by Bankole Oluwafemi
Members of the Occupy Nigeria Movement visited the Deputy Governor of Lagos State at her residence in Osborne, Ikoyi Lagos to voice deep seated concerns. “ We are not hoodlums”, they said. “We are lawyers, doctors, corporate professionals, students, teachers. This is a democracy, and we will be heard!” The deputy governor thanked the crowd for the peaceful conduct of the demonstrations since Monday. Reacting to questions about the hike in LASU school fees and government stand on fuel subsidy removal, she assured them that the Lagos State government was a government of the people and would always act in their best interests of its people. Whether these responses sufficed for the protesters, is another matter.
Lagos Protests: Surulere, Falomo, Ojota
The Lagos of the occupy movement doesn’t look to have stopped gaining momentum as even more people came out to express their disapproval for the removal of fuel subsidies. A healthy crowd formed at Surulere, Lagos Island was invaded, and Ojota was practically bursting at the seams!
Hacked! EFCC Website Compromised
The website of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was compromised yesterday, adding it to the ranks of the Labour Ministry and NITDA websites which were also defaced recently by a Nigerian hacktivist group, NaijaCyberHack. This hack’s MO however deviates from the norm, and instead of featuring the splotchy graphics and revolutionary rants for which NaijaCyberHack is known, they published a spoof announcement about the arrest of and detention of prominent Nigerians who were alleged to be involved in the “fuel subsidy scam”. It is not clear who is responsible for the attack, as its perpetrators are yet to openly claim responsibility.
Occupy Nigeria Goes On 2 Day Recess
Following what is largely perceived to be a successful wave of protests, the Occupy Nigeria movement on Friday takes a Two day break. Pastor Tunde Bakare announced that the people should go recharge their protest batteries and prepare for a full scale occupation come Monday if the government failed to acquiesce to their demands.