Police commission to dismiss 37 ex-SARS officers
No fewer than 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad have been pencilled down for dismissal from service.
The Police Service Commission is also expected to order the prosecution of 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.
These were the highlights of the Report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad set up by the Federal Government in 2018 to reform the dreaded unit.
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.
Presenting the report to the PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, in Abuja on Friday, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, called for a speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.
Source – Punch
Mamman Daura, Buhari’s Powerful Nephew, In Critical Condition In UK
Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, is currently in a critical condition in United Kingdom, SaharaReporters has gathered.
Top governnent officials, who spoke with one of our correspondents on Friday, disclosed that the 80-year-old had seen his health dip in recent days, raising fears among family members and close associates including President Buhari, who often relies on… READ MORE>>>
181 students, staff test positive in Lagos private school
One hundred and eighty one students and staff of a private boarding school in Lekki, Lagos have tested positive for coronavirus.
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the cases were discovered during surveillance and case investigation in the school.
There are 141 students and staff in the school.
Giving details of the investigation, Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school.
He added the student subsequently tested positive on October 6 in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos.
The Commissioner assured Lagosians the government, through the incident commands system, has the situation under control, stressing appropriate steps have been taken to contain the spread and manage the positive cases.
Source – The Nation
Police open fire as protesters march to Anambra SARS headquarters
Sounds of gunfire rented the air as protesters marched to the headquarters of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in Awkuzu, Anambra, on Friday.
The protesters, who were led by Chinedu Okoli, highlife maestro better known as Flavour; Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike, a rapper better known as Phyno, Kingsley Okonkwo, singer better known as Kcee, were chanting “End SARS! End SARS!”.
The massive crowd had converged on Awka, the state capital, from where they moved to the disbanded SARS office to demand the shut down of the facility.
The Akwuzu SARS office, led by one James Nwafor, has been accused of gross misconduct, arbitrary arrests, torture and extra-judicial killings.
While endorsing the #EndSARS protest on Thursday, Willie Obiano, governor of the state, announced that Nwafor would be prosecuted.
The governor said he would visit all the SARS offices in the state and ensure the immediate release of protesters that have been detained by the police.
Source – The Cable
WTO: 79 countries endorse Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy
Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence on Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organisation after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform.
“I feel the wind behind my back,” she told a virtual press briefing after the 55-member African Union officially supported her over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.
Okonjo-Iweala said she was thrilled to learn that “all African countries are getting behind me.”
According to her, a group of Caribbean and Pacific states had also said they would back her, bringing the number of countries officially endorsing her candidacy to 79 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO.
She also said she felt “optimistic” about her support in Latin America, and said she felt she had gotten “very good traction and good support” in Asia so far.
Source – Punch
Davido tells FG to introduce electronic voting in 2023 election
Nigerian singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has called on the federal government to introduce electronic voting system.
Davido said this on Twitter, after he called for the restructuring of Nigeria, as he complains about the increase in petroleum, electricity tariffs, insecurity and education system in the country.
Source – Lailas News
Woman gives #EndSARS protest organizers “24 hours” to account for how money generated for the protest has been spent
A woman took to the stage at the #EndSARS protest in Lekki to demand that those gathering money for the protests release the funds in 24 hours.
She stated that a lot of people have made donations to fund the protests but the work being done isn’t commensurate to the amount generated for the protests.
She said it’s not by sending food and water to protest grounds in major locations like Lekki. She said protesters in other locations across Nigeria should benefit from the funds too.
Her statement has divided opinions as some accuse her of trying to show seeds of discord. Other pointed out that the organizers have been transparent and have been giving account of how the money is spent.
Source – Lindaikeji