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  1. The outfit of popular comedian, Bovi at the just-concluded 14th Headies Awards show has caused reactions from Nigerians. As his second outfit of the night, the Delta State-born stand-up comedian cum events compere wore a white shirt on which the Nigerian national flag stained with bloodshed can be boldly seen. The co-host of the 14th Headies wore the outfit to honour the victims of the Lekki Tollgate massacre on October 20, 2020. Many Nigerians have taken to Twitter to commend the actor and filmmaker for his consciousness and solidarity with the peaceful protesters who lost their lives to trigger-happy uniformed military officers at the Lekki Tollgate on that fateful day. See tweets below:
  2. Investigative journalist Fisayo Soyombo has shared some names and photos of protesters who survived October 20, 2020 Lekki Toll Gate shooting. In an update released on Twitter, he shared the stories of some protesters who survived life changing injuries due to the shooting. One of the protesters was identified as Joshua Ossai, who was at the Lekki Toll Gate during the shooting by alleged military operatives. He lost one of his leg as a result of the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate Ossai knew he had to flee for his life at Lekki Toll Gate when soldiers started shooting live bullets at youth protesters asking for an end to police brutality. Despite the injury, Joshua was one of a few protesters who managed to arrive ashore in faraway Ikorodu, where a Good Samaritan nursed his wounds for two weeks. “Some people died inside the water,” he was quoted as saying. Another victim was Olalekan Faleye had never been to the hospital before. Not even at birth. He was trained as a cobbler before working as a labourer with Black Diamond Engineering. Faleye was also among the victims of the Lekki Toll Gate shooting. He leg was also amputated after he was rescued by other protesters who stopped a car to ferry him to Vedic Hospital, Lekki Phase 1 for treatment. Another victim was Joshua Samuel was close to dying. Shot in the back and losing a lot of blood, there were no guarantees of survival when he arrived at Reddington Lekki Hospital on Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I, Lagos or when he was transferred to their headquarters on Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, because of a lack of bed space at the former. Yet, if he had passed on, Samuel would not have felt any “regret or disgrace”. Sharing the story on Twitter, Soyombo wrote; “Tunji Odeyemi was shot in the face. Damilola Adeniyi sustained a bullet wound to the head. Lucky Philemon’s right leg was amputated. #PortraitsOfBlood #EndSARS PORTRAITS OF BLOOD (III): Survivors of Lekki Massacre Whose Lives Will Never Be The Same Again”
  3. Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has condemned the alleged brutality against people who protested at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday. Recall that on Saturday, security officers arrested at least 30 people who came out to protest against the planned reopening of the Lekki tollgate. Reacting to the outcry that followed the arrests, Sanwo-Olu directed the State’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to open an investigation into the incident. Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, confirmed this at a joint briefing by the state government and the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) in Lagos on Monday. Omotosho insisted that Sanwo-Olu’s administration would never trample on the rights of residents.
  4. One of the officers of the Lagos State Police Command, Saturday, told arrested protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in a video trending on Twitter that ‘god of iron will kill them.’ The officer said this while addressing the arrested protesters including Mr. Marcaroni. They were handcuffed and stripped of their shirts and singlets. While one of the officers calmly asked them what they were thinking, an officer was heard cursing the arrested protesters in Yoruba language, “Ogun ma pa yin” (God of iron will kill you). Not deterred by the arrest of the first set, another group of peaceful unarmed protesters arrived at the Toll Plaza chanting, “How many people government go kill?”. Although they sat on the ground to demand justice, they were also apprehended like their fellow protesters. Meanwhile, other protesters who stayed indoor, took to Twitter to vent their disgust over the way the government chose to handle the issue. A tweeter.user, Idris @alomah, reacted to the arrest thus, “Nigeria will treat peaceful protesters this way yet pamper ‘repentant’ bandits for ‘surrendering’ ammunition. This country is a joke!” Another Tweeter handle, Dharmie_Charmz @Precious_ayeni, wrote: “I don’t think peaceful protest can do the job again. Since they want to be mad in this country…let’s be mad together.. Make we scatter everything.. And rearrange it after everything has cleared.”
  5. Lauretta Onochie social aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the police over the way it handled the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest in Lagos on Saturday, Igbere TV reports. In a tweet on Sunday, Mrs Onochie gave kudos to the police, saying nobody was hurt during the protest.She said: The #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest was staged against the decision of a Lagos judicial panel of inquiry to have the Lekki toll gate reopened under the control of the Lekki Concession Company. Several persons were arrested and later granted bail including comedian Mr Macaroni.
  6. Cameroonian singer Dencia has asked DJ Switch to stop playing with people’s lives in the wake of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protest. This came after DJ Switch on Twitter, asked Nigerians to speak up against police brutality in whatever way they can. She tweeted; “I am so angry at all I see, I want us all… Where ever we are, to speak up! In whatever way you can!!! Will update you all on what is happening on the 17th if all goes well. Like I said… I have chosen to fight, what do you want to do?” Reacting to the tweet, the singer asked Switch where she was tweeting from. However, a fan asked Dencia to shut up, while revealing that Switch has the right to seek refuge after she was threatened. Dencia tells DJ Switch to stop playing with people’s live. She added that people should stop playing with the lives of people who are not bright enough to know better. According to Dencia, people are looking for leader all over the world especially in African but that the leaders are not leading people to freedom but to their graves. She also advised people not to be a sheep follower, while stating that her heart hurts for people dying for nothing. She tweeted; “Yeah? Who threatened her? So with what she went through, why will she want others to go thru same thing? Since when have u seen soldiers fighting from another spot?Oh nvm the herbal sends the idiots to the frontline. Y’all can keep dying 4 nothing.” She added: People are looking for leaders all over the world, especially black folks ESPECIALLY AFRICANS but the leaders ain’t leading y’all to freedom, they are leading y’all to ur graves. Stop being a sheep follower. My heart hurts watching people die for nothing.” “Y’all need to stop playing with people’s lives, u guys manipulate people knowing they’re not bright enough to know better. Their blood is on y’all’s hand + the government. If u tweeted & asked folks to go anywhere, u killed them too. Now argue with ur ancestors”. “People have their asylum & future plans, they come & stage all their drama so when they bring their case to court,everything looks good. Then u have the sheep who just follow with no plan🤦🏽‍♀️ Asylum can be revoked if the country thinks u aren’t in danger anymore.”
  7. Popular social media comedian, Crazeclown has berated the Nigerian government for always exceeding their limits when it comes to infringing on the rights of citizens. The comic skit maker took to his Twitter page to rant about the harassment of peaceful protesters by Nigerian police officers. 9jaonline earlier reported that comedian Mr Macaroni and other peaceful protesters were arrested at the Lekki Tollgate on Saturday, February 13 on the grounds of violating COVID-19 guidelines and rebelling against the order of the federal government. In Crazeclown’s words: ”Everything suppose get limit but these government just keeps going over the limit and I really can’t understand how and where we went wrong?? #EndSARS”
  8. Nigerian veteran musician, Eedris Abdulkareem has gone down memory lane to remember the time when he sang his hit song, ‘Jaga Jaga’. The rapper, singer and songwriter took to his official Twitter page to reminisce on the time when the record was released in light of the recent developments in Nigeria. This is particularly because of the harassment of #EndSARS peaceful protesters by the Nigerian police. ”Some years back I sang nigeria jaga jaga” now! Right or wrong? #EndSARS”, he tweeted. The hip hop artist released ‘Jaga Jaga’ in 2004 as an album under the record label, Kennis Music. The lead song on the album, ‘Jaga Jaga’ became an instant hit track for its reliability among Nigerian citizens.
  9. Big Brother Naija season 5 star, Ka3na has been dragged on Twitter by social media users after she said SARS is the least of Nigerians problem. The reality star said this following the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest which led to the arrest of protesters by security operatives. According to Ka3na, Nigerians are always good at jumping in to trends without thinking about the repercussion of their actions. Ka3na also warmed Nigerians not to start what they can not finish as she uses the killing of EndSARS protesters by alleged security operatives as an example. She tweeted; “Nigerians are good at jumping on trends without digesting the Advantage and Disadvantage of their actions. Same Peaceful Protest That Took Many Lives 20th October 2020! SARS is the least of our problems in Nigeria🇳🇬“
  10. Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has condemned the arrest of #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters by men of the Nigeria Police Force. About 30 #OccupyLekki protesters including popular comedian Debo Adebayo, also known as Mr Macaroni, were reportedly arrested on Saturday. Reacting to this development, the former Presidential candidate wrote: “The 1999 Nigerian constitution, as amended (Section 40) guarantees the right of citizens to peaceful protest. The courts have also affirmed that right. Anything contrary to that is not acceptable and stands condemned. “It is the security agents’ responsibility to provide a secured conducive environment for citizens to protest peaceably in line with constitutional provisions and the African Charter on Human rights.”
  11. Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Kemi Lala-Akindoju has stated that the Nigerian government takes pleasure in harassing peaceful protesters simply demanding an end to the infringement of their human rights. The movie star took to her official Twitter page to condemn the harassment of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian law enforcement agents primarily saddled with the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens. In her words: ”I haven’t heard or seen any arrests made after what happened in Obalende a few days ago. But to pick up and harass peaceful protesters exercising their rights is where we would see the Nigerian government and law enforcement agencies. #EndSARS”
  12. Popular Instagram Comedian, Mr. Macaroni alongside other protesters arrested by the Lagos state police command on Saturday morning, have been subjected to inhumane conditions. In footage shared online by actor, Yomi Fabiyi, Macaroni is seen without a shirt crammed with other arrested protesters in a small bus. Some protesters had their hands tied behind their backs. The video has generated negative reactions from Nigerians, condemning the police for subjecting the protesters to such terrible conditions. POLITICS NIGERIA earlier reported that over 20 protesters have so far been arrested by the Lagos police command.
  13. A video circulating on social media shows how popular comedian, Mr Macaroni and other protesters are being treated in a hostile manner by the Nigerian police following their arrest. The comedian had joined other protesters on Saturday to march against the reopening of the Admiralty Toll Gate. However, they were reportedly picked by police officers at the #OccupyLekkitollgate protest and locked up in police vans. In the video making rounds, the comedian and the other protesters were seemingly jam-packed in a van and they were all sweaty. They were also ordered to look at the floor. The video has generated a wave of reactions and people have spoken out against the dehumanizing treatment being meted out on the protesters. Watch the video below:
  14. Some individuals suspected to be protesters have been reportedly arrested by security operatives at the Lekki tollgate. The Federal Government and the police had earlier warned youths who planned to protest at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday (today) to have a rethink and shelve the protests. However, youths under the aegis of #OccupyLekkiTollgate and #EndSARS Season 2 have continued to insist that they would proceed with their protest despite the presence of security operatives at the Lekki toll gate. In a video shared by Thecable on Saturday morning, some people were seen been carted away in a police truck at the Lekki Tollgate. Watch the video below:
  15. The initiator of #DefendLagos, Alabi Oladimeji, has announced the suspension of its planned counter-protest expected to hold at the #Lekkitollgate today (Saturday). He made this known at a press conference hosted on his Facebook page. He pointed out that the suspension was necessitated by the federal and state governments’ assurances that no protest would be allowed to hold. Two opposing camps – #OccupyLekkiTollGate and #DefendLagos – reportedly planned to hold separate protests in Lagos State on Saturday. Oladimeji, however, warned that #DefendLagos would organise a “huge” protest if the security operatives allowed the #OccupyLekkiTollgate campaigners to hold their planned protest. He said, “No protest from #DefendLagos on Saturday (today). We are simultaneously respecting the state and federal governments. “I am proud to announce that for the main time, we will be pending this protest due to the law of the federal and state governments. We are law-abiding and good citizens we should not be seen disobeying any law. “In respect of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, I am now announcing that anyone involved in #DefendLagos initiated by me should stop with immediate effect pend the protest. We are not going to hold any protest again on Saturday (today). “If Lagos and federal government fail us, we will come out huge and protest on Monday.”
  16. The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu has declared that no protest will be allowed to hold at the Lekki Tollgate on Saturday, 13th February. The Lagos Police boss made the submission in reaction to the planned protest by two different factions over the reopening of the Lekki tollgate plaza by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality. The protest is planned to hold on Saturday, February 13, 2020. On Thursday, the Lagos State Police boss declared that no protest will hold at the Lekki Tollgate on Saturday, February 13, 2020. The Lagos CP on Thursday said, “Allowing both groups to carry out their planned protests will be counter-productive. “No protest in any guise will be allowed to take place on Saturday 13th February 2021.”
  17. #OccupyLekkiTollGate: The Lekki Concession Company has appealed to some residents of the state against going forward with the plan to protest the reopening of the tollgates. Some Nigerian youths have threatened to carry out a protest at the Lekki tollgate over plans by the Lagos state government to reopen it for operations. The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry had on Saturday, February 6 gave permission to the Lekki Concession Company LCC take over the tollgates that have been shut since October 2020 after the gunshot incident that reportedly left some EndSARS protesters dead and injured. They have begun to mobilise on social media with #RevolutionNow and #OccupyLekkiTollGate, with the matter trending as number one and three on Twitter. In a statement released this afternoon, February 11, the managing director of LCC, Yomi Omomuwasan, said the decision to repossess the tollgates is to allow the company to be in operation so it can pay its loans as well as fulfil other financial obligations. Omomuwasan added that not going back to operation within the shortest possible time would result in job losses of persons employed by the company.
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