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What To Know About Nigeria’s #Endsars Protests

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The ENDSARS protests against police violence show no sign of stopping as thousands continue to take to the streets despite announcements of reforms by the federal government.

 

The demonstrations erupted this month and were initially focused on abolishing the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), accused of unlawful detention, extortion and extra-judicial killings.

 

But after the government announced the unit would be dissolved, thousands of mainly young protesters have remained out on the streets pushing for genuine change in the country.

 

– Why did the protests start? –

In early October a video spread on social media showing what looked like a SARS officer attacking a man in Delta state.

 

The video was shared massively in the country of 200 million people and thousands started sharing their own stories of police abuse online.

 

“Nigerian youth have campaigned against SARS for years,” Bulama Bukarti wrote for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 

But the recent video “resonated with thousands across the country and led to youth pouring out en masse onto the streets.”

 

– Why did the protests spread? –

In the course of days, the hashtag #EndSARS topped the global trends on Twitter, supported by world famous Afrobeat popstars like Davido and Wizkid.

 

There was a violent crackdown by police on some of the first protests. At least 10 people were killed and hundreds were injured according to Amnesty International. The brutal response drew more people onto the streets and emboldened protesters began to push further.

 

– Who supports the movement ? –

As numbers have swelled at home, eye-catching demonstrations have also been held abroad, most notably involving the large Nigerian community in London.

 

“The diaspora’s participation was immensely impactful because Nigerian politicians are easily unsettled by negative news outside the country, especially in the West,” said Bukarti.

 

Following in the steps of Nigerian celebrities, international stars like Cardi B, Kanye West and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey joined in and expressed support for #EndSARS.

 

– How is the government responding? –

Bowing to the pressure, president Muhammadu Buhari announced on October 11 that SARS would be dissolved, with immediate effect.

 

He said the move was “only the first step” in more extensive reforms to Nigeria’s police. A new SWAT unit was announced to replace SARS, with promises that it will be “ethical”.

 

SARS officers will not be eligible for the new unit and will have to undergo psychological evaluation before being redeployed, police said.

 

The government said police abuses will be investigated and prosecuted. But these announcements have not appeased the street and demonstrations have continued.

 

– How long will protests last? –

“Nigerians are sceptical of the authorities’ pledge to end police atrocities because the past claims of reforming SARS have turned out to be empty words,” said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria. Demonstrators have made five demands that include structural police reforms and better pay for officers.

 

“Senior ranking officers are known to maintain a perverse bribery pyramid which requires that poorly paid rank-and-file officers transfer bribes extorted from citizens up the chain of command,” wrote Leena Koni Hoffmann, associate fellow at Chatham House.

 

Many of the demonstrators have begun calling for more wide-sweeping change as they look to seize the moment to bring real change to their country.

 

While Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, more than half of the populaton lives in poverty and youth unemployment rates are significant.

 

In the streets and online, the youth has been asking for more and better jobs, an end to power cuts, more freedom of expression and better representation in politics. For some, like Bukarti, “this may just be the beginning, rather than the end, of massive protests in Nigeria.”

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TROG World Media Named Best PR Team In Nigeria

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TROG World Media Named Best PR Team In Nigeria

Foremost media and public relations agency, TROG World Media, has been named Nigeria’s Event Publicist Of The Year by Blingz Events Awards.

The agency was crowned at an award ceremony, which took place at Mauve 21 event centre, on Sunday, 18th April 2021

Known for its transparency and distinct way of honouring people and brands for their contributions,

Blingz Award has become a foremost award in the industry.

 

Speaking after receiving the award, Mr Gbenga Oyetola,  TROG Media Member who received the award on behalf of the TROG CEO, Tolu Oluwo, commended  the organizers for the transparent survey used to enlist the agency as the best leading PR/Media Team in the country.

TROG World media which  is known for its good PR/Media work in four (4) Continents in the world: Africa, Asia, The Americas and Europe respectively, has really proved its worth by winning the award amidst pomp and pageantry at Blingz Awards.

 

TROG world media team appreciates everyone for their votes and support so far and for trusting in the team good work, Mr Tolu Oluwo the CEO and  founder of TROG world media said the team will never relent in giving the best to their Clients all over the world, and solving complex problems in record time; for which they are known.

The award ceremony was attended by dignitaries across Nigeria on April 18, 2021

In attendance were, the former House of Representatives member, Hon. Dapo Lam Adesina, Oyo State, Commissioner for youth and sports; Seun Fakorede, CEO Stone Café; Asiwaju Segun Olalere, CEO Titan Farms; Engr Gbenga Olatunbosun, CEO Fresh FM; Yinka Ayefele,

We also had leading Nollywood actors Femi Adebayo, Johnson Adeniyi, etc and the CEO Olufest Micro finance bank, Ambassador Festus Olubiyo; CEO Fotham Express; Engineer Tolulope Folorunsho and many others.

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RAMADAN: OYHA Hopeful, Hon. Hammed Folorunso “Mido” Donates Foodstuffs, Cash To South East Constituency II

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Oyo State House of Assembly Hopeful and member of the All Progressive Congress APC in Oyo State, Hon. Hammed Folorunso Tolulope, on Thursday donated foodstuffs and cash to his constituents in Ibadan South East 2.

Hammed, while handing over the bags of rice and cash worth of N200,000 to the leaders of the party said the move was to ease people’s plight as they perform the Ramadan fast.

According to him, the gesture will also strengthen and support them to devote more time in prayers for peace and stability in Ibadan South East, Oyo State, and Nigeria at large.

He used the occasion to reiterate his continuous presence and availability to contribute his quota to the Constituency.

The Public Relation Officer for Ibadan South East 2, Hon Femi Awogboro said It’s really a good one seeing youth coming out to show interest in politics “It is a good one to vie for a post, I believe we’ll be seeing as much as many youth coming up to contest as Mido is during presently now.”

The Chairman Ibadan South East ward 10, Alhaji Teniola in his speech ccongratulated party members for the caliber of personality that visited them.

“We have been hoping to seeing a vibrant, committed and a ready youth like this thank God Mido is coming to our aid, we are very happy to receive you today in our midst and we promise to support you to achieve your ambition come 2023, and God almighty will surely make it come to past.

“I want to assure you that all the wards chairmen in South East 2 are behind and we strongly support your ambition” he said.

In attendance were; Hon Jedi Akintola chairman ward 8, Wasiu Adeyemo chairman Ward 9, Abdul Rasheed Agarawu Chairman ward 12, Babyemi oladele chairman Ward11, Honorable Anbali and many other.

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Mayowa Ayobami: An Attorney With Years of Multidimensional Legal Experience

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Mayowa Ayobami: An Attorney With Years of Multidimensional Legal Experience

 

The legal profession is an occupation which requires so much from any sane mind who wants to thread the path as it goes beyond what its practitioners stand to gain. It’s important in securing the rights of the entire civil society and ensuring effective implementation of the human rights function of the state in relation to the activities of various bodies.

 

 

With the above, any qualified practitioner must have undergone some demanding training in learning the law which enables him act for members of the society by way of enforcing the law or representing someone in defence against the enforcement of such law.

 

 

Mr. Mayowa Ayobami is a vivid portray of what upright legal-practitioners do with regards to making the legal profession serves as an instrument to better improve the conditions of the civil society.

 

 

Mr. Mayowa is a known Senior Counsel at Tokunbo Orimobi LP, where he supervises and provides overall strategic direction for the firm’s Finance, Corporate and Commercial Law practice group.

 

 

Over the past thirteen (13) years, Mr. Mayowa has gathered multi-dimensional legal experience across key sectors of the Nigerian economy; and has been described as a highly effective attorney who is able to work closely with relevant stakeholders, including board members and C-level executives of clients, senior government officials and regulatory agencies.

 

He has advised several local, international and cross-border clients on compliance aspects of Nigerian industrial relations and employment law.

 

 

With particular regard to M&A and Corporate Restructuring transactions, Mr. Mayowa was part of the legal team that advised a U.K. oil and gas company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in connection with the acquisition of the oil and gas assets of international oil and gas conglomerate.

 

 

In recognition of the outstanding work on behalf of the Acquirer, the transaction won the IFLR Restructuring Deal of the Year Award at the IFLR Africa Awards 2020, held in October 2020. In April 2021, he was included in the year 2021 WhoisWho Legal Nominations List for M&A and Governance and Capital Markets in Nigeria.

 

Mr. Mayowa is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is a Member of the Employment and Labour Lawyers Association of Nigeria; and a Securities and Exchange Commission-accredited capital market consultant, authorised to discharge the functions of a Compliance Officer.

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