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#EndSARS: Police brutality still evident after SARS dissolution

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The Inspector-General of Police announced the scrapping of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) on Sunday. However, a few minutes after the announcement, the Police attacked #EndSARS protesters with tear gas, water cannons, and live ammunition according to a Nairametrics analyst.

READ: How SARS “robbed” me – Yele Bademosi, CEO Bundle

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Nairametrics reported on Sunday that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, dissolved the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic, and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a Police Force and System that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people,” the IGP said.

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READ: #EndSARS: State Governors should have necessary powers to control the Police Force – Seyi Makinde

However, Nairametrics covered the protests over the weekend and it turned out the officers stationed at the Force HQ may not have gotten the memo.

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READ: Why some placard-bearing protesters stormed SON’s Abuja office

The protesters after getting the news of the dissolution of the SARS, listened to a speech by activist, Aisha Yeshufu, at the Maitama roundabout in Abuja. The protesters agreed to take their protest to the Force HQ in a peaceful manner, marching from Maitama roundabout to the Secretariat.

Immediately after crossing the Federal Secretariat and approaching the Force HQ, Policemen attacked peaceful protesters unprovoked using tear gas, water cannons and also dispersing the crowd with gunshots warnings.

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Journalist, David Hundeyin, who was at the scene of the attack after the IGP’s announcement said, “Just staged a PEACEFUL March to the Force HQ and got badly teargassed for the 2nd time today, after which we were hit by a water cannon and then multiple live bullet rounds into the air”

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They came after us on foot brandishing horsewhips” he added.

READ: France increases minimum wage after protests, as Nigeria refuses to do same

According to the Nairametrics analyst, the Police chased the unarmed protesters from Secretariat down to Transcorp Hilton junction. The Police perpetrated a number of atrocities; they slashed car tyres, hit cars, manhandled fleeing protesters, seized phones and arrested whoever they caught up with. All these happened a few minutes after the IGP announced the dissolution of SARS.

Bottomline

The FG needs to address the issue of total Police brutality which is related to the SARS protests. Protesting is a constitutional right, and the Abuja protesters were mainly peaceful and unarmed. However, they were teargassed 3 times on Sunday, which begs the question of whether the FG is truly ready to implement the publicized dissolution of SARS.

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Federal Government declares Thursday October 29 public holiday, to mark Eidl-Mawlid

Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.

This disclosure was made by the honourable Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola congratulated muslim faithfuls both at home and abroad for the opportunity to observe this year’s celebration. He further enjoined them to show love, patience and perseverance.

In the light of the aforementioned facts, the minister urged Muslims to detest or shun lawlessness, looting and daylight robbery which undermine National security and safety.

Ogbeni Aregbesola, who described the youths as the hope and future of the nation, advised them to deepen democracy and not dampen it.

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For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.

What you should know:

Eid Mawlid is an annual celebration for Muslims meant to marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Just-in: President Buhari reappoints Yakubu as INEC Chairman for second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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INEC to introduce election results viewing portal, INEC headquarters gutted by fire

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.

This disclosure was made by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari nominates Prof Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second term in office’.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office.’

Details later…

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#EndSARS protest: Hoodlums loot 110 tractors in Yola

Hoodlums looted the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola state.

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Due to the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality tagged “EndSARS” protest, hoodlums have stolen at least 110 tractors and other farm implements from the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola.

Confirming this development to TheVanguard, was the chairman of NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Umar-Daware, who also revealed that the hoodlums also broke into the main warehouses of the Rice Farmers Association and Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, carting away valuables which include farm inputs and fertilisers.

What they are saying

Commenting on the latest development, Mr. Umar-Daware, said: “They did not only took tonnes of produce, but they also made away with the farm inputs for the dry season farming and the offices of Rice Farmers Association, Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MFAN) and the NECAS were also looted and vandalised.

Commenting further, he said: “What they took away include tonnes of rice, beans, maize, sorghum and millets, and computers, tables, chairs, office equipment, water dispensers and cash,’’ he said.

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Mr. Umar noted that complaints have been forwarded to security agencies, although the organization is still awaiting a formal response. He, however, urged people in Adamawa and its environs to be on the lookout for anybody in possession of the tractors, and report to NECAS, RIFAN and MFAN officials for recovery and necessary action.

What you should know

NECAS is involved in agriculture-related services and human capacity development across the North-East region States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe.

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Since its establishment in 2018, the association has expanded its scope of activities, especially through the Federal Government, CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), mechanisation drive, and partnerships with development agencies.

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