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Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting Without Rinuola and Adegboruwa
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Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting Without Rinuola and Adegboruwa

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters resumed its sitting today without two of its members, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebunolu Adegboruwa and youth representative on the panel, Rinuola Oduala. Recall that while Adegboruwa said last weekend that he was considering his continued participation at the panel following the dehumanisation of the protesters by security operatives on Saturday February 13, Rinuola announced that she will be quitting the panel which gave a nod to the "reopening of Lekki toll gate when justice is yet to be served". With the absence of the two, seven other members of the panel sat to listen to 10 petitions listed for hearing today February 16.
Dismissed Police Officer In Edo To Die By Hanging Over Extra-judicial Killing
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Dismissed Police Officer In Edo To Die By Hanging Over Extra-judicial Killing

A Criminal High Court of Justice sitting in Benin City, has sentenced to death by hanging, a dismissed Police Constable, Joseph Omotosho, attached to the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Edo State Police command. This sentence is coming after five and a half years of waiting for justice by the family of Benson Obodeh, a car dealer, who was arrested by men of SARS for undisclosed reasons and later died in unclear circumstances. The dismissed Constable, Joseph Omotosho, alongside, Corporals, Adeleke Adedeji, Abena John, Oniyo Musa, Henry Shobowole, were found guilty after undergoing a court trial on eight-count charge bordering on Conspiracy to Steal and murder over alleged car theft incident that happened in 2015. But the other three accomplices escaped during the EndS...
Lagos State Panel of Inquiry Hands Over Lekki Toll Gate to LCC
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Lagos State Panel of Inquiry Hands Over Lekki Toll Gate to LCC

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters has approved the returned control of the Lekki Toll Gate plaza to its owners, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). The panel suspended operations of the toll plaza after the gunshot incident on October 20, 2020. Military men stormed the plaza on Tuesday, October 20, and fired gunshots while EndSARS protesters gathered at the toll plaza for their protest. LCC had in December 2020, appealed to the panel to allow it to take over the plaza for repair and insurance claims. This was declined by the panel since investigations into the unfortunate incident that led to the closure was still being investigated. At the resumed hearing of the panel today February 6, the chairman, ...
Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels
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Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit it filed to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity by police officials, particularly men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020 was filed on November 9, 2020 by the NPF, through its lawyer, O. M. Atoyebi (SAN). In the notice of discontinuance filed early on Friday by a lawyer to the NPF, Festus Ibude, reads: “Take notice that the plaintiff herein intends to and doth hereby wholly withdraws its suit against all the defendants.” Listed as defendants in the case include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the attorneys-general of the states and chairmen of the panels set u...
Police Ask Court To Stop Probe Of Abuses By Judicial Panels
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Police Ask Court To Stop Probe Of Abuses By Judicial Panels

The Police have initiated a move to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity against police officials, particularly operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). State governments have raised the panels to investigate alleged infractions by SARS operatives, following nationwide #EndSARS protests by youths. The panels have since been sitting in almost all the states. But, the Police have approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking among others, an order restraining the Attorneys-General of the 36 states and the panels of inquiry they constituted, from proceedings with their investigation of the activities of the police and their officials. The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020, filed for the NPF by its lawyer,...
North is the worst place to live in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto
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North is the worst place to live in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has described the North as the worst region to live in Nigeria.   The monarch said this at the 4th Quarter Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in Abuja on Thursday November 26.   On scrapping of controversial police unit SARS, the Sultan said;   “We must obey all laws, if we are not law abiding. We have heard people calling for the scrapping of SARS, the President has done that and we later said, bring police back. We cannot do without the Police; we cannot do without our security agencies. No matter bad the security agencies are, there are still excellent officers. “What we need to do is to fish out the bad ...
I Haven’t Seen My Husband Since SARS Arrested Him In 2017 – Woman Tells Panel
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I Haven’t Seen My Husband Since SARS Arrested Him In 2017 – Woman Tells Panel

A woman identified as Mrs Amarachi Johnson has told the Anambra State Judicial Panel investigating cases of alleged police brutality how her husband was arrested and allegedly murdered by the officers of the defunct Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), Awkuzu Unit, Anambra State in 2017. Mrs Johnson told the panel on Thursday that her Benin Republic-based husband was whisked away by the officers at their residence at No1. Ichida Street, Awka, on August 1, 2017, on the ground that he was a kidnapper. The mother of one accompanied by her counsel explained that her husband was arrested without charge by SARS officers from Awkuzu Unit lead by one Okoi Ikpi. She noted that till this moment, she is yet to see the corpse of her husband after three years, adding that the officers also...
Police Killed My Sister A Day Before Her NYSC Passing Out Parade – Lady Tells Abuja Judicial Panel
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Police Killed My Sister A Day Before Her NYSC Passing Out Parade – Lady Tells Abuja Judicial Panel

It was a tearful day as more petitioners in Abuja gave various testimonies at the Independent Investigation Panel set up to look into the allegations of brutality and highhandedness by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). While the session is ongoing in some states, that of the nation’s capital continued for the second day on Thursday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court. Two cases came up for hearing but the first, which has to do with an allegation of unlawful detention, could not be heard as both the petitioner, one Bala Mohammed and the respondents or their representatives were absent at the venue. The respondents were the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police at the FCT Command, and the defunct SARS. The session w...
SARS Threw Me Off 3-Storey Building, Broke My Spine – Trader To Judicial Panel
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SARS Threw Me Off 3-Storey Building, Broke My Spine – Trader To Judicial Panel

A trader, Ndukwe Ekekwe, Tuesday told the Lagos State Judicial Panel of enquiry and restitution for victims of SARS related abuses relived the harrowing details of how he broke his spine in 2018, when policemen threw him off a three-storey shopping complex at Alaba Market. Ndukwe, 34, said he was unlawfully arrested on February 16, taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) head office at Ikeja, stripped naked and brutalised in a torture chamber. He told the panel that the operatives went back with him the next day to his three shops at Alaba, broke the doors open with hammers and looted his phone accessories. When he raised the alarm, he was thrown off the building. He was never told the reason for his arrest. Now paraplegic, following his severed spinal cord, Ndukw...
How SARS Checked My Alerts And Judged It A Crime
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How SARS Checked My Alerts And Judged It A Crime

One afternoon, I was attending a function with my Aunt. We were in an Uber. In the middle of a small traffic jam, we were approached by one scary looking armed man. I have anxiety issues, coupled with the fact that I have had multiple horrible experiences with SARS men in the past, so I immediately recognized them, and my heart started racing. Out of nowhere, two other men, however wearing the black on black police uniform emerged. They pulled me out of the vehicle, requested my phone and forcefully made me unlock it. They searched through my phone, checked my emails and SMS alerts and found several financial transactions that were from my cryptocurrency investments. Immediately, I was labeled a criminal and fraudster. Before I could process what was going on, they dragged me onto a...
How I Spent 22 Days In SARS Custody, Lost My Pregnancy – Nzube Obiechina
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How I Spent 22 Days In SARS Custody, Lost My Pregnancy – Nzube Obiechina

Nzube Obiechina, an alleged victim of police brutality in Lagos, has told the Lagos Judicial Panel how she was tortured by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and lost two months pregnancy in the process. “I was two months pregnant, they were beating me, I was urinating on my cloth, they said they will kill me. “They took me to the ‘shrine’, hang me there, beat me, slap me, they said they are going to force the baby out of me and I will die there,” she told the panel on Saturday. Mrs Obiechina said she was put in an open-cell where she was beaten by rain and scorched by sunshine for a week, with no food to eat or water to drink. The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters Saturday heard the chi...
President Buhari Tells Youths To End Street Protests, Dialogue With Government
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President Buhari Tells Youths To End Street Protests, Dialogue With Government

PRESIDENT BUHARI TO NIGERIAN YOUTHS: END STREET PROTESTS, DIALOGUE WITH GOVERNMENT ON POLICE REFORMS President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Abuja appealed to Nigerian youths to end street protests and participate in meaningful discussions with government aimed at comprehensive reforms to end all forms of police brutality against Nigerians. The President spoke in his message to the maiden National Youth Day celebration, observed on November 1, coinciding with the African Youth Day celebration. Against the backdrop of the recent protests against police brutality in the country, leading to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), President Buhari, who was represented by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, told the gathering that the pleas of Nigerian youths have been...
Osinbajo Calls Taye Olubayo Who Addressed A Letter To Him – EndSARS
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Osinbajo Calls Taye Olubayo Who Addressed A Letter To Him – EndSARS

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo placed a phone call to a Twitter user, Taye Paul Olubayo, who addressed a four-page open letter to the number two citizen on October 6. Unlike many Twitter users who do not meaningfully engage the government, Mr Olubayo tweeted a handwritten letter to the Vice President proffering solutions to how to solve the demands of EndSARS protesters. In the letter, Mr Olubayo detailed how many youths worked actively to elect the Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2015 and again in 2019. The letter he addressed to the VP reads in part, “Over the past few days, and tracing back to few years ago, the period during which you stood in for your principal as acting President, I'm very sure you remember our cries with respect to the dreaded SARS. “Don't get me wron...
How SARS ‘Tortured Pregnant Woman For 22 Days Till She Lost Baby’
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How SARS ‘Tortured Pregnant Woman For 22 Days Till She Lost Baby’

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters Saturday heard the chilling details of how the now dissolved police unit allegedly tortured a pregnant woman and her husband for 22 days, till they lost their baby. Ogechukwu Obiechina and his wife Ndubuisi told the panel that the incident occurred in 2017 after the operatives falsely labelled her a thief and kidnapper. Mrs Ndubuisi, who spoke for the couple, said she was two months pregnant at the time, but that during beatings, the men threatened to “force the baby out of me.” She said men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) also stole her husband’s N50,000 and compelled them to cough up N400,000 as bail, before they were freed. She told the panel that the...
UK Facilitated Training, Supplied Equipment To SARS – British Minister, James Duddridge
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UK Facilitated Training, Supplied Equipment To SARS – British Minister, James Duddridge

The British Government has said it trained and equipped operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force between 2016 and March 2020. UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, made this known in a letter to a member of the British Parliament, Kate Osamor. The lawmaker had earlier written the UK government over financial and training supports extended to ex-SARS officers. Osamor, who represents Edmonton, and who is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria, had stated that ex-SARS operatives were involved in no fewer than 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial killings since January 2017. Responding to Osamor’s letter, Duddridge in a letter on Thursday sighted by The PUNCH, said the British Government, through i...
‘DCP Abba Kyari Extorted Over N41m From Me’ — Man Petitions Judicial Panel
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‘DCP Abba Kyari Extorted Over N41m From Me’ — Man Petitions Judicial Panel

Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police (DCP), has been accused of extorting over N41 million from Afeez Mojeed, a Lagos-based businessman. The extortion, Mojeed claimed, was done in 2014 when Kyari was officer in charge of the now disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in Lagos. In a series of petitions between 2016 and 2018, Mojeed sought justice through the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), but to no avail. In a fresh petition filed on October 22, 2020, through Salawu Akingbolu & Co, Mojeed’s counsel, and addressed to the newly formed judicial panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses in Lagos, Kyari and his officers were accused of forcefully taking ...
Agwu Abunike: “SARS Detained Me For 48 Days” – Victim Narrates Ordeal To Lagos Panel Of Inquiry
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Agwu Abunike: “SARS Detained Me For 48 Days” – Victim Narrates Ordeal To Lagos Panel Of Inquiry

OKOLI Agwu Abunike, a resident of Okokomaiko and father of five has narrated to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses in Lagos State that he was detained for 48 days by two officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State governor had on October 19 inaugurated an 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality in Lagos. While having the first sitting on Tuesday, four cases of police brutality were mentioned before the panel led by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi but only that of Abunike was heard by the panel. Abunike in the first hearing with petition number LASG/JPI/01/2020 said Inspector Sunday and ASP Haruna allegedly arrested him, detain...
Meet The Members Of The Lagos Judicial Panel On SARS
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Meet The Members Of The Lagos Judicial Panel On SARS

The Honourable Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd). (Chairman) Justice Okuwobi served as a judge in the Lagos State Judiciary from 1988 - January 2020. She serves as the chairman of the panel. DIG Taiwo Lakanu (rtd). (Member) DIG Lakanu is a former policeman and a lawyer. He studied philosophy and law at the University of Lagos and bagged a masters degree in law from the Leeds Metropolitan University. He retired from the police force in 2019 after attaining the rank of deputy inspector general of police. He had previously served as commissioner of police in Imo and Ekiti States. Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) (@adegboruwalaw). (Representing civil society) Mr Adegboruwa is a lawyer and human rights activist. He has been a very vocal critic of the Lagos State Government. He once ...
Meet The Man Whose Viral Video Sparked #EndSARS Protests
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Meet The Man Whose Viral Video Sparked #EndSARS Protests

He obviously didn’t know that the video he was shooting at Ughelli, Delta State would trigger an outrage that would reverberate across the country. Prince Nicholas Makolomi merely felt he owed it a duty to alert the authorities and Nigerians to the illegal activities of some policemen. But once uploaded on the social media, the video went viral as it generated interest especially among activists opposed to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police. The development sparked tension across the country and led to a mob attack on an off-duty SARS operative, Sergeant Ohwovwiogor Fidelis, at the Ughelli Central Garage axis with the mob him attempting to set him ablaze but for the intervention of a Good Samaritan. Makolomi was subsequently arrested by the police but not b...
Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member
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Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on activities of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, has faulted the visit of South-West governors to Lekki Toll Plaza, saying it is an usurpation of the powers of the panel. In a statement on Monday morning, Adegboruwa said since the panel has been vested with the powers to investigate alleged shooting at the Toll Gate, it is illegal for anyone else to visit the place without approval from the panel. According to him, reports that Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing  discovered a hidden camera which he took amounts to tampering with exhibits which may be useful to the commission. He said "On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized tha...
Survivors Of Awkuzu SARS Said Squad Sold Body Parts Of Executed Victims
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Survivors Of Awkuzu SARS Said Squad Sold Body Parts Of Executed Victims

Okechukwu Nwanguma is the Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, an organisation that promotes justice for victims of human rights violation and has handled several cases of human rights violation by the Nigeria Police. He tells ALEXANDER OKERE how the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the security agency became an organised ‘criminal entity’ How would you assess the government’s reactions to #EndSARS protests, especially with the replacement of Special Anti-Robbery Squad with the Special Weapons and Tactics unit? I am happy that after many years of apparent docility and passivity, Nigerian youths eventually experienced a reawakening, found their voices, picked up the gauntlet and rose to the occasion. I never thought that this day of renewed co...
“You Can Now Write Petition Against SARS, Lekki Shooting”- Sanwo-Olu To Lagosians
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“You Can Now Write Petition Against SARS, Lekki Shooting”- Sanwo-Olu To Lagosians

Lagos state residents who have been abused by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) can now write petition against the police unit. Also, Lagosions can now claim compensation from the government if their complaints warrant it. To achieve this, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has set up Judicial Panel to investigate brutality and rights violation by the officers. IgbereTV reports that the governor has mandated the panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi to invetigate all of the issues that happened at the Toll Plaza. Going further, he revealed that the panel will start sitting on Monday, October 26, at the Lagos Court of Arbitration International Centre in Lekki. Sanwo-Olu wrote on Twitter: "We have expanded the terms of reference for the Judicial Panel of Inqui...
#EndSARS: Goodluck Jonathan Condemns The “Use Of Deadly Force” On Protesters
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#EndSARS: Goodluck Jonathan Condemns The “Use Of Deadly Force” On Protesters

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the “use of deadly force” on #EndSARS protesters in Lagos state. In a statement on Thursday, Jonathan said such actions will only worsen the situation, calling on all parties to embrace dialogue. Nationwide protests against the now-dissolved police special anti-robbery squad (SARS) metamorphosed into agitation for improved governance in addition to justice for victims of police brutality. On Tuesday, soldiers shot at the young protesters while they converged on the Lekki tollgate. Twelve people died in the shooting and in a related development in Ikeja, according to Amnesty International. In the statement shared with TheCable, the former president said the event of recent days “has been a difficult time to me as well”. ...
DJ Switch Speaks About Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
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DJ Switch Speaks About Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

DJ switch finally speaks out for the first time since she luckily survived the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre The mistake we made was putting dead bodies at the feets of the soldiers, reveals as she speaks up for the first time explaining what went down on that black Tuesday, how 15 peple died, SARS also joined the shootings 45mins after soldiers had left Watch video here https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGsHrugpU4r/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Wole Soyinka reacts to shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, says “we are back to Abacha days, the army has replaced SARS”
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Wole Soyinka reacts to shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate, says “we are back to Abacha days, the army has replaced SARS”

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has condemned the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on the evening of Tuesday October 20.   Soyinka in a statement released on Wednesday October 21, said his enquiry so far has revealed that Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state did not invite in the Army and did not complain of a ‘breakdown in law and order’.   The Nobel Laureate stated that the federal government has chosen to act in an authoritarian manner and has inflicted a near incurable wound on the community psyche. Soyinka who raised an alarm of Nigeria being back to the "Abacha days", also alleged that the army has replaced the notorious SARS unit.   The statement read;   “It is absolutely essential to let this government know that the...
Tinubu Appeals To EndSARS Protesters To Call Off Protests
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Tinubu Appeals To EndSARS Protesters To Call Off Protests

The national Leader of the all Progressives congress asiwaju Bola tinubu has appealed Nigerian youths who spearheaded the end sars protest to give the federal government the opportunity to address their demands. In a release personally signed by him , he asked the youths and I quote to ‘ please please and please call off the protests , give government a chance to implement your demands ‘ The statement partly reads: “For the past twelve days, our country has witnessed massive protests by youths in different cities, which were ignited by widespread disenchantment with the gross human rights abuses including torture, extortion, harassment, intimidation and even extra-judicial killings of Nigerians by members of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS). “The demands for fun...
#ENDSARS: Leave Peter Obi Out Of Ezu River Corpses, SARS Murdered Them — MASSOB
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#ENDSARS: Leave Peter Obi Out Of Ezu River Corpses, SARS Murdered Them — MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, led by Uchenna Madu, on Sunday, said that the lifeless bodies found at Ezu River in Anambra State, were members of MASSOB. He said they were murdered under the command of a Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, team leader. Madu, speaking through his National Director of Information, Edeson Samuel, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri, Imo State capital. MASSOB said they decided to come out clearly on the matter due to the misinformation surrounding the incident aimed at distorting the truth. The pro-Biafra group said those bent on twisting the narrative were trying to link former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi, to the incident, insisting that neither Obi nor the state government had anything to d...
EndSARS: SARS operatives extorted me twice — Oyo Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan
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EndSARS: SARS operatives extorted me twice — Oyo Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan

Rauf Olaniyan, the deputy governor of Oyo State, has revealed how some operatives of the recently proscribed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) extorted money from him in various currencies including naira, dollars and pounds in Lagos. Mr Olaniyan had last week declared his support for EndSARS protesters. The deputy governor, while addressing the protesters last week, said that he was a victim of police brutality twice. Mr Olaniyan, who spoke at the weekend, recounted how the special unit of the police collected money from him without being found guilty of any offence. He said that on a particular occasion, while he was rushing to catch a flight, SARS operatives took all the monies he had on him (both local and foreign) and that even an appeal to them to spare him some to us...
Gov Sanwo-Olu Explains The Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Into SARS Abuses
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Gov Sanwo-Olu Explains The Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Into SARS Abuses

The Governor of Lagos State posted an update on Twitter about the above, which says: Dear Lagosians, For the clarification of the general public and in view of the inauguration of The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution into SARS Abuses happening tomorrow, I want to put out the terms of reference of the panel. The ToR are essentially the following... * To listen to & take evidence from all victims or the families of victims of SARS abuse within Lagos State (somewhat akin to what the Truth and Reconciliation Committee did in some countries). This would enable all victims & their families air and vent their grievances in public. * The Judicial Panel after listening to victims or their families would then determine whether any victim or the dependents of such ...
EndSARS Attack: Full Text Of Governor Oyetola’s Broadcast
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EndSARS Attack: Full Text Of Governor Oyetola’s Broadcast

My dear Good People of the State of Osun, Yesterday evening, political thugs & hoodlums made an unsuccessful attempt on my life and those of my aides while identifying with our beloved youths who were engaging in legitimate protest against the alleged brutality of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). My entourage and I had joined protesters from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya Junction chanting solidarity songs and encouraging them along the way. During the course of my address to the protesters to reiterate our cooperation and support, political thugs hijacked the exercise and hurled stones and dangerous weapons at us and vandalised several cars in my convoy. Preliminary investigation revealed that the commando style with which the assailants carried out their at...
Olowu Of Owu Kuta Warns Youths Not To Allow Politicians Hijack ENDSARS Protest
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Olowu Of Owu Kuta Warns Youths Not To Allow Politicians Hijack ENDSARS Protest

A prominent monarch in Osun State, the Olowu of Owu Kuta, H.R.M Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama has advised protesting ENDSARS youths not to allow politicians hijack the protest from them. Oba Oyelude said this in a video message released from the palace received by MCI “Don’t allow some unpatriotic politicians to catch in on what you are doing legitimately, and bring the nation to ridicule. “All your demands have been met. We congratulate you and we congratulate ourselves. You make us proud, history will not forget you,” said Oba Oyelude. The king condemned a recent call by some northeastern leaders demanding that members of the disbanded Specal Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) be dispatched to the north to help them fight the insurgency. “Take for instance some faceless grou...
EndSARS: I Was Beaten & Arrested By SARS – Beverly Osu
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EndSARS: I Was Beaten & Arrested By SARS – Beverly Osu

Nollywood actress Beverly Osu on Thursday alleged she had been beaten and arrested by the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Igbere TV reports. In an Instagram post, Beverly wrote: “We want a total Reformation of the Nigerian police force …I’ve been beaten and arrested by SARS, Taken from IKATE to OJUELEGBA around 1am �.“I literally had to be BAILED OUT of prison after being locked up for nothing. 2 hours later.” https://www.instagram.com/p/CGXHKWaAYIG/?igshid=1370rwemdebhn She also called on her non-Nigerian followers to join Nigerians to fight police brutality by joining the trending #EndSARSNOW. The 28-year-old is not only an actress but also a video vixen and model.
EndSARS: Lagos Sets Up ₦200m Compensation Fund For Police Brutality Victims
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EndSARS: Lagos Sets Up ₦200m Compensation Fund For Police Brutality Victims

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced the setting up of a N200 million fund to compensate families of victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killings. Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this while addressing the EndSARS protesters at the Lagos House of Assembly gate, Alausa, Ikeja. The compensation fund will be completely supervised by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) appointed by members of the public. Sanwo-Olu called on the protesers to send the list of everyone that had fatal encounters with SARS in Lagos. He said that government would identify the families and ensure that they were compensated. The governor said that he fully identified with the EndSARS struggle, knowing that many youth had been battered, and he felt their pain. He said tha...
SWAT: Six Things To Know About New Police Unit
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SWAT: Six Things To Know About New Police Unit

The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has created a new unit known as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team which will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS. Last Sunday, he disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) due to alleged extra-judicial killings, wanton arrests and dispossession of property through physical assault and other intimidation tactics. Here are six things you need to know about the new unit: 1. Prospective members of this new team will undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment. 2. These members are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week. 3. The training schedules are as follows; A...
IGP Announces SWAT To Replace Scrapped SARS
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IGP Announces SWAT To Replace Scrapped SARS

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has announced the formation of a new unit in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The new unit of the force named, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) replaces the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) dissolved on Sunday. This was made known in a statement by police spokesman, Frank Mba, in a Tuesday statement wherein officers of the abolished police unit were asked to report at the force headquarters for screening. “The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM, mni has, today, 13th October, 2020, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination,” Mba wrote. “Th...
Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters
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Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says all Nigerians should support the total reform of the Nigeria Police Force. Addressing End-SARS protesters at Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike told them not to be satisfied that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force would be scrapped. "If we do not reform the Police, the same SARS officers will be deployed to other units of the Force to continue their evil acts. "It is not only to end SARS. Already, there is a pronouncement to scrap it. But every Nigerian should support the total reform of the Police. "SARS cannot and has never been our friend in Rivers state. They killed a lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic without a cause and people kept quiet. "President Muhammadu Buhari said he w...
Armed Robbers Will Be Happy If There Is No More SARS – Ex Police IG, Mike Okiro
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Armed Robbers Will Be Happy If There Is No More SARS – Ex Police IG, Mike Okiro

A former Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro, has advised against the ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu on October 4 banned the personnel of the FSARS and other tactical squads of the force from routine patrols. Other tactical squads affected by the ban include the Special Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Team , Anti-Cultism Squad and other tactical squads operating at the federal, zonal and command levels were banned from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties notably stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks among others. Mr Okiro, who gave the advice in an interview with NAN on Thursday in Abu...
Police Commence Disciplinary Action Against DPO Who Punched EndSARS Protester
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Police Commence Disciplinary Action Against DPO Who Punched EndSARS Protester

A discplinary action has been commenced against policeman, Obioma O. Obi who was seen in a viral video assaulting #EndSARS protesters. This was confirmed by Imo police commissioner, Isaac O. Akinmoyede in a statement released by the state's police spokesperson, Ikeokwu Godson Orlando. Akinmoyede who condemned the unprofessional conduct by a police officer attempting to assault some protesting citizens against alleged human rights violations by personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), said the conduct displayed by the officer is not a true reflection of the ethics, standards, values and training of the Nigeria Police Force. The police commissioner noted that it is within the rights of the citizens to express their concerns through protest and other legitimate means. ...
We Want SARS Completely Abolished, Not A Reform – Falz
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We Want SARS Completely Abolished, Not A Reform – Falz

After a peaceful protest, Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz, took to his IG page to thank those who came out for the protest. In a 46sec video uploaded by Falz, Falz made it known that he doesn't want SARS to be reform. He wants SARS to be completely scrapped. He wrote: Our message is clear. Today was very peaceful & the authorities know what to do in order to keep the peace. BIG LOVE to everyone that came out today! It was really inspiring seeing so many celebrities & young people join the movement. It is important we stay together. No going back, no backing out. #ENDSARS #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY Watch the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGFZ_TjhizG/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
#EndSARS: Shock As DPO Brings Out Pistol To Shoot Protesters In Owerri, Imo State
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#EndSARS: Shock As DPO Brings Out Pistol To Shoot Protesters In Owerri, Imo State

Today, October 8, there has been a nation wide protest, as youths from different states stage protests against police brutality and SARS. While Lagos, Edo and Abuja Sars protest are said be peaceful so far, Nigerian police in Owerri Imo State has turned Imo State SARs protest to violence. A viral video has shown moment a DPO of Orji Police Station, Obinna Obi, punched a peaceful protester. The youths asked the policeman why he punched the young protester, the DPO brought out his pistol to shoot all of them . The sad video has been making ground on social media, as Nigerians calls for the immediate arrest of the police man. Happening now at the #EndSARSProtest in Owerri, Imo State. There's police brutality happening even during the peaceful protest. Kindly RT#CoalCi...
Runtown and Falz lead #EndSarsProtests in Lekki
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Runtown and Falz lead #EndSarsProtests in Lekki

Nigerian celebrities Runtown and Falz are leading the protest been held in Lekki asking for an end to SARs brutality and extra-judicial killings. Big Brother Naija Reality stars, Elozonam Ogbolu and Prince Enwerem are also part of the protest. The protest started on Wednesday with youths gathered at Ikeja Underbridge displaying placards and sharing videos and photos using the hashtag #LagosProtests. They vowed to continue the protest for the next three days. Falz and Runtown can be seen in videos leading the protest and chanting EndSARS! EndSARS! Falz, Runtown, and Prince had earlier tweeted on Wednesday announcing that they will be a part of the protest demanding total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.   View this post on Insta...
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan kicks against scrapping of SARS
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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan kicks against scrapping of SARS

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has kicked against scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).   Speaking on Wednesday October 7 as lawmakers deliberated a motion on the recent extrajudicial killings carried out by a security personnel attached to the controversial Nigerian police unit, Lawan said some good personnel in the police unit might be denied the opportunity to perform better if it is scrapped.   He said;   “I think that this is the situation that should be properly investigated. Those involved in recent incident should be arrested and prosecuted. The law should take its due course. This is not acceptable. Nigerians need to know what happened to those who have killed Nigerians. “There are good people and bad people in SARS. Scrapping of ag...
Nigerians Can Record Policemen But From Safe Distance – Frank Mba (Video)
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Nigerians Can Record Policemen But From Safe Distance – Frank Mba (Video)

Force spokesman Frank Mba has advised the general public to make videos of policemen engaging in unlawful conducts but from a safe distance. In an Instagram Live chat with pop artiste Naira Marley on Tuesday, Mr Mba said: “If you see an officer doing the wrong thing if you can record him safely do so and send to work review.” He added that he would not advise citizens to go about making videos of security and law enforcement agencies indiscreetly. Mba said he does not encourage anyone to go into a formal argument or physical fight with an armed officer. Meanwhile, Naira Marley cancelled his planned protest on Tuesday and gave the police one week to address complaints against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). https://youtu.be/yOxGXCZuxlY
You Are A Dumbkid — Lauretta Onochie Slams Wizkid For Tackling President Buhari
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You Are A Dumbkid — Lauretta Onochie Slams Wizkid For Tackling President Buhari

Lauretta Onochie, social media aide of President Muhammadu Buhari has described the outburst of pop singer Wizkid on Sunday at the president as “crass ignorance, insensitivity and childishness”. Wizkid had in the heat of the outrage on Twitter against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) told Buhari to concentrate on ending indiscriminate killings by SARS. “Donald Trump is not your business! Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country !!” he had written. Responding on Tuesday, Mrs Onochie said the 30-year-old would learn some manners when he grows older. “It’s not disrespectful to call anyone old. It’s the way and manner Ayo Balogun addressed the President that leaves a sour taste in the mouth,” she s...
SARS Operatives Can No Longer Unilaterally Detain Suspects – Lagos CP, Hakeen Odumosu
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SARS Operatives Can No Longer Unilaterally Detain Suspects – Lagos CP, Hakeen Odumosu

The Commissioner for Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has said that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state no longer have the authority to unilaterally detain suspects. Speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday morning October 6, Odumosu said the recent directive by the IGP banning some of the actions of SARS officers, will be more effective than earlier directives issued to curtail the excesses of SARS operatives. He said henceforth, SARS officers will not go for an investigation without an express permission from his office or from the office of the Area commander where they intend to carry out an investigation. He also mentioned that henceforth, SARS officers can no longer detain anyone in their cells. “It is going to be different because there will be mor...
Edo Youths Protest Against SARS In Front Of Oba Of Benin’s Palace
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Edo Youths Protest Against SARS In Front Of Oba Of Benin’s Palace

Edo youths gather in front of the Oba of Benin's palace to protest SARS brutality while demanding for an end to SARS Edo youths took to the streets today, October 6, to demand that the government ends SARS. Some of the youths gathered in front of the palace of the Oba of Benin. Others also protested in other locations. "No more SARS," they chanted. https://youtu.be/IpMUZJi3rMI
Police Arrest Nicholas Makolomi, The Videograper Behind Delta Viral SARS Video
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Police Arrest Nicholas Makolomi, The Videograper Behind Delta Viral SARS Video

Detectives from the Delta State Police Command, have arrested the videographer behind last Saturday’s viral video alleging the killing of one person by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of the state. The video which sparked tension within and outside the state, also led to a mob attack on an off-duty SARS operative, Sergeant Ohwovwiogor Fidelis at the Ughelli central garage axis with the mob dousing him in fuel in an attempt to set him ablaze less for the timely intervention of a good Samaritan. The videographer, Prince Nicholas Makolomi, was arrested on Monday at an undisclosed location in Ughelli by the crack detectives who it was gathered trialed him to his Ughelli residence where he was picked u...
Akin Alabi Files House Motion To Dissolve SARS
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Akin Alabi Files House Motion To Dissolve SARS

Akin Alabi has filed a motion before the House of Representatives asking for an urgent dissolution of the dreaded police special anti-robbery squad, SARS. Mr. Alabi, APC-Oyo, said there is enough evidence in the public domain to proscribe SARS immediately, warning that the unit has committed enough atrocities. Mr. Alabi said SARS operatives have become so lawless that even the police inspector-general can no longer contain their excesses, decrying how Nigerians now harbour untold fear of the deadly and corrupt unit. “Policing in Nigeria continues to fall short of modern practices where citizens should be treated with utmost respect and decorum, therefore making it very difficult for an average citizen to truly trust that the police are their friends,” Mr. Alabi said. Lawmaker...