The Nigerian Army has denied their involvement in the October 20th, 2020, Lekki toll-gate shootout.

The NA in several tweets declared posts that the armed forces are not present and not responsible for the Lekki toll-gate shootout.

Some minutes before the attack, all the lights at the Lekki toll-gate road were shut down, then the armed men moved in and started shooting.

At around 7pm, some armed men stormed the Lekki toll-gate and opened fired on unarmed civilians protesting for the eradication of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS).

Reno Omokri and several media organizations had posted that the NA attacked the protesters at the scene.

Some armed men has just stormed and opened fire at unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll-gate.

The protest which has been ongoing for over a week at the toll-gate was said to be non-violence and peaceful.

Some reports claimed that the shooters at the Lekki toll-gate were men of the Nigeria Armed Forces (military).

Scores was also recorded as the policemen at the Olosan police station opened fire on residents.

More details to follow soon…

Hours after the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, disband the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, assaulted AriseTV cameraman.

The cameraman of the media organization, identified as Francis Ogbonna was assaulted few hours after the disbandment of SARS.

A reporter of Arise TV, Ferdinand Duruoha shared a video clip showing how Francis’ head was broken by a police officer who attacked them.

The IGP announced the disbandment of the police unit during a press conference in Abuja, following reports and complaints about how the officers uses their position to commit various crimes across the country.

Duruoha narrates the ordeal saying:

“We took the IG’s message live on Twitter banning SARS, and on returning from that particular interview, we saw some youth along the road, protesting.

“While we were trying to speak to them and get their takes on the IG’s message, we were attacked by policemen who have brutally assaulted Francis and broke his camera and Arise news camera.

“This is the result of that brutalisation. I am about taking him to the hospital but then we just need to get this as a sign of evidence of what the police have done.”

Watch the video below…

The Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu, on October 11, has announced the disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS.

He made this announcement during a press conference held at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Adamu reveals that officers captured under the unit SARS, will be deployed to other units within the police departments and serve other purposes.

The IGP says a new anti-robbery squad that will serve the same purpose as SARS will be reveal soon.

This announcement came after citizens held several protest in different states in the country.

The police unit has been accused of brutality, extortion, and incessant murder of many young Nigerians.

Read full press release below…

IGP DISSOLVES THE SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD (SARS)

· Emplaces other measures to protect the citizens

In the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has today, 11th October 2020, dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

The IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now-defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.

The IGP notes that the Force is not oblivious of the ever-present need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad. He assures that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, as part of measures to prevent a re-occurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum is being formed to regularly interface with Police leadership at all levels and advise on police activities as they affect the general public.

In addition, the Force is constituting an Investigation Team which shall include Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations. The measure, the IGP believes, will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as providing a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action clearly violates the rights of the citizenry.

The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a Police Force and System that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

The Nigerian Police Force officers fired tear gas at unarmed protesters at the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Protesters filled the FCT streets to show their support for the #EndSARS campaign.

The protest also took place at various state in the country, including Lagos State.

Star Wars actor, John Boyega is also among the celebrities supporting the movement against the existence of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS and police brutality.

At some hours on Friday, the hashtag #EndSARS was trending worldwide on Twitter with some celebrities tweeting about the protest to show their support.

Among the Nigerian celebrities tweeting about the protest are Wizkid, Davido, Naira Marley, Small Doctor and others.

On Sunday, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu banned the Sars unit from carrying out stop and search duties and setting up roadblocks.

In addition, he also said the members of SARS must always be on uniform and assure the masses that the unit would be investigated.

In response to this statement, Nigerians want the unit disbanded completely.

Many people have used the hashtag to share their brutal experience with the police unit.

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu along with the Honorable Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi currently at Oshodi-Arena section where the train accident occurred this morning.

The duo also paid an inspection visit to the Ebute Metta Train Station.

The Train Station when completed, will be a one-stop center for so many things.

Watch video below…

President Muhammadu Buhari today met with Lai Mohammed, alongside with the Minister of Information and Culture, and the Minister for Water Resources at the State House in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The trio presented a framed image of the popular Argungu Fishing Festival to Buhari after the briefing.

This was made known in a tweet by the Nigeria Government

President @MBuhari met with the Minister of @FMICNigeria, Lai Mohammed and Minister @FMWRNigeria, Suleiman Adamu as he receives a framed image of the Popular Argungu Fishing Festival during the briefing from the Minister of @FMICNigeria at the State House, Abuja.

@NigeriaGov

See photos below…

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU; Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU and those of the Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU on Monday shut down the main campus of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo over the inability of the Lagos State government to pay them the N30,000 monthly minimum wage.

This shut down denied the Vice Chancellor, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN, workers and the students entry into the institution premises, who were hoping to resume normal academic activities after closure for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The workers failed to accept the plead of the Vice Chancellor.

According to report reaching TPN, the protest was as a result of the failure to fulfill the promise made by the Lagos State Government on increment in salaries.

It was also gathered that the promise has been made over a year ago.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced September 14 as the resumption date for tertiary institutions.

The Aviation unions has shut down Arik Air operations over alleged failure to pay seven months’ salary arrears of workers and other anti-labour practice.

The reason behind failure for the airline to pay the workers arrears salary is yet to be known.

More details to follow soon…

Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has pledged to provide technical support to Kogi State, in its efforts to establish a robust waste management system in the state.

The agency Managing Director/CEO, Ibrahim Odumboni, gave the assurance while receiving the Kogi State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Victor Adewale Omofaiye and his team, who came on a fact-finding visit to LAWMA and its waste management facilities.

Odumboni expressed LAWMA’s readiness to support efforts of Kogi State to set up a proper waste management structure in the state, for positive impact on the environment, the people and visitors.

The LAWMA boss noted that the visit offered an opportunity for them to witness the waste management processes and innovative ideas being adopted by the Authority, to tackle day-to-day challenges of waste management in the state.

He further informed the visiting team that the Authority would soon launch an educational initiative called “LAWMA Academy”, with the sole purpose of imparting waste management knowledge to the younger generation, advising the visitors to explore the idea of setting up recycling clubs in schools and similar programs, to lay a solid foundation for waste management in their state.

Also speaking, the Kogi State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Victor Adewale Omofaiye, thanked the Authority for a warm reception, noting that the purpose of their visit was to tap into LAWMA’s vast experience, which had made it a global brand.

Hon. Omafaiye noted that the environment was a gift from God, which required collective preservation, adding that the level of achievement attained by Lagos State in environmental sustainability did not just happen overnight, hence their visit to discover the secrets.

While addressing the team, the Chief Technical Officer of LAWMA, Dr. Olohunwa Tijani, listed generation, collection and disposal as the key components of waste management process in any geographical location, stressing that proper management of those components were essential to having an effective waste management system.

He added that, to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier state, the waste management system should be purpose-driven and devoid of political interference.

LAWMA’s Assistant General Manager, Waste Management Development, Dr. Essien Nsuabia, spoke on waste minimization techniques, highlighting the importance of studying human activities in a particular geographical location, for the formation of effective waste management plans and policies. He shared his experience as part of the LAWMA team sent to Sierra Leone, to help establish a solid waste structure for the country.

The team, in the course of their visit, embarked on a tour of some of the Authority’s facilities such as the engineering section, where LAWMA engineers fabricate double dino bins for waste containerization, Olusosun dumpsite, and others, for first-hand assessment.