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End SARS: Enugu Must Not Be Touched – Nnamdi Kanu Warns

End SARS: Enugu Must Not Be Touched – Nnamdi Kanu Warns
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has issued a stern warning to State Governors, asking them to learn from what is going on in Lagos State.

Kanu suggested that the ongoing crisis in Lagos where properties worth billions of Naira have been destroyed was because of the Governor’s decision to impose a 24-hour curfew.

The IPOB leader also said that it was a huge mistake for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to have ordered the shooting of innocent protesters.

Read Also: End SARS: Nnamdi Kanu Attacks Bola Tinubu

He, however, warned the youths to desist from creating problems in states where peaceful protest is still going on

He wrote on Facebook, ‘This is a clear warning to any governor that may be foolish enough to declare a 24-hour curfew in his state or daft enough to ask Nigerian soldiers and police to fire at unarmed youthful protesters.’

‘Our young revolutionaries have taken over Aba. A lot of progress is being recorded in Lagos, Abakaliki, Warri, Onitsha and Okpanam by our gallant youths.’

‘The army is on the run. The people have woken up, freedom beckons.’

‘Enugu protest MUST remain peaceful. We only retaliate in states where they shoot innocent protesters. Enugu State must be treated with respect. #EndSARS’ he wrote.

 

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Protesters Burn Down Police Station In Imo State

Protesters Burn Down Police Station In Imo State

Hoodlums on Wednesday set Nworieubi Police Divisional Headquarters in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State on fire in continuation of the ongoing protest against police brutality.

The police spokesperson in the state, Ikeokwu Orlando, confirmed the incident to the Newsmen on Wednesday.

Read Also: Gov Uzodinma Imposes 24 Hours Curfew In Imo

He said ‘Yes I can confirm to you that the Nworieubi Police Division was set on fire this afternoon by hoodlums.’

‘No arrest has been made yet, but police authorities have opened investigation into the matter,’ he said.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had on Tuesday ordered a 24-hour curfew in Imo to end the ongoing protest in the state.

Protesters ignored the curfew and embarked on a protest in various locations of the state.
The state’s Fire Service was mobilised by the state government to quench the fire.

 

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#EndSARS: Why I Imposed 24-Hour Curfew In Imo – Uzodinma

#EndSARS: Why I Imposed 24-Hour Curfew In Imo - Uzodinma
Governor Hope Uzodinma

The Imo state governor Hope Uzodinma has said that he imposed 24-hour curfew in the state, to avoid the protests leading to loss of lives.

Uzodinma spoke in Owerri, in a statewide broadcast to Imolites regarding the EndSARs protests.

Read Also: Gov Uzodinma Imposes 24 Hours Curfew In Imo

The governor simply said: ‘Because I  will not want an avoidable incident that can lead to loss of lives to occur in the state, I will do all that is needful to maintain peace and security for all Imo people.’

‘Consequently, to ensure that the peace in the state is not disturbed, a 24-hour curfew is hereby imposed in the state till further notice.’

‘This means that there will be no movement in the state either in the daytime or at night, except for those on approved essential services. The curfew is with immediate from 12 midnight today October 20th.’

He continued: ‘Only yesterday I set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged human rights abuses by the disbanded SARS.’

‘All these actions point to the indisputable fact that the expectations of the protests are being honesty addressed by both the Federal and State governments.’

‘This is why the determination of some unpatriotic elements to infiltrate the genuine protesters,  and escalate tension and unleash violence in the state should not be condoned.’

 

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Anambra Community Protests Alleged Land Encroachment

Anambra Community Protests Alleged Land Encroachment

The people of Ifite Umueri community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State on Monrday protested alleged encroachment on their land by the state government.

The community had donated portion of its land to the government for cargo airport, but alleged that the government had gone beyond the allocated portion.

The protesting three communities of Umuopu, Enuagu and Umuina Ifite Umueri, who made bonfire and blocked the road to the airport with placards, described the government action as a deliberate attempt to impoverish the people, who were predominantly farmers.

Read Also: Cry For Help From Flood-Ravaged Communities In Anambra

Some of the placards read: ‘We can’t be refugees and IDPs in our own land, Obiano leave our land for us’; ‘We’re farmers why collect our land to build housing estate’; ‘Anambra State government go to the portion of land given for the airport.’

Addressing reporters after the protest, the Chairman of Ifite Umueri Community, Chief Uchenna Ndumuanya, claimed that they gave the government 729.60 hectares for the airport project, but regretted that it had taken over 1901 hectares.

 

He lamented government adamant attitude in taking their land without consultations despite letters written to its officials, members of the House of Representatives and senators from the three zones of the state to complain against the encroachment.

Ndumuanya said: “We want to believe that the encroachment is not only to impoverish our people by the Governor Willie Obiano-led administration, but also an extension on the old acrimony between the Aguleri and Umueri communities. Some people are still engaged in that fight.

‘If it is not an extension of the fight between Umueri and Aguleri, why will a community give 729.60 hectares and the government has taken 1901 hectares and they were reminded with protests, yet they ignored us?’

‘Now they have abandoned the major road to the airport, which is through Umueri road, and developing the Nteje road they connected to the airport. The airport is in Umueri, but you cannot see anything to indicate that the project is in Umueri.’

‘The government know what they are doing. They want to make us refugees in our land.’

 

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Gov Uzodinma Charges Judiciary On Quick Dispensation Of Justice

Gov Uzodinma Charges Judiciary On Quick Dispensation Of Justice
Governor Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has said that his administration is committed to ensuring that all citizens of the state have easy access to justice, urging the judiciary to step up actions in dispensing quick judgment on inmates.

Uzodinma stated this in Owerri at the launch of Justice Transformation Strategy organised by Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HIIL), Netherlands.

The Governor harped on the need for speedy dispensation of justice in the country, stressing that access to justice for everyone irrespective of social class and political affiliation, should never be compromised.

Read Also: Gov Uzodinma Imposes 24 Hours Curfew In Imo

He disclosed that he would constitute a 7-man committee to work towards ensuring that the average person in the state, especially the rural dwellers, find justice accessible.

According to him, ‘all human beings should indeed have access to justice.’

‘My administration is bent on offering a level playing ground for all and sundry and impacting in the lives of our people.’

 

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Opposition Plotting To Hijack #EndSARS Protest – Imo Govt

Opposition Plotting To Hijack #EndSARS Protest - Imo Govt

The Imo State government has raised the alarm that some disgruntled politicians want to hijack the current #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem in the state.

The government disclosed that a high ranking member of the opposition who recently lost his number one position plum job has met with his henchmen for the purpose of recruiting hoodlums and cultists to infiltrate the protests.

Commissioner for Information and strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, in a statement released in Owerri said the hoodlums have been instructed to attack government buildings and vehicles anywhere they see them.

Read Also: Gov Uzodinma Imposes 24 Hours Curfew In Imo

According to him, the opposition leader gave specific instructions to the thugs to hijack the #EndSARS peaceful protests and turn it into a violent one and create anarchy in the state.

The commissioner said the objective of the violence was to make the state ungovernable for Governor Hope Uzodinma and to create the false impression that the governor is not in control in the state.

He, therefore, warned those hired for that purpose to reject the ‘poisoned chalice’ as law enforcement agencies were on alert for troublemakers, adding that anyone caught breaching the peace will be decisively dealt with by the law

He also counselled parents to restrain their children from becoming victims in a proxy war by desperate politicians who are only out to serve their personal interest.

He said while the government was not averse to peaceful protests by youths against alleged police brutality, it will not condone the destablisation of the state by disgruntled politicians.

 

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EndSARS Protest Irate Youths Set Police Post, Vehicle Ablaze In Ebonyi

police brutality
police brutality

Youths protesting agaisnt police brutality in Ebonyi yesterday attacked the Kpirikpiri police post in Abakaliki the state capital.

Read Also:EndSARS Tension In Enugu As Protesters Block, Make Bonfires Along Major Roads

The youths numbering over 50 had marched to the police post at about 3:15 Pm and set the main office of the police post and a vehicle parked in front of the office on fire.

The police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) for Ebonyi command,DSP Loveth Odah, when contacted denied that the police post was on set on fire.

Odah however confirmed that a vehicle in front of the police office was burnt but said the owner of the vehicle was yet to be ascertained.

She said ‘I just went round Abakaliki metropolis now. I discovered that Kpirikpiri Police Station was not on fire. The only thing that was gutted by fire was a vehicle parked in front of the Police Station”

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EndSARS Tension In Enugu As Protesters Block, Make Bonfires Along Major Roads

EndSARS: Tension in Enugu as protesters block, make bonfires along major roads
EndSARS: Tension in Enugu as protesters block, make bonfires along major roads

There was pandemonium yesterday in Enugu metropolis as residents ran helter skitter following the riotous movements of protesting youths along the major roads in the city.

EndSARS Protesters Barricade Imo State Govt House

Though the #EndSARS protest has been peaceful without any incident in the state, yesterday witnessed a different mood of protest that was without the fanfare that had trailed the exercise in state.

The protest yesterday according to eyewitness was not by the original #EndSARS protesters, as it brought in a degree of violence to it with the youths moving around the city, chasing away motorists from the roads, blocking the roads with anything at their disposal and making bonfire on the roads.

Human and vehicular movement vied to the streets with some colliding with the others in an attempt to escape harm.

Abakpa, New Haven and Ogui Road was worse hit as parents rushed to schools to pick their children, with some lamenting that they have not seen their wards as at press time.

One of the protesters who spoke to Daily Sun and who gave his name simply as Ejike said, Why did they bring soldiers to kill Nigerian youths when we are protesting against police brutality? We are now ready to die, let them bring their army, 82 Division is just there let them come, we will occupy this place, we are not going anywhere.

‘They sent their people to go and destroy the properties of Igbo people in Abuja and other northern states for a protest the whole Nigerian youths embarked upon. We are ready for them.’

Not even the intervention of the Enugu North Local Government Chairman, Hon. Emeka Onunze who came to appeal to them at Assembles Bus Stop Chime Avenue could make them live the road.

People had to trek long distances to their homes and destinations.

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EndSARS Protesters Barricade Imo State Govt House

EndSARS protesters ground Awka, demand prosecution of ex-SARS boss

No fewer than 800 youths on Tuesday blocked the entrance to the Imo State Government House for over two hours in the ongoing nationwide protest against police violation of human rights.

The protesters, who wanted Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo to address them, however waited endlessly, but the governor did not.

They demanded among other things that the government should ensure the immediate release of all the youths unlawfully arrested and detained in the course of the protest.

The protesters also demanded for the immediate construction of all the bad roads in the state, payment of salaries and pensions, as well as total overhaul of security architecture in the country.

Read Also: Uzodimma Impose 24 Hours Curfew In Imo Amidst ENDSARS Protest

Speaking to newsmen, Mr Achiever Onyelike, Chairman, Imo State Youths Forum, said the protest was the consequence of failed political leadership, decay in governance and the high unemployment rate in the country.

He insisted that no amount of pressure or efforts from the government could stop the protest until their demands were met.

‘The protest has gone beyond the demand for end of SARS, because there are many things bothering the youths.’

‘For instance, we are also protesting against the rate of unemployment in the country; if the youths are employed, they will not come out here to protest,’ he said.

Reacting to hoodlums hijacking the protest, another protester, who identified himself simply as Mr Pee, said, ‘Majority of the protesters here have genuine interests and are committed to having good governance.’

Meanwhile, the protesters later moved to the popular Warehouse roundabout, Owerri, causing heavy gridlock.

 

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Cry For Help From Flood-Ravaged Communities In Anambra

Cry For Help From Flood-Ravaged Communities In Anambra

Otuocha in Anambra East Local Government is known for the abundance of fresh fish. It is also a riverine area, and the people are very much used to water. It is often said that an Otuocha woman could be preparing food in her kitchen and when it’s time to spice the food with fish, she simply goes to her backyard, casts a fishing net in the water and stays a while before dragging out the net with abundance of fishes.

The claim above is yet to be verified, but surely illustrates how abundant fishes are in the area. Once too, during a visit to the area, this reporter and his colleagues were treated to meals of fresh fish pepper soup. This time around, as we drove close to Otuocha, this reporter salivated, knowing that after monitoring the flood ravaged areas, there will be a meal of fresh fish to savour.

But it was a surprise to drive into a huge body of water that spanned through the entire length of the Otuocha market, showing that the entire market was under water, including the stall in the motor park, where a fair complexioned woman known to everyone as Mama Ada, served a delicious meal spiced with fresh fish to us; hope was dashed.

Mama Ada and her fellow Otuocha market colleagues are not the only ones suffering the flood. No fewer than 20,000 people have been sacked from their homes by flood in three communities of Otuocha, in Anambra East LGA, Umueze Anam and Mmiata Anam of Anambra West Local Government Area. Markets, homes, farmlands and properties have not been spared too.

Mr Chukwuemeka Okoye, a trader in Otuocha market who recounted his luck with the flood said, said, “I am among the lucky people here. I sell phone parts and other accessories, but I am among those whose properties the flood did not destroy. The flood submerged the shop before my own and destroyed my neighbour’s wares. When we came in the morning, water had started seeping into my shop, but I quickly evacuated everything. You can see that even now that the flood has receeded, the entire market and even the motor park is still not visible. That is what we have suffered.”

Mr Anthony Okeke is not so lucky. He is a supplier of bread. He said, “I came very early to the market to find that my shop has been submerged. You know, bread is not something you can retrieve once water touches it. These ones I am selling now are breads supplied to me on credit. We are calling on government to come to our aid, help us with loans, so we can start afresh. You see we now trade on the main road.”

If Otuocha was hit, then it was even worse for Umueze Anam and Mmiata Anam. Both communities, which are neighbours to each other have been divided by water. For Umueze Anam, the entire community is currently under water, with no exception at all. Indigenes now sleep on the rooftop of their highrise buildings, with their canoes handy for emergency movement, while the bulk of the community now sleep on the newly constructed Umueze Anam bridge, which also serves as both residence and markets for the sale of their food crop.

A victim, Mr John Okoye who is a canoe operator said, “I have sent my family away, but for me, I sleep on the bridge here, same for other members of the community. Once it is late, we start making arrangements about the space we will sleep on the bridge.”

Speaking about little children who were seen playing around in the flood water and on canoes, Okoye said people in the area are literarily born inside the water, so they fear nothing about water.

“They have nowhere to go to, so they just stay here and play. We don’t fear water here because we are almost born inside the water. As for those children, what do you want them to do when their school is already under the water. Just look over there (he beckons on this reporter), that is their school. It is under the water, so they can’t go to school. Their parents live here and have nowhere else they call home, so they too have to stay here and play,” he said.

Asked why the indigenes of the community did not move into internally displaced people’s camps created by government, he denied any prior information about the flood, or any knowledge of a centre created for displaced people. “I don’t know of it. We were not told. We are calling on the government to come to our aid and help us with food”.

Attempt to speak with the Chairman of the Anambra East LGA, Barr Obi Nweke, was not possible as he was said not to have arrived his office at the time of the visit. When reached on his mobile phone, he also rejected interview, stating he was busy and could not grant a phone interview immediately.

However, an official of the council area who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was not true that the indigenes were not alerted. “The chairman kept shouting it to them for months now. NIMET (Nigeria Meteorological Agency) had since early this year predicted that there will be flood this year, and that Anambra will be among the states. We have been shouting it and also created IDP camps, so how can they say they did not hear. The truth is that these people are used to water, so even as you are feeling for them, they see it as nothing, except that they have lost their properties.”

Meanwhile, THISDAY gathered that Anambra State government has 17 camps scattered across the state, where people displaced by the flood have taken refuge. Arrangement it was gathered has been put in place to provide learning opportunities for children in ‘Holding Centres’ in communities where flooding has posed a challenge to children expected to be in schools. The commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha said they will find a way to teach school children in flood-challenged areas of the state.

Also, the state government has commenced distribution of medical items to flood-affected communities in the state. Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala who spoke after visiting Mmiata added that the state has 17 IDP camps, and all will receive supplies, but beyond all these, many have asked what the permanent solution to the problem is.

Recall that since 2012 when a major flood hit communities in seven local government in the state, there have been yearly flood, which have always displaced the people.

Providing solution to the problem, Prosper Amah of the Anglican Diocese of Ogbaru, said dredging of the River Niger will save the coastal communities in Anambra from incessant flood. He regretted that most communities in Ogbaru have been submerged by flood, an incident he said is controllable. “If the federal government had heeded calls by different groups and individuals to properly dredge the River Niger, this disaster could have been averted,” he claimed.

The Bishop said that church services in Ogbaru Diocese had been affected due to flood which, he said, also submerged the Bishop’s Court and Saint James the Great Cathedral at Atani, lamenting that, “flood has taken over the headquarters of the diocese and many other churches, disrupting church activities, including soul-winning services and human development in the area. Federal government must dredge the River Niger because it is the only solution to the perennial flooding we are experiencing.”

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