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SARS Overhaul: Operatives To Wear Uniform, Restricted To Robbery, Kidnap Cases




The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) to wear police uniforms with full identification.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, on Friday said the personnel are to comply with the directive pending the launch of a new uniform for the squad.

The police boss gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja while highlighting the progress made by the police in the overhaul of the squad, in line with a presidential directive.

Mr Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Mr Habila Joshak, stressed that the overhaul of SARS was beyond rhetoric and that real reform was taking place.

He disclosed that among other things, Federal SARS operatives would no longer attend to civil and commercial matters again, but strictly to armed robbery and kidnap cases only.

In his remarks, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police Federal SARS, Mr Habiru Gwandu, informed the gathering of the creation of a Human Rights Desk in every state of the Federation.

He said the establishment was to note and address cases of infractions against members of the public by FSARS personnel anywhere in the country, in collaboration with other human rights organisations.

Mr Gwandu revealed that the police have involved the services of psychologists and counsellors in the ongoing screening of FSARS operatives.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Mr Amaechi Elumelu, also briefed the gathering on the screening and mobilisation of FSARS operatives.

He said it would not be business as usual any longer, as those intending to join the squad would go through rigorous orientation, human rights training, and other screening processes that would include evaluating their previous records on human rights.

Mr Elumelu announced the setting up of the Custody Records Management System which he said would soon be unveiled by the IGP.

He said the system would contain the records of arrests, detentions and welfare details of suspects, adding that it would discourage arbitrary arrest of people and ensure that suspects were charged to court within 24 hours according to the law.

Reacting to the development, a social media activist, Mr Segun Awosanya, who spearheaded the #ENDSARS Campaign, thanked the President for ordering the overhaul of SARS.

He described the government as a listening one and called for trust between Nigerians and the police.

“If it is well with the police, it is well with the nation,” said Awosanya who promised to support the Force in the reform process.

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BREAKING: Nigerian Students Won’t Write 2020 WAEC — FG Declares



Final year secondary school students in Nigeria won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council(WAEC) examinations, the Federal Government has declared.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also said there is no date for school resumption yet.

He said he would prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year to expose them to dangers.

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BREAKING: Buhari Presides Over Sixth Virtual FEC Meeting




The sixth virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has commenced in the State House, Abuja, with President Muhmmadu Buhari presiding.

The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and 11 Ministers are physically attending the meeting.

The Ministers at the Council Chambers include those of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammmed; Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN); Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; as well as the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Other Ministers physically present are those of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Special Duties, George Akume; Education, Adamu Adamu; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada.

Before the meeting entered the main session, President Buhari called for a minute silence in honour of late ex-Sports and Youths Development Minister, Inuwa Abdulkadir.

Abdulkadir, who was a member of the recently dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) and National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Monday.

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BREAKING: Senate Passes Bill To Make Tenure Of IGP Single 4-Year Tenure



The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will make the tenure of office of the Inspector-General of Police by a single four-year term.

According to the Senate, the action became imperative to enable for a secured tenure of plan
a serving Inspector- General of Police, just as it passed that the community policing be strengthened.

The Senate has changed the name of “Nigeria Police” to Nigeria Police Force” as presently in use in view of the failed constitution alteration attempt to amend the name.

The Bill which was read the third time and passed, was a sequel to the consideration of the report on Police ACT CAP P19 LFN 2004( Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020( SB.181) presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Dauda Haliru Jika, APC, Bauchi Central.

The Upper Chamber has also approved that on the Appointment and Removal of the Inspector-General of Police, the provisions of the constitution in line with Section 2l5 of the l999 constitution (as amended) should be retained, as any proposal contrary to this provision will require constitution alteration for it to be viable.

The Senate resolved that the Police abide and enforce certain constitutional provisions, particularly fundamental rights at persons in Police custody under chapter 4 of the l999 constitution (as amended) and other international instruments on Human rights to which Nigeria is a signatory (including of provisions that reiterate the importance of fundamental human rights and advocating for their observance).

The Senate also passed that it should he made binding on the lnspector-General of Police to adhere to policing plans. The national policing plan should be made with inputs from the Police Force Headquarters and all the various Police formations nationwide before the end of each financial year, setting out priorities, objectives, cost implications and expected outcomes of Policing for the next succeeding financial year in order to change budgeting from a top-down approach to a bottom -up approach.

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