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The Oyo State Government says it has deployed two excavators to Sogoye, along Bode, Molete area of Ibadan, Oyo State, where efforts are ongoing to rescue victims trapped under a building that collapsed on Friday.

Our Correspondent who is monitoring the development reported that the incident happened around 5:45pm.

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The number and identities of affected persons could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this .

Oyo State Government spokesman, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said the government was on top of the situation.

Arulogun said, “We have deployed two excavators there. Our officials are right there now, to rescue trapped victims. There is no cause for alarm.”

A three-storey building under construction had collapsed suddenly, with several people injured and others trapped underneath.

No death has been recorded as at the time of filing this report.

24 hours ago  an incident of a   collapsed and the lives of some children were claimed. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said eight students kicked the bucket in the fiasco.

NEMA Public Relations Officer (PRO), in the South West Region, Ibrahim Farinloye, who affirmed the quantity of death, said that 37 others were protected from under the flotsam and jetsam by rescuers.

He included that NEMA’s Director of Search and Rescue will be at the scene of the structure breakdown by 9am Thursday, including that the Federal Government has sent a group to make Post Disaster Assessment which will involve giving alleviation help to the casualties of the structure breakdown.

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He said that the group will likewise visit unfortunate casualties at the emergency clinic.

The rundown of survivors by yesterday evening included 22 females and 17 guys. The rundown expressed two instructors and three grown-ups, showing the rest were youngsters.

It was an unfortunate sight of wailings and pails loaded with tears as guardians of the students of Baden Private Primary School raged the mishap scene scanning for their wards. Indeed, even guardians whose youngsters were not influenced by

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the catastrophe couldn’t keep down tears.

More cries lease the air when the assortments of the twin sisters were brought out dead from under the rubble. As the sight drew wild tears from sympathizers, for the most part ladies, the two cadavers were rapidly put into a rescue vehicle and taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital morgue.

An old woman, who recognized herself as Iya Ibeji, said her more youthful sister’s three youngsters, whose name she gave as Amina, Yusuf and Mubarak Oloyede, were as yet caught in the rubble.

Iya Ibeji unveiled that the mother of the youngsters, Ganiyat, had swooned when she heard the miserable news and had been raced to the emergency clinic.

The group at the scene down-poured insult on the proprietor of the structure, even as they blamed experts for the Lagos State and nearby administrations of overlooking calls by concerned neighbors that the structure was widely powerless and established a threat to its inhabitants.

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Inhabitants of the zone said the structure had indicated obvious splits at the back. Some put the age of the structure at over 30 years and had been in a condition of decay.

As indicated by an inhabitant in the region, Abdulazeez Elegushi, “A quit notice was given to the proprietor of the structure by the state government after it fizzled a trustworthiness test. I don’t have the foggiest idea why they would not comply with government’s organization. This would not have occurred in the event that they had clung to government’s guidance.”

Babajide Komolafe, a tricyclist who employs his in the Ita-Faji neighborhood, said he knew a couple who were dwelling in the structure yet moved out when authorities of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) first came to reserve the structure for obliteration and requested that inhabitants abandon the premises.

“My two companions who used to live in the structure moved out just in November when their lease lapsed. They said the guardian was at that point on their neck to pay for their new lease yet they rejected in light of the fact that they realized that the had been set apart by authorities of Lagos State government for decimation.

“I’m astounded that the house and two or three others which had been set apart for pulverization were left standing. What we realized was that some administration authorities, after the underlying checking of the house for decimation, were undermined with fixes in their consequent visit, generally the structure should have been devastated quite a while prior,” Komolafe said.

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The tricyclist kept up the school’s name is Ohen Nursery/Primary School and that it has been running in the area for over three years.

An organic product merchant in the city, Bimbo Animashaun, likewise said the calamity was avoidable, taking note of that last year government authorities went to the Ita-Faji territory to request that inhabitants abandon houses they saw were in trouble.

She said the three-story building was among those set apart by the authorities.

One of the brokers with a shop at the structure, Emeka Chukwuka, additionally said the house had been appearing of split before it inevitability crumbled yesterday.

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums Injure 19 Policemen, Vandalise Vehicles

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THE agitation against police brutality by the youth, code- named #EndSARS, got worse on Mon- day, as hoodlums attacked 97 police officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) at the Adekunle Area of Yaba, Lagos State, around 10.00 a.m., leaving 19 of the officers hos- pitalised as a result of injuries they sustained.

Four vehicles belonging to the police were also vandalised by the hoodlums.

The policemen, who were in a convoy on their way to Vic- toria Island, to relieve their colleagues who had worked overnight, were reportedly attacked by the hoodlums said to armed with cutlasses, broken bottles, iron rods, planks and other dangerous weapons.

 

Some of the injured policemen escaped to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, where they were admitted for treatment.

Confirming the incident, the image maker of the state police command, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, de- scribed the protest as “grad- ually becoming violent.”

Condemning the attack, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, urged officers and men of the com- mand to remain calm.

In Lagos, men of the Nigerian Police and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) were conspicu- ously absent on the roads.

Visits by the Nigerian Tribune to some parts of the metropolis revealed that designated spots where those officers are usually stationed to ensure free flow of traffic were vacant.

For instance, while there were no signs of protests at Abule Egba area of the metropolis as of the time of the visit, Nigerian Tribune ob- served it was the traffic light that was controlling vehicular

movement under the Jubilee Bridge at Abule Egba.

Iyana Ipaja and Ikeja along Agege Motor Road were not in any way different, when the Nigerian Tribune visited.

Also, the usual spectacle of the police, LASTMA and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that manage traffic on the Third Mainland Bridge, especially at this pe- riod when the bridge is undergoing repairs, was completely absent.

As early as 8.00 a.m., the Berger/Secretariat axis had already begun to experience traffic hiccups, due to motorists driving against traffic.

The protesters, in their hun- dreds, marched through the outside terminal building of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, causing traffic gridlock in the area, resulting in many passengers missing their flights.

The protesters, who had gathered in the area as early as 7.00 a.m., were prevented from accessing the local wing of the airport through Ikeja as the uniformed personnel within the airport, includ- ing the Air Force, were seen manning the entrance close to the Forte Oil and GAT axis.

Many passengers eventually missed their flights, while some had to cancel theirs.

Youths under the aegis of the United Apapa Youths Fo- rum (UAYF) and some truck- ers on Monday gathered in front of the Apapa port, chanting solidarity songs, while some clearing agents have vowed to shut down port operations by joining the protest in full force today.

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A cross section of agents who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune said by today, no cargo clearance would be allowed in or out of the port.

Protesters took the agita- tion further into the communities, as they blocked inner roads to prevent motorists and motorcyclists, many of whom had been using those

roads as alternatives to the highways.

Commuters were at the receiving end of the development on Monday, as commercial drivers and mo- torcyclists resorted to charging exorbitant fares, even as some of them had to trek long distances.

The Lagos- Ibadan Expressway was affected as the two sides of the road were barricaded, while at the sideway at Berger Bus-Stop, some youths took the advantage to play football.

The two main gates to the Secretariat in Alausa were shut, following attempts by #EndSARS protesters to forcefully gain entrance to the premises.

Vehicular and human move- ments were at standstill at Ijanikin, Iyana Isashi and Ag- bara axis on Lagos–Badagry highway on Monday.

The protesters blocked the highway with two articulated vehicles at Agbara, prevent- ing vehicles from coming or going out of the area.

Also, students of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Educa- tion, Ijanikin, joined the pro- test en masse to block the road all the way to Agbara, while some were seen play- ing table tennis on the road.

At Iyana-Era and Iyana Ishashi, some hoodlums also blocked the Badagry high- way, using the protest to ex- tort money from commercial motorcyclists.

In Ibadan, Oyo State, pro- testers locked down the en- tire city, preventing vehicular movement for hours.

From Mokola to Eleyele, Ologuneru, Alesinloye Market, Molete, Challenge, Toll Gate, Iwo Road, Bodija and other areas, commuters, mo- torists, motorcyclists and pe- destrians were stranded for hours as vehicles got struck, following traffic congestion ocassioned by the protests.

Commercial buses and other public transport operators withdrew their services, forcing people to trek far dis- tances before reaching their destinations.

Some youths in Ibadan ex- ploited the ongoing #End- SARS protests, on Monday, forming “toll gates” across streets and major roads where motorists had no op- tion but to part with some money to continue their movement.

From Challenge through Felele, Molete, Bode, Idi-Arere, Oja-Oba, Beere, Oje, Agodi gate, it was a field day for the youth who formed barricades almost at every 100-metre distance to extort amounts ranging from N50 to N200 from motorists and motorcyclists.

Using tyres, traffic stands, planks, sticks, sacks of refuse picked from the medians, the youth effected their toll gates for several hours.

There was high build-up of traffic in areas like Chal- lenge, Molete, Apata, Sango, Secretariat, Akobo, Bodija, Idi-Ape, Iwo Road, University of Ibadan road, Orita, New Garage and the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

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Schools in some parts of Ibadan also closed earlier than usual as management called parents to pick up their children or wards.

In Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, youths took over every sec- tion of the state capital in protest.

Virtually all the strategic roads in the metropolis were blocked, including Fajuyi Park, Okeyinmi, Ijigbo, Basiri, Matthew area, Ajilosun and Adebayo, among others.

Most commercial banks and supermarket hurriedly closed to .

Students in public and pri- vate schools who had earlier resumed in schools were hur- riedly asked to return home.

Civil servants were left stranded on their way to work while some of them were seen returning home in frustration.

Those workers who were already in their offices at the state Secretariat and other offices were asked to go home and not to return to work today.

Thousands of people were left stranded in different parts of Ogun State, as the #EndSARS protesters re- sumed protest.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that protesters blocked the Lagos/Abeokuta highway at the Papalanto end, preventing vehicular movement in-bound Abeokuta and out -bound Lagos in the early hours of the day.

It was the same develop- ment in Abeokuta, the state capital, as the protesters mounted roadblocks at the NNPC junction, Panseke and Camp areas.

Civil servants, children, market men and women found it hectic to get to their destinations.

Many government workers abandoned their vehi- cles within the Ibara GRA and Legislative Quarters and trekked to the Oke-Mosan secretariat.

Vehicles travelling from La- gos or other parts of Ogun enroute Abeokuta-Kopabe- Siun-Sagamu highway had to find alternative routes to Abeokuta.

The protesters, however, gave way to emergency situa- tion, despite the roadblocks.

Protesters woke Benin res- idents up to early morning blockades.

As against the information that the protests across the city would commence by 10.00 a.m., the protesting youth stormed the streets as early as 7.30 a.m., setting up blockades at different in- tervals.

On Ekenwan Road for in- stance, from Agho Junction to the popular Ekenwan Military Barracks, they con- verged on Evbotubu Junc- tion, Utagban Junction; First

and Second Power Line Junctions;Debvekewen Junction; Leaders College Junction; Ugbihoko Primary School; Aghewwenghe and Uholo, in what turned out to be pro- tests in their various localities.

In the main town, the entire city was on complete lockdown as protest points were set up in the various road net- works such as Airport Road, Akenzua/Plymouth Road, Ring Road; Siluoko Road, Ak- pakpava by First, Second And Third East Roads.

Circulation vans of the various newspaper houses bringing the dailies to the city had a tough time passing the blockades along the busy Benin-Lagos expressway, where the blockades stretched up to the Ovia River axis, some kilometres away from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) main gate.

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Nigerian Tribune circulation van driver, Ademola Adebisi, said he had to park his van by Ovia River, before Ekiadolor and hired a commercial motorcycle to help in conveying the consignment.

“At a point, I carried the papers on my head because there were no bikes again and now, I am using wheelbarrow to carry the papers,” Adebisi narrated his ordeal.

4 shot as protesters attack soldier in Auchi

The #EndSARS protest which started on a peaceful note in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State on Monday, later turned violent with four per- sons reportedly shot dead.

Trouble was said to have started when the protesters were said to have beaten up a military man, who later mobilised soldiers to react and, in the commotion that ensued, the victims were re- portedly shot.

The coming in of the soldiers, it was gathered, led to the protesters abandoning their Jattu Junction base and thereafter, the gridlock on the Auchi-Okene-Lokoja road, which had built up to the neighbouring Aviele, eased off.

#EndSARS protesters also blocked the Asaba/Benin highway by Summit junction in Delta State with their vehicles thereby causing heavy traffic for several hours.

The protesters took over the Ibom Plaza in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, armed with plac- ards.

According to them, they took the decision to occupy the city centre “for govern- ment to know that the youth are tired of bad governance in .”

Meanwhile, the protests spread to more northern states on Monday as Minna, the Niger State capital, wit- nessed army of young people from different parts of the state to participate in #EndSARS protest.

The youth, who converged on Mobil roundabout as early as 6:00 a.m. were orderly and walked for about five kilo- metres as they entertained themselves with music.

Mothers and the elderly also participated with some of them taking their children along.

Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Niger State chapter, Malam Bello Barau Sheriff, said arrangements had been put in place to ensure the struggle gets the required participation of youths throughout the state.

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#EndSARS: Tinubu Pleads With Protesters To Give Peace A Chance

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has appealed to #EndSARS protesters demonstrating against police brutality and extrajudicial killings to call off the protests and give peace a chance.

This was contained in a statement on Monday night titled; ‘#EndSARS Protests – The Remedy For National Maladies Is More, Not Less, Democracy’.

Tinubu said there is no way any society can make meaningful progress without the enthronement of these values and the demands for fundamental police reforms by the protesting youths are in pursuit of the country’s aspiration in the national anthem.

 

He then pleaded that the government is given the chance to implement the reforms demanded by the protesters.

The statement reads: “For the past twelve days, our country has witnessed massive protests by youths in different cities, which were ignited by widespread disenchantment with the gross human rights abuses including torture, extortion, harassment, intimidation and even extra-judicial killings of Nigerians by members of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS). The demands for fundamental police reforms by the protesting youths are in pursuit of our aspiration in our national anthem “to build a nation where peace and justice shall reign”. Justice as one of our greatest writers has memorably noted is “the first condition of humanity”. A society where those who are paid from the public purse to protect the lives and property of the people become themselves threats to the liberty, safety and dignity of the people; where human life is difficult to distinguish from Thomas Hobbes ‘State of Nature – ‘solitary, poor, nasty and brutish’ is not one fit for free and decent people to live in. Such impunity and lawlessness are incompatible with the values and tenets of a democratic society governed by the supremacy of the rule of law.

“It is impossible for anyone truly committed to the rule of law, democracy and good governance to be opposed to the concern and demands of the protesters. There is no way that any society can make meaningful progress without the enthronement of these values. The protesters have for the better part of the commencement of their civil action conducted themselves with an admirable sense of responsibility, restraint and maturity. This is commendable. Indeed, the high level of organisation demonstrated by the protesting youths shows a new level of consciousness of the capability of a vigilant civil society as well as the efficacy of people’s power. This can only ultimately strengthen the country’s democratic evolution and sustainability.

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“Arnold Toynbee, the great 19th-century historian observed that societies progress through a process of ‘challenge and response’. Society confronts challenges such as injustice, impunity, corruption, dictatorship and are forced to respond in resistance and struggle for emancipation. The result is the triumph of justice over injustice, liberty over tyranny and right over wrong thus enabling the society to be elevated to a higher level of good, accountable, responsible and responsive governance. It was through this process that colonialism, apartheid, and all forms of dictatorship, misrule and tyranny have been overcome across time and space. Our current democratic dispensation was borne of struggle in response to the challenge of military dictatorship.

“The impunity of SARS was thus a challenge that the youth have responded positively and courageously to and has triggered the commencement of the fundamental reform of the country’s policing system. But then, the protesters must admit that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests. This shows a laudable sensitivity to the grievances of the youths. It is only fair that the government must be given the chance to implement the reforms demanded by the protesters. This can certainly not be done instantaneously by the waving of a magic wand. If the government had not implemented promised reforms in the past, the swiftness with which it has responded to the demands of the protesters this time around shows that there is a positive change by the government both of attitude and of a new sense of urgency.

“The protesters have made considerable gains within a very short period. But they should also be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking. For instance, it is unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs and assorted criminals have seized on the protests to perpetrate violence, disrupt civil life and harass, intimidate and assault innocent persons going about their lawful . The intent of the organizers of the protests is to achieve stated objectives on police reform, which the government has in principle accepted. It can certainly not be their motive to cause generalised anarchy or effect regime change. If they give the impression that that is their goal, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve the constitutional rule.

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“The vigour and vibrancy of the protests are an indication of the growing strength of the democratic culture in . It is a demonstration of the beauty of democracy and its promotion and protection of people’s power. However, the protesters must be careful not to set the stage for the erosion or destruction of the same democratic process that gives them the freedom and right to protest in the first place. Their democratic right to protest must not be exercised in such a way that impedes the democratic right of other citizens to freedom of movement, expression and the liberty to pursue their livelihoods. The fight for police reforms is surely to promote and protect the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians. It is a contradiction for the protesters to act in ways that will further worsen the economic well being of the very people they are fighting for.

“It is important that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) utilise this protest as an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and recommit itself to the values for which the party was formed through extraordinary hard work, dedication and commitment. There is no doubt that the party has recorded tremendous achievements in diverse sectors since 2015. But it now has to sit back, examine the gaps between its promises and its performance in order to make necessary amends. It is important that all members of the party put aside petty and shortsighted ambitions, needless infighting and unite to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on delivering on its mandate for the remainder of its tenure.

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“In the final analysis, the cure for protracted and delicate national problems is to continue to strengthen the democratic process rather than engage in acts that can lead to generalized anarchy in which democracy cannot thrive. The protests have forcefully demonstrated the reality and potency of people’s power and the new energy must be tapped and channelled to strengthen, not weaken the country’s democracy. Surely, the country cannot remain the same after this. The government has demonstrated its sensitivity to the demands of the youth and must now be supported to implement the reforms it has committed itself to. It is a good sign that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos and a number of other state governments have speedily set up judicial panels of inquiry into acts of police brutality over the years. I urge the state governments which are yet to do so to emulate this example. This process of change should be supported and this cannot be done in an atmosphere of endless protests that are also crippling an economy already enfeebled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let me commend all our religious leaders, Christians and Muslims for their patriotism and high sense of responsibility at this sensitive time. I appeal to them to call on their teeming followers to call of the protests for now and give peace a chance. Finally, I also strongly appeal to the protesters – YOU HAVE MADE YOUR POINT. GOVERNMENT HAS MADE ITS COMMITMENT TO YOU. PLEASE, PLEASE AND PLEASE, CALL OFF THE PROTESTS. GIVE GOVERNMENT A CHANCE TO IMPLEMENT YOUR DEMANDS. GOD BLESS YOU.”

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