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Prophet Cries Out As Government Neglects His Family After Militants’ Shooting



A Lagos prophet has cried out bitterly after the state government reportedly abandoned him after militants shot and killed his family.
Babatunde Ojo, a prophet, has lamented the neglect of his family by the Lagos State Government after an attack by suspected militants in the Ikorodu area of the state led to the death of four policemen, an army captain, a chief security officer and a resident.
According to Punch Metro, Babatunde’s brother, Paul Olorunmaye, was among the dead, just as the cleric and his three-year-old daughter, Ewa, also sustained gunshot injuries.
The 37-year-old noted that he wouldn’t have bothered the government but for the increasing medical bill of his wife, Bukola, whose two legs were shattered by bullets during the attack.
Punch Metro had reported that suspected militants attacked Ishawo, Ikorodu, in April 2017, and while abducting some residents, the police and army operatives intervened.
During the ensuing shootout, four policemen from the Owutu Police Division and the army captain were killed.
Babatunde, who was in the police van conveying the rescued residents to safety, said the militants suddenly opened fire on the van, leading to the death of his brother, Olorunmaye, who were both in the van.
He said the 22-year-old was brought from their hometown in Omu-Ekiti, in the Oye council area of Ekiti State, in 2015 and was assisting his wife at her shop in Ikorodu before tragedy struck.
The cleric said while he (Babatunde) was hit by a bullet in the leg, his three-year-old daughter was shot in the buttocks, adding that his wife had her two legs shattered.
He said, “Those people (militants) could not be less than 400. They wore military camouflage and jackboots. They had some charms around their necks.
“Since the incident, we have been at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. Many thought all my family members were dead. We have buried my brother. My daughter, who was hit in the buttocks, survived miraculously. I have also recovered.
“But my wife’s condition is critical because she was hit in the two legs. Her right leg’s bone broke into two. She underwent an operation that cost about N500,000, aside money for drugs and other tests.”
Babatunde said his family was advised to seek government support, adding that efforts to get an audience with the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had been abortive.
He said the immediate family members of late Olorunmaye later called to say they heard that he had collected N5m from the government.
The cleric said the information prompted him to make enquiries, adding that he heard that government compensated some families who lost their members in the incident.
He appealed for government’s help, saying his wife had been scheduled for another operation which he could not afford.
“We have been discharged. But when we went for a checkup last Friday at the Orthopaedic Department of LASUTH, a doctor said the bullets had affected the bone on the right leg and an operation was needed to correct it. He said the operation would cost N250,000.
“We have spent close to N2m already. I have borrowed money from different people, including church members. We don’t even have a roof over our head because we have abandoned our house in fear. I am in anguish and my wife is in pain. Only urgent help will make a difference in our situation,” he said.
The mobile phone of the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, rang out, and he had yet to respond to a text message on the incident as of the time of filing this report.

Source: Tori

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#EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew



Following the various attacks on #EndSARS protesters in the state, Governor Kayode Fayemi has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective from 10pm on today, Tuesday, October 20.

In a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, the state government said the curfew became necessary following the state government’s observation of how the end SARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

Read the statement below

1. The Government of Ekiti State has observed with growing concern how the ENDSARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

2. The hoodlums have capitalised on the ENDSARS protest to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the State. These are in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties.

3. Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.

4. For the purpose of clarity Government continues to show understanding and responsiveness to the demands of the legitimate protesters.

5. On 16th October 2020, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State met with the protesters in person. While identifying with the legitimacy of their protests, he assured them that the State Government will immediately put measures in place to respond to all their demands.

6. Government has since then constituted a Human Rights Investigation Panel to review all cases of abuse by Officers of the disbanded SARS. In addition, Government has enabled a Victims Compensation Fund to facilitate speedy remedial measures for victims of such abuse.

7. Furthermore, several officials of Government have engaged the protesters at multiple fora and platforms including the social media in order to ensure that concerns of protesters are properly identified and responded to in a prompt and efficient manner with necessary feedback.

8. Government had also at various times drawn the attention of the protesters to the troubling hijack of the protests by individuals whose only interest is to inflict violence on the people of the state.

9. In the past 48 hours there have been incidents of gang-rape, robberies, physical assaults on innocent people, looting and burning of a police station. These acts of brigandage are not in consonance with the legitimate aspirations of the protesters. It cannot be logical to seek to remedy impunity with impunity.

10. Government therefore cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who have hijacked the protest for some clandestine reasons.

11. Consequently, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State starting from 10.00 pm tonight, Tuesday, October, 20, 2020.

12. Only essential workers and service providers with valid means of identifications are allowed to move around during the period of the curfew.

13. Any person found on the street that does not belong to this category, would be promptly arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of Ekiti State.

14. We seek the understanding of the good people of Ekiti State as we continue to take deliberate steps towards ensuring that peace and normalcy return to our state.”

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Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours



Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours

Nigerian superstar, Davido has said criminals are responsible for the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

Davido made the claim while absolving End SARS protesters of involvement in the attacks.

The singer pointed out that no amount of mischief would stop the protest against police brutality and bad governance.

Davido made the remark while condemning the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

The hoodlums had attacked the facilities and freed some inmates.

Reacting, the singer in a series of tweets wrote: “After seeing all that’s gone on today I just want to say that from the beginning we have preached that the protest must remain peaceful and Law Abiding and as far as I know we have kept to that! And we will continue to keep to that so the narrative can NOT be switched up on us!

“The people they claim broke into prisons to free convicted criminals, burn police stations to steal weapons, damage police, government, and private vehicles are Criminals and everybody must condemn these acts. They are not part of our movement !

“#EndSars is a peaceful and law abiding protest that is going somewhere great! And no mischief can scatter it!”

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari



Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.

This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.

The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.

Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:

-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;

-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;

-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force

-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;

-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation

-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government

-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.

-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.

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