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Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala Applauds EndSARS Protesters

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I applaud the resourcefulness and courage of Nigerian youth in the #EndSARS. Powerful to let your voices be heard peacefully. Let’s join hands for a positive outcome through a One Nigeria approach.

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FG deploys soldiers in Abuja

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The Federal Government has deployed soldiers in several strategic locations in Abuja , the nation ’s capital.
the deployment began around 10 pm on Sunday barely days after the military high command announced that it would commence the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile ’ .
While policemen cordoned off parts of the Three Arms Zone, Ralph Shodeinde Street , soldiers were stationed at strategic parts of the Goodluck E . Jonathan Expressway through AYA Roundabout to the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The heavily armed soldiers , many of whom were wearing black face masks , barricaded sections of the expressway.
The # EndSARS protests , aimed at stopping police brutality , have been raging in different parts of the country for over 10 days .
The protests have continued despite the disbanding of the Special Anti -Robbery Squad which was accused of perpetrating most of the extrajudicial killings .
The protesters are known to cordon off major roads, causing traffic congestion .
They blocked the Airport Road on Friday , causing many to lose their flight while on Saturday they blocked the ever-busy Wuse Market Road .
While the protests have been largely peaceful , Amnesty International says at least 10 persons have been killed as of last Wednesday .
The killings have largely been perpetrated by thugs believed to be loyal to the government and security personnel .
The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed , had said on Saturday that the government would no longer fold its arms while the protests continue .
The United Nations had on Thursday said it was studying the situation closely.

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EndSars : We Are Also Fighting For LGBGTQ+ Community – Feminist Coalition

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Feminist Coalition, a group of gender rights activists, says it is now expanding its campaign against police brutality to include a call to restore the dignity of homosexuals, transgender and other non-conformist groups in Nigeria.
“Our communal fight to #EndSARS is inclusive of the LGBGTQ+ community who are also harassed, assaulted and killed by police,” the group said on Twitter Sunday evening. “They deserve the same justice we seek & even more so, as they are also a target of the law. You can’t be what you fight against!”
LGBTQ+ is widely defined as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and others.
The comments came days after Twitter’s Jack Dorsey recognised the group as the face of the ongoing campaign to end police brutality in Nigeria. The police special anti-robbery squad, which sparked the movement, was abolished on October 11 amidst uproar.
But Nigerians have continued their agitation, demanding investigation of decades of rights abuses and compensation for victims.
On Sunday afternoon, Segun Awosanya, a rights activist who began the campaign to rid the country of police brutality in 2017, withdrew his participation in further protests, saying those leading it are becoming increasingly dangerous with an insurrection plot being introduced to the campaign.
Mr. Awosanya quickly criticised the coalition as shifting the goal post on Sunday evening, declaring their “agenda” as “dead on arrival.”

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Gov Sanwo-Olu Explains The Judicial Panel Of Inquiry Into SARS Abuses

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Dear Lagosians,
For the clarification of the general public and in view of the inauguration of The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution into SARS Abuses happening tomorrow, I want to put out the terms of reference of the panel.
The ToR are essentially the following…
* To listen to & take evidence from all victims or the families of victims of SARS abuse within Lagos State (somewhat akin to what the Truth and Reconciliation Committee did in some countries). This would enable all victims & their families air and vent their grievances in public.
* The Judicial Panel after listening to victims or their families would then determine whether any victim or the dependents of such victims are entitled to compensation and the amount of compensation payable .
* Upon determining the compensation payable, the Judicial Panel is to immediately issue a check in favour of the victim or their dependents .
* The Judicial Panel is also to determine the officers (or anyone for that matter) responsible for abusing any victim and to recommend the prosecution of such persons.
* The Panel shall also have powers to make recommendations to Government on how to ensure that the Police and all security agencies never abuse the rights of citizens again.
* The Panel has the powers to compel and summon witnesses to appear before it. The State Government expects the Panel to use these powers to ensure that all necessary parties appear before the Panel to testify .
We identify wholeheartedly with the calls for reforms of the Police. A better run and administered Police force would undoubtedly be to the advantage of the Government and all residents of the state .
Our stance is Zero tolerance for Police Brutality. The setting up of the Judicial Panel is a very important step in the journey to reforming the Police. We urge all citizens of Lagos to partner with us in this journey.
We appreciate and recognize the efforts of the youths which has made this necessary change inevitable.
Together, we will #EndPoliceBrutality and reform the Police #ForAGreaterLagos .

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