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EndSARS: Feminist Coalition Raises Over N77m Within Seven Days

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Feminist Coalition Receives Over N77 Million in Donations  in Seven Days

Feminist Coalition, one of the not-for-profit organisations, leading the #EndSARS campaign has raised over N77 million within seven days.

The group said the funds were raised “through the generosity of well-meaning people and concerned Nigerians who want their voices to be heard and their demands to be met.

The funds were raised to support Nigerian youths protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings by men of the now-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

Feminist Coalition, whose objectives include “fighting injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organisation” disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘Progress Report – October 15th, 2020’.

The statement released by the group partly read “Over the past week, there has been a peaceful uprising by the Nigerian youth, demanding for the disbandment of the notorious SARS unit, and the end to police brutality and an unjust judicial system.

“Like everyone else, we decided to play our part and help fight the injustice through fundraising in order to sustain the peaceful protests and ensure the safety of Nigerians exercising their civic rights – by providing food, water and other refreshments, masks, medical aid, and legal aid for protesters.

“We have raised a total sum of: NGN 62,643,663.05; USD 11,474.34 (N4.3m), CAD 5,595.89 (N1.6m), GBP 5,733.49 (N2.8m), EUR 875.42 (N390,225), GHS 1,256.70 (N81,823), KES 53,016.60 (183,656) and BTC 1.28827988 (N5.5m).

“With these funds, we have supported 100 peaceful protests in 25 states, paid NGN 759,080 in medical bills for injured protesters, donated NGN 400,000 to the families of victims murdered by police officers while protesting peacefully, paid NGN 500,000 in legal aid and spent N 11,367,500 on supplies including food, water, mask among other things for the peaceful protesters.”

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#EndSARS: Protesters Converge at Lekki Toll Gate Despite Sanwo-Olu 24 Hour Curfew

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#EndSARS Protesters Gathered at Lekki Toll Gate Despite Curfew

Lagos protesters defied the 24-hour curfew imposed by the executive governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as they gathered at Lekki Tollgate to continue their agitation.

The peaceful #EndSARS protesters sang the nation’s national anthem as they held on to their Nigerian flags proudly.

Earlier today, governor Sanwo-Olu, had imposed a 24-hour curfew across all parts of the state, saying the peaceful protest has been hijacked by criminals and unscrupulous individuals.

In a statement put out by the governor, he said “I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society.

“Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state. As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.”

“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.

However, the determined Nigerian youths matched forward as they clamoured for complete police reform and a broad-based transparent and good governance for all Nigerians and not a selected few.

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Lagos Imposes 24 Hour Curfew as #EndSARS Protest Turns Violent

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Sanwo-Olu Imposes 24 Hour Curfew in Lagos as Hoodlums Hijacked #EndSARS Protests

The Executive Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the state as peaceful #EndSARS protest turned violence amid the destruction of properties and lives.

In a statement released by the governor through his official Twitter account @jidesanwoolu, the governor said “I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society.

“Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state. As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state.”

“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.”

This was after reports of numerous attacks and destruction of properties by certain elements that the Nigerian youths claimed were sponsored by politicians to disrupt their agitation and invalidate the entire protest.

On Monday, prisoners were freed in Benin, Edo State by unknown individuals either sponsored by politicians or part of the protesters that gone rogue or with different agenda.

In Abuja, a group of thugs (sponsored or not) burnt several vehicles claimed to be parked by peaceful protesters while in Lagos, the story is not different as unscrupulous elements have been stealing and attacking people.

With a 24-hour curfew now in place in Lagos and Edo States, the youths agitating may be forced to eventually meet with the government to discuss their demands and implementation methodology.

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European Football Clubs Spent €3.3bn on New Transfer Deals, 40% less than in 2019

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Football Clubs in Europe Spent €3.3bn on New Transfer Deals

The year 2019 has witnessed a record value of football transfer deals, with clubs in Europe’s “Big five” leagues spending €5.5bn, €900m more than the 2018 summer transfer window.

However, with far less money available to football clubs and a steep drop in footballers’ value, the coronavirus outbreak triggered a sharp fall both in the volume of transactions and transfer fees.

According to data presented by SafeBetting Sites, the combined value of 1,381 transfer deals completed in the 2020 summer transfer window hit €3.3bn value, a 40% plunge year-over-year.

Premier League Clubs Completed €1.6bn Worth of Deals, 48% of Total Deal Value this Season

As the leading European football league in terms of revenue and brand value, the Premier League also tops the list of completed transfers deals in season 2020/2021. During the 2020 summer transfer window, Premier League’s clubs spent a total of €1.6bn on acquiring players, almost 50% of total transfer deal value this season, revealed the TransferMarkt and The Guardian data. Statistics show that Kai Havertz’s €80 million worth transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea represents the most valuable deal in Premier League and Europe in the 2020/2021 season.

With €882.3 million spent on 353 transfer deals, Italy’s Serie A ranked as the second-leading football league in Europe. On September 1st, a former Lille player Victor Osimhen signed a five-year contract for SSC Napoli with a transfer fee of €70 million, the most valuable deal in Serie A this season, and the third-largest in Europe. Statistics also show the market value of the 21-year old center-forward player jumped by €10 million in 2020, growing from €30 million in December 2019 to €40 million in August.

Spanish La Liga ranked third among the European football leagues, with its clubs spending €807.1 million on 256 transfers. The TransferMarkt data revealed that Arthur Melo’s €72 million worth transfer from Barcelona to Juventus represents the most valuable deal in Spain this season and the second-most valuable in Europe.

Top Three Football Transfers hit €222 Million Value

The Guardian and TransferMarkt data revealed that football clubs competing in the French Ligue 1 spent a total of €736.9 million on 323 transfer deals at the start of the new season, ranking in the fourth place among the “Big five” European leagues. Bundesliga clubs follow, with €600.7 million worth of transfer deals, respectively.

In 2019, the combined value of the three most valuable football transfers amounted to €323 million. Joao Felix’s €126 million worth transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid represented the biggest deal last year. Antoine Griezmann’s transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona and Eden Hazard’s transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid followed, with €120m a €100m value, respectively.

Statistics indicate the combined value of the top three football transfers in the season 2020/2021 hit €222 million, 31% less compared to last year’s three most valuable deals.

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