Tag Archives: #ENDSWAT

It’s irresponsible to attack #ENDSARS protesters – Eholor

Following attacks on #ENDSARS protesters across the country, social crusader and President One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has condemned the attacks demanding an end to police brutality and all related abuses nationwide.

According to Eholor, the peaceful protest is fast yielding results with the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and setting up a judicial panel of enquiry by state governments.

He maintained that the protests were legitimate, and young people who ignited the movement have a right to express their grievances using the weapon of protest.

Eholor, in a statement endorsed by him urged the government to protect the peaceful protesters instead of attacking them.

The leader of One Love Foundation noted that the protest is an affirmation of the readiness of the youths to resist bad governance in all its ramifications.

“This protest is the result of accumulated anger of the Nigerian youths over decades of failure in the delivery of basic social services, unemployment, systemic corruption, impunity by those in powers and disobedience to the rule of law which has precipitated distrust and lack of confidence in the state and its institutions.”

According to him, these frustrations are visible in the faces and attitudes of the Nigerian youth who have no job nor shelter, good hospitals nor schools, good road nor electricity.

“I affirm the validity of the protests and the grievances driving the mobilization and organization of popular anger. Police brutality in particular, and the brutality of security, armed forces, and law enforcement agents towards citizens, in general, is a fact and a reality that cannot be contradicted.”

Eholor also reaffirmed the readiness of One Love Foundation to drive the message of good governance and reorientation of the Nigerian youths. He further urged the federal government to reduce the cost of governance and increase the salaries of men of the Nigeria Police Force. He noted that poor welfare of the officers were the resultant attacks the masses were getting from them.

“One Love Foundation as a group is ready to assist the government in reorienting the masses about patriotism especially in having confidence of the Nigerian State. A lot of people believe that the nation is drifting to a failed state but if the government assure us of their readiness to invest in youths and attend to their request, we are capable of engaging them.”

“I have said it severally that we cannot police Nigeria without proper funding and motivation. The government should increase the salaries of the police for effective service delivery. You cannot be paying an Officer less than $200 and expect the person to perform magic.”

#EndSARS: Anonymous Allegedly Hacks GTBank, Customers Receive N5,000

International hacktivist,
Anonymous is back in the headlines again after reportedly hacking GTBank and crediting its customers N5,000.

Customers of the bank made the disclosure on the Twitter platform.

Recall that DSTV and GOTV were allegedly hacked yesterday by the same group which made all paid channels free without subscription.

Earlier this morning, it was gathered that Anonymous distributed #1000 airtime after hacking Airtel regarding the #EndSARs protest.

See tweets below;

Names of some innocent youths murdered by SARS policemen in Nigeria

Just so you know why the youths are on the streets. This is part of it:

IFEOMA ABUGU, 20, a young lady who had just graduated and was in NYSC, was arrested in place of her fiancee at his residence in Lokogoma, Abuja. Ifeoma was sexually assaulted and later died in SARS custody a day after she was arrested. Justice has not prevailed.

GODGIFT FERGUSON EKERETE ,24 ,TONY ORUAMA ,21, HARRY ATARIA, 26, were arrested during a raid and then killed in detention that same day on 3 July 2008. They were falsely accused of being armed robbers and cultists. The police officers responsible are still freely roaming.

KOLADE JOHNSON, was killed on the 31st March 2019 by a SARS officer, for ‘looking like a fraudster’. He left his home to watch a Liverpool vs Tottenham Spurs match and never returned. The officer responsible still roams freely.

CHIBUIKE ANAMS, 23, had his life cut short on the 24th July 2009, when the Nigerian Police raided a guest house in Rivers State . After several searches at police station, his family later found out about his death. The police has refused to comment on his death and no investigation was ever made into it.

TINA EZEKWE, 16, on 26th May 2020, was hit by a bullet when a drunk police officer opened fire to disperse a crowd that had gathered after he shot a bus driver who refused to give him bribe. She was rushed to the hospital and died two days after. Justice has not been served even though it is one of the most popular police killings of recent times.

CHRISTIAN ONUIGBO, 28, A father of one was shot on the 19th March 2009 while parking his car in Jiwa, Abuja. He was then taken to the police station where he spent a night with his wounds before transferred to a hospital that could not treat him since he had no police report. He died on the 21st March.

AYOMIDE TAIWO, 20, On the 9th August 2020 was returning back home after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Osun state with his friend when their motorcycle was stopped by a drunk SARS .After paying the bribe they demanded, the police saw he had more money and then attacked him. He was in coma for six days before he lost his battle.

ANEKE OKORIE, 39, a father of four, was making an honest living for himself Okada riding. On 15th May 2009 he was stopped at a checkpoint in Emene, Enugu. Unable to pay the bribe, he was shot and later died on his way to the hospital. His murderer tried to frame him but was seen by a passerby, 2020 his case is still on “trial”.

TIYAMIU KAZEEM, 21, a footballer in Remo stars, on the 24th February 2020, was stopped by SARS officials and as they forcefully tried to take him into custody, fell out of the SARS vehicle and was ran over by a moving car. This sparked protests where 5 people were killed. Tiyamiu and the peaceful protesters have not gotten justice.

THOMAS MMABU NEElE, 20, in November 2011, was hit by a stray bullet while taking his bath at home. His family found his body at the mortuary which was apparently brought in by the police. Because of this, they were not allowed to retrieve his body and were unable to bury their child.

PETER CHIBUZOR OFURUM, was a UNIPORT student who was killed on the April 11, 2016 during a student protest organised to oppose the increase of school fees. His school denied him as a student even though he was the president of management science in the school at the time of his death. His killer is nowhere to be found.

DANIEL IKEAGUCHI, 20, and his friend were waiting outside a hotel for his taxi in Rivers State, when he saw SARS officers and ran away in fear of being arrested or extorted. The officers accused them of being thieves, they stopped running. As his friend was unpacking his bag for searching, the officers shot Daniel. They were then arrested and Daniel was given no medical attention, when his family finally heard, it was too late.

LINDA IGWETU, on July 4th 2018, had just finished her Youth Service in Abuja, barely a day before, when she was killed by a SARS officer, Benjamin Peters, while on her way home with friends. When rushed to the hospital, the doctor refused to treat her without a police report and she died.

CHUKWUEMEKA MATTHEW ONOVO, 22, left his father’s house on 4th July 2008. There was a shootout nearby and Chukwuemeka was hit by a stray bullet. When demanding to know where his son was, the police told his father he was an armed robber , which eyewitnesses refuted. The officer responsible was not brought to justice.

MUS’AB SAMMANI, a graduate of computer Science ,on December 4th 2019, was killed over a minor misunderstanding in Kano state. His killer is not brought to justice.

SO BEFORE YOU CALL NIGERIAN YOUTH LAZY, WEAK CRIMINALS. ASK YOURSELF WERE ANY OF THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE DESERVING OF THIS FATE?

#SARMUSTEND #SarsMustGoNow #EndSARS

This is a drive to educate the people who aren’t on Twitter/instagram etc. We need to be united on all fronts, and that begins with sharing trusted information. Please pass this on.

#EndSARS: Anonymous takes down NNPC, Lagos State Govt, NCDC websites

In addition to the government owned websites it had pulled off the radar, notorious hacker Anonymous has yanked off the websites of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Lagos State Government and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Anonymous accused them of corruption in its announcement tweets.

More details to follow.

Eholor Sues FCT Minister for Banning #EndSARS Protests in Abuja

President and convener of One Love Foundation, has filed a suit against the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Nigeria Police Force for proclaiming the #EndSARS protests banned in the city of Abuja.

Eholor told Jungle Journalist Media Ltd that his lawyer has since filed the suit at the FCT High Court.

Our Abuja Correspondent learnt that the legal counsel to Patrick Eholor, Ihensekhien Samuel Junior, a popular Abuja-based public interest lawyer and activist, in his comments thanked Eholor for taking this bold step in protecting the constitutional rights of all FCT and Nigeria citizens of their rights to peaceful protest vide the suit.

According to him, the suit is to restrain the FCT Minister and Nigeria Police Force in general from violating the rights of protesters in the #EndSARS/# EndSWAT debacle.

He further implored security agencies to respect the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly, association, and the right to freedom of speech of all #EndSARS protesters in this regard.

As at press time, steps were being taken to serve Nigeria Police Force and the Minister with notices of the suit.

Nigeria is Doomed, Sitting on Time Bomb, says MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) described the deteriorating situation of Nigeria as irredeemable and cancerous.

In a Press Statement signed by its leader Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said that the parasitic virus affecting the Nigerian state has eaten so deep into her bones and marrows and has left it permanently on a sick bed.

It read “Nigeria as an entity can no longer stand up or walk around. Nigeria is doomed forever. Nigeria await the explosion of her time bomb.

“The current End SARS protest going on in the southern and Middle Belt regions, ravaging the already dead entity called Nigeria is just the beginning of the end of the remaining carcass of Nigeria. The protest have exposed the beneficiary of the criminal activities of police SARS and Aso Rock SARS.

“President Mohammadu Buhari and his Fulani cabals are the real and dangerous SARS terrorizing the southern and Christian dominated Middle Beltan regions.

President Mohammadu Buhari, his fulanistic cabals, Chief of Army staff, Chief of Naval staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Defense Staff, Inspector General of Police, Comptroller General of Nigeria Custom Service, Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration service, the Senate president, Speaker of National Assembly and MIyetti Allah are the real and original SARS like that are terrorizing the citizens and also making public caricature of the Nigeria state.

“MASSOB reminds the youth of Southwest, Southeast, Southsouth and North Central (Middle Belt) that their counterparts from Arewa land (Northeast and Northwest) are the real beneficiaries of president Mohammadu Buhari’s partial governance. We must keep the tempo of this constitutional and legal protest. It is our inalienable rights and heritage.

“Nigeria can never be redeemed again, president Mohammadu Buhari has finally buried the remaining carcasses of Nigeria with his primitive fulani terrorist agendas. His Fulani terrorist activities unleashed against the rest of indigenous ethnic people has awoken the spirit and consciousness of their future survival and existence.

“The high spirits of self determination has engulfed the people of Middle Belt, Southwest, Southeast and South south regions respectively. President Mohammadu Buhari remains the last president of Nigeria.”

Comrade Uchenna Madu,
Leader of MASSOB.

#EndSARS: Faces of Disbanded SARS, as Lagos CP Odumosu Debriefs Them

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, on Wednesday debriefed the operatives of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS; Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Anti Cultism Squad and Raider in Lagos State at the Command’s Headquarters, Ikeja.

The debriefing was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to disband and ground the activities of the teams in the state; and that their operations, investigations and pending cases be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, with immediate effect.

The police boss seized the opportunity to inform them officially of the formation of the new Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) to tackle armed robbery, kidnapping, violent and other weapon-related crimes in the country, which is applicable to Lagos State.

He warned them to desist from parading themselves as SARS operatives or any operatives under whatever nomenclature in the state, and that all their cases and operational uniforms/wears or attires be handed over to State CID, Panti, while their satellite offices across the state be taken over and occupied by the nearest Divisional Police Headquarters in the areas respectively.

The Commissioner of Police, however, appealed to the general public to inform and report to the command of any activities or misconduct of any police personnel claiming to be SARS operative in the state or venturing into opening or investigating cases under the SARS or any of the disbanded tactical teams in Lagos State.

In the same vein, he further appealed to protesters to be law-abiding, maintain peace and respect the rights and opinions of other Lagosians and by extension, Nigerians, in the state; emphasising that the blockage of access roads to other Nigerians was unnecessary.

List of international stars who have joined #EndSARS/#EndSWAT and what they said

A number of notable international musicians, footballers and preachers have given their voices to the ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria and the call for reforms in the force.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited monitored the social network and below is a number of tweets by some of these stars who have identified with the Nigerian youth community in the calls.

Canadian-American legendary musician, Celine Dion:

‘My heart is melting after reading what is going on in Nigeria…#EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality”

Kanye West: “I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality.”

Manchester United Midfielder, Paul Pogba:
“I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria.”

American music producer and rapper, Sean “Diddy” Combs simply tweeted: 👊🇳🇬#ENDSARS.

Senegalese-American Rapper Akon also wrote on his Twitter handle “Nigeria is one of the country I love so much and I wanna join my little bro@wizkidayo to protest SARS. So I say together we will #EndSWAT and #SARSMUSTENDNOW

American rapper Jay-Z:
I’ve always had an ancestral connection with Nigeria. That’s why I’ve decided to put a crack on the ice by breaking my silent. My family and I lend our voices to support Nigerian youths on #SARSMUSTENDNOW and #EndSWAT

African-American preacher TD Jakes: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Whatever affects one indirectly affects all- Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
#EndSARS

American rapper Cardi B is among those who reacted to the #EndSARS protest in the country.

The music star’s reaction came after a Nigerian informed her about the situation in the country.

“Madam @iamcardib, Trump is not your only problem. Your beloved Nigeria is currently in a state of pandemonium. We are not safe!! If you’ve ever loved this country, please help use your platform to create more awareness for us. Enough is enough! #EndSarsProtests #EndSARSNow!!”

On Sunday, American singer Drake shared an #EndSARS post from Grace Ladoja, the Nigerian-British talent manager and socialist who is best known for being Skepta’s manager:

“Pls check this post from my family for the info @graceladoja,” Drake captioned the post along with a Nigerian flag emoji.

Kranium, Chance the Rapper, Lil Baby, and City Girls joined in the campaign too.

See their tweets:
Kranium: We are humans and we all share earth together ! Do not be silent do not be afraid the Internet is here for us to get news faster than ever please pay attention and bring awareness to what you believe and stand for with that said I STAND WITH THE PEOPLE IN NIGERIA 🇳🇬 #EndSARS

— Kranium (@therealkranium) October 9, 2020

Lil Baby: #EndSarsNow Word To 🇳🇬

— Lil Baby (@lilbaby4PF) October 9, 2020

Chance the Rapper: #EndSARS NOW #ENDSARSNOW
I just started reading up on this travesty taking place in Nigeria. If you have more info to dispense in the replies I’m all ears https://t.co/SKZIizxHE8

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) October 9, 2020

City Girls:#EndSARS period. 🇳🇬🙏🏾

— City Girls (@citygirls) October 9, 2020.

American singer-songwriter Trey Songz tweeted that after doing some research he would like to “speak out against what’s going on in Nigeria right now. Their pleas to #EndSarsNow IS VERY REAL. I have so much love for my Nigerian fans and it’s so hurtful to hear whats happening.”

Songz added: “Police brutality here in America often is an abuse of power driven by race. To be brutalized, extorted and murdered by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers up and I’m researching ways I can help. #EndSARS.” He also quoted a tweet by Davido on the matter and said: “I stand with you”

American rapper Big Sean on his Twitter page said: “Love to Nigeria, Nigerian roots!!! #EndSarsNow “