A female journalist working with the Nigerian Telecision Authority, Jennifer Uloma Igwe was caught up at the Lekki Tuesday Night’s Massacre. She was present at the vigil to cover it, when things took another turn and eventually, lights were turned off and shootings began.
The video which was shared on Twitter showed the journalist in a black top and white trousers, covering the protests while asking the protesters questions, especially on why they chose to defile the curfew and come out. Determined to get their cause, the protesters were driven by forces beyond fear of arrests by the government and came out to the Toll Gate the same night.
Eventually, the lights were turned off and the people started hearing shootings. Sirens were blarring all around, and the journalist hid in what looked like a gutter with her colleague. She described her survival as a miracle, as she had a really close shave with death.
The video was shared to Twitter, and has already gotten thousands of views in less than 2 hours.
Rita Daniels, mother of Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels has reacted to the 48-hour ultimatum given to the people of the Igbo tribe to evacuate from Lagos and all other Western States in Nigeria.
The ultimatum comes after one Mr. Adeyinka in a viral video accused the Igbo tribe as being the responsible for the destruction of Lagos state.
Reacting to the development, Rita Daniels has shared her view on the ethnic feud persistently looming in the country.
Sharing the video on her page, she wrote
“WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT SHOULD MAKE US WISER!
The President threat or speech yesterday broke us but thought us many hard lessons. Myself and so many others couldn’t sleep last night… We were broken!!!!!! We protested for 12 days without vandalisation12 days of rejecting bribe,12 days of caring and looking out for each other.12 days of giving free medical care and legal services, Brands, both national and international Celebrities, Churches all protested… influencial people were lobbied to add their voice… At the protest grounds, the Christians gave room for the Muslims to have their Jumat prayers The Christians had their service on Sunday… There was a candlelight service held all over the nation for fallen heroes, Youths despite the hard economy spent their personal money cooking for each other. No one knew who was a Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, or Edo… We ate together and danced together. For 12 days, These were organised without a formal leader with just social media tweets, retweets, post, shares with a harshtag. For 12 days we built the Nigeria of our dreams… And built their nightmare… And they got scared. They know if we’re united we would have one voice, If we have one voice, we have power.And if we have that power… WE WOULD DEMAND A BETTER NIGERIA. If we’re united and not fighting how would they budget money for security to calm insurgency?How will they create religious fights and make money? So they sponsored hoodlums to disrupt the protest… But we overpowered these hoodlums by getting our own private securities and security dogs to protest grounds. When the military who were ordered by “Powers beyond their control” to shoot, When the guns were fired, They didn’t care who was a Muslim or Christian, They didn’t care who was Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Calabar or Urhobo. They killed unarmed people sitting down and singing the anthem. But when they want to instigate tribal wars and religious unrest, they remind you of your tribe and religion, When they want to make use of you for their selfish gain, they tell you to unite and take side with “your people” they remind you that you should be one. Do you all remembered.”
After opening Covid-19 palliatives gotten from abandoned warehouse, see what was seen inside “garri” sack.
The incidence of invading warehouses where Covid-19 palliatives were stored spread swiftly and many residents of the area of warehouses got there fast to get their own palliatives that were hoard instead of being distributed. We have seen photos online as people cartered away different palliatives such as garri, rice, sugar, pastas and noodles.
These palliatives were stored in the warehouses in Lagos and were supposed to have been distributed during the lockdown when people were helpless and suffering, not working and starved, however they were kept in the warehouse maybe till Jesus comes.
If not for the angry Youth who stormed the places the content would have still been there till when God knows. The palliatives were so much plenty that nobody fought over it. Everyone packed the amount they wanted.
One of the beneficiaries opened one of the sacks when he got home but was disappointed. The food has spoiled , it is no longer suitable for eating, even the pets can’t eat it. It has become a waste. You won’t believe what this supposed “garri” has turned to. If “garri” is kept for some months it would spoil. That is why it is advisable to eat such food on time only for those in charge of distribution of the palliatives to abandon it since May of this year. See as it has turned to something like sawdust now.
Fortunately for them, noodles has not expired yet. If fact something has cooked it. He prepared it with some correct ingredients ; spring onion, onion, carrot, eggs, pepper and shared it on social media. See below.
The government is silent on this, no media report on it yet.
The #endsars #protest, which is gradually becoming violent, got heightened today, Monday, 19th October, 2020, when violent protesters descended on some policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command at Adekunle, Yaba, around 10am.
The ninety seven (97) policemen, who were being conveyed to their various beats on routine relief duties across the state, came across the violent protesters who started shouting “No Police, No Police”, and stoned them. After the attacks, nineteen (19) of the policemen were critically injured while 4 police vehicles were damaged.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the attack and urged officers and men of the command to remain calm while they continue to manage the situation professionally, as usual in the state.
He further appealed to community leaders, parents and guardians, traditional rulers and religious leaders, to caution the youths against violence and any act that is capable of aggravating tension in the state as such will be counterproductive.
SP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr) POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER LAGOS STATE COMMAND IKEJA.
”Back in 2013 my brother had a shop at mount olive plaza main market onitsha where he sells ladies wears imported from india….
He engaged one of his friends with his business activities and encouraged him to learn the trade from him and start up his own. His friend embraced the idea and joined him.
On his last trip to india, his friend told him he’ll like to come with him and do the shopping alongside . My brother agreed to that and asked him to inform his family he told us too and they set out weeks later.
His friend exhausted his money on the trip and asked for a loan from my brother, he informed my mom then told his friend that the he has dollars and he wants the loan paid back in dollars too. The friend assured him that there won’t be any problem, so he loaned him 10,000USD.
They arrived nigeria few days later and went about their daily business and two weeks later their cargo arrived. On the same day his friend told him his money is ready and that he should come for pick up, he informed my mom and sisters again then he set out to nnewi in the company of two friends.
He took his money, returned back to onitsha and went straight to emeka offor plaza to buy a phone for my dad and asked one of the boys with him to take the phone and 3,000 dollars home to dad.
He called my mom to give her situation report, he said
” i’m on my way to upper iweka now to pick up my goods and after that i’ll come home eat, shower, change and leave for lagos, i want to buy some made in Nigeria to sell too so i can have varieties, my phone is low but be rest assured i’m coming home tonight before i leave. I’m hungry please cook”.
He also informed her about the money and that he has the balance with him. My brother was such a mommy’s boy. When he got to upper iweka, he called again and emphasised on his low battery and still said he’s coming home. His phone battery died and that was the last we heard from him.
We waited the entire evening and night for him but we didn’t see any sign of him.
We called his phone but it was switched off.We waited the following morning but there was still no sign of him and at this point, we were scared. We called his phone but it was switched off.
My brother wouldn’t sleep outside even with a woman without informing any of us.
So my parents set out to search for him. They got to the park and asked about him but were told that some men dressed in mufti came to harass people, he was spotted and they found the money on him and tried intimidating him but he fought them back for his money
They told my parents that he was beaten till he became unconscious and they left with him and his other friend and if they were being honest those men came from SARS Awkwuzu.
My mother wept!
They left immediately for Awkuzu SARS but got there by 7:00pm, they weren’t let into the building on the account that it was past office time and that they should come back the following day. My parents came back home, gave us update and in clear terms told us that it was going to a very difficult time for everyone of us and they’re not sure what of will happen. They made calls to all their influential friends and even went to see one that night.
The following morning as early as 6:30am we had a knock, lo and behold it was my brothers other friend..
He was badly wounded, bleeding from all parts of his body, with a swollen p*nis and could barely even walk. We rushed out to him, took him in and we were all ears.
He told us everything we already know and confirmed they were taken to Awkuzu SARS…
We asked him how he got out and our brother’s state
He said he recognised an officer who knew him and asked him to stay put that he would smuggle him out the following morning but that my brother was unconscious and so he couldn’t leave with him.We asked if he was alive or dead he said alive.
My parents left to Awkuzu SARS in the company of my brother In law.
They left with a total sum of N15 million naira. They were made to pay 2 million to admit one of them into the compound. My father went in, while my mother remained outside the gate with so many others looking for their kids too..
He was taken straight to James Nwafor…
After rounds of denial that he wasn’t there, they got a call from Emeka Offor and then they agreed he was picked but this time they said he’s a criminal::
My father argued with him and told him that his son is not a criminal and that he’ll go to the press.After about 2hrs my dad was asked to leave and wait outside still without seeing my brother, meanwhile my mother was outside trying to penetrate their colleagues outside to ascertain the true situation of things.They spent the rest of the day outside and Went back the following day but this time we were asked to get some clothes for him, money for food and mattress too. My mother paid for these things.We were charged #250,000 for bed space alone.
On the third day, they told my parents that my brother is dead and that they should never come back.My father asked for his corpse but was told by James to get out of the premises. The following morning they came with a search warrant to our house and an arrest warrant for my father. But before the search ensued, my father informed them that he has a gun and papers for it….
They took him with the gun leaving his papers behind and left for Awkuzu:::
On getting there James told him that he supplies guns to the criminals and that he’ll be tortured till he confessed
My mother and my sister made another call to Emeka Offor who called James immediately and told him that if a single hair on my father is touched that he’ll end them all.
He was released immediately and my mom and sister took him straight to the hospital because at this point he was Very weak. My parents both had blood pressure up and father had stroke.
At this point all search for my brother stopped so we could concentrate on our parents. The following day again as early as 8:00 the SARS people from Awkuzu were at our gate. We let them in and they asked my aunt screaming to stop else they would kill her, they returned my dad’s guns and left.
My father was so shaken at the loss of his only son but he decided to stop all search.
Every corner of our house was cold and calm but it wasn’t peace, it was pain and fear. A Few months after this we got a call from Port harcourt SARS. They said my brother was transferred the following morning to their unit because of the noise his presence caused and that we should pay money for his release.My father informed us but told them he won’t come but he’ll speak with them and send someone.
They agreed to call him the following night by 9pm so that he could speak to my brother because my father wanted a confirmation.
They arranged someone to act as my brother and asked him to speak to my father. My father spoke to him, he asked him questions about us and he got them right but when my father hailed in the manner they greeted each other he failed in his response.
My father called a contact in PH and asked him to follow up and find out what was happening there. It turned out it wasn’t my brother and they never called again.
It’s been 6 years and 7 months. I can’t lie I’m hopeful. I’m Hoping he would come back one day. Or I’ll see him even if he’s mad roaming the streets and has lost memory. I’m really hoping…..
The PATHETIC story of a young schoolgirl named, Adenike who lost her legs after she was mistakenly shot by SARS officers has been shared by her friend on social media.
Sharing the story, @theearthygoodness on Instagram, said Adenike was on her way home when SARS officers who were chasing armed robbers, fired gunshots, and she was mistakenly hit by one of the bullets.
After she was taken to the hospital, the officers visited severally, threatening her to lie that armed robbers shot her, even after she lost her legs to the sad incident was left in coma….
Read the story below;
“This is my friend Adenike. She was shot in 1996 when she was 15. She was on her way home in company of friends after visiting another friend. SARS were pursuing fleeing armed robbers. The bus she was in happened to be on the same road as them. The policemen proceeded to spray the bus with bullets.
After the driver stopped, they sprayed some more bullets. Nike was hit by one of the bullets! In her words – “The police saw that I was hit and instructed the driver to drop me that I was going to die anyway; I can’t remember if fuel finished in their car or something”. How did chasing feeling armed robbers correlate with shooting a bus full of civilians?! She was in school uniform along with 4 friends!
The bullet grazed her spinal cord. When they got to the hospital, the police started threatening the family to say she was shot by armed robbers. They also said the family should prove that the bullet had their markings! They intimidated the family so much that the doctors had to change her room twice!
The police visited the hospital daily insisting they wanted to speak to her. Nike was in a coma all the while this was going on, yet they did not cease their harrasment. When she eventually woke up, she was told not to narrate what happened. So, not only was she robbed of her legs, they also took away her truth.
After almost one year in the hospital, she eventually came home to us. In a wheelchair. Not a single kobo was paid by the police towards her medical care. We are grateful that she survived where many did not.
She is also the only survivor out of everyone hit by SARS bullets that day. She has come to terms with how her life was forever changed. But do you know how she feels knowing that nothing has changed since 1996? This is one of the reasons why we must #ENDSWAT #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #ENDSARS.”
The victim commented on the story saying “Thanks everyone…. I wanted the anger I have been feeling all over again since the protest started to cool down before I comment. Thanks babe for posting.”
Here is what a well meaning intelligent Nigerian wrote concerning the demands of the ENDSARS ongoing protest. It therefore shows that the problem is not just to end Sars but a total reformation of our beloved Country.
LIST OF WHAT WE WANT GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT:
👉SACK SECURITY CHIEFS
👉REDUCE PETROL PUMP PRICE
👉REDUCE PHCN BILL
👉STOP BANDITRY AND HERDSMEN
👉INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT WITH 50% YOUTHS
👉END ASUU STRIKE
👉POLITICIANS SHOULD BE PLACED ON MINIMUM WAGE
👉CUT DOWN THE SALARIES OF THE LEGISLATURE
👉Stop external borrowing
👉Ensure refineries are working
👉Use of alternative power source. solar, water,
👉increase the minimum wage to 100,000 naira a month.
👉Review the salaries of the teachers, health workers, social workers. Increase their wage
👉A Complete migration to a 100% Electronic Voting
👉A President must have at least First University Degree
On September 18th this year, Education CS George Magoha (as pictured above) made a visit to Mawego Technical Training Institute to assess the institution’s preparedness towards reopening.
From the report given after the visit, Mawego TTI was given 100% approval and the Education CS also commended the college’s management for transforming the institution within a very short time to make it one of the institutions ready for reopening amidst COVID-19.
Weeks after that positive rating and approval and after school reopening, there’s panic among students and tutors of Mawego TTI after COVID-19 being registered at the institution.
In news shared by Royal Media’s Citizen Radio yesterday at 7PM as well as Tuko, it’s reported that a student had reported back to the college with a mild fever and cold symptoms raising suspicion with regards to her health.
That this led to isolation of the student from the rest as she awaited being tested and after analysis of her sample at KEMRI labs in Kisumu, she tested positive for coronavirus.
After the confirmation she was taken to Kandiege Isolation Centre from where she’s receiving treatment and being monitored.
The college administration however informed the public that the student had not interacted with other students who are safe and carrying on with their exams after reporting back.
– Muga said that the samples of the student were taken on Monday and transferred to KEMRI CDC Kisumu for the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive
-Muga added that the student was moved from the institution and taken to the Kandiege Isolation center in Rachuonyo North sub-county where she’s being monitored by the health officials
“She came to school when she had slight fever and cold, which made the principal to suspect her and put her on a holding room separate from the other students,”Muga said
Muga said that the samples of the student were taken on Monday and transferred to KEMRI CDC Kisumu for the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive yesterday.
He stated that the student was moved from the institution and taken to the Kandiege Isolation center in Rachuonyo North sub-county where she’s being monitored by the health
” The student is not in the institution she has already been taken to the isolation center,”Muga said
He further said that they have begun contact tracing for the persons who might have got into contact with the student back at their home and in the institution.
Muga appealed to the residents of Homa Bay County to continue observing all the guidelines issued by the ministry of education to slow down the spread of coronavirus.
” I want to urge the residents to continue following the COVID-19 regulation to fight the spread of the Virus, “he added
Schools to be closed
As earlier reported by TUKO.co.ke, the Health Ministry suggested that schools might be closed again due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
During the daily briefing of coronavirus statistics in the country on Tuesday, October 13, the Ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman noted the country was experiencing a steady rise in the number of infections with the positivity rate now above 5%.
We will have to take action to restrict movement or close schools if numbers will increase. We will monitor what is happening in our schools and take action based on what will be fit at that time,” said Aman.
With experts stating that life can only get back to normal once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, citizens from across the world are waiting with bated breath. All eyes are on the top contenders but even the ones leading the race have faced their fair share of challenges. After the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trial, Johnson and Johnson had to halt their vaccine trial after a participant fell in. However, as for all the trials being carried out in India, there has been no reports of any participant falling sick. Meanwhile, another company in India has joined the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is also optimistic of more than one vaccine in India. “We’re expecting that early next year we should have vaccines in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccine in the country,” he said during a meeting with the Group of Ministers.
It must also be kept in mind that the number of doses is a key factor in vaccination. The fewer the number of doses, the faster the inoculation process would wrap up. India so far has only two-dose and three-dose vaccines. Oxford vaccine and Bharat Biotech’s candidate are two-dose vaccines, while Zydus Cadila’s is three-dose.
EPYGEN BIOTECH: Biopharma company with operations in Mumbai and Dubai is planning to launch a potential affordable coronavirus vaccine with an aim to roll out 500 million doses within six months. Epygen Biotech has tied up with US-based biotech firm Dyadic for the vaccine. The company helmed by CEO Debayan Ghosh has a capacity of producing around 20-40 million doses a month at present. Epygen is the latest company to join the likes of Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila and Serum Institute of India to join the race for a coronavirus vaccine.
OXFORD-ASTRAZENECA: The leading contender for vaccine could release the results of the trials conducted in India by November-end of early-December. In case that happens, the Oxford vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute would be available sooner than expected. Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul said that the vaccine candidates are progressing well in clinical trials.
Both Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila are in the advanced Phase 2 trials. Their results are expected early November after which strategy for the next stage would be decided.
BHARAT BIOTECH: The company that is in the process of testing its coronavirus vaccine candidate Covaxin has sought approval from the drug regulator to proceed to Phase 3 of clinical trials. It has also written to states seeking permission for initiation of the third phase of clinical trials. Bharat Biotech has been asked to submit complete safety and immunogenicity data of the ongoing Phase-2 trial, apart from some clarifications, before proceeding for the next stage. The Covaxin trial would cover 28,500 subjects aged 18 years and above across 19 sites — including Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Lucknow — in 10 states.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON: The company had to temporarily halt its COVID-19 vaccine trials because one of its participants fell sick. “We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant,” said Johnson & Johnson in a statement. The enrolment system has been closed for now and an independent committee to assess patient safety has convened. The J&J Phase 3 trial had started recruiting participants in late September, with a goal of enrolling up to 60,000 volunteers across more than 200 sites in the US and around the world.