Good morning readers. This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Soldiers have blocked the scene of planned #EndSARS in Abuja, the nation’s capital.As at early this morning, the soldiers can be seen at scene of the planned protest at Aya roundabout.
2-.Nigerian-born Kaycee Madu who was recently appointed as Minister of Justice and Solicitor-General of Alberta in Canada has endorsed the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.“I support the people of Nigeria as they protest to end police brutality and extrajudicial killings,” Mr. Madu stated on Twitter.
3-.Afrobeat musician and activist Seun Kuti has called on the Federal Government to listen to protesters across the nation and meet their demands and avoid taking decisions based on the belief that it had the trust of the people. His comments were in response to the fact that protests have continued across states in the country .
4-.The Nigerian Army says its ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ which is kicking off across the country this week is not targeted at the #EndSARS protests. A statement issued by the Army Spokesperson Musa Sagir on Saturday noted that the exercise, scheduled to commence from October 20, to December 31, 2020, has no relationship with any lawful protest under any guise whatsoever.
5-.Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State believes the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was helpful in tackling insecurity in some parts of the country. The notorious police unit was last Sunday dissolved by the Inspector-General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu after days of protests calling for its scrapping.
6-.The ingenuity of Nigerian youths while protesting Police brutality has been consistent as people from different walks of life offer their services pro bono. Helplines and charging ports, among others, have been set up by the protesters to press home their demands.
7-.The Special Adviser to the President on Digital Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, has said that tremendous progress has been and is still being made to meet the demands of Nigerians protesting against police brutality in the country. According to him, “never before has police reforms been this high on the agenda of any government since 1999,” so it is unfair to say that government has not or is not doing anything.
8-.Tens of thousands of Thai pro-democracy protesters rallied across Bangkok Saturday, defying an emergency decree banning gatherings for a third consecutive day to demand the resignation of the prime minister and reform of the powerful monarchy. Police had used water cannon against peaceful demonstrators on Friday but protestors said they were not cowed by the escalation in tactics.
9-.Pep Guardiola backed Sergio Aguero after the Manchester City striker was criticised for putting his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal. Aguero disputed a throw-in call which went against him early in the second half of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
10-.The President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians, particularly sportsmen and women, that the country will no longer abandon past and present professionals.The President gave the assurance in his speech at the unveiling of Nigeria’s 60 Sports Icons, one of the events scheduled to celebrate the country’s diamond jubilee, at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.