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#EndSARS: Beyonce, Rihanna, other world celebs react to shootings of protesters in Lagos

Celebrities around the world have reacted to the shootings of #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.

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International celebrities have reacted to the shootings of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.

The celebrities which include Hip-hop stars such as BeyonceRihannaNicki MinajChanceTheRapper, football stars like Rio-Ferdinand, and Nigerian-born American hip-hop sensation, Jidenna took to Twitter and Instagram to react to the gruesome shootings of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos State by security operatives. 

READ: #EndSARS: Nigerian ex-presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba sues Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey for $1 billion

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The #EndSARS peaceful protest in the past 24 hours has escalated in Lagos State, due to agitations by the #EndSARS protesters on unmet demands, as protesters remained on the streets last night thus breaching the curfew imposed by the government. 

Backstory 

Videos and reports released on social media in the past 12 hours have revealed the gruesome sight of soldiers firing live rounds at peaceful #EndSARS protesters gathered at the Lekki toll plaza.

This, however, has led to reactions by Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora, and also foreigners public figures such as former US presidential aspirant, Hillary Clinton, and current US Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden. 

READ: #EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu says trial of Surulere police officers has started, victims to testify next week

What they are saying 

Beyonce stressed that there has to be an end to SARS, as she is heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. She disclosed that there is an arrangement in place to support those protesting for a change, as she will be collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter to Nigerians protesters. 

Rihanna emphasized in her post that, “It’s such a betrayal to the citizens as the very people put in place to protect are the ones Nigerians are most afraid of being murdered by.” 

Nicki Minaj reiterated that the shooting of protesters in Nigeria is senseless and inhumane, while ChanceTheRapper called on the whole world to engage the #EndSARS protest, as firing squads mass murder young Nigerians. 

READ: #EndSARS: Analyzing the economic prospects of another lockdown

Jidenna sent a message across to Africans in the diaspora. He called on them to amplify the #EndSARS protest, as Nigerians in their crew, class, sports teams, offices, playlists, films, hospitals, need them at the moment. 

What you should know 

The Nigerian Army Headquarters has, however, denied involvement in the shooting of peaceful EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll-gate even though video evidence suggests otherwise.

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President Buhari is yet to make an official statement or address the citizens of the country on the ongoing #EndSARS protest since October 12 after disclosing the disbandment of the notorious SARS unit. 

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Omokolade Ajayi is a graduate of Economics, and a certificate holder of the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundation Program. He is a business analyst, and equity market researcher, with wealth of experience as a retail investor. He is a business owner and a stern advocate of Financial literacy, who believes in the huge economic prospect of the Nigerian Payment channels and Fintech space.

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ICPC Chairman reveals #EndSARS protests was financed with cryptocurrency

ICPC Chairman has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

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School feeding, ICPC, FIRS moves to stop tax evasion with newly launched intelligence system 

The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

This is as he said there are strong indications that it could be used to fund Insurgency in the country.

According to a report from Vanguard, this disclosure was made by the ICPC Chairman, during an interactive session with Senate Joint Committee on Banking, ICT, Cybercrime and Capital Market led by Senator Uba Sani on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

READ: ICPC uncovers N9.8 billion Government money hidden in Aso Savings

The Joint committee was mandated to look at the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ban Cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

The ICPC boss while supporting the position of the CBN, said that the nature of operations of Cryptocurrency exposes it to money laundering and terrorism financing.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has said that the agency averted a $3million fraud linked to 20 bank accounts.

READ: ICPC moves against NDDC top management over corruption allegations, quizzes directors

Owasanoye further explained that the anti-graft agency currently has a number of cases linked to Cryptocurrency but is unable to track the suspects.

He brought the attention of the Senate to a period in 2018 when a number of globally rated financial institutions said their financial statements had been hacked with the perpetrators asking to be paid in Cryptocurrencies.

ICPC Chairman noted that the CBN as a regulator has the responsibility to ensure sound financial stability and it will be difficult to achieve in the case of Cryptocurrencies where the players are anonymous.

While sharing the experience of the Indian Supreme Court and how it ruled and admitted that it does not know what it is, he urged the Lawmakers to as a matter of urgency, take decisive action against Cryptocurrencies.

READ: Most powerful financial leader takes side with CBN, says Bitcoin is untrustworthy

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What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the CBN had directed the financial institutions to immediately close the accounts of such persons or entities transacting in or operating cryptocurrency exchanges, warning of severe regulatory sanctions in the event of any breach of the directive.
  • The apex bank warned the Deposit Money Banks, Non-Financial Institutions and other Financial Institutions against doing business in crypto and other digital assets.
  • The latest directive is coming after the CBN had in 2018 stated that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and as such are illegal.

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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos Attorney-General explains large police presence at Lekki toll gate

Lagos Attorney-General has stated that the State does not support the abuse of peaceful protesters.

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The Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo says that the reason for large numbers of policemen at the Lekki toll gate during Saturday’s protest was to prevent the protest from getting hijacked by hoodlums.

The Attorney-General of the State disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Sunday evening.

“Our duty is to face the dictate of the law.

“The state does not derive any joy from seeing people brutalized, but we must ensure that we have a society where law and order prevails and where everyone is free and secure to go about their businesses.

“Your right to protests only extends to where the other person’s freedom of association starts,” Onigbanjo said.

READ: #EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu presents Buhari report on Lagos destruction by hoodlums

He added that the State Government wanted to prevent any problems during the protests, citing Covid-19 regulations preventing the mass gathering of people and hoodlums hijacking the protests.

“I believe that was the desire of the state government yesterday that people can protests, but think about the Covid-19 regulations, the existing laws.

“We cannot afford the sort of vandalism we saw before, the state was genuinely apprehensive that hoodlums might take over a peaceful protest, we have seen this before. And that was why the police came out in large numbers that this did not degenerate the last time,” he added.

READ: #EndSARS: Freezing of accounts may trigger further protests – Tunde Bakare

What you should know 

Nairametrics reported over the weekend that Officers of the Nigerian Police Force arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

This was confirmed by multiple media images and videos on social media, showing the protesters being arrested and loaded inside police trucks and van, popularly known as Black Maria.

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