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#EndSWAT: Nigerian Protesters Reject IGP’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Call For Complete Police Reform

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Nigerian protesters have rejected the newly set up Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team by the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Adamu on Tuesday.

The protesters who have walked major cities across the country, calling for an end to police brutality, harassments, killings, and extortions say the newly formed SWAT is no different from the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Taking to social media, the protesters who have blocked off major roads especially in the commercial city of Lagos say they want a wholesale reform of the Nigerian Police Force.

A Twitter user, Joel urged the youths to stand firm against SWAT. “If we stand in unity to fight against our common enemy, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Let us take away ethnicity, let us take away religious belief, let us all come out as one. We are unbreakable, we are unstoppable and we shall achieve #EndSWAT,” he wrote.

Ajibola reckons that the move of the IGP was designed to end the protest but not end the brutality. “Same people, different name. We don’t want SWAT. #EndSWAT now,” he tweeted.

Demagogue Ph.D. said the demands of the protesters are clear. “We are clear with our demand. Disband SARS and never allow them back into the force. SWAT is a good idea, but it turns sour when you know that the recruits are the same murderous men of now-disbanded SARS. We have sane able-bodied men who can do the job. For this I join #EndSWAT,” he said.

Boaz Abigail urged Nigerian leaders to be more accountable to the citizens. “Enough of the police brutality and bad governance. We are all we have and should be allowed the right to defend what we stand for. Is it too much to ask that our leaders be responsible and accountable to the people whose taxes pay their salaries? Woman shrugging #EndSWAT,” she said.

The protesters have vowed to continue on Wednesday as they seek more reforms within the Nigeria Police Force.

On Tuesday, the IG of Police had in a statement signed by Frank Mba, the police spokesperson noted that the SWAT team will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.

He said, “Prospective members of this new team will also undergo a 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.

“While 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,” the statement said.

See more tweets from Nigerians below:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>You can’t make bitter-Kola sweet by changing its name to honey overnight, and you can’t change FSARS to angels by changing their name to SWAT overnight. After Saul repented, he went to the Arabian desert for 3 years<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SARSMUSTGO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SARSMUSTGO</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SARSMUSTEND?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SARSMUSTEND</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria</a></p>&mdash; Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) <a href=”https://twitter.com/renoomokri/status/1316270655176765440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>See what NYSC sent to their corp members. Disgraceful 🤦🏾‍♂️ <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENDSARS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ENDSARS</a> <a href=”https://t.co/D5hZiNLCbW”>pic.twitter.com/D5hZiNLCbW</a></p>&mdash; FEMI (@BrodaFemo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BrodaFemo/status/1316274022401880064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Notice how we are also demanding for a better pay for the Nigerian police in our agitation? <br><br>Yet those unfortunate illiterate bastards will shoot and kill us without a second thought if given the order. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENDSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ENDSWAT</a></p>&mdash; Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MrOdanz/status/1316269311225483266?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>They&#39;ve brought Sega to sprinkle a little bit of confusion and disarray inside our movement. The devil works but we work harder! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENDSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ENDSWAT</a></p>&mdash; PEGASUS🌍 (@LifeofPegasus) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LifeofPegasus/status/1316274746175225857?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This Government know what they are doing… They want to use this power tussle to divide us and they are slowly getting it… We mustn&#39;t allow them… This is the time to focus on what we want ..🙏🏽🇳🇬✊🏽<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/YouthDemocraticParty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#YouthDemocraticParty</a> <a href=”https://t.co/s6dmNHrqdH”>pic.twitter.com/s6dmNHrqdH</a></p>&mdash; A Romantic Letter To You ✒️😍💝 (@ink_seun) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ink_seun/status/1316275105530552320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>How can Debola Williams represent us in a meeting during the ongoing protest? Where was he when we all started this online. Youth don suffer!! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a></p>&mdash; Esv. Adesewa✨ (@DuchessT_) <a href=”https://twitter.com/DuchessT_/status/1316275373714354176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Normally I’d be pissed being in this traffic but right now, I’m joyfully chilling in this car. We reach office when we reach office. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a></p>&mdash; Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ELSiEiSY/status/1316276494386200576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>When we are done with this police nonsense, we are coming for everything else.<br><br>All the youths scrambling for power now, take note. No try us.<br><br>You be our mate, so there will be no talk of respect your elders.<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a> <a href=”https://t.co/DtIIt3UxFg”>pic.twitter.com/DtIIt3UxFg</a></p>&mdash; Ijeoma (@Ijeoma551) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Ijeoma551/status/1316276157592088576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Please guys, read this, <br>We must maintain a peaceful protest , if you must fight, use your voice, our voice is the strongest weapon we can use <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/YouthDemocraticParty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#YouthDemocraticParty</a> <br>Pamilerin <a href=”https://t.co/au5qv4Tggh”>pic.twitter.com/au5qv4Tggh</a></p>&mdash; sinachi👑 ❤️ (@Nachi_sam) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Nachi_sam/status/1316275063298109440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>No Talk Anything, Just Retweet! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SWAT</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndSWAT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#EndSWAT</a> ✊🏾🇳🇬 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoDeyShootUs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#NoDeyShootUs</a> <a href=”https://t.co/O1HioBi2pC”>pic.twitter.com/O1HioBi2pC</a></p>&mdash; Man United in Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ManUtdInPidgin/status/1316276399792103434?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

 

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Video Footage Of Lekki Shooting Will Be Submitted To Judicial Panel —- Gov. Sanwo-Olu

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, says the video footage of the shooting at Lekki tollgate will be submitted to the judicial panel on police brutality.

The governor said this during a live programme on ARISE TV on Thursday.

”Nobody ordered the removal of cameras at the Lekki tollgate. The MD of LCC said because of the curfew, they made the decision to take out installations,” he said.

”The cameras you saw are not security or motion cameras, they are laser cameras for vehicles. The security cameras are still available and we are using them for our security investigations.”

On Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on protesters who had converged on the tollgate to protest against police brutality.

The judicial panel was set up following protests against police brutality. It has already commenced sitting.

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Buhari Must Address Nigerians, Senate Spokesperson, Ndume Insist

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The Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, have asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to comply with the National Assembly’s resolutions on the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality and bad governance.

Part of the resolutions of the federal lawmakers included an appeal to Buhari to address the nation immediately on the issue.

Basiru and Ndume lamented the current situation in the country, especially the killing of innocent protesters by soldiers.

Ndume said, “I have monitored with shock and personal indignation, the turnout of events on the #EndSARS protest with evidence of obvious descent of the country, particularly in the South-West of Nigeria, after the reckless and disturbing incident at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday evening.

“As a student, who was involved in several protests, I see no reason for the display of outright recklessness by shooting into unarmed protesters by whoever; governmental or otherwise.

“As an elected representative of the people of Osun Central in the Senate, I deprecate the clear lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Executive to the lingering anarchy and destruction of lives and property.

“At the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, it was resolved that the President should address the nation, not knowing that the evening of that day will bring about more sinister dimensions to the already deteriorated situation.”

Ndume also insisted that Buhari must address the nation immediately in order to reduce the tension.

He said, “Mr President should talk to Nigerians. The Senate has passed a resolution, even though it is advisory, I think it is worth giving the necessary consideration. The parents of the protesting youths should also calm down their children.

“Those who are protesting now should know that the government has accepted their demands. They should be organized under a leadership, which will now follow up on the five-point demand, which the government is already considering.

“Any unconnected process without leadership would always end up in chaos,” he added.

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#EndSARS Mayhem: I Instructed My Boys To Target Tinubu And His Investments —– Nnamdi Kanu [Audio Attached]

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Leader of the outlawed group, IPOB Nnamdi Kanu has claimed responsibility for the mayhem that followed the #EndSARS protests in Lagos this week.

In a monitored phone-in program on Radio Biafra, Kanu pointedly claimed ” I gave instructions that my members must target Tinubu and his investments. Now, his hotel is in flames” he said boastfully

The Biafra leader vowed to relentlessly pursue Tinubu to anywhere he may be in Europe. ” We will track him down and make him see the anger of IPOB, the largest mass movement in the world. Just track him for me” he said

Shedding light on his involvement in the statewide mayhem, Kanu revealed that he asked his members to infiltrate the #EndSARS protesters and team up with the protesters, ” so we can make the country ungovernable. Our aim is very clear ”

“This will continue until we achieve our purpose of breaking the country or until people in the zoo realize that they have to let Biafra be” he vowed.

Listen to all he said below:

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