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EndSARS protesters: Islamic Scholar reports feminist group to DSS
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EndSARS protesters: Islamic Scholar reports feminist group to DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has received a complaint from An Islamic scholar and security expert, Malam Lawal Gusau against a group called Feminist Coalition for the role it played in the #EndSARS protests. Mr Gasau also wrote to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the British High Commission, the African Union, the United Nations and the United States Government. The Feminist Coalition is a promoter of the #EndSARS protest and it raised about N147m for the cause. His letter of complaint reads partly, “Fikhirriya, a Nigerian residing in the United Kingdom, has been the brains behind the crisis and she did confess in her social media postings as well as interview with the BBC Hausa Service.”. The petition added, “So, we hold Fikhirriya, her NGO and all those related...
EndSARS: Lagos State govt releases 253 suspects from custody
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EndSARS: Lagos State govt releases 253 suspects from custody

The Lagos State government led by Sanwo-Olu has on Saturday secured the release of 253 suspected #EndSARS protesters from police facilities and correctional centres across the state . Moyosore Onigbanjo, Lagos State Attorney-General (A-G), ordered the release of 253 persons arrested by the police over their alleged roles in the unrest following the #EndSARS protests. Mr Onigbanjo said in a statement that his office had determined that there is nondisclosure of a prima-facie case against the 253 persons by the police. . The suspects’ release warrants, according to OPD, were obtained from Ogba and Yaba Magistrate Courts. The agency said eight suspects were released from Panti Police Station, 59 from Kirikiri Medium Correctional Centre and 40 from the Maximum Correctional ...
Southern, M’Belt leaders frowns at repressive steps taken by govt against #EndSARS protesters
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Southern, M’Belt leaders frowns at repressive steps taken by govt against #EndSARS protesters

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has condemned the harassment of Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to #EndSARS protesters and promoters in the country. They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to halt all forms of divisive and repressive steps the federal government has taken so far against the EndSARS protesters. They have, therefore, called on President Buhari to ensure an end to all forms of divisive and repressive steps currently being taken against the EndSARS protesters by his administration. The leaders stated this in a joint statement they released on Wednesday and entitled, ‘You can’t kill EndSARS with terror.’ In the statement signed by Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-south); Yinka Odumakin (South-west); Chief Guy Ikokwu (South-east) and Dr Isu...
Six #EndSARS protesters granted bail by court
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Six #EndSARS protesters granted bail by court

A Magistrate Court in Wuse, Abuja, on Wednesday, granted bail to six #EndSARS protesters that was arrested by police last week in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja. The protesters —Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Paul Akinwumi, Davo Chomo, Abdulsalam Zuberu, Kabiru Gasali, and Yasiru Bashir —were arraigned shortly after they were arrested by police in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja, on November 6. Magistrate Abdulrazaq Eneye refused to grant the defendants’ bail after they pleaded not guilty to the charges and ordered them to be remanded in a correctional facility. But on Wednesday, the magistrate granted bail to each of the six defendants in the sum of N50,000 and one surety each in like sum. He ordered that the sureties must deposit the money at the court ...
We know nothing about freezing of #EndSARS campaigners’ accounts’ —Senate
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We know nothing about freezing of #EndSARS campaigners’ accounts’ —Senate

THE Senate said Monday that it is not aware of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Freezing the bank accounts of some leaders of the #EndSARS protesters. The senate said the Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, never wrote to it before taking the action as they only read about it on the pages of newspapers just like other Nigerians. Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, the senator representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, made this revelation when the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), appeared before the committee, to defend the ministry’s 2021 budget estimates. Sen. Bamidele who spoke with journalists shortly after the presentation, said the Senat...
Sanwo-Olu’s govt orders release of 253 persons arrested during #EndSARS protest
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Sanwo-Olu’s govt orders release of 253 persons arrested during #EndSARS protest

253 EndSARS protester's hope gets high as Lagos State government declared them released. The EndSARS protesters were arrested by police over their alleged roles in the choas caused in the state. The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who gave the directive in a statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry, however, said 92 persons would be prosecuted by the state government over their roles in the violence that rocked the state during the period of the protest. He added that his office had discovered that there was a nondisclosure of a prima-facie case against the 253 persons by the police. According to him, the police had between November 4 and November 5, forwarded 40 case files to the Directorate of...
CBN gets order from court to freeze 20 #EndSARS promoters accounts
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CBN gets order from court to freeze 20 #EndSARS promoters accounts

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been granted the power from the Federal High Court, Abuja, to freeze the accounts of 20 suspected #EndSARS promoters till January next year. Justice A.R. Mohammed gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte application filed by the apex bank through a team of lawyers led by a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa (SAN). Specifically, the court, in a ruling that as delivered by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, granted CBN leave to freeze all the accounts till January 2021. However, the order is subject to renewal upon an application by the CBN. The certified true copy of the order obtained on Friday by an online platform, Peoples Gazette, showed that the CBN applied for the restriction of the 20 ...
Northern governors backs regulation of social media, kicks against #EndSARS protest
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Northern governors backs regulation of social media, kicks against #EndSARS protest

The Northern Governors’ Forum on Monday should their backing of the ongoing efforts to regulate the social media in order to check the spread of fake news in the country. The governors, who showed their support at the end of their meeting in Kaduna, said the social media had “devastating” effects on the country. The meeting rejected and condemned the subversive acțions of some #EndSARS protesters and endorsed “the indivisibility, indissolubility and oneness of the nation.” The governors also declared that Nigeria’s unity was non- negotiable. The communiqué read: “The meeting took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news. Therefore, calls for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria. “Mee...
EndSARS protests saga will not stop us from retaining power in 2023 —APC
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EndSARS protests saga will not stop us from retaining power in 2023 —APC

By now, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) must have come to the realisation that it is not easy to be a defending champion. There is also no doubt that the party, like a football team that lost most of its strikers joining with the #EndSARS protests in the country would affect its chances in the 2023 general elections. The party on Monday declined such assertion and reclaimed their confidence towards retaining power come 2023. The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday shrugged off insinuations that the #EndSARS protests in the country would affect its chances in the 2023 general elections. The APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in a chat with journalists, said the ongoing campaign against police brutality would not diminish the party’s chance...
EndSARS protests continue in Abuja as protesters storms Police HQ
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EndSARS protests continue in Abuja as protesters storms Police HQ

Not fewer than 20 youths in Abuja have taken to the streets again to protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police force unit over alleged killings of innocent Nigerians. A group of #EndSARS protesters were seen demonstrating against police brutality on Sunday. It was gathered that youths about 20 visited the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the Nigeria Police Force headquarters to press home their demands. They were seen chanting songs and calling on the relevant authorities to end police brutality and bad governance. They also painted the road opposite the police headquarters with an “End SARS” inscription. In a post on Twitter, one of the protesters named Adebayo Raphael said we “don’t want audio reforms,” referring to the promise by th...
Leave the streets, accept negotiation – Buhari pleads with #EndSARS protesters
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Leave the streets, accept negotiation – Buhari pleads with #EndSARS protesters

As the nation continues to count its losses to the arson perpetrated by hoodlums at the wake of the protests against police brutality, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pleaded again for peace, assuring the victims of the violence that justice would be done. He also urged them to leave the streets and approach the negotiation table. The president, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the call at the maiden National Youth Day programme held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Represented at the forum by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, Buhari said it was important for the protesting youths to realise that protests cannot last indefinitely. He said the Federal Government wan...
For arresting looters without arraignment indicates police yet to understand EndSARS protests message NBA
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For arresting looters without arraignment indicates police yet to understand EndSARS protests message NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olumide Akpata, has on Thursday, kicked against the alleged arrest of suspected looters and curfew defaulters by the Nigerian Police without arraignment in courts as required by law. According to him, such act was a clear indication that the police hierarchy has failed to get the message and/or is paying lip service to the calls for holistic police reforms by the EndSARS protesters. Akpata stated this in a statement on Thursday in response to reports of police refusal to arraign in court suspected looters during EndSARS crisis and those who defaulted curfew imposed by governments in different states of the country. He said: ”I have in the past 24 hours received several calls & complaints from lawyers and Nigerians generally ab...
Police officers didn’t shoot #EndSARS protesters – IGP tells Amnesty Int’l
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Police officers didn’t shoot #EndSARS protesters – IGP tells Amnesty Int’l

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has declined reports by Amnesty International (AI), a global human rights organisation, that some EndSARS protesters were shot by police. 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 ...
#EndSARS: Lagos begins Orderly room trial of erring Police Officers
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#EndSARS: Lagos begins Orderly room trial of erring Police Officers

Orderly room trial of four erring officers of the Nigeria Police Force from Area C Command of the Lagos State Police Command, who shot at peaceful protesters in the Surulere area of the state has commenced The four officers are; Inspector Bagou Michael, Inspector Ekpoudom Etop, Sergeant Nnamdi Majura, and Sergeant Akinyemi Benson. According to reports available to The DAILY VENDOR, action of the police officers led to the death of a 55-year-old man, Mr. Ikechukwu Iloamauzor. Protesters numbering over a million on Friday night held a candle light procession for the deceased victim and scores of others killed by ruthless operatives of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. Reacting to the incident on Saturday, the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo...
#EndSARS: One injured as hoodlums attack protesters in Osogbo
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#EndSARS: One injured as hoodlums attack protesters in Osogbo

Report reaching The DAILY VENDOR indicates that cutlass wielding hoodlums have on Saturday morning attacked the #EndSARS protesters around the Olaiya Junction in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. According to the report, one of the protesters simply identified as Oloyede was macheted by the thugs. It was gathered that the incident happened around 9am. The hoodlums reportedly dispersed the protesters, but were said to have gone to regroup around Technical College Area of the capital city. The #EndSARS protests which have been taking place across major cities in Nigeria over the past week saw millions of youths taking over the highways and streets demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings. Economical activities have been grounded over the period following ...
#EndSARS: Hasting implementation of five-point demands of Nigerian youths – Senate tells FG
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#EndSARS: Hasting implementation of five-point demands of Nigerian youths – Senate tells FG

The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government to hasting the implementation of the demands of #EndSARS protesters. The Spokesperson for the Senate, Senator Ajibola Basiru, disclosed this on Friday night. The Senate made the call following the approval of the five-point demands of the protesters by the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The Presidential Panel had approved the five-point demands put forward by Nigerian youths protesting against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Even as the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, scrapped the police unit last Sunday and announced a replacement, the protesters insist the police authorities must carry out psy...
#EndSARS: Armed men barricade Awkuzu SARS as protesters’ besiege facility in search of dead bodies
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#EndSARS: Armed men barricade Awkuzu SARS as protesters’ besiege facility in search of dead bodies

Some group of armed men on Friday barricaded the headquarters of the recently disbanded police arm, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Awkuzu, Anambra State following plans by thousands of youths to search the compound. The brick wall met by the protesters led to blocking the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, after they were engaged in a sharp quarrel with the police. The youths’ plans to search the facility, it was gathered, followed the belief that certain suspects were usually killed and buried inside the compound housing the SARS offices. One of the protesters who preferred anonimity said they were at the SARS office to exhume bodies of the suspects so their loved ones could carry them for burials. “We gathered that they usually bury some killed suspects inside their compoun...