Some thugs at the early hours of Saturday attacked #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo capital of Osun.
Thugs brandishing cutlasses attacked the protesters at the popular Ola-Iya junction.
One of the protesters identified as Oloye was injured in the attack.
Last Thursday, protesters were attacked at Alekuwodo area, Osogbo.
Group to Agba: Don’t pretend to be solving a problem you caused by sponsoring thugs to hijack #ENDSARS protests
… flays staging town hall meetings, heating up Edo polity.
A group, Forum for Progressive Governance and Accountability (Forum4PGA), has warned the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, to desist from attempting to solve a problem he caused with the instigation of violence by sponsoring thugs and fake news on social media towards hijacking the #ENDSARS protests in Edo State, which almost caused a breakdown of law and order.
In a statement by its Secretary, Ohunyon Festus Egbenososa , the group said it had it on good authority that the junior minister working with the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and other criminal elements, were responsible for sponsoring hoodlums, who compromised the peaceful protests in the state and initiated a series of coordinated attacks to cause a breakdown of law and order.
The group said attempts to organise town hall and stakeholder meetings in Edo State in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests have been exposed to be a plot to conceal the ignoble deeds of Agba and his allies, noting that Agba’s actions in perpetuating preconceived violent attacks on innocent citizens was shameful and unpatriotic.
According to group, “We are using this medium to put the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, on notice to desist from his plans to undermine the peace and harmony that is gradually returning to our dear state.
“We watched closely as the junior minister and his allies have been bitter against President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to use federal might to violate the will of the people during the recent poll in the state. This led to their loss in the governorship election, causing them to mobilise thugs and other criminal elements to cause mayhem.
“Hence, we are alarmed that Prince Agba is attempting to hold townhall meetings to act like a saint, while in fact he is the despicable villain in the scheme of things. This endeavour to cause mayhem is laced with malice and vengeance. It is a ticking timebomb at a time the state is recovering and normalcy is returning to the public space. We advice against it and call on the minister to desist forthwith with such plans and rather explore other means to exert himself for the development of our dear state.”
The group fingered Agba and his allies as being responsible for spreading fake news and falsehood and directing hoodlums to the government warehouse at Medical Stores Road, in Benin City, the state capital, for looting of the strategic reserve of palliatives and essential medical supplies for children and women.
They added: “They have a well-calibrated mode of operation, which is to profile a government asset or any thriving private establishment, disseminate falsehoods and alternative facts and direct a cache of thugs (who have been prepared for the assignment) to attack and vandalise the facility and get ordinary people to join them, to give it the semblance that it was a masses-led action. Thereafter, the images from the destruction are propagated on social media by their agents to create a sense of lawlessness and unrest across the country.
“A recent attempt to commit arson in Edo North was botched and a popular thug linked to Oshiomhole named Atarodo, was caught and named as being responsible, which aligns with the findings earlier made about Agba.”
Lekki Shooting: Lagos Govt Invited Us To Restore Order, Says Army
Following the wanton destruction of properties and lives during the #EndSARs protest in Lagos, the Nigerian Army have said the Lagos state government invited them to intervene in the fallout of the #EndSARS protest.
Youth protesting against police brutality had refused to stay off the roads despite a 24-hour curfew imposed by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, after widespread violence.
Subsequently, men in military uniform invaded the protest ground at Lekki toll plaza and opened fire on the protesters.
The incident sparked an outrage and Sanwo-Olu blamed the incident on “forces beyond his direct control”.
In a statement on Tuesday, Osoba Olaniyi, acting director, army public relations, said soldiers stayed away from the #EndSARS protests until the Lagos government invited them to restore order.
Olaniyi said while restoring order, soldiers did not shoot protesters, describing reports on the attack of the protesters by the military as fake.
“The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country,” the statement read.
“At no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian. From the onset of the #EndSARS protest, there was no time personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were involved.”
“However, the decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government (LASG) after a 24- hour curfew was imposed.
“This was as a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away. The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. It was at this point that LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.
“The intervention of the military followed all laid down procedures for Internal Security operations and all the soldiers involved acted within the confines of the Rules of Engagement (ROE) for Internal Security operations
“Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.
“This allegation is the hand work of mischief makers who will stop at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army. The general public is hereby enjoined to discountenance this allegation as there is no iota of truth therein.”
The military broke its silence on the crisis one day after Sanwo-Olu told CNN that footage of the shooting showed that the Nigerian Army is responsible for the incident. (The Cable)
Looting: Gov Sule hails Nasarawa Youth For Not Joining Fray, Describes Act As Height Of Criminality
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commended youths in the state for not joining in the looting spree across the country in the name of the ENDSARS protest, describing the act as the height of criminality.
Engineer Sule made the commendation while flagging off the farmers’ field day and interactive session, for the North Central, organized by the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), in Lafia, on Tuesday.
The Governor further called on the youths to shun people residing out of the state who may want to entice them to embark on the breaking of peoples warehouses, warning that such as is the height of criminality.
Engineer Sule said his administration is not afraid that any warehouse could be broken into, mostly because government has ensured that all COVID-19 palliatives have been distributed, with nothing kept in any warehouse.
According to the Governor, his administration distributed the palliatives as they came, stressing that the exercise was guided by the desire for transparency.
“We distributed these items as they came and the reason why we did that, was because we wanted to be very transparent with people.
“We wanted them to understand these items were meant for them and even though we were asked at one point, by some officials of COCAVID to hold on, because there was this fear that there was going to be another lockdown,” he stated.
While commending youths in the state for not accepting to join the unfortunate trend by breaking into peoples warehouses, Engineer Sule, cautioned against fighting the police.
“If we continue to fight the police the way we are going, who is going to protect us, criminals? Of course, the police may need reform, but we need the police more than any other time,” the Governor said.
Speaking on the event, Engineer Sule applauded the existing collaboration between NCAM and the Nasarawa State government, in the efforts to revitalize agricultural production and processing.
The Governor specifically commended NCAM for establishing the fully operational 1.5ton/hour Alvan Blanch Model Combine Rice Mill Plant, at the Nasarawa State processing zone, in Lafia, as well as the 16. 5 hectares total rice farm using SAWAH Eco-technology for rice production in Assakio, Shabu and NADP seed fields.
He expressed hope that the interactive session will afford the state government further opportunity to strengthen the collaboration with NCAM, towards improving its agricultural policies, especially at it involves the agricultural mechanization thrust of his administration.
Earlier, Executive Director, National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), Engr. Muideen Yomi Kasali, said Nasarawa State was chosen to host the agency’s field day and interactive sessions with relevant stakeholders in the agric sector within the North Central zone, is because of its comparative advantage in agriculture.
He said the reason for the session was to avail the North Central, the various agricultural machineries developed by NCAM and to keep abreast of new developments in indigenous technologies.
The event witnessed the demonstrations of recent developments in indigenous technologies.
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