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#ENDSARS gain more support as Nigerians in Canada, US and UK join protest

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Nigerians in diaspora are ready to stage protests to support the call against police brutality at home.#EndSars Protesters in Lagos on Friday, October 9, 2020. (Headtopic)#EndSars Protesters in Lagos on Friday, October 9, 2020. (Headtopic)

The ENDSARS protest in Nigeria has gained momentum in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada as Nigerians in diaspora support the agitation against police brutality.

The ENDSARS protest according to a tweet by BBCAfrica was the most trending issue globally on Friday, October9, 2020. 

The call for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was reignited last Saturday after some SARS operatives reportedly killed a young man in Delta State and made away with his car. 

Although the police said the youth did not die. 

However, following the protest on Twitter on Saturday, the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed banned FSARS and other special tactical squads from carrying out routine patrol.Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu [Facebook/Nigeria Police Force]Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu [Facebook/Nigeria Police Force]

The IGP also banned SARS operatives from searching Nigerians mobile phones and laptops.

Despite this move by the police, the youth said the police authorities had not shown enough commitment to reform SARS and called on the government to scrap the police unit.

The youths’ demand led to a nationwide protest during the week as young Nigerians, activists and celebrities trooped out en masse asking the government to #ENDSARS. 

On Friday, international celebrities and sports personalities on Twitter lent their voices to the movement.

John Boyega, a Nigerian-British actor joined Nigerians on Twitter to protest against police brutality on Friday.John Boyega set to stage a protest in London to support Anti-SARS movement in Nigeria. (Digitalspy)John Boyega set to stage a protest in London to support Anti-SARS movement in Nigeria. (Digitalspy)

The actor posted a picture of protesting youths carrying placards with the inscriptions, “EndSARS, EndPoliceBrutality, and EndSARSProtest.”

The actor also tweeted about an upcoming protest in London, saying, “Nigeria High Commission, 9 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BX. Closest station in Charing Cross. Sunday, 11th October; 12:00pm.”

Following Boyega’s tweets, Nigerians in Canada, the United States, Dubai, South Africa also pledged to stage peaceful protest to amplify the call for the disbandment of SARS, a police unit that is constantly accused of killing and extortion.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of the efforts of his administration to reform the police unit saying he has instructed the IGP to ensure every erring police officers are brought to justice. IPresident Muhammadu Buhari receiving updates on #ENDSARS protests from Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the Police IG, Mohammed Adamu. (MBuhari/Twitter)

The president said Nigerians should not doubt the efforts of his administration to reform the police, adding that the IGP always provides him with updates on the efforts.

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FG announces zamfara a restricted air space

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FG announces Zamfara a restricted air space, orders huge military deployment.

The Nigerian government has forced a restricted air space in Zamfara as a feature of endeavors to handle the security challenges in the state.

As indicated by The Cable, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno uncovered on Tuesday, March 2, that President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted mining exercises in Zamfara to stop the rising instability.

He said the president had requested the service of protection to convey a huge military and insight resources for reestablish routineness in the state. The Nation detailed that they requested the military to recover all regions heavily influenced by desperados, radicals.

Monguno said:

“We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to blackmailed . The government has the responsibility to assert its will.

“Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside . Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book.”

The security adviser stated that the president also warned against ethnic profiling.Zamfara state has recorded a few assaults by bandits.The new incident included the grabbing of many young ladies from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talatu-Mafara nearby government zone of the state.

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Igboho promises a protest if his accounts are not released

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Self-acclaimed political dissident, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called Sunday Igboho, on Tuesday, blamed the Federal Government for freezing his financial assets, following his assault on the fulani herdsmen in Oyo State.

Igboho, who addressed Vanguard, affirmed that all his financial asset have been frozen by the Federal Government since certain individuals were gathering donations.

Nonetheless, Igboho said he had no hands in the said donations, cautioning that his records should be released to dodge protest by young people across the South-West area.

His words: “They have frozen my bank accounts because I am fighting a just course.

I know Yoruba people are behind me.“I will not relent. I must achieve my aims by putting an end to criminalities in Yorubaland.

“If they refuse to release my accounts, there will be serious protests across the South-West.

“Yes, the Yoruba are living in fear. They are afraid that the killer-herdsmen might attack them.

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IGP adamu retires

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Adamu enrolled in the Police Force on February 2, 1986.

The IGP who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed IGP in January 2019. He has gone through two years in office.

Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are additionally due for retirement with him today.

It is accepted that there is a mission to broaden Adamu’s residency.

However, some have contended against such expansion, since it would negate the arrangements of the Police Act 2020 that fixes the retirement of cops at 60 years old or 35 years of administration.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

The Act provides for a tenure of four years for the Inspector General of Police.

Section 7, subsection 2 of the Act provides that: “The person to be appointed as Inspector General of Police shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police with the requisite academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent, in addition to professional or management experience.”

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