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Again, Bandits Kill 20 Persons In Zamfara

21 October 2020 - 4:56pm


At least 20 persons have been killed by armed bandits, who raided Tungar Kwana Village of Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday night.

Residents of the village said the armed men numbering over 200 invaded the community around 11pm and began to shoot people indiscriminately.

Many houses were also burnt during the attack that lasted for several hours.

“We recovered about 20 bodies after the attack and many more residents have not been accounted for.

“They came around 11pm and opened fire on the village, shooting anyone on sight and burning houses.

“They took away many cows, sheep, and goats as well as foodstuffs,” a source told SaharaReporters.

The state’s police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident.

He said the bandits attacked the community because the villagers gave useful information to security agents, which led to the killing of several bandits last week.

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Ondo PDP Secretariat Set On Fire By Thugs

21 October 2020 - 4:29pm



The secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State has been set ablaze, SaharaReporters can confirm.

The secretariat located along Alagbaka area was razed on Wednesday evening by armed thugs, who also set some vehicles parked inside the secretariat on fire before attacking security men stationed at the premises.

This came shortly after an angry mob also attacked the secretariat of the governing All Progressives Congress in Akure, the state capital.

Kenny Peretie, spokesperson for the PDP in Ondo, confirmed the attack in a statement.

He said, "The hoodlums came in large numbers and set all the properties in the office on fire including the coaster bus and vehicles parked within the premises."

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Nigerian Lawmakers Demand Justice For #ENDSARS Protesters Killed Security Operatives, Thugs

21 October 2020 - 4:09pm


#ENDSARS Demonstrators gather in Lagos

Nigerian lawmakers have called on the government to ensure justice was given to people killed during the peaceful #ENDSARS protest that took place across the country.

About 63 lawmakers in a joint statement condemned the use of force against Nigerian youth especially the police and army against just to dislodge them.

The lawmakers stated that while some leaders of the protesters must be publicly invited to an urgent dialogue, security operatives, who opened fire on protesters must be identified and prosecuted.

#ENDSARS Demonstrators gather in Lagos Quartz Africa

The statement reads, "We are appalled by the reliance on force, intimidation and manipulation by government and security agencies in an attempt to break the protest rather than utilising globally recognised methods of policing in a democratic society.

"We are enraged by reports of shooting of unarmed, defenceless protesters by military officers at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos after the lights were turned off and CCTV cameras put off.

"We call on the President to give an immediate order to all security agencies to stop shooting at protesters.

"We condemn this action by government and security agencies. This is inexcusable and totally unacceptable. There is no justification whatsoever for security officials who are paid with taxpayers’ money to kill unarmed protesters.”

They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation and take concrete actions to respond to the demands of the protesters.

The lawmakers also said the President must commit in words and action to respect and protect the right to protest. 

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International Press Centre Condemns Attack On Media Stations, Journalists In Nigeria By Thugs

21 October 2020 - 4:03pm


The International Press Centre, Lagos, has condemned the arson attack on media outlets in Lagos by thugs.

The IPC also decried the attack on journalists and media practitioners reporting the ongoing crisis in the country.

SaharaReporters had reported that some thugs had set ablaze Television Continental and The Nation Newspaper believed to be owned by a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.

The thugs also attacked Channels Television, a private broadcast station with headquarters in Ogun State.

The Executive Director of IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade, in a statement by Program Officer/Safety Desk Officer, Melody Lawal, berated the targeting of media institutions and harassment of journalists, insisting that the situation was not acceptable:

Arogundade said, “The media and journalists have the legitimacy to report the current crisis across the country with a view to bringing a truthful account to the citizens and under no circumstances should they be subjected to hardship in the course of doing that.

“We therefore condemn in totality the various attacks so far recorded and demand that they should stop.”

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According to Arogundade, the security agents should instead of firing live bullets at peaceful protesters confront those engaging in arson with a view to bringing them to justice.

He enjoined the security operatives to take necessary actions to ensure a safe environment for journalists and other media professionals to carry out their duties unhindered while enforcing the curfew imposed in Lagos and some other states.

Arogundade charged journalists covering and reporting the #EndSARS protests and the fallout to stick to the principles of good and conflict sensitive journalism that require balance, shunning of bias, avoidance of hate speech, discipline of verification, fact checking, use of reliable sources, giving voice to victims and the affected, and thorough investigation of claims and counter-claims.

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Commonwealth Condemns Killing Of Nigerians During Protests, Asks Buhari To Punish Killers

21 October 2020 - 3:58pm


Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland.

The Commonwealth has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to bring the Nigerian Army officers involved in the killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos, and other parts of the country to book.

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, said she is in close talks with the Nigerian Government over the use of violence.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland.

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She said, “The Commonwealth strongly condemns the escalation of violence resulting in deaths in Lekki district in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.

“The right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of assembly are constitutionally protected rights and should be respected by all at all times.

“The perpetrators of these cowardly acts must be held accountable in accordance with the law.

“We note that an investigation has been ordered into these egregious human rights violations. Any investigation should be prompt and impartial, and the findings made public. 

“We encourage a lasting solution that places the interests of all Nigerians above all other considerations.

“I extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and all those who have suffered during this difficult time. We stand ready to offer any assistance towards a prompt and peaceful resolution. The whole Commonwealth family stands in solidarity with the people of Nigeria.”

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Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo, Calls For Calm After Violence Erupts In Parts Of Nigeria

21 October 2020 - 3:39pm


Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, on Wednesday called for calm following the outbreak of violence in parts of Nigeria.

The violence was triggered by the killing of over 10 peaceful protesters in Lagos by soldiers on Tuesday night.

The demonstrators were demanding an end to police brutality and state repression when the lives of many of them were cut short by bullets from the guns of Nigerian Army personnel.

Reacting to the issue on Wednesday, Akufo-Addo, who revealed that he had a conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari over the matter, said, “I join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria.

“I have spoken with President Buhari, who is committed to this end and has begun the processes that will lead to reform.

“Violence, be it on the part of the Police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

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Nigerian Journalists Must Be Protected While Reporting Protests, CPJ Says

21 October 2020 - 3:26pm


The Committee to Protect Journalists has asked the Nigerian Government to protect journalists in the country covering protests against police brutality.

Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa Program Coordinator, in a statement said, “Journalists in Nigeria must be permitted to freely report on demonstrations without the threat of violence or intimidation.

“Journalists in Nigeria are too often attacked simply for working to keep the Nigerian public and the world informed about what is happening in their country.

“Journalists’ safety is part of what it means to have freedom of the press, and is critical for Nigerian democracy.”

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Canada Condemns Killing Of Peaceful Protesters By Nigerian Army

21 October 2020 - 3:13pm


The Canadian Government has joined the rest of the world to condemn the shooting and killing of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters in Lagos by the Nigerian Army.

Over 10 persons were killed on Tuesday night after soldiers violently dispersed young Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos.

The Canadian Government urged the Nigerian Government to hold accountable those responsible for the use of force and shooting of protesters.

"Canada is deeply concerned about the excessive use of force during the ongoing protests in #Nigeria. Those responsible for #HumanRights violations and abuse must be held accountable," the Foreign Policy office said. 

Canada is deeply concerned about the excessive use of force during the ongoing protests in #Nigeria. Those responsible for #HumanRights violations and abuse must be held accountable.

— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) October 21, 2020

The United Nations, United States, United Kingdom and other countries have condemned the use of excessive force by Nigerian security forces on peaceful protesters and called on the Nigerian Government to bring the situation under control.

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Stop Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters, Ex-Liberian President, Johnson-Sirleaf, Tells Buhari

21 October 2020 - 2:55pm


Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former President of Liberia, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to end the violence against anti-police brutality protesters in the country. 

Johnson-Sirleaf said the right to peaceful protests must be protected and called on Buhari to stop trying to silence young people.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

In a post on Twitter, she said, “The right to peacefully protest must be protected. I join the calls for an immediate de-escalation of violence against the #EndSARS protesters. 

“It is critical that we listen to, and engage with, the voices of the youth—not try to silence them.”

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#EndSARS: Trevor Noah Hails Nigerians For Standing Up To Government, Exposing Lies

21 October 2020 - 11:43am


Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, South African comedian and television host, has expressed solidarity with Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality in the country.

In a tweet on Wednesday, he hailed citizens for exposing lies and standing up to the government.

Trevor Noah

It reads, “What our Nigerian brothers and sisters are going through is painful and all too familiar. 

"Today, the people of Nigeria are exposing and standing up to their government's lies. We should all support #EndSARS and the movement for a Nigeria free from corruption!”

What our Nigerian brothers and sisters are going through is painful and all too familiar. Today the people of Nigeria are exposing and standing up to their governments lies. We should all support #EndSARS and the movement for a Nigeria free from corruption! pic.twitter.com/2QksZJ3151

— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 21, 2020

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United States Issues Security Alert To Citizens In Nigeria

21 October 2020 - 11:32am


US embassy, Abuja.

The United States has issued a security alert to its citizens in Nigeria following violent attacks by thugs and security operatives.

In a statement posted on the consulate and embassy's website on Wednesday, the US called on citizens to adhere to the 24-hour curfew imposed in Lagos State.

US embassy, Abuja.

It reads,”Demonstrations continue across Nigeria. Some protests have become violent, and there have been incidents of property destruction. There are also reports of increases in security force presence and intervention in multiple locations throughout the country, including Abuja, Lagos, and other major cities.

“There were multiple reports of shootings overnight in the Lekki area of Lagos. In Abuja, protesters and counter-protesters have moved throughout the city, at times causing traffic gridlock. There have been isolated incidents of violence and vandalism in both cities.

“Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja remain fully operational, though some airlines have cancelled flights. Protests have occurred along the Abuja Airport road, impeding traffic. Please check with your airline for any flight updates and use caution if you need to travel.

“U.S. citizens in Lagos State are advised to respect the ongoing 24-hour, round the clock curfew.  We urge all U.S. citizens to avoid areas around demonstrations and to check local media for updates and traffic advisories.

“Continue to be vigilant. Communications networks may be disrupted. Consider using SMS, landlines, social media, and email to check in with family and friends.

“As a result of Lagos State’s ongoing 24-hour curfew, the Consulate General in Lagos, including the consular section, remains closed to the public.”

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#FixPolitics Condemns Military Attacks On #EndSARS Protesters, Calls For Restraint

21 October 2020 - 11:25am


#FixPolitics has condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters across the nation on Tuesday, resulting in the reported death of citizens with many more wounded. 

The group, therefore, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately restrain the soldiers and police deployed against the defenceless protesters exercising their civic rights.

It also demanded justice for victims of the murder of citizens exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of expression in a democracy.

#FixPolitics stated this on Wednesday, in furtherance to its earlier call, on Monday, that the Federal Government should listen to the #EndSARS protesters, ensure peace and justice prevail and act on their demands. 

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In a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Mr. Ozioma Ubabukoh, and endorsed by its 120 Work Study Group members, #FixPolitics said the use of military and/or police by the Nigerian government to intimidate and suppress the #EndSARS protesters was morally disgraceful and a shocking violation of the Constitution.

“We reiterate our call on the President and Commander-in-Chief to restrain the military and focus on addressing the immediate measures they have demanded and are still demanding. 

“We ask government to respond with sincerity to the demands, including genuine police reforms, of the protesters who are the youth of Nigeria,” the statement read. 

The #FixPolitics, a research-based citizens collective, made up of Nigerians across various demographic groups and professional endeavours, added that the use of military or police force would not only create tension, “but will also hamper the process to a peaceful resolution.”

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United Nations Human Rights Commission Condemns Use Of Live Bullets On Peaceful Protesters In Nigeria

21 October 2020 - 11:17am


Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has  strongly condemned the use of excessive force by Nigerian security forces on peaceful protesters in Lagos on Tuesday night.

Bachelet in a statement on Wednesday called on the Nigerian authorities to take urgent steps to deal decisively with the underlying problem of persistent violations committed by the security forces and make a stronger effort to bring police and army personnel guilty of crimes against civilians to justice.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

It reads, “While the number of casualties of yesterday’s shooting at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos is still not clear, there is little doubt that this was a case of excessive use of force, resulting in unlawful killings with live ammunition, by Nigerian armed forces.

“Reports that CCTV cameras and lighting were deliberately disabled prior to the shooting are even more disturbing as, if confirmed, they suggest this deplorable attack on peaceful protestors was premeditated, planned and coordinated.

“Nigeria was already at boiling point before this shooting because of the revelations about years of unchecked violence, including alleged killings, rape, extortion and other violations, by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“While the authorities have now dissolved SARS and announced a series of inquiries at both Federal and State levels, there have still been few if any charges levelled against its members despite abundant evidence against various members of the squad, as well as members of other security forces and the army.

“I appreciate that the government has taken a number of measures to address the protestors’ demands.

“However, the immediate creation of another elite police SWAT team to replace the SARS -- without first addressing some of the root causes of police violence and putting in place sufficient safeguards to prevent future violations -- has eroded the public’s trust even further. This latest terrible event in Lagos is like wantonly adding fuel to a fire that was already starting to rage out of control.

“There need to be immediate, independent, transparent and thorough investigations, not just into last night’s killings, but also into all the previous violations committed by security forces.

“Those appointed to carry out such investigations must not only be independent and impartial but must be widely perceived as such. And, where sufficient evidence already exists to warrant charges, immediate suspension of officers – including senior officers -- suspected of committing serious crimes, should take place long before the conclusion of such investigations.

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“After so many years of reported violations that have not been adequately dealt with, there also needs to be a root and branch re-examination of the entire security sector, and of its civilian oversight.

“This should include a full-scale review of rules of engagement and training systems and methods.

“Nigerians, like everyone else, have a fundamental right to peaceful assembly and protest.

“The government has a responsibility to take positive measures to ensure the realization of this right, including deterring others who intend to prevent them from protesting peacefully. The world’s attention is now focused sharply on how Nigeria’s Government and security forces react over the coming days and weeks.

“In a population with such a young median age, it is important to listen to the grievances of the younger generation and make an effort to address the multiple problems they face, which include -- but are far from confined to -- police brutality and violations.”

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#ENDSARS And Lekki: What It Means By Bunmi Makinwa

21 October 2020 - 11:12am


Bunmi Makinwa

For several days, I have been part of the millions of people across the world who watched, exchanged and commented on or initiated videos, photos, and read texts, articles on #ENDSARS protests in Nigeria and many places. 

Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos stood out. It was one of the earliest sites of the protests. Lekki area in Lagos is known for its large youthful population. It attracts the young upward mobile, new rich, struggling, celebrities and entrepreneurs. There are also those people who want to be identified with novelty, and parents who want their children to be close to where the actions are. It has residential, businesses and leisure places, all mixed into often indistinct communities. 

Lekki, often a short label used to name many disjointed places around Lagos Island, has provided a territorial expansion for the rather small Island that got choked with economic and social growth over many years. 

As was observed in the past few days, Lekki has become a haven of social and political activism, not only a place for so-called youth who want to enjoy life. The young people from Lekki and the rich and poor areas around it became the signposts of #ENDSARS campaign that has put Nigeria under immense pressure. These young people became arrow heads of unprecedented campaign to end police brutality and poor governance.

The group of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate created an atmosphere. They ate, danced, gave political speeches all day long and even late at nights. They prayed, preached, worshipped. They organized services for food and refreshments, physical exercise and relaxation, medical and counseling services and security. They raised funds, disbursed and accounted for them. They made revolutionary statements, screamed obscenities, issued threats – all things that young, vibrant people do. 

Bunmi Makinwa

It was all peaceful. The campaigners showed that it was possible to be angry, noisy, emotional and yet stay calm and non-violent. 

In several parts of Nigeria, #ENDSARS protesters also carried out activities. Many of the protesters were controlled and peaceful. In some other places, protesters were confused with interlopers, hustlers, hoodlums and hungry people who for their various reasons exploited the protests. There were allegations of cases of sponsored hooligans who attacked and robbed people, committed arson to the chagrin of many Nigerians and the genuine protesters. The violence sometimes generated other violent reactions, and chains of violence grew across the country. 

In contrast to the places that witnessed violence, throughout the days of protest, the Lekki Toll Gate site remained peaceful, steadfast, focused, determined to achieve its objectives. Lekki became a new symbol of young people’s organizational and agenda-led capability for initiating change. It would try the patience of Lagos State Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu who worked relentlessly to seek compromises and solutions, though with limited success.

The protest at Lekki prevented vehicular and human traffic flow; it disturbed normal life considerably, but it did not become a fighting site, nor did it become a place for heinous acts.

It all fell apart on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Firstly, a poorly planned 24-hour curfew imposed by Lagos State government gave little time for people to get home. Then as night fell, the usual lights and CCTV in the area were turned off. In the abnormal situation, military forces moved in and shot at protesters with what appeared and sounded like heavy military guns. It is not yet known how many people died or were injured. The civil and peaceful disobedience should not have earned protesters a long-term imprisonment, not even a life sentence. But they got fired on, condemned to death.

Is it the way to handle peaceful protests?

The incident at Lekki Toll Gate introduced a discomforting dimension to peaceful protests in Nigeria. It questions the integrity of its democratic practice built on 60 years of post-independence experience. No government should turn its armory against its own people, least of all its young people engaged in peaceful demands for change. 

At this time, there are several investigative panels and committees looking into various aspects of the protests and actions taken by governments and security forces. It is critical that their work be done speedily, blame and punishment be apportioned, and remedies be applied. The main and initial focus on #ENDSARS an demands made by protesters should not be buried in the melee of issues – the protesters should reorganize and develop new tactics to attain their goals.

On 16 June 1976, South African policemen of the apartheid regime shot at students who took part in the Soweto Uprising and killed 13-year old student Hector Pieterson. The photo of wounded Hector carried by another student with his sister running alongside became a symbol of resistance. The incident radicalized South Africans who were against their oppressive regime. It increased the insurgency by militant students and young activists who sabotaged the government within. Many of the students left  the country to join African National Congress’ uMkhonto We Sizwe (the armed wing). 

Here and now, Lekki Toll Gate and the various images and photos online stand out as embodiment of the new generation of young Nigerians desiring peaceful change, facing an ill-prepared security apparatus of an odious, inefficient government.

Bunmi Makinwa is the CEO of AUNIQUEI Communication for Leadership

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Bill Clinton Expresses Concern Over Violent Attacks On Protesters

21 October 2020 - 11:05am


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton, former United States President, has expressed concern over the violence unleashed on peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.

Clinton in a tweet on Wednesday called for police reforms and an end to corruption.

Bill Clinton

He said, “I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian Government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protestors for police reform and an end to corruption.”

I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protestors for police reform and an end to corruption.

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) October 21, 2020

Scores of peaceful protesters have been killed across Nigeria in the past week by armed thugs and security agents deployed by government to quell the demonstrations.

On Tuesday night, more than 10 persons were killed by the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos as they demanded for an end to police brutality and improved governance in the country.

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Judge Rejects Nigerian Government’s Request For Court To Revoke Sowore, Bakare’s Bail

21 October 2020 - 10:55am


Omoyele Sowore

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday refused to grant the application by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), seeking the revocation of bail granted to human rights activists Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who turned down the request of the AGF’s counsel, Kayode Alilu, adjourned the matter until December 10 and 11 for continuation of trial, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

Omoyele Sowore

When the matter was called at the resumed trial on Wednesday, lawyer to Sowore and Bakare, Marshal Abubakar, who held brief for Femi Falana (SAN), told the court that Sowore, though was in Abuja, he was indisposed as a result of ill health.

Abubakar further hinted that Bakare could not come to court also because of the ongoing protest, which had crippled activities in Osun where he presently resides.

The AGF’s counsel, Kayode Alilu, urged the court to issue a bench warrant against the defendants and also revoke the bail granted them having not been in the court for their trial.

The lawyer argued that there was no evidence of medical report showing that Sowore was ill and that the excuse by Bakare of lockdown in the state where he resides was not tenable.

According to him, they had no reason not to be in court having not been here in the last adjourned date.

Abubakar objected to Alilu’s application, adding that Mr Falana, who he represented, would have loved to be in court but for the crisis in Lagos, which had led to the 24-hour curfew.

He said the same scenario was what happened to Bakare.

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The counsel, who informed the court that Sowore had just developed malaria symptoms and could not have gotten a medical report, then told the court that he got a message from the 1st defendant that he was on his way to the court.

Justice Ojukwu asked to be notified when Sowore arrived in court.

Shortly after that period, Sowore, accompanied by some youth, entered the courtroom.

Abubakar shortly afterwards inform the court of his client’s arrival.

Justice Ojukwu then asked parties to appear on the next adjourned date.

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Pastor Adeboye Condemns Shooting Of Peaceful Protesters By Nigerian Army

21 October 2020 - 10:42am


Pastor E.A Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria, has condemned the shooting and killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos on Tuesday night by the Nigerian Army.

He said the action by the military would make dialogue difficult with young people in the country.

Pastor E.A Adeboye

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

I condemn in the strongest possible terms, attacks launched by the Nigerian military on unarmed young people, who have been peacefully protesting police brutality over the last 12 days as #EndSARS protests. pic.twitter.com/IwrtVb3Y7k

— Pastor Adeboye (@PastorEAAdeboye) October 21, 2020

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

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

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Angry Nigerians Set Ablaze Nation Newspaper Head Office In Lagos

21 October 2020 - 10:22am


Angry Nigerians on Wednesday set ablaze The Nation Newspaper head office on Fatai Atere Street, Mushin, Lagos State.

The newspaper is rumoured to be owned by a former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

A staff member of the newspaper confirmed the development to SaharaReporters on Wednesday evening.

“Our office is currently under attack by thugs. Your thoughts and prayers are needed for my bosses and colleagues who are there,” he said.

The incident follows the killing of peaceful protesters on Tuesday night by Nigerian Army personnel in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos.

Over 10 people were confirmed killed at the spot yesterday while scores more were eliminated in other parts of the city while demanding an end to police brutality and state repression.

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Obasanjo Condemns Killing Of Peaceful Protesters, Asks Buhari To ‘Act’ Immediately

21 October 2020 - 9:59am


Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take quick actions on the unrest in different parts of the nation before it is too late.

Obasanjo in a statement on Wednesday advised Buhari to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force as a way of ending the crisis.

The former Nigerian leader also appealed to the youth and #EndSARS protesters to give peace a chance.

Olusegun Obasanjo

The statement reads, “We are in a critical moment in this crisis and Mr. President must act now before it is too late. This time demands leadership and mature leadership as such. This is yet another moment when our nation is on the edge of a cliff.

“Our individual and collective actions now and in the next few days will determine where we will go as a nation. May God help us in taking the right steps in the right direction.

“The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration

“Instead, such actions only reinforces the anger and frustration of the populace and closes the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution. It is clear that Mr President and his lieutenants did exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to use of force.

“It is worse that there is denial of wrongdoing despite overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control.”

See Also #EndSARS LIVE: Nigerian Military Open Fire On Peaceful #EndSARS At Lekki Toll Gate 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

The #EndSARS protest, which started across the country over two weeks ago, took a violent turn earlier this week after the government unleashed thugs and security operatives on peaceful protesters.

On Tuesday, the Lagos state government imposed a 24-hour curfew to bring the situation under control.

However, on Tuesday night, soldiers were drafted in to kill the demonstrators at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the city.

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Angry Youth Take Over Tinubu’s House In Lagos

21 October 2020 - 9:55am


Angry Nigerians have besieged the residence of a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, with an attempt to break into the building.

The house is located on Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

There has been a general breakdown of law and order in Lagos following the killing of scores of peaceful protesters on Tuesday by security operatives in the Lekki area of the city.

Many persons believe that Tinubu has a hand in the deployment of soldiers to attack and kill young Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country.

See Also #EndSARS LIVE: Nigerian Military Open Fire On Peaceful #EndSARS At Lekki Toll Gate 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

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