Honorable Justice E. P Amara has announced today that she has arrived at hearthrow Airport London to submit evidences to the U K parliament about the extra judicial shooting that happened in Lekki Toll gate, which will take place on Monday 24th of November 2020.
Below are some of the reactions from people, mostly Nigerians ;
pWell meaning Nigerians have pledged their support to her expecting her to say the truth and nothing but the truth on what happened at Lekki Toll gate that night.
Some assured her of their prayers for her her safety. They told her to let her conscience speak
The incident that happened in lekki toll gate that night is a violation to human rights and it has attracted attention from international bodies who have investigated on the shooting that took place that night.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">……. Truth heals!!! ……. Truth heals!!!
In a what may appear as a new twist to the number of people killed during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos State, information has emerged that many more people may have died than the number officially declared.
The Lagos State Government had confirmed two deaths among the protesters in Lekki.
The Lagos Chief Coroner, Mojisola Dada, in a public notice seen on Thursday, asked those whose family members went missing between October 19 and 27 to come and claim their corpses with necessary identification.
Families of missing persons in Lagos have been granted two-week access to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for possible identification of their missing family members.
Dada said the families were free to visit the mortuary for inspection of corpses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the stipulated period.
“The next-of-kin will be required to provide means of identification of themselves and their loved ones. Nationally recognized means of identification such as international passport, Driver’s lincense, National ID card or LASSRA ID Card shall be accepted. Only the parents, siblings or children, in that decreasing order of preference are expected to come to LASUTH.
“The Profile will be compared with those already collected at autopsy from the deceased. It is only after definitive scientific identification that the bodies of the deceased shall be released by the Office of the Chief Coroner to the next-of-kin for burial,” part of the notice read.
The Lagos coroner’s notice came amidst reports that some people went missing after the two-week long #EndSARS protests in the state.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">It unclear where the corpses were picked from or how they got to the mortuary, <strong>but there were reports that some protesters were killed and their bodies allegedly taken away by soldiers during</strong> the alleged shooting incident at the Lekki toll gate.It unclear where the corpses were picked from or how they got to the mortuary, but there were reports that some protesters were killed and their bodies allegedly taken away by soldiers during the alleged shooting incident at the Lekki toll gate.
People were also said to have been killed in parts of Lagos during the protest and the ensuing violence.
The Judicial Panel of Investigation on Incidences of police brutality and other human rights violation in Akwa Ibom State was on Monday greeted with shocking cases of extrajudicial killings by the police as it commences sitting.
Recall that Akwa Ibom State Government had on October 20, 2020 set up a Judicial panel to investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violations, and related extra judicial killings in the State, as reaction to the nationwide EndSars protest.
At the inaugural sitting at High Court 8, FULGA road, Akpan Akpa Udo street, off Ikot Ekpene road, Uyo on Monday, the Panel announced receipt of.92 cases, mentioned eight and considered two pathetic cases of brutal killing presented by counsels to the victims.
The first case nvolved the alleged murder of one Alade Jonathan Farojoye – a fisherman and pastor with Deeper Life Bible Church who was allegedly murdered by the police at Iwoukpom, Ibeno Local Government Area of Alwa Ibom State..
The second case considered by the judiciary panel was on the alleged killing of one Mr Augustine Effiong, a taxi driver, by men of Special Anti-robbery Squard, SARS.
The late Effiong, as the case revealed was until his arrest and subsequent death in police custody, plying Uyo- Eket route as taxi driver.
Counsels to the victims further revealed to the panel that corpses of both Farojoye who was allegedly killed in September 2017 and Effiong whose life was also ended in October 2019 were yet to be released to their families for burial, despite several appeals to the police.
A total of 8 petitions were mentioned at the inaugural sitting, including petitions from Obong Paul Etim Ekpo, Beautrice Abosede Osaniya, Esara Victor Umoh, among others.
Chairman of the Judicial Panel of Investigation
Justice Ifiok Ukana in his remarks assured that the Panel is determined to ensure fair hearing to all parties involved.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-cyan-blue-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The Panel, according to Justice Ukana will make recommendations to the State Government and where necessary direct the State Attorney General to ensure that those culpable are prosecuted and compensation given to families of victims. He pledged an accelerated hearing of all petitions.The Panel, according to Justice Ukana will make recommendations to the State Government and where necessary direct the State Attorney General to ensure that those culpable are prosecuted and compensation given to families of victims. He pledged an accelerated hearing of all petitions.
In the meantime, the Panel has ordered that copies of the petitions be served on all parties involved while summons have also been issued to them to appear before it.
The Judicial Panel has also extended time for submission of memoranda by 7days, beginning from Tuesday, November 17 in the interest of justice.
The Panel therefore urged members of the public to use the extension of time to submit their petitions.
***‘Instead of addressing demands, they are busy arresting, profiling protesters’
Activist, Aisha Yesufu, in this exclusive interview, speaks on the clampdown on #EndSARS protesters, saying Nigerians should not be silent in the face of what she describes as intimidation of young people by government.
She also shares her perspective on ongoing inquiry into the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, the outcome of which she believes would be a nullity so long as President Muhammadu Buhari fails to constitute National Human Rights Commission Governing Council.
The arrests just showed how insincere Nigerian government is. Imagine the President’s countenance on camera when Lagos State governor presented the five-point demand to him.
Protesters were killed before, during and after the protests, but there is no sincerity on the part of government.
Their action says more. Many people still ask why the protesters remained on the streets when government said they had accepted their demands. But I need to remind them that the Nigerian government lies.
There is nothing this government says that is trustworthy.
In 2017, SARS was disbanded. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, the outfit was disbanded. It shows that government has never been sincere regarding SARS. In 2018, the President set up a panel to look into the allegations of human rights abuses and police brutality. In 2019, they brought out their findings and reported to the President.
The President said within months, government was going to implement the recommendations.
It is 17 months after the report was given to him and nothing has been done. When #EndSARS protesters stayed on the streets, they knew that this government is always saying one thing and doing another thing.
Amid all these, protesters were the ones who showed leadership. Yes, they didn’t have the traditional type of leadership we are used to, but they displayed organisational skills which is leadership.
On October 11, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, said he had disbanded SARS. On the same day, the #EndSARS protesters brought out their five demands.
On October 19, they explained how government can implement the demands because they knew government was not showing leadership other than mere rhetoric and blaming the protesters.
Instead of implementing the demands of #EndSARS, government is arresting and profiling them.
They are going after them and seizing their passports. The accounts of many of them were blocked long before any court injunction.
They went as far as going to their houses to pick them. Some were picked for just being in a WhatsApp group. This is the persecution that is going on.
The youths demanded in their presentation to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to have Governing Council because, without Governing Council, the legality of all these panels set up will be questioned.
Of what use is it for people to go through pains of testifying, relieving their pains and the horror they went through in the hands of SARS and people are indicted but, at the end of the day, nothing would come out of it just because the legality of the panel is in question.
They also asked that those who have been indicted by the first panel to be prosecuted. There are police officers and SARS members who have been indicted but they have not been prosecuted.
One of them allegedly tortured Hassan Alfa to death in 2014 in Kano. He has been promoted and he is in Abuja.
There is a systemic abuse that the Nigerian government doesn’t want to address. Instead, government is actively supportive of the abuse.
Today, we have seen what the Police meant when they tell you they will kill you and nothing will happen. “I will waste you and nothing will happen,” is their common phrase.
Indeed, nothing will happen because the people who came out and cried to their government are being killed under the cover of darkness.
What happened? The absence of sincerity of purpose on the side of government was the reason youths decided to continue the protest in the face of attacks.
EndSARS protesters were on the roads because they were being killed. Even when government said they were meeting their demands, thugs were brought to attack protesters.
They used police to attack protesters. They also used the military to attack protesters. Thugs were carried around in Abuja in vehicles belonging to security agencies. In Lagos, they attacked protesters at Alausa.
Some of the protesters were able to get the attackers and handed them over to the Police, but they refused to arrest them because they actually supervised them.
Of course, as I said earlier, government lacks the sincerity of purpose and the protesters wanted to see action and not mere rhetoric. As I speak today, there has not been any action from government.
We should all call on government to stop threatening young Nigerians. Government is going after young Nigerians who said they wanted the right to live.
Why the threat from the government? Why are Nigerian citizens keeping quiet? When things are happening to other people, they look the other way because they think they will not be victims. Indeed, they will be victims.
In 2015, members of the Shi’ite group were killed by the army, Nigerians looked the other way and the Police still kill them. Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, members have consistently been killed by the Police and military, Nigerians look the other way.
Now, it is #EndSARS protesters that are being persecuted by the Police and the military, Nigerians are looking the other way.
They will come after every one of us because when we do nothing, we are emboldening them to continue to behave in that brazen manner.
The Nigerian government has no business persecuting citizens who did the right thing by coming out to make a demand in peaceful manners.
The terrorists who are killing us, who attack the Nigerian states, are being given amnesty and state pardon.
They are being fed, catered for and taken to government houses, but citizens who came out to peacefully say these are our demands, are the ones being killed. I think every Nigerian citizen should be sick and tired of that.
I said earlier that the legality is being questioned since the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, doesn’t have a governing council for five years.
When will Nigerian journalists ask Buhari why so many things are not happening? The journalists do not have access to the President. Why are we allowing this to happen in a democracy?
These are some of the things journalists need to ask about. Why is it that we do not have a governing council at the National Human Rights Commission for five years?
Other panels have been set up and nothing has happened. Who is in control of the Police and the military?
We saw what happened when the panel wanted to check the military morgue at the Military Hospital in Lagos. They were denied access. It is something to worry about.
Absolutely, we the older generations are cowards. When we were threatened, we ran away and that is why we are having the problem we are having today.
When people were coming out to protest, what did government do? They began to attack them, persecute them, kill them and everyone will keep quiet as if nothing happened. That is why the problem continued.
The government cannot mess up with this generation. They need to understand that. They are calling them coconut head generation and they are not giving up, no matter the attacks on them.
For me, they have the right to protest. Government does not have the right to arrest them. The Inspector-General of Police should be ashamed of himself. He sat down in his office while his men were being killed in Borno.
He didn’t give an order to his squad to go to Sambisa Forest or where Shekau is and arrest him. On the issue of peaceful protesters, he was telling his men to shoot them. Is that what the constitution asked him to do?
There is a difference between rioters and protesters. We must stop blaming the victims rather than the perpetrators. Security agents have no business shooting at peaceful protesters.
What they should be doing is to protect them. Recall that Buhari’s running mate, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, died as a result of police brutality.
They went to Kano where they were teargassed by the Police and that was what led to Okadigbo’s death. Buhari has not learned from that experience. Up until now, I have not seen him honour the late Okadigbo, who was with him at the rally.
Today, he is in power as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He is sending policemen and the military to brutalise protesters, and destroy their properties.
Who does that? The disruption of the #EndSARS protests was started by the Police.
On October 10, 2020, when the Police were shooting at us, they used knives to cut and destroy our tyres.
These are youths government did not provide livelihood for and youths they did not give a nation that they can be proud of. They are only fighting that they should be allowed to live.
As older citizens of Nigeria, we should cover our faces because we have really failed the youths of this country.
And now that they are being killed, instead of us to stand up, people are blaming them for protesting.
Why should something happen to them? Why should government arrest them? People should be outraged and not afraid. People should be calling out government. This silence is why these things are going on.
Are they not citizens of Nigeria? Did the constitution not allow for protest? Why are we not calling on government to stop arresting peaceful protesters? Why is government not arresting Boko Haram, bandits and kidnappers?
Why are they not arresting killer herdsmen? Why are they arresting peaceful and innocent protesters? Nigerians think nothing will happen to them because they pray.
They forgot that the last victim also prayed. I always tell people that yesterday’s victims were once survivors. Today’s victims were yesterday survivors, and tomorrow’s victim will be today’s survivor.
The question is: Who is next? Being a victim in Nigeria is no longer a matter of if, it is a matter of when. The next family that police will kill their child will come out and start crying because they didn’t know it can happen to them.
The #EndSARS protesters are coming out to protest so that other families will not feel the pains. Most of the people who are protesting were once victims. In the words of Lawrence Osborne, this #EndSARS protest is a protest for survival.
It is not a protest of empathy that we used to have. Instead of being afraid that something will happen to them, they should join them in calling out government to do the needful so that we won’t have police brutality and we will not have another family just like the father of the 20-year-old that was killed in Port-Harcourt.
They don’t want other families to go through that. It is not that they don’t have work to do as some people insinuate.
Most of them are business owners, some are entrepreneurs, some have worked in the system that didn’t work and have been able to carve a niche for themselves. They are not hungry people.
I am a huge supporter but it was done by the youths. They organised it. The beauty of it is that I don’t want it to be taken away from them. In the early days of the protest, I refused to talk to journalists about it because the youths own it.
I started talking about it when I saw that government was trying to change the narrative. I am a huge supporter of #EndSARS protesters but I wasn’t one of the organisers. I went out on October 8, 2020, to join the protest and when they were being attacked by the Police, Oby Esekwesili, I and Maureen went to see the Police to ask why they were attacking peaceful protesters.
On October 10, I was there and came to the front when the Police wanted to attack them, telling them to shoot me first. For me, they really made Nigeria proud and they really showed they are leaders through their organisation.
Their logistics were amazing. I wish I had such in my organization and we must give them the credit.
I am proud of them. Government has the whole force but the youths have the technology, intelligence, and social media. They should use it strategically. They should ensure that they are not cowards.
They should ensure that they ‘Soro Soke,” stand and keep moving because the greatest power of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. And they should not give their minds to the oppressor we have in power in Nigeria.
Government should begin to act the way government should be. The primary responsibility of government is to protect lives and property.
And any government that cannot protect the lives and property of its citizen is not fit to be a government. Government should know that they owe the citizens the right to protect them and they should also know that the youths are not the enemy. Those bandits and terrorists using arms against Nigeria are the enemies.
They should stop attacking the youths and also know that nobody infiltrated #EndSARS, it is the thugs that were brought in by government that attacked #EndSARS.
They should know that weaponising illiteracy and poverty is not a good thing. They need to stop. The media should be outraged.
It’s with no doubt that Nigerians are still yet to recover from the unfortunate incident that has bedeviled it some weeks back.
Following the peaceful protest that was embarked upon by the Nigerian youths calling on the government of the day to disband the police arm called SARS and to also bring to an end the era of bad governance which turned violent as it was hijacked by hoodlums and hence resulting in the destruction of lives and properties.
Even though many Nigerian have blamed the president for being so reluctant in addressing the protesters early enough to avert what happened.
As if that was not enough, after normalcy and calm has returned, reports has it that the government have sent security agencies to hunt after all those who were at the forefront of the protest, arrest and detain them.
Unfortunately the account of some of those who lead the protests have been frozen and if care is not taken, this act by the government may result in another second wave of protest.
A former senator in person of Shehu Sani has always been on the twitter platform constantly sharing his views and opinions on the different matters including the SARS had earlier today taken to his handle to dropped a very important message that I guess is saying the mind of millions of Nigerians.
Check out his tweet below:
“Many of those encouraging or defending the arrest and prosecution of the ENDSARS protesters today would either regret their action or disassociate themselves from it beyond 2023. We have been through this history with those who sided with prosecution during military regime”.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Nigerians have reacted to his tweet in different manner with some saying that the ENDSARS protesters should be arrested and prosecuted while others are strongly against it as they agree with what former senator Shehu Sani tweeted.Nigerians have reacted to his tweet in different manner with some saying that the ENDSARS protesters should be arrested and prosecuted while others are strongly against it as they agree with what former senator Shehu Sani tweeted.
Take a look at some of the responses below:
Dear reader, what are your thoughts on his tweet, do you think the government at threading on the wrong path by arresting and prosecuting the ENDSARS protesters or you are in support of the arrest?
I wonder most men and women in uniforms always do not mind disrespecting their elderly ones. Probably they never once sit to recall that karma is real.
Recall that there was a massive protests about two weeks ago which was a a result of the brutality, killings, assaults and illegal activities of the Nigerian Police, as well as the former Special Anti Robbery Squad of Nigeria (SARS).
These acts led to many reactions as well as many other killings.
Some reported unarmed protesters were also allegedly killed by the Nigerian Army during the protests on 12th of the last Month, during the Lekki Toll Gate protests.
This later led to the the destruction and destroying of the properties of both private and public individuals.
However, everyone seems to use this #EndSARS avenue to speak up and avenge the police brutality against them.
This led to 60 year old man who was physically assaulted by a police officer in Lagos State to demand the Judiciary Panel in Lagos State, compensate him with a sum of Three Million Naira (N3 Million), for the claimed damages he suffered during the assault.
Nigeria Police is going to be better for it if it is thoroughly reformed which is one of the demands of EndSARS protesters. Since the protests started of people who hard survive brutish treatment of SARS have been coming out to narrate their ugly experience.
One of the victims that caught our attention on Twitter is a Navy officer by nameChukwudi who was almost killed by these arrogant officers at a checkpoint at Adekunle. “Just got stopped with my family at adekunle and we were told to turn back because of roadblock. One of the statements after we were allowed to pass after pleading was ” Shey una wan end SARS…una go see”…just as we walked by the fired a couple of shots whether for fun or not…”
The man must be planning to check out of the country if his final statement is anything to go by.
See people reactions after reading his miraculous escape.
Well done to the youths in Lagos for coming together to select Rinu Oduala & Majekodunmi Temitope to join the Lagos Judicial Panel On SARS as part of our commitment to justice and compensation for victims of Police brutality. Proceedings are public, follow @LagosSarsPanel
The scope of the panel has been expanded to cover the Lekki toll incident. Memoranda can be submitted through the panel’s email: judicialpanelonsars [at]lagosstate[dot]gov[dot]ng and you can call 0901 051 3203 , 0901 051 3204 , 0901 051 3205 for enquiries.
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Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare said yesterday that the #EndSARS protest was a tip of an iceberg saying any attempt to resolve the issues must go beyond the surface to excavate the underlying factors that led to the protest.
Speaking during the State of the Nation Broadcast, Bakare said that no degree of brutal repression of protesters can quench the flame of protests in the hearts and minds of the Nigerian people.
His words: “Your bullets may drive them off the streets, but your bullets cannot pierce their spirits or puncture their resilience.
“Our overarching challenge is systemic governance failure which, over the decades, has worsened the living conditions of Nigerians. As a result, although the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been disbanded, the spirit of SARS continues to prowl unchecked.
“For too long, the Nigerian people have been subjected to a less than desirable nation. For too long, the citizens of our country have been served insecurity, poverty and underdevelopment. For too long, our people have been denied access to the basic goods that make for a decent standard of living. We have been denied quality education, good healthcare, quality roads, access to electricity, and much more.
Bakare, who is also the Convener of Save Nigeria Group, in his message titled: ‘The building blocks of nationhood: A blueprint for the new Nigeria’ said this at the church’s new auditorium in Oregun.
He, however, appealed to the youths, whose patriotic spirits have been brutalised and traumatised by a repressive Nigerian state, not to lose hope.
He said: “I salute the courage of this unbreakable generation; I salute the resilience of every Nigerian youth, named and unnamed, who has stood up to be counted in this momentous era. I remember at this time the heartbreaking tales of extortion, torture, rape, and murder that drove our young people to the streets in the first place.
“Our hearts bleed at the memory of the peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate who were shot and killed on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, by the Armed Forces of the Nigerian state as they held up the Nigerian flag. May their souls rest in peace and may God comfort their families.
“In like manner, we also remember those unsung heroes of the Nigeria Police Force who, despite being part of an institution that has the worst reputation for corruption and ineptitude in the Nigerian public sector, serve with remarkable professionalism and bravery, sometimes doing so at the cost of their lives.
“I encourage them to keep hope alive because the Nigeria of their dreams, the New Nigeria, is within reach. I appeal to the older generation to speak up at this point in defence of our hard-earned freedom. This is not the nation our founding fathers lived and died for. This is not the nation we fought for in the trenches of pro-democracy movements.
“This is not the nation we hope to bequeath to our children. We will build this nation, not upon the altar of the blood of our young people, but on their visions and aspirations. I am confident that we can end the brutalisation of our people, put an end to the State-Aided Robbery Squad, and begin the process of nation-building.
“It is time to turn the stumbling blocks of our past into stepping stones to our future. Let us, therefore, arise to build a great nation, that all who have died in the quest for a new nation will not have died in vain, and that the Nigerian dream will become the Nigerian reality.”
Bakare also acknowledged the efforts made by the government to address the protesters’ demands, saying “government must move from commitment to full compliance in the implementation of the 5-for-5 demands of the EndSARS protesters and in overhauling our policing architecture.
Above all, I strongly recommend that President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that those who ordered armed soldiers to fire on innocent citizens are fished out and made to face the full weight of the law. The officers who carried out such wicked acts should also be prosecuted under international legal standards.”
Lagos- Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has said the burning of Orile-Iganmu Police Station by hoodlums was part of the plans employed by the Lagos State Government to forcefully stop the #EndSARS protests in Lagos.
Adams who spoke in an interview with ARISE Television on Sunday morning also alleged that having tried several means which failed to stop the #EndSARS protests, thugs sponsored by politicians carried out the arson so as to blame it on the peaceful protesters.
He said the burning of the police station set the stage for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to declare a curfew in the state, a move which later backfired as the protesters in Lekki refused to leave and were shot at by soldiers.