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Muslim Faithful Observe Jumat Prayers During #ENDSARS Protest4 minutes read

Water was made available for the Muslims to perform ablution while private security guards were on ground, making sure those praying were not disturbed.

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Jumat Prayers during the ongoing #endsars Protest

As the ongoing #endsars protest in Nigeria reaches its ninth day, Muslim youths present at the Lekki toll protest ground in Lagos observed the traditional Friday prayers. At about 1 pm local time, the call to prayer was made and a portion of the protest site was cornered off for Muslim faithful.

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Water was made available for the Muslims to perform ablution while private security guards were on ground, making sure those praying were not disturbed.

While speaking exclusively to News Central, Dr. Muritala Oloke, the Director of Muslim Educational Health Foundation Lagos, broke down the sermon at the ongoing #endsars protest into three parts.

“The first aspect was addressing youth restiveness and the prevalence of immorality and all kinds of value reorientation that the youths of Nigeria need, in order to be on the right pedestal that can foster good governance.” He said.

He said the second aspect talked about Islam itself and the positions of Islam when it comes to the issues of protest. Dr. Oloke said in Islam, protests are actually allowed as far as they do not degenerate into violence. He added that even the early Muslim at some point had to protest in the face of oppression and tyranny in the society.

“The third aspect has to do with what we should now do as protesters, especially when the government has harkened to our call. What we should do is to respect the government, go back to our shell, cooperate with the government and ensure it does not degenerate into another thing.”

He concluded by saying all the gains of the protest should be channeled in a way that youth will see themselves as agents of positive change.

Not far from the Muslims, a group of Catholic worshipers could be seen on a procession, reciting decades of the rosary and interceding for the country.

While this was going on, normal protest activities continued simultaneously. The protesters could be seen and heard in their hundreds, cheering and chanting freedom songs.

But perhaps another topical issue still on the lips of many is the magnanimity of several groups and private individuals who have continuously been supplying free refreshment in terms of food and drink to protesters.

There also is the service of volunteers who have constantly taken it upon themselves to keep the protest ground clean.

While speaking to News Central, the owner of one of the privately owned garbage disposal units, who chose to remain anonymous, said the major reason behind clearing the trash at the ongoing #endsars protest is because “we still are in a pandemic and the protester will generate a lot of waste and we don’t want other health issues to arise at the same time”.

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He said this was his own way of contributing to the protest.

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Five Soldiers, Four Others Die In IPOB, Security Operatives Clash In Nigeria’s Rivers

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No fewer than nine people have died in Nigeria’s Rivers State during a clash between security operatives and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The clash, which occurred at Oyigbo and other parts of the state, was said to have claimed the lives of five soldiers and four IPOB members.

The soldiers were part of a joint security team – which included some policemen – deployed to quell IPOB activities in Oyigbo, Rumuokwurusi and other flashpoints areas.

The IPOB members were said to have engaged the security team in a shoot-out from Thursday night till Friday morning.

Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, had on Friday condemned IPOB activities despite the 24-hour curfew imposed on the Oyigbo council area.

“We were all witnesses to yet another orgy of violence and destruction inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Local Government Area and some parts of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area on Tuesday, October 20, 2020,” the governor said, adding: “This evil, wicked and audacious action resulted in the unnecessary loss of lives, including soldiers and police officers, and the destruction of both public and private properties, police stations, court buildings and business premises.”

Meanwhile, the state police command said two cops were killed, four police stations burnt and over 50 vehicles set ablaze by suspected IPOB members who attacked the Oyigbo community and other areas in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, stated this when he led commanders of other security agencies in the state to the Oyigbo council area on Saturday.

In a statement by the spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, the CP had ordered a full scale investigation into the incident with a view to appending and prosecuting the culprits.

The statement stated, “The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan today (Saturday) led commanders of the sister security agencies in the state to Oyigbo council area where hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB under the guise of #EndSARS protests invaded Oyigbo Area Command, Oyigbo, Afam and Umuebulu Police stations where they attacked the policemen on duty and burnt down the four police formations.

“In the course of the attacks, over 50 vehicles were burnt, including one Armoured Personnel Carrier, killing two policemen who were hacked to death and set ablaze.”

Mukan condemned the attack on public and private property, describing it as ‘ill-conceived, most unfortunate and an ill wind that would blow no one any good,’ while condoling with the families of the slain operatives.

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Mob Drags Kenyan Man From Hospital Bed, Lynches Him For Allegedly Stealing Motorcycles

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A Kenyan man has allegedly been lynched for allegedly stealing motorcyles.

According to local reports, the mob had on Saturday stormed the Kimbimbi Sub-county hospital in Kirinyaga area of the East African country, dragged the man from his hospital bed, killed and set his remains on fire.

Kirinyaga East DCIO, Millicent Ochuka said the deceased was “suspected to be behind the theft of five motorcycles”.

He was undergoing treatment at the hospital after he sustained serious injuries from a mob beating on Thursday night for the alleged theft.

“What we have gathered is that he was beaten then compelled to confess to bodaboda riders on where he hid the stolen bikes,” said the area DCIO.

“He was later freed and taken to hospital for treatment.”

The riders regrouped the following day (Friday) after failing to find the bikes from the hideout they had been directed to and returned to the hospital to abduct the suspect.

Ochuka believes the assailants overpowered the hospital’s security guards and carried off the patient out for lynching.

She however said the hospital has not reported to police on the patient’s abduction.

“We will seek information from the hospital to establish if indeed he (suspect) was forcefully taken from the facility so we can get his identity,” said the DCIO.

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Nigeria To Publish Names, Photos Of Inmates Who Excaped From Ondo, Edo Prisons

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Nigeria will publish the names and photos of some prisoners who escaped from two correctional centres in the country after the peaceful #EndSARS protest was allegedly hijacked by hoodlums.

The hoodlums had attacked a correctional centre in Edo State early last week setting free hundreds of inmates. In reaction, Governor Godwin Obaseki had introduced a 24-hour curfew and given the inmates 48-hour ultimatum to return back to prison.

Yesterday, he extended the ultimatum to October 30th.

Days after the Edo prison break, hoodlums also raided a correctional centre in neighbouring Ondo and set free some prisoners.

Now, the spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Austin Njoku, has said the names of the over 2,000 inmates who escaped from the prisons will be published.

Austin Njoku said 1,993 inmates broke out of two prisons in Edo, while 58 reportedly escaped from the Ondo correctional facility.

He said that intelligence and security efforts are being mobilized towards recapturing the escaped inmates.

“We are mobilising the people and the press for information because to inject the number of such people into the society is a problem. Imagine over 1,000 criminals injected into society?

“We are mobilising the intelligence agencies, the police and the DSS (Department of State Services). We are publishing their names and pictures very soon,” he said.

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