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#EndSARS: Lagos govt. denies sponsoring attacks on protesters

Lagos state government has denied sponsoring thugs to attack and disperse #EndSARS protesters.

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The Lagos State Government has declared as untrue and wicked, allegations that it sponsored thugs to disrupt the #EndSARS protest on Thursday at Alausa, Ikeja.

This disclosure was contained in a statement that was issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

READ: #EndSARS: Hoodlums not Police killed bystander – Lagos State Govt.

The statement pointed out that such wild allegations were obviously concocted by enemies of peace and orderliness, to whip up sentiments against the government. It claims the state government has been doing everything possible to resolve the crisis, by identifying with our youths in their efforts towards police reforms.

Part of the statement reads, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to some unverified reports on social media alleging that the government sponsored thugs to disrupt the #EndSARS protest.

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“This is untrue and wicked. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been preaching peace. The same can be said of the Deputy Governor, who addressed the protesters last Friday. The Governor has addressed them twice at the Lekki Toll Gate and at the House of Assembly.

“He even carried a placard and marched with the youths after assuring them that he felt their pains and that it was legitimate for them to protest.”

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It also noted that the Governor visited the President to tender their five-point demand and ensured that all the protesters arrested by the police were released unconditionally.

The Lagos State Government disclosed that the enemies of progress, who are not happy that the state is not on fire, are the ones fueling the infernal lies that the government was sponsoring thugs to attack our protesting youths. It said they also posted on social media, pictures suggesting that a Lagos Bus Service Ltd. (LBSL) vehicle was conveying thugs.

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The commissioner pointed out that the bus in question was on its normal operation when it ran into a group of protesters. The passengers felt endangered and rushed out of the bus, only to continue their journey after the charging crowd had left.

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Omotosho reiterated that as a government, we will never encourage thuggery or any act of violence that may put the lives and businesses of Lagosians at risk. The government is also strongly committed to ensuring that our youths, who have taken to the streets to air their views, are well protected.

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The statement noted that this should be a sober time for us all, as we struggle to reverse the negative effects of COVID-19 on our economic and social lives. Especially, at a time experts are warning that a second wave is imminent if we shun the safety guidelines we have all agreed to embrace.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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  1. incognitoNaira

    October 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    That’s statement of people running out for there life … From the bus is a fictional lie … Everyone knows how peace the protest have been…yet the government is blocking account of people for sending money thank God we got even need the nigeria money anymore … Thank to bitcoin…

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Federal Government declares Thursday October 29 public holiday, to mark Eidl-Mawlid

Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.

This disclosure was made by the honourable Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola congratulated muslim faithfuls both at home and abroad for the opportunity to observe this year’s celebration. He further enjoined them to show love, patience and perseverance.

In the light of the aforementioned facts, the minister urged Muslims to detest or shun lawlessness, looting and daylight robbery which undermine National security and safety.

Ogbeni Aregbesola, who described the youths as the hope and future of the nation, advised them to deepen democracy and not dampen it.

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For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.

What you should know:

Eid Mawlid is an annual celebration for Muslims meant to marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Just-in: President Buhari reappoints Yakubu as INEC Chairman for second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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INEC to introduce election results viewing portal, INEC headquarters gutted by fire

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.

This disclosure was made by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari nominates Prof Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second term in office’.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office.’

Details later…

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#EndSARS protest: Hoodlums loot 110 tractors in Yola

Hoodlums looted the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola state.

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Due to the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality tagged “EndSARS” protest, hoodlums have stolen at least 110 tractors and other farm implements from the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola.

Confirming this development to TheVanguard, was the chairman of NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Umar-Daware, who also revealed that the hoodlums also broke into the main warehouses of the Rice Farmers Association and Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, carting away valuables which include farm inputs and fertilisers.

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Commenting on the latest development, Mr. Umar-Daware, said: “They did not only took tonnes of produce, but they also made away with the farm inputs for the dry season farming and the offices of Rice Farmers Association, Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MFAN) and the NECAS were also looted and vandalised.

Commenting further, he said: “What they took away include tonnes of rice, beans, maize, sorghum and millets, and computers, tables, chairs, office equipment, water dispensers and cash,’’ he said.

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Mr. Umar noted that complaints have been forwarded to security agencies, although the organization is still awaiting a formal response. He, however, urged people in Adamawa and its environs to be on the lookout for anybody in possession of the tractors, and report to NECAS, RIFAN and MFAN officials for recovery and necessary action.

What you should know

NECAS is involved in agriculture-related services and human capacity development across the North-East region States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe.

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Since its establishment in 2018, the association has expanded its scope of activities, especially through the Federal Government, CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), mechanisation drive, and partnerships with development agencies.

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