#endsars: IGP sets up SWAT to take over from SARS

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has set up a new Police outfit to take over from the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force.

It is known as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.

Also, the IGP on Tuesday, 13th October, 2020, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba said, “The officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties”.

Mba said, “The medical examination will be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), a Unit, which henceforth shall engage in psychological management, re-orientation and training of officers of the Force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

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“The Unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from amongst psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, Public Relations practitioners, Civil Society and other Human Rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise”.

Furthermore the statement said, “Meanwhile, the IGP has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.

“Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

“They are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.

“Personnel from the Police Commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State.

“Those from the Police Commands from the North and the South-West will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, respectively.

“While reaffirming his irrevocable commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the Police reforms, the IGP enjoins members of the public, particularly protesting citizens to exercise restraint and allow measures being put in place to come to fruition and engender a Police Force that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry.”

NANS sacks president, swears in another

The Senate of the Nigerian Association of Nigerian Students have today impeached Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan who is the president of the National Association of Nigerian itStudents.

Mr Danielson Bamidele Allan was impeached by the national student’s legislative body over his failure to clear himself after a committee was set up to look into allegations which indicted him of misappropriation and diversion of students Covid-19 Palliatives, fraudulently concealing information relevant to help the growth of the organization and development of the country.

He was also found guilty of abusing his office by doing arbitrary and lawful acts which are prejudicial to the rights of other members of the Association, all in violation of the code of conduct of the body.

He has been replaced with Comrade Chidi Ilogede, who served as the vice president of the Association before he’s sworn in as the new president

Group says Minister Sadiya’s Intervention Will Stop Hunger in N/west

Satisfied with the Federal Government’s intervention on food security to the people of Kaduna and Northwest region in general, a group, Unified Awareness Forum, UAF, has described the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk as mother of the less privileged whose activities rekindled hope in the Nigerian poor.

The UAF in a starement signed by the Chairman and Secretary,Mohammed Abdu and Alhaji Ibrahim Tanmu ,respectively,said that apart from food items and other palliatives which the Minister presented to the government for onward distribution to the needy persons across the state,her intent to adopt some Women Empowerment Programs initiated by the Kaduna state government,was soul lifting and heart warming.

According to the conveners,the minister who visited Governor Nasiru Ahmad el-Rufai ,delivered Covid-19 palliatives and flood relief items to the state government.

This, they said,would go a long way to ameliorate hardships and eradicate hunger in many homes.

“The intervention is very timely.Homes affected by flood are in dire need.We commend the Federal Government for this intervention and pray the minster will also reach other states with a similar humanitarian support ,” they said.

UAF expressed with delight that the Minister had discussed other Social Investment Programs of the state with the Governor.

They observed that it would be a mutually rewarding collaboration because some of the programs targeted at women could be replicated by the ministry to further empower vulnerable women all over the country.

“We are happy that the Minister had directed that the state Focal Person on Social Investment Programs meets with the state Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs to exchange ideas on how some of their empowerment programs can be actualized.,” they said.

They said it was soul lifting when Minister Sadiya conveyed the sympathy of the Federal Government to the people of Kaduna State over the windstorms and floods which occurred in some Local Government Areas of the State.

“She presented assorted grains from the National Food Reserve approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari as palliatives for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the movement restriction to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.She also conveyed the sympathy of the federal government following the destruction of property by windstorms and floods.”

“She said her Ministry will also brainstorm will Kaduna state to see how they can replicate some of Kaduna’s women empowerment programs for wider participation.These are noble ideas that will bring succor and prosperity to many homes ,” they said.

UAF therefore ,urged the people to rally round the minister and support her ambition for a prosperous Nigeria where issues of class and discrimination would be a thing of the past.

They disclosed that plans were on the way to celebrate the Minister by showcasing her achievements and honoring her so as to motivate and encourage her to do more for all Nigerians.

Bauchi Gov’s wife opens adult literacy classes for girls

Dr. Aisha Mohammed, wife of Bauchi State governor, has opened adult literacy classes in Alkaleri Local Government to offer girls in the area an opportunity to acquire basic education.

Mrs Mohammed, at a ceremony to mark this year’s International Day for Girl Child on Sunday in Bauchi, promised to enroll and retain girls in the schools.

She challenged girls and women to champion the quest for basic education so as to improve the quality of their lives, urging those in Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe and Niger to take advantage of every opportunity to acquire knowledge.

Mrs Mohammed warned the girls against remaining silent when in danger, and particularly advised them to report any form of sexual and gender-based violence.

She advised them to acquire basic education so as to prepare for leadership in future and also minimise gender disparity in the society

“The society will gain more if women are educated. It is in that direction that I established the adult literacy classes. To educate a woman is to educate a nation,” she said.

Earlier, the Education Specialist of UNICEF, Bauchi office, Mrs Mariama Dikwa, had commended the policies of the Bauchi State government on girl-child education.

Asmau Jika, President, Girls for Girls, G4G, an NGO, in a remark, urged the Bauchi governor’s wife to facilitate the domestication of the Child Rights Act in the state.

She also encouraged other governors’ wives to do same in their states.

Ms Jika advised state governments to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to boost technological growth.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the 2020 International Day of the Girl Child is “My Voice, Our Equal Future”.

NAN also reports that Bauchi state hosted Adamawa, Yobe and Niger for the 2020 IDGC celebrations.

We’re worried over Buhari’s silence to call for sack of service chiefs — Northern elders

Elders in the North have said they are concerned over President Muhammadu Buhari’s continuous silence to growing calls in many quarters that he rejigs the security architecture in view of the worsening insecurity in the country.

They said the resolutions of the two arms of the National Assembly that he acts swiftly in emplacing new security system to stop the increasing bad situation was enough for him to act given that they are the representatives of the people.

The Northern elders, operating under the aegies of Coalition of Concern Northern Elders for Peace and Development.

In a statement in Abuja, Monday morning, said the worsening security situation in the country has caused untold hardship on women and children in both the North East and the North West.

Besides,the group in the statement signed by its National Chairman,Dr Mohammed Suleiman and National Secretary, Hajiya Mairo Buni,said the insecurity in the country had reached a boiling point that only the sack of service chiefs as first step in addressing the ugly development could be acceptable by Nigerians.

According to the group, the 2021 budget proposal that was last Thursday,presented to the National Assembly by the president could be difficult to fund if the president fails to address the situation immediately.

“We are compelled by the current state of the nation especially as it affects the security of lives and property in Nigeria particularly in the North to issue this press statement.

“This Coalition became very necessary and urgent to lend our voice to the growing insecurity and call for the sack of the current service chiefs and total overhaul of the security architecture of our country before it is too late.

“We are worried about President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence despite call by every arm of Nigeria including the National Assembly who are the representatives of the people,” it said in the statement.

According to the Northern elders in the statement,”Some international organizations and authorities have faulted our security architecture and called for the need to restructure same yet Mr President is still not moved ?”

” Is he waiting for all Nigerians to die first? In a constitutional democracy the people are the employer of the president and for a president to write his name on gold, he must listen to the people,”the statement added.

“We in this group insist that President Buhari is a good man that mean very well for Nigeria and Nigerians but we strongly believe that he is being misled on a daily basis in the happenings of the security,” the statement further said.

It stressed that:”No Nigerian sleeps with his eyes closed anymore. Our roads and homes are no longer safe because of robbery, kidnapping, banditry and Boko Haram terrorists.”

“Food security is being threatened in the North West because of bandits who have been depriving farmers of going to their farms”, it noted,regretting that, “The deteriorating plights of women and children in North East is on steady increase.”

It read further:”Apart from Maiduguri town, there is no community in Borno State where our people can sleep with their eyes closed.

“Malnutrition is the order of the day in IDPs’ camps across North East. Investors are leaving the country on daily basis because of insecurity. This is dangerous for our economic projections of 2021. No country can fund its budget effectively in the mist of insecurity like Nigeria.

“We wish to use this measure to let our president know that Nigerians are really tired of excuses from the service chiefs. Their continuous retention is not doing the country any good.

“What is so special about them that they cannot be sacked? Isn’t it obvious that they have lost ideas, tired and are no longer in control

“We are convinced that they are out of ideas that can change the game in the security of the nation, hence the proper thing for the president to do Is to sack them without further delay.

” We call on the president to take this first step and follow it up with restructuring the entire security architecture of the country for utmost results.

” Nigerians, especially the youths are tired of the level of insecurity in the country. The large turnout by youths on the End SARS campaign across the country is an indication that Nigerians are tired of excuses.

” We are therefore appealing to president Muhammad Buhari to as a matter of urgency, begin the restructuring of the country’s security architecture starting from the sack of these tired service chiefs and replace them with younger and more committed officers.

“Nigerians are fed up with the current level of insecurity. It is on this note that we issue this statement to express our concerns for the nation and the need for Mr president to act soon.”

I was shocked that Akure people turned against me ― Akeredolu

Ondo state Governor-Elect, Rotimi Akeredolu has expressed shock that he lost the Saturday governorship election in three local government council areas in the central senatorial districts despite his developmental works in the councils.

Akeredolu said this during an interview on Channels Television monitored in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

The governor-elect lost Akure South, Akure North and lfedore council areas to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede in the governorship election held on Saturday across the 18 council areas of the state.

These three council areas in the state are considered the stronghold of Jegede.

Akeredolu in the poll won 15 of the 18 councils with 292,830 votes as against Jegede who the three councils areas polling 195,791votes.

The candidate of the third force, Zenith Labour Party who didn’t win any council polled 69,127 votes

While reacting to a question on winning 15 of the 18 councils in the election, the Governor-Elect said ” When it comes to the issue of winning 15 local governments, it’s just a slight improvement of what I did the last time.

“The last time I won 14. Talking seriously, I thought I was going to win the 18 local governments.

“I’m shocked at what happened in Akure because I take Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore as one Akure. So, I’m shocked at the development there.

“But I’ll put that behind me. I’ll move forward. I thought I would win in Akure because I worked in those three local governments where people turned against us. But it’s alright with me. We’ll forget it.”

“The event that commenced this process, like the deputy governor who decided to jump ship. I was shocked too. Although, I got to know it’s going to happen when I saw his movements. I said okay, this man has made up his mind to go.

“I think God answered my prayer, I was praying for him to go and I think he has to go anyway because you cannot have people who will be there and want to stab you at the back and you want to keep them in the house, no.

“You cannot have a snake under your roof and think you can sleep well. So, it was good we asked the snake to go, so we had to sleep properly.

“So, that’s taught me a lesson in politics. But it’s not a new thing. It has happened over and over, right here in South West, even in the North, everywhere.

“Look at the case of Baba Awolowo and Akintola, look at Omoboriowo and Ajasin here. So many instances.

” For me, it’s not something new. When he had to leave, I was very happy and I knew it was politics and I was going face a lot of what I’ll call blackmail because that is their stock in trade because there is no other thing they’re going to throw at us, throw at me, at my wife and children.

“But what I’ll say is that matters like this do repeat itself but it cannot come from the deputy that I’ve chosen now.

Akeredolu said ” I have a lot of confidence in him. I don’t see him behaving like the former one.