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South-West Governors say attacks in Lagos were attempts to weaken the region’s economy

South West governors have they described the coordinated attacks in the state as an attempt to weaken the region’s economy.

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South-West Governors say attacks in Lagos were attempts to weaken the region's economy

Governors of the South-West states have pledged their supports to their Lagos State counterpart, as they described the coordinated attacks in the state as an attempt to weaken the region’s economy.

This was disclosed by the Chief Press Secretary of the state, Gboyega Akosile, during the visits of the Governors and the Federal Executive Council members from SouthWest to the public assets and private properties destroyed in last Wednesday’s arson in the state.

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He tweeted, “Shock! This was the expression on the faces of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) members from Southwest and Governors as they toured the public assets and private properties destroyed in Wednesday’s coordinated arson in Lagos State.

“The delegation of Governors and Ministers was personally received by Sanwo-Olu at the State House in Marina, where the Lagos helmsman showed them the pictorial evidence of the violence before visiting some of the torched assets.”

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At a joint press conference held after the tour, Chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, compared the scenes to a war zone, given the extent of the destruction.

According to him, the violence that resulted from the EndSARS protest left much to be desired, stressing that there was an agenda beyond the youth demonstration against police brutality.

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He said, “We are deeply concerned with the ease with which public buildings, utilities, police stations, and investment of our people have been burnt despite the proximity of security agencies in those areas.

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What this means: From all indications, it is obvious that the South-West Governors believed that the said attack, which were rumoured to have been carried out by suspected hoodlums, were sponsored by some people to deliberately disorganize the region’s economy.

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  1. Anonymous

    October 25, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    The protestors have nothing with the economy….The people are hurting the economy always has…especially with the pandemic ! Buhari is not hurting though! He is a mad under educated a mad Scientist ! F… the economy..youths are being killed 😳😳😠😠👌

    • Abioye Sulaiman

      October 26, 2020 at 6:53 am

      You call the President of our great country, Nigeria a mad person? For what reason?
      You reap what you sow!

  2. Stanley

    October 25, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    These crafty politicians are at it again. Whipping up a “convenient” conspiracy theory instead of addressing the governance and corruption issues that are afflicting their states, causing untold hardships and hyper unemployment rates. While the destruction of lives and property deserve total condemnation, I expect political leaders across the country to make sincere and creative efforts to revive the economies of their respective states and regions. That way, the number of angry idle youths willing to wreck havoc at the slightest provocation would be greatly reduced.

    • Anonymous

      October 26, 2020 at 2:13 am

      You are spot on. They refuse to change their ways and continue in the way that has led us here. I hope they will not take us over the cliff hanger with their lack of sincerity.

      • Amazing

        October 26, 2020 at 7:48 am

        There is no conspiracy anywhere, people are hungry and angry,oga gominor, who are the powers beyond your control that killed innocent lagosians???

  3. O.O.O

    October 25, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I agree with this conclusion too.

    I find it surprising that despite the presence of heavily armed security operatives on Lagos roads, killing and shooting at the peaceful protesters, hoodlums found their way to the target locations easily to loot and destroy properties without any confrontation from the security operatives (Army, Nigeria Police).

    Shame

  4. Abimbola Kumapayi

    October 26, 2020 at 3:18 am

    What a bad way to shifting blames on imaginary persons. Who was trying to weaken the region’s economy, and who fuelled the attack and who was up in harm against the other?
    From the soft intelligence gathered from eye witjesses account Gov Sanwo-Olu was the one that deployed the military who seized the moment to apply use of force- teargas and bullets that infuriated the peaceful protesters, so who is to blame if not Gov Sanwo Olu who had acted in panick.

    • Abioye Sulaiman

      October 26, 2020 at 6:50 am

      Can you substantiate your claim that Sanwo-Olu was responsible and was behind the Lekki shooting?
      Let’s fear our Creator and the day we will all stand before Him for accountability.
      A word should be enough for the wise. Thank you.

  5. Anonymous

    October 26, 2020 at 7:27 am

    The problem with Nigerian leaders is that they are never sincere. In the first place, why would a governor allowed use of brutal force on peaceful protesters who were singing Natinal Anthem and holding National flag. They didn’t start to destroy properties untill the military started killing them. Properties can never equaled lives of those that died. How would Tinubu and Sanwo Olu have felt if thelr children were killed during the crisis? You people should fear God ooo

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#EndSARS: Protest hijack was catalysed by fake news – Lai Mohammed

The hijack of #EndSARS protests was catalysed by fake news and disinformation, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has said.

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Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has claimed that the hijack of the #EndSARS protests was catalysed by fake news and disinformation, which spread like wildfire on social media.
The Minister disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting with members of the broadcasting organizations of Nigeria (BON) on Friday in Abuja.

He said, “The violence that resulted from the hijack of the #EndSARS protest was catalysed by fake news and disinformation, which spread like wildfire on social media. And this did not come to us as a surprise. As far back as 2017, we had been raising the alarm on the risks posed by fake news and disinformation.
“That year, we devoted the National Council on Information to the issue of fake news, hate speech, and disinformation. The following year, in 2018, we launched the national campaign against fake news and disinformation, partnering with a number of print and electronic media organizations.
 
“Ladies and gentlemen, social media was used to guide arsonists and looters to certain properties, both public and private, during the #EndSARS violence. Then, pictures of persons, including some celebrities and even non-Nigerians, who were supposedly killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers, were circulated widely, only for those persons to refute such claims.
 
“This brings me to the issue of social media regulation. You must have heard about the hoopla this issue has generated in the media. Well, I want to confirm that we will definitely act to ensure a responsible use of social media. You may call that regulation.
He added that the FG had no plans to stifle press freedom in Nigeria and had no intention of shutting down the internet.
 
“This government has no plan to stifle free speech, neither do we have any intention of shutting down the internet. Social media has come to stay, and those who use it responsibly have nothing to fear.
“But we cannot give the same assurance for those who weaponize social media. By the way, the issue of regulating social media content is generating debate around the world, so Nigeria is not an exception,” he said.
What you should know 
Nairametrics reported earlier this month that Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government had no plans of shutting down social media, but must regulate it to prevent the spread of hate speech.

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#EndSARS Sanctions: Nigeria has reached out to the UK Government – Foreign Minister

Onyeama has stated that the FG has reached out to the UK Government over the parliamentary debate on the #EndSARS protests.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said that the Nigerian Government has reached out to the UK Government over the parliamentary debate on the #EndSARS protests.

The Minister disclosed this to Newsmen at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Thursday, which was recorded by Channels TV.

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He added that the UK Parliament did not speak for the UK government, and that the UK had heard the Nigerian government’s side regarding the incident at Lekki.

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“On the issue of the UK parliament, yes, we have reached out to the UK government on this question. The meeting that took place was of Parliamentarians, they don’t speak for the UK government and the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom has also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that happened.

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“So we are in touch with them and engaging with them. But, of course, as in any democracy, the Members of Parliament are able to also air their views, but what is important is that a balanced picture is made available to them all before they take any decision,” Onyeama said.

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Nairametrics reported earlier this week that the British Parliament had announced it would consider a petition by some groups and individuals, asking it to apply sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials for alleged human rights violations during the #EndSARS protest and Lekki shooting incident.

Also, the presidency earlier disclosed that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, had a meeting with the UK Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs, Nick Dyer, accompanied by the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria.

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#EndSARS: States affected by violence should get 1% VAT – Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government to give states that were affected by lootings and destruction by hoodlums after the anti-police brutality protests,  1% of all Value Added Tax (VAT).

This motion was moved by Senators Abiodun Olujimi and Gershom Bassey on Tuesday and disclosed in a report by Channels TV.

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After the lootings and destruction by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests, Nairametrics reported that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Lagos State will need about N1 trillion for the reconstruction and repair of the properties and infrastructure that was vandalized in the process.

The Senators moving the motion declared that destruction caused in Lagos by hoodlums was valued at a range of over N1 trillion by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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Senator Gershom Bassey also revealed that hoodlums attacked federal properties in Calabar like the WAEC office and looted food warehouses in the state.

“Cross River State being a predominantly Civil Service State may not overcome the effects of the invasion since the destroyed state infrastructure were built from lean state resources over the years,” Bassey disclosed.

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Senator Sani Musa said the lootings which started in Lagos spread to other states, leading to the destruction of properties and urged for the FG’s assistance.

“#EndSARS came as a peaceful protest, but turned violent. It started in Lagos and later spread to other states which led to the destruction of homes, businesses, and government offices. It is very unfortunate. The government needs to rebuild what was destroyed and pay compensation as well. It is their responsibility,” Musa said.

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