The nationwide ENDSARS protests have been banned in the nation’s capital, Abuja by the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee after the protesters were found guilty of failing to stick to the stipulated COVID-19 protocols.
The ban placed on the protest was decided at the committee meeting, championed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola in attendance, as well as senior members of staff of the FCTA, heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as Area Council chairmen and it was held today, Thursday October 15 2020.
Excerpt from the statement released after the meeting reads;
“While the committee recognizes the rights of citizens as regards freedom of association and movement as enshrined in the constitution, it has observed that the unruly conduct of the crowd and manner of demonstrations are in complete violation of the COVID-19 safety protocols which were put in place to safeguard the lives of citizens.
These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.
For the avoidance of doubt, the COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings recommend physical distancing, temperature checks, the use of facial coverings, amongst others.
Clearly, all these guidelines were flouted by the protesters. Consequently, the committee directs that due to the dangers posed by COVID-19, all street demonstrations, protests and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT.”
#BlackFriday As Fire Engulfs Onitsha Plastic Market. Destroys Properties Worth Millions Of Naira (Photos)
It’s currently a Black Friday for the people of Onitsha and most especially the traders of Onitsha Plastic Market as fire engulfs more that 40% of the market.
According to BBC News Igbo, they reported that the fire outbreak was said to have started early today morning around 1:50am Nigerian time and it is believed that properties worth millions of Naira was also destroyed.
View the photos here:
The cause of the fire is not yet known and the State Police Command has informed the general public that investigations into the matter is currently ongoing.
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