Category Archives: EndSARs Protest

EndSARs: Panel ‘set aside’ N20m for victims of police brutality.

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Two petitioners have been awarded N10 million each as compensation by 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.

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The two petitioners, Kudirat Obayomi and Hannah Olugbodi were awarded the compensation on Friday.

Olugbodi, a 35-year-old hairdresser, had on November 2020, narrated how she ended up on a crutch after her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by some men of the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad who were attempting to arrest a young man with tattoos in June 2018 at the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos.

She said the SARS operatives were at one Ogun City Hotel, to demand money to fuel their vehicle when they saw the young man with tattoos among a group of persons watching a football match at the hotel.

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According to the petitioner, the owner of the hotel, one Abu, who usually gave the SARS operatives money, was not around to attend to them.

She said the SARS operatives labelled the young man with tattoos a Yahoo Yahoo boy (cyber fraudster).

She said an attempt by the SARS operatives to arrest and take the boy with tattoos away was resisted by the other boys, making the SARS operatives resort to firing gunshots.

Olugbodi said she was at Ijesha market trying to buy pepper to prepare food for her children to take to school the following day when she was hit by a stray bullet.

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She said the market women rushed towards her and asked her for her address and the name of her husband, which she managed to give before passing out.

She said she was eventually taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where they said there was no bed space and she was given four bags of intravenous fluid right in the bus.

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EndSARs: Lagos Gov decries police brutality against Lekki protesters.

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The managing director of the LCC also stressed that an estimated N2.5 billion worth of assets were lost to the violent protest.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, condemned the alleged brutality against protesters at the Lekki tollgate. The governor, therefore, ordered the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to investigate the incident.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, disclosed this at a joint briefing by the state government and the Lekki Concession Company in Lagos. He reiterated that Lagos State government, under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would never trample on people’s rights.

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Meanwhile, making clarification on some issues, Managing Director, Lekki Concession Company (LCC), Yomi Omomuwasan, who spoke on alleged use of the firm’s operational vehicle to convey protesters at the tollgate, said that the vehicle was donated to the police to assist them as a logistical support.

He said: “We have operational vehicles. One of them is that donated to the police to assist them in their logistics support. On some people wearing LCC logo vests, remember that is our site and we have our men working around there but we didn’t engage in arresting people. We don’t have the power.”

Omomuwasan said the request to reopen the tollgate from the judicial panel of inquiry was based on the fact that the firm needs to assess the worth of the volume of valuables that was lost to the October 20, 2020 violent protest with the aim of getting the necessary insurance cover. He stressed that the reopening was not to immediately start tolling on the facilities.

The managing director of the LCC also stressed that an estimated N2.5 billion worth of assets were lost to the violent protest.

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“As of 2011, we had N24 billion owned by local lenders and N49 billion borrowed from the International Development Bank. We need to bring a formal report of assessment of the damage back to our lenders because when you don’t pay, you are blacklisted. The claims could be verified. Assets would require a team of engineers both within and outside to do critical assessment. We need to do civil and electrical works, which cannot be completed within three months.

He also denied claims that the firm refused to give its full consideration to the forensic investigators from the judicial panel of inquiry, adding that all the needed support according to demand were rendered.

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EndSARs: Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni granted bail.

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The Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni was arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

Nigerian comedian, Debo Macaroni, better known as Mr Macaroni and other OcuppyLekkiTollgate protesters who were arrested have been granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each.

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This comes after the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters who were arrested at the Lekki toll gate ground this morning.

Recall with NoRM that Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters.

The Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni was arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

The suspects were detained at Area J police command, Elemoro, Ibeju Lekki.

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According to NoRM‘s known Media, CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

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EndSARs: Lagos CP orders immediate release of Mr Macaroni.

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CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters.

Recall with NoRM that the protesters alongside Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni were arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

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The suspects were detained at Area J police command, Elemoro, Ibeju Lekki.

According to NoRM‘s known Media, CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

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EndSARs: Famous street singer, DJ arrested | Video

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The singer shared a video of himself and the DJ inside a Black Maria, saying they were being transported to an undisclosed location.

Idahams was arrested on Saturday morning alongside his Disc Jockey, DJ Brightstar, after they both trooped out to join protesters to demonstrate against the the planned reopening of the Lekki toll plaza.

The singer shared a video of himself and the DJ inside a Black Maria, saying they were being transported to an undisclosed location.

“If anything happens to I and my DJ (Brightstar), hold the Lagos state government responsible. We went out to exercise our civil right at the Lekki Toll Gate. We are being carted away to an unknown location in a Black Maria. #EndSARS,” he wrote.

Watch the video below:

NoRM had earlier reported that popular comedian, Mr Macaroni, was also arrested after he was seen via Instagram live giving an update about the current situation at the Lekki Toll.

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EndSARs: Over 18 persons nabbed in fresh protest.

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Some of the arrested suspects denied being protesters, insisting they were just going about their businesses when they were picked up.

At least 23 persons, including passersby, have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos Police Command deployed to the Lekki Tollgate.

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The operatives, who were deployed to the location since Friday, were seen chasing and arresting anyone they considered a protester.

Those arrested were alleged to be members of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate and #ENDSARS2 groups who vowed to protest in spite of warnings by the Lagos State and Federal Governments.

NoRM reports as at 10 am, the tollgate was occupied by journalists and security operatives with no protesters in sight.

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Earlier, some of the policemen were seen chasing a young man, who was walking towards Lekki.

As soon as they caught him, he was thrown into a waiting Black Maria.

Some of the arrested suspects denied being protesters, insisting they were just going about their businesses when they were picked up.

Disturbed at the way the policemen were chasing and arresting random people, some of the journalists approached the senior officers on the ground and were assured those who could identify themselves or explain why they were around the area would be released.

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Meanwhile, the #DefendLagos group led by Alabi Oladimeji, has suspended its counter-protest scheduled for the #Lekkitollgate this morning.

At the time of this report, more police deployments have been sent at the Lekki and Ikoyi Tollgates while a vigorous convoy patrol is being carried out across the state.

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EndSARs: Mr Macaroni has been arrested. (Reactions).

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Nigerian comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, has been arrested by personnel of the Nigerian Police Force at the on-going #OccupyLekkitollgate protest in Lagos.

He was seen detained in a Black Maria in a live video on his Instagram page.

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Mr Macaroni arrested with other protesters during #occupylekkitollgate rally.

This incident has generated lots of reactions and below are some:

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EndSARs: Lagos Gov’t reminds Protesters others’ rights.

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The state, however, urged the Nigeria Police that in responding to any protest, its officers should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

The Lagos State Government, yesterday, reminded those planning another #EndSARS protests in the state to be mindful of the rights of other citizens of the country, stressing that government will do everything in its powers to safeguard the residents

In a statement issued by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said while the state recognised the rights to peaceful protests, demonstrators should not block roads and deny other members of the public their fundamental rights to free movement within the state.

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He said any person or group of persons planning to organise protests should bear in mind the exigencies of the COVID-19 health regulations 2021, which prevents any gathering beyond 50 persons and other safety measures including, but not limited to maintaining social distancing and use of face masks.

“Our attention has been drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate.

“The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. However, such right does not permit violation of the rights of other citizens in the state,” the statement reads.

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The state, however, urged the Nigeria Police that in responding to any protest, its officers should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

MEANWHILE, the Federal Government, yesterday, said security forces had been placed on alert to deal with the planned protest being organised by #EndSars campaigners scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government received intelligence report that the protests would be hijacked to cause violence and warned that the government would not watch hoodlums unleash another mayhem on the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja titled: Perpetration Of Violence Under The Guise Of #ENDSARS: Never Again, the minister disclosed that it was aware of the Occupy Lekki Toll Gate flyers circulating online, with the proponents threatening that Lagos would burn again.

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Mohammed said while peaceful protests remained the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests were not, adding: “This time, chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are high.

“Based on intelligence available the Federal Government, some activists have networked with others outside Nigeria, including subversive elements, with a view to destabilising the country. We cannot allow this to happen.”

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Nigeria ‘may clampdown on social media platforms’ over fresh protest.

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Lagos State police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu said the command will resist any planned protest in the state.

The Nigerian government on Thursday warned social media platforms over their role in the October 2020 protest against police brutality tagged #EndSARS.

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The government’s threat came at a time when a fresh protest against the handing over of Lekki toll gate, where Nigerian forces opened fire on unarmed protesters last October, to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

“The Federal Government is also keenly watching the role being played by the various social media platforms in this renewed clamour for violence in the country,” Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed said at a press conference in Abuja, the capital.

Mohammed accused social media platforms of encouraging the violence and destruction of properties that occurred during the #EndSARS protests in different parts of the country.

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“Recall that the social media platforms that eagerly nudged on the #EndSars protesters,” Mohammed said.

Referring to the violence on United State’s Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the minister stated that “until the situation got out of hand, (social media platforms) are the same ones that quickly pulled the plug on even their own President when the chips were down in their own country.”

Many Nigerian cities, especially Lagos State where the #EndSARS protest was held, suffered a loss of lives and destruction of properties from the violence that followed the protest.

While normalcy has since returned to Lagos, members of the judicial panel set up by the government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting drew the ire of the youths, when they voted 5-4 in favor of the handing over of the Lekki Toll Gate to LCC.

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Similar to the beginning of the nationwide #EndSARS protest, another protest tagged #OccupyLekkiTollGate is gathering momentum in Lagos – from social media.

A counter-protest is also in the offing. Both are scheduled for Saturday, But the Nigerian government said it will resist any form of violent protest.

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“No government anywhere will allow a repeat of the kind of destruction, killing and maiming wrought by the hijackers of EndSars protests last year,” Mohammed said.

The information minister stated that sponsors of the fresh protest are members of the diaspora and described the protesters in Nigeria as “gullible people.”

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari shared Mohammed’s sentiment that social media and members of the diaspora community incited young people against the government.

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Buhari said there was a deliberated “spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.”

Days before Buhari’s speech, Nigerian security forces were at the Lekki Toll Plaza and shot live rounds at unarmed protesters. The army initially denied the involvement of its personnel at the protest scene. Six days later, the army said it was invited to the scene by the Lagos State Government but denied shooting at protesters.

Amnesty International said on October 21 that at least 12 persons were killed at Alausa and Lekki. Both locations are in Lagos – also scheduled to host the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest on Saturday, February 13.

Although, Mohammed said the government is aware that it is the constitutional right of citizens to protest but it would not tolerate violence under the guise of any form of protest.

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“Security agents are ready for any eventuality,” Mohammed said.

Lagos State police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu said the command will resist any planned protest in the state.

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EndSARs: FG call protesters ‘gullible’

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Amnesty International said that the Nigerian forces killed at least 12 protesters and accused the Nigerian government of shielding those responsible.

Nigerian Government on Thursday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were “gullible people” as they are being pushed by Nigerians in the diaspora.

“We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria,” Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed said at a press conference in Abuja.

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“They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home (Nigeria).”

Mohammed’s comment adds to previous comments President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has made criticising Nigerian youths.

In April 2018, Buhari criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were lazy youths.

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Also, during an interview in 2016 with UK Telegraph, Buhari said some Nigerians in the UK, mostly youth, are disposed to criminality and should not be granted asylum there.

The administration has been fiercely criticised for its disparaging comments on the Nigerian youths, with many saying it failed to convey the reality of Nigerian youth’s exploits.

The information minister’s comment is coming days after some youths took to social media to speak against the handover of Lekki toll gate, where Nigerian forces opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters last October, to its owners Lekki Concession Company (LCC).

Members of the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting voted 5-4 in favor of the handover on Saturday.

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Young people mobilising through social media have called out the panel for approving the release of the toll gate while an investigation is ongoing.

Many are vexed that the government has not owned up to the killing of unarmed protesters, who marched against police brutality on the night of October 20.

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The events of the night of October 20 at Lekki culminated in large-scale violence that grounded the state.

Mohammed said, “never again will the Federal Government allow the kind of violence that was perpetrated across the country under the guise of the #EndSars last October.”

Although many critics said it was bottled anger of many of the country’s youth over unfair profiling and harassment by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police, in particular, it has found an outlet in the protest.

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The protests, which started with no defined or any central leadership, were largely peaceful at the beginning. It, however, spiraled into chaos after it was hijacked by hoodlums who looted and destroyed properties.

The protest reached its climax in late October when military forces fired live rounds on October 20 in a bid to disperse protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. A CNN investigation found that the army fired directly at the protesters and used live ammunition and not in the air with blank rounds as was initially claimed.

Amnesty International said that the Nigerian forces killed at least 12 protesters and accused the Nigerian government of shielding those responsible.

In fact, Mohammed still reignites authorities how it describes allegations of the Lekki shooting as fake news.

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“Anyone who has any information on the alleged shooting or purported massacre at the Lekki Toll Gate, including the names and addresses of those who were purportedly killed, should head to the Panel to give it such information,” he said.

But Nigerians await the findings of a judicial panel of inquiry set up to investigate the shooting.

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EndSARs: FG issue warnings to #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters.

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He said the chances that any peaceful protest would be hijacked at this time were very high.

The Federal Government on Thursday warned those planning a fresh #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos on Saturday to desist.

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It said it would not allow any further resort to violence in the name of #EndSARS protest.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, handed down the warning at a press conference in Abuja.

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While admitting that peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, the minister said violent protests are not.

While admitting that peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, the minister said violent protests are not.

He said the chances that any peaceful protest would be hijacked at this time were very high.

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The minister claimed that based on the intelligence at the disposal of the Federal Government, some Nigerian activists have linked up with others outside Nigeria, “including subversive elements,” with a view to destabilising the country, adding that “We cannot and must not allow this to happen.”

Mohammed said, “Any further resort to violence in the name of EndSARS will not be tolerated this time.

“The security agents are ready for any eventuality. A situation in which six soldiers and 37 policemen were murdered in cold blood by hoodlums will not repeat itself.

“We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria. They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.

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“The attack, looting and razing of 269 private and public property will not happen again. The killing of 57 civilians will not be re-enacted.

“We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria. They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.

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‘Blood & Fire’ – Warning to EndSARs protesters over planned Lekki protest.

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A lot lost their lives and are no more but will be remembered for their bravery, we don’ t know what’ ll take place on that day.

It will never be forgotten in the history of Nigeria that millions rose up and objected the continuous, evil activities of some leaders in our nation. I would tell you that the whole world was watching as Nigerians said ” no to police brutality in the country” . The most memorable being 20th October, 2020 when souls were lost at the Lekki Tollgate after they were shot to death. All around Nigeria, many were injured, properties were damaged and people were in fear of threats.

However, the tollgate’ s activities and operations were stopped as a result of this incident which played out last year. It has now come to the notice of Nigerians that the tollgate will be reopened shortly because millions of naira have been lost due to non- payment of tickets. Many have objected this call for the reopening of the tollgate and thus will be gathering in large numbers at the tollgate on 13th February, 2021.

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An Igbo man who resides in Lagos as the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chieftain (Lagos Chapter) has sent a strong warning to all Nigerians who will resurface at the tollgate on 13th February. The man being Joe Igbokwe shared via his Facebook account that those who are planning to invade the tollgate again, should ask those who invaded US Capitol Hill of their experiences. It will be recalled that some Americans took over the United States’ Capitol in Washington DC to oppose the results of the election. These rioters were apprehended and are now facing sentences in the law court and prison. Joe Igbokwe has called on people who are yet to come to the tollgate to protest as he said that actions this time will carry adequate consequences.

Should this be a threat to some Nigerians who will flood the tollgate on 13th February, 2021? Are their unknown motives and plans by the Lagos State Government? In all these, we must stand for the truth but be careful because live has no second chance. A lot lost their lives and are no more but will be remembered for their bravery, we don’ t know what’ ll take place on that day.

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EndSARs: Court directs CBN to unfreeze protesters bank accounts.

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The demonstrations came to a head-on on October 20 when security forces opened fire at unarmed protesters in Lagos at the Lekki toll gate.

A federal high court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered Nigeria’s apex bank to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters.

The judge, Ahmed Mohammed, gave the order after counsel to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the legal representative of the protesters agreed to end the case.

Mohammed sets aside the order it made on November 4, 2020, freezing accounts linked with some promoters of the #EndSARS protests.

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The CBN froze the bank accounts in the heat of the #EndSARS campaign. Many of those affected were prominent during the protests, which attracted global attention as thousands of people campaigned for an end to police brutality in major Nigerian cities.

The demonstrations came to a head-on on October 20 when security forces opened fire at unarmed protesters in Lagos at the Lekki toll gate.

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Protest ‘rumbling’ as Court agrees reopening of Lekki toll gate.

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After the panel’s chair ruling, Ebun Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and member of the panel, led three other members to oppose the ruling of the judge.

Hundreds of Nigerian youths have taken to social media to speak against the handover of Lekki toll gate, where Nigerian forces opened fire on unarmed protesters last October, to its owners Lekki Concession Company.

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Members of the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting voted 5-4 in favor of the handover on Saturday.

Young people mobilising through social media have called out the panel for approving the release of the toll gate while an investigation is ongoing. Many are vexed that the government has not owned to the killing of unarmed protesters, who marched against police brutality on the night of October 20.

The hashtag #occupyLekkiTollGate has been trending to push their grievances.

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“Lagos State government, Lekki Concession Company, and some members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel members inspired the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest planned for 7 am on Saturday, February 13,” Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, tweeted on Monday.

Other Twitter users have also shared and reshared graphics and tweets for mobilization for a protest on Saturday.

Lekki Concession Company, through its counsel, had been praying the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims since December 2020.

But the panel earlier said the toll plaza could not be handed over as a forensic expert has been paid by the Lagos state government to examine the toll gate with respect to the October 20 shooting incident.

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In January 5 sitting, Doris Okuwobi, the panel chairperson, said the government has paid a forensic expert to examine the scene of the Lekki shooting and LCC needs to wait for the forensic examination results.

“Forensic evidence is most needed in this inquiry,” Okuwobi said.

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The matter was adjourned till February 6 as the forensic report was to be ready on February 2.

But on Saturday, instead of the report of the forensic examination is read during the siting, the judge made no comment on the forensic report, while the LCC was allowed to proceed with its application.

Okuwobi, a retired judge, said the forensic report is ready and the panel is satisfied “but would not wait till the termination of the petitions before it hands over control of Lekki to LCC”.

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“To put the record straight, it is the jurisdiction of this panel to investigate the incident of October 2020 and make recommendations is the premise by which the panel must comply with jurisdiction to look into the Lekki case.

“The Lekki toll plaza is considered the seat of event of that day. This panel has given ample opportunity to all petitioners to access the toll plaza with the view to considering the investigation.”

After the panel’s chair ruling, Ebun Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and member of the panel, led three other members to oppose the ruling of the judge.

Adegboruwa, Patience Udoh (lawyer and human rights activist), and the two representatives of the youth, Rinuola Oduola and Temitope Majekodunmi, said the decision of the judge and other members of the panel does not represent theirs.

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Adegboruwa said the handover of the plaza at this time “is hasty, premature and will overreach the work and eventual recommendations of the panel.”

“Investigation by the panel over the Lekki Tollgate incident is still ongoing, it will therefore be premature to hand over the plaza that is still subject of panel’s investigation and proceedings, to LCC,” he said.

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EndSARs: Court drops case against four protesters.

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A court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Monday, discharged four out of six protesters arrested in November for demonstrating outside the National Assembly.

Last year, Africa’s most populous country was swept by weeks of widespread protests sparked by anger over brutality from the police’s loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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The government disbanded the unit and pledged reforms but still struggled to contain the largest challenge to Nigeria’s governing elite in decades.

The six defendants were arrested on November 8, 2020, and charged with unlawful assembly.

Defence lawyer Henry Akwaji requested the case be dismissed because the prosecution team was absent from court on Monday.

The court agreed and dismissed the case due to a lack of diligent prosecution.

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“Defendants, Olutosin Adeniji, Abdusalam Zubarur, Paul Akinwumi, and Devour Chomo are discharged and the complaint against them dismissed,” magistrate Musa Eneye ruled.

The remaining two, Yasidu Bashiru and Kabiru Garzali, were absent from court due to illness. The case against them was adjourned until March 24.

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EndSARs: Court drop charges against Falz, Davido, Sam Adeyemi, others.

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Okeke in his suit alleged that during the riot, properties were destroyed and the defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests must be held responsible for it and also brought to justice.

A Federal High Court has stopped and drop the charges against Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre, Burna Boy, Davido, Falz, activist Deji Adeyanju and others over the #EndSARS protest.

NoRM gathered that the High Court ordered a Magistrate court to instantly stop proceedings and stay action against 50 persons who supported the #EndSARS protests, following a criminal accusation filed by lawyer Kenechukwu Okeke.

Justice Bello Kawu who delivered a judgement on the application filed by Activist Deji Adeyanju (one of the defendants) for a judicial review of the substantive matter before the magistrate, said;

“An order of this honourable court granting leave to the application to issue and serve on the defendant an application for judicial review against the proceedings/direct criminal complaint of Hon. Omolola Tolulope Akindele sitting at Chief Magistrate Court II, Wuse Zone 6 in the suit of Kenechukwu Okeke Vs Deji Adeyanju and 49 others in suit No. CR/49/2020.

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“An order of this honourable court, that on the grant of the above orders herein, serve as stay of all proceedings on the direct criminal complaint Omolola Tolulope Akindele sitting at Chief Magistrate Court II, Wuse Zone 6 in the suit of Kenechukwu Okeke Vs Deji Adeyanju and 49 others in suit no. CR/49/2020.

“An order of this honourable court, that on the grant of the above orders herein, same order as granted by the honourable court shall restrain the Nigeria Police Force, 2nd and 3rd defendants from taking any further steps, arresting and or taking any unconstitutional/illegal steps in the form of any guise as it concerns the subject matters whatsoever before this court herein as it concerns all parties in the proceedings.”

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Mixed actions after Police refuse to present Sowore, others in Court

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She also scheduled today, Friday, by 11am to rule on the bail application filed by their lawyer, Marshal Abubakar.

The presiding Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, had on Wednesday ordered the activists be remanded at Force Criminal Investigation Department, located at Area 10.

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There was a palpable tension on the premises of Wuse, Zone 2, Magistrates’ Court Abuja as authorities of the Nigerian government and the police refused to produce the human rights’ activist, Omoyele Sowore, and four others in court in an attempt to frustrate their bail application.

The presiding Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, had on Wednesday ordered the activists be remanded at Force Criminal Investigation Department, located at Area 10.


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NoRM gathered that the police refused to bring the activists to court following a signal that their case files had been transferred from the FCT Commissioner of Police to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department.

Noble Reporters Media also gathered that there was also a document from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation directing the case file to be transferred to the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

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He explained that there was no lawyer from the office of the DPP and the police had also refused to bring the defendants to court.

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Abubakar described the latest plot by the Nigerian government and the police to subvert justice.

The activists have not yet arrived in the court as a large crowd of their supporters have gathered on the premises, chanting solidarity songs and threatening to storm the Force Criminal Investigation Department.

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EndSARs: CNN coverage over Lekki shooting disgusted me – Buhari

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President Buhari’s tweet is coming a day after he held a closed-door meeting with all 36 state governors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is digusted at the manner in which the foreign press handled coverage of the recently concluded #EndSARS Protest in Nigeria.

The President in a tweet via his official Twitter Handle on Wednesday said the foreign media houses did not balance their reportage on the protest.

According to him, the reports from some major foreign media firms did not attempt to lend a voice to the plight of policemen that were killed following the violence that erupted after the protest.

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He further noted that the stations which were burnt and prisons that were opened did not make it into the reports of the foreign press.

It must be said that foreign press coverage of the ENDSARS violence was not balanced, especially from CNN and BBC.

I was disgusted by the coverage, which did not give attention to the policemen that were killed, the stations that were burnt, and prisons that were opened.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 9, 2020
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There at the meeting, the President sounded a strong warning about a reoccurrence of the EndSARS protest, saying that no responsible government will allow that to happen.

“We do not stop anyone from demonstrating, but you don’t set up roadblocks and smashing windscreens. Which government will allow that?,’’ Buhari asked.

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EndSARs: Reno Omokri blast Buhari, Buratai as protest commences

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He recently stated that he won’t condone any form of protest by any #Endsars protesters.

The return of #Endsars protest started today despite warning from top personalities in Nigeria like the Inspector General Of Police and the current youngest APC governor in Nigeria, Yahaya Bello.

How wonderful that the #Endsars protest was among the top trends on Twitter.

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The Inspector General Of Police in Nigeria, Mohammed Adamu is the most senior police officer in the police service.

Well, no one can blame him for his decision, Nigerians all saw the atrocities committed the last time the #Endsars protest took place somewhere in October, speaking of the burning of properties, BRT Buses among many other calamities.

Despite the IGP’s caution against the protest, Nigerians have taken the most senior police officers words as vain words as they resumed the #Endsars protest with vigour and happiness, demanding Buhari and Buratai’s resignation(Is this demand not impossible?) and justice to the killings of innocent protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.

After IGP Said He Won’t Tolerate Another Protest, Reno Omokri a former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan also an author and a lawyer, reacted to IGP’s warning on Twitter he tweeted If the Nigerian Army or Police dare kill any more peaceful, unarmed #EndSARS protesters, this time, it will be Generals #Buhari and Buratai that will end up “seeing double”.

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Nigerians have been pushed to the wall and they have the right to protest against an inept government. See the screenshot of his tweet below;

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EndSARs: Protest back at Abuja, Ondo and Osun

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The protesters, led by Emmanuel Adebisi, demanded good governance, among other things.

EndSARS protesters are currently protesting in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Osogbo, the Osun State capital as well as Akure, the capital of Ondo state, NoRM report.

In Osun, the youths marched through the streets of Osogbo to the Osun State House of Assembly, demanding an audience with the leadership of the Assembly.

Also, police officers have also been sighted at Opebi, Alausa and Ikeja areas of Lagos, in an apparent plot to stop the suspected EndSARS protests billed to start today, Monday.

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Recall with NoRM that the #EndSARS protests, which took place in October, were hijacked by hoodlums leading to the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

It also turned bloody in Lagos on October 20, 2020, when men in military uniform opened fire on young protesters at the Lekki toll plaza, an epicentre of the protests in Lagos.

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EndSARs: Buhari blows hot, promise to do this to protesters

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Buhari gave the warning while declaring the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference, 2020 open.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday warned against violent protests in Nigeria.

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He said anyone who commits acts capable of disrupting peace and stability will be dealt with.

He commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their efforts at restoring law and order in various states during the unrest in the wake of the End SARS protests.

Buhari, however, reiterated the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful demonstrations.

The President recalled that the End SARS protest was hijacked by hooligans across Nigeria.

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He described the year 2020 as a challenging one, citing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact.

Despite the President’s warning, fresh End SARS protests have resumed in Lagos, Osun and Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

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EndSARs: Tension hit Osun as protesters attack House of Assembly

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A second wave of #EndSARS protests began early on Monday in Lagos, Osun and Oyo states.

There is palpable tension in Osun state on Monday as #EndSARS protesters re-surfaced demanding that the Nigerian Government release all detained protesters.

Several youths carrying placards with inscriptions like “#End Bad Judiciary in Nigeria”, ” #End fake judicial panel of Inquiry in Osun”, “Unfreeze all the frozen account”, ” We are Nigerian youths” etc. were headed to the state house of assembly to register their grievances as at the time of filing this report.

They are also demanding that the Central Bank of Nigeria unfreeze the accounts of some of the protesters.

More to come….