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United States Shuts Embassy In Lagos

20 October 2020 - 1:10pm


The United States has shut down its consulate in Lagos temporarily.

This followed the hijack of peaceful protests by thugs in the city and other parts of Nigeria.

Young Nigerians had been on the streets for days demanding an end to police brutality and injustices in the country.

The US in a statement on its website on Tuesday evening said, “Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos. Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges.  

“Some police stations have been targeted. Lagos State closed all schools indefinitely as of October 19 due to protests and implemented a 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00pm on October 20.  

“Consulate-General Lagos is closed for the rest of today and tomorrow.

“We continue to urge all U.S. citizens to avoid areas around protests and demonstrations and to check local media for updates and traffic advisories. Continue to be vigilant and avoid areas affected by the protests.”

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UPDATE: Nine Persons Reportedly Killed As Security Operatives Open Fire On Peaceful Protesters In Lagos

20 October 2020 - 1:06pm


At least nine persons have been reportedly killed as security operatives opened fire on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos on Tuesday night.

Protesters, who spoke with SaharaReporters, confirmed the number of deaths.

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It was gathered that before the shooting started, some government officials uninstalled the Closed Circuit Television cameras in the area.

The electricity at the protest area was also disconnected to prevent demonstators from filming the attack.

The protesters could be seen running for safety as the security operatives mostly policemen continued to shoot indiscriminately.

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Governor Akeredolu Declares 24-hour Curfew In Ondo, Directs Security Agencies To Clampdown On Violators

20 October 2020 - 12:50pm


Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Few hours after closing down all schools, the Ondo State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu gave the directive in a state-wide broadcast on Tuesday, noting that the curfew will start from 12am Wednesday.

Akeredolu said the decision was occasioned by the violence being recorded in neighbouring state where thugs have hijacked peaceful #EndSARS protests.  

Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

The governor said, "Our state has not experienced this ugly trend and it is our belief that the good people of the state will continue to display the same level of patriotism as the problem is not local. 

"We must stand against all acts which depict us as barbaric and destructive. We must all resist the temptations to join the bandwagon of directionless and unpatriotic Nigerians. 

"The government is looking seriously into all these issues with a view to resolving them and giving our youths confidence. 

"This administration has the obligation to protect all citizens including the youths. 

"It will not shirk its responsibility in this regard. Consequently, I direct that there should be a curfew for 24 hours starting from 12 midnight today till further notice. 

"All parents and guardians are advised to ensure that their wards are kept in their homes.

"All bars, banks, shops, petrol stations, shopping malls, markets, motor parks and all public spaces are to comply with this directive forthwith except those on essentials services will be permitted to be on the road. 

"Security agencies have been directed to ensure compliance. I admonish all citizens and residents of our great state to discourage violence and disturbance of peace throughout the state. 

"I enjoin the security agencies to stand firm in the defence of the people. I thank our youths for their understanding."

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BREAKING: Over Four Persons Killed At Lekki Toll Gate As Security Operatives Open Fire On Peaceful Protesters

20 October 2020 - 12:05pm


At least four persons have been confirmed killed by security operatives at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos as heavy shooting continue to go on.

The armed security personnel were drafted in by the government to dislodge peaceful #EndSARS demonstators demanding an end to police brutality and state repression.

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There is currently tension in the area even as protesters vow to stand their ground to continue the agitation.

Earlier on Tuesday, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, imposed an indefinite round the clock curfew in a desperate move to get protesters out of the streets.

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BREAKING: Heavy Shooting At Lekki Toll Gate As #EndSARS Protesters Continue Demonstration

20 October 2020 - 11:55am


There is currently heavy shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos as #EndSARS protesters defy a governnent curfew to continue their demand for an end to police brutality.

The situation has created tension in the area.

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Army shooting at Lekki toll gate to take it over from protesters. Really happening. Stay safe!!! #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/G4m8N9xJDu

— Dr Remi Adekoya (@RemiAdekoya1) October 20, 2020

Lekki toll gate as been attack by military men, we need help #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/DSppEe7JWg

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The shooting comes shortly after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced an extension on the curfew time he had earlier imposed from 4pm to 9pm.

Many residents had lamented that the time was inadequate to get home safely considering traffic in the state.

It is not known if there were casualties at the time of this report.

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#EndSARS Movement Condemns Killings, Violence, Insists Group Not Out To Overthrow Nigerian Government

20 October 2020 - 11:51am


The #EndSars Movement has condemned the killings and murder of its members and other innocent Nigerians across the country.

The movement in a statement on Tuesday said its agenda was not to overthrow the government but to deepen democratic culture that ought to derive its powers from the wish of the people and to draw government's attention to the horrendous crimes committed daily against Nigerians.

It said it was compelled to speak out in the face of a conscious plot to demonise the group through violence, jail break and killings introduced by the enemies of the protests.

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Now in its 13th day, the protesters are demanding better welfare and improved governance.

While the protest had continued peacefully in most parts of the country, some of the agitators have come under attack in various places including in Abuja, Lagos, Osun and Edo.

“We are a non-violent movement that draws its strength from history. Our energy is derived from the long term suffering, deprivations and repression  Nigerians have had to endure for generations. Our wisdom is sourced from the heroic struggle of our forebears, those who have laid down their lives so that a better future is guaranteed for the toiling mass of our people. 

“We derive our resilience from the brulality we have suffered in the hands of those we pay to protect us but who have suddenly turned their guns to us; they rape our wives, kill children and turn Nigeria into a hell meant only for those anxious to live in misery and die in penury,” a statement signed by three members of the group including Mallam Yisa Aliu, Bolaji Falayi and Chuks Egbe stated.

The movement said the overwhelming goodwill it had received from the international community including leaders of great democratic nations, showed that the protesters were not alone.

It said that the violent response of the state had led to the death of tens of peaceful protesters whose only offense was to express themselves against a horrific system that leads to the strangulation of many Nigerians.

The group added, "We oppose a system that sustains itself by the blood of Nigerians. We oppose a system that treats Nigerians as footnotes. We oppose a system that kill us before we can grow and a system that turn Nigerians to the laughing stock of local and international communities.

"We ask for police reforms,we ask that they should stop shedding the blood of Nigerians, we ask that they should put and end to rape of young people, rape of our mothers, we ask that they should lead young people with decent examples, we ask they should protect us from the heat of the sun, we ask they should allow us to speak against what leads to the deaths of our people, they responded with bullets and armoured vans.

"Our protests have been peaceful. Violence was introduced by the government. This provocation will not spur our members to counter violence. We shall continue to be peaceful in line with universal principles of democracy.

“It will be recalled that in the past thirteen days, there has be what seemed a nationwide protest by Nigerians to press government to put an end to impunity of the defunct police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and other unpopular government policies with hashtag #EndSARS.

“Demonstrators were attacked in Lagos, Oshogbo, Ado Ekiti, Abuja and other places by both thugs believed to be sponsored and security agencies. These prompted volunteer civil unarmed guards to offer protection where possible. There have also been volunteers in the area of free legal services, medical and other critical teams to sustain the daily protests. 
 
"These protests have been without  any incidence of violence or crime, personal effects were lost, announced, found and returned to the owners. It's a protest where people observing religious activities were honoured, ambulances and many other facilities  provided by volunteers and services provided either by the people themselves or by sympathisers.

"The government has introduced violence. They want people to believe the protesters are violent to the extent of organising a jail break, burning police stations and so on.
 
“We are not unaware about the sponsored attacks on us and our properties, nor are we unaware that the numerous criminal acts being committed are  tactical plots deployed to discredit the protests and justify the military deployment against the unarmed protesters.  

“We make bold to say we shall not retaliate against any Nigerian or security agent, and that we are resolute to see this agitation to its logical conclusion come what may. We also use this medium to tell the public that it is not an insurrection or a plot to change the government of the day, neither is the Movement involved in any jail break, burning of any police station but rather a worthy sacrifice whose time has come to birth a better Nigeria for all.”

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Peaceful #EndSARS Protesters In Lekki, Alausa Defy Ban, Curfew, Continue Demonstration

20 October 2020 - 11:48am


Some peaceful #EndSARS protesters have defied a ban by the Nigeria Police Force and a curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government to continue to protest police brutality in the country.

Few hours after the curfew took effect, the youth continued to agitate for their demands peacefully, the PUNCH reports.

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Policemen and soldiers deployed to the venue of the protest did not use force at the time of this report.

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Plateau State Government Imposes 24-hour Curfew After Death Of Three Persons

20 October 2020 - 11:45am


After the death of three persons, Plateau State governor, Solomon Lalong, has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state.

The governor gave the directive on Tuesday in Jos, the state capital, following the breakdown of law and order in the city.



The curfew is to take effect from 8:00pm today, October 20, 2020, till further notice. 

Lalong made this known  in a statewide broadcast, saying, "All forms of protests are hereby banned in the two local governments areas in Jos.
 
"Government has watched closely these protests which are normal in a democracy that guarantees the rights of citizens to ventilate their grievances over any matter.

"However, it is rather unfortunate that in the past few days, the #ENDSARS protests which began peacefully has gradually degenerated to the situation where hoodlums have attacked and molested innocent citizens who are going about their normal businesses.

"This development took a new turn on Tuesday 20th October, 2020 when the protests led to the killing of three people, destruction of properties, cars and looting of business premises along the Ahmadu Bello way as well as the burning of a place of worship along Gyero Road in Bukuru. 

"Based on this scenario, I summoned an emergency security council meeting to evaluate the situation and take decisive actions to stop further escalation.

"Having received briefing from security agencies and after a careful assessment of the situation, government is left with no choice than to impose a curfew to stop further loss of lives and properties.

"Security agencies have been directed to ensure that the curfew is enforced as defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted."

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Ekiti Governor Imposes 24-hour Curfew After Thugs Hijack Peaceful Protest

20 October 2020 - 11:34am


Governor Fayemi

Ekiti State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state following the violence that has greeted the EndSARS protests. 

In a statement on Tuesday, the state government said the peaceful protest started by the youth had been hijacked by political thugs.

Governor Kayode Fayemi said his government decided to to imposed the curfew in order to halt further breakdown of law and order in the state. 

Governor Fayemi

The statement reads, "The Government of Ekiti State has observed with growing concern how the #ENDSARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

"The hoodlums have capitalised on the #ENDSARS protest to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the state. These are in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties.

"Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.

"For the purpose of clarity government continues to show understanding and responsiveness to the demands of the legitimate protesters.

"Government had also at various times drawn the attention of the protesters to the troubling hijack of the protests by individuals whose only interest is to inflict violence on the people of the state.

"In the past 48 hours there have been incidents of gang-rape, robberies, physical assaults on innocent people, looting and burning of a police station.

"These acts of brigandage are not in consonance with the legitimate aspirations of the protesters. It cannot be logical to seek to remedy impunity with impunity.

"Government therefore cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who have hijacked the protest for some clandestine reasons.

"Consequently, the governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi @kfayemi, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the state starting from 10:00pm, October 20, 2020.

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

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

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

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Three Persons Feared Killed As Hoodlums Burn Police Station In Abuja

20 October 2020 - 11:29am


No fewer than three persons lost their lives in Dutse Makaranta under Bwari Area Council of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Tuesday when violence erupted.

Also, a police station was set ablaze by suspected thugs in the city.

It was gathered that the situation was under control and peaceful until the arrival of a team of policemen in four trucks, who opened fire on the suspected thugs, leaving three of them dead.

The action forced the thugs to set the station on fire in retaliation.

The incident led to commotion in the area as parents rushed to schools to pick their wards to avoid being caught up in the crisis.

This comes shortly after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered the deployment of riot policemen nationwide to protect lives and property. 
 
The IGP also deployed policemen to strengthen security around custodial facilities nationwide. 

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BREAKING: Inspector-General Of Police Deploys Anti-riot Officers Nationwide To Dislodge Protesters

20 October 2020 - 9:07am


Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate nationwide deployment of anti-riot policemen.

Adamu also ordered massive deployment of police operatives to strengthen security around correctional facilities nationwide.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

The IGP disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

The statement reads, “The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.

“Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective commands.

“The IGP notes that 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks and arson on police stations in Benin, Edo State. Five AK47 rifles earlier stolen from vandalised police stations have also been recovered.

“The Inspector-General of Police calls on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from correctional facilities. 

“Meanwhile, the IGP has advised parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality as the police will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens.”

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#EndSARS: Nigerian Senate Asks President Buhari To Immediately Address Citizens

20 October 2020 - 8:43am


The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address citizens over the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country.

The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Biodun Olujimi, a lawmaker representing Ekiti South.

The Senate also directed the police to offer protection to the #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.

While moving the motion on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Olujimi said police brutality could be traced to the colonial days.

The lawmaker expressed dismay that despite the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, police officers had continued their assault on citizens.

She said, “The police was used as an instrument of oppression by politicians in the first and second republics in order to harass and keep themselves in power. During the military rule, the police was used to suppress popular protests and agitations against military dictatorship."

The lawmaker recalled that in June 2020, Amnesty International in a report documented that between January 2017 and May 2020, there were 82 cases of torture, ill-treatments and extra-judicial killings of Nigerian citizens by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. 

She also called for improved welfare for police officers.

“The barracks are in very bad shape, they must be up to living standards. Training and medical insurance to all members of the Nigeria Police Force,” Olujimi said.

The motion was adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

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BREAKING: Delta Airlines Cancels Two More Flights Over #EndSARS Protests In Nigeria

20 October 2020 - 8:37am


Delta Airlines has cancelled two more flights earlier scheduled to come in and go out of Nigeria as a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country.

The airline cancelled Flight 248 from Atlanta, United States, to Lagos, Nigeria, and Flight 249 from Lagos to Atlanta scheduled for Tuesday night (today) and also Wednesday evening due to the tension caused by demonstration in the country.

Earlier, SaharaReporters revealed that Delta Airlines Flight 54 from Atlanta to Lagos was forced to return to America after first terminating its journey in Dakar, Senegal, with the entire crew and passengers on board.

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Young people across Nigeria are calling for police reforms and improved governance but the peaceful exercise has now been overtaken by armed gangs attacking innocent civilians and wreaking havoc all over the place.

State governments have been forced to adopt various measures including the imposing of indefinite curfew to arrest the situation.

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Thugs Burn Police Station In Oyo State

20 October 2020 - 8:27am


Suspected thugs on Tuesday burnt the Ojoo Police Station in Oyo State.

Many vehicles inside the station were also set ablaze.

SaharaReporters gathered that trouble started after the police opened fire on hundreds of youth during the #EndSARS protest.

As a result, some thugs launched an attack on the station and set it on fire.

There is currently tension in the area.

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BREAKING: Police Ban Protests In Lagos

20 October 2020 - 7:21am


Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.

The Lagos State Police Command has banned protests in the state.

Muyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson for command, made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.

The statement reads, “Due to the new development of violent attacks on police officers and men and formations including innocent Nigerians in Lagos State, and the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government with effect from 4 pm today October 20; the Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the public that henceforth no protest or gathering or possession, under whatever guise, is permitted within Lagos State.

“In light of the above, all security agencies have deployed adequate personnel to take charge and enforce the curfew across the state.

“The command regrets to confirm the setting ablaze of Orile Police Station today at about 10am, where some of our policemen were critically injured and unconfirmed reports state that one of them is dead.

“It’s crystal clear that the #ENDSARS protest has been hijacked by hoodlums who want to run down the state and the police command will resist such state of anarchy, unrest and brouhaha with all powers within the ambit of the law.

“While the command is resolute in the sustenance of human rights and democratic tenets, the public is hereby warned to comply with the curfew and desist from any act of violence in the state as the command will resist such in totality.”

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BREAKING: Delta Airlines Flight Bound For Lagos Returns To New York Over #EndSARS Protest

20 October 2020 - 7:12am


A Delta Airlines Flight DL 54 from Atlanta, United States, heading to Lagos has been forced to return to America following the ongoing #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

The aircraft first terminated its journey in Dakar, Senegal, before making its return to the JFK Airport in New York with the entire crew and passengers on board.

The peaceful protests across Nigeria calling for an end to police brutality have been hijacked by armed thugs, who have used the occasion to attack demonstators and also destroy properties including burning police stations.

The situation has created tension in the country with many state governments forced to impose indefinite round the clock curfew in a bid to curb the violence.

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DSS In Jos Invites Prophet Isa El-Buba Over Peaceful #EndSARS Prayer Walk

20 October 2020 - 7:03am


Prophet Isa El-Buba

The Department of State Services has invited Prophet Isa El-Buba, a popular Jos, Plateau State-based cleric, for questioning after he participated in a peaceful prayer walk in the state on Sunday.

El-Buba and many other protesters marched peacefully between the Old Airport Roundabout and Secretariat Junction, singing and praying to God to heal the land.

Prophet Isa El-Buba

The event took place without an incident of violence or disruption recorded.

The DSS is, however, currently questioning the cleric, who is the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries,.after he was asked to appear on Tuesday, the PUNCH reports.

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BREAKING: Akeredolu Orders Closure Of All Schools In Ondo Over Protest

20 October 2020 - 6:20am


Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

The Ondo State Government has ordered the closure of all schools in the state following the tension generated by the ongoing #EndSARS protest. 

The directive was given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.  

Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

He said, "I have directed that all schools that resumed on Monday 19th October 2020 are closed for the meantime from tomorrow 21st October 2020 because of the engulfing nationwide protest and the need to ensure safety of our students and staff.

"Parents and the public are to note this directive and all schools are to comply.

"Any inconvenience is regretted, while the state government would ensure resumption of our schools as soon as possible."

Protesters demanding an end to police brutality and extortion have been on the streets for several days calling for action from governnent.

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EFCC Witness Reveals How Omokore Bought Vehicles For Senator Bassey Albert After Receiving N3bn Contracts

20 October 2020 - 6:08am


Senator Bassey Albert

A prosecution witness, Kakwagh Ngunan, has disclosed to court how Olajide Omokore, a contractor, bought vehicles for Senator Bassey Albert after receiving N3bn contracts when he was Commissioner for Finance in Akwa Ibom State.

Ngunan testified during the ongoing trial of Senator Albert before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The sentor is being tried for his alleged involvement in offences bordering on money laundering and being in possession of six vehicles worth N204m at the instance of Omokore, whose companies executed contracts for the Akwa Ibom State Government.

Senator Bassey Albert

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's prosecuting counsel, M. S. Abubakar Kakwagh, informed the court that the anti-graft agency traced about N3bn payments from the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, to the accounts of Canwod Dredging Company Limited, Bay Atlantic Limited, Sahel Engineering, Power Nigeria Limited and Network Services Nigeria Limited -- all linked to Jide Omokore.

She said her team “requested statements of accounts from Stanbic IBTC bank and Access bank regarding these companies, and as soon as the banks obliged us the statements, we invited the alter ego of the company, one Olajide Omokore to come and explain why those companies received so much money from Akwa Ibom State government and the IMDLCC".

According to the witness, when Omokore responded to the invitation, he informed the investigating team that the payments were for contracts executed for the Akwa Ibom State Government.

The witness further told the court that several documents were recovered when a search warrant was executed at the office and residence of Omokore.

The documents included contract papers from the Akwa Ibom State Government to Network Services Nigeria Limited for the supplies of bullet proof vehicles and invoices from Skymit Limited in the name of Bassey Albert and Olajide Omokore, as well as delivery notes for the vehicles in the name of Senator Albert.

"My team further traced monies from Omokore's company account to the account of Skymit Limited, and when we invited Skymit to tell us the reasons for the money, we were told that it was for the purchase of vehicles.

"So, my investigation revealed that the accused, while he was the Commissioner for Finance and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, Omokore and his companies received monies from the Akwa Ibom State Government and the IMDLCC.

"Also, that Omokore bought cars from Skymit Limited for the accused", the witness added.

The witness also said that in the course of her investigation, her team wrote a letter to the Chairman of the IMDLCC, requesting for the details of all contractors and projects carried out by the Committee but did not receive any response.

The prosecution tendered all the documents which included: a search warrant; a petition from one Leo Ekpenyong etc.

The matter has been adjourned until December 7 and 8 2020 for continuation of trial.

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BREAKING: Nigerian Government Meets Diplomatic Corps Over #EndSARS Protest

20 October 2020 - 6:08am


The Nigerian Government will on Tuesday meet with the diplomatic corps in the country over the ongoing protests against police brutality.

“I am directed to invite all directorate level officers to a briefing session to members of the Diplomatic Corps by the Hon Minister on the anti-SARS protests,” a letter signed by M.O Abam, Chief Protocol Officer to Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reads.

Protesters have been out on the streets for over a week, demanding total reforms of the police in Nigeria.

The protests quickly gained international attention as countries such as the United Kingdom, Sweden and France urged the Nigerian Government to listen to the demands of the people.

 

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