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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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#EndSars: House of Reps to draft new Police legislation in 30 days, Speaker Gbajabiamila asks NLC to suspend strike, offers palliatives

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.

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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.”

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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Just-in: #EndSARS: GTBank on Admiralty, Lekki allegedly on fire

A GTBank branch was allegedly set ablaze by some hoodlums that disguised as #EndSARS protesters.

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GTBank’s branch on Admiralty Way, Lekki has been allegedly set ablaze by some hoodlums that disguised as #EndSARS protesters.

This was disclosed by eyewitnesses around the affected branch via their respective social media accounts on Tuesday.

 

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#EndSARS: Lagos orders investigation of Lekki Toll Plaza shooting

The Lagos State Government has ordered an investigation into the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate.

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Lagos State Government has ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting that was allegedly done by some men of the Nigerian Army on Monday evening.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Commission of information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and shared via the state’s Twitter handle.

It stated, “There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals, who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

“The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.”

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According to the statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu advised Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear state upside down.

Omotoso assured that the Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

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Back story: Nairametrics had reported that the Lagos State Government announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state, with effect from 4 pm, which was later shifted to 9pm Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

This is due to the raging #ENDSARS protests and demonstrations in the state which has been hijacked by criminals and hoodlums with attacks on innocent citizens and destruction of properties.

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Update: US embassy shuts down consulate in Lagos over violent #EndSARS protests

The US Embassy in Nigeria has announced closure following violent clashes in many parts of the country.

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The United States embassy and consulate in Nigeria, has announced the shutting down of its consulate in Lagos State for two days with effect from Tuesday, October 20, 2020, due to the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protest which has been hijacked by hoodlums, with several properties destroyed and lives lost.

This was disclosed in a statement to American citizens, issued by the US embassy and consulate in Nigeria, on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

This is also coming after the Lagos State Government declared a 24-hour curfew due to the outbreak of violence across the state during the protests.

The US embassy and consulate in its statement said,

Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos. Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges.

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“Some police stations have been targeted. Lagos State closed all schools indefinitely as of October 19, due to protests and implemented a 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00 p.m. on October 20. Consulate General Lagos is closed for the rest of today and tomorrow.”

In the statement, the US embassy advised all its citizens in Nigeria to avoid areas around protests and demonstrations, check local media for updates and traffic advisories, continue to be vigilant and avoid areas affected by the protests.

It also urged their citizens to take the following actions, avoid the areas of the demonstration(s), exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, keep a low profile, be aware of their surroundings, monitor local media for updates and review the travel advisory for Nigeria.

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