Twitter Investigating Global Platform Outage

In this file photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP
In this file photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP

 

Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter says it is working to resolve a global outage of the platform used by hundreds of millions worldwide.

The outage which started on Thursday evening marked a new setback for the network, which is fending off accusations of bias over the decision to block a news report critical of Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden.

“We know people are having trouble tweeting and using Twitter. We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible,” a company spokesperson told AFP at 2225 GMT.

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Repeated attempts to post a tweet were greeted with the message: “Something went wrong, but don’t fret — let’s give it another shot.”

According to downdetector.com, users on every continent had reported being unable to use the platform, but the outages were concentrated on the east and west coasts of the United States, as well as Japan.

The outage appeared to have started around 21:30 GMT.

“We are continuing to monitor as our teams investigate. More updates to come,” Twitter’s application programming interface site said.

#EndSWAT: Obiano Affirms Sack Of CSP James Nwafor, Sets Up Investigative Panel

Governor Willie Obiano

 

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has affirmed the sack of a former commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state, CSP James Nwafor.

Governor Obiano revealed this on Thursday via his Twitter page, following the outcry of youths in the state seeking the prosecution of Mr. Nwafor.

“Today, I joined youths of our dear State to say #EndPoliceBrutality and I support them because they did not only vote and defend their votes in my 21-over-21 victory but all their requests are genuine and germane, and I oblige to honour them all.

Governor Willie Obiano addresses the protesters

“James Nwafor, former OC SARS in Anambra State is sacked and will be prosecuted”.

He also disclosed that a panel has been set up to investigate police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state.

“Following my meeting with amazing #EndSARS protesters in Anambra, earlier today, we’ve setup up a Panel of Inquiry over Reports of Abuse of Human Rights, as communicated in the attached images”.

Governor Willie Obiano addresses the protesters

 

He said the panel will look, in particular, into allegations of extrajudicial killings by a former head of the SARS Office in Anambra, Chief Superintendent of Police James Nwafor (retired), whose appointment as a Special Assistant to the Governor has since been terminated.

“James Nwafor will face prosecution if found guilty of any of the alleged offences.

CSP Nwafor is being accused of killing several youths and extorting from the citizens.

“Third, I’ll ensure that the Presidency does the needful to ensure a better life for our youths, for us, ndi Anambra and for our nation. Long Live Anambra Youths! Aluta continua!”

The governor assured residents of the state that all those arrested will be released immediately.

“I felt honoured being in their midst to share in their feelings; and I made it clear that: First, Federal Government has disbanded SARS but I will personally visit all SARS offices in Anambra State to ensure that anyone being held is released, immediately.

“I have also directed the Commissioner of @PoliceNG in Anambra State to review all detentions in not just the SARS facilities in the State but also in all police formations to ensure that the freedoms and dignity of all citizens are upheld at all times.

 

#EndSWAT: SARS Help Some States To Fight Insecurity – Northern Governors

 

The Northern Governors Forum has called for the reformation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the country.

Speaking during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja, Chairman of the Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, said SARS operatives helped the northern region tackle insecurity in some states.

“As SARS is banned, we are now looking forward to an opinion because most of the states in the north said no,” he said.

“They want SARS because SARS help them. A lot of SARS people help them. Borno Said if not SARS, WE would not have been surviving today, Niger and almost all parts.

“If we are addressing it like that, what is going wrong in some places? Is it the process of recruitment? Is it the character of people?”

While noting that his colleagues in the region want the entire police architecture to be reformed, the governor said states like Borno and Niger have benefitted from the efforts of SARS operatives in fighting terrorism and banditry.

On Sunday, the IGP announced the disbandment of SARS following nationwide protests against police brutality by the unit.

Thousands of protesters across the country have been protesting for over a week against the harassment, extortion, and extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police authorities in response to the outcry of the protesters disbanded the SARS unit and announced the setting up of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit as its replacement but the protests and demonstrations continue nationwide with hashtags #EndSWAT, #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality dominating social media trends.

#EndSWAT: Youths Protest In Anambra, Demand Prosecution Of Former CSP James Nwafor

Anambra youths protest against police brutality

 

Youths in Anambra State have joined the ongoing protest calling for an end to police brutality.

The protesters took to the streets of Awka the state capital, marching from Aroma junction to the Government House alongside blocking the expressway with tryes.

The Anambra youths are also demanding the prosecution of a former commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state, CSP James Nwafor.

CSP Nwafor is being accused of killing several youths and extorting from the citizens.

The protesters arriving at the Government House demanded to see Governor Willie Obiano to present their demands and the names of those who have been killed from police brutality.

But the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solomon Chukwulobelu, who received the protesters commended them for their peaceful conduct, giving assurances that the governor will hear all their demands.

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Again, #EndSWAT Protesters Block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

#EndSWAT Protesters Block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. PHOTO: Channels/TV

 

Protesters against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have again blocked sections of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway grinding vehicular activities to a halt.

The protesters occupied the inbound and outbound sections of the expressway singing solidarity songs and chanting ‘#EndSWAT’‘#EndSARS’ ‘#EndPoliceBrutality.’

Motorists and commuters were trapped in the gridlock as a result of the demonstration by the protesters.

The protesters regrouped after the early morning attack on them carried out by armed thugs on House of Assembly drive, in Alausa area of Lagos State.

By midday, they walked 1km from Alausa to Allen roundabout, where they stayed for some minutes chanting solidarity songs.

The protesters later moved to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway blocking both sides of the road.

For the past few days, hundreds of protesters demanding an end to police brutality, extrajudicial killings, and extortion by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force have blocked the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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#EndSWAT: FG Is Thoughtful, Sensitive About Young Nigerians – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says the Federal Government is thoughtful and sensitive about the young people in the country.

Speaking during a media parley on Thursday in Abuja, Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is focused on investing in infrastructure that will provide opportunities for young people to express themselves and become entrepreneurs.

He, therefore, said young people should believe that the government will do its best to attend to their demands as long as the resources are available.

“What young people need to know is that this government is thoughtful, sensitive and concerned about them,” he said.

“We intend to do the very best that we can given the resources that we have. The youths must also see that we were very quick to respond to make amends where we see that things may not be exactly right.”

Protesters Storm NASS

Protesters against police brutality and extra-judicial killings have taken their demonstration to the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The protesters in their numbers on Thursday stormed the complex displaying placards lamenting extra-judicial killings and demanding justice for victims of police brutality.

READ ALSO: Police Brutality: How I Was Hung Upside Down In 1993 – Adegboruwa

They sang songs of solidarity, recited the national anthem, and chanted ‘EndSWAT!’ ‘EndSWAT!’.

Security agents could, however, be seen forming a barricade at the entrance to the National Assembly complex.

Thousands of protesters across the country have been protesting in the last one week against the harassment, extortion, and extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police authorities in response to the outcry of the protesters disbanded the SARS unit and announced the setting up of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit as its replacement but the protests and demonstrations continue nationwide with hashtags #EndSWAT, #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality dominating social media trends.

Police Brutality: How I Was Hung Upside Down In 1993 – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa.

 

 

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has condemned the brutality meted on protesters by personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, the lawyer narrated out how he hung upside down for participating in a protest against the annulment of the 1993 presidential election.

“The Police has not changed in terms of interfacing with protesters. I was part of a similar protest in 1993 when we were demanding for the actualisation of June 12,” he said.

“When we got to the Ojota Bridge, we were rounded up and taken to Area F where they had a place called ‘German Cell’.

“I was hung from the head down with a rope, beaten up with late Chima Ubani. It is just by the grace of God that I didn’t die.”

He also has asked the Federal Government to engage the #EndSWAT protesters in the country, adding that there was genuine needs to address their concerns.

“Government should engage them in terms of genuine attempts at addressing the issues,” the lawyer said.

“The first thing is to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The people have become victims of police brutality.”

While commending the protesters for the orderly manner they have been conducting themselves, the legal practitioner said they were demanding for the nation’s restructuring.

He, therefore, called on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to respect the rights and values of the protesting youths.

READ ALSO: #EndSWAT Protesters Storm National Assembly

“This current protest is just about the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).  #EndSARS protest is translating into a demand for restructuring.

“#EndSARS protest is translating into some kind of vote of no confidence in the responses of government.

“The universities have been closed for months. EndSARS protest is also a declaration of demand for the reopening of the educational sector. It addresses blackout, lack of electricity, virtually all issues in our national life,” he added.

Thousands of youths across the country have in the last one week been protesting against the harassment and extrajudicial killings perpetrated mainly by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police authorities have since disbanded the unit and announced the Special Weapons and Tactics unit as its replacement.

However, the protests have continued with many demanding for more reforms.

#EndSWAT Protesters Storm National Assembly

Protesters against police brutality and extra-judicial killings have taken their demonstration to the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The protesters in their numbers on Thursday stormed the complex displaying placards lamenting extra-judicial killings and demanding justice for victims of police brutality.

They sang songs of solidarity, recited the national anthem, and chanted ‘EndSWAT!’ ‘EndSARS!’.

Security agents can however be seen forming a barricade at the entrance to the National Assembly complex.

The Spokesperson of the Senate, Ajibola Bashiru accompanied by the Senate Committee Chairman on Police, Haliru Jika later addressed the protesters.

The, however, insisted that they should be addressed the Senate President Ahmed Lawan.

Meanwhile, the Senate President says the Federal Government has met the demands of the protesters and that there’s no need for any further protests.

In the House of Representatives, The speaker inaugurated the Special Committee on the review of the constitution. The Committee is led by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase.

Thousands of protesters across the country have been protesting in the last one week against the harassment, extortion, and extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police authorities in response to the outcry of the protesters disbanded the SARS unit and announced the setting up of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit as its replacement but the protests and demonstrations continue nationwide with hashtags #EndSWAT, #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality dominating social media trends.

See more photos from the protest below…

 

 

#EndSWAT: No SARS Officer Will Be Part Of New Tactical Team – Police

 

 

The police have said that no member of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a part of the newly constituted Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

Following a very intense protest that has lasted for days, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, dissolved the infamous subunit of the force, SARS.

Two days after disbanding SARS, the IGP set up a SWAT unit, however, this move did not go down well with those who had protested for the dissolution of the anti-robbery squad, causing them to change the mantra from #EndSARS to #EndSWAT.

The call for the disbanding of the new unit is hinged on the arguments suggesting that the decision to immediately replace SARS operatives with SWAT is hasty and unpremeditated.

In a bid to throw more light on the new unit set up by the IGP, the police put out a statement via Twitter stating what their mandate will be, however, rather than refer to them as SWAT, police spokesman Frank Mba who put out the statement used the phrase ‘Tactical Team’.

It is unclear if the Police have changed the name of the newly constituted unit from SWAT to Tactical Team, but the spokesman said no operative of SARS will be included in the new team.

He also noted that the operations of the Tactical Team will be strictly intelligence-driven. Members of the new Tactical Team are also expected not to embark on routine patrols.

They are barred from the indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops, and other smart devices.

Mr. Mba’s communique also states that those who will be members of the new Tactical Team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter especially those that touch on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.

It adds that the new Tactical Team will only: “respond to robbery attacks, respond to scenes of weapon-related crimes, rescue operations, and special operations involving high profile crimes”.

#EndSWAT: There’s No Indication Govt Is Prepared To Respect Nigerians’ Rights – Falana

 

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the Federal Government for setting up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

During an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Falana said a change of name was not enough and it appears there’s no indication that the government is prepared to respect the rights of Nigerians.

“As far as I’m concerned, so far, we are only scratching the surface of the problem and there’s been no indication that the government is prepared yet to respect the rights of the Nigerian people embodied in the constitution and other statues,” he said.

Just like many other Nigerians, Mr Falana believes that the problems go beyond a name change and, therefore, more concrete steps ought to be taken to bring about real change to policing in Nigeria.

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“For me, it is not actually the name that matters and I think what the youths are saying is that beyond renaming, they want to see concrete steps taken to show that it is not going to be business as usual when it comes to policing in Nigeria,”.

The lawyer challenged state governors to also rise up to the occasion by doing all within their power to ensure the safety of its residents, rather than solely relying on the Federal Government.

“It is supposed to be a joint responsibility,” he said.

Speaking further, Falana said Nigerians owe the youths a lot of gratitude for “the peaceful manner in which they have carried out the protests and also for waking all of us up to our responsibilities”.

#EndSWAT: You Negotiate With Terrorists, Negotiate With Protesters – Falana Tells FG

 

 

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked the Federal Government to hold talks with #EndSARS protesters and grant their demands, the same way it negotiates with terrorists.

Falana said this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“The government must engage in dialogue with leaders of the protesting groups,” he said. “After all, the government negotiates with terrorists so why don’t you negotiate with patriots like the young men and women that are protesting all over the country.”

He believes that the talks backed by steps that meet the demands of Nigerians who have taken to the streets are the only way the government can end the nationwide protests.

One of the necessary steps is for the Federal Government to ensure that protesters are protected.

Another, according to him, is for a full-fledged inquiry into the outright killings of Nigerians by police officers.

He also called on state Attorneys-General to take over the prosecution of cases.

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Nigeria currently does not run a state policing system and that limits the control governors have over security matters regarding their states.

Falana, however, says that with nearly 98 percent of crimes in the country committed at the state level, there is the need for a more decentralised system of policing.

He said, “There has to be a full-fledged inquiry that will support a judicial commission of inquiry not a judicial commission of inquiry that will seat in camera (private) like the Ayo Salami judicial commission of inquiry. This one will seat in the open like the Oputa Panel and they will investigate the atrocities, the outright killings.

“Finally, I’m calling on the state Attorneys-General because 98% of criminal offences in Nigeria are state offences. Let our Attorneys-General take over the prosecution of cases in Nigeria. Moreso, that the Police Act 2020 has prohibited policemen and women from prosecuting in our courts so, the state government will have to engage lawyers to take over the prosecution of cases in all our courts.

“If the government can put all this in place in the next three days, the young men and women can now be persuaded to leave the streets,” he said.

Falana’s comments come 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), after nationwide protests over series of allegations of police brutality and human rights violations.

Despite the development, the protests have continued as many Nigerians suspect the new unit may amount to a mere change of name.

As the protest continued on Wednesday with many rejecting the SWAT unit, the police 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.

 

Just like many Nigerians, Mr Falana believes that the problems go beyond a name change and, therefore, more concrete steps ought to be taken to bring about real change to policing in Nigeria.

“The young people are not talking about SARS or SWAT alone, they want a new policing system in the country,” he said.

Protests Continue, Nigerians Demand #EndSWAT

Protests against police brutality and extra-judicial killings continue on Wednesday with a new hashtag #EndSWAT.

The protest follows the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

According to the protesters, the agitation continues because the decision to immediately replace SARS operatives with SWAT is hasty and unpremeditated.

“All hashtags remain valid towards the struggle. Be vigilant. This is about all of us. We are all in pains right now but don’t let those we have lost die in vain. I saw the SWAT thing. Hasty. But will address,” #EndSARS convener, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalinks tweeted on Tuesday morning.

At the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, some of the protesters can be seen chanting songs of solidarity and demonstrating despite the early morning rain.

See below tweets containing photos and videos from the protest…

 

 

 

 

The protesters said the agitation continues until all their five demands are met. According to them, measures have been put in place to measure the progress and how the demands are met.

The five demands include the immediate release of all arrested protesters; justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families and setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).

Other demands include psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS before they can be redeployed and an increase in police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

Meanwhile, the presidential panel on Tuesday approved the demands of #SARSMUSEND protesters, including halting the use of force against protesters and the unconditional release of arrested citizens.

The five-point demands of the protesters were okayed at a forum convened by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the National Human Rights Commission, with stakeholders, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said.