Woman Tells Panel How SARS Bullet Shattered Her Leg

 

 

A petitioner, Mrs. Hannah Olugbodi, a hairstylist who now walks with the aid of crutches, on Saturday told the Lagos #EndSARS Panel how she was hit by a stray bullet on June 6, 2018.

On that date, she returned home from work with her husband and children before collecting money from her husband to buy pepper to make dinner. As she went to the market she heard gunshots.

“I was hit by a stray bullet and I remember passing out, I woke up in a car at LUTH,” she said. “I was in so much pain.”

She said after being given four bags of drip, she realised she couldn’t move her left leg.

She shouted, “My God, why me?”

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The doctor told her that saving the leg was 50/50 and that it could be amputated.

She said four surgeries were recommended.

“The first was to put a metal in the leg, the second was to cut parts of the bone which the bullet had cut to fragments because it wouldn’t survive. The 3rd surgery was a skin graft,” she said.

At this point of her testimony, the petitioner showed the court the extent of her injuries. She said she is still in pain and her entire life has since changed, all because of a stray bullet.

She also testified that she’s not been able to work, feed her children or perform basic chores. Her husband has had to sell his land to pay for her treatments.

She said she spent six months at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, and no police official visited. She said at a point, the hospital threatened to stop treating her after she ran out of money.

The petitioner presented a lot of hospital bills and documents in support of her case. She also presented photos of her injuries detailing every stage of her surgeries.

According to her, she wrote letters to the Lagos State Government and the Ministry of Justice seeking for assistance and redress but got no response.

The panel admitted the letters in evidence as exhibits.

The witness said she requires further plastic surgery so her legs can be “balanced”.

Under cross-examination by counsel to the police, Joseph Eboseremen, she admitted that she did not write any letter to the Commissioner of Police. The counsel also asked if she has any of the pellets extracted from her leg at LUTH to which she replied, “the bullet scattered my bone.”

And even though she said she has no ballistic report, she was emphatic that the gunshots came from a SARS official.

At the prompting of the police counsel, her husband, Oluwaseun Olugbodi was called to also testify.

He said he heard the gunshots and watched the scene from his balcony. Neighbors then came to tell him his wife had been shot.

He recounted how they went round different hospitals, from the Igbobi Hospital, to the military hospital before they were accepted at LUTH where he was told that his wife’s leg would be amputated if he didn’t provide money for her treatment on time. He said he then ran around family and friends trying to raise money.

On how he knew that it was SARS who shot his wife, the witness said he was told by some hotel staff that the SARS officials came to a nearby hotel where a group of boys were watching football. SARS suspected that these were yahoo boys and when they resisted arrest, the SARS officials shot into the air.

“It was one of those bullets that hit my wife,” he said.

He added that the DPO later confirmed it was Gbagada SARS.

When the police counsel asked if he has any evidence to show that there was any shooting on the day in question, he replied in the negative.

The case was then adjourned to December 8.

‘Policemen Beat Me Till I Peed On Myself’: Woman Tells Lagos Panel

 

An #EndSARS protester, Felicia Okpara, has testified against the police, saying she was brutalized by officers simply for recording the violence that took place during one of the protests in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

She said this on Friday while narrating her ordeal to the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution.

Okpara told the panel that she had just concluded an interview in the area and was heading back home when she saw the protest and decided to join.

Shortly after, she heard gunshots and people started scampering for safety.

According to her, after running towards a police station, she decided to record the incident but was accosted by a police officer who asked why she was recording and ordered her to stop.

Refusing his orders, the said officer pulled out a gun on her while another joined in and both forcefully dragged herself and another lady to the police station nearby.

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On getting there, several officers including women started beating and punching them. According to her, the beating was so much that she lost control and urinated on herself.

“While the beating was going on, I lost control of my body and my phone fell on the ground and one of them used his leg to smash it because he believed I was recording with it and I was going to pot it on the internet.

“While we were still at that gate, some were coming out, they joined the beating. Dragged me inside, that was where I lost control of my body, I peed on myself. I managed to get a hold of the phone because I knew that was the only thing I had,” Okpara said, fighting back tears.


Watch the full video of her testimony below.

#EndSARS: Four Petitioners To Give Testimony Before Lagos Judicial Panel Of Inquiry

The Judicial Panel in session (file)

 

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate cases of police brutality and extrajudicial killings has commenced its 12th sitting.

At today’s hearing, four petitioners are expected to give their testimonies including a further hearing by Mr. Okoliagu Abunike who had alleged that he lost two of his teeth in an encounter with officers of the now-defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

Others include a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, Mr Basil Chetal Ejiagwa, and Francis Idum.

The session started with the cross-examination of Mr Abunike by the counsel to the police, Emmanuel Eze.

On October 27, Abunike, a father of five, told the panel that in 2012, The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives detained and tortured him for 47 days at their Ikeja office, without trial.

Read Also: SARS Detained Me For 47 Days, Extracted My Teeth – Victim Tells Lagos Judicial Panel

According to him, he had been invited to a police station in the Ojo area of the state for some clarification over the disappearance of some goods at his former place of work.

Upon honouring the invitation, he said he was immediately arrested and was handed over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja.

“I was like what is going on? And they said there was a complaint against me from my boss that something happened, and goods got missing.

“I said well, my boss has to come here so that we can iron out whatever issues because something like that has happened before and they called me to go back and resume (work), that it was a mistake on their system. After we waited for the whole day, nothing happened. The next day, they brought me back to Ojo from Ikeja, with so much threats.

“My boss did not even show up, then they started beating me, calling me a thief, fraudster and all that. They paraded me around the whole Alaba International Market, they asked me to stand straight in their vehicle, showing my face; they even took me to my church,” the petitioner said while narrating his ordeal in the hands of the security operatives.

#EndSARS: Sister Narrates How Brother Died In SARS Custody, Police Refusal To Release Corpse

Doris Idedia testifies before the panel.

 

A witness, Doris Idedia, on Wednesday narrated how her brother allegedly died in the custody of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police and the subsequent refusal by the police to release his corpse to the family.

Idedia speaking before a nine-member panel set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate allegations of violations of human rights by the police said her brother, Festus Idehen, was arrested in Kaduna and subsequently died in police custody in Abuja.

She told the panel that a police inspector identified only as Kingsley tortured her brother over a false accusation that he stole a car in 2016.


He eventually died on September 6, 2016, three days after he was taken into police custody in Abuja.

“He left us. He didn’t eat anything till he died on the 6th. He died in pain. This is someone that was supposed to be in Canada. He never got there,” Idedia said amid tears.

Mrs Idedia is demanding N200 million compensation from the police over the death of her brother.

Counsel to the police, Malik Taiwo in response requested for more time to get their facts ready for cross-examination.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima, therefore adjourned the case to December 15th, for cross-examination.

Nigerian Army Not Happy That Gov Sanwo-Olu Denied Inviting Us – Brigadier Taiwo

 

Commander of the 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo, has said that the Nigerian Army is unhappy that the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, denied inviting them to come and restore calm at the Lekki Tollgate area of the state in the heat of the #EndSARS protests.

Brigadier General Taiwo said this on Saturday while addressing members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate cases of police brutality.

“The Nigerian army was not happy about two things. The first is his (Governor Sanwo-Olu’s) denial that he asked us to intervene when in actual fact, it was the proper thing to do,” he said.

“He called the Chief of Army Staff and the GOC 81 division and asked for intervention because the police had been overrun”.

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The Army Commander made the comments after presenting videos to the panel as part of evidence of the violence that had erupted across the state.

“I’m sure that after we have watched everything, we have seen that he had reasonable grounds to ask the army to intervene,” he added.

Who Really Gave Orders?

Brigadier Taiwo reiterated the army’s earlier position that officers were only deployed on the orders of the state government, particularly in relation to the events of October 20.

But on his part, the governor has yet to make any definite statements about who ordered the deployment or the shootings by the army.

At some point, he attributed the unfortunate incident to ”forces beyond his control” – a situation which has left many Nigerians puzzled over the facts of the matter.

Also in an interview with CNN, the governor said: “from the footage that we could see, because there were camera’s at that facility, it seemed to me that they will be men in military uniform which should be the Nigerian Army.”

When asked further if military forces ordered the shooting of the peaceful protesters, he said: “yes, they were there, that’s what the footage shows”.

Viral eyewitness videos from the scene of the shooting had shown several persons who sustained gunshot wounds, raising fears of multiple fatalities.

But contrary to what had been widely reported, the governor said only two persons are confirmed to have died from the incident so far.

“Two dead bodies. That is what we have seen from all the morgues, that is what we have going to hospitals, that is what we have seen as records.

“What has happened is, there have been so many footages that people have shown but we have not seen bodies.

“We’ve not seen relatives, we have not seen anybody truly coming up to say indeed I am a father or mother to someone and I cannot find that person.

“I have been to the ground and there’s no scratch of blood anywhere”.

The judicial panel which was set up nearly three weeks ago, is expected to look into the case, as well as other cases of police brutality with a view to ensuring justice for the victims.

In previous sittings, some survivors have come forward to share grisly details of their encounters in the hands of the rogue officials of the now-defunct unit at the heart of the protests – the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

One of the victims narrated how he had spent over a month in detention, and he was tortured to the point where he lost two of his teeth.

Another person said he had been thrown off a story-building and was now confined to a wheelchair after he broke his spine, while a woman alleged that she had lost pregnancies.

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Lekki Shooting: Burna Boy Captures Grief, Frustration In New Single ‘20:10:20’

Burna Boy (File Photo)

 

Barely one month after the release of his critically acclaimed ‘Real Life’ video featuring Stormzy, international multiple award-winning superstar and Afro-fusion pioneer, Burna Boy, has released a new song born from a place of profound devastation: “20:10:20”.

Released on Friday October 30, ’20:10:20′ talks about the recent uprising in Nigeria where, in a space of 12 days, hundreds of youth peacefully protested against police brutality by a special unit of the police force – Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

On October 20, these events culminated in the infamous “Lekki massacre” where the military shot into the crowd of defenceless protesters sitting on the ground, singing the Nigerian national anthem.

Produced by The Elements, ’20:10:20′ opens in a conversational style with a simple melody that is constant throughout the song.

Unequivocally vocal, Burna Boy addresses the social and political injustices in lyrics that will resonate with many Nigerians: “Water runaway my eye! Nothing wey you go talk wey go justify the case of their murder.” It is a clarion call to the appropriate authorities to investigate and bring to book those responsible for this incident.

 

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Profound and deeply moving, this song is in a stand-alone category as Burna Boy talks about corruption, godfatherism, and youth unemployment. ’20:10:20′ is given life in the outro with harrowing audio recorded live from the scene of the attacks.

Burna Boy has always infused conscious lyrics in his music, from Freedom in 2010 to the smash hit “Monsters you Made” featuring Chris Martin from his recently released chart-topping Twice as Tall album.

He recorded ’20:10:20′ as an outlet for the pain and frustration he felt after the incident.

According to him, “the proceeds of this song will be used to support families of victims and people suffering affliction as a result of the Lekki shootings. May the heavens open and celebrate all our fallen heroes who have died for this movement from the very beginning. Rest In peace to all the beautiful lives lost”.

Bauchi Govt Sets Up Judicial Panel Of Inquiry On Police Brutality

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

The Bauchi State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses and police brutality in Bauchi State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant Media to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado.

According to the statement, Governor Bala Mohammed who gave the approval will inaugurate the panel on Wednesday at the Government House.

The governor’s spokesman said the decision to create the judicial panel followed the recent protest by youths across the country against police brutality of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

See Full Statement Here:

PRESS RELEASE

Following the protest by youth across the country against the recurring highhandedness and Police brutality of the Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force and the resolve of the Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force, His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State has approved the setting up of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate Human Right abuses in Bauchi State.

The Committee has the following membership:-

  1. Justice Habibu Idris Shall (Rtd. High Court Judge)                               –                              Chairman
  2. CP. Hamisu Makama (Rtd) –                             Member
  3. Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State Chapter –                              Member
  4. Barr. Jibrin S. Jibrin, Civil Society Groups, Bauchi State –                              Member
  5. Representative of Human Right Commission Bauchi State Office (NHRC) – Member
  6. Representative of FIDA, Bauchi State Office –                              Member
  7. Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State –                              Member
  8. Representative of Jama’atul Nasirul Islam (JNI) Bauchi State Chapter. Member
  9. Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi State – Member
  10. Representative of National Council of Women Society, Bauchi State (NCWS) – Member
  11. Representative of National Youth Council of Nigeria Bauchi State – Member
  12. Representative of NACCIMA, Bauchi State –              Member
  13. Representative of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore, Bauchi State –              Member
  14. Representative of Miyetti Allah MACBAN, Bauchi State –              Member
  15. Representative of NURTW, Bauchi State –              Member
  16. Comrade Mohammed Nasiru Umar ATBU representing NUBASS – Member
  17. Representative of Attorney-General/Commissioner of Justice     –              Secretary

It is hoped that members of the committee will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience in the discharge of the committee’s assignment.

The Panel will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 28th October 2020, by His Excellency Sen. Bala Mohammed CON, at the Banquet Hall Government House, Bauchi, by 10:00am.

Senior Special Assistant Media to the Governor, Mukhtar M Gidado

27th October 2020.

NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

 

 

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured Nigerian youths that the National Assembly will ensure that victims of police brutality will get justice.

Senator Lawan disclosed this in a statement signed by himself on Monday.

“I want to seize this opportunity to re-assure our youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.

“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate”.

The Senate President also assured Nigerian youths that the National Assembly will work with the Executive arm of the government to ensure their five-point demands are implemented.

“We will also work with the Executive to ensure that the five-point demands of the #EndSARS protesters which the government has committed itself to be fully implemented.

“In spite of the unfortunate hijack of the protests against police brutality by hoodlums to unleash horrifying violence, arson, looting and wanton destruction of public and private property on the country, we will ensure that government fulfills the commitment it has made to the well-meaning agitators for police reform and good governance”.

Senator Lawan noted that the National Assembly is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the Police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency.

He condoled with the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property”.

He urged the youths to join hands with the authorities in bringing an urgent cessation to the violence.

“I call on our patriotic youths to leave the streets as Government has heard their voices and is addressing their grievances. This is also necessary to avoid unwittingly continuing to provide covers for the criminals and fifth columnists in our midst”.

However, as regards those criminal elements unleashing terror on our cities under the guise of the protest, I urge the security agencies to forthwith but with utmost restraint, restore law and order across the country and bring the criminals to justice.

While still grappling with the havoc of COVID-19, the country can ill afford yet another epidemic that has now appeared in the form of the lawlessness that is going on.

“I thank all Nigerian leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians for their interventions towards restoring peace and order after the unfortunate degeneration of the protest into chaos and brigandage in many parts of the country.

“In particular, I thank all Nigerians for their patience and understanding in this trying moment in our dear country.

“I thank you all for your wise counsel to the protesting youths to embrace peace and for Government to be open and sincere in addressing the issues that the youths have raised so clearly”, he added.

 

‘Your Voice Has Been Heard’, President Buhari Addresses Nigerians On #EndSARS Protests


 

After weeks of #EndSARS protests and calls by Nigerians on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the situation, the president has finally broken his silence.

In his less-than 15-minute long address, the President assured the protesters that their voices have been heard ‘loud and clear’.

He, therefore, urged them to discontinue their demonstrations, saying ‘we are responding’.

While acknowledging that “the choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution”, the President, however, noted that “this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law”.

The protesters had made five demands, which included releasing all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for families of victims, the creation of an independent body to oversee the prosecution of officers, psychological evaluation of disbanded officers before redeployment, and the increase of police officers’ salaries.

According to the president, the five-point demands have been ‘carefully evaluated’.

One of the first steps taken within the first week of the nationwide protests was the immediate scrapping of the controversial unit (SARS) which is at the centre of the protests.

In addition to this, the president in his address said measures are being put in place to address the other demands.

According to him, the dissolution of the unit was already in line with “our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms”.

Without directly addressing the shootings by soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State and other parts of the country, the president said he was “deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost”.

He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to securing lives and property and enjoined security agencies to do so without harming those they are meant to protect.

Speaking further, he listed some of the poverty alleviation initiatives by his administration, targetted especially at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in the society and asked Nigerians to take advantage of them.

As for reforms in the police, he said there would be an upward review of salaries of police personnel, as well as their overall welfare, which was among the five demands of protesters calling for an end to police brutality in the country.

“With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards,” he said.

 


See the full address below.

Fellow Nigerians,

It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well-intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,

b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,

c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and

d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;

a. Farmermoni,

b. Tradermoni,

c. Marketmoni,

d. N-Power,

e. N-Tech and

f. N-Agro.

14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law-abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

#EndSARS: Govt Secretariat Shut As Protest Hit Multiple Locations In Ibadan

#EndSARS protesters in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

 

The #EndSARS protesters have occupied various locations and blocked major roads in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.

The protesters who are demanding an end to police brutality and extra-judicial killings on Monday morning blocked the road from the secretariat junction to Agodi, preventing vehicular movement to and from the secretariat.

The gates of the secretariat were shut with civil servants inside to prevent protesters from accessing it.

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Other major locations occupied by the protesters include Apata, Challenge, Molete, Akobo, and Government secretariat areas.

Some of the protesters from Akobo end marched through Bashorun, Idi ape, Agodi gate to the secretariat where they cordoned off the adjoining roads.

Some pupils were also seen joining the protest while ladies were not left out.

The protesters have been peaceful so far as they go round the city to register their displeasure at the state of affairs in the country.

Meanwhile, their activities have led to gridlock with vehicular activities obstructed across the city.

The three-week-long #EndSARS protest has held sway in different parts of the country with protesters seeking an end to police brutality among other major reforms in governance.

Government Offices Shut As Protesters Mount Multiple Roadblocks In Lagos

 

Youths protesting police brutality and extra-judicial killings on Monday blocked entrances into the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa.

The main gates to the government offices were shut by the protesters who said they are also demanding an end to bad governance in Nigeria.

Civil servants can be seen stranded as gates to their offices were locked.

READ ALSO: Soldiers In Abuja Mount Checkpoints On Maraba/Nyanya Road

While some civil servants can be seen carrying their bags and other personal belongings leaving the office premises others are reported locked up in their offices awaiting directives from their bosses on the next line of action.

There are multiple road blockages across Lagos city including the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Youth also cordoned off Lekki Tollgate, Berger bus stop, Gbagada, and other major locations preventing motorists from accessing the roads.

The three-week-long #EndSARS protest has held sway in different parts of the country with protesters seeking an end to police brutality among other things.

#EndSARS: ‘Tremendous Progress’ Has Been Made To Meet Protesters’ Demands, Says Ogunlesi

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Digital Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, has said that tremendous progress has been and is still being made to meet the demands of Nigerians protesting against police brutality in the country.

“If you look at the 5 for 5, you can see that quite tremendous progress has been made on all of these,” he said in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.

According to him, “never before has police reforms been this high on the agenda of any government since 1999,” so it is unfair to say that government has not or is not doing anything.

“I think so far, the government has shown good faith in first acknowledging the demands at the highest level of government. If you go through the list of demands one by one you will see that a lot of work has gone into meeting these demands,” Ogunlesi added.

Since the disbandment of the rogue unit at the heart of the protests – the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Nigerians have continued to make several demands, as many believe the solution to the problem goes beyond scrapping the unit.

Some of the major demands tagged #5For5, 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.

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

Ogunlesi, however, believes that some of the demands are between medium to long term and while they may take some time to be fully implemented, the government is not resting on its oars.

In addition to the dissolution of SARS, the proposed psychological evaluation for officers, as well as the creation of the new controversial Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team, Ogunlesi says states have been asked to set up judicial panels of enquiry.

“That’s a medium-term thing and we must not downplay the importance of that,” he said, adding that it would provide an opportunity for such incidents of police brutality to be presented before an independent panel that can actually listen and take action.

“As for an independent body to oversee the prosecution of officers; that’s also where the judicial panel of inquiry comes in because they are going to make recommendations and then one point that is important to make is that State Attorneys General have the power to prosecute offending police officers”.

Speaking of the proposed psychological evaluation of officers, the President’s aide noted that details of the processes will be made available to Nigerians in the coming days.

He, however, stressed that the police have assured that “none of the disbanded officers will make it into whatever will succeed SARS”.

On the welfare of police officers, ogunlesi said “it is clearly a long term goal among the 5 for 5 demands but even at that, President Buhari last year signed the Police Trust Fund Bill which will ensure that the welfare or compensation of police officers is handled”.