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SocialMediaTrends: Speculations trail Obalende unrest; TwitterNG hails Falana’s knock at CBN



The following trends on Thursday garnered the most reactions from social media users across Nigeria:

Obalende, NURTW

Nigerians on social media called out the Lagos State government for allegedly turning a blind eye to the violent clashes at the Obalande area of Lagos on Thursday morning among thugs suspected to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

According to eyewitnesses, the thugs were armed, and despite the chaos that ensued, thw security operatives that were positioned nearby did not intervene.

Although the cause of the clash is yet unknown, some social media users speculated foul play by the Lagos state government aimed at distracting the planned protests by #EndSARS agitators on Saturday against the reopening of the Lekki toll gate.

Others also had their thoughts aired:

Read Also: SocialMediaTrends: #OccupyLekkiTollGate – reactions trail govt’s plan to reopen Lekki toll plaza

Femi Falana

Twitter Nigeria rained accolades on Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) after he called out the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for meddling into a matter that was purely political by freezing the accounts of some #EndSARS campaigners.

While stating this at an interview with Channels Television’s “Sunrise Daily”, Falana noted that the CBN misled the court by claiming the freezing action was for investigative purposes on the suspected accounts, whereas no investigation whatsoever was carried out.

“The CBN should never involve itself in what is purely a political matter” Falana said.

“[This is] so that you do not discredit that bank that is supposed to be independent and autonomous, so that it can perform its primary responsibility of acting as a bank of the government.”

Nigerians reacted thus:

…By Okiemute Abraham

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