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#EndSars: House of Reps to draft new Police legislation in 30 days

Following the nationwide protects against men of the SARS, the Speaker of the House of Reps has reac

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The Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila says that the House will draft new legislation to establish a system of accountability for the Nigerian police.

This was disclosed in a statement by the House of Reps on Wednesday afternoon. The speaker added that the relationship between the Police has reached toxic levels and some Policemen have shown themselves unworthy.

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Nairametrics reported earlier that Honourable Akin Alabi will file a motion with the House of Reps to dissolve the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), after the online outrage during the weekend over the activities of the Police Unit.

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“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,” Alabi said.

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In today’s plenary session Majority Leader of the House, Rep Alhassan Ado Doguwa, moved a motion on the need to put a stop to the gross violation of human rights by special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and it was seconded by Honourable Alabi.

Reacting to the issue, Gbajabiamila said: “Every day, throughout our country, interactions between the police and our citizens results in acts of horrific brutality, extortion/retribution against the Nigerian people. Too many of the people we assigned to protect our citizens have shown themselves unworthy. Unfortunately, many of those who have betrayed our trust in this manner are never answerable for their actions. At the heart of this fundamental failure lies the unavoidable truth, that we lack an independent framework for ensuring the Police are held to account. We’ve long expected the Police to police itself. It is now abundantly clear that this was the wrong call. The parliament will now step in to introduce an independent, fair/practical approach to ensure they are held to the highest standards of professional conduct.”

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He added that the House of Reps will work with the Nigerian Bar association and other stakeholders to draft new legislation ensuring accountability from the Police. He said:

“Over the next thirty days, the House of Representatives will work with the Nigerian Bar Association, civil society and with Nigerians of good conscience to draft new legislation that establishes a system of accountability that;

  1. Holds erring members of the Police Force to account for their conduct and impose civil and criminal liability for violations of the police code.
  2. Also compels the Nigerian Police Force to take responsibility for failures of training and discipline that leads to violations.

The Speaker said the House will make sure the police is made to act in the faith and respect of Nigerians and urged for the support of all Nigerians.

Rep. Ado Doguwa added that the actions of SARS has led to loss of lives and properties and expressed concern that all acts to reform the unit have produced very little results.

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He said the House demands the IGP to take decisions to end Police Brutality and report to the House in 3 weeks. He said the IGP also has to:

  1. To produce a comprehensive record of disciplinary and (or) Judicial action taken against the officers accused of abuse of power in the past five years.
  2. Produce immediate plan for identifying and compensating victims.
  3. Set up a Joint Committee of Justice, Human Rights and Police affairs to oversee the above players and Conduct Public Hearing on the Human Rights Violation of Citizens by SARS and submit their report within 6 weeks for further legislative action.
  4. Take immediate steps to develop Legislative actions to amend existing Laws & the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to excise Section 215(5) & replace it with provisions that ensure judicial review of Police actions is enshrined/protected by the constitution.
  5. Establish a framework for holding individual members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) accountable for their conduct in the course of and performance of their lawful duties, including criminal and civil liabilities.
  6. Allow the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to bear civil liability for failures in their conduct and operational procedures that lead to violations of citizens’ rights.

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  1. NIB

    October 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Looks sound, what is expected to correct, but we should not ban SARS, but rather restructure it and set standard of psychological, educational as well as moral inclination for appointment of it’s personal as well as making it response oriented only.

  2. Adetoa

    October 7, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Going by the clarion calls of all and sundry to in checkmating the excesses of SARS it would be a welcome development if amandements are made in the police acts to allow the eering police officers to answer for their excesses in the course of performing their legal duty. The expectations of average Nigerian is whenever a policeman is seen there should be a peace of mind but the opposite is always the case. The steps of the House of Representatives would be a welcome development. And this must be done without wasting time. This is because we are talking on something that has to so with human lives.

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PayVIS: New Lagos State platform to use traffic cameras to fine traffic offenders

Lagos State’s Vehicle Inspection Service has launched a technology-based initiative to track, monitor and book traffic offenders.

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The Lagos State Government has launched PayVIS, a number plate detection platform that captures vehicle offenders when they violate traffic laws and then bills them.

PayVIS is an initiative of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service.

According to the information contained in the website of PayVis,

  • “PlateDetect is a Traffic analytics and access control application developed for Lagos State’s Vehicle Inspection Service to track, monitor, and book traffic offenders.”
  • “LASG VIS’s PlateDetect ensures that all vehicle documentation (vehicle license, Insurance policy, Roadworthiness certificate, Driver’s license, Hackney permit (Commercial vehicles only), Lagos State Drivers’ Institute card (Commercial vehicles) can be verified and tickets raised for violators.”

How it works

  • From an advert seen by Nairametrics, traffic cameras located beside traffic lights will capture traffic offenders without the presence of traffic officials.
  • To detect whether you may have had a prior traffic offense, vehicle owners are to visit their website, type in their plate number and then click on search.
  • Once this is done, a bill is generated for any outstanding offense.

On its Facebook page, the Vehicle Inspection Service said that it will be showing an understanding of the current economic situation to exhibit fairness and good faith by offering a 50% rebate on existing unpaid fines from January 1 to 31st January 2021.

Offenders are advised to take opportunity of the period to pay up, as 100% penalty would be payable after the deadline.

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Gulf of Guinea Piracy: Effective Military capacity needs to be deployed – Maersk

Maersk has called for military intervention in the Gulf of Guinea following several attacks by pirates.

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Maersk, Safmarine deny dumping Lagos, as port challenges affect operations 

Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, has called for military intervention in the piracy problem in the Gulf of Guinea, which has made the gulf the new global headquarters for piracy.

This was disclosed by Maersk Chief of Marine Standards, Aslak Ross, in a Bloomberg report on Saturday evening.

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He said,

  • “It is unacceptable in this day and age that seafarers cannot perform their jobs of ensuring a vital supply chain for this region without having to worry about the risk of piracy. The risk has reached a level where effective military capacity needs to be deployed.”

READ: Maersk, Safmarine deny dumping Lagos, as port challenges affect operations 

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On December 20, Maersk was attacked off the West African coast. Bloomberg reported that the Maersk Cadiz was boarded by ‘criminals’ on Saturday at about 2:30 pm Nigerian time, while traveling from Tema in Ghana to Kribi in Cameroon.

Nigerian naval ships arrived to help the vessel, which can transport the equivalent of 4,500 twenty-foot containers. Nigerian Navy Rear Admiral, Oladele Daji, said Nigeria is taking steps to combat the growing piracy problem by “ensuring that this menace of piracy is gotten rid of in our waters, so that those with legitimate business in shipping, fishing, and oil and gas, can go about their business without fear.”

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What you should know 

  • Nairametrics earlier reported that West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea recorded an unprecedented increase in piracy attacks in 2020, according to the International Maritime Bureau in its 2020 Annual Piracy report published on Wednesday.
  • The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said its Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received 195 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 162 in 2019. The incidents included three hijacked vessels, 11 vessels fired upon, 20 attempted attacks, and 161 vessels boarded.
  • 135 crew members were kidnapped from their vessels in 2020, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 95% kidnapped.

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FG to organize another tripartite meeting for Lagos-Ibadan expressway gridlock

The FG has announced plans to organize tripartite stakeholders’ meeting to resolve issues on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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The Federal Government has announced plans to organize another tripartite stakeholders’ meeting, as they have reiterated their commitment towards resolving the incessant gridlock and truck menace on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This disclosure was made by the Coordinating Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation in Nigeria, Mr Funsho Adebiyi on Saturday during an inspection tour of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Adebiyi said that those invited to the meeting include the Lagos, Ogun and Oyo state governments, as well as truck drivers and owners, traffic regulatory agencies, amongst others.

What Mr Adebiyi is saying

While expressing regret that the constant presence of articulated trucks parking indiscriminately on the Oghere section of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project is damaging new construction work on the highway, he said that drastic steps must be taken to tackle the problem in each of these states in conjunction with their governments.

He said,

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  • You see trailers in their hundreds park on the road shoulders we are just repairing. Some of them are not parked empty, they are carrying as much as 900 bags of cement and they are abandoned there on the road shoulder.’’

He pointed out the need for another meeting, as the 4 previous stakeholders’ meetings held with truck drivers and owners, as well as other stakeholders did not achieve the desired results.

Adebiyi said,

  • I had invited my Minister to a town hall meeting before and he has met them and we are organizing another town hall meeting with them next week Friday and Saturday, to come and sit down with them to discuss with the truck drivers, truck owners, the truck park operators. We are making efforts also to construct parks where they can park – about 4,000 capacity truck park. It will be constructed still along this Oghere end, but we are begging them to stop parking on the road.’’

Adebiyi, during an earlier inspection of section one of the highway which stretches from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu interchange, said the federal government was constructing two major additional interchanges.

He also added that two flyovers were being constructed on section one, in addition to 14 existing ones on other stretches in Ogun and Oyo, to curb gridlock and improve the safety of new communities along the axis.

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What you should know

  • The reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which faced several setbacks was flagged off in 2013 with the award of the contract to 2 firms.
  • Section one of the project that spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu interchange in Ogun state was awarded to Julius Berger, while the other section which spans from Sagamu interchange to Ibadan was awarded to RCC.

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