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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.
EndSARS Protests: PDP Suspends Political Activities
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said it has suspended all political and electioneering activities in honour of the Nigerian youths who were reportedly killed at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night as well as other killings that have occurred in various parts of the country.
The PDP in a statement on Friday night by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan directed that its flags in all offices nationwide be flown at half-mast in solidarity with the mood of the nation.
“Also our party has been made aware of the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the pending bye-elections in 6 senatorial districts and 9 state constituencies in 11 states of the federation, earlier scheduled for October 31, due to the crisis situation in the country. Though such comes at high cost to candidates and political parties, we hold that it is a step in the right direction under the prevailing circumstance.
Buhari Says 69 Nigerians Killed In #EndSARS Unrest
President Muhammadu Buhari says at least 69 people have been killed in protests against police brutality that have rocked the country for more than two weeks.
The deaths include 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers. The president announced the toll in an emergency meeting with former leaders aimed at finding ways to end the unrest.
The president told the former leaders that his administration was committed to meeting the demands of the protesters but would not allow criminals who had hijacked the protests to continue to perpetrate “hooliganism”.
EndSARS: Buhari Promises To Deal With Hooligans
President Muhammadu Buhari has again said that the government would not fold its arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.
President Buhari said this on Friday in a virtual meeting with former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria, including Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The President said it was unfortunate that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.
‘People Were Falling Left, Right’, DJ Switch Recalls Lekki Shooting Night
Catherine Udeh, better known as DJ, has reiterated claims that soldiers and security agencies confronted ENDSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos late Tuesday.
Denials have come from several quarters insisting no security deployment was ordered to the site, and discounting the casualty figures for the night.
She has gone public for the first time since the incident on her Instagram account to retell her experience. “People were falling left and right,” she said in the stream. “Yes, there were soldiers. The SARS people we were talking about also came, maybe 45 minutes after the soldiers left. People were teargassed. it was like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid.”
Nigeria Set To Petition UK Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Inciting Audio
The Nigerian government is set to petition the United Kingdom (UK) over an inciting audio recording by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which allegedly triggered protests, looting and killings in Lagos and other parts of the South, Daily Trust Saturday report. A dependable source told Daily Trust Saturday that during the meeting, the issue of IPOB and the alleged audio by Kanu were discussed as well as the crisis in Lagos.
This comes as former Heads of State were said to have risen from an emergeny meeting at the Presidential Villa last night and described the outlawed IPOB as a ‘biggest threat’ warning that such an inciting audio trip as released by Nnamdi Kanu would not be tolerated. In the audio which went viral, Kanu on Tuesday had called on his protesters disguised as EndSARs protesters to ambush and kill all governors, soldiers, policemen and destroy properties belonging to the government and Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Although Kanu has since denied the audio, a top government source told Daily Trust on Saturday that an independent verification has been conducted on the authenticity of the audio which proved his (Kanu’s) involvement.
EndSARS: S/W Reps Caucus Condemns Desecration Of Palaces
The South West Caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the desecration of Oba of Lagos and other traditional rulers’ palaces as well as attacks on critical infrastructure and private investments in Lagos and other locations in the region.
At a press conference on Friday, the lawmakers said the arson and destruction as well as desecration of the Yoruba traditional institutions is a condemnable act perpetrated by some misguided elements bent on fermenting trouble under the guise of the EndSARS protest.
The conference addressed by the caucus leader, Rep. Femi Fakeye, also condoled with the families who lost their loved ones, including those injured and victimised.
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