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News Around Nigeria For This Evening (Saturday Nov 21, 2020)

Policeman shot dead during protest in Ekiti.

Tragedy struck in Ado Ekiti, on Friday evening, as a policeman was reportedly shot dead when some protesters were being chased out within the premises of Ado central Police Divisional headquarters in the state capital.

An eyewitness told journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Saturday that some youths numbering about 20, had besieged the police area command office, chanting war songs over the killing of a motorcyclist by a driver.

The policeman was reportedly shot in the course of the melee that erupted while trying to scare away the violent protesters.

The youths were said to be expressing their anger over the killing of one of them and alleged police seizure of the corpse and a sum of N470,000 paid to the family of the deceased by the car owner.

The deceased family had allegedly demanded the money to enable them transport the corpse to their country home, for burial.

A source said: “When the police failed to release the corpse and money allegedly collected from the driver to the family of the deceased person, the relatives stormed the police station in protest and demanded that the corpse and the money should be released.

“Sensing that the protest was becoming violent, the police fired teargas cannisters and gunshots to scare them. In the process, stray bullets hit a policeman in the leg, who later bled to death in the hospital”.

But, the Police Public Rations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the police were still investigating who actually fired the shot that killed the policeman.

Abutu alleged that the investigation became expedient on the premise that the protesters came to the police station with dangerous weapons and that the gunshots came from different directions.

End SARS: Buhari govt has abandoned police personnel whose properties were burnt during protest - Officer laments.

A Superintendent of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, on Saturday, accused the Nigerian government of neglecting officers whose properties were destroyed during the End SARS protest.

The senior officer attached to one of the burnt police station in Area F under the Lagos State Police Command, disclosed this in a chat with DAILY POST.

Wishing to remain anonymous, the officer whose personal effects were burnt alongside the station he was attached to, lamented that government has done nothing weeks after they suffered losses.

He lamented that it would be difficult to boost the morale of Police officers to return to duty with low morale.

According to the Superintendent: “It’s as if the End SARS protest was targeted at bringing out the maladies surrounding the Nigeria Police Force. It’s through the campaign that the whole world got to know that the police is one of the most neglected organisations.

“Police budget is very poor in terms of what is approved and released.

“Though, the protest was later hijacked by thugs and miscreants in which most of the people the campaign was supposed to favour became victims.

“Policemen were killed, maimed, injured with our properties looted and burnt, this led to their low morale.

“They have been brazing up, trying to bounce back but what has the government done to our burnt properties, now Nigerians are asking us to come back.

“They are saying police should resume but many stations were destroyed and now they are asking us to rent canopies, tents and start skeletal services.

“They complain that the morale of policemen are low yet nothing has been done to replace their properties destroyed.

“Urban areas like Lagos and Benin where rent is very high, most police officers use their vehicles as a bedroom and most often go home during the weekend or fortnightly. Now that their vehicles have been destroyed how would they cope? They keep saying go back to your duty post but how will these officers survive?

“They made some promises but nothing has been done to alleviate the pains of officers.”

Two suspects arrested for eating roasted police officers’ flesh.

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested suspects allegedly linked with the roasting and eating of the flesh of police officers burnt in Ibadan during End SARS protest.

Police Spokesman at the Oyo State Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, made this known in Ibadan in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Fadeyi added that the suspects, a 34-year-old expectant mother and a 43-year-old man have been transferred to the Force Intelligence Bureau at the Force Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation.

The 34-year-old woman was alleged to have eaten some body parts of one of the police victims, an allegation which she denied.

According to her, though it was true that she was at the scene, she was only given the body parts to keep by the second suspect, the 43-year-old man.

The 43-year-old suspect did not also deny being at the scene of the incident with other hoodlums, but disclosed that it was the woman who voluntarily took the body parts and only asked him for a towel or handkerchief to wrap them in.

The deceased policemen were deployed to contain the End SARS protest in October, which was hijacked by hoodlums, when they met their deaths.

Police arrest 19 over attack on Bauchi security committee members.

The Bauchi State Police Command on Saturday disclosed that 19 thugs, popularly called Sara suka, were arrested by its operatives in connection with last Saturday’s attack on members of the State peace and security committee, known as Yan Committee, at Kofar Dumi.

It was reported on Tuesday that six of the Yan Committee members sustained varying degree of injuries in the attach in which their Toyota Hilux van and another vehicle belonging to a Juma’at mosque in the area were set ablaze by the hoodlums.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Ahmed Wakil, had confirmed the attack to news men, adding that some of the hoodlums had been arrested.

In a press release he made available to journalists in Bauchi on Saturday, Wakil disclosed that 19 hoodlums were arrested by the police.

“On the 14/11/2020 at about 1313hrs information received from reliable sources that some hoodlums about twenty in numbers went and attacked office of committee security members (‘Yan Committee) located at Kofar Dumi Bauchi and burnt their Hilux van, while six of the security committee members sustained various degree of injuries and they were rushed to Bauchi State Specialist Hospital for treatment.

“On receipt of the complaint, Commissioner of Police charged the tactical team of the Command to arrest perpetrators.

“The team led by Commander RSS swung into action and carried out series of raid at criminal hideouts, flashpoints and black spots,” the PPRO, a Deputy Superintendent of Police stated.

According to him, the command’s tactical team arrested the following suspects in connection with the crime: Mubarak Hashim; Umar Ibrahim, aka Dan Kwaram; Khalid Ibrahim; Yahaya Ibrahim; Mohammed Sani, aka Mai Laya; Abdulmajeed Muktar, aka Dila and Abubakar Dahiru.

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