In News by stephen abiodun on the 17th, October, 2020

5 killed as #EndSARS protests flip bloody in Lagos, Edo, Ondo

Five killed as #EndSARS protests turn bloody in Lagos, Edo, Ondo

Hoodlums open hearth on unarmed protesters in Benin-Metropolis
Agony for commuters as demonstrators block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Protesters defy ban in Abuja, shut down Airport Street
Nameless hacks NBC’s Twitter accounts, targets authorities web sites
SARS founder, Fulani Kwajafa, says he feels responsible squad derailed
Protests could flip to revolution, Afe Babalola warns
Suspected hoodlums on Friday swooped on #EndSARS/SWAT protesters in Benin, killing two protesters.

One other protester was killed in Akure when a automotive rammed into protesters additionally on Friday.

However it was the opposite method spherical at Ikola, a Lagos suburb, on Thursday when a suspected protester smashed her automotive right into a tricycle, killing two of its occupants.

The police stated the suspect’s driving was reckless. A number of individuals have been injured within the three incidents.

The Nation stories that the protests continued in lots of elements of the nation yesterday.

It was significantly intense on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway the place the protesters blocked the street to visitors, and Abuja the place youths barricaded the Abuja metropolis gate and the airport street, leaving motorists and commuters in extreme agony.

Elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Afe Babalola, known as for a direct dialogue between the federal authorities and the youths with a view to discovering an answer to the lingering disaster.

He warned that delay in resolving the difficulty on time may very well be harmful.

And the person who was instrumental to the organising of the now disbanded anti-robbery squad in 1984, Mr. Fulani Kwajafa, says he now feels “unhappy” and “responsible” about what the company turned out to turn into.

“SARS of immediately is just not the identical SARS I established in 1984,” Kwajafa instructed the BBC.

One of many Benin victims, recognized as Ikpomwosa, was shot. The title of the opposite sufferer was not instantly obtainable. He was macheted.

The hoodlums, who have been largely in pink tee-shirts, struck at Ring Street, near the Oba of Benin Palace.

Eye witnesses stated the hoodlums claimed the protesters prevented them from being profitable from their each day issuance of tickets to business drivers.

The opposite protesters scampered to security after which regrouped and continued transferring spherical Benin and its environs.

They terminated the protest at Authorities Home.

We gathered that injured protesters have been handled on the close by Edo State Authorities-owned Central Hospital, Benin.

Ikpomwosa’s physique was taken away in an ambulance whereas the opposite deceased was taken away by a few of the protesters.

One of many protesters, Efosa Igbinoba, stated: “We began the protest from Sapele Street, Benin, however on attending to Ring Street within the state capital, hoodlums immediately appeared with cutlasses, weapons and different harmful weapons and so they attacked us, thereby disrupting the protest, however we rapidly regrouped.

“We’re demanding police reformation. We’re undeterred. We are going to proceed with the protest, till the police are reformed.”

A livid Governor Godwin Obaseki condemned the assault and charged safety companies to make sure that protesters have been adequately protected.

He stated: “I’ve simply learnt that hoodlums have attacked #ENDSARS protesters, who’ve performed themselves peacefully in Benin Metropolis. I prolong condolences to the victims of the assaults, together with those that misplaced their lives and others who have been injured by the thugs.

“It’s disheartening that anybody would assault a peaceable meeting of younger people who find themselves expressing real issues over police brutality and intimidation in their very own nation.”

Edo State Authorities offers safety companies 24 hours to fish out killers of the protesters.

Addressing the protesters on the Kings Sq. in Benin Metropolis, Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, stated the federal government won’t fold its arms and watch hurt come the best way of younger individuals exercising their rights as residents of the nation.

He stated he had directed safety companies to “fish out these behind the assault.”

He added: “The police, the Division of State Safety (DSS) and different safety companies have been ordered to convey to guide these guys that harassed you and killed that younger man.”

“A few of you sustained accidents; I can see them from right here; they’ve 24 hours to convey the attackers to guide.

“I’ve ordered that the sufferer be taken to the morgue; we’re going to give him a state burial as a result of the martyrs of this wrestle should be remembered. He might be remembered for being a part of this wrestle. He’s a martyr already and by the grace of God, he won’t ever be forgotten.

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“By the grace of God, when all these reforms have taken place, will probably be on document that he joined the wrestle for emancipation. I need to guarantee you that the Edo Authorities believes in your peaceable protest.

“We won’t fold our arms as a authorities and watch miscreants brutalise anybody concerned on this protest. So, please keep your calm and orderliness in the course of the protests.

“We’re with you on this wrestle. President Muhammadu Buhari has additionally stated that there’s going to be a reform, however we, as a state, are going to make sure that we now have a reform that’s people-friendly as a result of the police are supposed to defend lives and property to not destroy them. I need to guarantee you that we’re with you on this.”

Automotive rams into protesters, kills one, injures three

A Toyota Camry automotive and two business bikes rammed into the Akure protesters killing one individual on the spot. Three others have been injured.

The incident occurred near the Ondo State Governor’s Workplace.

Ondo Police spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident, stated the bereaved household had agreed to simply accept their destiny.

The household requested for the physique for burial.

‘Reckless’ protester kills two in Lagos

In Alimoso space of Lagos on Thursday, an alleged protester smashed her automotive right into a tricycle in the course of the #ENDSARS protest within the space.

The Lagos State Police Command stated it arrested one Mrs. Nike Lawal of 30 Anjorin Road, Aminkanle, Lagos State, for driving recklessly and killing two harmless individuals together with her Toyota 4Runner SUV.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press release, recognized the victims as Ojo Azeez, 27, and Yusuf Sodia, 26, each of Command street, Alagbado, Lagos State. He stated the lads died on the spot.

He stated: “The suspect, who deliberately eliminated the quantity plates on her SUV, shortly after the accident, joined the protest at AIT junction, Alagbado, and began driving recklessly earlier than the deadly accident.

“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has commiserated with the households of the deceased and warranted them of the command’s dedication to acquire justice within the case.”

Adejobi additionally stated that Odumosu had arrested and commenced an orderly room trial of the 4 policemen who have been caught assaulting a younger girl protester in a viral video at Surulere on Monday.

He stated the policemen are Inspectors Bagou Micheal, Ekpoudom Etop, Nnamdi Makita and Akinyemi Benson.

In line with Adejobi, “The policemen, who’re connected to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Surulere, Lagos State, are cooling off within the cell whereas the orderly room trial continues. He has additionally ordered the arrest of the policeman who slapped an aged mom in one other viral video at Iyun Road, Surulere, on the identical day.”

#EndSARS protesters in Lagos State and Abuja have been scheduled to carry candlelight processions final night time in honour of victims of extrajudicial killings within the nation.

Motorists groan as protesters block Lagos-Ibadan expressway

The protests continued in lots of elements of the nation yesterday nevertheless it appeared to have been extra intense on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway the place protesters blocked the street and Abuja the place youths barricaded the Abuja metropolis gate and the airport street, leaving motorists and commuters in extreme agony.

The protesters carried placards with totally different inscriptions as they blocked the expressway, inflicting gridlock on each side of the street.

The gridlock which began from Mowe axis of the expressway in Obafemi-Owode Native Authorities, Ogun, prolonged to Magboro finish of Lagos axis.

Passengers who couldn’t bear the gridlock resorted to strolling.

A number of the motorists, who spoke with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN), expressed displeasure over the scenario.

Mr. Muyiwa Akande, a business driver, stated he was within the gridlock for greater than 5 hours.

Akande, who defined that he left Ibadan round eight am for Lagos, stated he was nonetheless within the gridlock as at 1pm.

“Ordinarily, this journey mustn’t take me a couple of and half hours most however I’ve spent greater than 5 hours within the gridlock,” he stated.

“That is horrible and one thing pressing should be carried out.”

One other driver, Mr. Ismail Olayiwola, stated he left Osogbo as early as 7 am with the hope of attending to Lagos earlier than 11am however was stunned to satisfy the gridlock in Mowe.

Olayiwola stated he had spent greater than six hours within the gridlock.

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He appealed to the youths to place a cease to the protest for the sake of the plenty.

Protesters defy ban order, block airport street, Abuja

Youths in Abuja defied the ban positioned on protests by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and took to the streets afresh yesterday.

The protesters blocked the town gate and likewise the ever busy Airport Street disrupting vehicular motion and different actions.

The safety committee of the Federal Capital Territory Administration had on Thursday stated ongoing protests endangered the lives of Abuja residents and positioned a ban on the road protests.

The safety committee described the protests as a violation of security guidelines.

However the protesters stated it might take greater than a discover of ban or different type of risk from the federal government to make them drop their agitation.

Endsars protesters take over streets in Ogun

The protesters additionally stormed the most important streets of Abeokuta yesterday, paralysing business actions.

The protesters have been buoyed the extra by the presence of a Hip Hop artist, Kizz Daniel.

A number of the inscriptions on their placards learn “Our voices should be heard”; “SARS Na Fraudster#EndSARS”; “No Extra Audio Ban”; “Say No to Police Brutality,”

“Iphone no be gun.”

Protesters disrupt Fayemi’s handle at state meeting

Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, was equally grounded yesterday by the protests.

The protesters, who converged on the standard Fajuyi Park, blocked main roads within the metropolis, inflicting visitors gridlock.

Motorists have been stranded for hours and a few have been pressured to take different routes to their locations.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was on his option to the State Home of Meeting for a State of the State handle to mark his second anniversary as governor, was pressured to cease and communicate to the protesters.

Whereas reiterating that the youths had real agitation for holistic reforms within the police, Fayemi appealed to them to proceed their protest in a peaceable method and keep away from it being hijacked by hoodlums.

The governor, who had a busy time addressing the youths, famous that the federal government on the federal and the state stage had acquired their calls for, saying steps have been being taken in the direction of renewing the arrogance of the individuals within the police.

The protesters later stormed the Home of Meeting when Fayemi was presenting the State of the State handle, disrupting the occasion.

It took the intervention of the police for Fayemi and different dignitaries to be whisked out of the place unharmed, because the protesters grew to become unruly.

SARS founder, Kwajafa ‘unhappy ‘over disbanded unit’s turnabout

The person who was instrumental to the organising of the now disbanded SARS, Mr. Fulani Kwajafa, says he’s now unhappy and responsible concerning the unit’s turnabout.

“SARS of immediately is just not the identical SARS I established in 1984,” Kwajafa instructed the BBC.

“I all the time inform my spouse that I used to be unhappy [that] what I created with good goal and path has been become banditry.

Though he expressed help for SARS and the creation of a Particular Weapon and Ways Crew (SWAT) as a replacement, the retired police officer stated the adjustments is perhaps undermined if there’s no “change in mentality.”

The previous police boss accused the company of “brutality” saying that the officers’ acts may have been pushed by “greed.”

Dialogue with #Endsars protesters to avert revolution, Babalola tells FG

The founding father of Afe Babalola College, Ado Ekiti, (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), yesterday instructed the Federal Authorities to dialogue with the youths protesting towards police brutality and to satisfy their calls for.

He additionally suggested President Muhammad Buhari to warning Police Inspector Common Muhammed Adamu towards the usage of pressure on the protesters, saying performing in any other case may result in a revolution.

Babalola spoke at ABUAD Farm whereas addressing farmers throughout the 16 native authorities areas of the state at a session in commemoration of World Meals Day.

He acknowledged that the youths aren’t solely protesting towards police brutality but in addition the ‘insurmountable issues’ of poverty, unemployment, corruption, systemic and management failure.

Babalola stated Nigeria’s future seemed threatened if the hydra-headed issues afflicting the nation weren’t addressed, including that Nigerians have been battling poverty in its bare kind.

He condemned the assaults on aggrieved Nigerian youths protesting towards extra-judicial killings, extortion and harassment, describing the actions as unlawful and unconstitutional.

“It’s unhappy that our police authorities may stoop so low to have attacked Nigerians protesting towards brutality, extortion and harassment by the Particular Anti-Theft Squad,” he stated.

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“Protest is a professional method of expressing opinions regarding authorities actions or inactions. The rights to peaceable meeting and freedom of expression are assured below the structure as elementary rights.

“So, it’s elementary that folks ought to have a proper to protest. Our youths took to the streets protesting as a result of there’s something paining them. They’re telling the individuals in energy that there’s ache. The ache could also be poverty, unemployment, corruption and what the police are doing; and so, no smart authorities won’t react to it.

“It’s expedient that the federal government ought to negotiate instantly and meet their calls for to avert revolution.”

Some activists name for suspension of protest

A civil society group, Activists for Good Governance (AGG) and its allies yesterday known as for the suspension of the on-going #EndSARS protest to permit the Federal Authorities and the police authorities perform the promised reforms.

AGG made the decision at a press convention on the #EndSARS protest on the Worldwide Press Middle at Ogba, Lagos.

Co-Convener of AGG, Comrade Gbenga Soloki, stated the federal government has to reveal real dedication to satisfy the guarantees made in order to revive the arrogance of the individuals.

The Convener, Comrade Declan Ihekaire, requested the Inspector Common of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to step down honourably and apologise to Nigerians that it took this lengthy for him to scrap and exchange SARS regardless of collection of their actions that he has been conscious of.

Soloki stated: “The unhappy reality is, belief has been misplaced! However the Nigerian authorities has the chance to rally the civil society and the organised personal sector now to stem the tide and win the belief of the Nigerian individuals by implementing a complete reform of the Nigerian police.

AGG stated if inside one week it didn’t see a real demonstration of the dedication; it might not hesitate to name out its members throughout the nation for a coordinated motion towards the federal authorities “that may make the on-going rehearsal seem like a kindergarten prep”.

Whereas acknowledging the scrapping of SARS by the IG, Soloki stated what was required instantly was a whole evaluate and overhaul of the policing system in Nigeria.

He stated: “we’re of the view that the hasty renaming of SARS as one other Particular Weapon and Ways Crew (SWAT) is a poorly conceived strategy to fixing an endemic drawback.

“We don’t simply desire a change in title however a whole reform of the usual working process of the brand new crime-bursting outfit and certainly the Nigerian police.”

AGG positioned the next calls for on the federal government, which incorporates a direct finish to all types of police brutality, organising of a judicial fee of inquiry into the operation of the disbanded SARS to convey offenders to guide.

Different activists current on the briefing have been: Rasak Oladosu of Grassroots Democratic Initiative, Shina Loremikan of Marketing campaign Towards Impunity and Raheem Ajayi of The Growth Initiative and others.

Falz, Joe Abah say no to assembly on police brutality

Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, a.ok.a Falz, and Joe Abah, former Director-Common, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, yesterday withdrew from a digital assembly organised by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports activities to debate police brutality.

Lined up for the assembly have been Police Inspector Common Mohammed Adamu, human rights activist Segun Awosanya, Falz and Abah.

Falz stated he pulled out as a result of he was given false data on the occasion.

Abah quickly adopted swimsuit citing absence of extra youth voices.

“Following @falzthebahdguy’s withdrawal from this occasion & the absence of extra youth voices, I’ll regrettably not be moderating this occasion,” Abah stated.

“I used to be solely ever meant to be the moderator. Nothing else. I recommend that the format for the occasion be modified to listen to extra youth voices.”

The protesters’ hashtag #EndSars has been receiving endorsement the world over.

Endorsements have come from such world celebrities as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, US rapper Kanye West, gospel singer Kirk Franklin, footballers Mesut Ozil and Marcus Rashford.

On Friday, Twitter launched a clenched fist emoji in a present of help for the protests.

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