Category Archives: EndSARs Protest

EndSARs: The Nation Newspaper H/Q on fire.

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The development comes hours after the head office of Television Continental (TVC) was torched.

Suspected hoodlums have set ablaze the head office of The Nation Newspaper at Matori in Lagos on fire.

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is believed to be the main target of the attacks.


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EndSARs: Angry Ogun youths inflicts fire on irate police station, kill officer.

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When contacted, the Ogun State command of Nigerian police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi said he has not been informed about the incident, but promised to get back to our Correspondent later.

The #EndSARS protest going on in some parts of the country took a deviling situation in Atan Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State on Wednesday when irate youths burned down a Divisional Police Station and killed a police Sergeant.

The crisis according to an eyewitness occurred when the DPO attached to the station was trying to dislodge some youths who barricaded the Atan Lusada/Agbara highway, thereby disturbing the free flow of traffic.

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“It was in the process of dislodging the protesters that a boy who is a butcher was shot and his friends went on rampage, burning down the new police station at Agbara way, in Atan-Ota.

“The DPO was hurriedly whisked away by some police officers, but a Sergeant called Sergeant Alonge from Ekpoma in Edo State was unlucky as he was caught in the melee that occurred.

“Apart from Sergeant Alonge that was killed, many people sustained varying degree of injury”.


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EndSARs: Singing protesters parade Tinubu’s abode at Bourdillon, Ikoyi. [Video]

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The peaceful protesters kept chanting and singing that “how many of them would soldiers kill”, they kept going and said “they would kill them until they are tired”.

According to a video and report posted by Reno Omokri, he made it known that peaceful protesters have now made their way to Bourdillon Street, Ikoyo where Tinubu’s Residence is reportedly located.

Reno Omokri made it known that peaceful protesters have gotten to Tinubu’s residence and they have occupied the street.

As you know that some people have been accusing Tinubu of having something to do with the deadly attack on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate Yesterday.

He has denied this allegation and made it clear that he doesn’t have anything to do with the attack according to NRM‘s known Media.

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Meanwhile, the video I would show you below shows peaceful protesters at Tinubu’s Residence as they kept singing “How many people soldier go kill, they go kill us tire”

The peaceful protesters kept chanting and singing that “how many of them would soldiers kill”, they kept going and said “they would kill them until they are tired”.

Do you think protesting at Tinubu’s residence would change anything?

Or should that be their next step?


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EndSARs: Police station in Oyigbo LGA, Rivers State burnt

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Residents were seen running to safety as shop owners shut down their premises

Hoodlums have burnt Afam Divisional Police Office in Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA).

The Police Area Command in the council was also reportedly razed by the miscreants.

Noble Reporters Media learnt the protest caused apprehension among residents in Elelenwo, Oil Mill, Ikoku and Mile One area of Port Harcourt.

A source in Mile One said he heard gunshots in his area, adding that police have beefed up security at Moscow where their command headquarters is located.

Rivers Commissioner of Police (CP) Joseph Mukan and spokesman Nnamdi Omoni, were yet to respond to a media enquiry on the situation.

Sources said the hoodlums also touched an Appeal Court located in Oyigbo.


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EndSARs: Channels TV goes offline.

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Hoodlums have unleashed attacks on Nigerians protesting against police brutality and visiting violence on security formations.

Journalists and staff of Channels Television ran for safety on Wednesday for fear of a mob attack.

The station has also gone offline at the time of filing this report.

A staff of the TV station who spoke to Noble Reporters Media‘s known Media said he did not know the condition of the office because everyone had to flee the premises.

This is the second media house under attack after TV Continental was attacked by a mob on Wednesday morning.

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Tope Mark-Odigie, a TVC anchor, in an Instagram video, said the station was attacked by some hoodlums.

She said the policemen stationed in the area took to their heels on seeing the mob.

There has been a general breakdown of law and order in Lagos.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor, imposed a 24-hour curfew on Tuesday.


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EndSARs: Soldiers hid Lagos Oba Akiolu ‘moment angry youths march palace.’

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The police post, which is located in Idumota, has the palace as part of its jurisdiction.

Mr Akiolu, a retired senior police officer, is a staunch supporter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

A team of armed soldiers on Wednesday morning rescued the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, from angry protesting youth who reportedly invaded the palace and attempted to burn it down.

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Confirming the development to NRM‘s known Media, the personal assistant to the monarch, Deoye Olumegfbon, said a team of soldiers in about five vehicles had responded to a distress call and whisked Mr Akiolu away.

“Kabiyesi is safe. Soldiers came to rescue him. But thugs have vandalised and looted the palace. No one is dead but they carted away valuable properties,” Mr Olumegbon, a prince from the Olumegbon royal family, told our reporter on the phone.

Other witnesses, including a worker at a nearby government hospital, who craved anonymity, confirmed to Noble Reporters Media‘s known Media how rampaging youths had besieged the palace after successfully burning down the Ebute Ero police post.

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According to Mr Olumegbon, the divisional police officer at the police post, who was identified simply as Shina, reportedly suffered an injury during the crisis.

He, however, said the palace was not set ablaze as reported in some media.

Another resident of the palace, identified simply as TJ, told our reporter that as of 12 noon, the police officers at the Area A command at Lion Building, Lagos Island, are repelling attacks from hoodlums who are currently attempting to set it ablaze.

Mr Akiolu, a retired senior police officer, is a staunch supporter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In 2015, he threatened to harm non-Yoruba speaking residents of the city if they failed to vote for the party’s candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, during the governorship election.

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Meanwhile, the house of the mother of the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was also razed on Wednesday morning. The house is located on Akerele Street in Surulere.

One of the governor’s aides, who confirmed this to our reporter on the phone pleaded anonymity, saying he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

The source could, however, not confirm whether there was a casualty or not.

Several other public buildings including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit (LRU) facility in Lagos Island; the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory and Public Works Corporation, both at Berger; several BRT bus stations, including the ones at Berger and Oyingbo; and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) building, have also been set on fire.


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EndSARs: Buhari, stop killing our future! – Peter Obi cries.

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In a series of tweets, the former Anambra State governor described the incident as a collective loss to the nation.

Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential running mate, Peter Obi, has called on the government to stop wasting the lives of young Nigerians protesting.

Obi made the call while condemning the shooting at the Lekki tollgate by security operatives.

Some security operatives believed to be men of the Nigerian Army had shot at End SARS protesters in Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.

However, Obi in a series of tweets lamented that the massacre was avoidable.

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He wrote, “The killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country yesterday is condemnable. It should not have happened.

“To imagine that young people seeking to enthrone a better Nigeria where shot at even while they were singing the national anthem is unconscionable.

“We cannot be wasting precious lives that represent the foundation of our future. It is not just a loss to the families who are grieving, but the collective loss of our nation.

“My deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those affected. May their souls rest in peace and their memory a blessing. -PO.”


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EndSARs: Stop killing peaceful protesters! – Biden tells Buhari.

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Biden’s statement came hours after a former secretary of states Hillary Clinton Tuesday night asked Nigerian authorities to “stop killing” persons protesting against police brutality in the country.

Former United States Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has called on Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the ongoing violent crackdown on protesters in the country.

“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” Biden said in a statement.

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“I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence.”

He urged the United States to “stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.”

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– What Actually Happened –

Security forces on Friday shot sporadically at unarmed protesters who were protesting against police brutality at Lekki area of Lagos State.

About 7 persons were feared dead from the shooting in Lagos on Tuesday night with more than 10 people dead earlier in different demonstrations in Nigeria.

Scenes of people removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers.

Amnesty International Nigeria said there was no justification for the “excessive use of force” against the peaceful, unarmed protesters.

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The protests against police brutality, harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killings had attracted thousand to streets in different parts of Nigeria.

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the round-the-clock shutdown in the sprawling economic hub on Tuesday, claiming the protests had “degenerated into a monster” as violence flared in a string of cities.

Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said the shooting and killing of the unarmed protesters was an “unfortunate incident.”

“I recognize the buck stops at my table and I will work with the FG to get to the root of this unfortunate incident and stabilise all security operations to protect the lives of our residents,” the governor said.


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EndSARs: TVC owned by Tinubu under attack.

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The development affected the broadcast of the station on Wednesday morning as programmes were not aired for several minutes.

Angry thugs have attacked Television Continental believed to be owned by a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the thugs besieged the entrance of TVC in the Ikosi-Ketu area of Lagos and attempted to break in to the broadcast station.

“Thugs are at the entrance of TVC. They are trying to burn it. Smoke is now coming out,” an eyewitness told Noble Reporters Media‘s known Media.

The incident followed the killing of over 10 peaceful protesters on Tuesday by security operatives in some parts of Lagos including the Lekki Toll Gate area.

Many persons believe that Tinubu had a hand in the deployment of soldiers to attack and kill young Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country.


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EndSARs: Lekki-Ikoyi bridge caught fire. [Video]

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The fire outbreak was recorded after soldiers opened fire at the Lekki toll gate

There is currently a fire outbreak on the bridge which connects Lekki to the Ikoyi axis of Lagos.

The bridge has been the alternative route for residents since #EndSARS protesters blocked the Lekki toll gates 13 days ago.

The protesters, who have been demanding an overhaul of the police, have refused to leave the streets despite pleas from government and other stakeholders.

There are reports that lives were lost in the incident but Noble Reporters Media cannot independently verify this.


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EndSARs: Tinubu denies, says he knows nothing about Lekki shooting. [Audio]

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Meanwhile, About twenty persons were killed on Tuesday as the #EndSARS protests turned violent in Abuja, Ibadan, Plateau, Aba and Lagos with suspected hoodlums burning down police stations.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has denied the allegation that he ordered the military to attack peaceful protesters in Lagos.

Bola Tinubu made the denial in a chat with angry callers.

APC leader Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a phone conversation which some #EndSARS protesters urged the youths to be law-abiding citizens.

He equally denied being the owner of the Lekki toll-plaza.


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EndSARs: Lagos Gov, Sanwo olu’s family house set ablaze. [Video]

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Meanwhile, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has denied the allegation that he ordered the military to attack peaceful protesters in Lagos.

The family house of the Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been set ablaze by angry mob, News Direct can report.

According to videos shared on social media, hoodlums set fire on the governor’s family house located in Lagos Island.

Bola Tinubu made the denial in a chat with angry callers.

APC leader Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a phone conversation which some #EndSARS protesters urged the youths to be law-abiding citizens.


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EndSARs: Nigerian Army seizes corpses of protesters killed at Lekki toll gate.

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The army is also preventing ambulances from accessing the scene to evacuate those injured to the hospital.

The Nigerian Army has seized the corpses of peaceful #EndSARS protesters killed by security operatives in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos on Tuesday night.

One of the protesters at the scene, DJ Switch, who live-streamed the attack, said the bodies of those killed were now in the possession of Nigerian Army personnel.

Over nine persons have reportedly been killed so far while the entire area remains tensed.


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EndSARs: Singer, Burna Boy promote petition to restrict Nigerian Gov’t from U.K

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The singer who is currently in the UK urged British citizens and residents, to sign the petition, urging other people in America and Asia to the same.

Award-winning singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is promoting a new petition in the United Kingdom to sanction the federal government and public officials for human rights abuses over the #EndSARS movement.

The petition on the UK government and parliament website accused the government and the police of violating the rights of agitators protesting against police brutality.

It urged the UK to implement sanctions that allow “individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted.”

“Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights,” it read.

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He wrote, “I am in London and I’m doing my best to make sure sanctions are imposed against Nigerian Government Officials. I need all citizens of all European countries, America, Asia EVERYWHERE to please Do the Same. THEY MUST ALL PAY!!”

The page noted that the petition, created on Tuesday and which can only be signed by British citizens and residents, will be considered in the UK parliament when it reaches its target of 100,000 signatures.

73,517 individuals have so far signed a petition as at the time of filing this report.

This is coming after multiple reports of massive shootings of #EndSARS protesters by security agents at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday evening.


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EndSARs: Gov’t announces closure of schools in Oyo State.

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The governor said his government would continue to seek ways to engage with peaceful protesters.

Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has directed that public and private schools in Ibadan should be shut.

Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday evening, in his statewide broadcast aired on the state-owned radio and television stations, over the ongoing EndSARS protests in the state.

“I have directed that all schools in Ibadan should be closed from tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 21, for the rest of this week.

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“The situation will be reviewed on Friday, Oct. 23, and then further directives will be given,” he said.

According to him, the past two days have seen a new dimension to the ongoing protests.

He said that thugs and hoodlums had taken advantage of the situation to perpetrate uncivil acts and harass citizens who were going about their day-to-day activities.

“Some thugs are going as far as forcing people who have businesses open to close shop and join in the protests.

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“We know these are criminal elements, and so, as a state, we must act to protect the citizenry.

“Therefore, we are deploying members of Operation Burst to various hotspots in Ibadan to arrest the situation and restore normalcy.

“The members of the team will continue to protect genuine protesters and their right to protest. But we can not allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the protests.

“We remain committed to the process of meeting the demands of these protests,” he said.

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Makinde said that the Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Oyo State, had withdrawn cases against End SARS protesters, and those in custody had been released.

He said that his government had set up platforms for reporting past and present incidents of police brutality and injustice.

These, he said, would naturally pave the way for the next steps in his administration’s quest to get justice for the victims.

He urged the people of the state to trust the process that his administration had set up.

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Makinde told them to rest assured that every case would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

He implored the general public to call 615, should anyone attempt to disrupt their legitimate business activities.

“Our plan is that in the shortest possible time, we can finally say the days of large-scale and wanton police brutality and injustice are a thing of the past.

“Let me also use this opportunity to call on members of the Nigeria Police to remain professional in the discharge of their duties, as they will be held responsible for their actions,” he said.


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EndSARs: Hillary Clinton reacts to killing of protesters in Nigeria. #StopNigeriaGov’t

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Witnesses told AFP that shots were fired at the crowd of over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators to disperse them several hours after the authorities declared an open-ended lockdown in Lagos in the face of spiralling protests.

Former United States secretary of states Hillary Clinton Tuesday night asked Nigerian authorities to stop “killing” persons protesting against police brutality in the country.

Clinton is one of the few high-profile American politicians that have spoken against the brutality meted out to protesters since demonstrations began about two weeks ago.

Congresswoman woman Ilhan Omar tweeted in support of the protesters last week.

“I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters,” Clinton said on Twitter, ending her post with #StopNigeriaGovernment.

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– What Actually Happened –

“We were all sitting down, peacefully, and they shut down the lights and the billboards, everyone started screaming,” a protester called Toye told AFP, asking that her full name not be used.

“They came to us, but I don’t know who it was. They were shooting, and everyone was running for his life.”

Another protester, Innocent, said he was helping to ferry the wounded to nearby hospitals.

“Currently I have two people that I rush in my car, a woman and a guy, who are in very critical conditions,” he said.

“I rushed two people already to hospital. One was shot at the back, and one was shot at the stomach.” .

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Scenes of people removing a bullet from someone’s wound and pleading for help were broadcast in a live video by DJ Switch, a popular disc jockey, to 150,000 Instagram viewers.

Earlier defiant protesters at the scene had sung the national anthem and pledged to remain out on the streets despite the stay-at-home order.

Anger over abuses by the police’s loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted into widespread protests some two weeks ago that drew thousands onto the streets.

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the round-the-clock shutdown in the sprawling economic hub on Tuesday, claiming the protests had “degenerated into a monster” as violence flared in a string of cities.

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“Criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem,” he wrote on Twitter, insisting that only essential workers should stay out on the streets.

“We will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.”

As the tone hardened from the authorities, Nigeria’s police chief ordered anti-riot units deployed around the country.

“The force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens,” a statement said


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