LAGOS POLICE TORTURE JOURNALISTS FOR 4 HOURS FOR COVERING ENDSARS PROTESTS

Deji Lambo No fewer than 20 policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in the Alausa area of the state brutalised two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, while covering the #EndSARS activities in the area on Wednesday. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday declared a 24-hour curfew to stem the tide of the growing violence in the state but allowed those on essential services such as health workers, security operatives, and pressmen to carry out their legitimate duties. Dawodu and Odunayo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area,…

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AGAIN IGP ORDERS WITHDRAWAL OF POLICE OFFICERS ATTACHED TO VIPs

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons across the country with immediate effect. The IGP, however, exempted those attached to Government Houses, the Senate President and the Speaker House of Representatives, from the order. This is coming 10 days after the police authorities disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, following protests against the squad for high handedness and extrajudicial killings. The PUNCH reports that Adamu’s predecessors had also issued similar directives which were only observed in breach.…

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12 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT LEKKI TOLL GATE MASSACRE, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REVEALS

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Global rights group, Amnesty International, says at least 12 protesters were killed at the Lekki tollgate plaza and at the Alausa areas of Lagos State, adding that like in previous killings, security agents hid some of the corpses of the protesters. It said since the #EndSARS protests began, 56 people had been killed while 38 of them were killed on Tuesday alone. Amnesty said this in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Nigeria: Killing of #EndSARS protesters by the military must be investigated’. The statement read in part,…

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ADEBOYE SPEAKS AGAIN ON ENDSARS PROTESTS, WARNS ABOUT MILITARY INVOLVEMENT

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has condemned the shootings of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday. He warned that such actions may worsen the situation of things in the country. This was contained in a statement by the General Overseer on Wednesday. He said, “I condemn in the strongest possible terms, attacks launched by the Nigerian military on unarmed young people, who have been peacefully protesting police brutality over the last 12 days as #EndSARS protests. “The condemnable…

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WIKE IMPOSES 24-HOUR CURFEW ON PARTS OF RIVERS

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo, Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas, and some parts of Port-Harcourt following violent incidents by hoodlums who hijacked the ENDSARS protest. In a statement by the Governor’s newly appointed Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said Wike made the announcement in a state broadcast on Wednesday afternoon. The statement said the curfew was taken after a State Security Council meeting held at the Government House, Port Harcourt in order to protect lives and property; saying the curfew extends to Mile…

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADQUARTERS IN LAGOS SET ABLAZE

Felix Onajite Suspected hoodlums have set ablaze the head office of The Nation Newspaper at Matori in Lagos on fire. The development comes hours after the head office of Television Continental (TVC) was torched. An eyewitness confirmed the incident to THE WITNESS. Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is believed to be the main target of the attacks. More to follow…

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BANDITS KILL 22 IN ZAMFARA COMMUNITY

Maiharaji Altine, Gusau Bandits have killed 22 people in Tungar Kwana village of Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State Tuesday night. An indigene of the village, Malam Ahmed Mohammed,  told The Punch that the bandits numbering over 100 invaded the village around 11 pm where they began to shoot people indiscriminately. He stated, “Twenty-two people including children and women were killed instantly, while other people escaped to the forest. Mohammed also said that many people were wounded as a result of gunshots and were currently in the hospital for treatment. The…

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU COUNTERS ARMY, SAYS THEIR MEN WERE DEPLOYED TO THE TOLL GATE

Kayode Oyero Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has admitted that the Nigerian Army deployed troops to the Lekki tollgate area of the state on Tuesday night. The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Nigerian Army Headquarters denied deploying soldiers to the Lekki toll gate despite video evidence showing uniformed soldiers shooting at the scene, But the governor, in a live broadcast on Wednesday morning, said the Army deployed troops to the protest ground in Lekki last night. He, however, regretted the episodes of the last few hours, especially the Lekki incident…

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WOLE SOYINKA ASKS GOVERNORS TO DEMAND WITHDRAWAL OF SOLDIERS FROM THEIR STATES

Elder statesman, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called on governors in states where protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad forced declaration of curfews to immediately demand the withdrawal of soldiers deployed by the Federal Government. The playwright, in a message on Wednesday from his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, titled, ‘DÉJÀ VU– In tragic vein,’ spoke on the backdrop of the reported killing of unarmed protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Tuesday night after a 24-hour curfew imposed on the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. There…

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FRSC, VIO, LASTMA OFFICES IN LAGOS SET ABLAZE, MANY VEHICLES BURNT, EVEN AS CHANNELS TELEVISION STAFF RUN FOR SAFETY FOR FEAR OF ATTACK

 Felix Onajite The premises of the Motor Vehicle Administration situated at Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos state is currently on fire, THE WITNESS reports. The premises accommodate the offices of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA). Impounded vehicles in the compound are also said to burning. More to come…

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