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The killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country yesterday is condemnable – Peter Obi

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Former Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi has reacted to the reported killings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country.

Recall some protesters were allegedly killed after security agents fired gunshots to disperse the protesters at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night, October 20.

Reacting on Twitter, Peter Obi condemned the alleged killings, saying shooting of protesters while they were singing the national anthem is “unconscionable”

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The former Governor of Anambra state also stated that the lives lost during the gun attack is a ‘collective loss’ to the nation and not just to their families who are grieving.

He wrote:

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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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Northern Governors are not against disbandment of SARS – Governor Lalong

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Governor Simon Lalong has made a clarification on the stance of Northern Governors on the disbandment of controversial police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

 

Lalong who is the chairman of Northern Governors Forum on Wednesday November 18, said they are not against the scrapping of SARS contrary to some misconceptions in some quarters.

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He said;

 

“The Northern Governors Forum is not against the disbandment of SARS as misconstrued in some quarters. We rather caution against the blanket condemnation of the police that can erode the confidence and zeal of the hardworking and honest ones in performing their duties of protecting lives and properties.”

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Reiterating the region’s commitment in tackling the several challenges facing the region, Lalong said the forum will collaborate with Federal Government and security agencies to address the issues of banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, and other criminal activities.

 

He added;

 

“We must tackle the current challenges of insecurity in the region which is dominated by insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, rape, child abuse and trafficking and other conflicts.

“We shall continue to work with the Federal Government and security agencies to tackle crime and criminality. That is why we have supported a comprehensive reform of police architecture in the country.”

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CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

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CNN has released its findings from an independent investigation carried out on the October 20 shooting incident at the Lekki tollgate.

CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

CNN shared footage of what appears to be soldiers shooting at the #EndSARS protesters who had gathered at the tollgate to press home their demands to end SARS as well as end police brutality.

CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

CNN in its investigation spoke with a man, Elisha Sunday, whose brother, Victor, was killed during the October 20th shooting incident.

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CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

The media house also spoke with some of the protesters who were at the scene when the shooting occurred. They claim the soldiers indeed fired shots at them.

 

The media house also tracked the bullets shells seen at the Toll Gate and the companies that supplied the Nigerian Army Weapons since 2005

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Recall Nigeria drew global attention when military men stormed the Lekki toll plaza where #EndSARS protesters gathered and fired gunshots.

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Shortly after the incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu in a press conference stated that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military. On October 26, the governor granted an interview to CNN where he stated that only two deaths were recorded from the incident. He added that he visited the scene the next day and couldn’t find bloodstains.

 

On the day of the incident, the Nigerian Army took to its Twitter handle to deny claims its personnel was at the scene of the incident.

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CNN releases findings from its independent investigation on Lekki shooting; shares videos of what appears to be soldiers shooting directly at the crowd

On October 27, the Army broke its silence and alleged that the Lagos state governor invited them to help quell the violence that erupted after the protest was hijacked by hoodlums. Read here.

 

Watch the video from CNN’s independent investigation below

 

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Recent violence has set Lagos economy back by tens of billions of Naira – Governor Sanwo-Olu says

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Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the widespread carnage witnessed in the state after the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums, has caused the state economy to lose billions of naira.

 

The governor stated this at the launch of the Rebuild Lagos consultative forum which held on Monday November 16. According to Sanwo Olu, the violence is the most widespread carnage Lagos has seen in decades and the level of destruction is worrisome.

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“The violence has no doubt set our economy back by tens of billions of Naira and impacted our confidence. Beyond the physical and economic impact, there has also been the psychological damage; the fear, the terror, the helplessness that all of the victims have felt, the questions about how or where do we start from?

Every aspect of life and livelihood in Lagos was affected – government buildings offices, public monuments, and historical archives, public infrastructure like our BRT buses, and, very sadly too, private property and investments – malls, shops, small businesses, residences and many more,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said

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