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Pirates kill two military men in Niger Delta

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Two soldiers attached to the Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, died in a gun duel with sea pirates on Wednesday, an official has confirmed.

The soldiers were part of a team dispatched in response to a distress call on an attack by pirates operating in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, Maj. Abubakar Abdulahi, the Spokesman for JTF, confirmed.

Three members of the team also sustained gunshot injuries and are currently receiving medical attention, Abdulahi said on Thursday.

He described the incident as sad but added that efforts were on to bring the perpetrators to book.

“Sadly, our troops deployed at Creek 6 Houseboat in Cawthorne Channel while responding to a distress call of sea robbers attack around Ijawkiri general area engaged heavily armed sea robbers.

“Unfortunately, two gallant soldiers exhibited highest point of patriotism by paying the supreme price while three others sustained gunshot injuries.

“Effort is on-going by the JTF to track and apprehend the criminals,” Abubakar said.

He also said that troops of Joint Operation DELTA SAFE on patrol around Iyalama Adama axis of Rivers on Wednesday discovered and destroyed 13 illegal refineries.

He said that no arrest was made as the operators fled before the troops got to the site.

(NAN)

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#EndSARS: Lekki Shooting Is A Massacre – Saraki

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#EndSARS: Saraki Calls On FG To Engage Protesting Youths
#EndSARS: Lekki Shooting Is A Massacre – Saraki

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has described the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate by army officers as a massacre.

Army officers arrived at the sit-in protest venue two hours before a state-imposed curfew was billed to kick-off, and opened fire on the peaceful protesters.

The street lights were turned off and security cameras switched off before the shooting began.

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Saraki, while describing the shooting incident as a massacre, called for great patience, restraint, and compassion in handling the demands of the youth.

According to him, the dialogue is the only logical option in the current situation— and not violence, adding that It was unacceptable for any Government to turn its weapons on its own young people.

See his tweet below:

 

End SARS: Lekki shooting is a massacre – Saraki

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Sanwo-Olu Blames Shooting Of Lekki Protesters On ‘Forces Beyond His Control’

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Nigerians react to the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Lagos
Nigerians react to the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by the military at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

Recall that military personnel had opened fire on protesters at Lekki tollgate shortly after 7 pm on Tuesday night leaving several people injured.

Reacting, Sanwo-Olu who visited the hospitals where victims were being treated after midnight said there are currently 10 patients at the General Hospital, 11 at Reddington, and 4 at Vedic, with mild to moderate levels of injuries.

He explained that 2 victims were receiving intensive medical care.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew

“This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger.

“I’ve just concluded visits to hospitals with victims of this unfortunate shooting incident at Lekki.

“It has taken me this long to make a statement because I have to prioritize the welfare of the victims of this very sad incident.

“3 patients have been discharged & we will continue to monitor and ensure all patients get the best care.

“As the Governor of our state, 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,” he said.

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Sanwo-Olu Reacts To Lekki Shooting; Visits Injured Victims In Hospitals

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Sanwo-Olu Reacts To Lekki Shooting; Visits Injured Victims In Hospitals
Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu with a victim of the Lekki shooting

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, has reacted to the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate.

It was learnt that soldiers had opened fire on unarmed protesters in the area on Tuesday.

This came hours after the Lagos State Governor imposed a 24-hour curfew that started at 4pm.

Taking to social media, Sanwo-Olu posted a couple of pictures of himself visiting the victims of unfortunate incident.

The governor also ordered an immediate investigation into the shootings at Lekki.

He released a statement in which he referred to Tuesday evening as the toughest night of “our lives,” as he blamed the shooting on “forces beyond his control.”

Read his statement below:

“This may be the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make notes in our history, but we will face it.
As a Father and Governor, I watched in anguish the unacceptable event that occurred last night at the Lekki tollgate.

The decision to impose curfew was borne out of concern for innocent protesters and the entire citizenry of our dear state. It will be foolhardy for a leader to try to protect his citizens and still turn around to put their lives at risk.

However, this is not the time to trade blames. We will take it in our stride and move.

I paid a visit to all the victims of the unfortunate shooting incident at the various hospitals where they are being urgently attended to.

There are currently 10 patients at the General Hospital in Lagos Island, 11 at Reddington hospital and 4 at Vedic hospital with mild to moderate levels of injuries, while 2 are receiving intensive medical care. And 3 patients have been discharged.
I implored the attending doctors to give them the best care, while we cover all their medical bills.

We are working with the Federal Govt to harmonize and stabilize all security operations while prioritizing the lives of the residents we swore to protect and serve.

I would also be giving a statewide address in a few hours.

We will come out stronger.”

Read Also: Sanwo-Olu Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Lagos

See his full post below:

The governor’s statement

The governor’s statement

 

 

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