The Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba landed in Lagos state yesterday in a visit to the state's police command. At around 1 pm, the IGP addressed the senior officers including the DPOs, squadron and area commanders. It is no longer news that a group of Nigerians are planning to stage a protest all over the country on the 12th of June, which happens to be the day Nigeria celebrates democracy.
The security challenge in the country seems to be getting out of hand as there have being reports of various ugly incidents and attacks in some areas and state in the country. Prior to President Buhari’s speech which went viral on all social media platforms, there have been a call by Nigerians for security agencies to tackle the crisis which seems to be growing by each passing day.
Peaceful protest is an integral part of every society. It is a way through which people show their disapproval or condemnation of certain issues or developments in their environment. This common practice is arguable to be as old as history itself. However, protesting in Nigeria has recently recorded incidents of armed security officers who ought to guide the protesters, directly shooting at them.
Nigerian singer and rapper, Aboriomoh Femi Raymond popularly known by his stage name as Dremo, has revealed that he does not like policemen. In a post shared on Twitter, he explained that he finds it hard to like policemen no matter how hard they try to be friendly.
It is no longer a secret, that one of the major factors that led to the #ENDSARS protest in October 2020, is the alleged cases of police brutality in the country. Prior to the protests, police officers in the country, particularly those under the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), were accused of gross human rights violations, and extra-judicial killings of Nigerian youths in different parts of the country.
#ENDSARS Anniversary: 2 Things That Made October 20, 2020 An Unforgettable Date In Nigeria's History
There is no doubt that each day that passes becomes part of history. However, some days do not pass without creating an unforgettable memory in the hearts of people. This can be argued to be the case of October 20, 2020, when the protest by Nigerian youths, against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police, went south at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos state.
There is no doubt that the hashtag #ENDSARS protest, which rocked the country in October 2020, is one of the events that marked a new dawn in the policing of Nigeria. The protest brought to an end, the existence of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police, popularly known as SARS.
It's Been One Year Since The Endsars Movement, Feels Like It Was Just Yesterday - Enisa Nikaj Reacted.
Today, October 20, 2021, marks the first year remembrance of the Lekki Toll Gate alleged shooting which claimed the lives of many peaceful #EndSARS protesters who were only demanding for good governance, police brutality, and disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian police with a long record of abuses, judicious killings, extortion, and harassment.
There are strong indications that many Nigerians across the country will gather in public protests to stage anti-EndSARS anniversary protests. Recall that many lives were reportedly lost during EndSARs protests in Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State last year October. Human Rights Activists including Omoyele Sowore and Deji Adeyanju are making plans to ensure that the protests went well.
Earlier today, Omoleye Sowore, a human rights activist was shot by Altine Hyelhira Daniel, a notorious policewoman during a protest to demand an end to insecurity in the country. According to SaharaReporters, Daniel was part of the deadly Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) before it was banned.
It was in October 2020, exactly a year ago that Nigerians witnessed what may be referred to as the 'mother of all protests'. The demonstration started in October 8, when youths took to the streets of Lagos to protest against police brutality after a video went viral on social media on how men of SARS brutalised and killed a young man.
Nigerians have clamoured for better security and lifestyle which is the cause of the ongoing June 12th protest in key states. In response to the cry from Nigerians, the 46-year-old IGP-IRT, Nigerian Inspector General of Police's Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari who is known for his renowned works to counter-terrorism was deployed to help boost security.
"They Said They Would Kill Me And Throw Me Inside A Pit"- Man Narrates His Sad Experience With Defunct SARS
A 34-year-old man identified as Ugochukwu Oraefo has taken to the social media to narrate his experience with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) 3 years ago.The father of five revealed that he was with his wife (yet to be identified) at his store when some men who claimed to be police officers stormed his ALUCOBEST Aluminum store in the South Eastern Nigeria of Ogidi with AK-47 rifles.
Acting Inspector General of police, Usman Baba Alkali has explained the negative effects that followed the EndSARS protest, and how it is affecting the police force. He said that after the ban of Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), they have not been able to replace them with SWAT.
According to a sad video that was posted by the Sahara Reporters this morning, an old man, who gave his name as Omeje Dominic has narrated how his 19 year old son was mistakenly labelled a criminal and killed by SARS operatives on June 30th, 2009.According to what he said in the interview, he made it known that his son, whose name was given as Omeje Christopher Chukwuebuka, on the day it happened went to a meeting of block rosary in Ovoko and when he was returning back to his school from the rosary prayer he attended around 5pm in the evening, operatives of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force drove their vehicle and saw him standing at the junction.
Troops Kills Seven ESN Members. The Nigerian army says it has carried out joint clearance operation with the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and killed seven operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Rivers community.
The disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), according to Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alkali Usman, has undermined the force's efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria. This occurred as he also stated that his troops have apprehended those responsible for the failed attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on March 20, 2021.
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba has assured all Nigerians that they have no plan of reinstating the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), into the Nigeria Police Force. Recall that the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) was disbanded late last year following protests by the Nigerian Youths to end Police brutality in the country.
By Leon Usigbe The disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum in Nigeria's police attempt to combat insecurity, according to acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba. The acting IGP claimed that the consequence of the #EndSARS protest had impacted the morale of the force's troops at the weekly Ministerial briefing conducted by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The special adviser to Lagos State Governor on Drainage and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe has taken to his verified Facebook Page to reveal that many Nigerians are now regretting the dissolution and disbandment of the special police formation (SARS) The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was a Nigerian Police Force unit created in late 1992 to deal with crimes associated with robbery, motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and firearms.