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The Katsina State chapter of the Coalition of Northern Groups on Saturday said the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has failed the state and the country in general for not protecting the lives and property of the citizens. . The group – which stated this in a communiqué issued after a roundtable held on Saturday in Katsina, the state capital – also called for the restructuring of the country’s security architecture. . Issues discussed at the roundtable included renewed banditry attacks, killings, and kidnappings in the state. . The communiqué was co-signed by the group’s chairman, Jamiu Charanchi, and the secretary, Abubakar Kabir. . In the communiqué, the group said, “The government’s attempts to reassert public confidence with repeated rhetoric of being on top of the situation seem to be worsening as killings and kidnapping for ransom have become a daily occurrence in most parts of the state. . “The general consensus is that by any standard of judgment, the administration of President Buhari has failed the nation and in particular Katsina State in the vital area of improving the citizens’ lives and property.” . The group said at the end of the roundtable, the participants resolved to make the following demands: “An immediate and comprehensive improvement of security in the state. . “We demand a review of the entire national security architecture and the Katsina State Security Committee in order to inject higher levels of competence, integrity, and accountability. . “We demand the promulgation of legislation to compel the review of the salary and general incentive packages of all men of the security services.” . The group noted that continuous banditry attacks, insurgency, and kidnapping had left many people dead and displaced from their homes. — Follow us for breaking news and videos. — #katsinagroup #insecurity #buhari #punchnewspapers

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The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General for the Government of Alberta in Canada, Kelechi (Kaycee) Madu, has lamented that policemen killed his cousin, Chrisantus Nwabueze Korie, in 2013. . This is as he noted that renaming the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to Special Weapons and Tactics team was not a significant reform. . The Nigerian-born lawyer, who is a former Minister of Municipal Affairs for the province of Alberta, Canada, narrated that there was no probe into the killing despite his petition to the National Assembly. . Madu, who attached the image of his dead cousin to his series of tweets, declared his support for the advocacy against brutality, extortion, and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. . He said, “I support the people of Nigeria as they protest to end police brutality and extrajudicial killings. My own cousin Chrisantus Nwabueze Korie was murdered by Nigerian police in April 2013. . Despite my best efforts, the police would not investigate his murder and did everything to obstruct. I also helped to petition a committee of Nigeria’s National Assembly to probe the killing and report back to the House within a timely manner. . “Fundamental human rights like peace, security, and freedom from police brutality are universal. The Nigerian government has an obligation to protect its citizens and deliver substantive police reform. . “Changing the name of SARS and reconstituting it without significant reform won’t be sufficient to satisfy the cry of the Nigerian people for justice.” . A copy of the National Assembly’s resolution on the killing showed that Okorie was killed in the Mushin area of Lagos. . The resolution dated Tuesday, April 16, read in part, “The House notes the extra-judicial killing of Okorie of Umuevu village, Okirika-Nweke Autonomous Community, Ahiau-Mbaise Local Government Area in Imo State by the officer of the Nigeria Police on Thursday 11, April, 2013, in Mushin, Lagos State. — Follow us for breaking news and videos. — Click on the link in our bio for more. — #kayceemadu #albertajusticeminister #SARS #punchnewspapers

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday apologised to the youths for keeping silent and having not done enough to stop police brutality in the country. . This is as #EndSARS protesters held candlelight sessions for victims of SARS/police brutality in several cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan. . Osinabjo, in a Twitter thread, via his verified handle @ProfOsinbajo, admitted that the feelings of anger and frustration by young Nigerians were justified. . He wrote, “Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry. . “I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough. These feelings of frustration are justified. . “There are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them. . “Over the past week, we have been following the protests, and I have had a number of discussions with key people in the administration that you deserve to be informed about. Transparency, after all, is a key tenet of government. . “We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing. I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast. . “The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.” . Osinbajo also sent condolences to the families of Jimoh Isiaq, a protester killed on Sunday, and all those who had lost their lives “at the hands of wayward police officers.” . He added, “To those injured, I wish a full and speedy recovery. We have proposed that each state government set up a Victims’ Support Fund, which @NigeriaGov will support. This is the least that we can do to compensate for the injustice suffered at the hands of errant officers. — Click link in our bio for more — #Policereform #Punchnewspapers

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The Edo State Government on Friday charged all security agencies in the state to fish out the killers of #EndSARS protesters within 24 hours. . The Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, gave the order while addressing protesters after the sad occurrence, saying the government will not fold its arms and watch harm come the way of young people exercising their rights as citizens of the country. . The PUNCH had earlier reported that at least two persons died when hoodlums attacked #EndSARS protesters at Ring Road, Benin on Friday. . However, in a statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, on Friday, the deputy governor said only one protester was killed, vowing that perpetrators of the act would be brought to book. . The statement titled, ‘Edo govt gives security agencies 24 hours to fish out killers of EndSARS protester in Benin’ quoted Shaibu, as saying, “I have given instructions to the security agencies to fish out those behind the attack. The police, the Department of State Security and other security agencies have been ordered to bring to book those guys that harassed you and killed that young man. . “Some of you sustained injuries, I can see them from here; they have 24 hours to bring the attackers to book.” . Continuing, he said, “We will not fold our hands as a government and watch miscreants brutalize anyone involved in this protest. So, please maintain your calm and orderliness during the protests. . “We are with you in this struggle. President Muhammadu Buhari has also said that there is going to be a reform, but we, as a state, are going to ensure that we have a reform that is people-friendly because the police are meant to protect lives and property not to destroy them. I want to assure you that we are with you on this.” . For over a week, youths across the state who joined their counterparts from different parts of the country, have been demanding a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force and an end to extrajudicial killings by men of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad. — Follow us for breaking news and videos — #EdoState #EndSARS #Protest

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#BREAKINGNEWS No fewer than 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad have been pencilled down for dismissal from service. . The Police Service Commission is also expected to order the prosecution of 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of professional misconduct. . These were the highlights of the Report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad set up by the Federal Government in 2018 to reform the dreaded unit. . The presidential panel had, among other things, investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit. . Presenting the report to the PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, in Abuja on Friday, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, called for a speedy implementation of the panel recommendations. . A statement by the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said Ojukwu observed that the PSC chairman has all it takes to deal appropriately with the report of the panel. . The statement was titled, ‘PSC to partner Human Rights Commission, promises immediate action on report of presidential panel on reform of SARS.’ . “We have come to see a PSC determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force,” Ojukwu was quoted to have said. — Follow us for breaking news and videos — #Policeservice #EndSARS #Punchnewspapers

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As we move to end police brutality, by virtue of Section 5 of Tribunals of Inquiry Law, Laws of Lagos State, 2015, I inaugurated an 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution which will receive and investigate complaints of police brutality in Lagos. The panel will in the next 24 hours be joined by 2 youth representatives and a member of the National Human Rights Commission as we look to provide restitution while following due process. In Lagos, beyond setting up this panel which we hope will serve as a representation of our broader interests, we have established a N200 million fund for compensation to families and individuals who have been victimized by officers of the disbanded SARS. Orderly room trials of erring policemen resulting in dismissals, demotions and more severe punishment for human rights violations have begun. We have witnessed the protests of our youth against police brutality. The pain of this generation has been felt in various parts of our state and country, as well as in the diaspora, all speaking with one voice against the unbridled violation of their rights and lives. I must reiterate that while we were able to immediately acquiesce to some of your demands, some will require time: we ask you to bear with us as we work on them. I will like to renew my appeal to you to suspend the protests and create an atmosphere for the resolution of all pending demands. I also encourage everyone brutalized by the disbanded SARS including the families of those who have died to present their cases before this Panel.

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