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LOOTING OUR HEROES PAST: Awolowo’s iconic glasses ‘stolen’ from statue

LOOTING OUR HEROES PAST: Awolowo’s iconic glasses ‘stolen’ from statue
October 27
12:35 2020

Seven days after Lagos government declared a curfew to curb the looting and destruction across the state, the glasses on Obafemi Awolowo’s statue in Ikeja are still missing.

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Hoodlums had hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state, unleashing violence on residents and destroying public and private properties.

Vehicles, automated teller machines, traffic lights were vandalised, and not even Awolowo’s statue was spared during the looting, as his pair of glasses are yet to be found.

Awolowo, the premier of the western region from 1954 to 1960, is known for his unique round-shaped glasses.

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Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos, in September 2017, unveiled the 20-feet statue located on Obafemi Awolowo Way close to the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja.

Ambode had said the monument was erected to celebrate the legendary achievements and contributions of Awolowo to the development of the country.

Below are photos of the statue with and without the glasses.

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Awolowo in the 60s

Awolowo’s statue before his iconic glasses were looted

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