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Trace Bandits’ Funding Sources Same Way You Did With EndSARS Protesters – Benjamin Kalu
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Trace Bandits’ Funding Sources Same Way You Did With EndSARS Protesters – Benjamin Kalu

Member representing Bende Federal Constituency, Hon. Benjamin Kalu has challenged the security operatives to trace the source of funding for banditry in the North the same way they harassed #EndSARS operators and closed their accounts. According to the Reps Spokesperson, there is no way kidnapping of school children by the bandits will take place without funding. Speaking on a radio programme Ben Kalu's Mandate streamed by ABN TV on Tuesday, the lawmaker said it takes resources for bandits to run their vehicles, camp their abductees in one place, and feed them for days or weeks as the case may be. "Somebody must be responsible for the funding of this operation. This is the truth. The security agencies should follow where the funding is coming from and cut it short. "In as m...
Why Biden Embraces Nigerians And Shuns Buhari – Farooq Kperogi
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Why Biden Embraces Nigerians And Shuns Buhari – Farooq Kperogi

It is by now evident that although President Joe Biden appreciates and identifies with Nigerians (certainly in more ways than Donald Trump did), he has nothing but stone-cold disdain for the inert, isolated mannequin in Aso Rock that pretends to be Nigeria’s “president.” Biden’s first call to an African president (on March 3) after his inauguration wasn’t to the president of the continent’s most populous country; it was to Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta. Even in the aftermath of his electoral triumph in November 2020, Biden also only called South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa. And on February 26, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nigeria’s geographic and demographic heft in the African continent hasn’t caused it to deserv...
#EndSARS Hoodlums Stole $2m, N17m From My Palace – Oba Of Lagos, Akiolu
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#EndSARS Hoodlums Stole $2m, N17m From My Palace – Oba Of Lagos, Akiolu

Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu has alleged hoodlums who attacked his palace on October 21, 2020 stole $2 million and N17 million. Hoodlums attacked buildings in Lagos State a day after soldiers opened live ammunition on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020. They vandalised vehicles and carted away artefacts located at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island. They also went away with the staff of office commonly referred and plundered the palace for two days. Akiolu, who spoke on Wednesday during the commissioning of the Glover Hall Memorial in Lagos, said he had avoided counting losses from the attack in public. The monarch, while lamenting that Lagos suffered “huge” destruction, said those who attacked his palace were ignorant of the implication of what they d...
Lawyer Who Sued #EndSARS Protesters, Kenechukwu Okeke, Suspected Of Being Fake
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Lawyer Who Sued #EndSARS Protesters, Kenechukwu Okeke, Suspected Of Being Fake

A lawyer, Kenechukwu Okeke, who filed a criminal complaint before an Abuja Magistrates' Court over the actions of 50 artists, celebrities and pastor during the October 2020 EndSARS struggles has been alleged to be fake, going by his conduct in court. SaharaReporters learnt that the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School and the Nigerian Bar Association had been contacted to authenticate Okeke’s legal status. Activist, Deji Adeyanju, on behalf of the 50 persons in Okeke’s suit, had filed a case at the High Court and when the case was called for hearing today, it was stalled as the court held that Okeke should be ascertained with evidence if he was a lawyer. At the hearing of the matter on Thursday, the case was called up and there were introductions by the applicant lead c...
Outrage As Police Detain Six Protesters In Lagos
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Outrage As Police Detain Six Protesters In Lagos

Condemnations have trailed the detention of six protesters who held a procession to mark the 120th day that soldiers fired live ammunition at #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate. During the shooting, some protesters reportedly died while others secured varying degrees of injuries. The PUNCH gathered that those arrested on Saturday are Victoria Oniru, Tokunbo, Tunde Abass, Leon, Omolara Alagbala, and Adekunle. It was learnt that the protesters had converged on Victoria Island when police officers from Maroko Police Station arrested them. It was also learnt that the protesters were later transferred to Adeniji Adele Police Station before being detained at Panti. In a statement, Eti-Osa Bar Forum Legal Aid Clinic and Situation Room for #OccupyLekki demanded the immediate ...
“Where Is James Nwafor?” – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Asks Gov. Obiano And Police
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“Where Is James Nwafor?” – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Asks Gov. Obiano And Police

Media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Monday February 15, queried the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano over the whereabouts of James Nwafor, his former security aide. Nwafor, who served as commander of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Awkuzu, Anambra State, was accused of extra-judicial killings and human rights violations. Governor Obiano last year, gave in to the demand of #ENDSARS protesters, sacked Nwafor and recommended his immediate prosecution. However, the retired police officer is yet to be prosecuted for the widespread allegations levelled against him. Ebuka wrote on his Twitter handle; "Where is James Nwafor ?? ? @PoliceNG @WillieMObiano"
“Some #EndSARS Protesters Are Rogues And Thieves” – Minister Of Defence, Bashir Magashi
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“Some #EndSARS Protesters Are Rogues And Thieves” – Minister Of Defence, Bashir Magashi

Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, says over 60 percent of #EndSARS protesters don’t know why they participated in the demonstrations. On Saturday, a second wave of the #EndSARS protest began in Lagos under the #OccupyLekkiTollGate rally, with more than 30 protesters, including Debo Adebayo, a Nigerian comedian better known as Mr Macaroni, arrested by security operatives. The protesters have, however, been arraigned before a mobile court in Lagos, and granted bail. Speaking on Saturday after participating in the revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, the minister alleged that some of the protesters are rogues and thieves. “I am the minister of defence and the defence of this country is entirely my responsibility. We have the mandate to ensur...
Adamu Garba Condemns Arrest Of OccupyLekkiTollGate Protesters
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Adamu Garba Condemns Arrest Of OccupyLekkiTollGate Protesters

Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba has condemned the arrest of peaceful protesters by men of the Nigeria Police at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday. Some #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters stormed the toll gate today, to protest against the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate following alleged killing of protesters on October 20, 2020. However, officers at the scene, were seen in trending videos arresting and putting some protesters in a Black Maria. Speaking in reaction to the arrest, Garba argues that so long as they are not causing inconvenience to other citizens, then they have the right to protest peacefully as permitted by law. Taking to his Twitter account, the APC chieftain wrote; ”In as much as the #EndSARS protesters are not blocking the way for other citiz...
EndSARS: Moghalu Commends Court’s Order On CBN To Unfreeze Protesters’ Accounts
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EndSARS: Moghalu Commends Court’s Order On CBN To Unfreeze Protesters’ Accounts

Former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Deputy Governor, Kingsley Moghalu, has welcomed a Federal High Court order for the apex bank to unfreeze bank accounts of Endsars protesters. The court, sitting in Abuja, had during the week ordered CBN to unfreeze the accounts of 20 people linked to last October's nationwide protests against police brutality and other national issues. The CBN had earlier said that the protester's accounts were frozen because they were umder investigation Moghalu, a 2019 presidential candidate, said the court's decision was in order in a statement he signed and made available to reporters on Friday. "I welcome the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters ...
FG May Not Unfreeze EndSARS Protesters Account – Malami
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FG May Not Unfreeze EndSARS Protesters Account – Malami

The Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami has said the Federal Government is still contemplating options allowed by the law if or not to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters. A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday set aside the order it made on November 4, 2020, freezing accounts linked with some promoters of the #EndSARS protesters that took place across the country last year. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in the ruling, ordered all affected banks to “immediately unfreeze the affected accounts.’ The AGF who spoke on Sunrise Daily on Channels Tv regarding the court order said a lot of factors has to be considered as regard compliance with the court order. According to Malami, the Federal Government has multiple options before complying under the law...
Youth Rep, Rinu Oduala Pulls Out Of #EndSARS Panel In Lagos
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Youth Rep, Rinu Oduala Pulls Out Of #EndSARS Panel In Lagos

Rinu Oduala, a youth representative on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate last October has stepped down from the panel. She made the disclosure on Friday in a piece, ‘Let’s stay the course of justice, partial wins are not enough’. The activist, who faulted the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate, maintained that justice has not been served to victims of the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020. The PUNCH had reported that the panel, last Saturday, decided to hand over the tollgate back to its operators, Lekki Concession Company, after forensic experts submitted their report on the October 20, 2020 incident. Four members of the panel including Oduala faulted the decision of the panel...
#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Nigerians To Protest Over Reopening Of Lekki Tollgate
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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Nigerians To Protest Over Reopening Of Lekki Tollgate

Nigerians have resolved to stage another protest over the ruling of the Lagos State Judicial Panel allowing Lekki Concession Company to regain possession and reopen the Lekki tollgate. The tollgate has been closed following the shooting and killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers and police. The Lagos panel was divided as five of the nine members of the panel led by Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd), voted in support of the reopening of the tollgate at the last sitting on Saturday. Irked by the decision of the panel, Nigerians have planned a protest at the tollgate stating that the tollgate remains shut until justice is served to the victims of the Lekki shooting. The protest has been fixed for Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 7am. Tweeting in support of the protest, Omoyel...
“You Killed EndSARS Protesters And Expect Doves Of Peace To Fly?” – Reno Omokri
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“You Killed EndSARS Protesters And Expect Doves Of Peace To Fly?” – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri has reacted after white pigeons freed by President Buhari at today's Armed Forces Remembrance Day refused to fly off. Reacting to the drama that played out at the National Arcade, Eagle Square in Abuja, Reno Omokri said it's a sign that Nigeria is not at peace. Taking to his Instagram handle, Reno shared a photo of Buhari releasing the bird. Reno wrote: "7 Signs Nigeria Is Not at Peace • Doves released by General #Buhari refuse to fly • Aisha Buhari, @AishaMBuhari, relocated from Aso Rock • Garba Shehu, @GarShehu, rejected my offer of $20,000 to spend a night in Borno without security • Soldiers and policemen are being kidnapped and pay ransom • Borno Governor can’t go outside Maiduguri without risking death • Shekau addresses Nigerians more often than Buhari ...
Lekki Killings: Our Case With CNN Far From Over – Lai Mohammed
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Lekki Killings: Our Case With CNN Far From Over – Lai Mohammed

The federal government on Monday said its case with US-based Cable News Network (CNN), in which it wrote a petition demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism is far from over. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information said though CNN acknowledged receipt of the petition, it is yet to respond on steps to take to prevent future reoccurrence of fake news against Nigeria. The Federal Government had insisted that the military men did not shoot at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, describing the alleged mass killings as a massacre without bodies. The Minister also warned the International Crimi...
Nobody Can Stop FG From Probing #EndSARS Protesters – Lai Mohammed
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Nobody Can Stop FG From Probing #EndSARS Protesters – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government says being a member of #EndSARS protest is not an immunity from being investigated or charged for any offence or breach of the laws. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday in Lagos at a meeting with editors of newspapers. The minister, who was responding to a question on the alleged arrest of some #EndSARS protesters and sponsors, said nobody is above investigation or prosecution. “Being a member of #EndSARS protest does not grant you immunity if you have committed any crime against the land. The key thing is that you must be treated according to the laws. “Even those whose accounts were frozen, the Central Bank of Nigeria went to court to seek permission to freeze the accounts. I am also aware that some of...
Ibrahim Taiwo, Officer Representing Army At Lagos Judicial Panel, Promoted To Major-General
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Ibrahim Taiwo, Officer Representing Army At Lagos Judicial Panel, Promoted To Major-General

Ibrahim Taiwo, the officer representing the Nigerian army at the panel the Lagos state government set up to probe the Lekki shooting has been promoted from brigadier-general to a major-general. Soldiers had, on October 20, forcefully dispersed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate and this led to an outcry. Following the protest to end police brutality, the Lagos government set up the panel to look into allegations of rights abuses by the police special anti-robbery squad (SARS). But the shooting of protesters at Lekki has been on the forefront at the panel, and Taiwo, commander of the army 81 division intelligence brigade, has been the one making a defence for the soldiers’ action. According to military sources, Taiwo was elevated to the rank of a major-general after ...
“How Can A Minister Of Information Be So Misinformed?”- DJ Switch Blasts Lai Mohammed
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“How Can A Minister Of Information Be So Misinformed?”- DJ Switch Blasts Lai Mohammed

Nigerian Disc Jockey, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch, has finally broken her silence after Nigeria's Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed accused her of giving out false information about the EndSARS protest. DJ Switch, who was among the #EndSARS protesters, streamed live the purported shooting at the Lekki tollgate plaza in Lagos. It was reported that the Canadian authority granted asylum to the disk jockey after she alleged threats to her life for her action. Taking to her Twitter handle, she wrote: "Hw can a "minister of information" be so "misinformed"?The only believable thing about him, is his name...Lai Unfortunately sir, the truth is a very stubborn thing! Tnk u all 4 ur well wishes & prayers.Its nt bn easy 4 me bt d need 2 #SoroSoke i...
#EndSARS Protesters Wanted Buhari Removed From Office – IGP Adamu
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#EndSARS Protesters Wanted Buhari Removed From Office – IGP Adamu

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said the recent #EndSARS protest in Nigeria was aimed at removing President Muhammadu Buhari from office. Mr Adamu made the claim, Tuesday, in Port Harcourt, during a meeting between the leaders of the South-south region and a delegation from Nigeria’s presidency, according to a press statement from the Rivers State Government House. “Adamu alleged that intelligence has confirmed that the EndSARS protest was funded from within and outside the country,” said the statement issued by Governor Nyesom Wike’s media aide, Kelvin Ebiri. “He further added that one of the primary objectives of the protest was to effect a regime change,” the statement said. The police chief said fake news gave “impetus” to the protests which lasted ...
EndSARS: We Are Unhappy Sanwo-Olu Denied Inviting Army – General Ahmed Taiwo
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EndSARS: We Are Unhappy Sanwo-Olu Denied Inviting Army – General Ahmed Taiwo

The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade , Victoria Island , Lagos , Brig . Gen . Ahmed Taiwo , says the Nigerian Army was unhappy that the Governor of Lagos State , Mr Babajide Sanwo- Olu, denied inviting the military on October 20, 2020, when soldiers shot at the Lekki tollgate where #EndSARS protesters were gathered . Taiwo said this on Saturday in his testimony before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki incident . The general , however , said inviting the military was the best decision the Lagos governor could have made as the #EndSARS protest plunged the state into anarchy but added that the Army was also unhappy that Sanwo- Olu said two persons died from the military engagement at the Lekki tollgate. He said , “ I spoke with the governor ...
Lekki Panel: I Wish I Brought A Rifle To Try It On You – Army Commander, Ahmed Taiwo Jokes
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Lekki Panel: I Wish I Brought A Rifle To Try It On You – Army Commander, Ahmed Taiwo Jokes

Ahmed Taiwo, a brigadier general and commander of 81 military intelligence brigade of the Nigerian Army, joked about using a rifle on members of the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry, on Saturday. Taiwo was answering a question posed by a panel member on the effects of blank ammunition. The brigadier-general had said the army used blank ammunition rather than live bullets to disperse the #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate. “I am an expert in ammunition having spent so long in the army. However, you may wish not to take my word for it but look up the effects of blank ammunition,” he said. “Even if you put it against your skin and fire, you will only have a burn mark to show for it. I wish I brought a rifle to try it on you.” Maintaining that it was against the code o...
Lekki Shootings: Four Generals, Others Testify Before Panel Today
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Lekki Shootings: Four Generals, Others Testify Before Panel Today

After a week’s break, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers on the night of October 20 will resume sitting today (Saturday). The retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel had adjourned on November 7 when its proceedings were frustrated over inability to form quorum due to the boycott of the sitting by the two youth panel members protesting against the freezing of the bank account of #EndSARS promoters by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army, which had been scheduled to testify before the panel then, was unable to do so. The panel fixed today for the Nigerian Army to return to give its testimony. The Nigerian Army has listed three Brigadier General...
Access Bank pleads as EndSARS protesters demand boycott, Says It Was Only Following Orders
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Access Bank pleads as EndSARS protesters demand boycott, Says It Was Only Following Orders

Amid an online campaign for customers to boycott Access Bank Plc, the management of the bank has sympathised with #EndSARS protesters for freezing their accounts. Access Bank had frozen the accounts of at least eight persons involved in the #EndSARS campaign based on the orders of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The bank’s decision to freeze the accounts was done nearly two weeks before CBN obtained a court order to do so. The move subsequently put the bank in a bad light with hundreds of social media influencers calling on Nigerians to boycott the bank which is Nigeria’s biggest lender. They argued that Access Bank ought to have been more thorough like Stanbic IBTC, whose founder, Atedo Peterside, had openly refused to freeze the account of any person without a valid court or...
Lawyers seek court to disband the Lagos Judicial panel on Endsars
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Lawyers seek court to disband the Lagos Judicial panel on Endsars

Lawyers seek court to disband the Lagos Judicial panel on Endsars and nullify all its proceedings in order to set up trustworthy independent panel . . Two lawyers, Adekunle Augustine and Semion Akogwu, have gone before the Federal High Court in Lagos seeking an order disbanding the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to look into complaints of human rights abuses by men of the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad. . The judicial panel, headed by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, also has the mandate to probe the alleged shootings at #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on the night of October 20 at the Lekki tollgate. But the lawyers, in their fresh suit, are asking the court to disband the panel and nullify all its proceedings so far. . The plaintiffs are contending...
Nothing Wrong In Freezing EndSARS Protesters’ Accounts – Akeredolu
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Nothing Wrong In Freezing EndSARS Protesters’ Accounts – Akeredolu

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has defended the freezing of bank accounts belonging to some #EndSARS campaigners by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). “Speaking very honestly, I don’t see anything wrong in it,” Akeredolu said in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “If for instance, my account was frozen, what would I do? All I would do is go back to court to explain.” The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in October froze the account of 20 persons alleged to have funded the two-week-long protest against harassment, extortion and extra-judicial killings by police personnel in the country. Some of the accounts frozen by the apex bank were in Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank and other financial institutions. The CBN argues that the accounts were...
Court Grants Endsars Protesters N50000 Bail Each In Abuja After 5 Days In Prison
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Court Grants Endsars Protesters N50000 Bail Each In Abuja After 5 Days In Prison

A magistrate court sitting in Abuja has admitted six #EndSARS protesters arrested in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja, to bail five days after they were thrown in prison custody. Magistrate Abdulrazak Eneye while ruling on the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Tope Akinyode, on Wednesday, granted the defendants bail of N50 ,000 each and one suerty in like sum. The surety must be a citizen of Nigeria with a verifiable means of identification. The court also held that the sureties must deposit the N50, 000 and copies of their identity and show means of livelihood to the court. Those arrested includes Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Paul Akinwumi, Davo Chomo Abdulsalam Zuberu, Kabiru Gasali , Yasiru Bashir The court had last Friiday denied the defendants bail ...
Prominent Lagosians Seek Dissolution Of Lekki Tollgate
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Prominent Lagosians Seek Dissolution Of Lekki Tollgate

Some prominent Lagosians, including Chief Alaba Williams, Bashorun Jaiye Randle, Ade Dosunmu and Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, have urged immediate scrapping of Lekki Tollgate to “alleviate the economic burden of residents and ease free-flow of traffic in the area.” In a 12-point communiqué issued after their maiden meeting, they charged the Federal Government on bringing to justice military killers of the peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the plaza on October 20, 2020. The concerned citizens also urged prosecution of arsonists and hoodlums behind destruction of public and private property in the state as deterrent to others. The gathering, which identified remote and immediate causes of the crisis to include high graduate unemployment and influx of people from other states, deplored ...
Lekki Shootings: We Have Photographs, Videos To Counter Army – Lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana
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Lekki Shootings: We Have Photographs, Videos To Counter Army – Lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana

The counsel representing #EndSARS protesters before the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of the protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, has said his team has evidence to counter the claim by the Nigerian Army that there was no massacre or killings of protesters at the tollgate on the night of October 20. In response to a summons by the judicial panel, the Nigerian Army had on Friday filed its defence papers and listed three Brigadier Generals and one Lieutenant Colonel to testify before the panel. The army submitted to the panel statements on oath deposed to by the top military officers, who insisted that only blank ammunition were filed to disperse the protesters. The Nigerian Army said it was bringing before the pa...
What Colour Of Aso Ebi Are We Sewing For Our Court Appearance? – Aisha Yesufu
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What Colour Of Aso Ebi Are We Sewing For Our Court Appearance? – Aisha Yesufu

Activist, Aisha Yesufu, has reacted to the suit filed against herself and 49 other Nigerians who identified with the #EndSARS protesters. Recall that on Tuesday, November 10, a Nigerian man identified as Kenechukwu Okeke, with the Twitter handle @HumanRightsNG, filed the criminal complaint against some Nigerians who publicly associated with the #EndSARS protests. He alleged that his properties were destroyed during the riots "instigated and incited" by the 50 "accused persons" and asked that promoters of the End SARS protests be brought to justice. Reacting via her Twitter handle this morning, Aisha wrote: "Hello #EndSarsList team mates. What colour of aso ebi are we sewing for our court appearance? #BlameGovernment #EndSars #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria #GenocideAtLekkiTollGate...
EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki – Gen Ndagi
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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki – Gen Ndagi

The Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Musa Etsu-Ndagi, representing the Nigerian Army on the Lagos State Security Council, has said he received a phone call from the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, around 7.23pm on October 20,2020 informing him that a certain Lt Col Bello was reportedly shooting at the Lekki tollgate where #EndSARS protesters were gathered. Etsu-Ndagi said he immediately called Bello, who is the Commanding Officer, 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, and he (Bello) told him that he only fired blank ammunition into the air. Etsu-Ndagi, who is one of the top four military officers listed as witnesses of the Nigerian Army before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki tollgate shootings, stated this in his statemen...
#EndSARS Protesters Not Recognised By Law – LASG’s Counsel Tells Judicial Panel
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#EndSARS Protesters Not Recognised By Law – LASG’s Counsel Tells Judicial Panel

Counsel to the Lagos State government, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), on Friday, told the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the Lekki Tollgate shootings that #EndSARS protesters were a body not recognised by law. Owonikoko made the submission after Mr Adesina Ogunlana announced his appearance to the panel as the counsel representing the EndSARS protesters. Ogunlana had informed the panel that he would be cross-examining Mr Abayomi Omomuwasan, the Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company (LCC). Omomuwasan was appearing before the panel to testify on the Oct. 20 shooting of #EndSARS protesters by members of the Nigerian military at the Lekki tollgate. “To the best of my knowledge, there is no body called #EndSARS protesters and we know that a lawyer must adjudicate based on in...
Lekki Shootings: Army Makes U-turn, Set To Appear Before Lagos Panel On 7 November 2020
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Lekki Shootings: Army Makes U-turn, Set To Appear Before Lagos Panel On 7 November 2020

The Nigerian Army, contrary to its decision last week,  will appear  on Saturday before the Lagos State Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS peaceful protesters by soldiers on  October 20 at the Lekki tollgate. Sources close to the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel confirmed to The PUNCH on Thursday that the army had acknowledged the panel’s invitation and the panel had fixed Saturday (November 7) for its appearance at the hearing taking place at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lekki. Recall that for two weeks last month, youths calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of  the Nigeria Police protested across the country. In Lagos, the protests assumed a tragic dimension when soldiers shot protesters at the Lekki tollgate. The s...
Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami
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Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues — and not soldiers — shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state. About two weeks ago, protests calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight across the country. The police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force. Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers. There are reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, but there are disparities in the number of casualties and no clear evidence has been produced. Speaking with journalists on Monda...
Panel rejects LCC’s request to ‘take back’ Lekki tollgate
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Panel rejects LCC’s request to ‘take back’ Lekki tollgate

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shootings of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on October 20, 2020 at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos has declined the request by the operators of the tollgate, Lekki Concession Company, to “take back possession” of the tollgate. The Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, in a short ruling on Tuesday, said the tollgate plaza would remain closed. The judge said the panel might have a need to pay another visit to the tollgate plaza after watching the video footage from a surveillance camera submitted by the LCC on Tuesday. Counsel for LCC, Rotimi Seriki, had urged the panel to allow the firm “take possession” of the tollgate plaza to evaluate the level of damage for the purpose insurance claims. Seriki was reinforcing...
Our Camera Stopped Recording, Didn’t Capture Shooting, Lekki Concession Company Tells Lagos Panel
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Our Camera Stopped Recording, Didn’t Capture Shooting, Lekki Concession Company Tells Lagos Panel

Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company, Abayomi Omamuwasan, has informed the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry that the Closed-Circuit Television camera of the company did not capture the shooting of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters by the Nigerian Army. He informed the panel that the CCTV camera stopped recording due to the vandalism of some equipment and fire outbreak at the toll gate. SaharaReporters had reported that Omamuwasan had earlier submitted a hard drive to the panel, saying it contained the incident that happened on October 20, 2020. While further testifying before the panel, he disclosed that the CCTV stopped recording around 8pm and did not capture the shootings. He also said the company had three surveillance cameras located at Sandfill, Ikoyi Bridge an...
What EndSARS Protesters Failed To Do – Sanni Halilu Shaibu
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What EndSARS Protesters Failed To Do – Sanni Halilu Shaibu

A blue blood born into a Royal family, former APC Governorship Aspirant in last election and a well known Nigerian business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist, His Excellency Prince (Dr) Sanni Halilu Shaibu PHD President/Founder OCTAQ Group which have expanded to cover financial audit and professional services, information technology, oil and gas and telecommunications is a man with Midas touch of entrepreneurial excellence. A World class business executive, corporate trailblazer, political scientist, a State Administrator, Frontline Philanthropist, management expert and iconic Statesman of outstanding acumen Dogged by the Principle of Liberalism and the need to serve people as their own true servant, Prince Halilu Sanni Shuaibu is one silent humanitarian that was born on t...
We Won’t Disclose Identity Of Personnel Deployed To Lekki Tollgate – Army
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We Won’t Disclose Identity Of Personnel Deployed To Lekki Tollgate – Army

The Nigerian Army says it will not disclose the identities of its men who were sent to Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020. Soldiers had dispersed #EndSARS protesters who prevented vehicular movement along that axis for two weeks. The incident had triggered different reactions, within and outside the country, as the military and the federal government were accused of human rights abuse. While there are reports that many persons were killed by soldiers, only one case has been confirmed so far. In an interview with PUNCH, Osoba Olaniyi, spokesman of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, said it is unprofessional for the army to name the soldiers who were in action on that day. “It is against operational security. We don’t give that. It is against the policy of operational s...
Lekki Shootings: Army Kicks As Judicial Panel Summons Officers, Soldiers
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Lekki Shootings: Army Kicks As Judicial Panel Summons Officers, Soldiers

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20, 2020 has summoned the army to appear before it, Sunday PUNCH has learnt. But the army has indicated not to honour any summons or invitation by the panel, except it is from the state government. The seven-man panel, which began sitting on Monday, is also saddled with the task of probing allegations of brutality by men of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. A member of the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel, set up by the Lagos State Government, confided in Sunday PUNCH that the panel had already dispatched an invitation letter to concerned authorities. “We have summoned several authorities, including the military,” the panel m...
Reno Omokri Calls Out Buhari After Trump Sent US Soldiers To Rescue An American In Nigeria
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Reno Omokri Calls Out Buhari After Trump Sent US Soldiers To Rescue An American In Nigeria

Dear General @MuhammaduBuhari, This is what a real leader does with his nation’s armed forces. Not a lifeless, bloodthirsty dunce, like you, that sends soldiers of the @HQNigerianArmy, not on rescue missions, but on killer missions against unarmed, peaceful #EndSARS protesters #LekkiMassacre. Except you repent, may you end up in the same manner as the innocent youths you killed at Lekki, in Christ’s Name!
Army Secretly Moved 20 Lekki Massacre Victims To IDH Mortuary – Sahara Reporters
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Army Secretly Moved 20 Lekki Massacre Victims To IDH Mortuary – Sahara Reporters

SaharaReporters gathered that the Lekki massacre victims were moved to the IDH mortuary after a postmortem examinations was conducted on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. At least 20 bodies of EndSARS protesters massacred at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos by operatives of the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020, were on Friday secretly moved to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) mortuary in Yaba. SaharaReporters gathered that the Lekki massacre victims were moved to the IDH mortuary after a postmortem examinations was conducted on their bodies at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The IDH mortuary is beside the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hos...
IG Tells Police Officers To Protect Themselves Against Physical Attacks
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IG Tells Police Officers To Protect Themselves Against Physical Attacks

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has asked the personnel of the force to protect themselves against attacks from any quarter. He said the men and officers have the right to defend themselves in case of physical danger. The IGP spoke on Friday during an assessment tour of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja, where he also encouraged the operatives who had abandoned the streets for the past five days following the killing of over 20 policemen in the violence that rocked the country. Adamu alleged that the #EndSARS protesters were out to demoralise the personnel, adding that the government and the Nigeria Police Force would soon roll out packages for the families of the deceased officers. He stated, “The unity of this country lies in the support t...
#EndSARS: IGP Adamu Replies Amnesty International, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot Protesters
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#EndSARS: IGP Adamu Replies Amnesty International, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot Protesters

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has rejected reports by global rights organisation, Amnesty International, that police officer shot at #EndSARS protesters. He described Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence”. Adamu said police officers, instead, “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.” This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’. The statement was signed by Force Public Relations Offi...
Moesha Boduong Exposed After Allegedly Bragging In A Salon That Desmond Elliot Slept With Her
Scandals and Rumours

Moesha Boduong Exposed After Allegedly Bragging In A Salon That Desmond Elliot Slept With Her

Social media users are drastically dealing with Nigerian actor turned politician, Desmond Elliot. Senator Desmond Elliot is being dragged after his insensitive comment about the EndSARS protesters. He has labeled them as children full of hate and has also advocated that the Nigerian government regulate social media to bar hateful comments. Following that, Nigerians are drastically bashing him as they’re him spilling all his dirty secrets out there. Currently, they’ve fished out one of his scandals that hit social media in 2017. According to claims, Ghanaian actress, Moesha Boduong bragged in a salon that Desmond Elliot allegedly slept with her. Already, Desmond Elliot has been exposed over his secret affairs with Ghanaian, actress Lydia Forson which his wife caught th...
With 28 Officers Killed, Police Admits Low Morale, IG Begins Tour Of Commands
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With 28 Officers Killed, Police Admits Low Morale, IG Begins Tour Of Commands

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, will on Friday begin visits to the police commands across the country to boost the morale of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. The PUNCH on Thursday gathered that the morale of members of the force was low following the killing of no fewer than 28 policemen by hoodlums, who hijacked the #EndSARS protests that started in the country on October 8 and lasted for two weeks. Findings showed that the police authorities were disturbed by the high level of dejection among policemen, hence the need for the IG to encourage them and boost their morale. It was also learnt during the tour, the IG would assess the level of damage done by the hoodlums, who burnt police stations and looted government and private property. Thes...
LASTMA Will Return As Different Areas Get Less Volatile – LASTMA GM , Olajide Oduyoye
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LASTMA Will Return As Different Areas Get Less Volatile – LASTMA GM , Olajide Oduyoye

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has said it is restructuring and re-strategising ahead of full resumption in the state. The agency expressed displeasure that some LASTMA officials were attacked during the violence that erupted after the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll plaza. LASTMA also said ensuring the safety of its officials is important before “full” resumption. This was contained in a press statement by Assistant Director, Public Affairs of LASTMA, Filade Olumide, on Thursday. The statement was titled, ‘LASTMA General Manager debunks fake news again and agency to resume operations fully due to partial lift of curfew’. Earlier, many residents in Lagos State had observed that officials of the agency are not found at their usual duty post...
Lekki Toll Gate: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run This Country — Femi Adesina
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Lekki Toll Gate: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run This Country — Femi Adesina

The Presidency has said Amnesty International does not run the country and was wrong in its report on the movement of military men from the barracks to Lekki Tollgate, where peaceful #EndSARS protesters were shot at on Tuesday, October 20. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, said this on Channels TV, Thursday morning, while responding to claims that military high-handedness towards the protesters at Lekki Tollgate led to hoodlums looting and burning across the country. Also exonerating the military, Adesina said that the Lekki Tollgate incident didn’t precipitate the arson and looting spree that spread across the country. Vanguard had reported that Amnesty International, on Wednesday, released a report entitled “Nigeria: Th...
EndSARS protesters Call Off Protests In Osun, Appreciate Youths’ Consciousness
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EndSARS protesters Call Off Protests In Osun, Appreciate Youths’ Consciousness

The EndSARS protesters in Osun State have on Monday announced that they have suspended the demonstration across the state. The protesting youths under the aegis of EndSARS protest Movement made the announcement while addressing journalists at the Corresponts’ Chapel, Osogbo, on Monday evening. Flanked by other EndSARS Protesters, One of the EndSARS activist, Ayo Oloogun while addressing the journalists said the suspension of the protest was necessary as criminal elements have capitalised on the protests by maiming innocent citizens and destroying properties. Oloogun who appreciated consciousness of youths during the course of agitating the alleged brutalities, extortion and extra-judicial killings by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Response Squad SARS and its disbandment sa...
Meet The Members Of The Lagos Judicial Panel On SARS
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Meet The Members Of The Lagos Judicial Panel On SARS

The Honourable Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd). (Chairman) Justice Okuwobi served as a judge in the Lagos State Judiciary from 1988 - January 2020. She serves as the chairman of the panel. DIG Taiwo Lakanu (rtd). (Member) DIG Lakanu is a former policeman and a lawyer. He studied philosophy and law at the University of Lagos and bagged a masters degree in law from the Leeds Metropolitan University. He retired from the police force in 2019 after attaining the rank of deputy inspector general of police. He had previously served as commissioner of police in Imo and Ekiti States. Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) (@adegboruwalaw). (Representing civil society) Mr Adegboruwa is a lawyer and human rights activist. He has been a very vocal critic of the Lagos State Government. He once ...
Endsars Protesters Not Responsible For Destruction Of Property – Sam Adeyemi
Religion

Endsars Protesters Not Responsible For Destruction Of Property – Sam Adeyemi

1. Dear young citizen. It’s time for everyone to reflect. The massive destruction of properties in Lagos and other cities is so sad. Some want to blame you, but you must not buy that narrative. They know those that introduced violence. #ENDSARS 2. Those that looted and destroyed property are also not part of you. They are products of a system that does not value its youths and has left them with little or no hope. They are part of the reason you raised your voice against injustice and want a new Nigeria. 3. What you did in less than a week was a phenomenon. Let me share how I see it. You attracted a mass following across all sectors within a short time because your cause is noble. No sane person should fault your call for justice. 4. Leadership experts believed for a long time...
Lekki: Lagos Government Invited Us To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis – Army
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Lekki: Lagos Government Invited Us To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis – Army

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has denied allegation soldiers opened fire on #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza last Tuesday. In a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations (ADPR), Major Osoba Olaniyi, the Division however confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The Nation reports this is the first time the division is speaking about the incident that occurred last week. It said: “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the co...

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