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MURIC Condemns Nigerian Government, Army For Use Of Live Bullets On #ENDSARS Protesters

22 October 2020 - 4:55am

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern has berated the Nigerian Government for ordering the military to open fire on unarmed protesters in Lagos.

The Muslim group in a statement by its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola, also appealed to protesters to take time off for the government to work on their demands.

Akintola, who expressed sadness at the attack by soldiers, stated that Nigerians had the right to express themselves, adding that the government must stop the use of live bullets on protesters.

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC.

He said, “Nigerian youth have demonstrated the ability to articulate their grievances.

“They showed ingenuity in the coordination of the welfare of fellow protesters thereby lending credence to the ‘not too young to rule’ mantra.

“We appeal for calm on all sides. We call on the security agencies to spare our young ones. Nigeria cannot afford to exterminate its young generation which constitutes about 60% of its population.

“They have shown the potential for leadership. It is the criminals who infiltrated the demonstrators who must be identified.

“The security agencies must separate the wheat from the chaff.

“We also suggest the use of non-lethal tools like water cannons and teargas instead of bullets to disperse demonstrators."

However, the Islamic group reminded the young protesters that they should step back after making their points to allow the government to actualise their demands.

He noted that the protest had been infiltrated by thugs, who used the opportunity to cause havoc in the country.

Akintola said, “However, we are saddened by the carnage which attended the protests in the last 48 hours. The level of destruction and its geographical locations convince us that it was not the handiwork of the youths who started the demonstrations. There are also strong indications that the attacks on prisons where hardened criminals were set free was not carried out by our young ones. Neither was it part of their plan.   

“Fifth columnists have infiltrated the rank and file of the protesters. The Lagos scenario is another cup of tea entirely. We are inclined to believe that the only logical explanation for the carnage in Lagos is the involvement of non-indigenes.

"This is because the targets chosen for attack depicted an inordinate desire for a pound of flesh, especially the attack on the hallowed palace of the Oba of Lagos while that of TVC, The Nation Newspaper office and the house of the mother of Lagos Governor may have been a combination of deliberate misquotation and political motivation. We condemn this wanton destruction.

“This is the time to fall back to be able to assess the level of success.”


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Curfew Made Us Unable To Restore Power, Lekki Concession Company Denies Involvement In Shooting Of Protesters

22 October 2020 - 4:46am

The management of Lekki Concession Company Limited has denied involvement in the shooting of unarmed protesters by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday night.

The company attributed its inability to restore power to the Lekki Toll Gate on the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government.

SaharaReporters had reported how the army opened fire on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters, killing over 10 of them in the process and leaving dozens others terribly injured.

Before the shooting started, power at the Lekki Toll Gate, convergence point of the protest, was switched off while the Closed Circuit Television monitoring activities at the venue was removed.

However, the LCC said it had always supported the protest and would never condone the shooting of unarmed protesters.

Explaining why power was off, the company said, "LCC receives power from the IPP grid, the power albeit stable is taken off from time to time.

"At such times, LCC relies on the backup generators for power supply. However, following the declaration of the curfew by the state governor, LCC withdrew all her staff from the office locations.

"This is the reason why the lights could not be restored when the mains from IPP went off temporarily. This is verifiable."

Hours before the killing of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian Army, some men were captured on camera removing the CCTV installed at the Lekki Toll Gate plaza.

Immediately nightfall swept across the area on that fateful Tuesday, the street lighting around the place went off and minutes later, soldiers moved in to hack innocent citizens to death.

Nigerians, enraged by that incident, have accused the LCC, Lagos State Government and federal authorities of being behind the massacre.

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Asiwaju Awon Ole Bola Tinubu Turned On His Own People By Bayo Oluwasanmi

22 October 2020 - 4:32am

Bola Tinubu

There is nothing that Asiwaju Awon Ole Bola Tinubu says or does that will surprise Yorubas any more, no matter how shocking or outrageous.

When Funke Olakunrin daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was dastardly murdered by Muhammadu Buhari’s Fulani herdsmen terrorists, Tinubu in front of a grieving, devastated Pa Fasoranti, proudly asked: “Where are the cows?” When he was asked in a phone conversation by angry youths that had lost comrades in the Lekki Massacre on Tuesday night, why he sent soldiers to kill defenceless peaceful protesters, Tinubu said: “I am not the Commander-in-Chief.”

It is evident that Tinubu in collusion with General Muhammadu Buhari sent soldiers to kill the youth. Tinubu on Monday, justifying the use of force against the youth, said: “If they give the impression that (anarchy) is their goal, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule.”

Tinubu is not an ally of Yoruba people. He remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. A person who betrays his or her country is guilty of statutory treason, meaning he or she is a traitor. A person who betrays his or her people is guilty of cultural treason, meaning he or she is a traitor. Based on either definition, Tinubu is guilty of treason and is therefore a traitor. Tinubu is traitorous, obnoxious, and wickedly wicked. He is a sell-out who gives aid and comfort to the cultural enemy Buhari and the Fulanis.

Bola Tinubu

The images of Nigerian youth are seared into popular memory as a symbol of courage and defiance protesting against police brutality and other socioeconomic policies of a government that have permanently impoverished them. The Nigerian public is sympathetic to the youth’s cause, while the government sees them as a political threat. 

Two weeks ago, the youth staged the first biggest challenge to the Buhari’s regime's legitimacy since it came to power in 2015. Thousands across the country poured into the streets. Initially fuelled by anger of police brutality, the youth’s agitation soon extended to economic and social issues and the slow pace of reforms by a regime many Nigerians view as dictatorship.

But as the sun rose on the morning of October 20, 2020, Nigerians woke to a country soaked in blood. Over the coming days, the numbers of protesting youths steadily grew. For two weeks, it had seemed Nigeria was on the brink of a massive social change. After a tense two weeks, on the night of October 20, a convoy of armed troops under the cover of darkness arrived at Lekki Toll Gate with an aim to clear the gate.

In just one night, hundreds of protesting youth were coldly gunned down by Buhari’s military. Witnesses told horrific stories of soldiers killing unarmed protesters shooting indiscriminately into the youths. In the end, Tinubu the Lagos warlord of thugs and thieves has rewritten the Nigerian history in political terrorism.

The blood of the murdered youth is upon Tinubu’s head. Like Macbeth’s Glamis, Tinubu has murdered sleep and he shall sleep no more. Henceforth, he will know no peace. He has dressed himself in borrowed presidential robes. Tinubu will never be president!

The revolution has just begun. The youth will not be deterred from fighting Tinubu, Buhari and the rest of the cabal of thieves and oppressors. May the souls of the departed youths rest in peace.

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How The Nation Newspaper Office Was Torched –Editor

22 October 2020 - 4:22am

The management of The Nation Newspaper has said that the destruction of its headquarters in Lagos on Wednesday was an unwarranted attack on free press in the country.

Adeniyi Adesina, editor of the newspaper, in a statement on Wednesday, said the attackers arrived at the premises in a coordinated fashion and set fire to the place, leaving workers trapped inside.

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He said, “Armed men on motorcycles invaded the headquarters of The Nation on Fatai Atere Way, Matori, Lagos, on Wednesday afternoon. In a commando-like manner, they kicked their way into the premises after scaring away security men on duty, brandishing their sophisticated guns.

“They poured petrol on the frontage of the building and set fire to it. Some of the vehicles parked within the premises were set ablaze, others vandalised. Many boys came thereafter and swooped on the office, looting everything they could lay their hands on.

“These include desktop computers, laptops, air conditioners and other office equipment. At the time of the attack, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Mr Victor Ifijeh, was among those trapped within the office while the fire raged on.

“They were evacuated when men of Operation Mesa security outfit arrived. Their arrival ended the free rein of the invaders. It was obviously a targeted attack on the free press. The Nation had been listed on Twitter and other social media platforms by sympathisers of the ongoing destructive activities as a target of attack.”

Apart from The Nation Newspapers, angry Nigerians also attacked and burnt Television Continental, another media establishment believed to be owned by a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who many people suspect to have had a hand in the deployment of soldiers to the Lekki Toll Gate area on Tuesday where peaceful protesters were killed in large numbers.

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Buhari’ll Join Omar Al-Bashir, Charles Taylor, Laurent Gbagbo In Prison Or Exile –Reno Omokri

22 October 2020 - 4:09am

Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will soon join Omar al-Bashir, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Taylor in prison or on exile over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.

Armed men in military uniform had on Tuesday opened fire on peaceful protesters demanding an end to police brutality and state repression at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos.

Al-Bashir, Gbagbo and Taylor are former Presidents of Sudan, Ivory Coast and Liberia respectively, who were forced out of power after committing heinous crimes against their people.

“For the ‪#LekkiMassacre of peaceful unarmed ‪#EndSARS protesters, General ‪@MBuhari will join Omar al-Bashir, Charles Taylor and Laurent Gbagbo either in prison or on exile.

“The name Buhari will be like mud in Nigeria and his children will consider changing their surname out of shame,” Omokri posted on Twitter.

President Buhari is yet to speak days after the killing of innocent Nigerians by the army and police across the country. 

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We’ll Get Justice For All Those Killed During #EndSARS Protests, Osinbajo Says

22 October 2020 - 3:56am

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has finally reacted to the shooting and killing of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos by the Nigerian Army.

Security operatives had on Tuesday evening opened fire on the protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state, killing several persons in the process.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The incident had generated uproar across and beyond the country.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Osinbajo said the victims will get justice.

He said, “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states.

“I spoke to some of those in the hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos and all other affected states in these trying times.

“We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus' name. God bless you all.”

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BREAKING: Governor Okowa Imposes Curfew In Delta As Thugs Set Ablaze FRSC Office

22 October 2020 - 2:24am

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has imposed a 48-hour curfew across the state to curb violence in the city.

Addressing residents of the state on Thursday morning, the governor said the curfew will begin from 6:00pm today and will be reviewed further.

All public and private schools have been shut until November 2, 2020.

The peaceful #EndSARS protest on Wednesday night took a violent turn in Delta State after thugs set fire to government offices and property in Asaba, the state capital.

The office of the Federal Road Safety Corps along the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway and the beautification garden at the nearby Koka Junction were set ablaze by the miscreants.

A senior FRSC official, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said, “Our office has been completely razed down. As I talk to you can't pick a pin. But I thank God none of my staff was touched."

Our correspondent, who visited the scene, observed that the entire office and over 15 vehicles impounded by the commission including a lorry with cement were razed by the thugs.

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EXCLUSIVE: Seyi, Son Of Ex-Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, Jet Out To London With Family As Angry Nigerians Destroy Father’s Known Investments

22 October 2020 - 2:16am

Seyi Tinubu

The flight manifest.

Falcon 900X with registration number T7-JAT

Seyi Tinubu and his wife.

Seyi, son of a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday morning at about 1:53am flew out to London, United Kingdom, in a private jet with members of his family and a few others, SaharaReporters has exclusively learnt.

The emergency trip follows the growing resentment in Lagos against his father, who has seen some of his known investments in Lagos and Abuja targeted and burnt by angry Nigerians over his perceived involvement in the deployment of soldiers, who killed peaceful protesters in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos on Tuesday night.

Seyi Tinubu

Over 10 peaceful protesters were killed by soldiers in Tuesday's massacre while demanding an end to police brutality and state repression.

An overwhelming majority of Lagos residents have accused the All Progressives Congress' National Leader of being behind the incident -- a claim he has denied.

In retaliation for the killing of peaceful protesters, angry citizens on Wednesday morning burnt down Television Continental and The Nation Newspaper -- both media establishments with headquarters in Lagos believed to be owned by Tinubu.

Earlier on Tuesday night, angry Nigerians had burnt the toll plaza of the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, another money spinner said to be controlled by the former Lagos governor.

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Seyi Tinubu and his wife.

On the manifest of the flight expected to land at London Stansted Airport obtained by SaharaReporters, the passengers on board include Tinubu Oluwaseyi Afolabi, his wife Tinubu Layal Chinwe, their son born in London during the COVID-19 lockdown period Tinubu Bolatito Ayyan Jidenna, Tinubu Noella Amira Rose Titilayo, members of his wife’s family and their baby sitter made up of Holm Rosemary Nkechinyelu, Holm Sean Obiagulu and Cardona Melisa Felizarta.

The all Greek crew members of the jet include Spyridon Kouris, Stantidis Dimitrios and Trylon Foteini.

The flight manifest.

The ex-Lagos governor controls two private jets – one through his younger sibling – Wale Tinubu – and a Falcon 900X with registration number T7-JAT to his name.

Seyi, according to findings by SaharaReporters, disguised to avoid being identified by irate youth, who had taken over major roads across the city, to get to the airport to board the $60m Falcon 900X jet that flew him and his family out of the country.

Falcon 900X with registration number T7-JAT Flickr

As one of Tinubu’s most favoured children, 35-year-old Seyi, who is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of Loatsad Promomedia and the Founder of the Noella Foundation, controls a vast business empire with most of his income coming in from advertising where his father’s influence has continued to pave the way for him.

In February 2019, the Free Lagos Movement alleged that the young man was appointed as the emergency financial consultant to all parastatals and local governments in Lagos State.

The group also said that Seyi was being positioned to take over as governor of Lagos State in 2023, continuing the family’s dominance of politics in the state.

Seyi’s mother, Oluremi Tinubu, is currently a Senator in Nigeria.

Asiwaju Tinubu, his father, who is known to be eyeing the Presidency in 2023 when the rancorous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari comes to an end after eight years and is believed to be in France at the moment, has been accused of feeding fat on public funds through cronies he has planted in key public offices across the country.

Apart from almost solely determining, who emerges governor of Lagos and those to occupy other key positions in the state, the APC stalwart has his mark everywhere – his daughter Sade, is the Iyaloja General of Lagos and Nigeria, while her husband, Mr Oyetunde Ojo, was a member of the House of Representatives.

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Bola Tinubu: The Fall Of An Emperor At Lekki Toll Gate By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

22 October 2020 - 1:31am

The author, Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Nothing lasts for ever!

Bola Ahmed Tinubu began his political career with an understanding that reflects the popular Yoruba saying:   "eniyan bo ni lara ju aso lo," meaning: "People cover nakedness far better than clothes.

That was the soil in which this political iroko seed was planted. His growth was rapid from Coker Street, Orile-Agege, Lagos, his branches spread across Lagos West and his  senatorial leaves were plucked with ease. Bola Tinubu was in touch with the people. He connected with the streets and conquered the grassroots with the help of Iya loja Emeritus, his mother Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji.

He was really in the good book of the people.

He understands the enormity of the influence of the market unions and associations in the Nigerian politics and positioned his daughters to understudy his mother.
 But after her demise, he singlehandedly imposed his daughter on persons who reserved the rights to step into the shoes of his mother, having served the interest of Oja along with the late mama before the daughter was even born. 

For me this was the point at which Tinubu lost it. He tore the cloth that his mother bequeathed to him with his greedy approach to leadership. Today he is regaled with clothes on.  Yet, he is unfortunately naked before the people.

Tinubu's presence in the Senate during Babagida's democratic experiment was exceptional. Exploits from his immediate constituency of corporate stewardship came on hand. He was the most literate expert in the ICT and he brought it to bear. 

The author, Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Bola Ahmed Tinubu was ahead of his peers so much that no one in his Senate class commanded the pedigree of his influence in Nigeria today.

His identification with the people when Babagida dashed our hope through the annulment of the only free and fairest election ever conducted in my lifetime, consolidated Tinubu's political relevance among the people.

NADECO became a necessity and Tinubu was very much on ground to serve till our democracy dream became a reality in 1999.

His return to the country was rewarded by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) leadership which stepped down Lagos political juggernauts of that time in the person of Funso Williams. 

Tinubu was smart and skilful in the game. Like the fig tree, his tentacles have spread across Lagos and interlocked with roots of other political shrubs and trees. As it now, he has, indeed, become a difficult tree to uproot. 

In torrents, allegations came like storms which include running a drug cartel, "Toronto certificate" of his very questionable Chicago life style. But non could be used to pin nor nail him because before the court of the people, Tinubu stood guiltless.

But in the twinkling of an eye, the veil of deceptions that had covered a "sin full man" and made him look like the saviour of the masses is currently being torn to shreds before a court of competent jurisdiction. 

Apara put his nails to the sinful garment of Bola Tinubu to unmask the  bandits and his gang who have been 'raping'  Lagos, the Centre of Excellence'  since two decades. The fleecing of Lagosians has been institutionalised with  craftiness so much that the victims hail their oppressor to high heavens. They are even calling him out to come rape Nigeria in 2023.

Alpha Beta is a revelation, a conduit for Tinubu's illegal empire. Through it, the emperor's palace had remained connected and serviced directly with 10% of all the taxes that Lagos State Inland Revenue (LIRS) generates which go to this company's fiat.

lt is after they had taken their own 15% share that they would then remit the rest to the Lagos State account.

A sad reminder were the days of Abacha in power when the duties of the Federal Inland Revenue were taken over by private companies and certain individuals were made billionaires over night. The ATM machine that Abacha has become in death is not unconnected to the impunity that was prevalent with our taxes and revenue generation. 

The absurdity of Tinubu's banditry is so embarrassing that the Lagos State Water Corporation is serving as their headquarters. It is left to  imagination whose tenants they are and to whom their rents are being paid.

Mr Dapo Apara, a Nigerian chartered accountant, opened the can of worms when he accused the former governor of Lagos State (Tinubu), a consulting firm, Alpha-beta, and a former commissioner in the state, Akin Doherty, of money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and sundry corrupt practices.

In a writ of summons deposed to at a Lagos high court,  Apara had claimed that  Tinubu and Alpha-beta reneged on certain agreements reached in the past about the management and control of the consulting firm.
The silence on this issue by the masses in Lagos is the justification of the sophistication of Edo over Lagos which resonated with the "Edo No be Lagos slogan. 

Witnessing a protest from the state against church tithe, that silence greeted payment of 10% of our commonwealth to an individual and his cronies is a hard one to swallow.

But things took a dramatic turn  for the emperor and his empire after the Edo election. If Lagosians had chosen to look away from his humongous financial fraud allegations against their state, would they do same against the blood of their children being  gruesomely murdered in the wake of the endSARS protest?

Apara's allegations were not unconnected with the fraud that Lagos Concession Company is to Lagos. The company which runs Lekki Toll Gate was said to be making N12 million naira a day. Even if you are poor in Arithmetic, a simple multiplication of that figure by 365 days will leave you with N4,380,000,000; reason our children must be evacuated with the barrel of gun to keep their business running.

Tinubu, who couldn't appear before the court to respond to Apara's allegations tweeted that the protest would be met with fierce force if the protesters refused to call off the protest. 
But a reliable source said he was in Abuja on Monday, 19th of October, 2020. 
This translates to a Yoruba saying: "Aje ke lana omo ku leni, tani omo pe aje ana lo pa omo je," which means: "The witch cried yesterday and the child died today. And who would not conclude that the witch that cried killed the child?

If Tinubu tweeted from Abuja about a fierce force, and Sanwo-Olu declared a 24 hour curfew in less than 4 hours and warned strongly; "nobody must be found outside", that for me is a shoot at sight order. Preparing ground for the order, LCC removed the CCTV camera and put out the light, Buhari as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces completed the job, turned guns at innocent youths, that moment the legitimacy of Sanwo-Olu as Governor and Buhari as President was lost. Reacting, Sanwo-Olu said the evil was perpetrated by forces beyond his control. Official Buhari is beyond his control, unofficially Tinubu as the Emperor of Lagos also is. We need not ask for clarification the forces beyond his control are known.

To one of the youths made a call, and told him they learnt he was out of the country to France to be precise and asked how true it was, Tinubu responded: "IT IS ALMOST TRUE."

It is left to Lagosians what to make out of the response. Tinubu seems to be inferring that he is neither on the FALSE nor TRUE lane. This is a reminiscence of Babagida's principle of maradona leadership ... a little to the left and to the right. Tinubu's maradonic spell blinded the people. He was almost always true that 150 billion naira as a part of our collective commonwealth is paid as tithes to a man who is neither a pastor or our general Overseer.

The conspiracy that has cemented Lagos' loyalty to Tinubu needs to be visited. Why did erstwhile Lagos governor, Babatunde Raji Fasola (SAN), looked away from this embarrassing illegality during his eight years tenure? 

The role of vice president and man of God, the then attorney general of Lagos State drafted and supervised all legal agreements and frameworks, while all these were being perpetrated should be made clear.

It is the gamut of corruption that Lagos has become and must be sustained that the crowd at the Lekki Toll Gate must be dispersed to keep the money flowing.

But his hope of ever ruling this country was buried at the toll gate on Tuesday 20: 10: 2020. 

In memory and honour of our children that were gruesomely murdered, I think #endTollgatecollection at the Lekki Toll Gate should be declared. May I further propose the renaming of the toll gate as 'Gate of Blood' so that our unborn generations may know that it was at that 'jungle' that the shackles were broken upon the legs of Lagos and the yoke of Buhari's brutality upon the neck of our nation was removed.

Upon the blood of our slain, a new Nigeria will rise.

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#EndSARS: Late Oke Was Stabbed By Thug, Rejected By Two Hospitals— Brother

22 October 2020 - 12:02am

The younger brother of a product designer, Oke Obi-Enadhuze, reportedly killed by a stray bullet, has narrated how thugs stabbed his elder brother and how he was rejected by two hospitals he was rushed to before he breathed his last. 

The story of Oke's death has gone viral, with some reports claiming a stray bullet from a police officer killed him.

However, his younger brother, Obi-Enadhuze Daniel, via a long thread on his Twitter handle (@DanielOE16), narrated that a stray bullet did not kill Oke, Vanguard reports.

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

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. 

Oke Obi-Enadhuze had just tweeted "Nigeria won't end me," moments before the tragedy. Reactions to the younger brother's explanatory thread have been mixed, with some insinuating that he was pressured to debunk the police 'stray bullet' angle. 

Oke Obi-Enadhuze's younger brother, Daniel's tweet read in part: "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. 

"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."

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Fear Of Violence Keeps Health Workers Home As Hoodlums Go On Rampage

21 October 2020 - 11:58pm

A frontline health worker, who has been providing service to ENDSARS protesters in Lagos, has said the curfew and fear of violence are hindering staff shifts in hospitals and depriving injured demonstrators of first-hand medical attention. 

The health worker, who is not allowed to speak to the media, was among several medical practitioners who helped to convey ambulances to the scene of the shooting in the Lekki area of Lagos on Tuesday.

He said the police, who have been shooting sporadically across different suburbs of the state, do not respect essential workers, making it difficult to secure transportation to their places of assignment.

The source, who made the revelation in an interview with SaharaReporters, said, "Almost all hospitals are short of staff. The ones that have been on shift cannot go home; the ones that are supposed to go and relieve them cannot go there.

"The health worker, who stays on the mainland but whose place of employment is on the Island, said he was unable to report for duty as a result of the curfew and sporadic gunshots across the state."

Recalling the challenges faced with going to work during the lockdown and the absence of a personal vehicle, he noted that going out is no longer safe as hoodlums go on a rampage.

The source said, "Since morning, I have been hearing gunshots like this is a Christmas season. Since I am not at the forefront right now, there is no reason to die for nothing. If I even step out and show them my ID card and say I'm an essential worker, they will still assault me.

"Many of them (health workers) were scared to go to work. The ones that did, they did not let them pass for about an hour. There was no means of transportation. The best we could do was to start placing calls. I can't remember when last I made that number of calls in my life.

"Not many people see it this way, but we don't have any other country to go to. We have to stand up and fight for it. In a country where peaceful protest is prevented, it leads to violent protest, and this is what we see now."

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EndSARS Protest Is Legitimate Pursuit, Abdulsalam Abubakar Says

21 October 2020 - 11:57pm

A former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, has described the ongoing #EndSARS protests by the youths as a legitimate pursuit. 

He, however, advised the youth to exercise restraint in their actions. 

Abubakar called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the rights of the people are not only respected but also protected.

"The right to protest is considered a cardinal principle in human existence wherever individuals live together as a family or a community," he said.

Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the National Peace Committee, in a statement, tagged 'ENDSARS Protest: Time to Pause', said, "We watched with utter shock, deep sorrow and sadness, the events that have taken place across the country in the wake of these protests by our youths.

"We have seen ugly scenes of activities that are unrelated to the goals of the youth protesters. This is very sad, but we call for calm among our people and appeal to the President to ensure that the rights of citizens are fully respected and protected. 

"The right to protest is considered a cardinal principle in human existence wherever individuals live together as a family or a community. Every community is formed and strengthened by the contribution of all its members. 

"The respect for and defence of the right of each member of the community is what sustains and strengthens that community. Therefore, when an individual or some members feel aggrieved, it is their right to seek redress within the rules guiding their existence and that of the community."

He added, "It is against this backdrop that we must see the EndSARS protests by the youths in our dear country as a legitimate pursuit. Like millions of other Nigerians, we all concede that it is within the rights of our youths to express their grievances with the system. 

"However, the right to protest is not an absolute right independent of the machinery and laws that govern a given society. Whenever an individual or a group protests in the face of an injury, it is often based on the fact that other remedies have not worked. Notwithstanding this, the right of the protester must include the belief that redress will benefit both the aggrieved and the larger society. 

"We appeal to the President to take very seriously, the grievances that the youths have expressed and layout more clearly, a short medium and long- term programme for meeting the objectives of the protests for the growth of our democracy."

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Delta North Killings: Nigerian Government Amends Charges Against Seven Alleged Terrorists

21 October 2020 - 11:30pm

The Nigerian government has filed a three-count amended criminal charge against seven persons, alleged to have been involved in the 2017 killing of indigenes of Idumuje-Ugboko community of Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta.

The initial charge had involved three persons, but following a bench warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja, four additional defendants were arrested and added to the charge.

The seven defendants were said to have conspired with others in May 2017 to unleash terror on the community by burning houses and killing one Cyprian Kumaorun within the community.

The defendants, as named in the charge, are Nwochie Light, Aikhomo Omezi, Okey Ifejoku, Godwin Aniemeke, Nonso Omefe, Dennis Nwoko and Emeka Bidoku.

When the matter was called on Wednesday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuiabu Labaran, told the court that although the business of the day was arraignment, not all the defendants were in court.

"Due to the uncertainty on the roads, the correctional centre in Kuje was unable to produce the 1st and 2nd defendant in court. We are also in receipt of an affidavit of facts stating why the 3rd defendant is not in court.

"Considering the facts deposed to, we have no reason to counter it. However, we recall that this court issued a bench warrant with effect on April 3 against some new defendants consequent upon which about four of them were arrested.

"This necessitated the prosecution to file further amended charges to bring the defendants to seven on the charge sheet.

"We, therefore, seek the leave of the court to amend the earlier charge," Labaran stated.

He, however, added that since all the defendants were not in court, rather than have the arraignments in piecemeal, the matter should be adjourned to allow all the defendants present in court for arraignment.

The counsel also prayed the court for an accelerated hearing of the matter since it was terrorism-related.

Counsel to the 3rd defendant, Mr M.O Omorogbe, had earlier told the court that his client was unable to attend the court hearing because he was "stuck in Asaba".

"My client informed me that he received a text from the airline he was scheduled to fly with on Tuesday that the flight had been cancelled because of the #EndSARS protest.

"We have filed an affidavit of facts demonstrating the 3rd defendant's inability to be in court, and we apologise as the situation is beyond our control," the counsel said.

Counsel to the second defendant, Prof. Agbo Madaki, had also told the court that his client had fulfilled his bail condition and what was left was for the court to sign the release warrant to be sent to the correctional centre.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the matter until October 30 for amendment of the charge and fresh arraignment adding the four new defendants.

The judge also ordered that the third defendant be present in court unfailingly on the next adjourned date as he had deposed to in his affidavit of facts.

Upon arraignment, the prosecution is expected to call 14 witnesses to give evidence during the trial.

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EndSARS: #NotTooYoungToRun Movement Condemns Attacks, Killings Of Peaceful Protesters

21 October 2020 - 11:28pm

The #NotTooYoungToRun Movement has condemned the deployment of armed military personnel to attack peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, in Lagos State.

The group, in a statement, said the action of the military threatened the core foundations of Nigeria's democracy.

Cynthia Mbamalu, the Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, signed the statement on behalf of the NotTooYoungToRun Movement.

The group noted that citizens have the constitutional right to protest, stating that deploying armed soldiers to shoot innocent demonstrators was an assault on the constitution.

The statement partly read, "We maintain that the youths at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos State on 20/10/2020 were exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful assembly, right to life, right to dignity of a person, and freedom of expression.

"No citizen deserves to die or be injured for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful assembly. This is a grave injustice by this government to Nigerian youths.

"Together with other civil society organisations, human rights activists, and citizens, the NotToo YoungToRun movement condemns, in its entirety, the deployment of military personnel and armed security officers to unleash terror on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020.

"We strongly condemn the incessant intimidation, unlawful arrests and detention, extortion, harassment, and wanton killings of Nigerians across the country, especially Nigerian youth by security agencies during the #EndSARS protest.

"We also condemn the complicity of security agencies as they watched armed thugs and hoodlums attack peaceful protesters and citizens which led to the loss of lives and property in Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Kano and Edo states.

"We strongly condemn the attempt by the federal and state government, Armed Forces and security agencies to deny the existence of these attacks and the shooting of young Nigerians."

The group called for a comprehensive investigation into the shooting of innocent and harmless #ENDSARS protesters.

It also added that the investigation should unravel and sanction those who masterminded the attacks and killings of the youth.

The group added, "Finally, as we reject the suppression of ongoing protests and state-sponsored violence against young people, we mourn with families who have lost loved ones in the course of the #EndSARS protests.

"The last two weeks have seen a reawakening of Nigerian youth to fight for a country they can call home. Young people protested and agitated for an end to police brutality and human rights violation. These protests are legitimate and constitutional.

"These actions have direct, adverse effects on the wellbeing, safety, productivity and consequently, the economy of our dear nation. Nigeria cannot afford to silence its youth. Nigeria cannot afford to ignore this injustice to the youth."

The movement also demanded an immediate withdrawal of the military and other security officers deployed to quell the #EndSARS protesters in Lagos and other states.

It also asked the President to address the country.

"The National Assembly should convene an emergency session to address the Lekki Tollgate killings and, as a matter of urgency, conduct an investigative public hearing on these reported extrajudicial killings of #EndSARS protesters by security agencies and ensure accountability and justice for the injured and dead protesters," the group added.

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest, Threaten To Blackmail Them

21 October 2020 - 11:27pm

Police deployed to enforce the lockdown

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, "Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

"What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

"Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn't because we told the truth."

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, "The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

"The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

"But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them."

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'Those Who Shed Innocent Blood, Their Own Blood Will Certainly Be Shed' - MFM Speaks On Shooting Of Peaceful Protesters

21 October 2020 - 11:21pm

General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry, MFM, Pastor Daniel Olukoya.

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has expressed sadness over the shooting and killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos on Tuesday night by the Nigerian security forces.

The church, in a statement by its Public Relations Taskforce Committee Chairman, Collins Edomaruse, condemned the attack. 

General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry, MFM, Pastor Daniel Olukoya.

MFM urged the Nigerian government to show uncommon leadership in saving the situation, instead of deploying troops against unarmed citizens.

The statement read, "The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries is deeply saddened by the unwarranted, unnecessary, callous, brutal and inhuman use of live bullets by the security forces on Nigerian youths in Lagos, who were on peaceful protests to register their grievances with regards to violation of their fundamental human rights by the security agents.

"It was indeed a Black Tuesday in the annals of Lagos and Nigeria. This is least expected in this century. While youths all over the world are contributing their quota to good governance, the security forces are shooting their own in cold blood, devoid of human feelings and empathy.

"Biblical principles of the Almighty God says that the wickedness of the wicked will consume the wicked. Those who shed innocent blood, their blood will undoubtedly be shed. Let it be known that whatever is done under cover of darkness with the belief that nobody sees it, will surely be brought to light and God the Ultimate Judge, will judge speedily.

"For it is written in Psalm 10.18 'You will hear the cries of the oppressed and the orphans; you will judge in their favour so that that mortal man may cause terror no more'. Our hearts and prayers go to the Nigerian youths and all others negatively affected by this unfortunate and avoidable situation.

"We also commiserate with the parents and guardians of the victims of this extreme show of force, lack of empathy and lack of brotherly love, from those that committed this dastardly act. To the Nigerian government, we will like to advise that from now on, utmost care and caution, coupled with divine wisdom, should be employed in bringing a lasting solution to the problem at hand."

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UN Panel Declares Sowore's Arrest Illegal, Asks Nigerian Government To Stop Prosecution

21 October 2020 - 11:20pm

Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare in court, February 2020

The United Nations Working Group has declared the detention of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, as arbitrary and illegal under international law.

It, therefore, called on the Nigerian government to stop the unlawful prosecution of Sowore for his attempts to organise a peaceful protest in August of 2019.

The United Nations Working Group on arbitrary detention, under the United Nation Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), made the demand in a statement.

Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare in court, February 2020

The group comprises scholars and experts who specialise in human rights issues and related laws.

It will be recalled that Sowore was arrested on August 3 last year in Lagos by the men of  Department of State Services, a domestic intelligence agency with a history of repression.

He was moved to the agency's headquarters in Abuja where he was illegally detained for 144 days despite different court orders issued for his release.

The DSS accused Sowore of baseless crimes like money laundering and that he was plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari even though it failed to produce any evidence to substantiate its claim.

The UN Working Group stressed that Sowore's detention was arbitrary from the outset, pointing out that the charges against him were quite vaguely defined and that such vagueness seems to have been used to make an ordinary exercise of freedoms sound like a threat to national security and a terrorist act.

The group said, "The source reports that, in the early hours of the morning of August 3, 2019, two days to the planned protests, Mr Sowore was arrested at his hotel and held for days without being formally charged. After one of his family members granted an interview with Democracy Now calling for his release, the authorities immediately denied Mr Sowore access to his family for over two months.

"The Department of State Services publicly stated that Mr Sowore's 'call for a revolution' presented a threat of insurrection that warranted his arrest. The source notes that the public widely knew that Mr Sowore's call for a peaceful pro-democracy protest was not a call for undemocratic political insurrection, let alone a violent upheaval. There was no warrant for Mr Sowore's arrest, and he was detained in the custody of the Department for five days without being brought before a judge.

"On August 6, 2019, the Department of State Services sought an ex parte order from the Federal High Court in Abuja to detain Mr Sowore for an additional 90 days, to conduct investigations, without formally charging him. On August 8, 2019, the court granted the request to extend his detention, under section 27 (1) of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013, but permitting the Department to detain Mr Sowore for 45 more days.

"The source states that the request was granted under an overly vague provision of the antiterrorism law from 2013. The court refused to hear the motion to quash the 45-day detention order until September 21, 2019, the day the detention order expired.

"Mr Sowore was detained for a total of 48 days without formal charges filed against him. On September 20, 2019, seven criminal charges were brought against him, including the crime of cyberstalking and for allegedly insulting the President of Nigeria online. Others were treasonable felonies and money-laundering. To date, no evidence of any wrongdoing for those extremely serious charges has been produced by the authorities.

"The source notes that the authorities rely solely on Mr Sowore's lawful public statements and free exercise of his right to freedom of expression."

The group also expressed that by cutting off access to his family and implementing severe and disproportionate bail conditions, the Nigerian government had violated Sowore's right to a fair trial.

It also called on the Nigerian government to conduct a full and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sowore's detention, to release Sowore from his bail conditions, and to take appropriate measures against those responsible for the violation of his rights.

"In the light of the preceding, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Omoyele Sowore, being in contravention of articles 9 and 11 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and articles 2, 3, 9, 14 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is arbitrary and falls within categories I, II, III and V.

"The Working Group requests the Government of Nigeria to take the steps necessary to remedy the situation of Mr Sowore without delay and to bring it into conformity with the relevant international norms, including those set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

"The Working Group considers that taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the appropriate remedy would be to unconditionally release Mr Sowore immediately and accord him an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations, in accordance with international law. In the current context of the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the threat that it poses in places of detention, the Working Group calls upon the government to take urgent action to ensure the immediate, unconditional release of Mr Sowore.

"The Working Group requests the government to disseminate the present opinion through all available means and as widely as possible," the statement noted.

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#EndSARS: No Evidence Buhari Is Listening To Wise Counsel — Bishop Kukah

21 October 2020 - 11:19pm

Matthew Kukah

There is no evidence President Muhammadu Buhari is listening to wise counsel following the tragic turn taken by the #EndSARS protests, Bishop Mathew Kukah has said. 

The cleric says the situation will not end until the President wakes up to the fact that there is a major crisis in the country. 

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Kukah spoke on Channels TV's Politics Today on Wednesday while answering a question on what the solution to the crisis should be.

Kukah, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, said about 24 hours after the Lekki Toll Gate massacre of peaceful #EndSARS protesters on Tuesday night, the President had neither spoken nor shown concern, describing it as a culture of I-don't-care. 

He said, "Unfortunately for us, we have a President that seems almost unwilling to respond to the kind of reflexes that shows evidence that he is listening to wise counsel. 

"Time is not on our side. You cannot kill people on the streets of Nigeria and 24 hours after, the President has still not spoken. This culture of I-don't-care has matured to this point where we see corpses on the road and nothing has changed. 

"What the youth are doing today is of much momentum and significance. And let the truth be told, we are not going to see the end of this so soon unless and until the President somehow wakes up to the fact that we have a major crisis in our hands. 

"Ordinarily, it is not possible that we have this much blood on the streets of Nigeria yet there is no national broadcast, there is no show of empathy, and nobody has lost his job."

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Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters By Nigerian Soldiers Must Be Investigated –Amnesty International

21 October 2020 - 5:43pm

An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian Army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters on Tuesday at two locations in Lagos.

Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, in a statement on Wednesday said the killings took place in Lekki and Alausa where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSARS movement. 

Ojigho said evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirmed that between 6:45pm and 9:00pm on Tuesday 20 October, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality. 

Ojigho said, “Witnesses at the Lekki protest grounds told Amnesty international that soldiers arrived at about 6:45pm local time on Tuesday evening, and opened fire on #EndSARS protesters without warning.

“Eyewitnesses at Alausa protest ground said they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Unit at about 8:00 pm, leaving at least two people dead and one critically injured.  

“Opening fire on peaceful protesters is a blatant violation of people’s rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Soldiers clearly had one intention - to kill without consequences.

“Amnesty Internationaal received reports that shortly before the shootings, CCTV cameras at the Lekki toll gate, where #EndSARS protesters had been camped for two weeks, were removed by government officials and the electricity was cut – a clear attempt to hide evidence. As in previous cases documented by Amnesty International, some of those killed and injured at both grounds were allegedly taken away by the military.

“These shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions. There must be an immediate investigation and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials.

“Authorities must ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families.”

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Falana-led Coalition Accuses Nigerian Government Of Sponsoring Looting, Mayhem

21 October 2020 - 5:03pm

Femi Falana (SAN)

A leading coalition of labour and civil society groups, the Alliance for the Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, has blamed the looting by thugs going on across the country on the Nigerian Government.

ASCAB in a statement by its Chairman, Femi Falana (SAN), said security agencies should be blamed for the arson and looting and not peaceful protesters.

The group also condemned the killing scores of peaceful protesters in Lagos by Nigerian soldiers.

Femi Falana (SAN)

The statement reads, “ASCAB unequivocally commends the young people who have been protesting peacefully all over Nigeria without engaging in any destructive activity.

“To this extent, ASCAB condemns the heinous killing of peaceful protesters in different parts of Nigeria and demands that the armed soldiers who shot, killed and fatally injured unarmed peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos State, yesterday, 20th October 2020 should be brought to book without any further delay.

“ASCAB observes that very surprisingly, since yesterday, gangs of hoodlums have been allowed to unleash mayhem on innocent people and set fire on targeted buildings. To our utter dismay, the hoodlums have been allowed to operate without any restraint from security forces. Curiously, the advice of the ASCAB leadership for deployment of adequate security personnel to dislodge the hoodlums was ignored.

“Even the detachment of the Nigerian Army that recklessly attacked unarmed protesters yesterday have not routed out the hoodlums in spite of the so-called operation Crocodile Smile VI. It therefore appears that the hoodlums are state sponsored.

“We have confirmed that through the personal efforts of the Justices of the Court of Appeal, the hoodlums who had looted the Lagos High Court were caught and arrested while ransacking the Court of Appeal this afternoon. Other authorities are called upon to be vigilant in view of the unwarranted tension which has enveloped the nation.

“ASCAB is compelled to call on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to ensure that the hoodlums are dispersed with teargas canisters, rubber bullets and water cannons which are the conventional practices of controlling social actions in appropriate cases in all democratic societies. All persons who commit arson and wilful destruction of properties should not be killed but arrested and prosecuted under the Criminal Code of Lagos State.

“It is the primary responsibility of Lagos State Government to guarantee law and order in Lagos State, including the sacredness and inviolability of life and protection of public and private buildings.”

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