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#ENDSARS: The Youth Are Fighting Insurmountable Problems – Babalola

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By Lukman Amusa

A legal luminary and  Founder of Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) Chief Afe Babalola  says  the youth are not only fighting against brutality of the just disbanded special anti -robbery squared (SARS) but the insurmountable problems in Nigeria

the senior lawyer said the youths were not only protesting against police brutality but also the   problems   of poverty, unemployment, corruption, systemic and leadership failure.

Babalola gave the charge on Friday at ABUAD farm while addressing farmers across 16 local government areas of the state at a session in commemoration of the World Food Day.

He stated the youths were not only protesting against police brutality but also the ‘insurmountable problems’ of poverty, unemployment, corruption, systemic and leadership failure.

Babalola said the future looks bleaks if the hydra- headed problems afflicting the country are not addressed, adding Nigerians are struggling with poverty in its naked form.

He condemned the series of attacks on the aggrieved protesters, describing the actions as illegal and unconstitutional.

The legal icon cautioned police operatives against harassing any protesters but provide adequate security for them to press home their demands.

He noted youths have the inalienable and fundamental right to protest against agencies of the Federal Government that have derailed from carrying out its constitutional mandate.

“It’s sad that our police authorities could stoop so low to have attacked Nigerians protesting against brutality, extortion and harassment by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“Protest is a legitimate way of expressing opinions concerning government actions or inactions. The rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are guaranteed under the constitution as fundamental rights.

“So, it’s fundamental that people should have a right to protest. Our youths took to the streets protesting because there is something paining them.

“They are telling the people in power that there’s pain. The pain may be poverty, unemployment, corruption and what the police is doing. And so no sensible government will not react to it.

“It is expedient that the Government should negotiate immediately and meet their demands to avert revolution,” he said.

The frontline legal luminary admonished President Muhammad Buhari to caution Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu not to use confrontations against the protesters, saying acting otherwise could lead to a mass revolution.

The frontline legal luminary admonished President Muhammad Buhari to caution Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu not to use confrontations against the protesters, saying acting otherwise could lead to a mass revolution.

 

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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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