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Schools in Lagos to remain closed until further notice.

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Hopes of students returning to school anytime soon in Lagos amid the rising violence in the state when hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protests have been dashed.

The Lagos state government on Sunday, October 25, ordered all public and private schools across the state to remain under lock and key until further notice despite the relaxation of its curfew. This was made known in a statement signed by Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for information and strategy, and shared on the official Twitter page of the state governor’s chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile. The development is coming after the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the review of the curfew time  earlier imposed on the state as the restriction time will now run from 8 pm to 6 am. Recall that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on Lagos state as suspected hoodlums unleashed mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.

The decision was announced on Tuesday, October 20, in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs. Governor Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the protest has been hijacked, said the government will not watch and allow anarchy in Lagos state. Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Kayode Fayemi ordered the closure of all the private and government schools in Ekiti amid ongoing protests and unrest in the state. This was announced on Monday, October 19, by the state commissioner for education, science and technology, Mrs Kofoworola Aderiye. The commissioner said the schools across the state were shut down to avoid jeopardising the safety of the students, teachers and other staff members.

She, however, declared that school activities will resume next week Monday, October 26, after the tension generated by the protest has been doused by the government.

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UK parliament debate petitions on the violence surrounding the #endSars protest in Nigeria

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Members of the UK parliament on Monday, November 23, held a debate on the petition to the United Kingdom government seeking a sanction on some Nigerian government officials by the EndSARS protesters over gross human right abuse.


During a sitting at the Westminster Hall, the lawmakers took turns to slam the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the poor handling of the protest. The debate for the petition tagged ‘e-petition 554150′ was led by Theresa Villiers, a member of the British Conservative Party. Parliamentarians who spoke raised eyebrows against the defence of the federal government that there was no shooting at the Lekki toll gate.

While describing the “Nigerian government’s violence against its own citizens” as intensifying, Kate Osamor, a member who is representing Edmonton, said the corruption and police brutality still continue. Osamor also described as “undemocratic conduct” the claim by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, that the killing and shooting at Lekki, as contained in a CNN report, is fake news.


The member said:

“The Nigerian government needs to stop freezing bank accounts of key protesters; it needs to stop illegal detentions of key protesters. “We are aware that some protesters have reported facing intimidation and the British High Commissioner in Abuja continues to raise our concerns about intimidation of civil society groups and peaceful protesters with the Nigerian government.” The UK parliament said it would continue to communicate with the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and a top member of the Nigerian presidency.

The parliament concluded that “future sanctions could reduce the impact of the designations.”

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