‘Dialogue With Govt Has Failed’: Cross River Magistrates Protest Non-Payment Of Salaries

 

No fewer than 30 Cross River State magistrates have protested against non-payment of their 24 months salaries at the governor’s office in Calabar.

Chief Magistrate, Court of Odukpani, Safiya Ashipu, who protested along with her two sons and 29 other magistrates on Tuesday carried placards bearing different inscriptions.

The magistrates, including 11 from Obudu, where Governor Ben Ayade hails from, were drawn from the 18 council areas of the state.

Speaking to journalists, the Chief Magistrate of Cross River Govt, Solomon Abuo lamented that the state government is yet to pay them their salaries.

He explained that the protest became imperative over what he described as a failed dialogue while engaging with the relevant arms of government.

READ ALSO: Electricity Hike Another Betrayal Of Trust, Says Labour Union

“As we speak, we are all sitting magistrates manning different courts in the state, dispensing justice for the peace and tranquillity of our state, Cross River,” he said.

The Chief Magistrate of Cross River Govt, Solomon Abuo, speaks to journalists in Calabar on January 5, 2021.

 

“We kept on waiting for the state government to pay us our salary and some persons will be asking why are we protesting now?

“We decided not to protest all this while in order to give peace a chance by dialoguing with the government. Dialogue has failed.

“We have written to the executive arm of government through the Secretary to the State Government, the Attorney General of the state.

“We have written to the legislative arm of government through the Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly on this matter, up till now no salaries.”

Women Protest Against Abduction Of Katsina Students, Demand Their Immediate Release

Some protesters stormed the streets of Katsina demanding the immediate release of abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State on December 13, 2020.

 

Protests on Sunday rocked Kastina State over the abduction of many schoolboys from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in the Kankara Local Government Area of the state

The protesters, mostly women, demanded the prompt rescue of students abducted by bandits on Friday night.

Carrying placards, the protesters went around the school’s premises and some parts of the town conveying various messages.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards include: ‘Government must speak out’, ‘We want our children back’ and ‘We want security in Kankara’.

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari has confirmed that three hundred and thirty-three students are missing following an attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.

The governor gave the figure when he received a Federal Government delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno on Sunday.

READ ALSO: Katsina Abduction: 333 Students Missing, Says Governor Masari

Masari who explained that the school has a population of 839 students said so far, those kidnapped cut across the state with the boarding school housing all children from all parts of the state and outside the state.

“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped,” Governor Masari said.

“We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling through the numbers those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.

“We as a government we are yet to be contacted by any group or person responsible for the kidnap of the students.”

#EndSARS: No Form Of Gathering, Protest Will Be Tolerated In Cross River, Police Warn

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Cross River State Police Command has warned against another #EndSARS protest in the state.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, the police said no form of gathering, procession or protest would be tolerated.

The Cross River State Police Command wishes to draw the attention of the general public against any gathering, procession or protest in Cross River as some unscrupulous individuals or group of persons are planning to embark on another similar destructive and fierce ENDSARS protest that left unsuspecting and law-abiding citizens into repeated wanton destruction in the State.

“The Cross River State Police Command wishes to draw the attention of the general public against any gathering, procession or protest in Cross River as some unscrupulous individuals or group of persons are planning to embark on another similar destructive and fierce ENDSARS protest that left unsuspecting and law-abiding citizens into repeated wanton destruction in the State,” the statement partly read.

READ ALSO: FG, Labour Leaders Agree To ₦5 Reduction In Fuel Price

“Consequently, the Command wishes to reiterate that the memories of Government of Cross River State, private entrepreneurs and security families still laments in losses recorded on the occasion of the recent ENDSARS protesters which was highly condemned.

“It’s on the above, the Cross River State Police Command, therefore, caution those who might want to hide under ENDSARS protest to spark another catastrophic impact with intent to cause chaos in the state, to refrain from such unprofitable evil venture as the Police and other security agencies will not fold their hands while individuals or groups Mastermind another violence and absolute freedom of individuals in the state.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

NO ROOM FOR VIOLENT PROTEST, GATHERING IN CROSS RIVER STATE:

The Cross River State Police Command wishes to draw the attention of the general public against any gathering, procession or protest in Cross River as some unscrupulous individuals or group of persons are planning to embark on another similar destructive and fierce ENDSARS protest that left unsuspecting and law-abiding citizens into repeated wanton destruction in the State.

The Command has actionable intelligence that certain individuals or groups have concluded plans to entice innocent Citizens, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow Tuesday 7th December 2020 at strategic locations in the State.

Consequently, the Command wishes to reiterate that the memories of Government of Cross River State, private entrepreneurs and security families still laments in losses recorded on the occasion of the recent ENDSARS protesters which was highly condemned.

It’s on the above, the Cross River State Police Command, therefore, caution those who might want to hide under ENDSARS protest to spark another catastrophic impact with intent to cause chaos in the state, to refrain from such unprofitable evil venture as the Police and other security agencies will not fold their hands while individuals or groups Mastermind another violence and absolute freedom of individuals in the state.

In the same vein, the Command equally warns parents and guardians to caution and discourage their Children/Wards from being used for any act, gathering or protest capable of causing mayhem in the state.

At this juncture, the Command wishes to State crystal clear that any unlawful assembly, procession or protest will be ethically subdued in line with the provisions of the extant laws.

Furthermore, the Police Command enjoined residents to go about their lawful businesses as any attempt to sabotage, truncate or cause a breach of peace in the state to have a rethink and change of attitude towards the betterment of the all, please.

DSP IRENE UGBO

Police Public Relations Officer

Cross River State Command.

 

We Shall Never Allow Any Violent Protest In Nigeria Again, IGP Warns

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned that the Nigeria Police Force will not allow violent protests in the country.

Speaking during a meeting with Commissioners of Police in Abuja on Friday, Adamu said the Force was ready to combat any group attempting to cause a breakdown of law and order.

“When #EndSARS protests started peacefully, we provided security for them. We were moving with them to make sure they were not molested by any group of people and it was going on well until it turned violent,” he said.

“When it turned violent, they then attacked the people that were even giving them protection. So, we shall never allow any violent protest in this country again.”

The IGP also reiterated his commitment to tackling the several security challenges in the country, calling for the cooperation of all Nigerians.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

He also promised that the Force would arrest prisoners who took advantage of the recent #EndSARS protests to cause mayhem in parts of the country.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi speaks during a meeting with top police officers in Abuja on November 27, 2020.

 

On his part, the Minister of Police Affair, Muhammad Dingyadi, called for the commitment of the police personnel while discharging their duties.

While expressing the confidence of the Federal Government of the capacity of the Force, he asked the IGP to lead his men to continue to maintain peace and security in the country.

Court Imposes Travel Ban On Ousted Peru President Amid Protests

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 09, 2020 the then Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra gives a farewell statement to the press before leaving the presidential Palace in Lima, following his impeachment by an overwhelming majority Congress vote.  AFP

 

A Peruvian judge on Friday banned ousted president Martin Vizcarra from leaving the country days after his dismissal by Congress as the nation’s political crisis spilt over into street clashes between protesters and police.

The announcement came after thousands of people took to the streets in the capital Lima and cities across Peru late Thursday to protest Vizcarra’s impeachment over corruption allegations.

At least 14 protesters were wounded in clashes with police, the National Human Rights Coordinator said.

Judge Maria Alvarez said she was imposing an 18-month travel ban on Vizcarra at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, investigating allegations that the 57-year-old received more than $600,000 in kickbacks from developers while a regional governor.

“We have said that we will stay,” Vizcarra assured journalists Friday, once again rejecting the charges against him and questioning the legality of his removal.

“We have the truth and the support that backs us up,” he said.

Congress voted Monday to impeach him, while Congress Speaker Manuel Merino assumed office as Peru’s third president in four years.

Tense protests that began Tuesday continued into Friday, when hundreds of young people marched to the residence of Prime Minister Antero Flores-Araoz in Lima after the 78-year-old conservative challenged them to come to his house because he did not understand their demands.

With signs saying “Merino is not my president” and “Rats out of Congress!” they marched dozens of blocks to the house, where they were stopped by a police barricade.

In the capital Lima late Thursday, police used tear gas and pellets to disperse a group trying to reach the Congress building while protesters threw sticks and stones at the officers.

Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest against the new government of interim President Manuel Merino, following the impeachment and removal of former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, at the San Martin square in Lima on November 12, 2020.   AFP

 

Those wounded in the clashes included two young men hit “by firearms,” said Jorge Amoros, a doctor at Almenara hospital in Lima where both are hospitalized.

An AFP photographer was struck by pellets in his arm and leg during the march in Plaza San Martin.

 ‘Coup’ 

The South America office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on authorities to guarantee the right of Peruvians to protest, saying it had received “disturbing information” about police behaviour.

The Ombudsman’s Office demanded security forces “immediately cease the use of tear gas and pellets against citizens who exercise their right to demonstrate.”

Vizcarra said protests must be allowed and called on the people to express themselves peacefully.

Demonstrators hold a protest against the new government of interim President Manuel Merino, following the impeachment and removal of former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, at the San Martin square in Lima on November 12, 2020.   AFP

 

“We also appeal to the national police to respect the demonstrators,” he said.

Interim president Merino urged calm.

“We are not going to put in place a brutal change,” he said, after installing his government with a conservative majority.

When he took office on Tuesday, Merino said he would respect the calendar for the next general elections, scheduled for April 11, 2021 and would leave power on July 28, 2021, the day when Vizcarra’s mandate was to end.

Clashes also took place on Tuesday, after Merino was sworn in.

Vizcarra had broad popular support since succeeding Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the former Wall Street banker who was forced to resign under threat of impeachment over corruption allegations in 2018.

Some lawmakers had questioned the wisdom of removing Vizcarra in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and a crippling recession, with the financial markets nervous about whether the new government will maintain existing economic policies.

“In all the cities of Peru, people are rising up because they consider that this has been a coup,” protester Luis Bardales, 34, told AFP in Lima.

“We do not agree with parliament. It was not necessary” to dismiss Vizcarra, said protester Irene Aguilar, marching with her daughter.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit Peru hard, with GDP plunging more than 30 per cent in the second quarter.

The South American country has the world’s highest per capita death rate from the virus, which has caused nearly 35,000 deaths and more than 930,000 infections.

AFP

Police Will Not Tolerate Repeat Of Attacks, Looting – IGP

File photo of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has warned that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the recent attacks, looting, and destruction of properties in several parts of the country.

Adamu’s warning was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

“The IGP affirms that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the horrendous attacks and killings, arson and wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country,” the statement partly read.

“He warns that the Force shall deploy the full weight of the law and legitimate force (if necessary) in preventing a reoccurrence.”

While noting that 22 policemen were gruesomely murdered and 26 civilians were injured following the #EndSARS protests and the violence that emanated therefrom, the Force spokesman said a total of 51 civilian fatalities and 37 injuries were recorded,

He also lamented that 205 police stations, corporate facilities, and private property were attacked, burnt or vandalized.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

RESIST ALL VIOLENT AND RIOTOUS ELEMENTS FORTHWITH: IGP ORDERS AIGs, CPs.

  • Directs the Use of lawful Force in line with the Constitution

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the deployment of all legitimate force to protect lives and property of citizens including police officers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies and their families and to prevent attacks on private/public assets from any violent person(s) or group(s) operating under any guise.

The IGP restates that Command Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police should resist all riotous elements forthwith and checkmate any form of violent/riotous protests in line with Section 33 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which among other things provides for the use of such force as is reasonably necessary –

(a)    For the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property;

(b)    In order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or

(c)    For the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.

The IGP affirms that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the horrendous attacks and killings, arson and wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country.

He warns that the Force shall deploy the full weight of the law and legitimate force (if necessary) in preventing a reoccurrence.

Recall that in the wake of the ENDSARS protests and the violence that emanated therefrom, a total of fifty-one (51) civilian fatalities and thirty-seven (37) civilian injuries were recorded, while a total of twenty-two (22) policemen were gruesomely murdered and twenty-six (26) others injured by the protesters. Two hundred and five (205) police stations, corporate facilities, and private property were attacked, burnt, or vandalized.

The IGP assures law-abiding citizens across the country of the Force’s renewed and unwavering commitment to their safety and security especially as we approach the yuletide. He calls for the collaboration and support of citizens in the ongoing reforms of the Force.

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

Police Arrest 17 For Inciting Fresh Protest In Niger

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police authorities in Niger State have arrested 17 persons for allegedly inciting youths in the state to hold a protest.

This followed the suspected plan by some persons to embark on a protest despite the ban on public demonstrations by the state government in the wake of the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protest across Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman on Tuesday disclosed the arrests in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun.

Usman said most of those arrested were not from the state.

The suspects “are currently under investigation while they will be charged to court for prosecution after investigation,” the police boss said.

Usman asked parents and guardians to prevail on their wards and subjects to remain peaceful and shun any act of lawlessness.

According to him, “the Command is prepared to provide adequate security and peaceful coexistence in the State.”

The commissioner commended youths in the state “for displaying high level of responsibility, calmness, perseverance and restraint in the face of threats and calls from different quarters with deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in the face of unwarranted provocation from other divisive elements, hiding under the umbrella of #EndSARS protest in the country.”

Others praised by the police chief included the state government, traditional institutions, communities and religious leaders, youth leaders and members of the press “for their support and cooperation with the police and other security agencies in the state.”

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.

13-Year-Old #EndSARS Protester Dies After Falling Off Truck In Delta

 

A 13-year-old #EndSARS protester has fallen off a truck in Sapele, Delta State.

Channels Television learned the unidentified teenager died from injuries sustained after he fell off a moving truck.

The victim was said to have joined other youths protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Sapele when the incident happened.

The spokesman for the Delta State Police Command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The corpse of the teenager was later wrapped with the national flag, placed on the back of the truck on open display at the Amukpe area of Sapele, causing massive traffic to commuters.

Meanwhile, thousands of #EndSARS protesters have again laid siege at the summit junction at the Asaba-Onitsha Highway leading to the Niger Bridge, causing gridlock with travellers stranded for hours.

They vowed not to back down until their demands were met.

PHOTOS: #EndSARS Protesters Occupy Kubwa Expressway In Abuja

A Nigerian youth holds the national flag during an #EndSARS protest in Abuja on October 17, 2020. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

EndSARS Protesters on Saturday occupied the Kubwa Expressway in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The protest which started last week has persisted even as the youths call for an end to police brutality and bad governance.

See Photos Below:

#SARSMustEnd Protests: No Nigerian’s Blood Should Be Spilled – Jonathan

Despite Criticism, Postponement Of 2015 Elections 'Served Us Well' – Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan (file)

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has broken his silence on the protest against police brutality in the country, warning that no Nigerian’s blood should be spilled.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Jonathan who described the protest as peaceful said the move would advance the cause of Nigeria.

“No Nigerian blood needs to be spilled or life lost during a peaceful protest that seeks to advance our country,” he said.

“We may hold different views on national issues, but there is no doubt that most people desire the same thing for Nigeria: a place where we can all live out the full potential of our God-given abilities. I implore everyone to exercise restraint as we walk through these challenging times.”

Jonathan’s remarks followed the series of protests by thousands of youths have been protesting against police brutality, harassment and killings by policemen across major cities since last week.

As part of measures to reform the Nigeria Police, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered all personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report to the force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

While the time-frame for the medical evaluation has not been disclosed, the IGP said that the officers are expected to undergo the process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

#EndSARS: Nigerians Protest Against Rights’ Infringements In Anambra

Thousands of #EndSARS protesters on Saturday occupied the gate of the Anambra State Police Command Headquarters in Amawbia area of the state.

The protesters, who are mostly youths and others are calling for the dismantling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force meant to tackle violent criminal activities in the country.

They carried placards and raised their voices to the national outcry for SARS to be ended in Nigeria, adding that the security outfit no longer serves the purpose for which it was created.

Addressing the aggrieved citizens, the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang, assured them that the Federal Government will consider their matter accordingly.

See Photos Below: