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#EndSARS: Twitter Users Recount Horrible Deaths of Youths by SARS/Police

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By Eric Elezuo
As the campaigns cum protest to disband the dreaded branch of the Nigerian Police Force, Special Armed Robbery Squad (SARS), gains momentum, Twitter users have listed some Nigerian youths who made their cruel and unwarranted deaths while they were guests of the police either at the stations or on the streets.
Responding to a tweet by @justfeyi, who outlined the killings of a footballer, Tiamiyu Kazeem, and Ifeoma Abugu, who was raped and murdered in detention, many users took turns to bring to remembrance young lives that have wasted via the bullets of the police, especially SARS.
@justfeyi wrote:
A thread of people that’s been allegedly killed by SARS & police in general. In no particular order. 1. TIYAMIU KAZEEM He was a footballer that was pushed out of a moving SARS vehicle. 2. IFEOMA ABUGU She was raped and murdered while in detention.
In response, others volunteered as follows:
3. CHIBUIKE ANAMS Killed while sitting with his friend in a guest house. 4. CHRISTIAN UGWUOKE Killed while attending a wake keep for his aunt. 5. ANEKA OKORIE Killed because he refused to pay bribe. 6. TINA EZEKWE All she did was stand by the bus stop.
Others, as declared by corresponding tweets are;
7. FREDRICK from Edo state. Killed during an argument with a policeman. During the protest, policemen deployed killed 4 more people. 8. SOLOMON EZE Killed during an argument with a policeman. 9. AYOMIDE TAIWO Killed because he refused to give N50 bribe.
10. GODSPOWER EDOHA Killed in his home. It could be your loved one next. Heck, it could be you next. People are killed for unjust reasons. People are killed with such nonchalance.#EndSARS we keep wailing for the same reasons in new forms every month. We are tired!
There’s still a massive number of people whose names never made it to the news. A massive number of people currently in police custody & their family don’t even know. Let’s not even talk about those that have been beaten & injured just for existing. #EndSARS #PoliceBrutality
Tweeting as @IamTheOsaze, another user reminded the public of the killing of his kid brother.
Hello Feyi, he wrote, There’s Andrew Oluwasegun Oboh. My kid brother. He was killed in the 7th of February 2019. He was killed by the DPO attached to Ijora Police station(Rotimi Odutana).
More revelations keep coming in…

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Legendary Football Star, Diego Amando Maradona Dies at 60

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Diego Maradona, one of football’s greatest-ever players, has died. He was 60 years.

The 1986 World Cup winner had surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month. The Argentine Football Association confirmed he had died this afternoon.

“The Argentine Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts,” they said.

Another of football’s greats, Pele, has led the tributes to: “Certainly, one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky above.” Follow latest updates and reaction here.

Dr Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal physician, said the former player had shown signs of improvement after a successful operation three weeks ago.

Dr Luque said Maradona “laughed” and “grabbed my hand” just a day after he had the procedure.

“Diego is without any type of neurological deficit, without any type of complication associated with surgery,” Luque said, addressing reporters at the clinic’s door.

“He has an excellent post-operative period, the laboratory parameters even improved.

“The first impression is it is favourable, but it is difficult to evaluate.”

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Gbajabiamila Asked to Cough Out N500m As Compensation for Family of Slain Vendor

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The family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, is demanding N500 million from the number four citizen.

Last week, Okereke was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.

According to PUNCH, the demand was contained in a letter addressed to the speaker by Mike Ozekhome, counsel to the family.

In the letter dated November 23, the Okereke family said the demand is not enough to replace their son.

“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen,” Ozekhome said.

“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only.

“This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.”

The lawyer said if the speaker fails to accede to their demand in seven days, they would take legal steps.

“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights,” he said.

Gbajabiamila said he has handed over the aide to the DSS for discipline.

He has also visited the family of the deceased to condole with them.

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Lekki Shootings: CNN is Desperate, Presented Doctored Video – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has accused CNN of desperation over its second report on the Lekki toll plaza shootings that happened on October 20.

The Minister said this on NTA on Wednesday.

CNN had on Tuesday released a second ‘investigative report’ on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests amid threats of sanction from the Federal Government.

But the minister faulted CNN’s reports, saying it lacked credible sources.

When asked about the second CNN’s report, Mohammed said, “It shows that they (CNN) are desperate. The so-called recent development has been seen before. There is nothing new. If there is anything new, it is a contradiction of CNN’s position.

“What we are asking CNN is that where is your evidence? The military has been consistent. CNN contravenes the basic principles of journalism – fairness, and balance.

‘They did the story without contacting the Federal Government for its own side. They relied on second and third parties narratives.

“They (CNN) were caught spreading fake news and they are trying to escape.

“We are accusing them (CNN) of basing their stories on videos sourced on social media. CNN has been inconsistent. It also doctored the video it got.

“We are confident in our position.”

On the letter addressed to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications), CNN Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the minister said, “We have received an acknowledgment and we were told that the letter has been passed to the editorial team.”

CNN, in its second report titled, ‘Analysis of CCTV footage from Lekki toll gate raises new questions about shooting’, stated that it had obtained the video and subsequently analysed its content.

CNN also compared the CCTV footage with some of the videos on social media which the National Broadcasting Commission had sanctioned three local television stations for using and concluded that the authorities had more questions to answer.

The fresh report also shows the Commander, 81 Division, Brig.Gen Ahmed Taiwo, admitting before the judicial panel that his men indeed took live ammunition to the tollgate.

The CNN report also highlights the fact that Brig.Gen Taiwo’s claim is at variance with that of the minister who had claimed last week that the army fired blank bullets.

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