Tuesday, January 18

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IPOB: Lekki massacre findings incomplete without Obigbo genocide report
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IPOB: Lekki massacre findings incomplete without Obigbo genocide report

By: Chuks Collins, Awka The Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)has expressed shock that “while the Lekki toll gate massacre report, and the reactions trailing it, that nobody is mentioning the Obigbo massacre which happened about the same period and time last year”. IPOB in a press statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful “wonder why there is no report on the Obigbo genocide and ethnic cleansing which was sponsored ....” The statement fingered a named governor, the Army, police and other security agencies in the ugly incident in Rivers State, against the hated tribe in Nigeria “and our people must bear that in mind always”, Mr Powerful added. According to him, “Innocent Igbo youths were killed in cold blood last year .....M...
EndSARS: US may stop military aid to Nigeria over rights abuse — Blinken
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EndSARS: US may stop military aid to Nigeria over rights abuse — Blinken

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has warned that the US may stop rendering military assistance to Nigeria if the country fails to protect human rights. While handing out the warning, the US Secretary of States, urged the federal and Lagos State governments to sanction any individuals found to have violated human rights during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests when the white paper on the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters is ready. Blinken warned that if the rights violations persisted, the US government might evoke the Leahy Law to deny Nigeria access to hardware, which includes arms and other military equipment to fight terrorism and other forms of criminalities. A 309-page report was sub...
#EndSARS: Lagos disburses $2.47m to affected business owners
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#EndSARS: Lagos disburses $2.47m to affected business owners

Lagos State Government, yesterday, disclosed that not less than $2.47 million (N939.98 million) has been expended to support businesses affected during the EndSARS’ protest. Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Yetunde Arobieke, made the disclosure at the ministerial press briefing to commemorate the second year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration. Arobieke said with the disbursement of the fund, not less than10,005 direct jobs and 40,020 indirect jobs were saved in the aftermath of the protest that rocked the state last year. “Aftermath of the protests, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) recovery fund was set up to support businesses in Lagos State whose property and assets were vandalised post-#EndSARS protest that ro...
Court to hear case calling for dismissal of criminal charge against Adeyanju, Davido, Others
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Court to hear case calling for dismissal of criminal charge against Adeyanju, Davido, Others

Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Kubwa has granted the motion/application of all #EndSARS celebrities represented by Deji Adeyanju, to dismiss the criminal charge against them. The court on Tuesday granted an application to hear the substantive motion to strike/dismiss the criminal charge filed by Kenechukwu Okeke against the 50 celebrities at FCT, Wuse Zone 6 Magistrate Court. The lead counsel representing all the celebrities, Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr, urged the court that considering the incompetent, frivolous, and opposing applications filed by Kenechukwu Okeke, the court should discountenance Okeke's application in its entirety, as the same application is full of mere rhetoric, idioms and devoid of legality. The court in ruling...
Police recover firearm allegedly stolen during #EndSARS protest in Anambra
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Police recover firearm allegedly stolen during #EndSARS protest in Anambra

The Police Command in Anambra says it has recovered one pump action rifle allegedly stolen from 3-3 Police Station during the #EndSARS protests in the state. The command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Awka, said that the rifle was recovered from a 20-year-old suspect. He said that the suspect was arrested on Feb. 21 at about 11:30 am., in collaboration with local vigilance group, at Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha, following an intelligence report. Mohammed said that six other armed robbery suspects were arrested in separate operations, where firearms and ammunitions were equally recovered from them. He said a 25-year-old man, who was arrested for allegedly stealing a Toyota Corolla ...
I’ll join any second wave of EndSARS move to protest insecurity in Nigeria –Okah, PFN leader
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I’ll join any second wave of EndSARS move to protest insecurity in Nigeria –Okah, PFN leader

The Vice President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), South-South, Bishop Simeon Okah, on Saturday, expressed displeasure over the increase in insecurity across the country, saying that it is “disturbing and assuming an alarming rate.” Okah said this during a media chat on the state of the nation, in Warri, the Delta State Capital on Saturday. He stated that if a second wave of EndSARS protest was declared by restless youths to protest the level of insecurity in the nation, he would not hesitate to join in solidarity. According to the PFN leader, the rate of criminalities in the country was becoming unbearable, adding that the Federal Government needs to forcefully wade in before it gets out of hand. Speaking on the continued retention of the Service Chiefs, d...
DSS detains Osun #EndSARS coordinator, Adebisi
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DSS detains Osun #EndSARS coordinator, Adebisi

Emmanuel Adebisi, known as one of the coordinators of the #EndSARS Movement in Osun State, is being held by the Department of State Services for alleged impersonation. Adebisi had on Monday led a group of protesters to Osun State House of Assembly and demanded the disbandment of the panel probing police brutality in the state, saying no member of the #EndSARS movement was accommodated in the panel. He also called for the release of one Wale remanded in Custodial Centre for participating in the #EndSARS protest. But a security source told our correspondent that Adebisi was invited to the State Headquarters of the DSS, where he is currently being detained. The source further explained that “Adebisi was invited based on a petition written against him, where he was alleged of ...
EndSARS Part two: Policemen, soldiers gather  at Lekki toll plaza
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EndSARS Part two: Policemen, soldiers gather at Lekki toll plaza

Following the alleged plan to carry out another round of #EndSARS protest, armed policemen and soldiers have been deployed at the Lekki toll plaza, Lagos. Several motorists informed The PUNCH that the security operatives were deployed around midnight. The Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, did not respond to calls on Monday morning. However, both the military and the police authorities had warned several times last week that they would not allow another round of protests to take place. The #EndSARS protests, which took place in October, were hijacked by hoodlums leading to destruction of properties and loss of lives. The demonstrations also turned bloody in Lagos on October 20, 2020 when men in military uniform opened fire on young protesters at the Lekki ...
FG petitions CNN over EndSARS Lekki shooting report
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FG petitions CNN over EndSARS Lekki shooting report

The Federal Government on Monday has petitioned the Cable News Network (CNN), for its coverage of the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, demanding “immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism. In the petition addressed to Mr. Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the government said if the international media organisation failed to carry out its demand, it will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the #EndSARS crisis. The petition dated Nov. 23 and personally signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was made available to newsmen in Abuja. The CNN in the “invest...
Access Bank begs as #EndSARS protesters call for boycott
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Access Bank begs as #EndSARS protesters call for boycott

The management of Access Bank Plc has sympathised with #EndSARS protesters for freezing their accounts, this is following an online campaign for customers to boycott bank. Recall that Access Bank had frozen accounts of about eight persons suspected to be involved in the #EndSARS campaign. It was however gathered that the bank acted based on the orders of the Central Bank of Nigeria. According to reports, the bank’s decision to freeze the customers accounts was taken nearly two weeks before the apex bank obtained a court order to do so. This action subsequently put the bank in a bad light with many social media influencers calling on Nigerians to boycott the bank. They chided Access Bank for allegedly showing very low level of professionalism in dealing with the issue, like ...
EndSARS: I suffered scrotum rupture while being tortured by SARS – Lecturer tells Panel
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EndSARS: I suffered scrotum rupture while being tortured by SARS – Lecturer tells Panel

A lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Dr Justin Nwankwo on Tuesday, told the State Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality, Extra-Judicial Killings and Other Related Matters that the defunct SARS ruptured his scrotum in the process of torturing him in 2013. He requested for compensation for being unjustly branded a kidnapper and human parts dealer by men of the SARS as well as compensation for properties confiscated by the officers from his room during his ordeal. He alleged that soon after his arrest, no investigation was carried out, nor any panel set, instead the then state governor, Mr Peter Obi on same day, ordered the demolition of his hotel. He said, "The incident happened in 2013. I was the manager of Upper Class Hotel in Onitsha, and I was also a PhD ...
#EndSARS protest triggered COVID-19 pandemic – Anambra Health Commissioner
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#EndSARS protest triggered COVID-19 pandemic – Anambra Health Commissioner

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has warned residents of the state to be wary of a likely resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Okpala said the #EndSARS protest was triggered the virus spread. Speaking during the 2nd year anniversary of the state Media Crew nicknamed, I-Witness, Okpala said more persons were beginning to show signs of the disease, adding that some patients have been found in schools and other public institutions. He said, “The EndSARS protest was just a virus propagating and sustaining event. We must be very careful how we live. "We must go back to all the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of facemasks and washing our hands regularly. "In US, we thought they were getting their hands on the matter already,...
Lekki massacre of EndSARS protesters only happened on social media —Lai Mohammed
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Lekki massacre of EndSARS protesters only happened on social media —Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government, on Saturday, said social media massacre took place during the End SARS protest. Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, says no single Nigerian was killed at the Lekki Toll Gate when soldiers shot at the protesters who were demonstrating against the excesses of police under the aegis of #EndSARS. Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Buhari led the Federal Government delegation to the meeting at the Enugu Government House. Mohammed, said the so called massacre was mere fake news only propagated on social media meant to discredit the government. While addressing his audience which comprised of the Enugu State governor, traditional and religious leaders at the Enugu Government House, Mohammed said that investigations has revealed...
EndSARS: Cross River relaxes curfew from 10.00pm to 6.00am from Sunday
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EndSARS: Cross River relaxes curfew from 10.00pm to 6.00am from Sunday

The governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade has directed that the prevailing curfew in Calabar metropolis be relaxed to now take effect from 10.00pm to 6.00am from Sunday, November 8, 2020. A statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christain Ita and made available to newsmen on Saturday said the new time takes effect as from Sunday, November 8. “The state governor, His Excellency, Sir Ben Ayade has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state and has directed that with effect from Sunday, November 8, 2020, curfew hours will now be between the hours of 10pm and 6am daily. “Restriction of movement is hereby relaxed from 6am to 10pm,” the statement added. Consequently, restriction of movement is now relaxed between the hours of 6am and 10pm. ...
#EndSARS: Youths’ protest strong warning to Nigerian leaders – Anglican bishops
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#EndSARS: Youths’ protest strong warning to Nigerian leaders – Anglican bishops

Bishops of the Anglican Communion, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger on Saturday applauded the Nigeria youths for the courage they demonstrated during the recent #EndSARS protest. They described the protest as timely andwelcome development, urging the Federal government to treat their demands with urgency. Speaking during the 7th edition of the Anglican Prayer Rally of Anambra State held at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim, however condemned the use of force on the protesters and the attendant loss of lives. He said it was an abomination shedding the blood of people protesting against injustice. He said, "The Federal Government should without further delay respond to the demands of the youths in order to...
EndSARS: Five Enugu bars to offer free legal service to victims of police brutality
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EndSARS: Five Enugu bars to offer free legal service to victims of police brutality

Protester hold the Nigerian national flag where someone has written “End SARS Now” during a demonstration to protest against police brutality and scrapping of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos, on October 15, 2020.The Committee of Bar Chairmen, Enugu State of the Nigerian Bar Association have set up a committee that will offer pro-bono legal services to represent all indigent complainants to the Enugu State Police brutality and extra judicial killings panel. The Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had on October 21st, 2020, inaugurated an 8-man judicial panel of inquiry to; receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and/or related extra judicial killings in the state. The Committee is chaired by Hon. Justice Kingsley Ude (Rtd). In a press state...
EndSARS: Gov. Ugwuanyi visits police urges them to return to duty posts
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EndSARS: Gov. Ugwuanyi visits police urges them to return to duty posts

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, passionately appealed to men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to fully renew their ultimate commitment towards the provision of security of lives and property by returning to their duty posts across the state. Gov. Ugwuanyi made the appeal when he visited the Senior Police Officers Mess, Agbani Road, Enugu, to address and commiserate with the members of the Enugu State Police Command, over loss of lives of private citizens and security personnel, grievous bodily injuries as well as destruction of private and public properties including security infrastructure. The governor who described the mayhem unleashed by miscreants and hoodlums that hijacked the hitherto peaceful #EndSARS protests as “an unusual and chal...
South-West Ministers ask FG to probe military’s role in Lekki shootings
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South-West Ministers ask FG to probe military’s role in Lekki shootings

Reactions continue to trail the shooting of unarmed EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State. In a latest development, Ministers from the South-West part of Nigeria have urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency probe the role of soldiers in the shooting of the protesters which happened on Tuesday, October 20. The Ministers also called on the Federal Government to assist the State Government in restoring some of the public facilities destroyed in the aftermath of the protests. 15 police stations, state High Court building, among others were identified as facilities destroyed during the attack that followed the protest in Lagos state. This was disclosed to State House correspondents on Wednesday by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, a...
#EndSARS: Decentralize Police Service Commission – Lawyers tell FG
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#EndSARS: Decentralize Police Service Commission – Lawyers tell FG

Some legal practitioners in Onitsha, Anambra state have called for the decentralization of the Police Service Commission (PSC) as a regulatory body for effective service delivery. The lawyers who said the call followed recent protests by the Nigerian youths against the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), canvased for the establishment of the Commission in all states of the federation to checkmate the excesses of some over-zealous policemen. They also called on the federal government to reduce cost of governance and channel the proceeds towards the provision of more employment opportunities for the youths and basic amenities for all Nigerians. The legal luminaries who spoke from their various law firms at Onitsha included some past leaders of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) ...
EndSARS Protests: Traditional rulers lament destructions of properties in Aba, lay curses on hoodlums
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EndSARS Protests: Traditional rulers lament destructions of properties in Aba, lay curses on hoodlums

Traditional rulers of Aba na Ohazu, the indigenous people of Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State, have lamented the wanton destruction in the area during the recent nationwide #EndSARS protest. The monarchs who toured destruction sites with stakeholder, women leaders, youth leaders toured round the vandalized layed curses on the hoodlums who looted and burnt many property including the LGA's Secretariat. Chairman, Aba South Council of Traditional  Rulers, HRH Eze Ibe Enyeazu, (Ogele-Ukwu) of Umuogele Kingdom, said he could not hold his tears when he arrived at the LGA Secretariat and saw how their revered Aba Town Hall was vandalized and burnt. "Our people are crying. I'm also crying because the disaster that took place in this our Local Governm...
Egypt to deport seven #EndSARS protesters back to Nigeria —Dabiri-Erewa
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Egypt to deport seven #EndSARS protesters back to Nigeria —Dabiri-Erewa

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said on Monday evening that Egypt would deport seven Nigerians for protesting without permit.The seven Nigerians were arrested by the Egyptian police last month for participating in the #EndSARS protest in the North African country. Dabiri-Erewa, who disclosed this on her Twitter handle, said the protesters who are still in detention in Egypt would be deported for lack of resident permits. She, however, said the Federal Government was pleading with its Egyptian counterpart for leniency on behalf of the seven Nigerians. Eight Nigerians – four men and four women – were arrested in Cairo, Egypt, for protesting against police brutality, extra-judicial killings, and bad governance in their country last ...
EndSARS: Buhari has also failed.. Mbaka alleges security agencies dumped corpses in Enugu valleys
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EndSARS: Buhari has also failed.. Mbaka alleges security agencies dumped corpses in Enugu valleys

Fiery Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria, (AMEN), Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, has alleged that bodies of #EndSARS protesters in Enugu State, were killed by security agents and their bodies thrown into the Onyeama valleys.        Mbaka, spoke on Sunday while ministering at the Adoration Arena, in Emene, Enugu. He also took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari and past leaders of the country demanding that the President should apologize to the country, especially the youths, on behalf of himself and his predecessors, who had also caused Nigerians so much pain. Mbaka, also alleged that many youths were being detained in various prisons across the country, declaring that it is rather Nigerian leaders that shoul...
#EndSARS: Grant amnesty to hoodlums who returned looted arms – Group tells Govs
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#EndSARS: Grant amnesty to hoodlums who returned looted arms – Group tells Govs

…Compensate Police, victims of protest A rights group, Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders' Foundation (HURIDE), has appealed to state Governors to grant amnesty to the hoodlums who carted arms like AK-47 Raffles belonging to the Police during the recent #EndSARS protest but decided to return them within 14 days. It also asked the Governors to immediately set up a special committee to access the level of killings and destruction of public institutions targeted at compensating victims of #End SARS protest in their various States. In a statement issued on Monday and signed by the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Dede Uzor A Uzor and its Chief media officer Comrade Unah Zack Unah, HURIDE group particularly called for the compensation for families of Poliice officers w...
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...
#EndSARS: Prosecution of over 300 suspected looters begins in Plateau
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#EndSARS: Prosecution of over 300 suspected looters begins in Plateau

Prosecution of over 300 suspected looters and arsonists following the #ENDSARS protests has began in Plateau State. According to the Plateau State Government, the suspects were accused of looting, criminal trespassing and inciting public disturbance, among other charges. It was gathered that the suspects, who had been in military and police detention after they were arrested in different parts of Jos and the Bukuru metropolis between Saturday and Sunday, were moved to the Bassa Local Government Area on Wednesday for arraignment. The defendants were arraigned one after the other on Wednesday at Jebbu Bassa Area Court before several judges including; Justices N S Dashe, L B Longs, Adar Roseline Baraje, and Lawal Sulaiman, among others. The prosecutors from the state Ministry of ...
EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu orders full reopening of Lagos markets
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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu orders full reopening of Lagos markets

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the Lagos State Government has considered fully re-opening the economy which will include both food markets and non food markets across the metropolis. To this effect the markets are now to open daily. Recall that the markets were shut due to the outbreak of ravaging COVID-19 pandemic about eight months ago and subsequently, reopened partially on alternative days arrangement. The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, in a statement on Tuesday said, Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that residents can recover fast. Sanwo-Olu however, advised operators to continue to observe all safety protocols to pre...
#EndSARS: Anambra schools, offices open as Obiano lifts curfew
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#EndSARS: Anambra schools, offices open as Obiano lifts curfew

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has directed all educational institutions to resume normal activities following the lifting of curfew imposed last week in the wake of the havoc visited on the state by gangs of arsonists. He also directed civil servants in the state to return to work. In a statement issued by theCommissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, the governor however advised citizens and organisations to watch out for elements, especially those from outside the state, who might want to cause trouble in our place. The statement read, "Following a great improvement in the security situation in Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano has lifted the curfew imposed on the state with immediate effect. "Consequently, all educational instituti...
ENDSARS: Finally Buhari speaks on Lekki shootings
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ENDSARS: Finally Buhari speaks on Lekki shootings

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally addressed the country concerning the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos by soldiers. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari explained he decided not to talk on the shooting incident until he had access to all the facts. He also promised property owners and business owners affected by the arson across the nation would get justice. Buhari, according to the statement, said: “As the Judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government, one of the more dozen states to do so, starts sitting on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, secur...
EndSARS: Anambra monarch vows to fish out arms looters
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EndSARS: Anambra monarch vows to fish out arms looters

Traditional ruler of Nnewi, Anambra State, HRH, Igwe Kenneth Orizu III has expressed worry over the burning and vandalization of police stations and other security formations in the area. He warned those who burnt and carted away arms and other property in the formations in the industrial city to return the loots or face the consequences. Orizu who spoke through the Crown Prince, Obi said the leaders in the area were carrying out intelligence gathering on how to fish out who and where the looters were to plead with them or otherwise for the recovery. He explained that he was not against the protest as it was nation-wide to address a nagging issue that bordered on police brutality but could not understand why the property of the community would be destroyed in the name protest. ...
Afenifere, Ohanaeze jointly condemn Lekki toll plaza killings, looting, destruction of properties
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Afenifere, Ohanaeze jointly condemn Lekki toll plaza killings, looting, destruction of properties

The apex Igbo socio-cultural and political body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; and The Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere on Saturday, condemned the ongoing destruction of properties and looting by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests in the country. The groups also condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos State by soldiers. This was contained in a joint statement signed by the leader of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti; and President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, titled, #EndSars: Afenifere and Ohanaeze say no to willful destruction.' The groups jointly commiserated with all the families who lost their loved ones in the unrest in the country. The statement further stated, “We do not endorse arson as responsible orga...