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EndSARs: Lagos offices of VIO, FRSC, LASTMA set ablaze.

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It was further disclosed that the buildings occupied by the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) and the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) were attacked by the hoodlums.

Lagos State residents defied Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s curfew order, continued to destroy more federal and state government structures and assets in the state.

Reports reaching Noble Reporters Media at this time confirmed that some angry mob on Wednesday, October 21 stormed the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Ojodu, Berger and set it ablaze.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that some vehicles owned by the government parastatals and offices were also set on fire by the angry thugs.

The developments are coming after the massacre of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night, Noble Reporters Media reports.


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EndSARs: Sanwo olu orders lekki billboard be switched off – Tinubu.

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The statement informed that the board was switched off based on the governor’s curfew request as they had no idea what was going to happen to the unarmed #EndSARS protesters.

The management of Loatsad Promomedia Limited led by Seyi Tinubu has cleared the air on report making the round that the billboard at the Lekki Toll gate was deliberately put out by the agency.

Lekki Toll gate was where the Tuesday massacre happened with some lives lost and many injured.

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A statement from the advertising agency owned by Seyi Tinubu, one of the sons of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday said the billboard was switched off on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s order.

It reiterated that the agency had lent its support to the #EndSARS movement since the peaceful demonstrations began across the state.

The statement reads further “When we started in 2014, we had a plan to change the perception of African start-ups in the global space. We believed as Africans, we could create something great and we set out with a N4m loan from a bank and we started trading, going from door to door begging for work and relentlessly grew the business employing and empowering over 200 Nigerians today directly or indirectly. We have supported many upcoming businesses, artists, people in need as giving back to our community has always been our passion (all this can be verified).

“All of our achievements thus far have come the from hard work, sweat and determination of our work force and everything Loatsad has been doing has been open, all taxes are remitted and payments to agencies and regulatory bodies have been timely, so we can be proud to say we are contributing the growth of the industry and Nation.

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“When the “EndSars” and “say no to police brutality” protests started from day one we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause.

“On Tuesday when the curfew was announced we heeded the governors warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governors curfew request.

“We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.

“We believe in this movement and that it was the start of the change our generation needed to move our country forward and we will continue to support the youths of this great nation.”


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EndSARs: Igbosere High Court in Lagos on fire. [Video]

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Some others decided to wear judge’s robe and wig after looting the court.

Suspected hoodlums have vandalized and set the Igbosere High Court in Lagos Island on fire.

The thugs in a video online could be seen carting away computers, printers, files, fans, air conditioners and other items from the court.

The irate mobs have destroyed a lot of properties in Lagos State like, Television Continental, Nigerian Ports Authority, a number of police stations, several BRT buses, The Nation Newspaper H/Q and many other places.


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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: 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: Falz reacts to Lekki toll gate shooting.

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The rapper who has been a strong voice, in a live video, seeming sullen and teary said

Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has reacted to tonight killings of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos state.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that Military men opened fire at unarmed protesters holding a peaceful protest causing mayhem.

The rapper who has been a strong voice, in a live video, seeming sullen and teary said;

”The military is shooting at its people, this is a war and we are fighting against ourselves. This is the worst thing I’ve seen, I don’t really know how to explain it, in all my life This country has always been f**Cked up but this is the worst.”


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EndSARs: Severe Lekki toll gate shooting; many killed.

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According to Gbenga Omotoso, the State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident and the governor has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew.

Several of the many protesters at the Lekki toll gate have been shot dead by soldiers for defying the 4pm curfew order.

This was confirmed by several celebrities who are around the vicinity.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Actress Omoni Oboli, Ufuoma McDermortt raised the first alarm saying “Help, they are shooting protesters at Lekki toll gate..”

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Singer PSquare also confirmed same saying “Nigerian soldiers shooting at lekki toll gate now, protesters dead!!! What a failed government!”

Lagos Gov’t, Sanwo Olu reacts.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo Olu

Lagos state HC, Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso has released a statement following the shooting of peaceful #EndSars protesters at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos today, 20th of October, 2020.

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Read the full statement below;

“There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.

He advises Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear state upside down.

The Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

Gbenga Omotoso
HC, Information and Strategy”


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EndSARs: Lagos Gov’t declares 24-hour curfew to begin 4PM.

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This comes after the #EndSARS protest turned violent in parts of Lagos including Ikorodu, Orile and some parts of Yaba.

The Lagos State government has declared a 24-hour curfew across the state.

The announcement was made by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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Recall with Noble Reporters Media that hoodlums burnt down the Apapa Iganmu Police Station in Lagos earlier today.

The incident occurred around 09.45 am, according to an eyewitness.

The spokesperson of the Orile-Iganmu Local Government Area, Ayo Micheal said, “Yes, the station has been attacked.

“The burnt Station is in Apapa Iganmu but serviced both Iganmu community in Apapa Iganmu and Orile Community in Coker/Aguda.”


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Just in: Lagos thugs attack, set police station ablaze. [Nigeria]

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The spokesperson of the Orile-Iganmu Local Government Area, Ayo Micheal said, “Yes, the station has been attacked.

Suspected thugs on Tuesday burnt down the Apapa Iganmu Police Station in Lagos State.

The incident occurred around 09.45 am, according to an eyewitness. Noble Reporters Media learnt

“The burnt Station is in Apapa Iganmu but serviced both Iganmu community in Apapa Iganmu and Orile Community in Coker/Aguda.”

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EndSARs: Gov’t shuts Lagos Schools over protest.

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Students returned to school for the resumption of academic activities after about seven months of enforced COVID-19 holiday on Monday.

Lagos State government on Monday evening ordered the closure of all schools in the state over the ongoing #ENDSARS protests across the country.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, gave the directive in a statement titled: “Lagos directs students to stay at home,” and issued by the Head of Public Affairs in the ministry, Kayode Abayomi.

She said the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the protests against the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).”

The statement read: “The Lagos State government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.

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“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.

“The safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period.”

“The commissioner, however, advised parents to keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society.

“She also encouraged schools to utilise other means of distance teaching and learning i.e. radio, television, and online media as they have been doing during and post COVID-19 lockdown.


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EndSARs: Gov. Sanwo Olu pleads after protesters block major Lagos roads.

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Some of the roads already Alausa, Agidingbi Road, Allen Roundabout, all in Ikeja; Agbara on Lagos-Badagry Expressway; Arepo, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; Ojuelegba; Lekki Toll Gate; Mushin Bus Stop; among others.

Economic and transport activities across the Lagos metropolis was on Monday virtually brought to a halt after #ENDSARS protesters blocked major roads across the city in a bid to press home their demands.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while inaugurating the judicial panel of inquiry into the brutality of the defunct police unit, pleaded with protesters to open up the roadblocks and allow the over 25,000 civil servants access to the State Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja.

Locations of Roadblocks of As A Results #ENDSARS Protests

  • Allen Roundabout/ Awolowo Road, Ikeja
  • Agidingbi Road/ Lagos Radio/LTV, Ikeja
  • Alausa, Ikeja
  • Isheri Olowora, Magodo
  • Agbara, Lagos- Badagary Expressway
  • Lekki Toll Gate
  • Ikotun Roundabout
  • Arepo, Lagos Ibadan Expressway
  • Mushin Bus Stop
  • Sadiku Ilasa, Apapa Oshodi Expressway
  • Ojuelegba
  • Inward Shitta Roundabout from National Stadium
  • Multiple roadblocks between Ikorodu Roundabout and Mile 12
  • Ketu
  • Costain Roundabout
  • Iyana Ipaja

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EndSARs: Lagos protesters reject drinks, food sent by MC Oluomo [Video]

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Angered by the gesture of the NURTW leader, the protesters threw bottles and other items at the van, as the driver sped from the venue to avoid being mobbed.

Scores of protesters at Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday attacked a van believed to have been sent by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, to deliver water and drinks to protesters.

MC Oluomo, the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos chapter, was accused by protesters of sponsoring the attack by armed thugs on Thursday.

MC Oluomo, the Lagos State government and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, were accused of sending the armed thugs to attack protesters on Thursday.

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They have all denied the allegations. The transport union chief in a video he shared on social media said he supports the protest for police reform and could not have sent the thugs.

Several protesters were injured at Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, after thugs armed with guns, machetes, knives and axes attacked them.

A day after the incident, MC Oluomo attempted to redeem his image in the eyes of the protesters. He sent water and drinks, branded with his name.

Some of the protesters, unaware of who sent the packs, collected and drank from the water and drinks before a protester raised an alarm about the food.

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“MC Oluomo sent them, he wants to poison us, don’t drink the water,” he shouted.

Other protesters who also checked the name on the bottles started throwing the bottles at the white van that conveyed them.

“We don’t want any support from MC Oluomo, they are trying to break us, they want to penetrate again,” some protesters shouted.

Angered by the gesture of the NURTW leader, the protesters threw bottles and other items at the van, as the driver sped from the venue to avoid being mobbed.

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The NURTW is arguably the most influential transport union in Nigeria. Its members include private bus drivers and conductors and the thousands of garage boys, popularly called ‘agberos’ who are known to assault bus drivers and commuters to demand money.

Members of the NURTW are also often used as thugs by politicians in each state. In Lagos, MC Oluomo and the NURTW are believed to have a strong relationship with the governing party in the state, APC.

After protesters rejected MC Oluomo’s gift, the #EndSARS protest continued in Alausa, Lagos, as in many states of Nigeria despite various concessions by the government.

Noble Reporters Media reported how the government last Sunday disbanded the notorious police unit, SARS, which was the major demand of the protesters.


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EndSARs: Armed thugs attack protesters in Lagos with Matchets and Guns | Video

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Recall with Noble Reporters Media that a similar event occurred in Abuja, yesterday as a group of pro-SARS protesters who are believed to be thugs attacked #EndSARS protesters at the berger junction of the city.

Thugs armed with knives, matchets and guns have attacked peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Alausa, Ikeja, the Lagos state capital.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that a similar event occurred in Abuja, yesterday as a group of pro-SARS protesters who are believed to be thugs attacked #EndSARS protesters at the berger junction of the city.

Watch Video HERE


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EndSARs: Armed Thugs scatter Lagos protest. [Video]

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Three of the thugs were caught and handed over to security personnel.

Suspected armed thugs have disrupted the ongoing peaceful protest in Lagos.

The thugs invaded the protest ground with machete, charms and sticks while chasing away demonstators at the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

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The thugs were repelled by protesters, who overpowered them.

The protesters have regrouped and continued the protest.

Watch Video HERE


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Just in: Tinubu meets with UK envoy to Nigeria in Lagos.

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Earlier, the commissioner, via her Twitter account, announced that it was her first to Lagos since COVID-19 outbreak.

Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, is in Lagos.

She arrived in the state on Wednesday from Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Laing is visiting former Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

The UK mission in Nigeria tweeted a photo of the duo as they interacted.

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“They had a wide-ranging discussion on key issues of mutual convergence in #Nigeria”, a message read.

Laing first visited the UK-supported Joint Border Task Force Headquarters in Ikeja.

“Really excited to see ⁦@UKinNigeria⁩ team and re-establish #Lagos contacts”, she wrote


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Lagos by-election: Please vote in our favor – APC begs.

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The candidate said he would push for the rehabilitation of major roads in Ikorodu and those of other areas in the senatorial district to ease movement.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday urged residents of Lagos East Senatorial District to come out en masse on Oct. 31 and vote for the party in the by-election.

Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Vice Chairman, Lagos East Senatorial District, made the appeal during a meeting with community leaders, party members, and other residents in Agbowa, Ikorodu.

He commended residents for always coming out to show support for the party as well as its candidates at campaign venues.

Olusanya, however, said coming out in large numbers at campaign meetings was not enough, urging them to translate their support to massive votes for the party.

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“We are happy that everywhere we have been, we have always received massive support from the people of Lagos East.

“You always come out to show how much you love the party and our candidates.We really thank you.

“Yes, we know we will win, but we want to win overwhelmingly. We, therefore, urge you to come out en masse on Oct. 31 and translate your support to massive votes for APC”, he said.

He said though the party had always won in the Senatorial district, the number of votes had decreased over the years.

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Olusanya said the total votes the party recorded in the entire Ikorodu division in 2019 was 45,000, describing the figure as disappointing.

The APC chieftain said that other areas in the Senatorial district – Epe, Kosofe, Somolu, Ibeju Lekki – recorded low figures, and the results did not reflect the party’s popularity.

He urged residents to use their voter cards to change the trend and deliver massive votes for APC in the by-election.

Olusanya commended residents of Agbowa and those of neighbouring communities of Ikosi-Ejirin and Imota for warmly receiving the party’s campaign team.

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He said they would not regret their support for the party, describing Mr Tokunbo Abiru, the party’s Senatorial standard-bearer, as a competent and trusted candidate.

He said that Abiru would not disappoint if elected.

Olusanya said Abiru retired as CEO of Polaris Bank after transforming the bank.

He said the candidate would bring the same interventionist zeal in the service of the people.

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Abiru, on his part, said he was contesting the seat because he wanted to make an impact in the Senatorial district.

He said he had the passion, the drive, and competence to offer quality representation, and would not disappoint if elected.

He said he would carry out programmes and initiatives to alleviate poverty, promote employment and social inclusion in the constituency if elected.

Abiru appealed to residents of the Senatorial district to come out en masse and vote for him on Oct.31.

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Noble Reporters Media culled that a good number of residents were at the campaign meeting.

Some of the prominent party chieftains include a former Lagos lawmaker, Mr Segun Olulade; Chairman, Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, Mr Sesan Daini; and Director, Special Duties, APC Lagos East Campaign Committee, Alhaji Musiliu Ayegoro.

NRM learnt that the campaign train had another meeting at Imota, where they equally sought votes from residents.

Earlier, Abiru and his campaign team visited Oba Mudashiru Bakare, Ranodu of Imotaland, for blessings.


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