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Enugu Group condemns killing of #EndSARS in Lekki, calls for independent panel to investigate incident

Enugu based socio -political organisation, Enugu State Continuity and Equity Movement(ESCEM), has condemned in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of the country.

In a statement by the Publicity Secretary Comrade Onyendozi E. Onwe and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited in Enugu, it described the wanton killing of the protesters as barbaric, uncivilized and wrong approach in handling the demands of the youth.

“We are grieved and saddened that the security agencies who should rather protect the lives and properties of Nigerians are the one carrying out this heinous attack on innocent citizens.

“ESCEM wishes to state that peaceful protest is guaranteed in a democratic country like ours. We demand that full scale investigation be made to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice. The group however, condemns the infiltration of the peaceful protest by miscreants leading to wanton destruction of public and private properties across the nation.

“We therefore call on the president Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation as the protection of lives and properties of Nigeria rest on his shoulder”, it read.

#EndSARS: Ikpeazu inaugurates committee to ascertain level of destruction

…calls on Abia youth to submit business proposals for possible government sponsorship

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has officially inaugurated a 12-man committee to ascertain the level of damage to private and public infrastructure arising from the recent protests by Nigerian youths in the State.

The committee has the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike, as Chairman.

Inaugurating the committee at Government House, Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu spelt out the terms of reference of the committee to include ascertaining the root causes of the destruction of public and private infrastructure in the State during the #EndSARS protest, to enumerate public and private properties destroyed or vandalized during the protest, to evaluate financial losses arising from the said destruction and how government can pay compensations where possible as well as advise government on possible ways of averting future occurrences.

The Governor equally urged the committee to make recommendations on how the destroyed properties can be rebuilt within the shortest possible time and to do everything necessary or incidental to the actualisation of the mandate.

The State Chief Executive said that the recent events necessitated the constitution of the committee, which he said has 12 weeks to turn in its report.

Governor Ikpeazu, who charged the committee members to explore ways through which to engage the youths in a constructive manner, disclosed that he is embarking on another local government elections in the State to underscore the importance of youth inclusion in Governance.

He explained that elections at the council levels provide opportunities for youths to participate as officials either as elected persons or appointees and urged Abia youths to submit proposals on their choice of businesses for sponsorship by the state government.

The Governor said that his administration has done a lot to provide job opportunities for the youths in the State including changing the narratives in artisanship/entrepreneurship in Aba and Abia as a whole, and ongoing efforts in establishing automated shoe factory in the State, all targeted at the youths.

He also recalled government efforts at the general promotion of Made-in-Aba products and establishment of SME Bank for Micro and Medium entrepreneurs among others.

Governor Ikpeazu said that cottage industries are being established currently in the State starting with 7 LGAs, adding that the machines for the industries are already on ground from India.

Other members of the Committee include Aaron Iyke, Comrade Frank Eme Orji, Engr. Sunday Okpara, Dr Ugochukwu Onyeonoro, Chief Jerry Kalu, Mr Ugwumba Adiele, Mr Chris Nwanevo, Mr. O. J. Bob Amanze, Mr Okechukwu Osuoha, Mrs. Joy Iwuchukwu and CSP Emeka Ubani

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, chairman of the committee, Chief Chimaobi Ebisike thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve the State through the assignment, and promised “to meet up with the expectations of government and the good people of Abia”.

Among other government functionaries present at the inauguration was the Deputy Governor of the State, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu.

#EndSARS: Enugu Youths begin massive cleaning of city

Following the destruction of property and brigandage in Enugu metropolis, youths in Enugu State have organised themselves to clean up and reorganise the city.

The cleaning, which is being championed by Hon Chima Obieze, the lawmaker representing Ezeagu State Constituency for the state, began today, 23rd October, 2020.

The cleaning exercise according to a publication made available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd continues tomorrow, and invites all youths in the city to be part of it.

Take off point is Presidential Hotel, at 9 am, he said.

He enjoined all young men and women to join the city clearing exercise, and not allow hoodlums take over and destroy the city and the state in general.

Movement of Biafrans In Nigeria (MOBIN) condemns senseless destruction of property, calls for restraint

The Movement of Biafrans In Nigeria (MOBIN) has appealed to youths across Baifra land to end the wanton destruction of property and brigandage ongoing in the country.

MOBIN in a terse statement noted that Nigerians and Biafrans alike should channel their energies towards a more proactive engagements with the authorities, instead of subjecting the entire population to untold hardship.

MOBIN also frowned at the numerous killings that have been witnessed by citizens in the hands of security operatives, especially the ones perpetrated by SARS policemen.

It condemned the killing of protesters in Lagos, but added that unless restraint is exercised, Biafrans and Nigerians will soon begin to turn against each other, without really harming the political class who are responsible for the sufferings in the country.

MOBIN appealed to the youths to listen to the voice of reason, leave the streets, and get ready to engage the authorities, using legal and diplomatic methods.

“Our voices have been heard loud and clear. At no time have we ever come out united like this in the history of this cluntry. But let’s not completely destroy what we have built ourselves. What we are destroying were built by individuals, through sweat and hard work.

“We have presented the Restructuring documents to the National Assembly, and they must attend to it.
It is the Biafran Ideology. Restructure Nigeria now to Regional Autonomy. Every Region to govern itself and develop at its own pace. Every Region to have its own Police.
We have told them that we must restructure and save Nigeria now otherwise Nigeria will disintegrate into oblivion”, it ended.

Normalcy returns to Enugu, as Chima Obieze leads youths through streets clearing(PHOTOS)

The streets of Enugu metropolis is gradually returning to normalcy, with youths in the city clearing the roads and streets.

The last few days have been quite challenging for residents, with hoodlums pulling down bus stop facilities and dustbins to block roads. They also set up bonfires and forced motorists to give them money in order to pass.

But the youths this morning, have been going from road to road, clearing off the debris.

Hon Chima Obieze, representing Ezeagu State Constituency told our reporter on the telephone that destruction is not the way to go “We have mobilised all the youth organisations in the city and are calling on all other youths to come out and join us. We are clearing the city and we are bent on returning to normal life.

“Enugu residents should go about their businesses and fear nothing. This is a call to everyone, please clear up any debris on your street. Let’s all join hands”, he said.

Reports from across the city indicated that parts of New Haven, Otigba, Presidential Road, and the Enugu Abakaliki Expressway have all been cleared. Also, New Artisan Market and environs are currently being cleared.

Also, security operatives have also been posted to flash points like Abakpa and Polo/Shoprite areas to checkmate the situation.

Eye witnesses who spoke with Jungle Journalist Media Limited confirmed that shops are beginning to open, especially around Abakpa, and vehicular movement have resumed.

Photos from the cleaning exercise:

Activist Osmond Ugwu Speaks Over Appointment As Member, Enugu Judicial Panel of Inquiry

PRESS STATEMENT: APPOINTMENT AS A MEMBER OF JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY

I wish to formally inform
friends and comrades of my appointment as a member of Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Enugu state Governor on Wednesday 21st October 2020, to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings in Enugu State.

According to the Governor, the consitution of the Judicial Panel was in compliance with the directive of the National Economic Council that a state level Judicial Panel of Inquiry be established in all states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory to receive and investigate complaints of the Police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings with the view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Police Units.

According to the specifcation of the directive of the National Economic Council, the Judicial panel shall be made up of 8 persons of whom 2 of them must come from the Civil Society. Upon that premise, I was appointed on my capacity as the President of International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Iniative together with Prof Joy Ezilo, the Founding Director Women’s Aid Collective to represent the Civil Society in the panel.

While I appreciate the Governor for appointing me to such sensitve and challenging task, I wish to state clearly that I will do my best to work together with other members of the panel to ensure that the the purpose for which the Panel is established is fully actualized to the satisfaction of all concerned.

I also wish to use this opportunity to solicit for the full support of all the critical stakeholders, especially the media, Civil Society Organisations, Churches, Nigeria Bar Association, Labour Unions, Market Associations, Road Transport Union, Town Unions, Traditional Rulers, Legal Aid Council, Students Unions, etc towards the success of our work by first of all assist in the propagation of information about the existence and the wll-be benefits of the Judicial panel to their members, all and sundry to enable the real victims of brutality come up and present their case/s to the panel.

Comrade Osmond Ugwu
President
International Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights Iniative.

#ENDSARS:CoalCity Youth Council Condemn unrest in Enugu, National Disturbances

*Urges Youths in Enugu State to remain resolute and law abiding while protesting

Our attention has been drawn on the recent and incessant destructions of both private and public owned properties in Enugu by some alleged End Sars protesters within the State.

Our Council, through the office of our Acting National President, Comrade Ifebuchi, Williams Chime, has vehemently condemned this Acts without mercy, thereby expressing deep disappointment amongst the Youths within the State, especially to those who have decided to divert the agendas of the protests into another dimensional parts.

However, our acts at this moment may be morally justifiable based on the recent sordid experience that took place at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, 20/10/2020 but also abysmally condemnable as the act is about to undermine our philosophy and protesting undertone as a family in Enugu State, the Council Acting Nat’l President noted.

As a Council, we also wish to establish and thereby calling the attention of our Youths on how we started a peaceful protests, and today, something we started on a peaceful note has degenerated into another form of human attitudes, with much rancour and civil unrest across the major cities of Enugu State.

No doubts, Nigeria Government both present and past has failed us in terms of leadership prowess and proper accountability in governance, including credible representation and public welfare, but then, we needed to retrench from the parts we are apparently trending on now if we must win this battle.

Be that as it may, while we are actively expressing our views with deep shocks over the recent destruction of properties with further lost of lives in Enugu State, CoalCity Youth Council is also condemning the last human genocides that took place at Lekki tollgate by Nigeria Army, with further describing of their acts as been barbaric and devilish in nature.

To this end, we wish to remind the APC led adminstration of President Mohammed Buhari that, the killers of unarmed Nigerian Youths at Lekki tollgate while singing the National Anthem and holding of Nigeria flag as citizens of this Nation should be brought to book as their acts were undemocratic. This is because, the citizens of this Nation have the legal and fundamental human rights to actively express their views over the governance of this country, anyday, and time and no amount of total humiliation, subjugation and killings of our innocent Youths by this present administration and other Government to come will stop such from happening.

Therefore, CoalCity Youth Council is pleading on all, including our able Youths to remain resolute and law abiding as we pursue justice using the rightful channels. The entire world is seeing what’s happening today.

More also, we are asking and calling on all our members globally to be law abiding in any States of their abodes, and never to implement or embrace the policy of violence while we continue in this journey of total liberation from the shackles of those, who do not want us enjoy the true and dividend of democracy in this Nation.

We are builders and not destroyers.

Thanks!

Signed:
Ifebuchi, Williams Chime
Convener/Acting Nat’l President
Coalcity Youth Council.

REBBUTAL: Fr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry not burnt, APOLOGIES

Jungle Journalist Media Limited has just learnt that Adoration Ministry, Enugu has not been attacked, as was reported in an earlier publication.

Our source juts confirmed that it was a mix up.

The story has been pulled down, and the video has also been pulled down.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited regrets the mix up, and hereby tenders an unreserved apology to any party affected.

Our intentions here is not to run anyone or group down, but to bring you accurate reports as they occur.

Anambra Govt declares 24-hour curfew as hoodlums burn police station, one killed

There is tension in Nnewi, Anambra State following the razing of the Central Police Station in the area by hoodlums.

One person was allegedly feared dead during the incident, which occurred around 11pm on Wednesday.

The situation led to the closure of Schools, Markets, Banks and all other offices in the industrial city.

Our correspondent gathered the hoodlums, who broke the cell to free detainees after burning down the CPS office, proceeded to the Police Area Command but were repelled by officers on duty.

#ENDSARS protesters, as early as 6:00am on Thursday, filled the streets, making fire with tires and other inflammable objects at the popular Nkwo Nnewi roundabout and other major streets.

Some were also seen milling up and down with motorcycles.

One of the protesters said they were not happy with police officers in the town because of the activities of Anti-cult unit housed also at CPS.

A medical doctor at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), who preferred anonimity said he saw a lifeless body in front of the burnt CPS.

“They burnt down CPS and another Police Station last night. They zoomed through the hospital gate this morning. Burn fires everywhere, roads are being closed. A corpse already lying in front of the burnt CPS,” he said.

Police spokesperson, SP Haruna Mohammed could not be reached as at press time as his phone was switched off.

Meanwhile, Governor Obiano declares 24 hour curfew, starting from 8pm today. All Schools and Markets closed. All social gathering at 8pm closed.

Earmarks N200 million compensation for families and victims of disbanded SARS/Police brutality, upon recommendation by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

#EndSARS: Enugu State Government imposes 24-hour Curfew in Enugu City

Following rising riots that’m raged across Enugu City, the state government this evening imposed a 24-hour curfew in Enugu Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, effective from 7pm today, Wednesday.

According to a Press Release, the curfew is to be effective from today, October 21, 2020, untill further notice.