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Police Violations Of Young People ‘ s Rights Unacceptable , Annoying – Osinbajo

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Those involved would be investigated, prosecuted & exposed
*Commends Civil Society activists and those who call attention to the problem
_”I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see, happening to young men and women who are arrested, in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force.”_
Those were the words of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, when State House Correspondents approached him at the Presidential Villa on his way going out of the residence this afternoon.
Prof Osinbajo was asked mainly about the economic challenges facing the country and Nigerians, and also the reported recent upsurge in the activities of FSARS regarding harassment of people alongside different violations of the rights of especially young Nigerians by some police officers.
In his response, the VP who had earlier held a meeting with the Inspector General of Police today at his residence said the President and himself had discussed the matter on a number of occasions noting the President’s displeasure about such reports and his resolve to ensure reforms.
According to him, such violations are “completely unacceptable because these are individuals who are meant to protect Nigerians. The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”
The VP said, “today, I had a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, we reviewed several of these issues. The President and I have had discussions on this, he is very concerned about it. He wants to see a reform.
“You are probably aware that the IGP has issued a statement looking at all these issues, in particular, the warning against the use of these tactical units such as SARS for purposes of doing anything other than anti-robbery.
“For example, and I think in his statement, he specifically said that you cannot have a situation where SARS says, they are investigating Cybercrime by arresting young men and women carrying their laptops and phones. Cybercrime is an electronic crime. I don’t see how you can investigate that by seizing people’s phones in a taxi or in their cars.
“It is very obvious that this is a major concern, a few bad eggs in the police force are causing all of these problems because it is all over the place, in different states. There is a need to take serious action.
“The IG’s statement today, is a good first step. He has said clearly that police men must wear police uniforms. You cannot say that because you belong to a tactical unit, you can dress in your casual clothing and be armed, because people can’t even tell the difference between robbers and the police, if you are not properly dressed in police uniform. So, clearly, a reform is in the offing.
“So, I will like to encourage civil society activists, young men and women, who bring this regularly, by the way, to the attention of government and the police. And I think that activism is important because they have been able to bring a lot of these issues to the attention of the police and government, and that is an important part of the process of the reform.
Continuing, he said “It is very obvious that this is a major concern. A few bad eggs in the police force are causing all of these problems. It is all over the place, in different states. There is a need to take serious action. The IG’s statement today, is a good first step.
“He has said clearly that officers have to dress properly. You cannot say that because you belong to a tactical unit, you can dress in your casual clothing, armed in a car. People can’t even tell the difference between robbers and the police, if you are not properly dressed in police uniform.”
Urging that all hands be on deck to effect reforms, the VP said “I think that we all have to work together to ensure that the police and law enforcement agents, do what their duty is and their duty is to protect us, protect our society and livelihoods and homes.
“By the way, many of them are doing their duties excellently well, but there are some of them who are engaged in these activities. So, we must see this as something we all must work together to achieve, as individuals, to bring to the attention of the police and government, where there have been violations.
“And on the part of government and the police: to ensure that every one of those allegations is properly investigated and those found responsible are prosecuted and publicized so that people know that prosecution has taken place and this is the consequence. I am very confident that we will have a reformed police force and that process has already begun.”

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Ekiti Raises Alarm Over Looting Of Poisonous Food Items

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images 2020 10 25T120748.720 Ekiti Raises Alarm Over Looting Of Poisonous Food Items

The Ekiti State government raised an alarm on Saturday that huge quantities of poisonous items, mistaken for food yet to be distributed as COVID-19 palliative, were looted in warehouses in Ado-Ekiti on Friday.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Akin Omole, said in a statement in Ado Ekiti that raising the alarm became expedient to forestall any harm that could befall anyone who consumed the items.
Also reportedly looted was the office of the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Ado Ekiti.
“Information at our disposal revealed that the Federal Government’s silos, the ADP warehouse and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) stores, all in Ado- Ekiti, were attacked by hoodlums under the guise of seeking Covid-19 palliatives.
“We insist that Ekiti state currently has no Covid-19 palliative warehouse as all the palliatives had been distributed.
“Unfortunately, the items carted away were Single Super Phosphate and NPK fertilisers, which they erroneously thought was “Gaari’’, cassava grains.
“The SEMA store too has only emergency supplies for disaster response.
“Some people even made away with pre-fermented corns preserved for planting. All these items are poisonous and not fit for consumption.
“We, therefore, appeal to our people not to consume these items because they can kill,’’ Mr Omole warned.
In a similar statement, Olabode Adetoyi, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, confirmed the looting, warning that most of the items carted away contained chemically-treated seeds meant for planting.
“They are not suitable for consumption,’’ he declared.
The looters actually defied a heavy downpour in Ado-Ekiti on Friday night to storm the warehouses.
Many travelled long distances either in their private vehicles or in taxis or on motorcycles to get to the warehouses to loot.
Soldiers drafted to the warehouses were late as most of them were almost empty before they arrived. They deployed minimal force in their attempt to send the looters away, but in spite of this, some of them sustained injuries.
Some residents said the looters were encouraged by similar incidents earlier reported in Lagos and Osun states, where mobs looted bags of rice, beans, spaghetti and other consumables stored in government warehouses.

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Plateau Reinstates 24- Hour Curfew After Looting Of COVID – 19 Palliatives

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images 2020 10 25T120520.757 Plateau Reinstates 24- Hour Curfew After Looting Of COVID - 19 Palliatives

The hoodlums asked the residents to pick whatever they could see in the warehouse and return home
Following the looting of the warehouse containing relief materials, the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has declared a 24-hour curfew in the state.
Mr Lalong had earlier declared a 24-hour curfew in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas on Wednesday in response to the violence that broke out when hoodlums hijacked the #ENDSARS protests.
Lives and properties have been lost to these acts of violence, Mr Lalong said.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the curfew was relaxed from the hours of 6 am to 8 pm.
However, on Saturday, some hoodlums broke into the warehouses where palliatives delivered to the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last week were kept.

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Looted palliatives not owned by Oyo – Commissioner

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images 2020 10 24T185348.765 Looted palliatives not owned by Oyo – Commissioner

The Oyo State Government has said that the palliatives that were looted by hoodlums on Friday at a warehouse in the Akobo area of Ibadan , the state capital, did not belong to the state government .
Stressing that the Governor Seyi Makinde – led administration would not short – change the people , the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters , Bayo Lawal , urged members of the public to discountenance the misinformation being spread on social media.
Some hoodlums had attacked a private warehouse belonging to a company in Ibadan carting away bags of rice believed to have been hoarded by the government .
Lawal , who doubles as chairman , Food Security and Palliative Committee of the Oyo State COVID -19 Task Force, said the state was not supplied rice as part of the palliatives from CACOVID and that it did not, at any time , distribute rice as part of the palliatives to the people .
He said, “ Investigations revealed that there was nothing that concerns the Oyo State government in that warehouse. The warehouse belongs to a private individual who operates in Oyo State and was given a valid contract by the Coalition Against COVID – 19 , a coalition of private organisations that have been helping states and the Federal Government to fight COVID -19 .
“ So, it was the rice that he procured on his own for repackaging that was mistaken to be Oyo State ’s , that hoodlums looted . ”
The Commissioner stated that the state government could not hoard what it did not have , explaining that CACOVID supported the state with cash , medical items and food items including Indomie and Spaghetti .
He said , “ It was really a big shock earlier this morning ( Friday morning ) when I started receiving calls alleging that food items meant for distribution to the masses were being hoarded . But when I enquired further , I was told that the bags of rice were looted in one of our warehouses in Ibadan , in Lagelu Local Government , to be precise . We don ’t even have any warehouse outside the secretariat.
“ All the palliatives given to us were stored in our warehouses within the secretariat , not outside. Whatever is being circulated that Oyo State was hoarding CACOVID -donated rice is wrong and baseless allegation .
“ We want the public to know that though CACOVID gave us indomie , spaghetti, there was nothing like rice . We are still expecting their rice up till today. The rice , which was looted , belonged to a private company that happens to be a CACOVID vendor for other states.”
The CACOVID vendor whose warehouse was vandalised , Alabi Adeoye , stated that the looted bags of rice at the warehouse were meant to be supplied to Abia , Cross-Rivers , Plateau and Taraba States , disclosing that his company , which has been operating in Oyo State in the past five years, lost millions of naira to the attack .
“ Our facility was vandalised and food items worth millions of naira were carted away . Property that was vandalised was worth millions of naira , ” Adeoye was quoted as saying in the statement .

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