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#EndSARS: Anambra state joins Lagos and Edo to declare 24 hours curfew

The Anambra State Government has declared a 24 hours curfew in the state.

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Anambra state joins Lagos, Edo and others to declare curfew

The Anambra State Government has joined Lagos and Edo states to declare a 24 hours curfew in the state, beginning from 8 pm Thursday, October 22nd, 2020. This is sequel to the rising tension in the country, as the hijacked #EndSARS protests have led to killings, destruction of private and public owned properties in other states of Lagos, Ondo, Edo and others.

The disclosure was made by the Executive Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano via a state broadcast in the state capital, Awka.

READ: #EndSARS: US Secretary of State demands prosecution of those involved in shooting

Backstory

Nairametrics had earlier reported that Edo state declared a 24 hours curfew after an alleged jailbreak in the state capital, Benin. Also, Nairametrics reported the imposition of curfew in Lagos State on Tuesday, October 20th following the hijacked #EndSARS protest that led to chaos in some areas in the state.

(READ MORE:#EndSARS: Lagos confirms curfew will now start from 9pm)

What they are saying

Commenting on the rationale of the curfew, the Governor said the curfew has become necessary due to unpleasant incidents recorded so far, as well as rising tension in the land.

Speaking further, he said, “This is not the time for destructive rumors, but a time to unite and keep Anambra state safe”

READ: Oil theft gulped $1.35 billion in first six months – Obaseki 

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He urged all security operatives to comport themselves and display professionalism, using little or no force, regardless of the provocation. He also asked all relevant stakeholders such as the clergymen, traditional rulers, youth leaders, etc. to help douse the already tensed environment by lending their voices to address the issue.

He ended by assuring the people that the total sum of N200million has been earmarked to compensate families of those affected by SARS brutality in the state.

READ: #EndSARS: Edo relaxes curfew, now 4pm to 6am daily

What this means

All private and public schools, church services, and non-essential markets in the state will be closed until further notice. Only security personnel and essential workers will be allowed some movement.

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Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

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Lekki Tollgate Shooting: US says security forces shot in the air, no information on fatalities

The U.S Government has said that the Nigerian security forces fired shots into the air to disperse #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.

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The United States Government has said that the Nigerian security forces fired shots into the air to disperse #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on October 20, 2020.

This contradicts allegations from media reports that some eyewitnesses saw soldiers firing live ammunition at the peaceful protesters.

This disclosure is contained in the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria released by the US Department of State on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

The report pointed out that there was no accurate information on the number of fatalities from the shootings contrary to Amnesty International’s report that 10 people died during the incident as a result of gunshot wounds.

READ: Lagos State police says no protest happened at Lekki Tollgate, describes viral video as fake

What the report on Human Rights Practices on Nigeria is saying

The report partly reads, “On Oct. 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end.

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Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during the event, but the government disputed Amnesty’s report, and no other organisation was able to verify the claim.

READ: Lekki shooting: LCC video footage shows soldiers arriving in several trucks

The government reported two deaths connected to the event. One body from the toll gate showed signs of blunt force trauma.

A second body from another location in Lagos State had bullet wounds. The government acknowledged that soldiers armed with live ammunition were present at the Lekki Toll Gate.”

What you should know

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  • It can be recalled that in the aftermath of the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, US-based media outfit, Cable News Network (CNN), in its investigate report, aired a video allegedly showing Nigerian soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters at the tollgate, based on video evidence from mobile phones and witnesses.
  • The Federal Government in its response insisted that the military did not shoot at the #EndSARS protesters, describing the alleged mass killings as a massacre without bodies.
  • Also, President Muhammadu Buhari, while expressing his disgust at the coverage of the incident by foreign media organisations like CNN and BBC, said that their reports on the EndSARS protests were not balanced.

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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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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

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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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