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#ENDSARS: PSC wields the bid stick against 37 police officers

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#ENDSARS: PSC wields the bid stick against 37 police officers

The Police Service Commission (PSC) may have decided to wield the big stick against airing 37 operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) as it has marked them for dismissal.
The SARS have been described as official criminals that have abused fundamental human rights of Nigerians to the extent citizens have defiled all odds in nationwide protests that have recieved support from almost all Nigerians.
The possible dismissal of the 37 members of now-defunct SARS may another response to nationwide agitation for the reform of the Nigeria Police.
Hence the PSC is deploying its mandate to assuage the frayed nerves.
PSC spokesman Ikechukwu Ani said in a statement that a presidential panel set up on the reform of SARS made the recommendation.
He said the panel had investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit.
“The Panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens,” Ani said.
Recall that Nigerians, mostly youths, for over a week have staged protests against brutality, harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killing by police personnel.
Since the protest, inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu has announced the dissolution of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police. The unit is most culpable for cases of misuse of firearms in the country.
Adamu after two days announced a new unit – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) to replace the dreaded SARS unit.
The changes regardless, Nigerians are not relenting in the nationwide protests which continue to garner momentum on a daily basis.
On the dismissal of the 37 police personnel, Anichukwu disclosed that executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tony Ojukwu presented the report of the panel to PSC chairman Musiliu Smith on Friday.

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals


President Muhammadu Buhari may have disappointed the proponents of amnesty for criminals and bandits as solution to insecurity.

He rather warned that his government would deal decisively with all forms of criminality in the country.

The President spoke while declaring open a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government.
Buhari’s position on the issue is coming at a time Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi tried to woo the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits.

Gumi had explained that granting amnesty to bandits was better than engaging them in what he termed “operation fire-for-fire.”

He had also pointed out that amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation.

Hiwever, Speaking through his chief ofIbrahim Gambari, Buhari said he has directed the security chief to evolve new strategy on how to deal with all forms of criminalities.

He said: “I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence needs to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation.
“The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.”

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.”

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Matawalle recieves 30 AK-47 rifles, 2 rocket launchers, others, surrendered by 3 repentant bandits

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Matawalle recieves 30 AK-47 rifles, 2 rocket launchers, others, surrendered by 3 repentant bandits

The Zanfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has recieved weapons and ammunition surrendered by 3 repentant bandits.
This is coming on the heels of the peace deal he initiated to curtail insecurity and guarranttee safety of lives in Zanfara State.
The three bandits were led by Muhammed Sani the son of northern notorious bandit Buharin Daji who was believed to have been killed by security operative a few years ago.
Receiving the bandits and the arms from Zakwi and other bandits at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital, Governor Matawalle, said he was very optimistic that banditry would soon end in the state, considering the way bandits were trooping in to surrender their weapons.
Matawalle expressed the believe that his reconciliation and dialogue initiative is for the benefit of the country and not Zanfara State alone.
“We are doing this dialogue
God in his infinite mercy is giving us success everyday. Anybody witnessing these boys surrendering these weapons today will now understand and agree with the Government on the peace accord with these guys.
“Of course these catches of ammunition have been in the Bush for long upon all the engagements with our security agencies, we are still having this kind of sophisticated weapons in the hands of the bandits.”

No fewer than 30 AK-47 rifles, 2 GPRP rifles, rocket launchers and a large cache of ammunition were surrendered by Muhammed Sani, popularly known as Zakwi.

The repentant bandit, Zakwi, who took over leadership from his late father Buharin Daji, one of most dreaded bandits in the state, swore with the Holy Qur’an that, henceforth, he would never return to his past life.

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Niger Gov accuses FG of staying aloof over rescue of Kalgara kidnap victims

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Niger State Governor Sani Bello has accused the Federal Government of not doing enough in the effort to rescue the 41 abducted students and their teachers from GSS Kalgara, NigeS.
Bello said,
“We are to shoulder all the financial responsibilities. So Where is the support, there is no support from anywhere.
“Yes we have the delegation that came to visit finish. So we are left to ourselves. Be that as it may, we have made the commitment to the Niger people that we will bring their children back safely with or without anone.
“That is exactly what we are going to do. We will ensure the safe return of these kids soon using whatever means availlable within our resources.

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