#EndSARS: Group alleges plans to unleash mayhem on citizens in Abuja, Lagos

November 10, 2020 Editor 0

Some well-meaning Nigerians, under the aegis of March4Nigeria, have alleged that some purported EndSARS protesters are mobilising hoodlums to wreak havoc Abuja and Lagos.  According to the group, these extremist elements will relaunch violent uprisings under the guise that their members are being hounded.  The group said they would also blame the routine law enforcement process, freezing of accounts and the placement Read More

Lekki shooting: Coalition knocks South-west Ministers

November 6, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) has said the South-West ministers have displayed gross disloyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari with their demands in the aftermath of the Lekki toll gate shooting in Lagos state.  Describing the act as a “show of shame”, the coalition advised the ministers to apologise honourably, else have seven days to quit their offices.  The group Read More

Ex-SARS officer told me to marry another husband, victim narrates ordeal before panel

November 5, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Mrs Chidinma, wife of Mr Johnson Chidozie Edozieuno, a victim of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Awkuzu in Anambra state has told the state Judicial Panel of Inquiry on ENDSARS that officers upon arresting her husband told her to remarry as he won’t return alive.  Edozieuno, in a petition to the Judicial commission of inquiry into Police brutality, highhandedness Read More

Fake News: Group hands Amnesty Int’l 7-day ultimatum to quit Nigeria

November 4, 2020 Editor 0

International human rights group, Amnesty International, has been given seven days to leave Nigeria for allegedly peddling fake news which almost plunged the country into anarchy during and after the EndSARS protests.  The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) gave this ultimatum at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja.  Speaking on behalf of the group, Executive Director, Princess Ajibola, Read More

#EndSARS: Lagos panel not competent to investigate Lekki shootings – Group

November 4, 2020 Editor 0

The Women for Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative has declared as incompetent, the Lagos state panel of inquiry set up to investigate the police brutality in the state. The group, therefore, called on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, and President Muhammadu Buhari to stop further proceeding in the ongoing investigations by the Lagos State Judicial Read More

Police brutality: Lack of petition worries Imo panel chair

November 4, 2020 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Only two petitions were Tuesday read at the inaugural sitting of the Imo State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Police Brutality and other Related Judicial Killings. In her opening remarks during the commission’s inaugural sitting, the chairman, Justice Florence Duroha Igwe(rtd) said she was surprised that the commission received only two petitions which was a far cry from what they Read More

#EndSARS: Human rights group move to drag violence instigators to ICC

October 31, 2020 Editor 0

The Global Network for Human Rights (GNHR) has vowed to drag instigators of violence that led to the killing of policemen and destruction of properties during the EndSARS protests to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The group, at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said the individuals must be brought to justice for their roles in inciting “massive terror Read More

#EndSARS: Ogun judicial panel receives 20 petitions

October 31, 2020 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

In less than two weeks of its inauguration, the Ogun state Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate complaints and petitions of victims of police brutality and abuse of human rights by security operatives have received no fewer than 20 petitions. The Chairman of the panel, Hon. Justice Solomon Olugbemi (Rtd), made this known after a meeting with the Read More

#EndSARS violence and Nigerian Army’s footprints

October 29, 2020 Thomas Uzah PhD 0

The recent revelation with regards to the number of casualties at the Lekki Tollgate incident once again highlights why Nigerians must be circumspect before we disseminate information and draw conclusions on burning national issues. I recall I had my reservations when news went round town that the Nigerian Army had massacred peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate. I struggled to Read More

We are all SARS

October 29, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria is a country of many wonders. The more you look at how things are being done the less you understand. Writing on the Nigerian issues is very tedious, interesting and sometimes very annoying, this is because the country is changing like a chameleon. The more one tries to analyze or understand a particular issue, the more he or she Read More

#EndSARS and professionalism of the Nigerian Army

October 28, 2020 Nkechi Odoma 0

A lot of confusions have assailed Nigeria now over #EndSARS protests. Merchants of violence and bloodbath have taken control of parts of Nigeria in irrefutably dubious protests. Hidden retrogressive schemes have been hatched and re-enacted by various interests within the country. Surely, these demonstrations have become a mass exhumation and combination of satanic motives by groups, demonic interests, questionable personalities Read More

#March4Nigeria: Military remains heroes of our democracy – Nigerian youths

October 25, 2020 Editor 0

Some well-meaning Nigerian youths under the hashtag #March4Nigeria have hailed the Nigerian Army as the heroes of the nation’s democracy for rising up to the occasion amidst vested interests.  Speaking at a town hall meeting on Saturday in Abuja, respected youth activist, Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu, said Nigeria would have slipped into anarchy resulting from the #EndSARS protests if not for Read More

#EndSARS: Group backs Buhari

October 24, 2020 Editor 0

The Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) have thrown their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the country comes first before other interests.  The group’s backing, contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Ari Gwaska on Friday, follows public reactions that trailed the EndSARS protests across the country.   Some governors had expressed maximum support for President Buhari amidst pressure from Nigerians and the Read More

In Cross River, Ayade imposes 24hr curfew as hoodlums burn down buildings, cart away COVID-19 palliatives

October 24, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Cross River state following the burning down of public buildings and wanton destruction of shops and property by hoodlums in Calabar, the state capital. Blueprint correspondent gathered that hoodlums had invaded SEMA warehouse adjacent the state government-owned Chronicle newspaper, carted away relief materials and set part of the newspaper house ablaze. Read More

#EndSARS: What Buhari told Jonathan, Gowon, Obasanjo, IBB, others

October 23, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday told former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria that the initial genuine and well-intended protests of youth in some parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected. In a virtual meeting with the former leaders, the president said government would not fold its arms and allow miscreants and criminals Read More

Fake News: Nigerians in Diaspora seek withdrawal of statements by the UN, US

October 23, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG), Ohio, United States, have called on the United Nation, United States, United Kingdom and other nations to withdraw their statements that appeared to taunt the Nigerian government over the Lekki tollgate shooting.  With overwhelming evidence now rubbishing supposed massacre in Lagos state, the NDMG said it is logical for the international community to Read More

#EndSARS: Kogi govt commiserates with violent victims

October 23, 2020 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The Kogi state government has commiserated with all the victims of the #EndSARS protest which resulted in attacks on innocent protesters, violence and arson in some parts of the country. A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, Thursday reads in part, “The Kogi state government wishes to salute the sense of patriotism on the part Read More

Popular American rapper drums support for #EndSARS protest

October 23, 2020 Blueprint 0

The #EndSARS protest has gotten the support of American rapper, Meek Mill who revealed that his heart broke while watching videos of police violence in Nigeria. Nigerian youths have been protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killing for weeks now. The rapper took to Twitter and wrote, ”#ENDSARS I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT WATCHING CRAZY VIDEOS from #Nigeria IT LOOKS Read More

#EndSARS: Nigerians in Diaspora hold peace rally in London, condemn violent protests

October 22, 2020 Editor 0

Some Nigerians in the United Kingdom, Thursday, held a peaceful rally to condemn the violence occasioned by the #EndSARS protests in their home country.  Numbering in their hundreds, the Nigerians stormed the Nigerian House in London calling on their compatriots to give peace a chance.  They also urged Nigerians back home to embrace the March4Nigeria rally that is presently ongoing across Read More

#EndSARS: Hoodlums attack Edo NDLEA office, loot cannabis

October 21, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

The ongoing nationwide protest against police brutality and abuses, Wednesday, took a twist in Edo state after suspected hoodlums hijacked the exercise and attacked the Benin Office of the Nation Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Upper Sakponba road in Ikpoba-Okha local government area. The attack came amidst the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government to quell the activities Read More

#EndSARS: Call for Buhari’s resignation, abuse to democratic principles – NIDO USA

October 21, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO), New York Chapter, on Tuesday, described the call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation as abuse to democratic principles.   According to the group, the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country have been hijacked by desperate politicians who they said were behind the campaign demanding for the president’s resignation.  In a statement signed by Solomon Gwamna and Zuweira Read More

Women at the forefront of the #EndSars Movement

October 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Over the past few years, there have been calls by Nigerians to end the unit of the Police Force called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), for brutalities against innocent Nigerians, and the misuse of their powers. In the past two weeks, however, Nigerian youths have relentlessly protested and asked for an end to SARS. Well-meaning Nigerians have continued to lend Read More

#EndSARS: The good, the ugly

October 20, 2020 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Rather than abating the #EndSARS protest is growing wings as it enters Day 13 with accompanying twists and turns. It is as though there is some competition among the youths in especially southern states as they jostle to organize such protests and have their towns and themselves ‘registered’ in social media which is giving ample space to these protests with Read More