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Some hoodlums who were on rampage in Lagos state, have reportedly defaced the statue of late Obafemi Awolowo located in Ikeja area of the state.

The hoodlums removed the statue’s iconic glasses amid attack on some of Nigeria’s symbols of history.

Recall that the monument of Nnamdi Azikwe had also been attacked by hoodlums in Anambra state.

The Awolowo statue was erected during the administration of former Lagos governor Akinwumi Ambode, in recognition of the late former lawyer, nationalist’s contribution to the country’s democracy.

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Obafemi Awolowo Statue

Awolowo statue today

Awolowo statues

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Oyo state government has announced plans to inaugurate the judicial panel of inquiry within the next one week.

He added that his government will continue to live up to its mantra of putting the people first.

Governor Seyi Makinde stated this while hosting security chiefs, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other critical stakeholders to a meeting in a bid to cart a new course for the post #EndSARS agitation in the state.

The Governor while responding to various commendations by the stakeholders noted that there was nothing extra ordinary in the manner he responded to the EndSARS agitation by the angry youths stressing that it was part of the demands of his Mandate as the governor to ensure security of lives and properties of all resident in the state.

He decried the attacks on Lagos, saying they were targeted attacks and not particularly mob action, stating that traditional rulers have a lot of work to do in their localities to ensure that security and peace continue to reign.

The Osun State Goveenor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, on Saturday declared another 24-hour curfew after the raising looting of private and government property.

The curfew according to the governor in his statewide broadcast was to avert the continuation of irresponsible act of wantonly looting going on across the state.

Read the governor’s address

My dear Good People of the State of Osun,

It is with a high sense of responsibility that I address you this afternoon in respect of the unfortunate situation in our Dear State.

Government notes with huge disappointment, the abuse of the suspension, a day ago, of the 24-hour curfew earlier declared in the State to forestall the breakdown of law and order and protect the lives and property of citizens and residents.

It is unfortunate that hoodlums and criminals have taken advantage of government’s action to wantonly loot government and private property, including private business premises and homes in several parts of the State this morning. This is unacceptable and it stands condemned.

After an Emergency Security Meeting this afternoon, where the whole situation was reviewed and assessed, we came to the inevitable conclusion to declare a curfew. Consequently, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew across the whole State with immediate effect.

This inevitable conclusion was reached to avert the continuation of this irresponsible act, especially now that the genuine protesters have suspended their protest earlier today.

My fellow citizens, the declaration of a 24-hour curfew, which will be indefinite until further notice, is to prevent the current state of anarchy from degenerating into large-scale breakdown of law and order.

For the avoidance of doubt, there shall be no vehicular (including Okada) or human movement during this period. Only those on essential duties will be permitted to move around. These persons too must carry with them proper identification to allow access.

Violators of the curfew rules shall be prosecuted in line with the extant laws of the State.

I enjoin all our citizens and residents to return home and remain in their homes until further notice.

I assure them of their safety during this period, as always, as security operatives have been deployed in all the parts of the State to restore and maintain law and order within the precinct of the law.

May God continue to bless and keep the State of Osun.
Thank you and God bless.

Traditional Worshippers in Oyo State on Wednesday gathered at the Ose-Meji temple at Ibadan for an emergency meeting over the ongoing #EndSARS protest in Nigeria, laying curses on the Killers of the protesters at Lekki in Lagos State and other parts of the country.

The group said it was regrettable that President Buhari remained unyielding despite calls from all corners of the country for him to change his style of governance and use of religion and ethnicity to divide the citizens.

The Secretary, Traditional Worshippers Association, Oyo State branch Dr. Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode said the emergency meeting was as a result of calls from all traditionalists in the State for a solution to the current impasse in the country and that members resolved at the end of the meeting of notable Ifá and Òrìṣà priests that a strong curse be laid on those responsible for the killing of peaceful protesters across the country.

Those at the meeting include the President, Sur. Dasola Fadiran Adefabi, Àràbà of Ìbàdàn land, Chief Ifalere Odegbemi Odegbola, Baálẹ̀ Yemoja of Ìbàdàn, Chief Omikunmi Egbelade and Ariwo of Ogbomoso, Chief Akanni Awotoye Adedeji.

“It is a sad day for Nigerians as news came out that people allegedly killed many Nigerians because they demanded for an end to police brutality and good governance, those who killed innocent Nigerians to defend our oppressors or for whatever reason will never see and experience peace in their lives.

“The national broadcast made by the President has eased the tension in the land even though it came late and failed to recognize that people were killed at Lekki in Lagos.

“The broadcast would start yielding positive fruits if all promised there are manifesting in people’s lives and in the nation’s economy, else it might make Nigerians see the leadership as unyielding despite the international outcry.

“Rebuilding of all national and State’s facilities that were vandalized or destroyed and businesses should be back to normal so that we may start a new lease of life.

“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to make good use of this historical phase of our lives and make tangible corrections wherever they are needed and as people wished before, during and after the agitation, it shall be well with our country.”

The group called on governors in Nigeria to protect their States from federal dominance and killing by sponsored thugs, adding that all that transpired during the present agitation for good governance would go into indelible record for the future.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola has suspended the 24-hour curfew on the state as all activities are now allowed to return to normalcy.

Oyetola made this known, on Friday, in a press realease Signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG Prince Wole Oyebamiji and made available to newsmen.

Reacall the curfew was declared on Tuesday as a result of high tension in break of law and order which resulted to vandalization and looting by suspected hoodlums.

Accoding to the press release “After reviewing the situation of the last 48 hours and following the inauguration of the State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, the Governor, Mr. Ggboyega Oyetola, hereby suspends the 24-hour curfew, effective from today, Friday, October 23, 2020 till further notice.

He commended residents and citizens of Osun for their show of understanding and cooperation in the last 48 hours of the curfew.

He also commended the protesting youths for displaying high sense of maturity in carrying out their protest.

The press release reads partly “The suspension is to allow members of the public approach the Panel to make their submissions and to go about their lawful businesses.

“However, Government will not hesitate to reinstate the curfew should the need arise.

“Government remains committed to the cause of our youths and the #EndSARS protesters and shall take every necessary step to ensure that their demands are met.

“Considering Government’s commitment and determination to meet the demands of the protesters, we appeal to the protesting youths to suspend their protest and engage Government in a dialogue.

“All citizens and residents are enjoined to be peaceful and to be law abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property.

“May God continue to bless and keep the State of Osun.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised for saying nothing about the ongoing protests across the country.

A security analyst Victor Eke said Mr. Buhari should have adequately address the crisis, especially coming after the NSA Babagana Monguno has said something important would be disclosed.

“We have been inundated with claims that the president would make a concrete announcement tonight,” Mr. Eke said. “But this appears to be an empty speech.”

“The NSA has spoken earlier in the day and told the country something important would be said,” he added.

Lagos and other parts of the country have been in chaos since Nigerian soldiers killed protesters on Tuesday in Lekki.

The president did not address the shooting, neither did he take any immediate action to other investigation or punish anyone culpable of rights abuses.

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will address the security situation in the country by 7pm.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari addresses the nation.’

The statement read, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast

The State Government of Osun has said the 24-hour curfew which has expired on Wednesday will now continue indefinite in all part of the state until the safety of every residents is guaranteed.

Recall the curfew was announced on Tuesday when hoodlums were using #EndSARS protest to perpetrate evil, vandalize properties and loot stores of residents of the state.

Osun Government revealed this in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG Prince Wole Oyebamiji, on Thursday, in Osogbo, state capital of Osun, he said reiterated that the curfew necessitated by the need to rid streets and communities of violence and damages.

Oyebamiji enjoined the residents to cooperate with the government by staying safe to avert physical financial and psychological damages.

According to him, “Kindly be informed that the curfew is not a punitive measure; rather, it is to keep our streets safe, our children safe and to ensure that our business owners do not suffer any more losses.

“This by implication means that the State Government has not approved the movement of people at any time of the day within the period of the curfew.” he said.

However, the EndSars protesters are adamant with their struggle defying the constituted authority, continue with their peaceful protest at the regular ground at popular Olaiya Junction, Osogbo with agitation against police brutality and bad governance.

The protesters in their number organized entrainment show and cooked rice for the people at the protesting ground.

Every street of Osogbo were blocked by the protesters to impose no movement order by Governor Gboyega Oyetola, while few security personnel were sighted sitting down by the roadside.

Nigerian Defence Headquarters’ Director of Information, Maj. Gen. John Eneche has addressed a press conference on the Lekki Toll Gate shooting which many said was perpetrated by soldiers.

Commenting on report of soldiers shooting the protesters, he described it as mere allegations as some military analysts had dismissed as untrue.

Eneche who admitted that the military is involved in internal security operations codenamed ‘Operation MESA’ in nine states, however declined to disclose further details on the joint security task force. He added that Operation MESA is under the control of the state governments, and comprised the Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence and police personnel.

He said;

“The issue is not an operation that I can respond to, but I can tell you that it is an allegation, for now; so let us not set the cart before the horse.

“If the matter was still open-ended, I would have had a response for you but it is no longer open-ended, because immediately, not even up to five hours before midnight, the Governor of Lagos set up an inquiry. So, whatever we say now will not be fair to the commission.

“So these operations are still standing and running and I am aware that the state governments are using them in all these capacities, that is internal security.

“The level we are now is internal security and that is why the police proactively came out and then deployed all their force package that are necessary to handle that (violence).”

On absence of security operatives on the streets during the violence and widespread looting in Lagos by hoodlums, Enenche said;

“They were on the grounds; maybe, they were not visible in all places.”

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Hoodlums in Nigerians wielding machete attacked an Igbosere High Court in Obalende and reportedly took away many valuables on Wednesday, October 21.

This comes on the back of reprisal attacks of mob activities in in some parts Lagos following the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by the Nigerian military officers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday evening, October 20.

In this video shared on social media, one of the hoodlums is dressed in a judge’s robe and wig, while holding a cutlass after the group had set the court ablaze.

Source: naijaparry.com.ng