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EndSARS: No Evidence That Soldiers Killed Anyone At Lekki Toll Gate – US
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EndSARS: No Evidence That Soldiers Killed Anyone At Lekki Toll Gate – US

Amid overwhelming reports and claims by various bodies and media organisations, including Amnesty International and the U.S.-based Cable News Network, the United States government says it does not believe soldiers shot at protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. The U.S. view is contained in its newly-released ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria.’ It said, “On October 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters, who had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos to protest abusive practices by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end. Amnesty International reported 10 persons died during th...
Disbanded SARS ‘Returns’ To Lagos Roads – Resident Raises Alarm
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Disbanded SARS ‘Returns’ To Lagos Roads – Resident Raises Alarm

A Lagos resident, Korede Abiodun, has raised alarm over the reappearance of disbanded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives on the road. Abiodun on Wednesday morning alleged that he saw at least four armed policemen wearing the F-SARS uniform and operating along Lagos-Ibadan expressway between Alapere Estate and 7up. The Nation reports that the Federal Government in October outlawed the unit following widespread complaints of human rights abuses, extortion and gross unprofessionalism that sparked mass protests across the country. Four months after, Abiodun, who took to his Twitter page to warn about the resurgence of the rogue squad, said: “I didn’t believe SARS was really back till I saw them this morning.” According to him, the operatives were at a spot wh...
“Where Is James Nwafor?” – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Asks Gov. Obiano And Police
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“Where Is James Nwafor?” – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu Asks Gov. Obiano And Police

Media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Monday February 15, queried the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano over the whereabouts of James Nwafor, his former security aide. Nwafor, who served as commander of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Awkuzu, Anambra State, was accused of extra-judicial killings and human rights violations. Governor Obiano last year, gave in to the demand of #ENDSARS protesters, sacked Nwafor and recommended his immediate prosecution. However, the retired police officer is yet to be prosecuted for the widespread allegations levelled against him. Ebuka wrote on his Twitter handle; "Where is James Nwafor ?? ? @PoliceNG @WillieMObiano"
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...
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...
EndSARS: IGP Orders Investigations Into Suit Challenging Judicial Panels
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EndSARS: IGP Orders Investigations Into Suit Challenging Judicial Panels

'PRESS RELEASE ENDSARS: IGP ORDERS INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGED SUIT TOUCHING ON STATES’ JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY · QUERIES FORCE LEGAL OFFICER The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed immediate investigations into a suit purportedly challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry, investigating allegations by citizens against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The IGP, who gave the order on the heels of trending reports in the media, today 3rd December, 2020, expressed the disapproval of the Force Management Team on the matter and ordered investigations into the alleged role of the Force Legal Section including its Head. Meanwhile, the Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if...
EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance
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EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on brutality, human rights violations and alleged extra-judicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, for their commitment and dedication to duty, as he swore in Usiosefe Ereyimwan as member of the panel. Obaseki, while swearing in the panel’s new member at the Government House, Benin City, hailed the panel for carrying out its assignment with the professionalism and urgency it deserves. Obaseki said, “I want to commend the panel for the work done till date and the thoroughness with which they have pursued the assignment given.” Charging the newly inaugurated member on the duties ahead, the governor noted, “We urge you and members of the panel to do just...
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,...
#EndSARS Started In National Assembly – Alhassan Ado-Doguwa
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#EndSARS Started In National Assembly – Alhassan Ado-Doguwa

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has said the campaign to put an end to atrocities of banned Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) began in the lower chamber. Gbajabiamila disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a legislative conference with theme: “Legislative investigative powers: Expectations, challenges and way forward” organised by Hallowmace Media in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency (NOA). He said: “The #End- SARS movement started on the floor of the House where we passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government to scrap SARS.” Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the House leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado- Doguwa, lamented that the legislature has been undermined in the country despite the landmark achievements it has recorded....
CNN Releases New Report On The Lekki Tollgate Shooting (Video)
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CNN Releases New Report On The Lekki Tollgate Shooting (Video)

CNN has released a second report with videos showing soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters on October 20, 2020 at Lekki Tollgate. The CNN new report also shows protesters running as soldiers open fire at the tollgate. The fresh report also shows Brig. Gen Ahmed Taiwo admitting before the judicial panel in Lagos that his men took live ammunition to the tollgate. It also shows that Brig. Gen Taiwo’s claim is at variance with information minister, Lai Mohammed's claim that the army fired blank bullets. Analysis of CCTV footage from Lekki toll gate raises new questions about shooting (CNN)It was supposed to be the key piece of evidence. But when it came, the Lagos State government's security camera footage of the Lekki toll gate shooting did not capture everything. The footage ...
EndSARS: Osun Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Begins Sitting With Five Petitions
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EndSARS: Osun Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Begins Sitting With Five Petitions

The State of Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings on Thursday commenced hearing on the various petitions and submissions brought before it by members of the public. The panel began the hearing with five different petitions submitted by victims of police brutality and other human rights violations. It will be recalled that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had on Thursday 22nd of October, 2020, inaugurated a 13-man panel with a mandate to unravel all matters related to police brutality, disbanded officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) among other related cases. According to the Government, the panel has six months to entertain and complete all the findings, investigations and cases filed befor...
EndSARS: Panel To Invite Former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi
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EndSARS: Panel To Invite Former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi

The Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Extra-Judicial Killings and other Related Matters has said that it would invite Ex-governor, Peter Obi or anyone indicted by petitioners to appear before the panel and also give testimonies. The chairman of the panel, Justice Veronica Umeh was reacting to a petitioner, Chief Bonaventure Mokwe who had linked the former governor, Mr Peter Obi to the operations SARS in the state. Chief Bonaventure Mokwe, owner of Upper-Class Hotel in Onitsha which was demolished in 2003 by the Anambra State government, the owner arrested and tortured by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, over alleged involvement in kidnapping activitiem had filled a five-page petition to the panel and also demanding for a public apology from the st...
No Evidence To Prosecute 33 Indicted SARS Operatives – AGF’s Committee
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No Evidence To Prosecute 33 Indicted SARS Operatives – AGF’s Committee

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has said there is no sufficient evidence to prosecute the 33 operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad indicted in last year’s report of a Presidential Investigative Panel, Sunday PUNCH has learnt. The AGF’s office has therefore asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to set up “a special investigation team” to conduct “thorough investigation” into the cases. This is contained in a report of a committee set up by the AGF, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), to review the individual cases recommended for prosecution by the special presidential panel. Our correspondent on Friday obtained the excerpts of the report from a top police source. The Presidential Panel led by the Executive Secretary of the Nat...
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EndSARS: Youth Reps Pull Out Of Lagos Judicial Panel After CBN Freeze Accounts

The youth representatives at the Lagos Judicial Panel refused to sit during Saturday’s session. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry was set up by the Lagos State Government, to probe the Lekki toll gate shootings and several complaints of human rights abuses against members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). However, after Central Bank obtained a court order to freeze the bank accounts of Adegoke Pamilerin and Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu alongside 17 others linked to the EndSARS protests, the youth reps boycotted today’s sitting. Anakle CEO, Editi Effiong, who was present at the venue tweeted the updates. “The youth panel members are NOT here. They’re pulling out in protest as one of the members’ (@SavvyRinu) bank account was frozen by @cenbank. “...
#EndSARS: ‘I’m Still Looking For My Son Since 2011 After Police Arrested Him’ – Man Tells Edo Judicial Panel
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#EndSARS: ‘I’m Still Looking For My Son Since 2011 After Police Arrested Him’ – Man Tells Edo Judicial Panel

The father of a victim of human right abuse, Isaac Edoh, on Thursday, November 5, informed the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of human right abuse from operatives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, that he is yet to see his son, Baba Edoh, after he was arrested by the police in the state since 2011. Speaking during the panel’s hearing in Benin city, Edoh who hails from Benue State, said the last time he saw his son, was inside a cell of the Edo State Police command in 2011. The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) officer said he was yet to ascertain whether his son is alive or dead. He said his son was an undergraduate of English Literature, Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto before he was allegedly killed by the police. “In June 2011, I received an anonymou...
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...
#EndSARS: Iyabo Ojo Alleges Threat From Government Over Participation In Protest
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#EndSARS: Iyabo Ojo Alleges Threat From Government Over Participation In Protest

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has alleged she is being threatened by the government for joining the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and the now-defunct controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). MCI reports that the mother of two in a social media post on Wednesday shared a picture of herself, saying she woke up to a message from a friend that her name was being mentioned in government circles. “So this morning I wake up to a message from a friend in the media, he said someone sent this to him,” she wrote. “Now, if you are close to Iyabo Ojo, advise her to calm down. Smart celebrities who have brains don’t take on governments ooo. I was somewhere and her name was mentioned.” Iyabo had been a supporter of the #EndSARS campaign, joining the protest in Lagos. She ha...
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...
Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami
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Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues — and not soldiers — shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state. About two weeks ago, protests calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight across the country. The police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force. Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers. There are reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, but there are disparities in the number of casualties and no clear evidence has been produced. Speaking with journalists on Monda...
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...
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...
Bauchi government sets up judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality
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Bauchi government sets up judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality

The Bauchi State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses and police brutality in the state.   The announcement was made in a statement issued on Tuesday October 27 by the Senior Special Assistant Media to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado.   He said the panel was created following the protest by youth across the country against the recurring highhandedness and Police brutality of the Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. The panel will be inaugurated on Wednesday October 27.   The statement read;   Following the protest by youth across the country against the recurring highhandedness and Police brutality of the Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force and the resolve of the G...
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...
Americans React To Arrest Of Soldier, Harrison Friday Who Supported Protesters
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Americans React To Arrest Of Soldier, Harrison Friday Who Supported Protesters

The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday it had arrested one of its soldiers accused of encouraging his fellow troops not to fire on anti-police protesters, who have led a violent movement against Nigeria’s security forces in recent weeks. “The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of Lance Corporal Harrison Friday who had gone on social media to advise his colleagues not to attack #EndSARS protesters,” Punch , a Nigerian newspaper, reported on Wednesday. The newspaper referred to the national protest movement to end SARS, the now-axed Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian federal police. In a video uploaded to social media last week, “the soldier, who was wearing a mask … asked his colleagues to understand that the protesters were fighting for a better Nigeria and they must be su...
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...
Despite Spending ₦205M, Nigeria Police Website Still Offline A Week After Attack
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Despite Spending ₦205M, Nigeria Police Website Still Offline A Week After Attack

The website of the Nigeria Police Force is still offline, a week after a group of Internet activists compromised its security in solidarity with the #EndSARS protest. "This Account has been suspended. Contact your hosting provider for more information," the website, npf.gov.ng displayed when POLITICS NIGERIA checked at about 4:30 am on October 24. Asides being a major channel for dissemination of press releases and updates on its activities, the website is the data warehouse of the force, containing bank details, bio-data information and other sensitive data of Police operatives across the country. This newspaper had previously reported how the group codenamed 'Anonymous' shut down the police website and released sensitive data of some police officers under the notorious Special An...
16 SARS Operatives Indicted For Killings In Five States – Presidential Panel
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16 SARS Operatives Indicted For Killings In Five States – Presidential Panel

Sixteen operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad have been indicted for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance in five states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Saturday PUNCH reports that the 16 operatives were recommended for prosecution by the Presidential Panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The report was submitted to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on June 3, 2019. It was recently submitted to the Police Service Commission, the Inspector-General of Police and the office of the Attorney General of the Federation in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, for prosecution and disciplinary actions. The report indicted a total of 35 police operatives in 12 states and the FCT for various rights violations, including extra...
#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”. ...
I will reveal five most notorious SARS officers – Senator Abaribe
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I will reveal five most notorious SARS officers – Senator Abaribe

Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has announced that he will be revealing the five ‘most notorious’ officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.   The Abia senator who said this in response to Senator Biodun Olujimi's motion on the #EndSARS protests and the need for comprehensive police reforms in the country, stated that part of what is going to resolve the issue is for President Buhari to look at the issue and address the nation on them.   He said;   “I support this motion. I think part of what is going to resolve this issue is for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to look at the issue and address the nation on them. “I will also forward to you (the Senate) the names of the five mos...
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...
US-Based Nigerian Celebrities Join EndSARS Protest In Washington DC
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US-Based Nigerian Celebrities Join EndSARS Protest In Washington DC

As the global Campaign against the operations of Special Anti-Robbery Squad-SARS intensifies, MC Chaz, a popular US based Nigerian MC entertainer, and Dr. Ikenna Ihim a US based doctor and Nigerian celebrity, both posted on their social media platforms that they would be present and encouraged others to join them on Sunday, 12pm EST, October 18 2020 at the Nigerian embassy in Washington DC. Hosted by @Rarolaetv. On his Instagram platform, Mc Chaz stated “This is how it’s going down. The way I see Nigeria, these protests would be going on for a full year, A lot of things we have to END. If you’re my friend and want to show me, meet me on Sunday 12pm. All countries welcomed.” MC Chaz is not only popular for his entertainment, but also for his humanitarian comments. He made several viral...
#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...
Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters
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Nigerian Embassy In France Calls Police On EndSARS Protesters

The  Nigerian Embassy in Paris, France, has called the police on young citizens demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria. Despite the presence of the French police, the demonstrators, who stormed the embassy at the Victor Hugo area of Paris in large numbers, insisted on seeing the ambassador of Nigeria to explain steps the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was taking to address the issues raised by protesters across Africa’s most populous country and beyond. The young Nigerians in the French capital also held prayers and a minute silence in honour of victims of extrajudicial killings by operatives of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. On Saturday, the demonstrators had marched on the popular Eiffel Tower...
EndSARS: Protest In Kano Against Insecurity In The North
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EndSARS: Protest In Kano Against Insecurity In The North

Hundreds of young men and women, Monday morning took to the streets in Kano demanding an end to the already disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. The protest walk which took off from Sarki Yaki by Court Road apparently beat the tight security arrangements put in place to discourage the demonstration in the state. The protesters moved peacefully through the Court Road, France Road, down Festing Road and rounding up at Sarki Yaki Junction. It was observed that the demonstrators were initially unaccompanied by any security agency, many of which had no clue of the take off point of the protest. However a detachment of police officers appeared on the scene of the demonstration about 30 minutes after the youths took to the street while two pick SUVs be...
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...
Governor Ugwuanyi Visits Defunct SARS Office To Confirm Closure
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Governor Ugwuanyi Visits Defunct SARS Office To Confirm Closure

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Monday, visited the defunct office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force in Enugu to confirm that the facility has been closed in compliance with the Federal Government’s directives based on the demands of the protesting youth against SARS brutality in the country. Gov. Ugwuanyi who was accompanied by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Miletus Eze and his Information counterpart, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, was received by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, who took him round the facilities including the empty cells. Speaking, the Commissioner of Police confirmed to the governor, who he described as “the most-friendly and security-disposed governor” that the SA...
Folake Falana writes letter to Governor Sanwo Olu, demands list of dismissed officers in Lagos
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Folake Falana writes letter to Governor Sanwo Olu, demands list of dismissed officers in Lagos

Entertainment lawyer, Folake Falana, has written a letter to Governor Sanwo Olu demanding a compilation list of dismissed officers in Lagos state amid the ongoing #EndSARS protests. This comes after 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad were reportedly listed for dismissal from the Nigeria Police with 24 others recommended for prosecution   In the letter, Folake, the sister of rapper Falz and daughter of human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said the level of distrust against the current administration means there is a need to take extra measures in presenting the police reforms.   She suggested that a list of dismissed police officers showing their details including their divisions, the officer identification numbers, offences they were dis...
IGP Lists Requirements For SWAT Operatives As Training Begins Monday
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IGP Lists Requirements For SWAT Operatives As Training Begins Monday

Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, revealed the requirements for officers to be trained in the new police tactical team to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad. He said the training of selected officers for the Special Weapons and Tactics team would commence on Monday, October 19, 2020. The IGP noted that no ex-SARS operatives were shortlisted in the SWAT team. Adamu also explained that “the officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven (7) years working experience with clean service records – no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms – and are physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations. “The selected officers shall be ...
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...
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...
Some EndSARS Protesters Displaying Mob Mentality – Keyamo
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Some EndSARS Protesters Displaying Mob Mentality – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, says the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country is becoming a mob action. According to him, some criminal elements have mixed with genuine protesters to unleash terror on citizens and members of the Nigeria Police Force. The minister said the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was committed to improved welfare for members of the police, noting that the President increased salaries of policemen in the country two years ago. Keyamo was reacting to one of the demands of #EndSARS protesters who want better remuneration for police officers nationwide. MCI had earlier reported that after days of protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the Spe...
Presidential Panel On Police Reforms Swings Into Action, Okays 5-point Demand
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Presidential Panel On Police Reforms Swings Into Action, Okays 5-point Demand

Following directives by President Muhammadu Buhari on dissolution of Special Anti-Robbery Squad and immediate response to yearnings of citizens, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet demands, which include halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens. The meeting, organized by the Office of the Inspector General of Police and National Human Rights Commission, was a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Nigeria, activists from the entertainment industry and the ENDSARS movement and development partners. The Ministry of Police Affairs and Police Service Commission were also present at the meeting that affirmed that...
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...
#EndSARS: Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju, Aisha Yesufu Lead Protest In Abuja
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#EndSARS: Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju, Aisha Yesufu Lead Protest In Abuja

Angry Nigerians protesting the continued harassment and intimidation of citizens by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has vowed not to leave the premises of Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Abuja until the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, addressed them. The protesters turned down the entreaties of Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, for them to call off the demonstration. The protest was led by human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore, Deji Adeyanju, Aisha Yesufu, Raphael Adedayo and others. Graphic footage showing SARS officers dragging two men from a hotel in Lagos and shooting one of them in the street had sparked mass fury across the country and fuelled long-held demands for reforms. https://youtu.be/M5a87y8SslA https://youtu.be/yCtU...
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. ...

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