#EndSARS: Protesters block CBN headquarters, Abuja

 nairametrics.com  10/18/2020 21:44:19 

#EndSARS protesters have taken their protest to the CBN headquarters, blocking movement in and out of the premises.

The #EndSARS movement protesters have reportedly blocked the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Abuja to prevent activities at the apex bank tomorrow.

An eye witness explained that the protesters packed vehicles in front of the main gate of the CBN headquarters, blocking movement in and out of the premises.

Despite the rain that later fell, the unrelenting protesters continued their protests, chanting solidarity songs.

#Nigeria: Brave anti-impunity protesters at CBN Abuja remain in high spirits & focused; enduring heavy rain chanting @MBuhari is "a bad boy" (=@CimaxYM =@onyiforlife)#AbujaProtest #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera #EndSarsNow #EndInsecurityInNigeria pic.twitter.com/G1gndyWHFH

— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) October 18, 2020

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC has reiterated its commitment towards creating a positive impact within its host communities through its CSI initiatives.

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has reiterated its commitment towards creating a positive impact within its host communities through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives.

The organisation recently touched the lives of people in various communities where it operates through the donation of household and skill acquisition items, as well as the renovation and equipping of a hospital cafeteria.

Speaking during the commissioning of the renovated cafeteria at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos; Mr Remy Osuagwu, Executive Director, Personal and Business Banking (PBB), Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, said that positively impacting communities where Stanbic IBTC operates is one of the ethos of the organisation.

Osuagwu noted that staff of the Personal and Business Banking department of Stanbic IBTC embarked on the renovation of the cafeteria to ensure that patients at the hospital eat their meals in a hygienic and conducive environment.

According to him, the humane choice of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos was borne out of the need to support the hospital, which plays a critical but often overlooked role in the health care sector.

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Expressing her gratitude to the management and staff of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, Dr Oluwayemi Ogun, Medical Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, explained that one of the ways the hospital is being assessed is the present state of its infrastructures.

She noted that Stanbic IBTC has provided a conducive environment where the kitchen staff can work seamlessly in making nutritional meals available to the patients.

Dr Ogun, however, called on other organisations to emulate the good work done by Stanbic IBTC in supportingNeuro-Psychiatric Hospitals across the country, noting that mental health is one of the most critical aspects of life.

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Earlier on, the department of Enterprise Data Office, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and staff of Stanbic IBTC Insurance Brokers Limited donated household items to St. Monica Orphanage Home, Iju-Ishaga and Heritage Homes llupeju, Lagos, respectively.

The Procurement and Group Real Estate Department of Stanbic IBTC also donated skill acquisition items and empowerment machineries to the Freedom Foundation in Lekki, Lagos.

Similarly, the Card Operations department donated food items, toiletries and home utensils to the Old Peoples Home, Yaba, Lagos.

Peter Ashaolu, Manager, Card Operations, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, said that one of the organisations strategic drivers is to give back to the community. According to him, the elderly and less privileged in the society must always be remembered and well taken care of.

While appreciating Stanbic IBTC for the kind gesture, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Adekola, Vice Matron, Old Peoples Home, Yaba, urged other kind-hearted Nigerians as well as corporate and non-profit organisations to always remember the poor and the less privileged.

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#EndSARS protesters have taken their resolve steps further by launching an online radio and a helpline centre.

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The #EndSARS protesters calling for a total reform of the Nigerian Police Force have established a helpline centre and an online radio platform named Soro Soke

According to The Nation, the protesters said the helpline number is 01 700 1755.

READ: #EndSARS: Lagos sets up N200 million fund for victims of police brutality

A tweet from @fkabudu, a frontline protester, says, For the users, these are the prompt numbers: Press 1 for medical. Press 2 for legal. Press 3 for food and supplies. Press 4, 5, or 6 for mental health emergencies.

It was learnt that the online radio platform that was launched by the protesters is to aid coordination of the #EndSARS protests nationwide through effective and timely communication.

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READ: #EndSARS: 10 killed by Nigerian Police since start of protests – Amnesty International

The online radio, which is accessible viahttps://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen, has programmes and live reports of missing and found #EndSARS protesters, and other updates on the protests across the country.

Soro Soke, a Yoruba phrase, which translates as Speak Up, has become a slogan for End SARS campaign in the past few days, after protesters in Lagos State urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to soro soke while he was addressing the youths. It asks Nigerians to speak up against bad governance and resist corruption.

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READ: #EndSARS: Police officers who participated in abuse of citizens must be fished out – Governors’ Forum

The Twitter handle of the station, @Sorosoke247, reads, 24/7 update on all things protest. We are for a better nation powered by value for life and good governance.

It was learnt that songs calling for a reformed Nigeria were also heard on the radio station.

Publisher of Ovations Dele Momodu and former Minister for Education, Oby Ezekwesili, and some other prominent Nigerians have shown support for the initiatives.

READ: #EndSARS: Nigerian Army set to commence Exercise Crocodile SmileVI

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Oby Ezekwesili tweeted, I heard our innovative young ones of the #EndSARS protests have just launched an online radio station? Wow! These ones na real Generation! #GenerationIncredibles.

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Backstory: The Nigerian youths have been carrying out #EndSARS protests across the country to press for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad, following human rights abuses, corruption and extra-judicial killings. They are also asking for a comprehensive reform of the Nigerian Police Force.

READ: #EndSARS: Popular hacking group, Anonymous allegedly hacks Nigerian Govt. websites

Despite governments efforts in agreeing to their 5 points demand, which includes the disbandment of SARS and the setting up of a judicial commission of enquiry into some of these atrocities, the protesters still insist on going ahead with their action due to perceived lack of seriousness of the government and lack of trust.

What this means: This action shows the resolve of the protesters not to back down anytime soon as they hope to sustain this protest until they are assured of the government’s commitment to meeting their demands.

The Senate President has called on #EndSARS protesters to end the protests and to give the government time to implement their demands.

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The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has called for an end to the #EndSARS protests that have been going on around the country at the moment.

According to the tweet post by the Presidential aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, the call was made by Lawan, while speaking to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting between himself, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and President Muhammadu Buhari at State House in Abuja.

While making the appeal to the Nigerian youth to call off the protest, Senator Lawan said that since the Federal Government has heard and accepted the issues raised by the protesters, the time has come for the protests to stop as government needs time to implement their demands.

He said the protests have yielded the desired results with the government accepting their genuine demands and working to address all of them.

The Senate President in his statement said, Since the issues raised by the protesters have been accepted by the government, the time has come for the protests to stop, the government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters.

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He said the demonstrations that now involve blocking of roads will have an enormous economic impact on the country.

On his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives also called for an end to the protests, arguing that policy matters cannot be met overnight.

He, however, congratulated the protesters for a job well done assuring them that they can continue with the protests if their demands are not met in two weeks.

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Since the issues [raised by the protesters] have been accepted [by the government] the time has come for the protests to stop, government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters  Senate President, @DrAhmadLawan after meeting with the President this noon. pic.twitter.com/LuVHZEgbUp

— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) October 18, 2020

Back story

For over two weeks, Nigerian youth have taken to the streets of many cities in the country to protest against police brutality in demonstrations tagged #EndSARS. The protesters have been able to finally get the government to dissolve the notorious SARS unit of the police which has been allegedly involved in the harassment, abduction, extortion, unlawful arrests and murder of innocent citizens.

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