ALL THE RELEVANT NEWS: Thursday

ALL THE RELEVANT NEWS: Thursday

#ENDSARS Update: There was widespread violence in Lagos as hoodlums took over the streets despite the curfew imposed yesterday. It was a day on which condemnation of the Lekki shooting poured in from across the world. Violence and deaths were also reported in Ogun, Rivers, Imo, Edo and Ondo states. In the circumstance, Government has to seize the initiative for peace as disorder persists.

The following are updates:

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* In a statement Wednesday, President Buhari has appealed for understanding and calm; says he is committed to police reforms.

* VP Osinbajo promises justice for all those affected by the protests; he tweeted : “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states.”

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* In a state-wide broadcast Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu appealed for calm, promises investigation

* The Police Command in Lagos reiterated its resolve to ensure that the ongoing protest does not degenerate to anarchy in the state.

* They confirmed two police officers were killed and many injured and over 10 police stations set ablaze across Lagos by hoodlums between Tuesday and Wednesday.

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* The family house of Governor Sanwo-Olu was set ablaze, while the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Iga Idugaran on the Island was vandalised by youths who carted away valuables, including the staff of office.

* Armed men on motorcycles invaded the headquarters of The Nation Newspaper on Fatai Atere Way in Lagos, set parts of it on fire and later looted the place. Also Television Continental and Max FM in Ikosi, Lagos were set ablaze. All 3 belong to Tinubu.

* Several BRT buses and stations at Berger and Oyingbo were torched;

* Other public places attacked include Lagos City Mall , Igbosere Magistrate Court and Ibeju-lekki Local Government Secretariat, Bella’s place owned by Mike Adenuga, Circle Mall Jakande in Lekki, Shoprite Mall Sangetodo, several shops and plazas across the state as well as some commercial banks.

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* Police confirm vandalisation of busses in Kano, dismiss death rumours.

* SARS office, police division, PDP and APC secretariats razed in Akure
Hoodlums set Nworieubi Police Divisional Headquarters in Mbaitoli, Imo State on fire

* UK announces closure of visa application centres in Nigeria

* Umahi imposes 24-hour curfew in Ebonyi; Wike declares curfew in some parts of Rivers; Enugu imposes curfew on three local governments

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*Gov Obaseki has given prison escapees in Edo State Friday ultimatum to return
*Amnesty International says at least 56 people, including protesters, security officials and thugs, have been killed in two weeks.

*The National Examinations Council (NECO) has again rescheduled more papers due to the protests.

* Former President Obasanjo, Lawmakers, Labour, NBA , others condemn the use of gun on protesters

* Pastors Adeboye, Bakare, Suleman condemn killing of protesters

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* UN Secretary-General, European Union, Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden, Rihanna and Beyonce have criticised the crackdown by security operatives on protesters

OTHER NEWS

Oil prices struggling today, after heavy losses overnight, from a build-up in U.S. gasoline inventories pointing to a deteriorating outlook for fuel demand as coronavirus cases soar in North America and Europe. Brent crude futures were down 1 cent, or 0.02%, to $41.72 a barrel at 0636 GMT having slumped 3.3% on Wednesday.

(2)FEC Meeting: The virtual meeting chaired by President Buhari made approvals, including: The establishment of a Council for Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine Practice in the country.

* Nigeria’s membership of the International Coffee Organisation.

* A national policy on plastic waste management in Nigeria.

(3) Currency in circulation rose to N2.426tn in September; CBN received 2,051 frauds, ATM cards, electronic transactions, and excess charges related complaints from bank customers between January and June.

(4) Airlines extends flight cancellations over 24 hours curfew in Lagos

(5) The stock market lost N113 billion yesterday in response to the tense security situation in the country; it is the biggest loss in 10 days.

(6) Fashola said the Federal Government is indebted to road construction firms in the country to the tune of N392billion.

(7) Companies in the oil and gas sector have raised over N400 billion across several asset classes using the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) platform in recent years

(8)COVID-19 Update: Nigeria recorded 37 new cases on Wednesday, the lowest daily toll in 8 months. “Till date, 61667 cases have been confirmed, 56880 cases have been discharged and 1125 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” according to the NCDC.

*Africa records 11% increase in fresh COVID-19 cases, 8% of deaths

(9)FG says the N30bn earned allowances, promised to be released for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will also be shared with non-academic staff unions.

(10) Bola Tinubu, has denied any involvement in the Tuesday shooting of #EndSARS protesters by some soldiers in Lagos. His media houses were attacked by hoodlums yesterday. He describes himself as an “unapologetic protester” and says he’s ready for inquiries on the incident.

(11) Pope Francis has said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions.” He made the comments, which observers say are his clearest remarks yet on gay relationships, in a documentary directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.

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