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ENDSARS

#EndSARS: UK ready to support genuine reform of police in Nigeria – British High Commissioner 

Catriona Laing has disclosed that the British Government is willing to support efforts for genuine reform of the Nigerian Police.

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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has disclosed her country’s willingness to support efforts for genuine reform of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and to improve accountability. 

She disclosed this through her verified Twitter handle and seen by Nairametrics. 

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This comes after public yearnings to international countries to mount pressure on the Nigerian government to fulfill plans for police reforms

READ: #EndSARS: Our police reform agenda is a game changer to end impunity – Osinbajo

Backstory

Nairametrics had earlier reported that the UK government is monitoring the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and called for a peaceful police reform process. 

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What they are saying

Commenting on the latest development, Liang said, “I welcome the constructive engagement between Janmmes Duddrudge and Geoffrey Onyeama. We will continue to monitor developments and engage all parties.

“The UK stands ready to support efforts  for genuine reform of the Nigerian police and to improve accountability.”  

READ: #EndSARS: Police Commission recommends dismissal of 37 ex-SARS

Why it matters

Police reform in Nigeria is long over-due. Once implemented, human rights rating in Nigeria will be much preserved and improved.

It will also help put to bed the displeasure at the outcome of the #EndSARS protests, restore public confidence in the Nigerian Police and the security architecture put in place to secure lives and properties.

On the part of the UK, the relative peace will help strengthen and protect bilateral ties between the two countries.

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Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    October 24, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Hmmmm

  2. Abimbola Kumapayi

    October 27, 2020 at 9:34 am

    The British govt needs to help Nigerians on Police reform exactly how it reformed in 1829 under Robert Peel, the then British Home Secretary. What we need is Police Service, and not Police Force. Police need to provide services and not issue of brute force. Above all, the reform should be genuine and not as others in the system, where proposal papers will end up in Suya shop.

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ICPC Chairman reveals #EndSARS protests was financed with cryptocurrency

ICPC Chairman has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

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The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

This is as he said there are strong indications that it could be used to fund Insurgency in the country.

According to a report from Vanguard, this disclosure was made by the ICPC Chairman, during an interactive session with Senate Joint Committee on Banking, ICT, Cybercrime and Capital Market led by Senator Uba Sani on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

READ: ICPC uncovers N9.8 billion Government money hidden in Aso Savings

The Joint committee was mandated to look at the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ban Cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

The ICPC boss while supporting the position of the CBN, said that the nature of operations of Cryptocurrency exposes it to money laundering and terrorism financing.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has said that the agency averted a $3million fraud linked to 20 bank accounts.

READ: ICPC moves against NDDC top management over corruption allegations, quizzes directors

Owasanoye further explained that the anti-graft agency currently has a number of cases linked to Cryptocurrency but is unable to track the suspects.

He brought the attention of the Senate to a period in 2018 when a number of globally rated financial institutions said their financial statements had been hacked with the perpetrators asking to be paid in Cryptocurrencies.

ICPC Chairman noted that the CBN as a regulator has the responsibility to ensure sound financial stability and it will be difficult to achieve in the case of Cryptocurrencies where the players are anonymous.

While sharing the experience of the Indian Supreme Court and how it ruled and admitted that it does not know what it is, he urged the Lawmakers to as a matter of urgency, take decisive action against Cryptocurrencies.

READ: Most powerful financial leader takes side with CBN, says Bitcoin is untrustworthy

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the CBN had directed the financial institutions to immediately close the accounts of such persons or entities transacting in or operating cryptocurrency exchanges, warning of severe regulatory sanctions in the event of any breach of the directive.
  • The apex bank warned the Deposit Money Banks, Non-Financial Institutions and other Financial Institutions against doing business in crypto and other digital assets.
  • The latest directive is coming after the CBN had in 2018 stated that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and as such are illegal.

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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos Attorney-General explains large police presence at Lekki toll gate

Lagos Attorney-General has stated that the State does not support the abuse of peaceful protesters.

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The Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo says that the reason for large numbers of policemen at the Lekki toll gate during Saturday’s protest was to prevent the protest from getting hijacked by hoodlums.

The Attorney-General of the State disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Sunday evening.

“Our duty is to face the dictate of the law.

“The state does not derive any joy from seeing people brutalized, but we must ensure that we have a society where law and order prevails and where everyone is free and secure to go about their businesses.

“Your right to protests only extends to where the other person’s freedom of association starts,” Onigbanjo said.

READ: #EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu presents Buhari report on Lagos destruction by hoodlums

He added that the State Government wanted to prevent any problems during the protests, citing Covid-19 regulations preventing the mass gathering of people and hoodlums hijacking the protests.

“I believe that was the desire of the state government yesterday that people can protests, but think about the Covid-19 regulations, the existing laws.

“We cannot afford the sort of vandalism we saw before, the state was genuinely apprehensive that hoodlums might take over a peaceful protest, we have seen this before. And that was why the police came out in large numbers that this did not degenerate the last time,” he added.

READ: #EndSARS: Freezing of accounts may trigger further protests – Tunde Bakare

What you should know 

Nairametrics reported over the weekend that Officers of the Nigerian Police Force arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

This was confirmed by multiple media images and videos on social media, showing the protesters being arrested and loaded inside police trucks and van, popularly known as Black Maria.

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