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Police Issue Fresh Directives Over Use Of Firearms, ‘FSARS’ Jackets, Others

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SARS: Police Issue Fresh Directives Over Use Of Firearms, ‘FSARS’ Jackets, Others

In a move towards implementing the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu amid the immediate ban of officers of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other ‘tactical squads’ of the force from operating on Nigerian roads, the Commissioner of Police, FSARS, Imohimi Edgal has said henceforth, “no personnel of the FSARS will be issued firearms except for guard duties, at the base and for immediate response to violent crimes as they occur.”

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Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Edgal said that all FSARS teams on routine patrol had been withdrawn in compliance with the IGP’s directive.

He added that “no FSARS personnel would henceforth attend to any violent crimes except he was kitted in his approved jacket to guide members of the public.”

According to the commissioner “only FSARS operatives have the right to wear a jacket with the inscription ‘FSARS’, all other states Special Anti Robbery Squads, (SARS), which are commanded by state commissioners of police, are to wear the inscription SARS without ‘F.’”

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Earlier on Sunday, the IGP in a statement released by the force public relations officer, Frank Mba, police officers must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear.

Adamu says despite being a critical component of the police force, FSARS are now to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises.

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The recent move came after Nigerians online called for the abolition of the police unit, SARS using the #EndSARS.

Meanwhile, Nigerians say they need more visible actions because these press statements come year on year with no actions.

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End SARS: Sanwo-Olu Needs N1trillion To Reconstruct Lagos State – Gbajabiamila

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End SARS: Sanwo-Olu Needs N1trillion To Reconstruct Lagos State – Gbajabiamila

As Lagos State government eases curfew from 6 am to 8 pm, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says, as a result of wanton destruction of public assets by hoodlums, rebuilding the state will cost one trillion naira.

Lagos was the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests.  The city experienced massive looting, arson and destruction Wednesday to Friday.  Many have attributed these acts to anger arising from the attacks by the Nigerian military on young unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, visited Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos on Sunday during which they discussed the estimated cost of repairing damages in the state.

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Among other public assets destroyed are 89 new city buses burnt down in Oyingbo and Berger where they were parked.

Also burnt are the forensic and DNA centre, the Igbosere High Court, local government secretariat buildings, hundreds of vehicles, street lights, and other public buildings scattered across the state.

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NCDC Reports 62 New Cases Of COVID-19

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control posted sixty-two new cases of coronavirus infections in eleven states on Sunday.

Plateau State led the pack with 18 new infections.  Ogun had 15, while the Federal Capital Territory and eight other states all recorded new infections in single digits.

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The new figure pushes up total infections in the country to 61,992.  57,000 coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged nationwide.

The death toll now stands at eleven hundred thirty.  Nigeria has now tested more than 600,000 persons.

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NBC Fines Channels, Arise TV, AIT Over #EndSARS Coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission has on Monday slammed sanctions on some major broadcast stations in Nigeria for what it termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests over the past few weeks.

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Announcing the move, at a press conference in Abuja, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba who is acting Director-General of the broadcasting regulating body said the affected media houses including Arise News, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television were fined between N2 million and N3 million each for flouting the provisions of the Nigerian broadcasting code.

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Earlier, NBC had warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.

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