Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tag "SARS"

    IGP orders SARS operatives to wear uniforms with identification

IGP orders SARS operatives to wear uniforms with identification

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), has ordered operatives of the special anti-robbery squads (SARS) to wear uniforms with full identification pending the launch of new Federal-SARS uniform.Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the force, disclosed this in a statement after a briefing on the progress made on the overhaul of SARS.Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo had ordered the IGP to overhaul the unit [...]

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    Okiro: Govt should not succumb to #EndSars protest

Okiro: Govt should not succumb to #EndSars protest

Mike Okiro, former inspector general of police, says the federal government should not succumb to the calls to scrap the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).Okiro said although SARS has deviated from the reason it was established, the unit still has a role to play.Daily Trust quoted him as making the comment on Tuesday.He said: "We formed the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) way [...]

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    EXPOSED: IGP’s ‘reforms’ on SARS were introduced in 2017

EXPOSED: IGP’s ‘reforms’ on SARS were introduced in 2017

On Tuesday, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, to overhaul the police special anti-robbery squad (SARS) with immediate effect. Osinbajo also asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to set up a committee that will conduct nationwide investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the public an opportunity to present [...]

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    IGP renames SARS, asks all its operatives to undergo psychiatric test

IGP renames SARS, asks all its operatives to undergo psychiatric test

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, has ordered immediate psychological evaluation on all operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS). Idris has also announced new measures aimed at overhauling the police outfit.Part of the measures include the constitution of a team that would review SARS operations and as well as the appointment of a new commissioner of police to head the squad.This [...]

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    Vulnerability and the art of conversation: Between a SARS arrest and a street fight

Vulnerability and the art of conversation: Between a SARS arrest and a street fight

BY TOYE SOKUNBILagos is often depicted as a lawless city of faceless crimes on the front pages. And don't get me wrong, Lagos is scary. But that's because everything is transactional, so everyday interactions seem to be plagued with the potential for gain and the fear of loss.What the news won’t tell you is that the possibility of getting [...]

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    Police sack four SARS operatives for robbery, abduction

Police sack four SARS operatives for robbery, abduction

Four policemen attached to the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos state, have been dismissed over alleged robbery and other crimes.Adamu Ibrahim, the assistant inspector-general in charge of zone 2 command, approved their dismissal.According to Dolapo Badmus, the zone’s spokesperson, the dismissed officers are Adeoye Adekunle, Adekitan Adebowale, Agbi Lucky and Odighe Hehosa.She said the policemen were also charged to [...]

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    Jimoh Moshood: Officers killed in Abuja shows why SARS won’t be disbanded

Jimoh Moshood: Officers killed in Abuja shows why SARS won’t be disbanded

Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the Nigeria police force, says the killing of seven officers in Abuja has shown the need for the special anti-robbery squad (SARS)There has been a campaign to scrap SARS over alleged excesses.Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, Moshood said efforts were in place to arrest those who killed the officers in the line of duty.He [...]

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    SARS brutality and the abuse of human rights in Nigeria

SARS brutality and the abuse of human rights in Nigeria

BY EKENE ODIGWEIt is a common sight to see the police stop and search individuals on transit in a broad daylight and then go on to forcefully extort money from the passengers and even collect their phones before inquiring for identification, woe to you if there’s none. In some cases when there’s some sort of identity it won’t even prevent them [...]

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    Police release phone numbers to lodge complaints against SARS

Police release phone numbers to lodge complaints against SARS

The police have released phone numbers and email addresses for the public to lodge complaints against personnel of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).In a series of tweets on Thursday, the police said the public could report any incident for "investigation and further actions"."Aggrieved members of the public who have any complaint in the past or present of violation of their [...]

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    ‘Criminals in police uniform’ — anti-SARS campaign regains momentum

‘Criminals in police uniform’ — anti-SARS campaign regains momentum

In December 2017, many Nigerians took to social media to call for the proscription of the police special anti robbery squad (SARS), over its alleged brutality.Six months after, the campaign has resurfaced on various social media platforms, with citizens saying the “careless” regard for human lives which they say is evident in operations of SARS operatives is getting worse.SARS was [...]

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    Wike: FG plotting to frame me ahead of 2019 elections

Wike: FG plotting to frame me ahead of 2019 elections

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has alleged that the federal government is plotting to set him up for arms trafficking.Speaking on Sunday during a thanksgiving service in honour of Azubuike Nmerukini, chairman of the state local government service commission, the governor claimed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is in talks with a Lebanese national who has been asked [...]

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    Police arrest SARS operative who ‘extorted N5000’ from Lagos resident

Police arrest SARS operative who ‘extorted N5000’ from Lagos resident

The Lagos state police command says it has arrested one Charles Omotosho, an operative of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), for allegedly extorting N5, 000 from a resident in the Ikorodu axis of the state.Abayomi Shogunle, head of public complaints rapid response unit (PCRRU) of the command, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.According to Shogunle, Omotosho was arrested, following [...]

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    Police disclose identities of SARS officers who harassed Lagos-based writer

Police disclose identities of SARS officers who harassed Lagos-based writer

The Lagos state police command has disclosed the identities of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) officers who, on Monday, confined Immanuel Ibe-Anyawu, a Lagos-based writer, to a bank’s toilet for hours.Ibe-Anyawu had narrated how the officers humiliated him, accused him of being a fraudster, and eventually demanded money.In a statement released on Wednesday, the police command said the officers are currently [...]

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    EXTRA: ‘Angels shielded me from SARS’ — Melaye explains escape from court

EXTRA: ‘Angels shielded me from SARS’ — Melaye explains escape from court

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, says angels of the Lord rescued him from a high court in Abuja after operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) attempted to arrest him.On Thursday, the federal government arraigned the senator for allegedly framing Edward Onoja, chief of staff of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, in an attempt on Melaye's life.The court [...]

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    ‘No one has disclosed the reason SARS abducted me’ — Elombah speaks on arrest

‘No one has disclosed the reason SARS abducted me’ — Elombah speaks on arrest

Daniel Elombah, publisher of Elombah.com, says he and Timothy, his brother, editor of the online platform, were tortured in police custody.Operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) had stormed the Anambra residence of the Elombahs on January 1.Six members of the family were arrested.Narrating his experience via Facebook, the publisher said about 15 fully armed the SARS operatives scaled the gate [...]

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    Online publishers: Elombah’s arrest is part of FG’s plan to intimidate the press

Online publishers: Elombah’s arrest is part of FG’s plan to intimidate the press

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) says the arrest of Daniel Elombah, publisher of elombah.com, is part of President Muhammadu Buhari's government's plan to suppress press freedom.On Monday, operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) invaded the Nnewi residence of the publisher and arrested him and Tim, his brother.The police have refused to state the reason for their arrest.In [...]

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