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Abia youths heed Ikpeazu’s call, mobilize to clean streets after protest

Hundreds of Abia State youths today turned out en masse to clean up major streets in Umuahia, the capital city, after the #EndSARS protest which was eventually hijacked and resulted in the destruction of government infrastructure and private properties.

The clean up exercise which started from School Road, took the youths through major streets in Umuahia including Aba Road, Azikiwe Road, Isi Gate and its environs.

Addressing the youths during the exercise, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Anthony Agbazuere said the excercise was necessitated by the need to clean up the streets following the unfortunate hijack of the protests by hoodlums who turned violent, littered parts of the State and destroyed properties.

He commended the youths for coming out to participate in the excercise and assured them that government has heard their demands and was working to address them.

Some of the youths interviewed after the exercise including the Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ikwuano Chapter, Comrade Chinweuba Anyaram, a leader in NANS, Comrade Ndom Chibuzo among others, said they were happy to participate in cleaning up the environment after the clarion call made by the Governor to Abians.
They expressed their regrets at the destruction of private and public facilities, saying the destructions were done by hoodlums, and called on their fellow youths to desist from destroying public and private facilities.

#EndSARS: IGP deploys police team to ascertain security situation in Abia

*Instruct your children to stop the destruction, Ikpeazu appeals to parents

Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has once again called on parents, guardians and relevant stakeholders in the State and nation to appeal to rampaging youths and protesters to stop further destruction of lives and properties, saying that the #EndSARS protest even though has achieved its aims, has been hijacked by hoodlums.

Dr lkpeazu who made the call when he received the DIG in charge of ICT, Police Headquarters, Abuja and Supervising DIG South East Zone, Mr Celestine Okoye, and his team who are in the State to ascertain the level of damage in the aftermaths of the #EndSARS protest, noted that the destruction of monuments and edifices of historic significance as well as governmemt and private properties, by some protesters in the State was a self inflicted injury that will take government time and resources to repair and restore.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, lamented that the seemingly peaceful #EndSARS protest took a violent dimension when mayhem was unleashed in the State, listing some of the properties destroyed to include the Aba Town Hall, Aba South LGA headquarters, Revenue Offices, TIMASS Office, financial institutions, onion market, Court houses, private and public establishments that offer employment to thousands of Abia citizens.

He further pointed out that apart from addressing the demands of the protesting youths, government also convened a Town Hall Meeting with relevant stakeholders and appealed to them on the need to sensitize and inform the youths that destruction of public and private properties that took many years and resources to build will only worsen their plight as they will be replaced and repaired with resources that should be channelled to other areas of need.

Governor lkpeazu who assured that the State Government has already started meeting some of the demands of the #EndSARS protesters urged the DlG to carry out an objective assessment of what happened in the State as well as look into areas where the police can assist the State to ensure adequate security for all without the grey areas tabled by Abia youths. The Governor appreciated the cordial relationship existing between the State and security outfits which has led to the State being adjuged as one of the safest in the country.

In his remarks earlier, leader of the police delegation and DIG in charge of ICT Police Headquarters, Abuja and Supervising DIG for South East Zone, Mr Celestine Okoye, who said that he is in the State at the instance of the Inspector General of Police for an on-the-spot assessment of the level of destruction in the State following the #EndSARS Protest, made a passionate appeal to Abia youths to stop destroying properties they hitherto toiled hard to build, but should rather guard their homes, investment and properties from destruction by outsiders as the future belongs to them.

DIG Okoye further advised all aggrieved parties to embrace dialogue instead of resorting to destruction as violence does no one any good. He called on parents/guardians to talk to their children/wards to always exercise restraint as the country’s leadership was ready to dialogue with them on the way forward.

The Police Boss used the occasion to announce that the disbanded SARS will not be recycled, while a new set of officers are currently being trained by professionals to handle criminal cases like armed robbery, kidnaping among others in line with International best practice, and commended the State Government and the Commissioner of Police for the matured way they are handling the situation.

The Secretary to State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, members of the State Executive Council and the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede among other stakeholders in the security sector, were present during the visit.

#EndSARS: Stop the Destruction, Government is already Addressing your Grievances, Ikpeazu Appeals to Youths

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has called on all stakeholders to deploy everything within their powers to appeal to the youths to desist from wanton destruction of public and private property as government has noted their grievances and is taking steps to address them.

The Governor stated this while speaking at a special non-partisan stakeholders town hall meeting convened to foster peace in Abia State in the face of peaceful protests by Nigerian youths whose well intended protest was hijacked by criminal elements who went on destroying public and private property. He said the essence of the meeting was to bring the stakeholders up to speed with what has befallen Abia State as a result of the recent protests and to chart the way forward.

Governor Ikpeazu who expressed regrets at the looting of four banks, burning down of Onions Market and police station, burning down of 18 brand new trucks belonging to an Igbo man among others, said that what was faced in Abia was not #EndSARS protesters but well orchestrated plot by strange youths from outside the State to take Abia years back in terms of development. He said their actions everywhere shook the fragile unity of the nation, adding that Igbos contribute about 80% of GDP in Lagos alone and do various businesses in the North and other parts of the country.

Governor Ikpeazu, who disclosed that his administration has done great in empowering youths in the State from 2015 to date, including having 60% of his cabinet drawn from that section of the population, ensuring LGA elections are held to include them in leadership, institution of a Homeland Security outfit with 300 security agents trained, employement of 500 persons in TIMASS, establishment of E4E with 3,400 youths on the data base and linking up of youths to federal government empowerment programmess among, others, commiserated with those who lost their lives in the protests.

Speaking also, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, higlighted the efforts of the present administration in including youths in the governance of the State. He apprciated the issues raised by various groups at the meeting and assured further engagement of the various groups in due course.

The Deputy Governor who emphasised the need for all to go back and convince people in their respective localities to embrace peace, stressed the need for youths to key into the various skills acquisition programmes introduced by the government.

Also Speaking, the Minister of State for Mines & Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, thanked the Governor for agreeing with the directives of the Federal Government to convene the meeting to inform the stakeholders on the negative implications of fanning the embers of violence and war.

He said the unity in diversity is of essence to the Igbo man and if there is no peace, the Igbo man would have more to lose. He x-rayed the consequences of war including violence, hunger, homelessness among others According to him, being united as a nation is the strength of Nigeria.

Although he agreed that the youths have rights to protest but that should not be done through violence. The minister therefore urged all stakeholders as opinion moulders to appeal to the people that they should refrain from all forms of violence but rather engage the government constructively.

Contributing, the Member representing, Bende Federal constituency at the National Assembly, Barr. Benjamin Kalu
challenged the stakeholders to take the message of peace back home and assist government to maintain peace and tranquility.

He praised the Muslim community for preaching peace at their mosques on Friday. He said
the youths need to be part of governance and called on them to stop the protest as their grievances have been noted and being acted upon.

Barr. Kalu appreciated the avenues created by the Governor to employ more youths and said if more youths were engaged in various employments, it would help to curb restiveness among them. He commended the State for the way it managed Covid-19 in the State as well as the fact that no warehouse where palliatives were kept was broken, as the State distributed all its palliatives to the people and said it is a sign of transparency and accountability.

In his speech, the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji regretted that the hitherto peaceful protest was hijacked by rioters and called for calm as well as requested everyone to join hands with government to achieve peace in the State.

He urged politicians to empower the youths so that the youths would assist in the fight against crime and criminals brought into the State from outside. He equally requested the National Assembly to enact a youth-friendly law that will ensure and enhance job creation, assuring that Abia State House of Assembly would domesticate such a law once passed at the national level.

In their various speeches, Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Joseph Nwabekee, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle Emmanuel Agomoh, Chairman, Northern Community Alhaji Sariki Yaro Danladi, Chairman National Youth Council, Engr. Smith Sylvanus, NANS representative, Comrade Frank Eme Orji, representative of SUG Presidents, John Nwakanma, Saint Moses Ogbonna, Hon. John Godson among others, called for empowerment of the Local Government Councils to empower the youths and other stakeholders. They regretted the incessant hike in petroleum products and called for the creation of more jobs for the youths stressing the need for such regular townhall meetings.

Despite The #EndSARS Protests, Lagos Records Zero COVID-19 Case in 24 Hours (See Latest List)

There was no single confirmed case of covid-19 in Lagos in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data released last night by the NCDC.

On Saturday, Lagos, which has 20,807 confirmed cases so far, logged 18 cases, out of the 48 reported.

On Sunday, the state reported no new virus incident, although 800 Covid-19 patients remain hospitalised.

Out of the new 62 cases for the entire country, the North East state of Taraba dominated with 18 cases.

The uptick in the cases in the state appears surprising, as the state is one of the least affected by the virus.

So far it has 140 cases, including the 18 recorded on Sunday.

Ogun state logged 15 cases of the new 62, while the FCT Abuja, along with Kaduna, reported six each.

Overall, Nigeria now has a total of 61,992 confirmed infections, with 57,465 discharged.

The death toll also increased by one to reach 1,130, NCDC said.

The 62 new cases are reported from 11 states- Taraba (18), Ogun (15), FCT (6), Kaduna (6), Katsina (4), Ondo (4), Ekiti (3), Rivers (3), Kano (1), Osun (1), Sokoto (1).

We didn’t hoard palliatives – Nigerian Governors

Nigerian Governors have denied hoarding COVID-19 palliatives.

They made the denial in reaction to the looting of several warehouses nationwide.

Soon after the End SARS peaceful protests were hijacked, thousands of people in different states burgled storage facilities that housed tonnes of foodstuff.

Most of the items were donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
The body comprises business moguls and companies.

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, they contributed funds and used the same to procure palliatives to assist the federal and state government.

On Monday, the governors insisted that the items were not hidden as widely alleged.
Their position was contained in a statement by Abdulrazaq Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

Bello-Barkindo pleaded with members of the public to desist from spreading rumours.

He reiterated that palliatives found in warehouses broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept for members of the society especially vulnerable citizens.

“Until mid-October, when the NGF had its last meeting, up to ten States had not participated in the flag-off ceremonies for the distribution of palliatives in their States. This was because the items meant for distribution in these states had not been completely received from CACOVID.

“Some other States that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19. The NGF wishes to state categorically that no State has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives.”
The NGF told contributors to the palliatives that prior to the looting, states had kept full accounts of all the items received and distributed.

The governor assured that they are doing their best under the circumstances to ameliorate the needs of the population.

List of properties and buildings destroyed/looted in Cross River State

Below are damages incurred so far in Cross River State due to #EndSARS protests:

1. Cross River State Property Investment Limited, CROSPIL office, Bishop Moynagh Avenue, State Housing Estate – Looted on Friday, October 23
2. Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC office, Marian Road, burnt down on Friday, October 23.
3. Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency, CTRA office (100 Marian), Marian Road – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
4. Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
5. Atakpa Police Station, Watt Market – burnt down on Saturday, October 24.
6. Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC office, Murtala Mohammed Highway – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
7. Calabar Discount Mall (harbouring Valuemat Supermarket and other stores), Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Marian – looted and vandalised on Friday, October 23.
8. Ministry of Works warehouse, Ekorinim II – looted and burnt down on Friday, October 23.
9. Cross River State Roll back Malaria centre, Barracks Road -looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
10. Bulavaard joint owned by APC chieftain, Ntufam Hillard Ettah, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
11. First Bank, 8 Miles – vandalised on Friday, October 23.
12. West African Examination Council, WAEC office, Murtala Mohammed Highway – burnt down on Saturday, October 24.
13. Federal Psychiatric hospital, Calabar Road – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
14. Access Bank, Mayne Avenue -vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
15. Senator Victor Ndoma Egba’s House, Asari Eso – looted and burnt down on Saturday, October 24.
16. Senator Gershom Bassey’s House, Asari Eso – looted vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
17. Cross River Garment Factory, Goodluck Jonathan bypass – looted on Saturday, October 24.
18. Ayade Fuelling Station, Murtala Mohammed Highway – looted and set ablaze on Saturday, October 24.
19. Senator Gershom Bassey’s House, Mayne Avenue by White House – looted and burnt down on Saturday, October 24.
21. National Identity Management Commission, NIMC office, Murtala Mohammed Highway – set on fire on Saturday, October 24.
22. National Television Authority, NTA, Murtala Mohammed Highway – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
23. University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, Etta Agbor – looted on Saturday, October 24.
24. Cross River Agric Development Project, IBB way opposite Margaret Ekpo International Airport – looted on Friday, October 23.
25. IDH Hospital, Chamley area – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
26. Empowerment warehouse, Henshaw Town – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
27. University of Calabar, UNICAL Publishing Center, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
28. UNICAL Microfinance Bank, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
29. UNICAL Main Library – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
30. Most Banks and Shops/Transport Companies, Ettah Agbor – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
31. Lafarge (former UNICEM) Trucks loaded with cement along Atimbo Road – hijacked on Saturday, October 24.
32. Ibedmore Phone Shops, Calabar Road – set on fire on Saturday, October 24.
33. Calabar Mall (harbouring SPAR Supermarket and other stores), Cultural Centre – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
34. Cold Stone Store and Domino’s Pizza, Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Marian – looted and vandalised on Friday, October 23.
35. Shops in Watt Market, Watt – looted, vandalised and some set on fire on Saturday, October 24.
36. Carnival Calabar Treasury House (speakers, lighting, stage, carpets, mics, amplifiers, etc) – looted on Saturday, October 24.
37. Mbukpa Police Station, Mbukpa – burnt down on Saturday, October 24.
38. Calabar Municipality and Calabar South Area Councils – looted and vandalised on Friday, October 23.
39. First Bank, Highway – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
40. H20 Calabar, Mary Slessor by UNICAL Main Gate – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
41. Accountant General Office – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
42. All Progressives Congress, APC office, Marian Road – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
43. Nigerian Chronicles Newspapers office, Barracks Road – burnt down on Friday, October 23.
44. World Health Organisation, WHO and Cross River State Health Insurance Scheme (AyadeCare) offices, Barracks Road – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
45. Government Secondary School, Henshaw Town – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
46.Peace Mass Transport, PMT Park, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
47. Spark Shop Calabar – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
48. Eco Bank, Mary Slessor Avenue – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
49. UDEC Phone Shop, opposite UNICAL, Etta Agbor – looted and vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
50. Pensioners Office, Asita Ita Street – vandalised on Saturday, October 24.
51. Cross River State Water Board Limited (CRSWBL) Residences, Ndidem Usang Isong Road, Marian – looted and vandalised – on Saturday, October 24.
52. Hon. Eta Mbora’s apartments and properties on IBB and Mekenge looted and destroyed.

And many more.

Breaking: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, Arise TV

The National Broadcasting Station (NBC) has sanctioned three major broadcast stations over their reports of violence across the nation.

The regulatory body fined Arise TV, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television between N2million and N3million each.

The stations were accused of airing unverified images of the alleged shooting at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos .

Tagging #EndSARS protesters hooligans, hoodlums, thugs is very bad for our national image – Patrick Eholor

Human rights activist, Patriot Patrick Eholor says tagging Protesters in the recent #EndSARS crisis , with negative names such as hoodlums, hooligans, thugs, looters will not drive the process for change especially the much needed positive image for Nigerians abroad.

The human rights activist also known as Observer General of Nigerian Politics spoke in an interview with journalists in Benin.

He said “you cannot call your citizens hoodlums. You cannot call your citizens hooligans. If we arrive at the shores of the other countries, they will look at us as hooligans and thugs! Who can be more hooligan than members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW? Who can be more hooligan than those who collect all sorts of illegal revenues from commercial drivers, wear agbada in the day and campaign for votes for politicians?

“We must have to rephrase these words because they have been trending, going viral, with the public chanting ‘hoodlums, hoodlums! , in the media”.

The activist said people are hungry: “There is hunger in he land, and a hungry man is an angry man. How can you store these palliatives without sharing them to us? The Government has been lying to us”.

He however clarified that he was not out to incite anybody, or to encourage the youths to go on looting spree as it is very wrong: “I condemn it in totality, but the truth be told that it is more wrong of the Government to have kept such huge amount of food. It is not just Edo State but almost across the entire Southern Nigeria, parts of the North and Middle Belt” .

Give Peace A Chance – PFN Tells Nigerian Youths

National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, has charged the #EndSARS protesters nationwide to withdraw from the streets, saying that their agitations have since reached the authorities in the country.

Dr. Omobude who is also the General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministries (GLIM) – New Covenant Gospel Church, said the genuine protesters have made their points loud and clear enough for those in authority to hear them and do the needful.

“You should stop your street protest for now to prevent the hoodlums who have hijacked the hitherto peaceful exercise to continue with their condemnable acts of criminalities which include vandalism, arson, looting, killing, rape, amongst others”.

The PFN national president, who stated this while unveiling the forthcoming Christian programme, named Bible Alive Believers International Convention (BABIC) with the theme “Triumph of Hope”, however urged the government to be circumspect by urgently attending to the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.

Dr. Omobude who condemned the shooting and alleged killing of some peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State by security agents, called on the military high command to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring perpetrators to book.

He commiserated with the families of all those who have lost their lives during the nationwide protest, calling on the government to ensure that their death are not in vain.

Speaking on BABIC 2020, holding at His Glory of New Covenant Gospel Church in Benin City, Dr. Omobude disclosed that several top Christian clerics and delegates from across the world are expected to attend the international event.

Some of the eminent church leaders billed to deliver messages at the convention include former chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Pastor Poju Oyemade, Apst. Lawrence Achudume, amongst others.

He said during the 5-day church event which commences this Wednesday, prayers and supplications will be offered to God in favour of Nigeria as a nation and Nigerians as a people for God’s intervention in the ugly incidents that have befallen the country and its citizens.

“Through prayers and supplications, we have triumphed against covid-19 and we have the hope that with God on our side, we shall also triumph over all the challenges presently bedevilling our dear nation.

“Special prayers will be offered to God to help Nigeria overcome her pressing needs and problems, particularly the challenges of economic recession, terrorism, violence, crimes, kidnapping, corruption and other vices.

“It is our expectation that Nigerians in particular and Nigeria as a whole will witness the mighty visitation of God during and after the convention as issues bothering on the welfare and safety of this nation as well as her progress and development will be handled in prayers.

“There shall be a harvest of miracles, signs and wonders. We have God’s assurance that the lame shall walk, the blind shall see, the deaf shall hear and the whole captives set free. There shall be healing galore for all manners of people and the church shall be strengthened,” Dr. Omobude added.

#EndSARS:You have made your points, please sheathe your swords, MOBIN DG appeals to youths

The Director General of the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria, Madam Rita Anigbogu has appealed to youths across Baifra to sheathe their swords and tow the path of peace.

Speaking to MOBIN MEDIA in a telephone interview, Anigbogu advised the youths to be cautious, and apply wisdom while making demand for better living conditions.

She said its unfortunate that thosw who should be the parents of these youths, instead of heeding to their demands, chose instead to mow them down with guns, and stated that despite the unfortunate incidents, things will never be the same again.

Hear her “Apply wisdom, caution. He who fights and run away will live to fight another day. The youths have made their points, their demands. They have achieved remarkable success. Their fathers have turned their enemies slaughtering them like chickens.

“This is time for them to withdraw and go back to the drawing board.

“I am sure that this destruction was not in their plans when they started the protest. To me this destruction of properties is a kind of distraction. I don’t and will never support the wanton destruction of properties because the end will be disastrous majorly for the poor masses. Banks are destroyed, who will suffer from such destruction, politicians who have personal banks in their living rooms or the poor masses who may not be able to make withdrawals from the banks?

“The burnt police stations, who will suffer from the none availability of stations and police personnel? The rich politicians who have the armed policemen at their beck and call or the poor masses?

“It’s time for the youths to wait and see the outcome of their demands. The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria is also calling on all youths to get their PVCs and be part of the next elections.

“These people must be voted out, and its in your hands to do”, she stated.