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Protesters Demand Scrapping SARS Police Unit

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It’s day two of mass protests in Lagos demanding for the abolition and proscription of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, an arm of the Nigeria Police.

Students and youths rallied round the city on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning in a peaceful march to the governor’s office and the police headquarters as the agitation spread to other parts of the country.

In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), scores of protesters marched to the Nigeria police force headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, calling for the scrapping of the police squad.

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Protesters caused traffic gridlock in Abuja’s city center where the force headquarters are located.

They dramatized police killings by pouring red paint on the roads and chanting anti-SARS songs.

Force headquarters spokesman Frank Mba, who is also deputy commissioner of police, says SARS cannot be scrapped because it is still needed to combat armed robbery and other violent crimes across the country.

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In Ilorin, protesters converged on the popular general post office area before marching on Ahmadu Bello Way to the headquarters of the state police command and then the Kwara State government house chanting anti-SARS songs as they carried placards with various inscriptions like “End SARS Now,” and “Stop Killing Our Youth.”

Former police inspector-general, Mike Okiro said on Thursday rather than scrapping SARS, it should be rebranded and refocused for effective service delivery.

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Lagos deputy governor Obafemi Hamzat has challenged the Nigeria police force to prosecute wayward police men and bring them to book.

He made the call while addressing protesters who had spent the night in front of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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IG Begins Commands’ Tour; Force Admits Cops’ Morale Low

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IG Begins Commands' Tour; Force Admits Cops' Morale Low

In a bid to boost the morale of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu is embarking on a tour of police commands across the country today, Friday.

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The killings of some twenty-eight policemen by hoodlums who hijacked the EndSARS protests earlier this month is said to have dampened morale within the force.

The inspector-general of police is expected to assess the extent to which the hoodlums negatively affected the force after burning down police stations and looting government and private property.

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The effect of the low morale could be felt on the roads in recent days as many police posts are abandoned and traffic stops scrapped.

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Adamu will begin his tour in Abuja.

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FG Begins Nationwide Distribution Of 1m Free Meters In Kano, Kaduna, Lagos

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The federal government says it will begin distributing free meters nationwide.  It is targeting 30 million consumers.

The program, national mass metering program begins today, Friday, and will kick off in Kano, Kaduna and Lagos.

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The presidency says the free meter distribution plan is expected to end the issues associated with estimated electricity billings. The distribution exercise would be monitored by state government representatives, the senate committee and house chair on power, representatives of organized labor and civil society organizations.

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The program is expected to roll out six million meters for all connection points on grids without meters in the next two years.

The mass metering program will source for all its meters locally and will create thousands of manufacturing jobs.

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NCDC Records 150 New COVID-19 Cases

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NCDC Records 150 New COVID-19 Cases

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has reported one hundred fifty new cases of the novel coronavirus disease, one hundred fifty-four new recoveries, and two deaths in the country.

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Lagos state posted 89 new cases, followed by rivers with 19 and Ogun reporting 11.  Bayelsa, Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Osun and delta states reported cases in single digits.

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So far, sixty-two thousand five hundred twenty-one covid-19 cases have been recorded, and fifty-eight thousand two hundred forty-nine patients have recovered.

Number of fatalities stands at eleven hundred forty-one.

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