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#EndSARS: National Human Rights Commission sets up independent investigative panel

NHRC has set up an independent investigative panel to investigate allegations of abuse by officers of disbanded SARS.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has announced that it has constituted members of an independent investigation panel into the activities of the dissolved SARS, as the Federal Government finds a way to end the nationwide protests.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Commission on social media. The Panel will be made of 12 persons, including Feyikemi Abudu, co-host of the ISWISPodcast, and Organizer of the Feminist Coalition group that helps with legal, healthcare, and other needs during the protests.

However, Abudu did not accept the invitation to the panel.

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Nigeria has witnessed a week of protests as young Nigerians take to the streets of cities across the nation to demand justice for police brutality.

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The tweet reads, “NHRC constitutes members of the Independent Investigative Panel (IIP) on allegations of human rights violations against SARS and other units of the Nigeria Police Force,” and went on to list the panel members.

 

What this means

Establishing an independent panel to investigate cases of police brutality by SARS addresses the demands of protesters. However, we wait to see the direction this will take in the coming days, especially as some of the chosen members of that panel have declined their participation.

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With the protests entering its second week, the Federal Government will be seeking ways to end it. The government is already in advanced talks to end the 7 months long ASUU strike and has ordered the reopening of NYSC Orientation camps. This is allegedly a frantic effort by the government to get the youths off the streets as soon as possible.

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#EndSARS: No excuse for that amount of brutality on unarmed civilians – Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga has said that there can be no excuse for the amount of brutality met on unarmed #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.

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The Former Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga says there can be no excuse for the amount of brutality on unarmed #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria and urged the African Union and Nigerian government to investigate actors of state brutality.

Mr Odinga disclosed this in a statement on Thursday afternoon, he also passed his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Police brutality and abuses that have gone on in Nigeria for the last couple of days, leading to multiple deaths and injuries of unarmed civilians are extremely worrying and unacceptable. There can be no excuse for that amount of brutality on unarmed civilians protesting misconduct on the part of the police,” Odinga said.

He added that the brutality that was meted out on the protesters is a reminder of “how precarious and threatened Africa’s march towards democratization, respect for rights and freedoms and the rule of law remains”.

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He urged that the continent needs to disembark from the politics of confrontation and violence and engage issues to resolve differences. He also called on the African Union and Nigerian Authorities to “investigate the violence and murders that have gone on and hold the perpetrators to account.”

Africa and its institutions must stand up for and condemn the brutalization of its citizens at home with the same energy and vigor it responds to the violations of its citizens abroad,” he said.

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#EndSARS: Tinubu says he has no investment in LCC, collects no dime from Lekki Tollgate

Bola Tinubu has denied having any investment in the Lekki Concession Company.

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Tinubu denies advising Buhari to print new naira notes

Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied having any kobo investment in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), and as such has no dime in the funds generated at the Lekki Tollgate.

The rebuttal follows claims and allegations of his involvement in the shooting of unarmed protesters on Tuesday at the Lekki Tollgate. He was alleged to be livid from the losses made at the tollgate due to its shutdown by #EndSARS protesters; hence, the scheme to disperse protesters

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Bola Tinubu debunked this rumor, in a telephone interview with Channels Television in the early hours of Wednesday.

In response to a question on his interest in the Lekki Tollgate, the APC leader said, “I have no dime, no kobo investment in the tollgate”.

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READ: Breaking: Some Nigerians mistook promptness of FG response as sign of weakness – Buhari

He also denied having any investment in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the firm which manages the tollgate.

Going further, he stated that he was reported to the President and initially accused of being behind the protests going on across the country; an allegation he has since denied. He refuted claims of giving the orders for the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate and questioned the logic behind the use of live arms on protesters who were unarmed.

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READ: #EndSARS: Governor Sanwo-Olu clarifies “forces beyond our direct control” comment

“I will never, never be part of any carnage. I will never be part of that.”

According to Tinubu, it was his intervention that that spurred Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to respond to the demands of the protesters.

READ: #EndSARS: Government should be given the chance to implement the demanded reforms – Tinubu

He said, “That was why he (Sanwo-Olu) set up the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The governor has gone to the home of one of the victims to appeal to them. He has put N200m together as part of restitution and compensation for those attacked.”

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There has been reported vandalization of properties allegedly owned by the former Lagos State Governor, which was fuelled by rumors he had a hand in the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza.

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Hoodlums razed the Lekki Tollgate and there were also alleged attacks on Oriental hotel, Television Continental, amongst others.

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#EndSARS: Ikoyi Prison on fire, as Army foils jailbreak attempt

Ikoyi Correctional Centre in the Ikoyi area of Lagos is currently on fire.

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Some buildings on the premises of the Ikoyi Correctional Centre are currently on fire, as there was an alleged jailbreak attempt by inmates. The fire emanating from the facility and seen in a video posted by Arise TV led to speculations of a possible jailbreak.

Senator Tokunbo Ogunbajo confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with Arise TV. He disclosed that the cause of the fire outbreak is still unknown as security operatives and other personnel at the facility have done their best to curtail the inferno and restore order. 

He emphasized that soldiers and other security operatives have arrived at the correctional facility, and there is no record of any escaped inmate, neither was there an attack from hoodlums.

According to him, the gunshots heard by neighbors, were fired to bring order and stem down unrest amongst inmates, who might want to seize the situation to escape.  

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