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FSARS: IGP Issues Directive Against Wearing Mufti While Armed

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed that no official of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) should, from now, carry arms without wearing the police uniforms.

The IG gave the directive as part of measures to reform the FSARS which had received unfavourable criticisms from the public on its operations lately.

Speaking through a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Adepoju Ilori, head of the Monitoring team of the FSARS in South West Nigeria, the IG said: “On no account should any SARS carry arms when they are not in uniforms. SARS should also limit their functions to investigations of cases of armed robbery and kidnapping. Any official who flouted this order will be severely dealt with. We seek the cooperation of the public to report to the commissioner of police any SARS that is flouting these rules.”

Speaking further, DCP Adepeju said his team which included an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Ababyomi Shogunle, had gone round the FSARS offices in the South West and screened them, with a view to find out if the suspects in their custody have committed offences that are within the purview of the FSARS, adding that the exercise was part of measures to reform the security outfit.

His statement reads: “In compliance with the directive of the presidency to reform FSARS, the IGP has constituted a committee a to check all facilities of the SARS and screen the suspects and determine whether their offences fall within the operative of FSARS. The IG’s order is that for now the FSARS will be be operating in normal police uniform , this means they won’t carry guns when they won’t wear uniforms.

“This is being done to forestall a situation where some armed robbers would disguise as like police and commit crimes. FSARS officials are now to carry their guns only when wearing police uniforms this is temporary as very soon, their own uniforms will be made available it will all.”

Speaking about the achievements of the ongoing reformation in the police, Shogunle said: “An officer, Charles Omotosho, attached to Ikorodu in Lagos, who was caught extorting people, has been dismissed, while those in connivance with him have been reduced in rank. The police is poised to ensure there is proper reforms in the force and we urge members of the public to cooperate with us in this exercise.”

In another development, Ekiti State Police Command has informed doctors operating in Ekiti State not to wait for police clearance before treating gunshot victims.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday, by the Command’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Bello Ahmed, said waiting for police authorization could lead to the death of innocent Nigerians who fall victims to robbery and other attacks.

The statement, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, however directed the doctors to immediately report such incidents to the police after the victim must have been attended to as stated under Section 4 of robbery and firearms special provisions Act of 1984.

It stated stated that: “It shall be an offence punishable under this act for any person to knowingly house, shelter or give quarters to any person who has committed an offence under sections 1(2) of this Act.

“It shall be the duty of any person, hospital or clinic that admits, treats or administers any drug to any person suspected of having bullet wounds to immediately report the matter to the police

“Any person or hospital or clinic which fails to report as stipulated in subsection 2 of this section shall be guilty of an offence,” it stated.

He said anyone guilty of the aforementioned offence shall be liable to five years imprisonment or payment of a ten thousand naira (N10,000.00) fine.

The police boss expressed regret about how those shot by armed robbers while performing their legitimate duties were allowed to die under the pretext that they have not received police clearance.

Ahmed appealed to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to urge its members to adhere strictly to the new directive in order to save the lives of the people.

“It is our duty to save the lives of Nigerians and to ensure that faces of criminals and exposed, so the Command, therefore, calls on all hospitals, clinics to strictly adhere to this directive.”

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Nigeria Records 416 New Cases Of COVID-19 As FG Eases Lockdown

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416 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, June 1, 2020, despite the FG lifting some measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus in Nigeria.

The Federal and some state governments have been easing some COVID-19 restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

Yesterday, the Federal Government on Monday lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, at the daily media briefing in Abuja.

“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review-:

“Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country;

“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.”

Despite this, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is still on the rise.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 192 cases were recorded in Lagos, 41 in Edo, 33 in Rivers, 30 in Kaduna, 23 in Kwara, 18 in Nasarawa, 17 in Borno, 14 in FCT, 10 in Oyo, 7 in Katsina, 5 in Abia, 5 in Delta, 4 in Adamawa, 4 in Kano, 3 in Imo, 3 in Ondo, 2 in Benue, 2 in Ogun and 1 in Niger state.

In total, Nigeria has recorded 10578 cases of COVID-19. 3122 patients have been discharged from various Isolation centers across the country, while 299 deaths have been recorded.

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BREAKING: FG Relaxes Ban On Religious Gathering, Reduces Curfew From 10pm To 4am

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The Federal Government on Monday announced the relaxation on ban on religious gathering in the country from June 1.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed this during its daily briefing in Abuja, saying this is based on the guidelines and protocols agreed by state governments.

The PTF however said the ban on inter-state movement in the country remains in force.

The government also announced that the curfew imposed on the country will now be from 10.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m.

The ban on religious gatherings had lasted for two months, a move taken to check the spread of Coronavirus.

However, at the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the relaxation of the ban for four weeks.

“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the President has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020, subject to review.

“Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country;

“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban on gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.”Boss Mustapha revealed.

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BREAKING: FG Reduces Petrol Pump Price To N121.50 Per Litre

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA ) on Monday announced the reduction of the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to N121.50 from N123 per litre.

According to its guidelines price for the month of June 2020, the ex-depot price band is now N100. 13 and N108. 13 per litre while ex-depot for collection is N108. 78 and N111.78 per litre.

In a memo titled “A.4/9/017/C.2/IV/701 31”, the agency urged all marketers to operatensure within the indicative prices.

The PPPPRA said: “Please recall the recently approved pricing regime which became effective 19th March 2020 and the provision for the establishment of a monthly price band within which Petroleum Marketers are expected to sell PMS at the retail stations.

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of May and considering Marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise of a new PMS guiding pump mice with corresponding Ex-Depot price for the month of June, 2020, as follows:

“Price Band: N121. 50 N123. 50/Litre Ex-Depocorresponding. 13 N104. 13/Litre Ex-Depot for Collection: N109. 78 N1 1 1. 78/Litre.”

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