• July 24, 2021

#EndSARS Protests: News Updates

-The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, condemning violent clashes that claimed multiple lives and caused many injuries. This position was contained in a communiqué by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

-.Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the entire Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State. Governor Wike in a state-wide broadcast today also announced that the curfew also extends to Mile 1, Mile 2, Emenike, Ikowu, and Iloaubuchi areas of Port Harcourt Local Government Area as well as the Oil Mill area of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the State.

-.The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has urged the Nigerian Government to conduct a speedy investigation in the shooting that occurred at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State. In a statement on Wednesday, the body expressed its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives during the protests and also wished the injured speedy recovery.

-.The Ebonyi state governor David Umahi has condemned the attacks on police stations and the destruction of government infrastructures by hoodlums and cultists. The governor condemned the attacks during a live broadcast at government house, in Abakaliki, the state capital.

-.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that he was “deeply concerned” by the recent violence in Nigeria and reports of civilian deaths, and called for “an end to the violence”. “The Nigerian government must urgently investigate reports of brutality at the hands of the security forces and hold those responsible to account,” he said in a statement.

-.The Ghanaian Government has reacted to the shooting of protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20. President Nana Akufo-Addo in a series of tweets via his official Twitter handle said he has spoken to President Muhammadu Buhari regarding a peaceful dialogue with the youths.

-.Legal icon and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Afe Babalola, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians. He made the call on Wednesday in reaction to the recent happenings across the country following the recent #EndSARS protests.

-.A police station in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun State has been set ablaze, the police authorities in the state have said. In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi who is the Police Public Relations Officer confirmed that the attack was carried out early in the morning by a group of “people with ulterior motives”.

-.The #EndSARS protests across Nigeria have forced authorities to postpone the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020. The board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria unanimously agreed to postpone the league, which was scheduled to commence on October 23 and ends November 7, 2020, amid the curfew declared by various state governments.

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