A female journalist working with the Nigerian Telecision Authority, Jennifer Uloma Igwe was caught up at the Lekki Tuesday Night’s Massacre. She was present at the vigil to cover it, when things took another turn and eventually, lights were turned off and shootings began.
The video which was shared on Twitter showed the journalist in a black top and white trousers, covering the protests while asking the protesters questions, especially on why they chose to defile the curfew and come out. Determined to get their cause, the protesters were driven by forces beyond fear of arrests by the government and came out to the Toll Gate the same night.
Eventually, the lights were turned off and the people started hearing shootings. Sirens were blarring all around, and the journalist hid in what looked like a gutter with her colleague. She described her survival as a miracle, as she had a really close shave with death.
The video was shared to Twitter, and has already gotten thousands of views in less than 2 hours.
The Inspector General of Police started as Secondary School Teacher before Joining Nigerian Police Force.
Mohammed Abubakar Adamu
He is a Nigerian Police Officer who is currently the 20th Inspector General of Police of Nigeria.
He was appointed by President Muhammed Buhari in 15th January 2019, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (RTD) of Niger State.
Mohammed Adamu hails from Lafia, in Nasarawa State.
Before He was appointed as Inspector General of Police, he was an Assistant Inspector General of Police in Benin City, Edo State and was responsible for the overall management and Operations of the Nigeria Police Force Zone 5, Comprising Bayelsa, Delta and Edo State Police Commands.
Mohammed Abubakar Adamu was born on 17 September 1961 and enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1986, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Geography. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Criminal Justice System from the University of Portsmouth, England
Between 1983 and 1984, Adamu had his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Wamba Nasarawa State and taught Geography at Government Teachers College, Wamba, Plateau State, during the one Year Service,then in 1984 to 1986, he was appointed as tutor and later promoted to Vice Principal at Government Day Secondary School,Gunduma, Keffi, Plateau State, but presently in Nasarawa State.
After sometime, he joined the Nigerian Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1986, and trained at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State where he worked as the Divisional Crime and Administration Officer at the Mgbidi Police Station in Mgbidi, Imo State.
He served at many levels such as Officer in charge of General Investigation at the NPF Zone 6 Headquarters in Calabar.
Adamu also has extensive International experience, he worked at Interpol’s NCB in Lagos from 1989 to 1997. He was the first Nigerian to be Seconded to Interpol General Secretariat, Lyon in 1997 where he served as Specialized Officer in Economic and Financial Crime,Sub-diretorate from 1997 to 2002. He became the First back African to be appointed Assistant Director in charge of African Sub-diretorate from 2002 to 2005.
He was again the first African in the History of INTERPOL to served as Director when he was appointed director of NCB Services and Development from 2005 to 2007.
When he returned to Nigeria, he was appointed as Director in charge of Peacekeeping and Training at the Nigeria Police Headquarters, Abuja.
Between 2013 and 2015 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Police in Enugu State Command.
He was also awarded as 2015 Best Commissioner of Police in Community Policing in Nigeria.
He was appointed as Acting Inspector General of Police on January 15, 2019 to replace Ibrahim Idris and He was later Confirmed by Muhammed Buhari on the 23rd of May 2019.
Do you think He should go back to Classroom and continue his teaching or Continue as Inspector General of Police?
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Monday, received a list of 35 operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, who have been recommended for prosecution and outright dismissal from the Nigeria Police Force.
The list of the indicted SARS operatives, drawn from 12 States and the Federal Capital Territory, was handed to the AGF at the Federal Ministry of Justice Headquarters in Abuja, by a team led by the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Mr. Tony Ojukwu.
The NHRC boss told newsmen that the affected SARS officers were found culpable of offences that ranged from alleged extra-judicial killings, unlawful arrest and detention, threat and intimidation, unfounded allegations, seizure of properties, as well as illegal blockage of bank accounts of innocent citizens.
Their indictment was contained in a voluminous report that was prepared by a three-man committee that was set-up to review and advise the federal government on implementation of recommendations of the Presidential Panel on Reform of SARS.
Lagos State government on Monday evening ordered the closure of all schools in the state over the ongoing #ENDSARS protests across the country.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, gave the directive in a statement titled: “Lagos directs students to stay at home,” and issued by the Head of Public Affairs in the ministry, Kayode Abayomi.
Students returned to school for the resumption of academic activities after about seven months of enforced COVID-19 holiday on Monday.
The statement read: “The Lagos State government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.
“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.
“The safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period.”
“The commissioner, however, advised parents to keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society.
“She also encouraged schools to utilise other means of distance teaching and learning i.e. radio, television, and online media as they have been doing during and post COVID-19 lockdown.
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FOR residents of Anambra State, the fear of Awkuzu Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Oyi local government area, located at kilometer 38 along the Enugu –Onitsha expressway in the state is the beginning of wisdom.
Those who had had encounter with operatives of Awkuzu SARS always had sad stories to tell. At Awkuzu SARS, there are five freighting cells and the level of the suspect’s offence depended on the cell he or she would be detained in.
At Awkuzu SARS, nobody prays to be detained in Cell 5 as spending a night there is the beginning of the person’s last journey to the great beyond.
Reporters based in Anambra State were often treated to parade of suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, 419ers and internet fraudsters and sometimes, 50 or more suspects could be paraded at a time. While the briefing by SARS operatives would almost convince reporters that those being paraded committed the offences they were accused of, the denial by some of them tended to rubbish the claim by SARS operatives as they would swear and also convince reporters of their innocence. The worrisome situation in Awkuzu SARS is that the tendency of one coming out from there alive was remote.
Often times, people were arrested and taken to SARS on trumped up charges and while the relations of such people would be making frantic efforts to ensure that they were granted bail, operatives of SARS would have killed them.
At Awkuzu, the cells were always filled to capacity with suspects which, was perhaps, why there was the common story that SARS operatives intermittently kill some detainees to decongest the cells. That was what happened in January 2013 when 35 dead bodies were discovered floating on Ezu River on the boundary between Anambra and Enugu states.
After several years of investigation by some human rights organizations, it was proved that SARS operatives at Awkuzu were responsible for dumping the bodies in the river after killing them because their grave in their office could not take all of them. It was also common for operatives of Awkuzu SARS to travel to any part of the country to fish out suspects and bring them to Anambra State.
For instance, during the era of rampant kidnappings in the state, a particular suspected kidnapper was convinced by SARS operatives that he would be released unconditionally if he took them to the hideouts of other suspected kidnappers, only for him to be killed and buried beside the SARS office on return from the journey. There are other terrible stories from Awkuzu SARS. Between 2012 and 2016, hundreds of innocent youths were tortured, dehumanized and extra judicially executed.
For instance, if one was a young man living in Anambra State and had not had an encounter with Awkuzu SARS, then he is exceptionally lucky. Operatives of Awkuzu SARS would often round up people and dump them in SARS cells and only those whose relations could afford to pay big money would leave the place alive.
Sometimes people were arrested for just walking on the road or even sitting comfortably in their houses at the time raids were carried out in their vicinity by SARS. Before the setting up of the Anti Cult Unit in the state, SARS operatives were always swooping on various communities at night and arresting youths on the allegation that they belonged to cult groups. Those whose relations could not afford to pay N40000 and above were left to rotten inside the cells.
In fact, Awkuzu SARS had acquired so much notoriety that it attracted the attention of the Amnesty International in 2014 and 2016, during which the international human rights organization described it as the headquarters of human rights violations, particularly as it related to torture, cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment and extra judicial executions.
Some businessmen in Anambra State even threatened their perceived business associates with SARS and the result was indefinite disappearance of such associates, especially if their business transactions turned sour.
There was this case that is still fresh in the minds of Anambra people. Some years ago, one Iloanya Chijioke attended a child dedication service organized by one of his friends in Ajali in Orumba North local government area.
During the ceremony, operatives of the SARS from Awkuzu stormed the venue and arrested most of the young men present. Immediately the information of the arrests reached Chijioke’s parents, they visited SARS facility and spoke with their son who was being detained, but could not secure his release.
According to his parents, since that arrest on November 29, 2012, Chijioke has not returned home and it is not clear if he is dead or alive. Iloanya said even when he delivered the sum of N1.5 million to SARS through a human right activist to ensure that his son was freed, nothing came forth. Those who narrowly escaped being killed at Awkuzu SARS claim they were sometimes forced to drink their urine in order to survive on a daily basis. Another SARS victim said he went for a burial in Nnewi and on his way back to Awka, he was arrested at Abagana by Awkuzu SARS.
“They swapped me with someone, obviously a criminal and I was paraded as the supposed suspect for days,” he said. He added that he would have been killed, but for the help of a police officer who established his innocence.
One of the six students of Madonna University arrested in January, 2019 and detained for six months for speaking against the management also narrated his experience at Awkuzu SARS.
”Akwuzu was a hell of a place. They don’t allow anyone to visit us. Even if your parents bring food for you, they will eat it. I almost died there.
“I only drank about five packs of sachet water for the one week I spent there before we were taken to prison. Where we slept was where we urinated; that was where we ate and that was where we took our bath. ”The whole floor was sticky because of blood that had dried up, and we slept on that same floor,” he narrated.
One other victim narrated his experience thus: “Every morning at 5a.m., they will wake us up to carry the corpses they killed the night before. Once Awkuzu SARS carries you, just forget about life.”
Awkuzu SARS was also involved in communal land disputes where they took sides depending on which side paid higher. At Nkwele Ezunaka, two villages were involved in a land dispute and SARS was recently invited to intervene. However, the group that invited them later regretted doing so as the action of the operatives showed that their opponents had bought SARS over:
The Nigeria Police has dismissed and demoted some former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Police Service Commission (PSC) is expected to order the prosecution of 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of misconduct.
Names and service numbers of those dismissed became public on Saturday.
Abayomi Shogunle, a formed Head of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) and a former Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Dolapo Badmos were also affected.
Full list: Abayomi Shogunle, AP No, 42056; Dominic Agasa, AP No, 120397; Nanbol Lado, AP No, 51071; Ogalgu Tochuckwu, AP No, 190655; Sanusi Rasaki, AP No, 57052, Fakorede Victor, AP No, 41985; Dolapo Badmos, AP No, 87058.
Abdulhameed Awodi, AP No 119444; Erhabo Uwagbie, AP No 86180; Idolor Godsent, AP No 158580; Mustpha Abubakar, AP No 119167; Idoko, AP No 85036; Ilya Aliyu, AP 94982; Asabe Luke, AP No, 130296; Angela Akaro, AP No, 50829.
Iyanda Olufemi AP No, 122857; Gajere Taluwai, AP No, 50569; Ehis Oba, AP No, 129595; Edem Michael, AP No, 1256967; Agha AMA, AP No, 119535; Yusuf Lateef, AP No, 36725; Eliaz Casmir, AP No 57688; Oluwafunmilola, AP No, 122864; Mkay Ali, AP No, 111702.
Ado Doko, AP No, 46664; Sani Muhammad, AP No, 50679; Adamu Shaba, AP No, 140320; Adamu Bunu, AP No, 42565; Giade Sabo, AP No, 50579; Dattijo Abdullahi, AP No, 87072; Yahaya Shem, AP No, 86216; Tijani Richard, AP No, 46670; Nwamanna Nelson, AP No, 46675.
Henry Kaboshio, AP No, 50431; Talba Mohammed, AP No, 119579; John Rotimi, AP 57622; Oviemuno Richard, AP No, 87501; Anonde Christopher, AP No, 90934; Godwin Agbo, AP No, 95853; Dr. Emmanuel Eze, AP No, 50282.
Hassan Hamidu, AP No, 118063; Theresa Nuhu, 59661; Yisa Gana, AP No, 47717; Ekong Sunday, AP No, 63069; Oboh Irene, AP No, 145355; Okoukoin Daniel, AP No, 181311; Ogedegbe Abraham, AP, 86152.
#EndSARS: Ex-Cop Reveal Dirty Deals Policemen Made to be Posted to SARS
The former cop, Fidelis Ogili.
An ex-police sergeant, Fidelis Ogili, has revealed dirty details of what police officers did to be posted to the now disbanded Police tactical unit, Special Anti-Robery Squad, SARS.
In an interview published by punchng.com, the ex-cop who joined the force on July 1, 1982 and left on May 31, 1999 having clocked in 16 years and 11 months, said he left due to corruption in the force.
“I discovered that things were going wrong which I could not change and the issue was affecting my conscience So, I left voluntarily”, he said.
When asked to elaborate on corruption in the force, he said, “saying it was bad is an understatement but I don’t know any other way to describe it. The corruption was systemic”.
Some SARS operatives arressted for professional misconduct.
He alleged that police officers intimidate people and seek bribes.
According to him, they are the most powerful set of people in Nigeria because our laws allow them to get away with anything they do.
On the #EndSARS protests going on across the country, he said, the allegations against its operatives may not be far from the truth.
According to him, officers paid huge cash to be posted to the unit.
“For one to be posted to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, one would have to pay a lot of money to some people in the police to get it done.
“Being intelligent was not what one needed to get there”.
He queried the disbandment of the unit by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, saying it has been done before with no tangible results.
“I am tired of hearing that it has been banned because the statement amounts to nothing.”
For eight days now running, Nigerians have taken to the streets across the country in what started as protest against SARS but has now metamorphosized into a demand for the complete overhaul of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF.
We applaud Mr Ogili for his courage to open up on the evils in the Police Force and urge other patriotic Nigerian Police Officers to do same.
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– When Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade founded PayStack, a fintech startup in 2016, they didn’t know they will be selling it for a whopping over $200 million four years later
– The company was not for sale when global fintech giant Stripe approached the founders, but the latter managed to strike a deal with the Nigerian entrepreneurs
– The fintech startup already processes more than half of all online transactions in Nigeria
– Olubi and Akinlade have shown the world that Nigerians are thinkers and innovators who are excelling in various fields
PayStack, a fintech startup founded in 2016 by Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade, has been acquired by Stripe for over $200 million (over N76 billion).
Akinlade said the company was not up for sale when Stripe initially approached for the acquisition, Nairametrics reports.Akinlade said they sold the company because they believed that Stripe would help them with their mission to accelerate payments in Africa.
Ezra Olubi and Shola Akinlade sold their fintech company for over $200 million. Photo credit: Nairametrics
“Paystack was not for sale when Stripe approached us.
“For us, it’s about the mission. I’m driven by the mission to accelerate payments on the continent, and I am convinced that Stripe will help us get there faster. It is a very natural move.”
The deal is the biggest tech acquisition in Nigerian corporate history and has been applauded by many.