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End SARS: 100 Nigerians arrested in 2020 languish at NCoS Suleja prison

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About 100 Nigerians arrested during the 2020 nationwide End SARS demonstration against police brutality are languishing in prison.

They are currently in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), precisely Suleja Custodial Centre.

Three things are unclear: if they were arrested from Abuja or other states; if they were armed or violent as at the time of arrest; if they have been secretly tried in court.

A source who visited the facility recently told DAILY POST that some of the detainees have not spoken to their family.

The citizen, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also complained that the prison is overpopulated by 150 per cent.

“Please get the word out, the place is jam-packed. The capacity is 250 but inmates there are around 630,” he said.

“I don’t have the information of persons awaiting-trial and under-trial but I can confirm that about 100 End SARS protesters are there, mostly youths.”

The source described the situation as unfortunate and classified the categories of the detainees into three.

“There are those that have not been taken to court; the ones that don’t have lawyers; the ones yet to speak with their family members.

“The government must not continue to violate their fundamental rights. How can you just detain people whose relatives probably think they were kidnapped or are dead by now?”

At the weekend, Francis Enobore, NCoS Public Relations Officer, told DAILY POST that Nigerians are never detained illegally.

The NCoS, Enobore explained, does not determine “who comes to the custodial centre, how they come, how long they stay and when they go.”

“We work on valid warrant. Anyone that comes to us with a valid warrant and the (affected) person is of age, we will take into custody.

“What we owe the individual is humane environment, training, capacity building, reformation and rehabilitation if the person is a convicted inmate.

“Sometimes, these services are extended to awaiting-trial inmates if is convinent to do so. At the expiration of the term written on the warrant of a convict, the person is released.

“For an awaiting-trial person, it will also be written on the warrant when such a person should be reproduced in court, this is called reproduction warrant. Then we take person to court.

Asked to clarify the status of the End SARS protesters, Enobore said their cases should be in court “if it is true”.

“For those that have lawyers, lawyers will be working on their cases. What will lead to adjournment is not within the control of the correctional service.”

Asked to disclose if the police took the citizens there, Enobore explained that it was not a single security agency that made the arrests.

“You know, during End SARS, there was a time a Joint Task Force was constituted due to the infractions and riots. So, it may not be proper to say it was only the police.”

Further asked to confim if their detention is backed by a warrant, the spokesman answered in the affirmative.

“Of course, with warrant…duly signed warrant. Whoever arrested them may not even matter as much as the warrant that took them there.

“We now have plethora of law enforcement agencies that have arresting power and also retain prosecutorial power.

“What is important is you must process the person through a court of competent jurisdiction that will issue warrant.”

However, Enobore stated that the correctional service does not keep people arbitrarily.

“There is not such thing in Nigeria that you just catch somebody and throw the person into prison. The order must pass through the court.”

On October 20, 2021, Nigerians marked one year anniversary of the military shooting at the Lekki toll gate in 2020.

During the memorial, the police in Lagos and a few other states apprehended civilians and assaulted journalists.

For covering the protest in Osun, police officers arrested DAILY POST reporter, Sikiru Obarayese on the order of CSP Oyegbade Akinloye, DPO – Dugbe Division, and arraigned on trumped-up charges.

Magistrate A. O. Daramola of the Osogbo Magistrate Court berated the police for excessive use of force.

She asked the prosecutor to refer her to the section of the constitution that made recording a police officer or station a criminal offence. Daramola struck out the case.

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Insecurity: S/West Muslims urge Nigerians to provide security agencies with credible information

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Muslims under the umbrella of Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN) have advised Nigerians to supply credible information to security agencies in order to stem the tide of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the country.

A member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of MUSWEN, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, issued the advice while speaking with journalists during the 6th General Assembly of the organisation.

The event themed “Insecurity in Nigeria: Effects on Human Psyche” held at the University of Ibadan on Sunday had MUSWEN President, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo; MUSWEN Executive Secretary, Professor Muslih Yahya; and prominent Islamic scholars and associations across the region in attendance.

Sanni, while speaking on the security situation across the country, noted that Nigerians should not wait for security agents before they secure themselves.

He explained that it is not possible for security agents to be everywhere, hence Nigerians should volunteer information that could help them arrest the criminals.

Sanni, who added that criminals live among the people, said that the best way for people to protect themselves is to report suspicious movements to the security agencies.

He said, “Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police and all the service chiefs cannot be everywhere and these criminals live among us, so we are concerned about the security situation in the country, we should give intelligence report to the security agencies.

“I am not suggesting that Nigerian should carry guns to defend themselves, if we are saying that we should carry guns to defend ourselves, we are escalating the tentacles of violence.

“So, I will not subscribe to the call that everyone should carry guns.

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“Every Nigerian should see himself as part of those who want to see the end of the ugly insurrection.

“Therefore, they should be involved to volunteer necessary information to the security agencies to assist in combating insecurity”.

A former Commissioner of Police, Dr. Olayinka Balogun, in his lecture entitled “Prevalence of Insecurity in Nigeria and its effect on human conduct” attributed weak government, politics of hatred, corruption, unemployment and breakdown of traditional institutions as major factors causing insecurity in the country.

He then recommended that government and stakeholders should ensure the provision of jobs for the unemployed, promote equity, justice and protect the rights of minorities in order to address growing incidents of kidnappings, armed robberies and other criminal activities in the country.

“Insecurity can be brought to a minimal level if the following essential political, economic and social policies and programs are introduced and sustained in a society.

“Development and consolidation of democratic culture, strong and capable public institutions, a strong and just economic space including guaranteed job and food security,” he said.

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S/West Muslims urge Nigerians to provide security agencies with credible information

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Muslims under the umbrella of Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria (MUSWEN) have advised Nigerians to supply credible information to security agencies in order to stem the tide of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the country.

A member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of MUSWEN, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, issued the advice while speaking with journalists during the 6th General Assembly of the organisation.

The event themed “Insecurity in Nigeria: Effects on Human Psyche” held at the University of Ibadan on Sunday had MUSWEN President, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo; MUSWEN Executive Secretary, Professor Muslih Yahya; and prominent Islamic scholars and associations across the region in attendance.

Sanni, while speaking on the security situation across the country, noted that Nigerians should not wait for security agents before they secure themselves.

He explained that it is not possible for security agents to be everywhere, hence Nigerians should volunteer information that could help them arrest the criminals.

Sanni, who added that criminals live among the people, said that the best way for people to protect themselves is to report suspicious movements to the security agencies.

He said, “Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police and all the service chiefs cannot be everywhere and these criminals live among us, so we are concerned about the security situation in the country, we should give intelligence report to the security agencies.

“I am not suggesting that Nigerian should carry guns to defend themselves, if we are saying that we should carry guns to defend ourselves, we are escalating the tentacles of violence.

“So, I will not subscribe to the call that everyone should carry guns.

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“Every Nigerian should see himself as part of those who want to see the end of the ugly insurrection.

“Therefore, they should be involved to volunteer necessary information to the security agencies to assist in combating insecurity”.

A former Commissioner of Police, Dr. Olayinka Balogun, in his lecture entitled “Prevalence of Insecurity in Nigeria and its effect on human conduct” attributed weak government, politics of hatred, corruption, unemployment and breakdown of traditional institutions as major factors causing insecurity in the country.

He then recommended that government and stakeholders should ensure the provision of jobs for the unemployed, promote equity, justice and protect the rights of minorities in order to address growing incidents of kidnappings, armed robberies and other criminal activities in the country.

“Insecurity can be brought to a minimal level if the following essential political, economic and social policies and programs are introduced and sustained in a society.

“Development and consolidation of democratic culture, strong and capable public institutions, a strong and just economic space including guaranteed job and food security,” he said.

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Man arrested for hacking Sound Sultan’s IG, impersonating wife after his death

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Brother to late Sound Sultan, Baba Dee has confirmed the arrest of a man who hacked into his brother’s account after death.

Baba Dee had on his Instagram account said the young man identified as Victor Majekodunmi hacked into the Sound Sultan’s account, posing as Farida, the singer’s wife to defraud people.

He said the suspect who deleted the singers’ memories on the page was now in police custody.

Baba Dee thanked Nigerians and the Lagos State Police Commissioner for his support in nabbing the criminal.

He wrote; ”This is the face of the scammer that hacked into my brother @soundsultan Instagram account after his death. His Name is victor Majekodunmi, a young with great potential yet so evil and heartless.

”I’m happy to announce that we have taken control of the account and he is presently cooling off in police custody. Thanks to everybody that showed concern and helped nab the young, hardened criminal.”

Recall that Sound Sultan passed away on Sunday, 11th of July after battling cancer.

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Man arrested for hacking Sound Sultan’s IG, impersonating wife after his death

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