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BREAKING: Osinbajo Orders Immediate Overhaul Of SARS |RN


Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered an immediate re-organisation of the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The Acting President gave the order following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

The allegations border on human rights violations.

Osinbajo ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS.

The IGP, according to a statement by Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Acting President, would ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven.

Such unit, he said, should be restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging Unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.

The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.

Meanwhile, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.

(NAN)

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill SARS Operative In Oyo |The Republican News

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Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

There was pandemonium in Saki town, Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State on Tuesday after suspected Fulani herdsmen killed the Officer-in-charge of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Saki Area of the Oyo State Police Command, Sheu Magu, and a member of his team.

The deceased were said to have died as a result of machete injuries sustained in the hands of the herdsmen during an operation in a forest around Saki-Ogboro.

Two weeks ago, Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Odude, held a peace meeting with herdsmen, farmers and leaders of the agrarian communities of the state in the command headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.

Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said four suspects who were connected to the crime had been arrested.

A source who preferred anonymity told our correspondent that the SARS men had arrested some suspected Fulani herdsmen for disturbing public peace but they were ambushed by another group of herdsmen.

The source said another victim of the attack, simply identified as Ademola was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Saki.    (Punch)

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#EndSARS: Despite IGP’s Order, Nigerians Insist SARS Must Be Scrapped |RN

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                                        Police IG Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.

Despite the call by the Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idris,  for an immediate reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Nigerians insist that it should be scrapped.

The Hashtag, #EndSARS gained momentum on the social media on Sunday, when Nigerians took to Twitter to protest ill-treatment, abuse and harassment by operatives of the SARS.

Although, the IGP has called for the SARS to be restructured, the #EndSARS continues to trend. Nigerians still demand the scrapping of the SARS.

See some of the tweets:

There’s no need for any re organization,All Nigerians want is to #EndSars

— Truth Empire (@TruthEmpire1) December 4, 2017

And do not allow anyone sabotage your/our efforts. #EndSARShttps://t.co/y9eEy5SE7M

— VeloxTravel✈️ (@weabless) December 4, 2017    (Punch)

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Kwara Command Detains SARS Men For Alleged Sexual Harassment |RN

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Zone 2 Lagos Police Command Spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmus

Success Nwogu, Ilorin

The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado, says the four police officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad accused of sexually harassing a lady, Kachi Zion, along the Pipeline area of Ilorin, have been detained.

Zion had through her Instagram page –@69bars –alleged that some SARS operatives accosted her at the Pipeline area in Ilorin at the weekend, accused her of prostitution and searched her.

She specifically accused one of the policemen of inserting his fingers into her private parts.

Ado, who spoke through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, told our correspondent on the telephone in Ilorin on Tuesday that he was sad at the allegation.

Okasanmi said he had been in contact with the spokesperson for the Zone 2 Police Command, Lagos, SP Dolapo Badmos.

Badmos had earlier told journalists that the Zone 2 would liaise with the Kwara State CP over the incident.

The Kwara PPRO said after the CP got information about the allegation on the social media, he directed that Zion should be invited to the command to shed more light on her allegation.

Related: Prison Warder Commits Suicide After Photos With Inmate Went Viral |RN

He stated that the lady honoured the invitation on Tuesday and had made “useful statement.”

Okasanmi said further that the four SARS men had been invited for interrogation.

He stated that although they denied the allegation, they had been detained.

He said, “Regardless of their denial, the command is still investigating them and will punish them according to the law if it is proved that they are guilty. They will, however, be released, if they are innocent.

“As the CP directed, I got in contact with the lady (Zion) and invited her to the command. The lady was with us this morning (Tuesday). We also invited the SARS men that were posted to the area on the day the incident took place. The team members denied the allegation, but we are still investigating the matter. The lady was satisfied with the action we have taken so far.

“We will get to the root of the matter. If actually the policemen committed the offence, they will be dealt with in accordance with the law. The telephone number of CP and my telephone number are all over the place. We asked the lady that rather than going on the social media, why did she not make effort to come to a police station and report the matter because we would gone after the SARS officers immediately.

“The officers are now in detention.”   (Punch)

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IGP Meets Osinbanjo Over IPOB, Slams Wike |The Republican News

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              Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar, over the crisis between the Nigeria Army and the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State and some parts of Rivers State.

The IG also berated the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for claiming that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were armed robbers.

Speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting which lasted almost an hour, the IG said the aim of the meeting was to ensure the security of all Nigerians.

Asked to be specific about strategies he was adopting as regards events in the South-East, he said all critical stakeholders which include governors were being engaged to find a lasting peace.

He said, “Obviously, one, is to deploy policemen across the country, two, we are in touch with the state government, trying to mobilize the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary on how to lessen the tension in the South-East.

Repeated clashes between Nigerian soldiers and IPOB agitators led by Nnamdi Kanu, forced Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to declare a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.

The police boss also described as nonsense, Wiki’s allegation that the reported killing of a SARS officer during a foiled kidnap operation on Monday in the Oroazi area of the state was a confirmation that his men were involved in armed robbery and kidnapping.

Idris said, “He (Wike) has the right to self-expression. You know he is a governor.”

Asked if he was not denying the allegation he replied, “Of course I have to deny that, that is nonsense. I have to deny that.

“If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues. A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, is different from saying policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime.”

When reminded that the governor alleged that the dead policeman was one of the three men that were suspected to be members of SARS who were attempting to kidnap someone and he died in the process, the IGP replied, “Who is the person they were attempting to kidnap?

“I just want you to read between the lines. If you have leaders making sweeping allegations obviously it does not make sense.”  (Punchng.com)

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