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Today in Nigerian/African History: 13th July

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1934 July 13: Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Babatunde Soyinka was born.

On this day in 1934: Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Babatunde Soyinka was born.

He is a Nigerian playwright and poet.  He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature, the first African to be honored in that category.
Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta.  After study in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London.  He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theaters and on radio.

He took an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain.  In 1965, he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional elections.

Also on this day in 1980; Bechuanaland’s (now Botswana) first President, Seretse Khama died on 13 July 1980 he died in Gabarone, Botswana.

He was born on 1 July 1921 at Serowe, Botswana. His grandfather was Kgosi (King) Khama III, (also known as Khama the Good) of the Bangwato people. Under his rule and with his approval, Bechuanaland had been put under British protection in the 19th century.

Equally on this day in 2005; Egypt steps up pressure for the return of five of its most precious antiquities from museums abroad including the Rosetta Stone in London and the bust of Nesfertiti in Berlin bringing in UNESCO to mediate
And on this day in 1898; A crosswind destroys the barracks of the Salvation Army in Church Street, Pretoria West. One person is injured.

 

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#EndSARS: ‘Protesters Are Not Here To Cause Chaos’ – Shehu Sani

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ASUU Struggle Is Legitimate And Morally Right, Says Shehu Sani

 

#EndSARS: 'Protesters Are Not Here To Cause Chaos' - Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has expressed that the #EndSARS protesters demanding widespread police reform and good governance across the country are not chaos makers.

This is coming at a time when there have been reports of the government planning to deploy troops of the Nigerian military to control the situation which has heightened the tension in the country.

Also Read: BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat

Reacting to the reports, the former lawmaker from Kaduna stated that the protesters are not mischief-makers as being reported in some quarters but rather people who want the chaos in the country to end.

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BREAKING: Abuja #EndSARS Protesters Block Kuje, Airport Road

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BREAKING: Abuja #EndSARS Protesters Block Kuje, Airport Road

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#EndSARS protesters have blocked the Kuje road leading to the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua expressway.

The protesters also blocked the Airport road, preventing motorists from the right of way.

Although it has been reported that Soldiers have blocked the initial venue of the planned #EndSARS protest in Abuja.

Also Read: #EndSARS: For Some Of Us, SARS Has Been Beneficial – Gov Sule

The military officers were stationed at the popular Aya roundabout early Monday morning, with a roadblock and barricade.

Also, police officers are stationed in front of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carrier and water cannons.

The protesters gathered at the Kuje road and the Airport road to press home their demands.

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BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat

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BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat
BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat

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The demand for widespread police reforms by #EndSARS protesters enters its 12th day and it doesn’t seem as if the protesting youths are backing out soon.

On Monday morning, the protesters stormed the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa and prevented workers from gaining access to the premises.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Defence Minister Warns Protesters Against Breaching National Security

They blocked all the entrance to the Secretariat and motorists and pedestrians were turned back from coming out and going into the premises.

The Governor’s road had remained one of the major venues where the protesters gather every day with some even sleeping overnight to continue the protest the next day.

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