By: on October 19, 2020
As of now, “political differences should be resolved at the ballot and not in the streets and we will keep it that way through this election season and beyond,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, in a bid to halt the verbal altercation and fatal shooting necessitated by one Matthew Dolloff, 30, cautions impassioned protesters and demonstrators. What does that mean in practice? It should have been clear by now that the American politics is fraught with systemic discrimination and institutional r...
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By: on October 19, 2020
…the youth have their heads clouded with worries… government should as its obligation demands provide not just jobs but basic human necessities for the people… ­— Ozah A. Matthew in The Guardian Everything about governance is mostly in the realms of strategy as those governing are meant to think of the past, today and what tomorrow holds. And, when tomorrow comes, when the youth take the baton of leadership, they reflect on the past and work towards a better tomorrow than they had seen or li...
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By: on October 15, 2020
After weeks of protests across states of the federation against the Police 1Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, ordered the disbandment of the tactical unit and other related squads. SARS was formed in 1992 and is one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, which was established to investigate and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crim...
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By: on October 14, 2020
It is difficult to mourn the passing of SARS, the late but not lamentable Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigeria Police Force whose death was formally announced last Monday. The dreaded SARS was killed by angry Nigerian youths who fought via street protests against its numerous atrocities including extortion, illegal arrests and detention often ending in extra-judicial killing. SARS, a child of necessity, was created as a counter force to the increasing dare-devilry of armed robbers. ...
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By: on October 13, 2020
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, at the weekend bowed to the pressure by a robust Movement of Nigerian Youth calling for the ban of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (a.k.a. SARS) and announced the disbandment of the now notorious unit of the police force in spite of measures earlier announced to curtail the excesses of members of the unit saddled with the responsibility addressing cases of arm robberies and kidnappings. The young campaigners were apparently unm...
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By: on October 7, 2020
SIR: A stable society is not served by strong men. It is sculpted by strong institutions. The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad has long held Nigerians in a thrall of terror. Scary stories of torture and even extra-judicial killings involving the operatives of the outfit, some gone rogue, have always made the rounds. Again, the country has been rocked by more stories forcing Nigerians to revisit the difficult relationship they have with their security agencies –agencies which keep them sa...
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By: on June 30, 2020
That the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police continues to use torture and other unlawful tactics in the discharge of their law enforcement duties is not exactly a newsworthy item; we have always known this. If a poll were created now on Nigerians’ perception of that unit, the result would be easily predictable. Police brutality is a major concern with SARS and in late 2017 as demands for accountability became stronger, the #EndSARS campaign was birthed. It was borne out of a frustra...
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