Bakare condemns freezing of #EndSARS promoters’ accounts

The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has faulted the freezing of the accounts of #EndSARS promoters. In a unique service on Sunday at the church, formerly called Latter Rain Assembly, Bakare said every policy against #EndSARS promoters and protesters is unsatisfactory for the peace and progress of the country. Pastor Tunde Bakare said the right to peaceful protest is one that every Nigerian, especially youths, should not be deprived of. “This season of our national life requires deep humility, sobriety, and deliberate thinking through, both by the government and the governed, to ensure that our plans, policies, and actions are weighed before they are implemented to avert the re-occurrence of our most recent crisis. “Some of the actions recently taken by the government on the heels of the #EndSARS protests may need to be reversed sooner rather than later in our collective best interest so that they do not trigger further protests. “Among such policy actions is the freezing of the accounts of young Nigerians who reportedly sponsored the protests. While I admit that under our extant laws, banks may freeze an account upon an ex parte order granted to a law enforcement agency by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of an investigation, these provisions of our law should not be used to intimidate Nigerian youth simply because they engaged in and promoted protests against the inactions of government. “Targeting and arresting citizens on trumped-up charges, deploying court probes as a tool of intimidation, and generally eroding our fragile peace, are deeply worrisome signs of regression,” Bakare said. He added: “To extend the olive branch to the youth in one breath and to deprive the youth of the right to freedom of movement and property, as enshrined in our Constitution in another breath, will send confusing signals and cast doubts in their minds regarding the sincerity of the government. “The immediate reversal of these actions, therefore, will calm raw nerves and[…]

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Nnamdi Kanu Attacks Buhari As Peru President Resigns

President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been called out by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, following the resignation of Manuel Merino, Peru President, over attack on protesters. Remember that Merino resigned after the death of two protesters who were freely protesting against the government in Lima, the capital city. It was gathered that police operatives fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to repel demonstrators who threw objects back to the policemen. Nnamdi Kanu in his reaction to the development condemned the Nigerian government over its approach on the peaceful and unarmed End SARS protest across the country. He wrote, “Peru President Merino resigns following street protests but in Nigeria, following #EndSARS protests, Nigeria president is either persecuting and freezing bank accounts of Nigerian youths or slaughtering them at #Obigbo and Nigerians are seemingly tolerating it.”

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Why we froze accounts of #EndSARS protestes – Access Bank

Access Bank management on Friday gave reasons why it froze the accounts of its customers linked to #EndSARS protest. The Bank in a statement in Abuja said it only only followed the directive of the regulator, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), based on a valid court order. It however, sympathised with the affected customers, adding that it hoped the matter would be resolved “as soon as possible.” The bank expressed surprise that it was being targeted negatively in spite of evidence it was not behind the customers’ ordeals. “We want to express our sympathy for the inconvenience that eight of our customers are going through due to the restrictions on their accounts as mandated by a Federal court order. We are eager for this to be resolved as soon as possible. “It is common knowledge that we and the entire banking industry are regulated entities and therefore operate under the authority of our regulators and law enforcement agencies. As such we are compelled to comply with regulatory directives. “While acknowledging the concern of all well-meaning parties, we urge that enquiries and views be channeled to the relevant regulatory and judicial agencies where the matter is receiving attention. It is therefore surprising that some individuals still choose to target Access Bank in a negative manner despite not being the source of the action,” the bank said. It added that it has always been at the forefront of innovative efforts in support of the development of Nigeria, saying that it embraced the role being the largest employer of labour, which are largely youths. “Access Bank has always led the way with regard to support for young Nigerians in terms of capacity building and development of SMEs. “We continue to be concerned by the inconvenience that our affected customers are experiencing. We stand ready to play our part to remedy the situation and have them using their accounts as quickly as possible,” the bank said.

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Lekki shooting update!! What judicial panel saw at military hospital yesterday!!

The Nine-man judicial panel set up by the government of Lagos State visited the scene of last week incident at Lekki toll gate. After they finished their investigation at Lekki toll gate which they found 5 bullet shell casings, they proceeded to the military hospital. Though at first men of the Nigerian Army didn’t allow the judicial panel into the Military hospital, they noted that they are there to do an investigation concerning the killings that happened at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday October 20, 2020. The Lagos Judicial panel revealed they received a secret message that some of the victims who lost their lives during the Lekki incident were in that surrounding. Later, the press and other members found out that the undisclosed location is a Military Hospital located along Awolowo road in Ikoyi area of Lagos state. The panel, which at first met with resistance from the military later gained entrance into the facilities. Upon gaining access, it was discovered that all the facilities were not functioning and under renovations, these including the morgue, empty hospital rooms, with planks and other renovation materials littering the floor of the hospital. Upon access into the Military Hospital, the hospital morgue is non-functional as the Military said it has been undergoing renovation.

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#EndSARS: IGP declined reports of police shooting at unarmed protesters

Mohammed Adamu,the Inspector-General of Police, has declined reports by global rights organisation, Amnesty International, that police officers shot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters. The IGP described Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, deceiving and contrary to all available empirical evidence”. This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’. Adamu said, “During the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters. “Even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations. “Available Reports show that 22 police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life-threatening conditions at the hospitals. “205 police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters. “Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report. “It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland. “The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report. One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person.”

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BREAKING: Lagos schools reopen on Monday

The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of all classes in government and private schools across the state from Monday, November 2, 2020. The Lagos state government said that  boarders in government schools are to resume on Sunday, November 1. Due to the #EndSARS protest, schools in the state were shut on October 19, 2020, following safety concerns after hoodlums hijacked the #ENDSARS protest.

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Fani-Kayode- Lekki Shooting, Sanwo-Olu Has Been Exposed

Femi Fani Kayode, the Minister of Aviation under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, has reacted to the statement released by the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on the shooting of the unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State. Tthe 81 division of the Nigerian Army in a statement released on Tuesday noted that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu invited them to intervene in the End SARS crisis. Nevertheless, the military denied shooting at unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate last week Tuesday. Fani-Kayode said that the claim of the Nigerian Army is a grave implication on Sanwo-Olu. Fani-Kayode, who took to his Official Twitter account said the Lagos State Governor has been thrown under the bus by the military. He wrote: “The @HQNigerianArmy claim it was the LASG that asked for soldiers to be deployed at Lekki. The implications of this for @jidesanwoolu are grave. He has been thrown under the bus by the military.”

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Army- We Were Invited By Lagos State Government To Intervene In #EndSARS Crisis

The Nigerian army has finally unveiled the role it played in the fallout of the peaceful #EndSARS protests last week. If you could remember vividly, some unarmed peaceful protesters were allegedly killed on the 20th October,2020, after officials of the Nigerian army allegedly opened fire on them, at Lekki Tollgate. Although the Nigerian army initially denied that it was at the scene, describing such as fake news, it has however explained that it was available at the scene on invitation by the state government. The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army debunked report of military officers shooting sporadically at unarmed #EndSARS Protesters at the Lekki toll gate. The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Major Osoba Olaniyi, in a statement today, confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order and peace in Lagos state, following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The statement reads in part, “The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country.” “At no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian. From the onset of the ENDSARS protest, there was no time personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were involved.” “However, the decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government (LASG) after a 24- hour curfew was imposed.” “This was as a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away.” “The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. It was at this point that LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.” “The intervention of the military followed all laid down procedures for Internal Security operations and all the soldiers involved acted within the confines of the Rules of[…]

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ECOWAS calls for dialogue to end protest in Nigeria

The Economic Community of West African States has urged Nigerians to build peace in the ongoing crisis in the country. This statement was disclosed by the Directorate of Communications in ECOWAS on Thursday. ECOWAS stated with utmost concern of how the peaceful protest by Nigerian youth calling for police reform had turned violent. The statement reads, “ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. “ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery. While ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it also wishes to stress that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner. In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally. “ECOWAS Commission further notes that, in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the Federal Government of Nigeria took important decisions regarding disbandment of SARS, comprehensive police reforms and investigation of cases of police brutality. It encourages the Nigerian Authorities to conduct the investigation rapidly. “Finally, ECOWAS Commission appeals to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian youth and the civil society to urgently pursue dialogue for an early and amicable resolution of this social unrest and maintain the Nigerian image as a bastion of law and order.”

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#EndSARS: Tinubu says he has no investment in LCC, collects no dime from Lekki Tollgate

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), has denied having any kobo investment in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), and as such has no dime in the funds generated at the Lekki Tollgate. Bola Tinubu debunked the rumor that he was among those behind the shooting of unarmed protesters on Tuesday at the Lekki Tollgate, in a telephone interview with Channels Television in the early hours of Wednesday. In response to a question on his interest in the Lekki Tollgate, the APC leader said, “I have no dime, no kobo investment in the tollgate”. Tinubu also denied having any investment in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the firm which manages the tollgate. I will never, never be part of any carnage. I will never be part of that.” According to him, it was his intervention that pushed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to respond to the demands of the protesters. He said, “That was why he (Sanwo-Olu) set up the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The governor has gone to the home of one of the victims to appeal to them. He has put N200m together as part of restitution and compensation for those attacked.”

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