…Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus debunks rumour of being shot at Lekki***
…Protesters defy curfew in Osun***
…As Edo youths defy 24-hour curfew***
Reports from Lagos indicate that the Nigerian Ports Authority, Marina headquarters and the TVC in Ikeja were allegedly amongst strategic infrastructures that went up in flames on Wednesday, following the deaths of several peaceful protesters.
The Maritime First crew which went around Lagos also confirmed that aggrieved protesters also allegedly torched the home of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s mother, just as the minority caucus in the House of Representatives on Wednesday condemned the alleged killing of peaceful and unarmed protesters by suspected security operatives at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on Tuesday.
The lawmakers expressed their displeasure in Abuja in a statement signed by the Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta).
Elumelu stated that the alleged extra-judicial killing of defenseless citizens by suspected agents of state could not be justified or condoned under any guise.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order an investigation into the allegation and bring the officers to justice if found guilty.
“As lawmakers and representatives of the people, we cannot accept this gruesome execution of our young ones in their own country by security operatives.
“Life is sacred and no one has the right to terminate the life of another just because he has the apparatus of state power.
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“Such brazen brutally and defilement of right to life, which is at the center of the on-going protests across the nation, underscores the demand for an immediate and total overhaul of our nation’s security architecture.
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of officers involved in the Lekki killing as well as the withdrawal of soldiers from engaging protesters,” he stated.
Elumelu restated the caucus’s call on the president to urgently rejig the nation’s security architecture through extensive reforms and urgent replacing of Service Chiefs.
However, while the actual figure of casualty remained uncertain, hovering between 40 and 70, Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, has debunked the rumour going around that she was shot at the Lekki, Lagos tollgate gun attack on #EndSARS protesters on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The actress, who denied the report of her being shot, took to her Instagram page @eniola_ badmus to express how sad she felt at the attack on protesters
“Against all speculations about me being shot or dead at the unspeakable incident that happened at the toll gate few hours ago, I will like to inform you guys that I Eniola Badmus is hale and hearty.
“But in truth, I am broken and scattered to see what my country has become.
“We are tired and it’s becoming one time too many, how is it wrong to demand for our rights, expectations and be killed. How?
“We won’t forget this day – 20.10.2020 in a long time. May the souls of the fallen heroes `Rest in Peace’,’’ the 34-year-old actress who has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies, which include ‘Jenifa’, ‘Angelina’, ‘Village Babes’, ‘Blackberry Babes’, ‘Wicked Step-mother’, ‘Mr and Mrs Ibu’, ‘Child Seller’ said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has denied reports claiming that soldiers shot at protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, describing the reports as “fake news’’.
On its official Twitter handle, @HQNigerianArmy, the army urged the general public to “beware’’ of reports making the rounds alleging that soldiers opened fire on protesters in Lagos.
In the meantime, scores of EndSARS protesters in Osun trooped to strategic locations in the state’s capital Osogbo on Wednesday to continue their protest, in spite of a 24-hour curfew announced by the government.
The protesters converged at strategic locations, including Orita-Olaiya Junction, Ota-Efun and Dele-Yes Roundabout to voice their grievances.
They carried placards with various inscriptions and sang solidarity songs.
However, operatives of the Department of State Services could be seen erecting roadblocks and taking positions to enforce the curfew.
Major roads in Osogbo were deserted but people on essential services were seen going about their businesses.
One of the protesters, Mr Kunle Adisa, told a correspondent at Olaiya Juction that the protest would continue until their demands were met.
He lamented what he described as decades of neglect by government at all levels, saying that time had come for young people to be included in decision making in the country.
Adisa condemned the “increasing rate of unemployment, hardship and suffering among Nigerians,’’ saying that the situation must be tackled.
“Our wealth is being centered on few individuals, who are bent on inflicting hardships on the people. It is unacceptable and time has come to put an end to it”.
Similarly, some youths in Edo State continued with their EndSars protest on Wednesday, despite the 24-hour curfew announced by the state government.
The protesters converged at Ugbowo Main gate of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) junction, Ugbowo road, on Tuesday.
The youths came out, as usual, to mount roadblocks in solidarity with the EndSARS protesters requesting a change in governance in the country.
They said their movement is about restructuring the country.
Etisosa Idahosa, a protester, said that Nigerian youths want their voices heard in matters of change and restructuring.
“We want good jobs. I graduated with first-class from UNIBEN ten years ago. I don’t have a job. I run home lessons for children. I want a change. I want a job,” he said.
Gladness Eloghosa said that Nigeria has good resources that have been badly managed.
“Let’s join hands to build our country. We are better than many countries. Let the change begin with us as citizens. I am proud to be a Nigerian that is the reason I am out today to carry out this peaceful protest and ensure that change comes,” she said.
The protest in the state has reduced due to resistance from police.
Efforts to get a reaction from the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, was unsuccessful at the time of filing this report.