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EndSARS: No Evidence That Soldiers Killed Anyone At Lekki Toll Gate – US
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EndSARS: No Evidence That Soldiers Killed Anyone At Lekki Toll Gate – US

Amid overwhelming reports and claims by various bodies and media organisations, including Amnesty International and the U.S.-based Cable News Network, the United States government says it does not believe soldiers shot at protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. The U.S. view is contained in its newly-released ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria.’ It said, “On October 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end. Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during th...
#EndSARS: Lagos Panel Awards ₦16.25 Million To Four Petitioners
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#EndSARS: Lagos Panel Awards ₦16.25 Million To Four Petitioners

The Lagos Judicial Panel on #EndSARS has awarded N16.25 million to four petitioners. Read full statement and see how much each petitioner got below: #EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards #16.25 million to four petitioners at today's sitting. A petitioner, Blessing Omorogie awarded N5million as compensation. A petitioner, Mrs. Tolulope Openiyi, awarded N10million as compensation. A petitioner, Mrs Felicia Okprara, awarded N750,000 as compensation. A petitioner, Mr.Tella Adesanya, awarded N500, 000 compensation. #LASG
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...
US Reps Reintroduce #EndSARS Resolution For 117th Congress
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US Reps Reintroduce #EndSARS Resolution For 117th Congress

Two US Congressmen, Al Green and Joaquin Castro, have reintroduced the #EndSARS Resolution in the 117th Congress. In a joint statement on Tuesday, the two lawmakers stressed that human rights abuses by men of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad must be investigated, adding that victims must get justice. They also said extrajudicial killings of peaceful protesters during the October 2020 #EndSARS demonstrations against police brutality must be probed and those culpable must be held accountable. Congressman Green said, “On the heels of a widespread movement in the United States demanding police reform after the brutal killing of George Floyd, I – along with much of the rest of the world – was heartbroken when a video surfaced on October 3, 2020, appearing to show the horrific...
Man Who Escaped Prison During EndSARS Protest Gets 14 Years Imprisonment
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Man Who Escaped Prison During EndSARS Protest Gets 14 Years Imprisonment

A 23-year-old man, Precious Azulule, who escaped from the Warri Custodial Centre, Delta State, during the #EndSARS protest, has been sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this on Tuesday. He said, “Precious Azubule, who escaped from the Warri Correctional Centre during #EndSARS protest on October 22, 2020, was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. “Azubulu was arrested by operatives on patrol and arraigned in Magistrate’s Court 4 with charge No. 46/c/2021 on two counts of conspiracy and escape from lawful custody. He was sentenced to seven years on each count, totalling 14 years’ imprisonment.” Edafe, in a statement, said the police also arrested 31 criminal suspects, including a female cultist. The PPR...
Remove Your Minds From Politics, Be Successful First – Umahi To Ebonyi Youths
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Remove Your Minds From Politics, Be Successful First – Umahi To Ebonyi Youths

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has cautioned youths of the state against indulging in politics, telling them to be successful first. The governor gave this directive on Wednesday during an Ebonyi State #EndSARS Summit hosted by the state government in Abakaliki. Umahi said, “Remove your minds from politics and succeed first. Those who are manipulating politics are the wealthy men and women. “I hear government should provide jobs. Let us even say jobs are provided, N30, 000 minimum wages. In one year, it is N360, 000. What are you doing with that?” “You can only give what you have. Some of you run after the politicians, some of them never went to school. Some of them have nothing to offer, they brainwash you. “You become their thugs, their families are overseas. It is...
#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...
#EndSARS: DSS slams Terrorism charge on Rights activist, Israel Joe
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#EndSARS: DSS slams Terrorism charge on Rights activist, Israel Joe

The Coordinator of the #ENDSARS protest in Warri, Delta State, Comrade Israel Joe has cried out over alleged victimization by the police. The human rights activist in a statement , said he has been reinvited to appear before the Police headquarters on Thursday According to Joe,”, they have prepared to charge me for terrorism and Cyber crime due to the alarm I raised following the accident at PTI where the police caused the death of a woman and the child. “The petition was written by one activist called Wong Box. An inside source told me they are arraigning me along with my colleague in Asaba in the Federal High Court so that we can be remanded to Ogwachiukwu prison. “This was as a result of the bitterness they already nursed against me for leading the #EndSars protest in D...
28 Police Officer Killed In Three Months, Police Plan Measures To Curb Attacks
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28 Police Officer Killed In Three Months, Police Plan Measures To Curb Attacks

No fewer than 28 cops have been killed in three months, The Nation’s checks have revealed. They were either shot by gunmen, hacked to death or set ablaze by hoodlums who attacked police stations. These are different from those lost to the ENDSARS violence. According to Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, six soldiers, 37 policemen and 57 civilians were murdered during the ENDSARS violence. The minister added that 269 private and public properties were razed. The police said they would do everything legally permissible to curb the attacks on its men and facilities. Police spokesman Frank Mba, a Commissioner (CP), said this would include the use of force. On February 23, AK47 and machetes carrying hoodlums numbering about 200 invaded Abayi Police Station at Osisiom...
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...
How Flagrant Police Misconduct Led To EndSARS Protests Nationwide – Musiliu Smith
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How Flagrant Police Misconduct Led To EndSARS Protests Nationwide – Musiliu Smith

The Chairman, Police Service Commission, IGP Musiliu Smith (rtd), on Tuesday opened up on the causes of the #EndSARS protests Nationwide saying it was occasioned by the Flagrant misconduct of officers of the Nigeria Police Force. Alhaji Smith regretted the level of misconduct in the police force and it’s recurrence nothing that the Police Service Commission has always been inundated with complaints from Nigerians. Speaking at a retreat with the IG and his police management team at Force headquarters, Alhaji said, “We are always having a lot of complaints from the members of the public against police officers. I believe that #EndSARS resulted from serious misconduct of some of our personnel. “I want to advise that we review the arrangements we are making for investigating such ...
Lagos Panel On #EndSARS Summons IGP Adamu
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Lagos Panel On #EndSARS Summons IGP Adamu

The Lagos state judicial panel has summoned Mohammad Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), over a case involving one Adewale Adewuyi, a petitioner who is on a stretcher. Debo Adeleke, the petitioner’s lawyer, alleged that the police have refused to release 26 acres of farmland seized from the petitioner since 2013. Adeleke asked the panel to summon the IGP so that the police could be compelled to release the seized farmland.
#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards N10m Each To 2 Victims Of Police Brutality
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#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards N10m Each To 2 Victims Of Police Brutality

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality especially involving officers of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has awarded compensations to two petitioners. The two petitioners, Kudirat Obayomi and Hannah Olugbodi were awarded N10 million each on Friday, as compensation based on the panel’s recommendation.  
Some of the #EndSARS Protesters are Rogues and Thieves- Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, Says
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Some of the #EndSARS Protesters are Rogues and Thieves- Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, Says

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), has said over 60 percent of those who participated in the #EndSARS protests don’t know why they participated in the demonstrations and that some of them are rogues and thieves. Magashi said this after participating in the revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress in Kano on Saturday, February 13. “There is a basic responsibility of the government, and that is to protect every Nigerian, whoever he is. We always believe that given the necessary intelligence, no agent of government will sit down and fold its hands without doing something. This #EndSARS issue, if you recall, the minister of information has briefed this nation and alerted that something like this is coming; and we know we are always prepared....
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 ...
#Endsars: Lagos Demolishes Community Whose Residents Saw Lekki Tollgate Shooting
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#Endsars: Lagos Demolishes Community Whose Residents Saw Lekki Tollgate Shooting

Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Tasks Force accompanied by policemen and persons suspected to be thugs have burnt down a community whose residents witnessed the October 20 shooting of peaceful protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Tollgate. PREMIUM TIMES sourced some of its witnesses from the community for its groundbreaking investigation into the shooting, which revealed that soldiers and policemen shot directly at the protesters killing some and injuring several others. After originally claiming that soldiers deployed to the tollgate to disperse the protesters were given only blank rounds and that “they merely shot in the air”, the army later admitted that the troops were carrying both live rounds and blank bullets. Ahmed Taiwo, a major general, who represented the ...
“Pray for me, I can’t walk” – Kemi Olunloyo opens up on medical condition
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“Pray for me, I can’t walk” – Kemi Olunloyo opens up on medical condition

The self-acclaimed US-trained journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has cried out for prayers over a medical condition that is related to feet numbness. The controversial journalist made this known in a recent tweet on Twitter while adding that she may be offline for a while. “I will be offline a few days. I’m weak and dehydrated. God bless you and keep praying for Nigeria,” she wrote. In another tweet, Kemi Olunloyo buttressed on the status of her health; “2:35pm I left my doctors. Both legs & feet swollen and numb. I will be having a doppler test N80K to rule out DVT. Diuretics and Neurontin on board. Bed rest elevated. God be with me and all the #RevolutionNow #EndSars family weekend at #OccupyLekkiTollGate We are one.”
Why I supported reopening of Lekki Toll Gate – Segun Awosanya
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Why I supported reopening of Lekki Toll Gate – Segun Awosanya

Convener of EndSARS movement and social media activist, Segun Awosanya, also known as Segalink has revealed why he supported the handing over of the Lekki Toll plaza to the Lekki Concession Company LCC. Recall that the panel probing the alleged killing of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate on Saturday approved the reopening of the toll plaza and returned control to its owners, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). This led to serious backlash from Nigerians who kicked against the reopening of the toll gate due to the fact that justice has not taken its due cause. Segalink was also dragged for supporting the move to reopen the toll gate. Reacting, the social media activists in a post via his Twitter account said that it is not logical to shut down the Lekki toll gate. Accordin...
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Insecurity: Police Nonchalant Because Of EndSARS Impact — Abia Speaker, Chinedum Orji

As the country battles to stamp out insecurity across board, Speaker Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji has said the nonchalant attitude of the police and other security agencies in dealing with the issues is a result of the negative impact the #EndSARS protest had on them last year. The Speaker who spoke while presiding over plenary on the floor of the Assembly on Tuesday night against the backdrop of attacks in Isialangwa South where a police post was burnt down and security personnel beheaded in cold blood, and Isuikwuato urged the police to rise above their challenges and tackle insecurity with the needed energy. According to the Speaker, the recent heightened security challenges in parts of the country that were hitherto peaceful won't be far from the hijac...
Again, Lai Mohammed Berates CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
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Again, Lai Mohammed Berates CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has condemned the Cable News Network (CNN) over its coverage of the riot at Capitol Hill on the United States and the Lekki Toll Gate shooting in Lagos. Mohammed told THISDAY in an interview that CNN created division and concocted lies against Nigeria when the federal government insisted on regulating social media. He said when a scenario similar to the Lekki incident occurred in the US on January 6, CNN categorised the US Congress attackers as “insurrectionists” while describing the EndSARS crowd at Lekki on October 22, last year as “peaceful” and “harmless” protesters. The minister said CNN’s objection to the federal government’s attempt to regulate the social media ran against logic given that Twitter and Instagr...
EndSARS: Nigerian Army Disbands Legal Team, Pulls Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel
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EndSARS: Nigerian Army Disbands Legal Team, Pulls Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel

The Nigerian Army has disbanded its legal team for the Lagos State Judicial Panel, effectively pulling out of the investigative hearing as more evidence resurfaces confirming that Nigerian soldiers shot at peaceful protesters last October. S.N. Agwhe, a member of army counsel to the panel made the development known to the Judicial Panel on Saturday, Agwhe had appeared before the panel on behalf of the army legal team, but revealed that the job of the army counsel finished on November 21. “We do not have any further mandate to represent the army in any subsequent proceedings,” Agwhe told the panel. He reminded the panel that Akinlolu Kehinde, head of the army legal team, had earlier submitted a memo notifying the panel of the decision. The last hearing on January 23 was t...
#EndSARS protesters want to join police – IGP Adamu Mohammed
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#EndSARS protesters want to join police – IGP Adamu Mohammed

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has said that some of the youths who participated in the #EndSARS protest want to join the Nigeria Police Force.   Speaking on a Channels Television’s programme on Monday January 25, the police chief said some of these youths want to join the force on the premise of "the service the police provide is a service of God."   Adamu said;    “The youths who participated in the #EndSARS and the rest of them, many of them want to join the police. “Many of them will come and say, ‘Please, we want to join the police,’ because the service the police provide is a service of God.”   On hospitals requesting police report before they attend to victims of gunshot wounds, the police chief told medical officers to sav...
Court dismisses charges against four #EndSARS protesters arrested in Abuja
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Court dismisses charges against four #EndSARS protesters arrested in Abuja

Four out of the six #EndSARS protesters who were charged with unlawful assembly in November 2020 have been discharged by a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.   The four defendants who were discharged on grounds of lack of diligent prosecution of the case by the police are Olutosin Adeniji, Abdusalam Zubarur, Paul Akinwumi, and Devour Chomo. Two others, Yasidu Bashiru and Kabiru Garzali were absent.   The defence lawyer Henry Akwaji who was asked why the other defendants are absent, told the Magistrate Musa Eneye that they fell ill and are receiving traditional treatment in Kaduna.   Responding, the magistrate noted that there was no medical report to support the claim of ill health status of the two defendants.   Mr Eneye said therea...
#EndSARS Activists: Government Yet To Unfreeze Our Bank Accounts Since Oct 2020
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#EndSARS Activists: Government Yet To Unfreeze Our Bank Accounts Since Oct 2020

The CBN had in October 2020 asked banks to freeze the bank accounts of about 20 individuals involved in controlling #EndSARS funds. Activists linked to the #EndSARS protests have said the Post No Debit restriction placed on their accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria has yet to be lifted. The CBN had in October 2020 asked banks to freeze the bank accounts of about 20 individuals involved in controlling #EndSARS funds. The affected individuals include Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Gatefield Nigeria Limited, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise, Mosopefoluwa Odeseye and Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel. Others are Umoh Grace Ekane...
“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 ...
#ENDSARS: Police Corporal Hit Me With Car, Then Shot Me – Victim
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#ENDSARS: Police Corporal Hit Me With Car, Then Shot Me – Victim

Sulaimon Raheem, a victim of police brutality, has narrated a police corporal’s injustice to him, which he said cost him his ability to walk in the last five years. Mr Raheem, 33 years old at the time of the incident, told a Lagos judicial panel on Wednesday about the incident that happened to him on January 10, 2016, in his neighbourhood. “That very day, there was a football match going on in my area at Amoo Agege on 10th of January. It is still fresh in my memory “I went to watch the match. Immediately after the match finished, I called a bike man to take me home. On my way home, this particular man (was in a) Toyota Camry. He now hit me and the bike man, we tumbled. After we tumbled, I stood up and wanted to meet him, that – what happened? Why did you hit us? “Before I g...
#Endsars: Court Stops Trial Of Davido, Adeyanju, Yesufu, 47 Others
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#Endsars: Court Stops Trial Of Davido, Adeyanju, Yesufu, 47 Others

An FCT High Court in Kubwa, Abuja, has granted an application for stay of proceedings in a case between controversial lawyer Kenechukwu Okeke and 50 prominent Nigerians accused of championing the historic #EndSARS protests last year. Justice Bello Kawu in his ruling on Wednesday, granted the prayers of the applicants who had, among other things, sought an order of the court restraining the Nigeria Police Force, and the Abuja police commissioner from arresting or taking further steps against them on the matter. This followed an application filed by one of the counsels to the applicants, Samuel Ihensekhien Jnr. Mr. Okeke, the controversial Abuja-based lawyer had last November filed a criminal complaint against rights activists Deji Adeyanju and Aisha Yesufu, as well as popular s...
#EndSARS: Adamu Garba Withdraws Lawsuit Against Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey
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#EndSARS: Adamu Garba Withdraws Lawsuit Against Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey

Former presidential aspirant Adamu Garba has withdrawn his court case against the founder/chief executive of Twitter International Company, Jack Dorsey. Mr Garba tweeted, saying he had asked his lawyers to withdraw the case, adding that the purpose of the lawsuit had been achieved. The former presidential hopeful had dragged Mr Dorsey before a Federal High Court in Abuja over his alleged sponsorship of the October 2020 #EndSARS protests in Nigeria. “I think the action has served its purpose. I’ve written to our lawyers to withdraw the case from court. “I also tendered my sincere apologies to Nigerians who are pained by my #EndSARS actions. Nigeria shall rise,” he wrote over the weekend. The motion on notice was brought pursuant to order II Rules 1, 2, 3 of the Fundamental Righ...
#EndSars: Lagos Lost N2.5billion To Lekki Tollgate Closure In 95 Days
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#EndSars: Lagos Lost N2.5billion To Lekki Tollgate Closure In 95 Days

The Lagos State Government has lost at least N2.5bn in projected revenue due to the closure of the Lekki toll plaza and the Ikoyi Link Bridge toll plaza in the last 95 days, The PUNCH has learnt. The figure was obtained from the daily and monthly targets set for the tollgates by the Lagos State Government, which owns the tollgates but is being managed by the Lekki Concession Company. The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge is expected to generate about N10m daily, while the Lekki toll plaza is not expected to generate less than N16.6m a day. This implies that the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge has lost N950m, while the Lekki toll plaza has lost N1.5bn. This newspaper reported on October 19, 2020 that N234m was lost during the closure of the tollgates in the first nine days of the #EndSARS pro...
EndSARS Promoters Must Be Prosecuted – Festus Keyamo
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EndSARS Promoters Must Be Prosecuted – Festus Keyamo

Those who led nationwide protests demanding extensive police reforms with the #EndSARS hashtag must be prosecuted, says Festus Keyamo. Mr Keyamo, a junior labour and employment minister stated this today while speaking with Peoples Gazette on the recent blockade of the U.S capitol. Supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump had on Wednesday invaded the parliament in a bid to halt the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next leader of the foreign country. While the invaders where arrested by the police, Mr Trump’s social media accounts were deactivated after he sent out messages suggesting he supports their actions. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter said they prohibited Mr Trump from further using their platforms over the latter’s choice of words which are inciting. For the...
#EndSARS: Lagos State Government Pays For Forensic Examination Of Lekki Toll Gate
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#EndSARS: Lagos State Government Pays For Forensic Examination Of Lekki Toll Gate

Lagos State Government has paid forensic experts to unearth the truth of what happened at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020. Chairman of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims police brutality, Justice Doris Okuwobi, disclosed this on Tuesday while ruling on an application filed by the Lekki Concession Company. The LCC is seeking permission to have access to the toll plaza for the purpose of evaluating the damage done at the toll gate in order to commence the necessary repairs. Speaking further, Justice Okuwobi also disclosed that the forensic experts would have commenced its work earlier but for the holidays which made it difficult for the experts to get access to relevant documents and exhibits which have previously been tendered before the panel. ...
‘No Tear Gas, No Helmet’ — Senior Police Officers Tell IGP How #EndSARS Went Out
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‘No Tear Gas, No Helmet’ — Senior Police Officers Tell IGP How #EndSARS Went Out

When Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, called 77 commanders of the anti-riot squad, known as mobile police (MOPOL), to a post-End SARS protests review meeting, he got more than he bargained for. Also present at the meeting, which was held at the force headquarters in Abuja on Monday, November 30, were members of the police management team, counter-terrorism commanders and special protection unit commanders who were brought together to “take stock” of the End SARS protests. Most of the MOPOL commanders who raised complaints were initially diplomatic — and the message was most likely lost on the inspector-general, who had told them to speak their minds so that the mayhem would not repeat itself. His aim, he had said, was to study what they got wrong and what they ...
Lagos Police Vows To Stop New #EndSARS Protest
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Lagos Police Vows To Stop New #EndSARS Protest

The Lagos State Police Command has again warned against any gathering, procession or protest in Lagos State as some unpatriotic individuals and groups are planning to embark on the replica of the recent destructive and violent EndSARS protest that left pains and agonies in Lagos State The Command has reliably gathered intelligence that certain individuals/groups have concluded plans to lure unsuspecting Lagosians, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow monday 7th December, 2020 at designated locations in the state. The Lagos State Police command wishes to re-echo and remind the general public that the Government of Lagos State, businesses, individuals and security families still groan in losses and pains that the last violent Endsars ...
Victims’ families, hospitals threatened, bribed to keep sealed lips, #ENDSARS protester tells panel
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Victims’ families, hospitals threatened, bribed to keep sealed lips, #ENDSARS protester tells panel

No fewer than 15 ENDSARS protesters, Friday, came to protest at the Lagos State Court of Arbitration and Mediation in Lekki, venue of Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters, saying they suffered gunshot wounds during the #EndSARS protests in Lagos. The victims, led by their lawyer, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, and accompanied by family members and other #EndSARS protesters including a petitioner Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, said they had come to debunk claims that nobody died or was shot on the night of October 20, at Lekki Tollgate. Adeyinka alleged that families of victims and hospitals were being threatened or offered money to keep mum; and mentioned some of the hospitals. Adeyinka said: “We took dead bodies to a hospital...
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...
Lekki Shooting Victims Storm Lagos Panel Of Inquiry
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Lekki Shooting Victims Storm Lagos Panel Of Inquiry

15 protesters who suffered gunshot wounds during the #EndSARS protests in Lagos have visited the Lagos State Court of Arbitration and Mediation in Lekki, venue of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters. 14 of them were said to have been shot at Lekki Toll Gate on the evening of October 20, while one was said to have been shot Ojodu Berger. In their entourage was Mr Nathaniel Solomon, whose younger brother Abouta Solomon was said to have been shot dead at the toll gate. The deceased has since been buried in his hometown in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, and Aiyedungbe Olufunmi Grace, whose brother died at LASUTH after suffering gunshot wounds to the head. Grace told The Nation that after he...
Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels
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Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit it filed to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity by police officials, particularly men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020 was filed on November 9, 2020 by the NPF, through its lawyer, O. M. Atoyebi (SAN). In the notice of discontinuance filed early on Friday by a lawyer to the NPF, Festus Ibude, reads: “Take notice that the plaintiff herein intends to and doth hereby wholly withdraws its suit against all the defendants.” Listed as defendants in the case include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the attorneys-general of the states and chairmen of the panels set u...
Lagos state compensates families of slain cops’ with N10million each
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Lagos state compensates families of slain cops’ with N10million each

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented a cheque of N10 million each to families of the six police officers killed in Lagos State in the violence that followed the End SARS protests. Sanwo-Olu presented the cheques on Thursday, Dec 3, in fulfilment of his administration’s pledge made during an earlier meeting with police officers. The cheques were presented to the wives and children of the slain officers at the 14th Town Hall meeting on security, held at Civic Centre by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), with the theme: "Lagos security: Resilience in the face of adversity."     The late police officers are Yaro Edward, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP); Inspector Ayodeji Erinfolami; Inspector Aderibigbe Adegbenro; Inspector Samson ...
EndSARS: IGP Orders Investigations Into Suit Challenging Judicial Panels
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EndSARS: IGP Orders Investigations Into Suit Challenging Judicial Panels

'PRESS RELEASE ENDSARS: IGP ORDERS INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGED SUIT TOUCHING ON STATES’ JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY · QUERIES FORCE LEGAL OFFICER The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed immediate investigations into a suit purportedly challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry, investigating allegations by citizens against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The IGP, who gave the order on the heels of trending reports in the media, today 3rd December, 2020, expressed the disapproval of the Force Management Team on the matter and ordered investigations into the alleged role of the Force Legal Section including its Head. Meanwhile, the Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if...
EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance
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EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on brutality, human rights violations and alleged extra-judicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, for their commitment and dedication to duty, as he swore in Usiosefe Ereyimwan as member of the panel. Obaseki, while swearing in the panel’s new member at the Government House, Benin City, hailed the panel for carrying out its assignment with the professionalism and urgency it deserves. Obaseki said, “I want to commend the panel for the work done till date and the thoroughness with which they have pursued the assignment given.” Charging the newly inaugurated member on the duties ahead, the governor noted, “We urge you and members of the panel to do just...
CBN Asks Court Not To Unfreeze EndSARS Campaigners’ Accounts
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CBN Asks Court Not To Unfreeze EndSARS Campaigners’ Accounts

THE Central Bank of Nigeria has asked Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja not to unfreeze the accounts of #EndSARS campaigners because they are still under probe for terrorism financing. The CBN said this in a counter-affidavit in opposition to a motion on notice filed by Gatefield Nigeria Limited, a company that sponsored freelance journalists to cover the #EndSARS protests in October. The apex bank had through an ex parte order frozen the account of Gatefield Nigeria Limited and 19 other persons who played a role in the protests. However, Gatefield opposed the CBN’s action in court, insisting that the act was illegal because the apex bank had frozen the accounts even before the court order to do so was obtained. In a counter-affidavit filed by a lawyer...
#EndSARS Started In National Assembly – Alhassan Ado-Doguwa
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#EndSARS Started In National Assembly – Alhassan Ado-Doguwa

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has said the campaign to put an end to atrocities of banned Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) began in the lower chamber. Gbajabiamila disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a legislative conference with theme: “Legislative investigative powers: Expectations, challenges and way forward” organised by Hallowmace Media in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency (NOA). He said: “The #End- SARS movement started on the floor of the House where we passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government to scrap SARS.” Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the House leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado- Doguwa, lamented that the legislature has been undermined in the country despite the landmark achievements it has recorded....
FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu
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FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu

Former Presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has blasted the Buhari-led adminstration over the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. In tweets he shared, the economist expressed fear of Nigeria becoming a failed state. He also said that ''a government which can’t protect the lives of its citizens, spends all its energy attempting to suppress #EndSARS peaceful protesters.'' Moghalu wrote; “The barbaric beheading of 43 Nigerians in Zabarmari village in Borno State by Boko Haram is a national outrage and tragedy. It’s increasingly clear that @NigeriaGov is unable to protect the lives of Nigerians. What does that mean? Our country is becoming a failed state." “It is a travesty that a government that can’t protect the lives of its citizens spends all it...
Paradigm Initiative Writes NCC, Demands Fol Request On Blocked EndSARS Websites
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Paradigm Initiative Writes NCC, Demands Fol Request On Blocked EndSARS Websites

On Thursday, website of popular women’s right group, Feminist Coalition, and two others allegedly suffered a cyber attack and became inaccessible to Nigerians. Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates digital rights in Africa, has written a Freedom of Information request to the Nigerian Communications Commission demanding information on the alleged secret blocking of the domain names of #EndSARS related websites by the Nigerian Government. When accessed with a Nigerian mobile network, the websites cannot be reached but when a user uses a VPN, the sites become accessible. PIN in a statement on Friday described the action as violation of constitutionally and globally guaranteed rights of freedom of expression and acce...
#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed
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#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed

On October 23, CNN Africa had tweeted that at least 38 persons were killed on Tuesday, October 20, when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. This tweet was referring to the Lekki shooting incident. The tweet read: ''At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters But the President failed to address the carnage during his speech on Thursday, drawing criticism from protesters who accuse him of failing to show empathy & unify the nation'' In an updated tweet, CNN Africa has now come out with a clarification. It reads: ''Clarification: This tweet from October 23 did not attribute the death toll from protests in Nigeria to Amnesty International. The tweet also did not make it clear that the death toll was for...
EndSARS: Engage Youths To Avoid Protests – Buhari Tells Women
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EndSARS: Engage Youths To Avoid Protests – Buhari Tells Women

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Nigerian women are stabilizers of peace in all parts of the country. He made the declaration yesterday when he hosted the representatives of women at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Nigerian leader therefore urged women to engage the youths in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests, on the need for dialogue, to avoid a repeat of such protests. He said: “Your visit here today comes in the wake of growing youth restiveness which engulfed parts of the country in the last few weeks. As mothers of Nigeria, you play a critical role in bringing about lasting peace. “I urge you to engage with our children and youth on the need for dialogue that will yield better understanding going forward. Our youth remain our most treasured asset and i...
Nigerian Networks Block #EndSARS Websites
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Nigerian Networks Block #EndSARS Websites

A digital rights group believes the websites have been deliberately targeted by the government for playing an active part in the #EndSARS protests At least three prominent websites that were involved in the recent #EndSARS protests have been inaccessible to Nigerians without a Virtual Private Network (VPN) since Thursday. One of the websites belongs to the advocacy group, the Feminist Coalition, while the other two have the domain names www.endsars.com and www.radioisiaq.com. The Paradigm Initiative, an organisation that advocates for “digital rights”, has said through a Twitter post that they are “investigating” the situation, implying that they believe the blocking of these websites has been deliberate. “When similar network disruptions happened in October 2017, we obtain...
James Nwafor Summoned By Anambra #EndSARS Judicial Panel
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James Nwafor Summoned By Anambra #EndSARS Judicial Panel

Former Anambra SARS officer, James Nwafor, who was accused of commiting so many atrocities in Anambra state has been summoned by Anambra Judicial panel. Also summoned were DSP Abbatunume Joe & Hyianceth Nwankwo. Revealing this on Twitter, @AbdulMahmud01 wrote: Breaking News: Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on #EndSars & police brutality today issued summons to CSP James Nwafor, DSP Abbatunume Joe & Hyianceth Nwankwo to appear before it on 8 December 2020 to answer allegations against them. The CMD Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, DCP Kolo, Strategic Tactical Squad of @Policeng Abuja were also summoned to appear on 8 December 2020. The orders of the JPI were issued sequel to the oral applications (pursuant to S.9 Commission of Inquiry Law Anambr...

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