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Police brutality continues in Nigeria even as SARS is dissolved

Benjamin Ukpabi

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SARS Disolved, Police brutality continues in Nigeria

Police attacks are numerous in Nigeria today

Yes, the Special Anti Robbery Squad has been disbanded, but the police has continued to harass Nigerians.

most police brutality news updates are now coming from protest grounds as police men have been sighted shooting into protest grounds and attacking protesters. Reports of people being killed in protest grounds are massive.

Nigerian youths all around the country continued their #EndSARS protest on monday despite the disbandment of the task force by the Inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu. The youths have said that this isn’t the first time the notorious SARS has been disbanded and most people complain that they wanted and END not a DISBANDMENT.

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The protesters have ordered that all SARS officers and police who have tortured innocent Nigerians shouldn’t go scot free and should all be arrested. They also requested the release of all who have been wrongfully convicted by the notorious SARS.

There has been massive protests all around the country from LAGOS, DELTA, and many other states but the lagos protest is probably the most vibrant one in the country now because strategic points have been blocked so that the flow of traffic will be disrupted. Motorists, pedestrians couldn’t move freely due to the huge number of protesters flooding the streets.

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Number of attacks on policemen and citizens have been reported

It was reported that a policeman, by the name Erinfolami Ayodeji and a driver were killed in Surulere, Lagos State. Most deaths were from bullets fired by police guns.

According to reports we got, the driver was hit by one of the shots that policemen fired into the air so as to disband the protesters. The protesters got furious and some of them attacked the Anti kidnapping unit of lLagos state police command in oyun road Surulere. They destroyed properties in the station, took of with most of the belongings of policemen and freed some detained suspects too.  The policeman was shot then and most of his colleagues were injured and taken to the hospital.

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There has been videos where the police attacked protesters because of their refusal to back out. But the police has denied any involvement in deaths reported at the protests.

 

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US Special military forces rescues an American citizen in Nigeria

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US military forces rescued an American citizen in Nigeria, the Pentagon said on Saturday, days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in the south of neighbouring Niger and apparently taken across the border.

The hostage, Philip Walton, was abducted Monday night on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.

Walton is safe and in the care of the US State Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. US forces did not suffer any casualties in the rescue operation, it added.

“The United States is committed to the safe return of all US citizens taken captive,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement.

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“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a US citizen,” he said.

President Donald Trump hailed the rescue operation.

“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today. Details to follow!,” he tweeted.

Niger’s Defence Minister Issoufou Katambe had earlier confirmed the hostage release to AFP without giving details about how he had been freed.

Local officials had said this week that the kidnappers had called the man’s father to demand a ransom, though the family did not confirm this.

Walton had been living in Massalata with his wife and child for two years, according to his father, who himself has been in Niger for nearly 30 years.

Niger lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a jihadist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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US forces have two drone bases in Agadez and Dirkou, in northern Niger. Their aircraft provide significant support to the French anti-jihadist Barkhane force.

In October 2017, four American Special Forces soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers were killed in an ambush in Tongo Tongo, near Mali, in southwestern Niger.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

Several Westerners are currently being held hostage in the region, including American aid worker Jeffery Woodke, who was kidnapped in the central town of Abalak in 2016 and is believed to be in neighbouring Mali now.

Three Europeans, including 75-year-old French charity worker Sophie Petronin, were released by their captors in Mali earlier this month under a prisoner swap arranged by the Malian government.

In August, six French aid workers and two Niger citizens were killed in the Koure wildlife reserve west of Niamey, in an attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.ci

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FG threatens to make migration difficult for doctors

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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Dr Osagie Ehanire, The Minister for Health, made it clear that the federal government will do everything within her power to discourage doctors from travelling outside Nigeria.

The Minister said that the government will provide adequate medical facilities and also provide incentives that will discourage the Doctors from traveling outside the country, he said this on Friday in Abuja after inspecting the Cancer Centre in the National Hospital Abuja.

He said “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive,”

Dr Osagie Ehanire praised the hospital staffs and administration, and encouraged them to better, he urged the hospital to be ready incase the global corona virus resurface again as seen in other countries. He advised the hospital to make judicious use of the funds made available to them.

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He added “Schools are resuming, people are travelling in and out the country so we must be prepared for any emergency”.

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Banks commence emergency system update due to threats from Anonymous

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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A global hacktivist network known as Anonymous stirred an aggressive campaign in Nigeria two weeks ago, Nigerian banks as part of the precautionary measure has decided embark on an immediate emergency upgrade.

Mohammed Abdullahi Minister of State for Science and Technology confirmed the threat from Anonymous, he clearly stated there was a well planned attacks on important government Databases.

Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, also  admitted that some government websites were tampered with. He said: ‘‘On my instruction, the NITDA and NCC worked almost round the clock last week to rectify the situation and ensure no vital data was compromised. I am happy the websites are back and running now.”

READ  The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has backed the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to ban the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other tactical squads of the force from routine patrols.

He also assured Nigerians that stringent measures have been take taken to avoid further attacks,  emphasized  for all the relevant organization to upgrade their system.

 

 

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