following the #EndSARS protest as the action of "diabolical influencers" who are bent on pushing for regime change outside the ballot.

The forum stated in a communiqué at the end of an emergency meeting at the Council Chamber of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna that it regrets, "the diabolical influencers in the form of hooliganism, ethnoreligious bigots and even political marauders who are bent on pulling the nation down its knees and pushing for regime change."

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, while reading the communiqué after a closed-door meeting that lasted almost four hours, stated that the discussion had bordered on national security, particularly the nationwide #EndSARS protest which has led to the wanton destruction of lives and properties.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State.

The communiqué called on all Nigerians to resist what it described as enemies of the nation by supporting President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government and democracy.

It called on all citizens to restrain themselves from the unwarranted disposition of sentiments, harassment and intimidation of other citizens resident in their home states.

"All these are antics of the enemies of the country who are violently pushing for regime change outside the ballot box," the governors stressed while also commending the resilience and restraint of Northern youths and urged all Nigerians to see themselves as equal citizens of the country in order not to compromise the country's unity.

The governors stated that while they appreciate the constitutional rights of all citizens to protest, they, however, condemned the incessant destruction of lives and property that ensued in the process and commiserated with those who lost their lives, wounded and those whose properties were destroyed.

"The Forum also notes the heavy presence of external influencers both locally and internationally.

"We call on all citizens, particularly community leaders and youth groups to be very vigilant and report the presence of such people to security agencies," it stated.

It also called for comprehensive and robust reform in the Police Force as well as the constitution of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate all levels of destruction and killings during the protest.

The governors urged the Federal Government to explore the possibility of ending the ASUU strike especially as most youths have become idle staying at home.

"The Forum is in synergy with other governors in the South-West, South-South and South-East to address these challenges of nationhood headlong.

"Together we shall keep Nigeria united and indissoluble," it stated.

Daily Trust reports that the governors at the meeting included Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State; Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Others are Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State; Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State; Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Eng. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.

Others included Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum; Governor of Zamfara State, Mohammed Bello Matawalle as well as the deputy governors of Kogi, Kano, Katsina and Kaduna states.

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Lekki: Soldiers Who Shot Protesters Must Face The Law, US Officials Tell Osinbajo

22 October 2020 - 11:38pm


Senior officials of the United States Government on Thursday met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and expressed displeasure over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday.

The US also demanded that the soldiers behind the shootings must be brought to book.

The Spokesperson for the State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that the officials were led by Counselor of the US State Department, Ulrich Brechbühl.

Others at the meeting included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali.

The officials, according to the statement, raised concerns over the ongoing violence in Nigeria as well as human rights violations and human trafficking.

The statement read in part, "Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbühl met with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo today in Abuja, Nigeria as part of a previously scheduled delegation, which included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali, to raise US concerns about the ongoing violence in Nigeria, human rights, religious freedom, and trafficking in persons, and to hear from senior Nigerian government officials how they are addressing those issues. 

"The counsellor expressed the US condemnation of the use of excessive force by military forces that fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos. He expressed condolences to the victims of these shootings and urged the government of Nigeria to abide by its commitment to hold those responsible accountable under the law."

According to the statement, Osinbajo, as well as the counsellor, noted that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights and core democratic principles. 

"Counselor Brechbühl and Vice President Osinbajo emphasised the importance of US and Nigerian collaboration on common goals of improving security cooperation and strengthening economic partnership to foster mutual prosperity," the statement read.

The Nigerian Army had on Wednesday denied that soldiers were at the toll plaza despite video evidence showing soldiers shooting.

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#EndSARS: Femi Adesina Blames Churches, Mosques

22 October 2020 - 11:30pm


Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has blamed churches and mosques as well as some sections of the media for promoting messages of hate.

He added that the #EndSARS movement was a vehicle of hate messages.

The President's spokesman said this in an article titled, 'If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her'.

Femi Adesina

Adesina wrote, "The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose. And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate, against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally, prepare for a power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix."

Several influential clerics, including the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had openly expressed support for the #EndSARS protests even as the RCCG posted a video and stories of some of its youths that were victims of police harassment.

However, Adesina said many churches and mosques used the campaign to spread messages of hate and division.

The President's spokesman 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 culminated 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."

Adesina said the agitation by youths against injustice and oppression suddenly took on a variegated nature.

He added that separatists came under the umbrella and began to advance their cause, working for the dismemberment of the country.

"Those beaten black and blue in the 2015 and 2019 elections also crept in, and asked for their pound of flesh, while also plotting for a return to power in 2023," the President's aide said.

Adesina expressed shock over the sudden turn of events which led to killings and the destruction of public property.

Taking another swipe at religious institutions, he wrote, "HatredHatred 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."

Adesina claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had discussed with him how he was impressed with the then Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and the reforms he was implementing in the institution.

He, however, did not say why Buhari failed to extend the tenure of Arase despite his achievements.

The President's spokesman added, "The President told me how much he had been impressed with Arase, and how he regretted that the man spent just about a year with him. He then told me about the police of his dreams, and how he wished he got someone who would translate the vision into reality.

"So, when the President said in a speech to the protesters last week that comprehensive police reform was coming, I knew what he had in mind. If only we would be patient and let him implement the five-point demand of the protesters, which he had accepted. But alas, the protest took another hue and nature, different from the original concept and focus. Hatred crept in, nurtured by all sorts of tendencies.

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I didn't Order Destruction Of Yoruba People's Assets ― Nnamdi Kanu

22 October 2020 - 11:27pm


IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has dismissed an allegation that he ordered the destruction of properties belonging to the people of the South-West geopolitical zone.

Kanu said that his statement was twisted by his enemies to suit their purposes, and urged his followers and the entire Igbo to guard against any destruction in the ongoing #EndSARS protests across Nigeria. 

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Vanguard reports that the IPOB leader spoke on Thursday during an emergency Zoom meeting titled, "#EndSARS is not an ethnic protest, stop the propaganda from making it one."

He accused the agents of the Federal Government of adulteration of parts of his recent broadcast to create the impression that he had turned the EndSARS protests against the Yoruba nation.

The Zoom meeting featured a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, some notable Yoruba elites, as well as members of Igbo, think tank group, Nzuko Umunna. 

Kanu stated that those who caused division between the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe during their time were bent on pitching Ndigbo and Yoruba against themselves in the present time. 

He asked people to ignore any divisive statements credited to him, urging that to situate what he said, one must listen to the full length of his broadcast.

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#EndSARS Protest: Southwest Governors Raise Alarm Over Infiltration Of Region

22 October 2020 - 11:21pm


South-West Governors have raised the alarm over the infiltration, destruction and carnage in the region under the guise of #EndSARS protests. 

Chairman, South West Governor's Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in a statement in Akure expressed concern over the hijack of the protests by some people, ostensibly to execute a destructive design. 

Akeredolu in the statement said, "The protests started as genuine, demanding reforms and restitution. The current happenings across the South-West, especially Lagos State, have exposed dubiousness and complicity evidencing malice afore-thought. 

"We enjoin our youth to rise to defend our land and people against the diabolical incursions ravaging our space. What do we stand to gain by destroying ourselves? 

"We cannot continue to fold our hands and watch our heritage destroyed, and our people suffer. 

"We must engage, constructively, all those whose dubious solutions to a social problem is the descent to anarchy. We appeal to them to 'calm down'. 

"We commend the governor of Lagos State for his administrative acumen. We note his patience and understanding in the face of unwarranted provocation by agents of darkness. We stand, resolutely, with him at this trying period. 

"We should not allow brigandage and wanton destruction of lives and property within our walls in the South-West."

The statement added, "This regression into savagery exposes our land as not only vulnerable but susceptible to vile manipulations by elements keenly anxious to annihilate the South-West and destroy our shared heritage. 

"We are deeply concerned with the ease with which public buildings, utilities, police stations and investments of our people have been burnt despite the proximity of security agencies in those areas. 

"We call on the heads of all security agencies to be alive to their obligations to defend the country. We charge the relevant security agencies to investigate all cases of violence to identify the culprits. 

"We are particularly worried that 48 hours, after the unfortunate incident at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by persons adorning military fatigue, there has been no definitive statement from the military authorities on the incident. 

"Our anxiety becomes heightened by the categorical denial of the Governor of Lagos State concerning the deployment. No governor has the power to authorise the deployment of military personnel in Nigeria. 

"We note, with great relief, the confirmation by the governor that no fatality was recorded at the Lekki Toll Gate incident based on visits to hospitals, mortuaries, both private and public. 

"There were no doubt different levels of injury to persons arising from the incident at the Lekki Toll Gate. 

"Consequently, we insist that full investigation be conducted to ascertain the veracity of the news items liberally circulated by some local media."

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#EndSARS: Nigerians Describe President Buhari's Speech As "12 Minutes Of Nonsense"

22 October 2020 - 11:00pm


Nigerians have expressed their displeasure with President Muhammadu Buhari's speech on the current security situation in the country.

After weeks of #EndSARS protests, Buhari in a live broadcast on Thursday evening finally addressed angry Nigerians.

In his less than 15-minute address, the President told the protesters that their voices had been heard "loud and clear".

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Without directly addressing the shootings by soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State and other parts of the country, the President asked Nigerians to take advantage of some of the poverty alleviation initiatives by his administration.

But reacting to Buhari's speech on Thursday night, many Nigerians on Twitter scored him low, insisting that he lost a great chance to grant citizens good leadership.

Buhari's speech seems to have further aggravated the tension as many said they believed the President is insensitive.

Here are tweets that greeted the President's speech.......

We lost our brother's and friends just because we fighting for our right.. And president buhari couldn't show any sympathy... Its a pity that we don't have any hope in you anymore...#Bad_government #EndsSARS

— Ogun's Lola (@OgunsLola1) October 22, 2020

Why is killer @MBuhari still talking about the Trader Moni at the midst of piling bodies almost everywhere in the country? What pains is the fact that that monster didn't even mentioned #LekkitollgateMassacre

Allah ya isa Buhari..😥😥

— Next Presidor Of Nig. (@PON_2023) October 22, 2020

The man Buhari is incompetent. He can not help it, even if he tries. The people around him same thing too. Those around him know and that's why it takes days to prepare him to do anything. Which still ends up as nonsense. A prime example was his live talk with his vice on NTA.

— Dawuda Ebenezer Z (@dzachang) October 22, 2020

Trying to hold Buhari in 2020 is a waste of time, and I tell you he doesn't care weather APC loose 2023.
It high time we focus on the states and local government officials accountable.
If we have 15 "reasonable" youths as governors, this guys will not run for president I swear

— #ENDBADGOVERNANCE (@mustaphozijimoh) October 22, 2020

After President Muhammadu Buhari finished addressing the nation , Jesus wept and said it is finished...

— Anonymous (@annonlelion) October 22, 2020

No apology for lekki massacre and no condemnation to more like that in other places. No respect for the citizens. No photographer&journalist@ d scene. they took the recorded tape off and showed us nigerian flag, where is the live caption of him zooming off to? Where is @MBuhari?

— investorprince_ozi (@investorprince_) October 22, 2020

Buhari addressed Nigerians with zero empathy.

Subtly implying consequences of further protests.

Making excuses for the death of peaceful protesters.

Not talking about compensation after the massacre.

— Mirabel Lawson (@hottchocklate) October 22, 2020

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Bandits Kidnap Family, Slaughter One Person, Steal Valuables In Katsina Attacks

22 October 2020 - 2:22pm


Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked Sabon Gida residential quarters on the outskirts of Katsina metropolis, kidnapping a man, his wife and their two children in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to Katsina Post, the gunmen later released the husband and the two children but the wife identified as Hajiya Rayya was still with them.

In a similar event, suspected Fulani bandits rustled more than 50 bulls and carted away 17 motorcycles in an attack on Thursday around 1:00am at Rafin Iwa community under Sabuwa Local Governnent Area.

This is in addition to another attack by the suspected bandits earlier on Wednesday around 11:00pm at Albasun Alhaji Iro Dantaushi community in the same LGA where they killed one person called Danmalam.

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Despite Contrary Evidence, President Buhari Accuses #ENDSARS Protesters Of Looting, Killings

22 October 2020 - 1:45pm


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has accused #ENDSARS protesters of being behind the looting and killings in the country in recent days.

This is despite video and pictorial evidence revealing #ENDSARS protests have been peaceful and have not caused any harm.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The President in his nationwide broadcast on Thursday night, said protesting Nigerians abused the democratic rights to demonstrate and are engaging in vandalism and destruction of properties.

Buhari noted that there was no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of Nigeria.

He said, "The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the palace of a peacemaker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated.

"So-called protesters have invaded an international airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

"All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary."

Recall that government-sponsored thugs seized the protests to foment trouble in different states across the country.

Many peaceful demonstrators were killed in the process while public properties were damaged by the thugs.

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President Buhari’s Speech Reveals He Remains Heartless, Adamant, Says African Action Congress

22 October 2020 - 1:39pm


The African Action Congress has condemned the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, saying it revealed he was heartless and adamant.

AAC knocked the President for failing to commiserate with victims of the shooting by the Nigerian Army.

The party added that while the President's speech was welcomed with so much expectations, he further showed that he detests democracy.

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Oshioks Philips, National Organising Secretary of AAC, in a statement said, “In all the minutes of the much expected speech of President Buhari amidst the current revolts and state-sponsored counter violence, there is no mention of condolence with the #LekkiMassacre.

"This means that President Buhari and the Lagos State Government must have ordered the killings. No wonder the army has called the videos of the #LekkiMassacre "a photoshop by children".

"A sensitive government would have been modest enough to admit guilt as obvious evidences show that the massacre was planned.

"But Buhari keeps insulting the protests and abusing people's rights to say no to a system that have turned the country to the world headquarters of poverty.

"AAC is not disappointed as there the regime has shown that it is bereft of conscience and keeps to its avowed fascism.

"We know that the Buhari regime detests democracy and is hell-bent in forcing Nigeria to war."

The party avowed that the Buhari-led government will be defeated by the people's unity of purpose and actions.

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#EndSARS: Get Facts Right Before Making Hasty Pronouncements, President Buhari Tells US, UK, Others

22 October 2020 - 1:13pm


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and other countries in the developed world to make adequate findings before commenting on issues going on in Nigeria.

Buhari disclosed this on Thursday night after being forced to address Nigerians following days of peaceful protests that eventually plunged into violence and killings after armed thugs and security operatives were unleashed on demonstrators demanding an end to police brutality in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency

In the wake of the attacks on peaceful protesters and Buhari’s silence, the US, UK, Canada and others, who condemned the killings, called on the Nigerian Government to address the demands of the young citizens asking for a better country.

Prominent persons around the world including a former US President, Bill Clinton, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres also condemned the attack on peaceful protesters.

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As a result of the crisis, the United States shut its Consular office in Lagos while Delta Airlines cancelled three flights earlier scheduled to fly out and come into Nigeria within the period.

But describing the position of these countries on the issue as “hasty pronouncements”, Buhari said his administration will continue to take decisions that are best for the country.

He said, “On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

“To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

“Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

“We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

“We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.”

On Tuesday, Nigerian Army personnel killed over 10 peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos, sparking a national and global outrage that saw angry citizens turn their anger on public buildings and infrastructure.

Ahead of his address to citizens on Thursday, some Nigerians were hopeful that Buhari will condemn the killing of innocent citizens demanding their legitimate rights but throughout the broadcast, the President refrained from showing empathy, instead telling the people that his government will no longer tolerate the breakdown of order in the country.

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#EndSARS: A Revolution Foretold! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

22 October 2020 - 12:53pm


SOC Okenwa

When Comrade Omoyele Sowore mooted the idea of a non-violent revolution last year he was promptly hunted down and arrested and charged to court for his temerity to use the word 'revolution'. For calling out poor and dehumanized Nigerians to demonstrate peacefully against the Buhari regime and its policies and programmes that kept worsening the Nigerian socio-economic political condition the exuberant SaharaReporters publisher was detained for months. And presently he is still consigned to Abuja with little or no freedom of movement and association.

Today there is a mini revolution happening in Nigeria following the storied atrocities of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). In many southern cities and towns young Nigerians have continued their #EndSARS protests defying natural and unnatural elements on the streets and voicing out their collective bottled-up frustrations against the Buharian system that is not good at development and progress but sowing tears, sorrow and blood.

Today Nigeria is at war with herself. And Nigerians are at war with ourselves, at war with our leaders and the endemically corrupt elite. The unheeded warnings from prophets, marabouts and critics about the time-bomb (hunger, unemployment, corruption and leadership failure) waiting to explode upon the nation had manifested themselves in reality fashion attracting global attention.

SOC Okenwa

What started as a demonstration against the extra-judicial killings and torture and extortion of the disbanded SARS had snowballed into a national conflagration reminding us of recent revolutions in Algeria, Mali, Sudan, Lebanon and Belarus. Scores had been killed and hundreds more injured yet the die remains cast.

The recent Lekki Toll-Gate massacre in Lagos by the military had opened the federal government up for international condemnations exposing the anti-democratic tendencies of the Buhari regime. That bloody incident could pass off easily as a tipping point in the campaign for radical change in the way and manner we have been led.

Armed men in military uniform had last Tuesday opened fire on peaceful protesters demanding an end to police brutality and state repression at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos. Why using live bullets when rubber ones were available? And was there a pre-meditated plot to inflict maximum damage in order to intimidate the protesters off the streets?

As usual the Army high command had denied involvement in the shooting that reportedly killed about twelve youths injuring dozens more. Nigeria boasts of rogue soldiers and police officers! Who deployed the 'zombie' soldiers? And who gave the order for them to open fire on unarmed compatriots holding the green and white national flags and singing the national anthem?

When the late great Afro-beat musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's mother was thrown out of the window of a storey building in Lagos many decades ago the then General Olusegun Obasanjo regime had concluded after a futile investigation that "unknown soldiers" could have carried out the murder of an old woman living in her popular talented son's house! Nothing came out of it in terms of justice or compensation or apology or whatever. The late Abami Eda buried his mother and life went on. 

Years later Fela came out with a hit song he called 'zombie' which sought to denounce the criminal state complicity in the killing of his mother by questioning the command and control chain of the army hierarchy. The song remains evergreen even today.

The scrapped SARS had committed unpardonable crimes against innocent citizens from Lagos to Abuja, Port-Harcourt to Enugu. Thousands must have been brutally assassinated in cold-blood at wee hours of the night. And thousands more taken in as prisoners. Yet as SARS went about their atrocious duties butchering people and settling land disputes and ordering erring parties to part with millions of Naira as 'bribe' for freedom no effort was ever made by superior powers or authorities to challenge their heinous activities.

If a thorough investigation is carried out about the criminal activities of SARS the federal and state governments would be shocked to discover that more than half of SARS members were fake police officers recruited to do 'business' with the lives of Nigerians.

In my own state opf Anambra SARS, based in Awkuzu, was said to be the deadliest den in the entire SARS security structure across the federation. In fact the facility was a graveyard containing shallow graves of scores of murdered victims! Cruel tales had been told by survivors of the Awkuzu SARS mad men's exploits spanning years.

The Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano had, while addressing anti-SARS protesters in Awka, declared that a former Anambra SARS Head of Operations, a retired Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) James Nwafor, had been relieved of his duty promising that his administration would ensure immediate release of illegal detainees in SARS's detention camps across the state. 

He also made it clear that CSP Nwafor would be prosecuted alongside other defunct SARS officials who were allegedly found wanting in the discharge of their duties as SARS operatives in the state.

In the end the success or otherwise of this #EndSARS revolution, something foretold, must be measured not by the promises or concessions President Muhammadu Buhari and his misruling gang have made but a definitive end to the predatory culture in the current security system in the country.

The#EndSARS demonstrations are legitimate. And they could lead to the Nigerian renaissance. The Nigerian youths have made a huge point. But more points must be made going foward. 

Buharism must be made to surrender the Nigerian democratic space for the future generation having abused and wasted theirs. Something must give!

SOC Okenwa
soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr

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President Buhari, Say Something By Niyi Osundare

22 October 2020 - 12:43pm


Niyi Osundare

Dear President Buhari,

     It is now two days since members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on youthful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, mowing down twelve of them (according to press reports) and injuring many others. Before this final military ‘solution’, Nigerian youths had embarked on a largely peaceful demonstration against police brutality, much to the admiration and support of the public. Then came that brutal Tuesday night and the impenetrable darkness that covered and enabled the murderous act. As is to be expected, the aftermath of the Lekki Gate massacre has been an outbreak of civil riots and arson in many parts of the country, especially the Southwest. Once again, the country is on fire.

Niyi Osundare

     President Buhari, can you see the fire and the smoke from the remote grandeur of Aso Rock? Can you sense the ghosts of the slain, the groans of the wounded, the wails of the bereaved, and the miasma of Nigeria’s shame as it spreads across the world? Mr. President, your silence is so loud that it is bursting the nation’s ears.

     Many see your silence as a sign of contempt; others say it is due to lack of concern. You have an urgent, even existential reason to prove them wrong. Tell us: who ordered the Lekki Massacre? Who oversaw its execution? What sanctions are you putting in place for those perpetrators? The Nigerian people are waiting to know. The whole wide world is waiting.

     As I said to your predecessor in office at another critical juncture in our nation’s history in 2015, the country you swore to protect and preserve is falling apart under your watch; so Mr. President, say something, do something! The time is NOW.

Your Compatriot,

Niyi Osundare                                                  Oct.  22,  2020

 

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Kwara College Of Health Technology Students Kick Against Illegal Fee, Extortion By School Authority

22 October 2020 - 12:39pm


Students of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, have accused the management of the institution of extortion.

They also demanded an end to an illegal fee known as ‘state examination fee or final year payment fee’ from them.

“Final year students have been extorted constantly by paying a sum of N15,000 tagged state examination fee or final year payment fee. We have deemed it fit to beg you to come to our aid.

“School fees among many other legitimate fees have been paid by the students but haven discovered by the management that the final year students of the Dental Technology Department have not paid the said fee, the final examination which was supposed to start Monday, 19 October, 2020 was postponed indefinitely by the management.

“Every form of peaceful dialogue with the management have hit a big snag, the provost in company of his principal staff have vehemently refused to allow the student write their examination just because of their selfish gain,” one of them told SaharaReporters.

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Mob Set Fire To Warehouse Containing Undistributed COVID-19 Palliatives In Ondo, Two Persons Shot Dead

22 October 2020 - 12:02pm


There is currently tension in Akure, the Ondo State capital, as a warehouse containing undistributed COVID-19 palliatives was on Thursday set ablaze by thugs. 

SaharaReporters learnt that some residents located the warehouse in Akure before breaking into the place.

Various food items were carted away from the warehouse.

A resident, Miss Toyin Ajeigbe, who witnessed the action, said the action of the thugs created pandemonium in the city. 

She said, "Many people stormed the warehouse after they noticed that it was where the government kept undistributed palliatives. 

"And you know the people are already hungry and angry due to the indefinite curfew in the state.

"So, they break into the building and started bringing out food items such as rice, noodles and other items before some thugs set the warehouse on fire and this led to a heavy fight. 

"I witnessed how they destroyed the building out of anger because the government refused to distribute the food to the people even when there is hunger."

Some armed policemen enforcing the 24-hour indefinite curfew killed two protesters in Ondo and Ore communities. 

One of the protesters was identified as Mr Ogunsakin Akinyemi.

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BREAKING: President Buhari Fails To Talk About Lekki Killings, Says Nigerians Took Scrapping Of SARS As Weakness By His Administration

22 October 2020 - 11:56am


President Muhammadu Buhari has said that many Nigerians took the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force as a weakness by his administration.

Buhari, who made the comment on Thursday night while addressing citizens, failed to speak about the massacre of peaceful protesters in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos on Tuesday by personnel of the Nigerian Army.

Nigerians across the country had for almost two weeks poured out to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and state repression.

Rather than listen to their demands, the government unleashed security operatives and thugs on peaceful demonstrators, hacking many of them to death in the process.

Ahead of his address to citizens on Thursday, some Nigerians were hopeful that Buhari will condemn the killing of innocent citizens demanding their legitimate rights but throughout the broadcast, the President refrained from showing empathy, instead telling the people that his government will no longer tolerate the breakdown of order in the country.

He said, “Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

“The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised.

“The sanctity of the palace of a peace-maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an international airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

“All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary.”

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