Police Ask Judicial Panel For More Time To Study Cases Of Alleged Brutality In Abuja

Counsel to the Police, James Idachaba, asks the Judicial Panel of Inquiry for more time to study the files of cases relating to alleged police brutality during the sitting in Abuja on November 17, 2020.

 

The Nigeria Police Force has asked the judicial panel of inquiry for more time to study cases of alleged brutality in Abuja.

Counsel to the police, James Idachaba, made the call on Tuesday during the resumption of sitting in the nation’s capital.

“I have listened and we will need time to enable me go through some of the processes that are already in the position of the police, if need be because our purpose here is to assist this panel or the commission as it were, to attain the objective of the work of this panel,” he said.

On his part, the brother to a victim of police brutality, Confidence Leera, narrated how an Assistant Superintendent of Police, approached him and demanded the sum of N3million as the balance payment to be made.

Leera who explained that the incident occurred in September 2019, said the police officer wanted to use the money to settle his boss in Abuja over his brother who has been missing for the past one year.

“On September 14, 2019, the ASP Victor Diagbor met me demanding N3million of a balance I was supposed to pay that he wanted to settle his oga in Abuja with the N3million,” he said

“The Edward he arrested said he doesn’t have the N3million. But since he was disturbing that he wanted to go back to Akwa Ibom, Edward now transferred N20,000. All the letters we have been sending to the IGP, IGP has not said anything.”

After listening to both parties, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima, adjourned the sitting to November 19 for further hearing.

“The matter is hereby adjourned to November 19, 2020 for continuation. It is also ordered that the victim be produced on that date,” he said.

Police Killed My Sister A Day Before Her NYSC Passing Out Parade, Lady Tells Panel

 

It was a tearful day as more petitioners in Abuja gave various testimonies at the Independent Investigation Panel set up to look into the allegations of brutality and highhandedness by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

While the session is ongoing in some states, that of the nation’s capital continued for the second day on Thursday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

Two cases came up for hearing but the first, which has to do with an allegation of unlawful detention, could not be heard as both the petitioner, one Bala Mohammed and the respondents or their representatives were absent at the venue.

The respondents were the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police at the FCT Command, and the defunct SARS.

The session was, however, thrown into a moody atmosphere as a testimony taken by one Chinenye Igwetu, narrated how her sister, Miss Linda, died as a result of the action of a policeman.

She recounted that Linda was killed by a policeman on the night of July 3, 2018, while on patrol.

Chinenye, who broke down in tears at a point while narrating what happened, said her sister had gone out with her friends in celebration of her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) passing out parade scheduled for the next day.

According to the petitioner, the police claimed that late Linda who was in the car with two others refused to stop when they were flagged down.

Following the refusal, the police were said to have burst the tyres of the vehicle but in the process, Linda was shot and that led to her death, Chinenye said.

In this photo taken on November 5, 2020, a petitioner, Chinenye Igwetu, breaks down in tears as she narrates how the police killed her sister in Abuja on July 3, 2018.

 

Then she received a call from one of her sister’s friends who was also in the car at about 4:30am.

The man, identified as Mr Tobi, asked her to come over to the Garki Hospital and upon her arrival, she noticed a pool of blood at the entrance with several policemen there.

“I saw Tobi dressed in blood and he was in handcuffs. I asked him what happened, and he could not answer because he was still in shock.

“A policewoman there took me aside and asked if I was the sister to Linda. She was like I have to be strong and narrated the experience that they had to trail these guys (that’s my sister and her colleagues) to the hospital,” the petitioner said.

She added, “Tobi said on their way from Civic Plaza. After they passed the plaza, they heard a loud sound and he thought it was one of his tyres and he looked at the mirrors and saw that the tyres were ok.

“He said my sister tapped him slowly and was gasping for air and when they turned on the light in the car, she was already in a pool of blood.”

Chinenye noted that they later discovered that Linda had been shot, adding that the policewoman at the hospital identified the policeman who fired the shot.

After giving her testimony, she demanded justice and compensation for her family who she said were yet to get over the incident.

The sitting was later adjourned until Friday and scheduled to commence by 10am.

Residents Break Into COVID-19 Warehouse At Gwagwalada, Abuja

 

Residents in search of COVID-19 palliatives have stormed a warehouse located in Gwagwalada in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The looted items include rice, semovita, macaroni, spaghetti, sugar, salt, and fertilizers.

The warehouse which is located near West African Examination Council (WAEC) office, is said to contain items belonging to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

The youths had earlier on Sunday broken into a warehouse at Jabi district close to the code of conduct tribunal.

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Defying the presence of soldiers and policemen the looters made away with various bagged items and stationeries.

Another warehouse at Idu industrial area was also attacked by the looters. Although the looters were unable to lay their hands on COVID-19 palliatives, they vandalized the place removing windows and door frames.

See more photos from the looting at Gwagwalada below…

Angry Youths Break Into COVID-19 Palliative Warehouse In Abuja

 

The search for COVID-19 Palliatives continues in the Federal Capital Territory as some angry youths on Sunday broke into two different warehouses in the nation’s capital.

The youths, not minding the presence of soldiers and policemen first broke into a warehouse at Jabi district close to the Code of Conduct Tribunal where they helped themselves with various bagged items and stationeries.

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The situation was worse at another warehouse in the Idu Industrial Area where some of the youths who were unable to lay their hands on Covid-19 Palliatives vandalized the place removing window and door frames.

Although calm has been restored in the area with Military Air patrol, some of the youths in an interview with Channels Television claim that they are only out to take their portion of the COVID-19 Palliatives.

Security Operatives Shoot To Disperse Crowd Attempting To Loot COVID-19 Palliatives In Abuja

Screengrabs from a video showing a crowd attempting to loot an Arts and Culture Centre in Abuja on October 24.

 

 

Security operatives on Saturday fired gunshots to disperse a crowd who were attempting to loot the Arts and Culture Center in Abuja.

The crowd claimed that the centre houses COVID-19 palliatives for the Federal Capital Territory.

In a video which has now gone viral, some were heard threatening to go through the back door if the entrance was not opened.

Shortly after, gunshots were fired as the crowd scampered for their safety.

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This is coming amid the chaos, series of destruction and looting that has occurred in many parts of the country.

 

 

Major malls, shops, businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – prisoners have escaped from jails, following what started as peaceful protests across the country, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, as well as better governance in the country.

The looting of warehouses first started in Lagos, part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state.

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Scores broke into a warehouse in the Amuwo area of the state on Thursday, where COVID-19 palliatives were being stored.

Viral videos on social media showed people packing out bags and cartons of the palliatives which were ought to have been shared by government to cushion the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

Elated by their finds, many took to social media to share pictures and videos of the loot, as several others slammed the government for ‘hoarding for months’ what could have helped Nigerians cope through the hard times of the pandemic.

The same began to happen in many other states, with state governments coming out to say the palliatives were not hoarded but rather saved for vulnerable groups of the society.

Two Dead As Pro-SARS Demonstrators Attack #EndSARS Protesters In Abuja

 

The FCT police command has confirmed the death of two persons following an attack by Pro-SARS demonstrators on #EndSARS protesters around the Apo Mechanic Village area of the Abuja metropolis.

The brutal attack also led to the burning of several cars.

In a telephone interview, the deputy police public relation officer Mariam Yusuf says the police has launched an investigation into the incident.

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The police spokesperson said the hoodlums attacked people randomly and set ablaze several vehicles that they thought belonged to the #ENDSARS protesters.

The thugs are said to have been armed with machetes, sticks, and other crude weapons and attacked the protesters and anyone else in sight.

They also invaded some shops, houses, and anything else they could lay their hands on.

Police Fire Teargas At #EndSARS Protesters In Abuja

Police Fire Teargas At #EndSARS Protesters In Abuja. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

Police officers have fired teargas at #EndSARS protesters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The protesters who are demanding an end to police brutality and extra-judicial killings were intercepted by the security agents at the John Kennedy Street as they attempt to march through the back gate of the Presidential villa.

In an attempt to disperse the protesters who were also gathered at Power House in Asokoro, the police officers fired tear gas.

Soldiers had earlier mounted checkpoints along the Mararaba/Nyanya road linking Nasarawa State to the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Some passengers were forced to walk as some commercial vehicles stayed off the roads for fear of being stuck in traffic while the popular aya roundabout is occupied by officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).

Also, police officers were stationed in front of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carrier and water cannons.

See more photos below…

 

#EndSARS Protesters Defy Security Operatives, Continue Demonstrations In Abuja

#EndSARS protesters continue with their demonstrations despite the presence of soldiers in Abuja on October 19, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

#EndSARS protesters on Monday defied the presence of security operatives in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The demonstrators carrying the national flag converged on the Aya roundabout in continuation of the protests that have entered its 12th day.

See photos of scenes of planned Abuja #EndSARS protest blocked by security agents…

 

 

#EndSARS: Sights, Scenes From Candlelight Procession In Abuja

Pictures of some of the victims who have been killed from police brutality.. picture courtesy Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun

#EndSARS protesters are currently holding a candlelight procession at the Unity Fountain Abuja, in honour of victims of extra-judicial killings.

The protesters on Friday started the session with Christians and Muslims praying for the souls of those that have been killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Below are the sights and scenes from the procession:

PHOTOS: #EndSARS Protesters Block Abuja Airport Road

Protesters block airport road

 

#EndSARS protesters in Abuja have continued their daily protest as they defy the Federal Capital Territory Security committee order, banning street demonstrations within the nation’s capital.

Some of the protesters who converged at the Unity Fountain took their agitations through the streets, blocking the Abuja Airport road.

The protesters are calling for an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings.

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Earlier, the protesters took another twist as the Muslim youths observed their Jummat prayers on the road.

This comes 24 hours after the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee directed that all street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within its environs henceforth.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday, the development became necessary due to the dangers posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Ogunleye noted that the committee is satisfied with the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad {ARS} as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian Police.

He added that despite the pronouncement by the IGP scrapping the unit, the #EndSARS protests continued in parts of the FCT, causing inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.

“The security committee has reiterated the commitment of the FCT administration to ensure that all residents are safe, secure, and able to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment”.

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#EndSARS Protesters Hold Jummat Prayers On The Road

 

#EndSARS protesters in Abuja on Friday continued their protests across the city, demanding justice for all victims of police brutality and killings.

While they continue to press for their demands to be met, the protest took another twist as the Muslim youths observed their Jummat prayers on the road.

This comes 24 hours after the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee directed that all street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within its environs henceforth.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday, the development became necessary due to the dangers posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Muslim #EndSARS protesters hold Jummat prayers in Abuja on Friday. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Muslim protesters in Lagos also did the same as they held their Jummat prayers at the protest ground near the House of Assembly Drive, Alausa.

 


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Days after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS), the protests only seem to be gaining more momentum as many Nigerians suspect the new unit may amount to a mere change of name.

As the protest continued on Friday with many rejecting the SWAT unit, the police have said no member of SARS will be in the unit and referred to the unit as Tactical Unit rather than SWAT.

The police did not state whether it has changed the name of the unit from SWAT to Tactical Unit as an image (below) the force tweeted on Wednesday suggested.

 

 

Beyond setting up a new unit, prospective members of the new team are expected to undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

The IGP has also ordered all personnel of the disbanded SARS to report to the Force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

While a time-frame for the medical evaluation has not been disclosed, the IGP was quoted to have said in a statement by the Force PRO, Frank Mba, that the officers are expected to undergo the process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

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The medical examination will be carried out by a newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), a unit which the Force says will, henceforth, engage in psychological management, reorientation and training of the officers of the force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

“The unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from among psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors, and imams, public relations practitioners, civil society and other human rights groups with relevant qualification and expertise,” the statement read in part.

#EndSWAT: Several Injured As Hoodlums Attack Protesters In Abuja

 

Several persons have been injured after hoodlums hijacked the SARSMustEnd protest in Abuja on Wednesday.

The protesters who were marching across major streets in the city were said to have been attacked by a pro-SARS group – turning what had started as a peaceful protest into raging violence, characterized by shattered windscreens and bleeding people.

The group who claimed to be supporters of the police subunit, SARS, said the ongoing #EndSARS protests were capable of demoralising the police.

This comes about 24 hours after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

Despite the development, the protests have remained unabated as many Nigerians believe that a mere change of name is not the solution to the problem.

This quickly sparked a new trend #EndSWAT; with Nigerians demanding immediate justice for all victims of police brutality, among other things.


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Some of the damage done by Pro-SARS protesters on Wednesday, October 14.

 

The protesters have defied all efforts to stop them and are bent on continuing until all their demands are met.

Some of the demands include releasing all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for families of victims, the creation of an independent body to oversee the prosecution of officers (within 10 days), psychological evaluation of disbanded officers before redeployment, and the increase of police officers’ salaries.

While the police appear to be making some effort, many Nigerians feel it is not satisfactory.

Beyond setting up a new unit, prospective members of the new (SWAT) team are expected to undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

 

Some of the damage done by Pro-SARS protesters on Wednesday, October 14.

 

The IGP has also ordered all personnel of the disbanded SARS to report to the Force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

While a time-frame for the medical evaluation has not been disclosed, the IGP was quoted to have said in a statement by the Force PRO, Frank Mba, that the officers are expected to undergo the process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

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The medical examination will be carried out by a newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), a unit which the Force says will, henceforth, engage in psychological management, reorientation and training of the officers of the force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

“The unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from among psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors, and imams, public relations practitioners, civil society and other human rights groups with relevant qualification and expertise,” the statement read in part.