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IGP Bans Phones , Laptops Search By SARS Officers

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has banned operatives of the Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from searching the mobile phones, laptops and other electronic gadgets of citizens. The enforcement of this ban, the IGP said, with immediate effect.
Adamu gave the directive in a letter made available dated October 5, 2020, titled, ‘Order and directives: Restrictions on the operations of F-SARS, SARS, IRT, STS, state anti-kidnapping units and other special units under any nomenclature that operates in mufti across all formation, zones and state commands.’
He said, “henceforth the indiscriminate, unauthorised, and degrading search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart electronic devices of citizens by the Special Units and all Police operatives of different Formations, Zones, Commands and Units is hereby banned.
“The only exception is if such an act is in furtherance to a specific case that has been reported and is a subject of criminal investigation in specific Formation, Command, Police Station or Unit. In which case, due process must be followed by the investigating team”, Adamu added.
The IGP directed that all recent cases of abuses of power and violation of rights of citizens by FSARS, SARS, IRT, STS and other police teams should be compiled by the Heads of all Police Formations, Commands and Units and forwarded to his Office not later than Friday 9th October, 2020.
“The returns to include the Dates of the Incident, Venues of the Incidents, the Special Team Involved, Details of the Officers Involved, Details of the Incident, Fatalities/Injuries/ Damages (If Any), Actions Initiated by the Head of the Concerned Command, and the Current Status of the Matter.”
Adamu directed the CP X-Squad, Force Provost Marshall (FPM) and IGP Monitoring Unit to immediately coordinate and deploy joint teams across all the 36 States Commands and the FCT with a view to enforce the Order.
“Any personnel of the Special Units found violating the Order must be arrested and escorted to the Force Headquarters for appropriate actions”, he warned. “Weekly update on this operation must be forwarded to the Office of the Inspector General of Police for review and appropriate directives.”
He said “all Heads of Departments, Zonal Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers or Sectional Heads are to strengthen their supervisory control procedures and frameworks towards enforcing discipline among all ranks in their jurisdiction as they stand the risk of being held vicariously liable for supervisory ineptitude should any component of this Order be violated by operatives of the Special Units in their Formations/Commands.”
“In this regard, they are to also set up a Monitoring and Enforcement Teams to give effect to this Order and Directives as a complement to the Team being dispatched from the Force Headquarters”, he said, urging the Force Police Public Relations Officer to ensure that the members of the public are widely informed of this development.
“In addition, the Force Police Public Relations Officer should coordinate with the Heads of all Commands to compile dedicated phone numbers and other real-time social media platforms through which citizens can furnish complains on any violation of this Order and avail the public”, Adamu added.

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Nigeria Now Generates 13 , 000MW Of Power – Minister Of Power

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The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has said that the Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has grown from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mamman made this known on Wednesday during the 2021 budget defence before the House of Representatives Committee on Power in Abuja.
He also said that the distribution system had the capacity to evacuate 5,500mw of power having grown from 4,500mw in 2015.
“Under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s grid power capacity has increased significantly from the time this administration took over in 2015 to date.
“During the period between 2015 to date, the sector has recorded successes and has faced challenges.
“In order to deliver this administration’s promise of providing stable and affordable power to Nigerians, a way forward was defined and supported by Mr President’s political will,” he said.
However, committee expressed displeasure with the minister for not ensuring sanctions for Distribution Companies (DisCos) for alleged “gross irresponsibility and wickedness in the execution of their contract”.
The Chairman of the committee, Alliyu Magaji (APC-Jigawa), asked the minister to met out stiffer sanctions to the DisCos, to enable them to sit up and provide the desired services to Nigerian people.
Magaji said that if the minister ensured the sanction of the DisCos, he would become the darling of lawmakers and the entire Nigerians.
The chairman informed the minister that as far as the House was concerned, the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) was still under the purview of his committee.
The rep said that the purported transfer of the parastatal to the Ministry of Finance was unacceptable to the legislators.
Members of the committee raised concern about power supply to their various constituencies, urging the minister to ensure supply.

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Bauchi Lost ₦1. 062 Billion To Ghost Workers, Pensioners – Finance Commissioner

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Bauchi State Government has lost over N1.062 billion to ghost workers and pensioners between June 2016 and January 2020.
The state Commissioner of Finance, Umar Sanda, disclosed this while addressing journalists on the outcome of the Bauchi State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday.
He said a memorandum of the committee on some of the findings on the issue of ghost workers from June 2016 to January 2020, involving 259 ghost workers, were mindboggling.
According to him, in the state payroll, a total of 193 people were involved, while over N270m was lost in the fraud.
Sanda added that at the local government payroll, 66 persons were involved and had collected over N792m.
He said, “The total amount of fraud for both the state and local government payrolls is N1.062bn.
On the issue of prosecution, he said the state government had been arresting culprits.
“We’ve been arresting the culprits, but the problem is that they always change their names. We’ve not taken any definite decision on where to take the culprits because it is an ongoing process,” he added.

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Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

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Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra and its activities in the State .
The governor maintained that while Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities , the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State .
Governor Wike, in a state broadcast on Wednesday night, said while the Government acknowledges and appreciate the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social , and economic development of the State , it will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace , endanger lives and property under any guise in the State .
“ And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.
“ But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB ) and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State .
“ This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of South- Eastern States of the country. I have therefore signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety ,” he said.
Wike said he has also directed security agencies and the Chairmen of Local Government Areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community in terms with the executive order and other legal instruments .
With restoration of normalcy in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt , the Governor announced the lifting of existing curfew on Mile 1 , Mile 2 , Iloabuchi , Emenike and Ikokwu areas of Port Harcourt as well as Rumukurushi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the State .
“ However, the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area shall remain in force until further notice while the entire Ikokwu motor spare market shall remain closed , also , until further notice ,” he said.

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