Police, DSS arresting EndSARS protesters, Delta Judicial Panel member cries out
Regardless of the outrage trailing the arrest and detention of #EndSARS protesters throughout the nation, the crackdown continued yesterday, as a member of Delta State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set as much as examine allegations of police brutality and extrajudicial killings within the state, Harrison Gwamnishu, raised alarm over what he described because the wanton arrest of individuals who participated within the protest.
The alarm got here on a day sister of one of many #EndSARS protesters, Onomene Adene, defined how she was deceived by the police who arrested her brother, Eromosele Peter Adene, who she added had a liver downside.
That is at the same time as an Abuja-based activist, Kenechukwu Okeke, Monday filed a felony grievance earlier than a Chief Justice of the Peace’s court docket in Abuja in opposition to 50 individuals, together with Sam Adeyemi, Davido, Tuface Idibia, Nwankwo Kanu and 46 others, for his or her alleged roles within the #EndSARS protests that occurred final month
He alleged that throughout the riot, his properties had been destroyed, including that the defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests should be delivered to justice.
Elevating the alarm in a press release yesterday, Gwamnishu, whereas questioning the intentions of the federal authorities, additionally accused the police and Division of State Providers, DSS, because the brains behind the arrest.
Although the judicial panel member didn’t state if he could be withdrawing his membership of the state panel, he mentioned: “You possibly can’t beg residents to take a seat and negotiate and on the similar time freeze their accounts.”
Warning those that participated within the protest throughout the nation, he mentioned: “In the event you had been concerned in #EndSARS protest, watch out of calls you obtain. If anybody calls you on the cellphone and tells you to return and take or accumulate one thing, please don’t go. The police and DSS are on the market selecting #EndSARS protesters.
“Your loved ones and associates can be utilized as smooth targets. This implies, they’ll get your relations/associates’ cellphone numbers out of your community supplier and use them to fish you out. They may also get your ceaselessly dialed numbers, monitor them and later use them to get you.”
Police deny arresting #EndSARS protesters in Delta
However Delta State police command, yesterday, denied studies that it was arresting individuals who participated within the #EndSARS protest within the state.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onowakpoyeya, mentioned: “I’m not conscious of it (arrest of #EndSARS protesters), possibly it’s on the nationwide stage as a result of I don’t assume it’s taking place in Delta State. So, I imagine that declare just isn’t true.”
Efforts to additionally get the response of the Division of State Service, DSS, proved abortive at press time final evening.
NBA President, Moughalu flay clampdown
Reacting to the event yesterday, President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, NBA, Olumide Akpata and a presidential candidate within the 2019 common election, Kingsley Moghalu, described it as unacceptable.
In addition they condemned the freezing of accounts of some individuals in reference to the #EndSARS’ protest.
The NBA President, Akpata in a press release on his twitter deal with, famous that legal professionals within the nation weren’t comfortable over the actions of the safety businesses, including that among the protesters had gone into hiding after receiving cellphone threats, whereas others had their passports seized and accounts frozen.
Moghalu on his half, mentioned: “The clampdown on #EndSARS protesters and supporters is totally flawed and unacceptable. I urge the authorities to reverse gear. These actions increase questions concerning the good religion of the federal government, and threat igniting much more resistance.”
Govt is insincere – Ikimi
Warri-based human rights lawyer, Oghenejabor Ikimi, mentioned the federal authorities was not solely insincere about addressing points raised by youths within the protests but in addition described the clampdown as an infringement on the rights of the people.
Questioning why the federal government has not been capable of freeze the financial institution accounts of corrupt politicians and sponsors of Boko Haram within the nation through the years, Ikimi whereas faulting the actions of the federal government, accused it of being insincere, regardless of giving the nod for constituting of the panels of inquiry in states.
He mentioned: “This goes to point out you that the federal government just isn’t prepared and is talking from each side of its mouth in dealing with the challenges of this nation, together with the calls for of those protesters which it agreed to deal with.
“Till the federal government meets these calls for, the issue just isn’t but solved and the clampdown on the protesters just isn’t the answer to the problems on floor.
“With the present place of the federal government, I ponder what would be the final result of those panels of inquiry as a result of the federal government is simply being pretentious in dealing with the matter, therefore the panels will certainly obtain nothing and it is going to be an train in futility.”
It’s a violation of human rights — Yiaga Africa
In accordance with Cynthia Mbamalu, the Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa: “The arrest of #EndSARS protesters is an unconstitutional act by the State in violation of the basic rights of residents to freedom of expression and meeting.
“Democratic governance can not thrive with out accountability. Protest is an expression of the folks’s proper to take part in authorities and demand accountability.
“Arresting residents for becoming a member of the #EndSARS protest is a violation of human rights, a blatant disregard for our Structure and worrying pattern of state abuse of energy. These arrests can’t be fairly justifiable in a democratic society.”
Don’t additional mismanage and already dangerous scenario — Say No Marketing campaign
For Ezenwa Nwagwu, the Convened of “Say No Marketing campaign’: “The state has continued to mismanage its dealing with of an already mismanaged protest.
“We agree that the wanton destruction of properties and killing of harmless residents by felony parts masquerading as protesters shouldn’t be neglected.
“In doing so, the safety brokers should, nevertheless, be sure that the harmless doesn’t endure within the course of. They should be skilled, humane and thorough.”
Launch all arrested #EndSARS protesters — Centre for Liberty
On his half, Adebayo Raphael, the convener of Centre for Liberty, urged the federal government to direct the discharge of launch all #EndSARS protesters and halt additional harassment.
He mentioned: “The house-to-home arrests, as we’re seeing presently, are a part of the final vestiges of a tyrannical regime that’s consumed by vicious confusion and bent on self-destruction.
“What Nigerian youths deserve now could be solidarity from all women and men of conscience, who, like me, imagine that injustice festers when it isn’t opposed; that the last word battle just isn’t in opposition to a judicial panel however those that make the structure of such a panel needed within the first place. The federal government should launch all #EndSARS protesters and cease harassing us.”
We’re not stunned — Involved Nigerians
In the identical vein, Deji Adeyanju, the convener of Involved Nigerians, mentioned the group was not stunned by the alleged act of intimidation by the safety forces.
He mentioned: “For therefore lengthy, we’ve been talking out, warning the youths who thought the federal government was accountable and honest, and earnestly wished to have significant dialogue, that it is not sensible to barter with the authorities.
So, we should not stunned by the arrests and victimization of distinguished #EndSARS voices. These sorts of shenanigan has been the common emblems of this administration.”
We’ve not modified stance on oppression, intimidation of peaceable protesters — CAN
In the meantime, the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, CAN, mentioned whereas it will not deal with the alleged arrest of #EndSARS protesters straight, it nonetheless maintained its stance in opposition to all types of oppression and intimidation.
Spokesman of the apex Christian physique, Pastor Bayo Oladeji mentioned: “We can not converse straight on each concern as a result of CAN just isn’t an activists’ group.
“Our main concern is the Church and the way authorities insurance policies have an effect on Christians straight.
“We’ve got spoken out in opposition to all types of oppression and intimidation of peaceable protesters. CAN has not modified that stance.”
How Police deceived me to arrest Eromosele Adene – Sister
Additionally yesterday, a sister to an #EndSARS protester, Onomene Adene, defined how she was deceived by the police who arrested her brother, Eromosele Peter Adene.
Onomene, who appeared on Channels Tv breakfast programme, Dawn Each day, lamented that she was used as bait by a bunch of safety operatives to get to her brother final Saturday.
She defined: “On Saturday (November 7), I received a name some minutes previous 7am from a person who mentioned he was previously a church member. He mentioned he had gone to our church which was once at GRA; we moved simply earlier than the lockdown to Ipaja.
“He mentioned he went to our church at GRA and found that we aren’t any extra there, however he had a parcel for my dad who’s the pastor of the church.
“Seeing that we had been no extra there, he got here to Allen the place we keep. He mentioned he was at Solanke; I didn’t know the place Solanke was and I instructed him to return to First Financial institution Bus Cease.”
On attending to the assembly venue, Eromosele’s sister mentioned she couldn’t determine the person’s face however found on approached him that the parcel was not what he claimed it was.
She described the parcel as a black nylon containing some objects, including that it was then she realised that one thing had gone flawed.
“I simply requested him (the person), how can I provide help to? And the subsequent factor he mentioned was he’s in search of Peter. ‘You might be in search of my brother, why? Whereas I used to be nonetheless asking, the subsequent factor I heard was ‘these are my males’, I circled and I noticed three different males and I used to be like what’s occurring right here?
“He mentioned he was in search of Peter; they purchased commodities from him, they transferred cash to his Zenith Checking account, and he didn’t ship the commodities. I instructed him my brother doesn’t promote something; this story, I’m not shopping for it.
“My brother is a musician, he’s a philanthropist, he’s the proprietor of Belle Full Naija on Instagram, he takes care of the much less privileged,’’ she narrated additional.
Eromosele’s sister said that regardless of giving the main points of what her brother does, the boys insisted that she should take them to her home, however she hesitated.
Within the course of, she mentioned a bunch of policemen in three Toyota Hilux automobiles arrived on the scene, led by one Hamzat who’s a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP).
“They deceived me to get to my brother. Once they received to the home, they had been nonetheless telling the story of how they purchased commodities from him and he didn’t ship.
“Even when the lawyer got here in, the lawyer requested them, ‘are you right here to impact an arrest?’ And he mentioned, no, and nonetheless, they took my brother away that very same day,” Onomene mentioned.
She faulted the studies tagging her brother as one of many conveners of the #EndSARS protest, stressing that he was identical to each different regular protester.
In accordance with her, Eromosele is a standard Nigerian youth with no explicit or particular position performed within the #EndSARS protest.
Calling for the discharge of her 27-year-old brother as a result of he has liver an infection, Onomene mentioned: “He (Eromosele) not being in a spot he’s used to just isn’t good for him as a result of we worry that something can occur to him, I’m not saying harassment, I’m speaking about his well being.
“So, he must be launched. Throughout his Belle Full Naija final yr, he went to about six states simply to share alms. When he got here again, he had some points along with his liver – could be the change of setting or the scenario of the locations he discovered himself due to his love for this nation.”
She described her brother as a standard Nigerian youth with no explicit or particular position performed within the #EndSARS protest.
Eromosele’s lawyer, Babatunde Jinadu, mentioned his shopper had been within the clinic since his switch to the FCID in Abuja from Lagos.
Jinadu mentioned the police authorities had been taking part in “hide-and-seek” along with his shopper’s case however expressed optimism to safe his bail in the present day (yesterday) in Abuja.
“I’m right here to see him and I’ll nonetheless apply for his bail once more after no matter investigation they wish to perform. And I hope they’ll grant the bail,” he said.
Okeke sues Sam Adeyemi, Davido, Kanu Nwankwo, Tuface, others
In an identical improvement, a human rights activist, Kenechukwu Okeke, has lodged a felony grievance in opposition to 50 individuals over alleged roles they performed within the #EndSARS protests that rocked the nation final month.
Within the swimsuit he filed earlier than an Abuja Chief Justice of the Peace Courtroom on Monday, the complainant who recognized himself as a tax-paying Nigerian citizen that’s “dedicated to making sure the peace, safety, in addition to good authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, alleged that his properties had been destroyed throughout the protest.
He urged the court docket to sanction all of the listed Defendants for allegedly spearheading the #EndSARS protest that led to the destruction of his properties.
Amongst these he cited as Defendants within the matter are former Tremendous Eagles legend, Kanu Nwankwo, Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, vocal feminine activist, Aisha Yesufu, a former Director-Common, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr Joe Abah, in addition to a journalist, Kiki Mordi.
Different celebrities that had been joined as Defendants within the matter, are Musicians, together with David Adeleke, popularly referred to as Davido; Folarin Falana, also called Falz; Harmless Idibia, aka Tuface, Peter and Paul Okoye; Bankole Wellington, popularly referred to as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Michael Ajereh, aka Don Jazzy.
Additionally sued had been social media comedians/influencers and actors reminiscent of Debo Adebayo, aka Mr Macaroni, and Maryam Akpaokagi, aka Taoma, Yul Edochie, Uche Jombo, Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju.
Particularly, the complainant, within the swimsuit he anchored on sections 88, 109(a), 110(1)(c) of the Administration of Prison Justice Act, 2015, insisted that every one the Defendants instigated the #EndSARS protest that finally led to violence and wanton destruction of private and non-private properties.
In a supporting affidavit he filed in assist of the swimsuit, the complainant, averred: “That the first to fiftieth accused individuals between the third day of October 2020 and the twenty eighth day of October 2020, utilizing Twitter, an Web internet supply with URL https://www.twitter.com inside the jurisdiction of this honourable court docket did conspire amongst themselves to commit misdemeanour, to wit, selling and performing in such a way, with intent to help within the promotion of #EndSARS and thereby dedicated an offence punishable below Part 97(2) of the Penal Code Act, C53 Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“That the first to fiftieth accused individuals with intent to hold out some frequent goal, assemble in such a way or being assembled below the composition of #EndSARS as to trigger individuals within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to worry on cheap grounds that such meeting needlessly and with none cheap event might provoke different individuals tumultuously to disturb the peace.
“Properties belonging to the grievance had been egregiously destroyed by some riotous and tumultuous individuals instigated and incited by the first to fiftieth accused individuals”, he added.
#EndSARS: We’ve got not acquired any summon but – 2baba Mgt
Nevertheless, the administration of Hip-hop singer, Harmless Idibia, popularly referred to as 2Baba, mentioned the music star was but to be served any discover.
In accordance with Efe Omorogbe, advisor to the musician, ‘’we’ve no remark in the mean time as we’ve not acquired any discover or summons to that impact.
“We will’t reply to what’s merely trending on social media. Till we obtain a summon we will’t reply.’’
We are going to meet in court docket— Dr Pam Pam
In his response, social media influencer and a key voice within the #EndSars marketing campaign, Pamilerin Adegoke, also called Dr Pam Pam Omo Iya Ologi on Twitter, appears to be unperturbed that his identify appeared on the checklist of celebrities being charged to court docket.
His instant response on his twitter deal with was: “We made the checklist once more, Glory be to God. We’ll meet in court docket.’’
Different celebrities react
In her response, Aisha [email protected] tweeted: “My pleasure is that they received my identify proper and I’m primary on the checklist. Thanks #EndSars protesters. I’m honoured to be a part of you all.”
Fakhrriyyah Hashim @FakhuusHashim “Goodluck and felicitations to whoever lodged this. I’ve been listed in additional… regulation fits this yr than in my total life. No less than one quarterly. A Joke.”
Uche Jombo Rodriguez @uchejombo, tweeted: “There are simply somethings you may’t give your power.’’
Modupe Odele @Mochievous “Possibly take into account becoming a member of the unbelievable legal professionals who’re volunteering professional bono to assist get peaceable protesters illegally detained out. Is likely to be a greater use of your time. Simply saying xx.”
Ayodeji Richard Makun @AYCOMEDIAN additionally tweeted: “Na solely God know yur papa condoms leak on that trustworthy day. No less than let nonetheless have fun d incontrovertible fact that when neighbours referred to as to ask ur dad “wetin madam born?” Him too Shout “NA BOY O! him identify na KENECHUKWU, Son of OKEKE, we dey see ur public show of uncircumcised foolishness.”
Ayo Sogunro @ayosogunro “In the event you’re going to call me in a court docket course of, do it correctly. My full identify is Ayodele Olorunfunmi Sogunro.”
Japheth Omojuwa @Omojuwa: “Nice legal professionals have been sending me messages in case I want a lawyer. I instructed them to attend for when a lawyer with wits comes alongside, then we battle. You don’t battle faux legal professionals which might be unimaginable to even underestimate. Jobbers with delusions of adequacy. Nah.”
Feyikemi Abudu @fkabudu “Lmao. You don’t have work? I want you all the perfect with this… On the very least, we may be glad that every one these ‘my Lord can I’ll’ legal professionals will nonetheless discover work in these attempting instances. Small mercies. Have to be the crack… Attorneys on the TL, your discovered colleague is serving on social media. After you all stood in scorching solar with wig? O flawed nau.”
We’ll guarantee all points raised by youths are resolved as shortly as attainable — UN
Reacting to the #EndSARS concern for the second time in 24 hours, the United Nations mentioned yesterday it will make needed efforts to make sure that the problems raised by the youths had been resolved.
UN Deputy Secretary-Common, Amina Mohammed, who said this when she appeared on Channels Tv’s Dawn Each day, mentioned: “What’s the UN doing about that? We’ve got been requested to offer assist in three explicit areas – first to guarantee that these processes themselves may be stood up and may be ones that everybody is partaking in, and that may see the take a look at of time over the subsequent months and maybe, years as a result of it is a transformation that’s going to take time,” she mentioned.
In accordance with the deputy UN chief, the second space the place the UN’s intervention is required is to assist the Nationwide Human Rights Fee, NHRC, in establishing the panels that may examine among the points raised by the youths and give you resolutions within the shortest attainable time.
She recognized the third space because the assist required to underpin the Police Act of 2020 to make sure that the reforms would take root and permit for a communication technique to allow the federal government to tell folks on time that it will possibly observe the method and see what was taking place.
Mohammed famous that because the starting of the #EndSARS protest, the UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres saved a detailed eye on how the demonstration was evolving.
She hinted that the UN was at all times concerned in Nigeria’s affairs as a result of the nation was very a lot part of the organisation.
“The UN assist to the federal government is to guarantee that we will put in these platforms, we will proceed to assist the bridge-building and the police reforms, the opposite governance reforms that need to be put in place to make this a actuality within the brief and in the long run,” she mentioned.
She described the #EndSARS protest as an unbelievable motion of younger individuals who had been well-organised, well-intentioned, and had reliable issues and got here collectively to make that felt.
Mohammed recommended the braveness of the youths for making some calls for of the federal government on points that had been worsened over time.
She mentioned: “I feel that was a great factor. I definitely was happy with younger folks that I knew had been a part of this however in a short time we’ve to grasp that while you go right into a protest – and let’s keep in mind we had been all younger and activists at one time – that you must have an endgame.
“On this explicit case, there have been calls for made of presidency and the youths succeeded as a result of, within the shortest attainable time, the federal government responded to say ‘we’re going to care for these first points that you’ve got raised and lots of extra that had been raised thereafter.
“That got here to be, means that there’s an engagement and that engagement must proceed; it must proceed by younger folks ensuring they’re there and pushing for these calls for that they made to actualise.
“Authorities has to make sure that it has processes in place which might be real, that we’ve confidence-building measures as a result of belief is damaged on each side, and that we will transfer ahead from the instances of the protest.’’
Shi’ites petition NHRC over taking pictures of #EndSARS protesters At Lekki Tollgate
In the meantime, members of the Islamic Motion in Nigeria, also called Shi’ites, have petitioned the Nationwide Human Rights Fee over the alleged killing of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by safety brokers deployed to Lekki Tollgate in Lagos three weeks in the past.
The Govt Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, acquired the petition from the IMN delegation at his workplace in Abuja yesterday.
Whereas submitting the petition, the Secretary of IMN’s Tutorial Discussion board, Abdullahi Musa, who led the delegation, demanded diligent prosecution of these behind the bloodbath with a purpose to assuage the pains of the victims and their households.
He additionally mentioned that purported proof exhibiting how sponsored thugs allegedly deployed by safety brokers to disrupt the protests in Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and different main cities throughout the nation abound within the social media.
Musa claimed that the attackers had been on a mission perform a premeditated mass homicide of protesters.
He added that the scenario was worsened by the choice of Federal Authorities to clamp down on distinguished voices and faces of the #EndSARS demonstration.
He mentioned: “Though the sequence of protests began with nice coordination, they had been subsequently sabotaged by authorities infiltrators.”
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