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#ENDSARS: Police Denies Cell Break in Lagos

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By Lukman Amusa

The Lagos state police has dined any form of cell in break as widely  reported in the social media that scores of suspects have escaped from the detention of the just disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikeja.

The command said there were claims on the social media many suspects fled from custody on Wednesday night while being moved to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti.

Refuting the report, police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said it was an unfounded, baseless and mischievous rumour.

He said: “The attention of the Lagos State Command has been drawn to a rumour making waves on the social media that some suspects of the disbanded SARS escaped from the cell at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos State on Wednesday.

“The command perceives such rumour unfounded, mischievous and baseless. It is an attempt to cause fear and panic in the minds of Lagosians, and distracting the command.

“In line with the directive of the IGP, the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, has taken over the disbanded SARS and other tactical units’ buildings in Ikeja and other satellite offices across the state, including the suspects.

“It’s pertinent to state that some of the suspects, who have been convicted, have undergone COVID-19 test which is a prerequisite to accepting them into correctional centres; but the command awaits their results before further actions. “The suspects in all the cases handled by the disbanded SARS are intact.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, Yaba, DCP Yetunde Longe, has temporarily relocated to the disbanded SARS building at Ikeja for thorough supervision and accountability of the taking over the process.

“The command, therefore, urges the public to regard the news as a rumour, baseless and mischievous to suit the intention of the originator(s) as the command is committed to reforming the policing system and providing adequate security for all in the state.”

 

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BREAKING: Ondo shuts schools over #ENDSARS protests

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  • Stephen Godonu:

The Ondo State Government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu announced this through his official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He said “I have directed that all schools that resumed on Monday 19th October 2020 are closed for the meantime from tomorrow 21st October 2020 because of the engulfing nationwide protest and the need to ensure safety of our students and staff.”

“Parents and the public are to note this directive and all schools are to comply.

Any inconvenience is regretted, while the State Government would ensure resumption of our schools as soon as possible.”

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[BREAKING] #EndSARS: Senate asks Buhari to address Nigerians

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The Senate on Tuesday asked the President  Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation immediately on the current nationwide protests by youths against police brutality and bad governance.

The Senate also directed the police to offer protection to the #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.

The Senate decision was sequel to a point of order by Senator Biodun Olujimi, titled, “#EndSARS: The need for a comprehensive reform”

The federal lawmakers urged the protesters to stop their agitation on the streets while the Federal Government address their demands.

They also urged Buhari to immediately set up a judicial panel of enquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution

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BREAKING: Armed Thugs Set Ablaze Ajeromi LG Secretariat, Loot Offices

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Suspected armed thugs have set ablaze buildings inside Ajeromi Local Government in Lagos State.

The LG’s Chief Press Secretary, Sheriff Fakunle, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

When contacted at 01.13pm, Fakunle said the attack was ongoing in the council.

He said, “As I am talking to you, my local government is invaded by armed thugs. Properties worth millions of naira have been vandalised. Some of these hoodlums are entering into offices, carting away properties. Buildings are burnt, cars are burnt, these boys are looting everywhere in the secretariat.”

Earlier, Layeni Police Station at Ifelodun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State was set on fire by suspected hoodlums.

Suspected hoodlums also burnt down the Orile Iganmu Police Station in Lagos State.

Details later…

 

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