EndSARS Protests: APC Govs Forum DG urges FG to review welfare initiatives targeting young people

By Godwin Amunde The Director General, Progressive Governors Forum, (PGF), Salihu Moh. Lukman, have said that in order to address the ongoing “EndSARS” protest across the country, there was need for review of government welfare initiatives and ensure provision of specific packages targeting young people, in addition to meeting the specific demands of protest. He stated this in a statement in his personal capacity and made available to newsmen on Sunday, in Abuja. Lukman said the current protest around #EndSARS is proof that Nigerian youths are troubled, and they are at the receiving…

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Send army to Sambisa, Birnin Gwari, others, not streets, CNG tells FG

The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has cautioned the Federal Government against going ahead with its planned military exercise, Operation Crocodile Smile, saying it could lead to chaos at a time like this. It also described the operation scheduled to commence on October 20, 2020, as ill-timed and ill-advised. The group said this today  in a statement by its spokesperson,  Mr. Abdul-azeez Suleiman. According to CNG: “The move to deploy the military on Nigerians already taken over by peaceful #EndSARS and #EndInsecuriyNow protesters is ill-timed, ill-advised and a deliberate and costly attempt…

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‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ not against #EndSARS protesters – Army

The Nigerian Army on Sunday assured that its Operation Crocodile Smile drill was not targeting anti-SARS protesters. Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Musa Sagir, said contrary to insinuations, the operation was not aimed at stifling the ongoing nationwide protest. Sagir disclosed this in a statement he issued, on Sunday. He noted that the Army has been professional since the protest started “nearly two weeks ago”. The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to some social media stuff wrongfully condemning the Army and its Leadership…

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Tanker drivers barricade Yola-Jalingo road over police brutality

Angry tanker drivers in Adamawa on Sunday shutdown the Yola-Jalingo highway to protest alleged police brutality against a tanker driver near Mayo Belwa town. Major Nigerian towns are currently facing fierce protests by youths under the banner of #EndSARS to protest police brutality and bad governance. Officials of the Petrol Tanker Drivers union said the situation, which grounded commercial activities, is regrettable. An eyewitness, Muhammad Ali, said that the incident occurred when police officers from Karewa area command in Yola accosted a tanker driver who was transferring fuel from his reserve tank to…

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Nigerian traders protest Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open locked shops

The Nigeria Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), has carried out a peaceful protest over Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians in that country. Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the President of NUTAG, who led the protest, told NAN at the weekend that the authorities in Ghana refused to open their shops since last year. Nnaji said that the protest was to press the Ghanaian authorities to open shops owned by Nigerians living in Ghana, to enable them to tackle economic challenges amid COVID-19 outbreak. “I’m in talks…

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NECO shifts exam over #EndSARS protest

The National Examination Council (NECO) has rescheduled its Oct. 19, Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) following #EndSARS protest. Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division, NECO said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja. “This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the NECO has been constrained to reschedule the Paper one Computer Studies Practicals earlier scheduled to take place on Oct. 19, to Nov. 16. ​”This unforeseen incident has been caused by the #EndSARS protest that blocked the free movement of transport…

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Buhari meets NASS leadership at Aso Villa over ENDSARS protests

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed door with the leadership of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila represented the leadership of NASS at the meeting which was presided over the president. Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Senate President said the meeting specifically deliberated on how best to address the ongoing ENDSARS demonstrations being witnessed in some parts…

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We will not allow anarchy in Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has warned that it will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Saturday when he featured on a late night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File” The programme entitled, “EndSARS Protest: The Way Forward,” was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The minister said Saturday’s assassination attempt on the Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, while addressing the protesters was…

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#EndSARS: We’re worried about hunger, anger in Nigeria – Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said yesterday that he and his colleagues in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) were concerned about discontent, hunger and anger in the country and would be ready to work with other stakeholders to find a lasting solution. Governor Fayemi, who is the NGF Chairman, said the raging nationwide ENDSARS protests resulted from years of pent-up emotion, anger and hunger in the land, adding that the governors are committed to larger reform of the polity not only much-taunted Police reform. The Governor spoke on Sunday…

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Boundary dispute claims nine lives in Delta

At least nine people have been killed in Delta State following a resumption of hostilities between two neighbouring communities involved in a boundary dispute. The incident happened at a boundary between Oleh and Ozoro communities. The two communities which are in Isoko South and North local government areas of the state are presently embroiled in renewed hostilities. The two communities have been having an intractable dispute with intermittent clashes. The incident caused pandemonium in the two communities with the victims of the clash from both sides. Oleh, which is the…

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