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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 22 October, 2020 Edition)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.

Army Denies Deploying Soldiers To Lekki Tollgate, But Videos Show Soldiers On The Scene

The Nigerian Army headquarters on Wednesday denied reports in various media outfits that soldiers were deployed to Lekki tollgate and opened fire on protesters Tuesday evening.

But videos emerging from the scene of Tuesday night’s shootings at Lekki show soldiers at the scene of the incident

Though, the spokesperson of the army, Sagir Musa, is yet to issue official statement as at the time of filing this report, but the army labelled several reports linking soldiers at the tollgate as ‘fake news’ in a series of tweets on its official handle: @HQNigerianArmy.

Sultan, Ayokunle Tell Buhari To Act

The Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the raging #EndSARS nationwide protests.

The duo in a statement said they noticed with concern the current waves of protest happening around the country even as they commended the Nigerian youths for crying out against police brutality.

“However, we are concerned that if the protest is not rested now and the demands of the protesters squarely and quickly addressed, such protests may be hijacked and is being hijacked already by the miscreants and unscrupulous individuals in society, making it violent, leading to more bloodshed and paralysis of social and economic activities,” they said.

We’re Owing Road Contractors N392bn – FG

The Federal Government says it is indebted to construction firms handling 711 road projects across the country to the tune of N392bn.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja during the budget defence session before the Senate Committee on Works.

He said the N392bn debt was far higher than the N276bn proposed for road projects in 2021. He said it had become imperative to stop awarding contracts for new projects in order to complete the existing ones. He said N6.62trillion was needed to fund the 711 road projects across the country, noting that the unavailability of resources had made prioritizing very important.

EndSARS: DSS, Police Chiefs Brief Senate

The Senate has called on all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the ongoing demonstrations nationwide with a view to halting the EndSARS protests.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the call after the Senate leadership received security briefings on the protests.

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf magaji Bichi were in attendance. Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Lawan appealed to all political and religious leaders to stand up with a view to prevailing on the protesters to allow peace a chance.

EndSARS: Kwara Gov Warns Against Instigating Another Civil War

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has urged Nigerians to refrain from actions that could spark another civil war and thus turn citizens to refugees elsewhere.

AbdulRazaq stated this during the 45th anniversary of the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Sa’adu Haliru in Lafiagi, headquarters of Edu Local Government Area of the state.

The governor appealed for caution and peaceful resolution of the contending issues, as the #EndSARS protests, now marred by arson, was festering in some parts of the country.

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