Saturday, April 6, 2019

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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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    Police refuse to speak on Elombah’s arrest

Police refuse to speak on Elombah’s arrest

The Nigeria Police Force has refused to speak on the arrest of Daniel Elombah, publisher of elombah.com.Operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) had invaded the Anambra residence of the publisher on Monday and whisked him away alongside his brothers.There are reports that they were arrested over an opinion published on elombah.com.TheCable was not able to independently verify this claim.Although [...]

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    #EndSARS: IGP picks DIG to head SARS, asks its operatives to stay off civil matters

#EndSARS: IGP picks DIG to head SARS, asks its operatives to stay off civil matters

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), says henceforth, operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) will be answerable to Joshak Habila, deputy inspector-general of police in charge of operations.He announced this after a meeting with SARS commanders in Abuja.Idris said the the DIG operations would be acting as SARS “strategic commander” in the country.He also warned SARS operatives against acting as body-guards, [...]

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    SARS made up of soldiers who have been trained to kill, says Falana

SARS made up of soldiers who have been trained to kill, says Falana

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) is made up of members of the armed forces who are trained to kill.Falana said the SARS operatives accused of extra-judicial killings and brutality are trained soldiers.In an interview on TVC, the rights advocate spoke on the demand by Nigerians for SARS to be scrapped."SARS was actually [...]

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    SARS has been bastardised but it cannot be scrapped, says Mike Okiro

SARS has been bastardised but it cannot be scrapped, says Mike Okiro

Mike Okiro, chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), says although the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) has been bastardised, it cannot be scrapped.According to Okiro, SARS started around 1991 when Shina Rambo, a notorious armed robber, held sway in the criminal underworld."There was no way to stop him. So, I and the then commissioner, Ademola, came up with the special [...]

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    Senate begins probe of SARS

Senate begins probe of SARS

The senate on Tuesday resolved to investigate the activities of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).The upper legislative arm mandated its committee on security to look into the allegations of brutality against SARS operatives and present recommendations with two weeks.The move followed a point of order raised by Isa Misau, senator representing Bauchi Central, demanding a comprehensive investigation into the activities [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: 32 SARS operatives in detention

EXCLUSIVE: 32 SARS operatives in detention

At least 32 operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) are currently in detention, TheCable can report.A source told TheCable that the arrested officers were moved to Abuja from different state commands during the weekend."The suspects, who are all male, are now being held at various detention cells of the Federal SARS at Guzape District Abuja," the source said."Since their [...]

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    Falana: SARS operatives becoming a problem — even for the police

Falana: SARS operatives becoming a problem — even for the police

Femi Falana, lawyer and rights activist, says operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), a police unit, are becoming a problem "even for the Nigeria police force".The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said this when he featured on a Channels TV programme.Falana agreed that SARS operatives were "overstepping their boundaries" but he said necessary regulations to checkmate their activities had [...]

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    SARS reform is the best alternative to #EndSARS

SARS reform is the best alternative to #EndSARS

BY ADEWOLE KEHINDELast week, the social media was agog with the hashtag END SARS NOW (#End SARSNow). This was due to an encounter of some youths with the operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS)To begin with this write up, we should know that men and women of the SARS have been impressive in the discharge of their duties, smashing [...]

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    Police fight back, float #SupportSARS campaign

Police fight back, float #SupportSARS campaign

The police have launched #supportSARS campaign in a bid to check the massive opposition to the state anti-robbery squad (SARS).Tweeting via #EndSARS, some Nigerians have been calling on the authorities to scrap the anti-crime unit over the alleged excesses of some of its personnel.The campaign gained momentum and not even the response of Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, who ordered the reorganisation of [...]

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