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Panel Recommends 37 Ex-SARS Officers For Dismissal, 24 Others For Prosecution2 minutes read

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The Presidential Panel on Reform of SARS has recommended 37 police officers for dismissal and 24 for prosecution following 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from across the country received by the Panel.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Service Commission’s (PSC) Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Lagos.

The statement said that the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, solicited the support of the PSC in the implementation of the aspects of the Report covered by PSC constitutional mandate.

According to the statement, Ojukwu made the solicitation while formally presenting the 2018 Report of the Presidential Panel to the PSC.

“The Presidential Panel had among other things investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit,” the statement quoted Ojukwu as saying.

In the statement, Ojukwu said that PSC had all it takes to deal appropriately with the Report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“We have come to see a PSC determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force,” Ojukwu said.

He said that the Panel also directed the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens.

The statement also quoted PSC Chairman, retired Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith, as saying that the PSC will collaborate and support the Human Rights Commission in the promotion of good governance.

He, however, said that for an effective reform of SARS, there must be a deliberate effort to select capable, professional and credible people to replace the disbanded outfit.

“There must also be training and close supervision of the newly-selected officers so that the nation will not experience the rot that became the fate of the disbanded unit. Any misconduct, he noted, should be severely and promptly handled,” Smith said.

The former police boss said that the government should show more concern to the funding of its vital Agencies as these Agencies need funds to do their job.

The statement said Smith has urged the government to provide a standard and proper living accommodation for the officers of the Nigeria Police Force for the officers to put in their best.

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Five Soldiers, Four Others Die In IPOB, Security Operatives Clash In Nigeria’s Rivers

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No fewer than nine people have died in Nigeria’s Rivers State during a clash between security operatives and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The clash, which occurred at Oyigbo and other parts of the state, was said to have claimed the lives of five soldiers and four IPOB members.

The soldiers were part of a joint security team – which included some policemen – deployed to quell IPOB activities in Oyigbo, Rumuokwurusi and other flashpoints areas.

The IPOB members were said to have engaged the security team in a shoot-out from Thursday night till Friday morning.

Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, had on Friday condemned IPOB activities despite the 24-hour curfew imposed on the Oyigbo council area.

“We were all witnesses to yet another orgy of violence and destruction inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Local Government Area and some parts of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area on Tuesday, October 20, 2020,” the governor said, adding: “This evil, wicked and audacious action resulted in the unnecessary loss of lives, including soldiers and police officers, and the destruction of both public and private properties, police stations, court buildings and business premises.”

Meanwhile, the state police command said two cops were killed, four police stations burnt and over 50 vehicles set ablaze by suspected IPOB members who attacked the Oyigbo community and other areas in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, stated this when he led commanders of other security agencies in the state to the Oyigbo council area on Saturday.

In a statement by the spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, the CP had ordered a full scale investigation into the incident with a view to appending and prosecuting the culprits.

The statement stated, “The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan today (Saturday) led commanders of the sister security agencies in the state to Oyigbo council area where hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB under the guise of #EndSARS protests invaded Oyigbo Area Command, Oyigbo, Afam and Umuebulu Police stations where they attacked the policemen on duty and burnt down the four police formations.

“In the course of the attacks, over 50 vehicles were burnt, including one Armoured Personnel Carrier, killing two policemen who were hacked to death and set ablaze.”

Mukan condemned the attack on public and private property, describing it as ‘ill-conceived, most unfortunate and an ill wind that would blow no one any good,’ while condoling with the families of the slain operatives.

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Mob Drags Kenyan Man From Hospital Bed, Lynches Him For Allegedly Stealing Motorcycles

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A Kenyan man has allegedly been lynched for allegedly stealing motorcyles.

According to local reports, the mob had on Saturday stormed the Kimbimbi Sub-county hospital in Kirinyaga area of the East African country, dragged the man from his hospital bed, killed and set his remains on fire.

Kirinyaga East DCIO, Millicent Ochuka said the deceased was “suspected to be behind the theft of five motorcycles”.

He was undergoing treatment at the hospital after he sustained serious injuries from a mob beating on Thursday night for the alleged theft.

“What we have gathered is that he was beaten then compelled to confess to bodaboda riders on where he hid the stolen bikes,” said the area DCIO.

“He was later freed and taken to hospital for treatment.”

The riders regrouped the following day (Friday) after failing to find the bikes from the hideout they had been directed to and returned to the hospital to abduct the suspect.

Ochuka believes the assailants overpowered the hospital’s security guards and carried off the patient out for lynching.

She however said the hospital has not reported to police on the patient’s abduction.

“We will seek information from the hospital to establish if indeed he (suspect) was forcefully taken from the facility so we can get his identity,” said the DCIO.

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Nigeria To Publish Names, Photos Of Inmates Who Excaped From Ondo, Edo Prisons

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Nigeria will publish the names and photos of some prisoners who escaped from two correctional centres in the country after the peaceful #EndSARS protest was allegedly hijacked by hoodlums.

The hoodlums had attacked a correctional centre in Edo State early last week setting free hundreds of inmates. In reaction, Governor Godwin Obaseki had introduced a 24-hour curfew and given the inmates 48-hour ultimatum to return back to prison.

Yesterday, he extended the ultimatum to October 30th.

Days after the Edo prison break, hoodlums also raided a correctional centre in neighbouring Ondo and set free some prisoners.

Now, the spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Austin Njoku, has said the names of the over 2,000 inmates who escaped from the prisons will be published.

Austin Njoku said 1,993 inmates broke out of two prisons in Edo, while 58 reportedly escaped from the Ondo correctional facility.

He said that intelligence and security efforts are being mobilized towards recapturing the escaped inmates.

“We are mobilising the people and the press for information because to inject the number of such people into the society is a problem. Imagine over 1,000 criminals injected into society?

“We are mobilising the intelligence agencies, the police and the DSS (Department of State Services). We are publishing their names and pictures very soon,” he said.

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