The Lagos State Government has set up a N200 million fund for residents in the state who have been victims of police brutality.
This disclosure was made by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, while addressing some angry protesters, in Alausa, Ikeja, and keeping up with his promise yesterday to address the issue of compensation for the victims.
While making the announcement, the governor requested from the leaders of the protests, a list of names of Lagos State residents that have been affected by police brutality.
He said that the compensation funds will be supervised by Civil Society Organizations appointed by members of the public.
The governor in a tweet post said, ‘’We are also immediately setting up a trust fund to compensate the families of police brutality in Lagos state even though no amount of money can reduce their plain. The trust fund will be supervised by a team appointed transparently by members of the public.’’
Sanwo-Olu, while calling on the protesters to send the list of all those that have fallen victim of SARS brutality in Lagos, said that he fully identifies with their #EndSARS struggles and feels their pain.
Sanwo-Olu, who joined the protesters in Alausa, Ikeja, received a letter containing a list of their demands and once again reiterated his support. He said he is going to Abuja, today, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and would clearly point out these issues to him.
In a related development, the Lagos State Governor has directed the police to release all those arrested during the #EndSARS protests in the state.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement which was signed by the Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, on Tuesday reiterated the need for the youth to reciprocate the Lagos State Government’s gesture by shunning further protests. He urged them to allow the government to take steps to resolve the situation that sparked the protests.
— Nairametrics (@Nairametrics) October 13, 2020
BREAKING: Suspected hoodlums looting Palms Mall, Shoprite in Ilorin
Hoodlums have invaded Palms Mall and Shoprite in Ilorin, looting stores and carting away items.
Some suspected hoodlums are allegedly looting the Palms Mall on Fate road, Ilorin, Kwara State capital. The mall hosts stores of Shoprite, and Lifemate Furniture among other stores including Mobile phones retailers.
This was revealed by findings conducted by a Nairametrics analyst who is presently in Ilorin.
He said, “They allegedly stole iPhone 11 mobile sets, other mobile sets brands, Refrigerators, and households items among others.”
According to the analyst, the suspected hoodlums forced their way into the Mall after they have stormed and allegedly looted Kwara Agro Hall, an agro resettlement centre, where they carted away Aluminium roofing sheets, mattresses, bags of cement and bags of flour among others.
Details soon …
#EndSARS: President Buhari reaffirms commitment to protecting the rights of all citizens
President Buhari has reassured that the rights of all citizens will be protected.
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to improving good governance and ensuring that the rights of all citizens are protected, in a bid to preserving the unity of Nigeria. He made this known during a virtual meeting with all living former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria.
According to a statement by the Presidency via its official Twitter handle, the meeting was well attended by former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The meeting comes less than 24 hours after President Buhari’s state of the nation address, where he called for an end to the #EndSARS protests as their voices have been heard.
Nairametrics had earlier reported that President Buhari would be presiding over a National Security Council meeting with former Heads of State and Presidents.
According to the information contained in the tweets, President Buhari stressed that his administration will continue to improve good governance through the defined democratic process and sustained engagement.
During the meeting, the President recounted the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some SARS members.
Buhari said that all the demands are accepted and that he has proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and commence the process of addressing the other demands made.
Instagram tenders apology for flagging #EndSARS posts as fake
Instagram has apologized for its algorithm malfunction that led to the flagging of #EndSARS posts as fake.
Social media is not just changing the way we communicate, it’s changing the way we are governed and the way we live in society.
Instagram apologizes for its algorithm malfunction that leads to the dismay of its users.
Instagram on the 21st of October flagged a series of posts in support of #EndSARS protest killings, as false information.
Users received messages of, “False: The same false information was reviewed in another post by fact-checkers. There may be small differences. Independent fact-checkers say this information has no basis in fact.”
This came as a huge disappointment to some of its users as the company refused to be of help in a critical time.
The social networking service apologizes, saying that its algorithm incorrectly flagged the posts, “Yesterday our systems were incorrectly flagging content in support of #EndSARS and marking posts as false. We are deeply sorry for this. The issue has now been resolved, and we apologize for letting our community down in such a time of need,” they stated
Yesterday our systems were incorrectly flagging content in support of #EndSARS, and marking posts as false. We are deeply sorry for this. The issue has now been resolved, and we apologize for letting our community down in such a time of need.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) October 22, 2020
The incident of October 20th took place at the Lekki toll plaza where the Nigerian military shot at several of the youths who were on a peaceful protest seeking an end to police brutality amongst other demands. Amnesty International confirmed that about 12 of the protesters were killed while hundreds of them sustained injures.
What you need to know:
The #EndSARS movement was first introduced in 2017. Its most recent protest started on the 7th of October, youths initiated back the protest to call for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force.