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Read Sanwo-Olu’s full speech on Lekki Massacre and Lagos state curfew

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Dear Lagosians,

I address you today with a heavy heart, but not just as your elected Governor. I do so as a father and a brother. I do so as one who is touched by the infirmities and feelings of his people. I do so as a part of the collective humanity that we all share.

Yesterday’s events were no doubt some of the darkest gradients of our history as a State and as a people. As you are perhaps aware, I have been engaging the #EndSARS protesters since Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October 2020 respectively.

I declared my affinity with their crusade against all forms of police brutalities. I took all of their #5for5 demands to President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in Abuja. They were all acceded to.

Indeed, I could say we were making progress together though the pace was slow and indeed very slow due to lack of an acceptable leadership amongst the #EndSARS protesters.
However, events took a different turn from Sunday 18, October 2020 as criminal elements took advantage of the firm orders handed down to the officers and men of the Nigerian Police not to resort to shooting as a rule of engagement.

In Ogolonto area of Ikorodu, armed gangs unleashed mayhem on one another. While this was happening, other criminal elements joined in attacking innocent citizens who were returning from church services. There were reported cases of violent robbery of scores of citizens and rape of frightened women scampering for safety.

They are mothers, wives and sisters of our fellow citizens. Other criminal elements in turn began to unleash terror on citizens in different parts of the State like Fagba junction in Ogba and Ebute Metta. In the Ebute Metta incident, 19 officers and men of our Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were severally injured by armed thugs in Adekunle, Ebute Metta. The level of insecurity in different parts of the State became heightened with the multiple attacks on Police Stations.

The lawlessness blossomed into attacking and lynching of Police officers at Herbert Macaulay and Alapere areas of Lagos. Things took a more dangerous turn on Tuesday 20th, 2020 when the Orile and Ilasamaja Police Stations were razed by arsonists.

Chaos took over as Ajeromi Local Government Area offices were completely burnt down and wanton destruction of property followed. In the same Ajeromi, the Local Government Area, Ajegunle in particular, branches of financial institutions were looted and hoodlums attempted to gain access into the Tincan Island Ports.

As these were unfolding, with the help of respected civil society leaders and some concerned parents, we intensified our efforts as a government to persuade the leading lights of the #EndSARS protests to suspend the protests in view of the rising insecurity in the State.

We made the case that their battle has been won. We additionally conceded that they could resume their peaceful protests in Lekki and Alausa once we had succeeded in taming the rising wave of insecurity in the State. To achieve that, we needed a blanket stoppage of all forms of protests so as to make it difficult for violent tendencies to creep into the midst of peaceful protesters.

Our governance of security strategy requires that we do not make a different rule for one group of protesters and another for others. Sadly, we did not succeed in persuading the group of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate to agree to this.

Unfortunately, while many of the protesters in Alausa dispersed peacefully ahead of the start of the curfew, many of our youths at the Lekki Toll Gate insisted on continuing with the protests. Sadly, there was no leadership to appeal to as they had continually maintained that remaining leaderless was a strategy.

For clarity, it is imperative to explain that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the army. I have nevertheless instructed an investigation into the ordered and the adopted rules of engagement employed by the officers and men of the Nigerian Army deployed to the Lekki Toll Gate yesterday.

This is with a view to taking this up with the high command of the Nigerian Army and seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief to unravel the sequence of event that happened yesterday.

Fellow Lagosians, while we pray for swift recovery for the injured, we are comforted that no fatalities were recorded as widely circulated on the social media. The leadership of our Ministry of Health led by the Honourable Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi worked through the night with different hospitals in Lekki and environ to monitor and provide support for the injured protesters.

It is relevant to let you know that I have also personally visited the 10 patients at the General Hospital, the 11 at Reddington Hospital and the 4 at Vedic Hospital, with mild to moderate injuries as well as the 2 in intensive care. So far, 3 patients have been treated and discharged to reunite with their families.

However, in sensitivity with the mood of the nation at this time, I have directed the following:

1. The immediate suspension of all State activities for 3-days except those connected with governance of security in the State and the management of the current issue.

2. The lowering of the flags in all government establishments for 3-days.

3. The constitution of a 5-man Fact-Finding Committee into the Rules of Engagement ordered and adopted by the Nigerian Army to be headed by a retired military officer not less than the rank of a General. The report will be presented to the President within 2-weeks.

Fellow Lagosians, this may seem like the darkest hour of our history as a people, our sun will rise again. From the present ashes of our mourning today, a bright morning shall emerge from the womb of time and we shall rise again.

From the lowest place where this incident has thrown us, we shall rise with wings like the Phoenix and regenerate ourselves with new strength for a brighter tomorrow.

As we walk this phase of our history, let us remain one resilient people under God, with absolute faith trusting that we shall indeed rise again. Where we are now is fate. I apologise for everything that happened.

God Bless Lagos State

God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Victoria Abidoye is a writer and editor for the Trends Checker. She follows trends in the entertainment, fashions and education sectors. She enjoys meeting people and making new friends.

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Brief Story Of Oba Alayeluwa Adeloye Ajibike II: The Oloja of Ibodi

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A Brief Story Of
His Royal Majesty Oba Alayeluwa David Adeloye Ajibike II (The Oloja of Ibodi).

Kabiyesi Oba Adeloye Ajibike II was born at Ibodi (about many decades ago), to the family of Oba Eluremi Ajibike and his wife, Princess Tinuade (Nee).

His father has nine (9) wives and many children of which he happened to be the last born. Oba Adeloye Ajibike lost his father at the age of two (2) after which he had to to live with his eldest brother.

Though the Kabiyesi had the burning desire to be educated, this dream could not be realised due to the death of his father. He then chose to be a trader and was apprenticed to one Micheal Ladelu, also an indigene of Ibodi who was a successful Osomalo at Ilorin. On completion of his apprenticeship, he celebrated his freedom and was given Three Pounds as capital to start his own business.

He traded not only in Ilorin but in all adjoining towns and villages like Ogbomosho, Akinmorin, Fiditi, Ajase, Oro, Oyo, etc. and was well loved by all his customers. He became so successful that within six months of his freedom, he bought a Raleigh Bicycle for fifteen pounds.

Oba Adeloye moved to Lagos from Ilorin during the civil war with his business headquarters at the popular Docemo Street in the heart of Lagos. There, he continued his business success story to the extent that he built many houses in Lagos. He has a street- “Ajibike Street” named after him in Okokomaiko, Lagos.

Oba Adeloye Ajibike II has many wives and his marriage is blessed with many children who are also successful traders and professionals.

He ascended to the throne of his father as the Oba Adeloye Ajibike II, (Oloja of Ibodi) in 1990.

Oba Adeloye was a rotational Chairman of the Chieftaincy Council Atakunmosa West, Osu and a rotational President Ijesa South Traditional Council, and a Permanent Member Osun State Council of Oba.

Oba Adeloye Ajibike II joined his ancestors in June 16th, 2017.

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Dr Olukoya of MFM 2021 Prophecies

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Dr Olukoya of MFM 2021 prophecies

Dr Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM), has released 34 prophecies for the year 2021.

Dr Olukoya, during the annual crossover of the MFM advised Nigerians to pray very well concerning the 2021 prophecies. However, he tagged 2021 as the ‘Year of Restoration and Revival’.

According to him, “This is a year of the valley that must be approached prayerfully to get desirable results.

“So, the three keys to tackle this year of valley are: the presence of God, aggressive holiness, and aggressive prayers.

“Is a year we must pray seriously that God will invade our nation.”

Read the 34 prophecies of 2021 below:

1. Is a year where serious prayers are needed to confront the fruit of this pandemic. The pandemic is yielding terrible fruits.

2. Is a year of aggressive engagement of the enemies in violent warfare.

3. A year of terrible temptations.

4. A year of deep distresses that only the balm of Gilead can solve.

5. Is going to be a year of strange rebellion and conspiracy.

6. A year where John 10:10 will play out aggressively.

7. Unless we pray very well, there will be breakdown of structures and protest.

8. A year of wilderness wandering and vagabond. Many will wake up and discover they’ve destroyed their lives.

9. It will be a year of multiple-magnified multiple problems.

10. Anyone who has come from polygamous family should pray very well in 2021 because the effect of that polygamous will be hugely dramatised.

11. Is a year of programmed controversies.

12. A year will need pray against the rage of waters.

13. A year will should pray against strange environmental disasters.

14. A year of very strange confrontations.

15. It will be a year of strategically inspired battles and wars. The beautiful thing is that, all these things can be arrested on the altar of prayer.

16. The Almighty God Himself wants this year to be a year of emotional and mental refreshment for those who key into it.

17. The hissings and bitings of envious children of God shall backfire.

18. Is a year you must seek for divine encounter. You must allow the words of Job 42:5 to manifest in your life.

19. Is a year of cleansing of our household from idols and abomination. Carryout a spiritual sanitisation of your house.

20. A year will need to raise altars and call on the name of the Lord frequently.

21. Is a year where if you do your restitution, it will yield dividends. If you’ve restitution to make, kindly do so quickly.

22. As people are getting closer to God and praying, it will be a year of multiple appearances.

23. It’s going to be a year where sacrifices and obedience will be tested, that is, whether you’re sacrificing to the things of God or not.

24. A year where investing your skills and creativity will yield multiple dividends to you.

25. Is a year of the 7 Ds: Desire, Determination, Discipline, Discipleship, Discernment, Deliverance, and Dominion.

26. It will be a year of chastising the sons and humbling of the proud.

27. Is a year to avoid these seven assassins: Selfishness, Pride, Parental disobedience, Lack of holiness, Unforgiveness, Stubbornness, and Prayerlessness.

28. It will be a year of mighty miracles for many.

29. It’s a year you must deploy your gifts to serve the Lord.

30. For young men and women, it’s a year of divine mandate to raise prophets among the youths.

31. It’s also a year where the Lord will be raising young Esthers both in the public sphere and church of God so as to leave a landmark.

32. It will be year of dominion over our troubles.

33. Is a year of Goshen where the Lord will put difference between those serving Him and those who are not serving Him. Also, is a year of going back to Bethel to seek the face of God.

34. Is a year we must pray seriously that God will invade our nation.

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NYSC Repudiates the Claim of Covid-19 Cases in Orientation Camps

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NYSC Repudiates Claim of Cases of Covid-19 in Orientation Camp.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has repudiated the viral reports that Covid-19 cases were recorded in its orientation camps.

NYSC however stated that there is no case of Covid-19 in any of it’s 37 orientation camps across the country. Saying that no corps member had tested positive in any of the 37 orientation camps across the federation.

The Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi said
in a statement on Sunday in Abuja “The attention of management has been drawn to the write-up with the caption: ‘Why the Rising Cases of Covid-19 in NYSC Camps’ trending on the new and traditional media”.

NYSC further explained that it partners with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to test all the prospective corps members reporting for their orientation programme.

She added: “No one, both staff and prospective corps member, that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the orientation camps. Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in NYSC camps.

“It is pertinent to state that the terminology, Prospective Corps Member should not be confused with Corps Member as both cannot be used interchangeably. A Corps Member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC Orientation Camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bonafide member of the service Corps.

The general public is advised to disregard the misleading story. Clarification should always be sought from the NYSC or NCDC on issues pertaining to COVID- 19, so as to guard against the spread of false information.

The Scheme shall never shirk its core responsibility of prioritising the welfare and security of Corps Members.” She said.

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Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide ‘Shoots’ Newspaper Vendor

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One of the security aides of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, was said to have shot a newspapers vendor, Ifeanyi Chukwu, in Abuja on Thursday.

It was learnt that the incident happened around 3pm at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Chukwu, who was shot in the head, was rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, was said to have given up the ghost.

The chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Newspaper Distributors Association of Nigeria, Benjamin Obute, narrated the incident to Daily Trust thus: “What happened was that, at the Federal Secretariat where our vendors sell their papers, you know that place is the heart of Abuja, especially the rep members and senators, that is their route, and traffic lights used to stop them for about two minutes.

“So, while they were hailing them, they used to pack some money and give them. It has been the tradition for years now. Gbajabiamila knows this late Ifeanyi Chukwu one on one.

“While he (the speaker) was waiting for the traffic light to turn green, he handed over N9,000 to his aide in the front seat and handed over the money to them before one of the security details shot him (Chukwu) in the head and shot into the air.

“The speaker stopped and asked what happened, but the police told him nothing and they moved on. The DPO at the Federal Secretariat was one of the persons that arranged how we took late Ifeanyi to the National Hospital where he was confirmed dead.”

Obute said his members would protest today and march to the Force Headquarters to demand justice for their late colleague.

A doctor at the hospital said: “A vendor was shot in the head by a security operative this afternoon. He died after all resuscitative measures at the National Hospital failed.”

When contacted for a reaction, the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, promised to get back to Daily Trust, but did not do so as of the time of filing this report (12.50pm).

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Reactions to Osun Monarch, Oluwo’s Comment On ENDSARS Protest

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Nigerians on social media have reacted as a paramount monarch in Osun State, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who said that he’s ready to lead the next EndSARS protest if called upon by the youths.

Oluwo disclosed this during an interactive programme organised by Osun State Government.

He said that any protest without a leader will fail.

He said that it is the leaders that will sit down to discuss with the government when the protest reaches the point of dialogue.

“Next time, if you want to organise a protest and you don’t have anyone to lead you, you may be afraid that they may kill you or you are afraid of being arrested, come to me, I will lead the protest.

“There is no way you can organise protest without leadership. You must give room for dialogue because it is the leadership that will eventually sit down and discuss with the government. That is the only way you can fight and get your demands to the government,” he said.

His comment has however generated to a lot of reactions as many Nigerians took to their social media handles to react.

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Petrol Scarcity Looms As Oil Workers Down Tools

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Amidst the current situation of the country Nigeria, It is highly possible that Nigeria may face the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, in coming days as oil workers have been ordered to down tools nationwide.

Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria were ordered by the association to vacate their duty posts.

The order was issued in a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the General Secretary, PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association.

Okugbawa told our correspondent in Abuja that the strike was to kick against the failure of the government to make any concrete move as regards the differences between PENGASSAN and government on matters bordering on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

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