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SARS to SWAT: Key things to note about the Acts Guiding the Police Reform

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SARS REFORM

A presidential panel on Tuesday approved the demands of #ENDSARS protesters, including halting the use of force against protesters and the unconditional release of arrested citizens.

They indicated that the Acts Guiding the Police Reforms are as follows:

  • Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and existing legislations.
  • Nigeria Police Act 2020
  • Nigeria Police Trust-Fund Act 2019
  • Criminal Justice Act 2015
  • Anti-Torture Act 2017
  • National Human Rights Commission Act 2010

These are the implications of the Acts:

Nigeria Police Act 2020

The bills main aim includes ensuring

  • People-friendly Nigerian Police
  • Accountability, fairness, justice
  • Police responsiveness
  • Respect by Police of the dignity of all persons
  • Safeguard of the fundamental rights in the Constitution;
  • Cooperation and partnership between the Police and the communities it serves;
  • Respect for victims of crime

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Nigeria Police Trust-Fund Act 2019

The act aims to provide

  • Legal framework for the management and control of the Police Trust Fund.
  • Covers all personnel of the NPF including auxiliary staff

Section 5 of the Act of indicates

  • Training, overall improvement of personnel of the NPF in the discharge of their duties
  • Purchase of equipment, machinery, books,
  • Construction of police stations and living facilities for the Nigeria Police Force.

Criminal Justice Act 2015

This Act provides for the administration of the criminal justice system which promotes

  • Efficient management of criminal justice institutions
  • Speedy dispensation of justice
  • Protection of society from crimes
  • Protection of the rights and interest of the suspect, the defendant and victims in Nigeria.

Anti-Torture Act 2017

This Act indicates that torture is a crime. A police officer can be prosecuted for torture; aiding, abetting, or procuring any person to commit torture.

A police officer and or any other law enforcement officer can no longer rely on emergency powers or ‘orders from above’ as justification for using torture to obtain information or extract a confessional statement.

National Human Rights Commission Act 2010

The Act strengthens the Commission’s power concerning the promotion and protection of human rights; investigates an alleged violation of human rights and enforcement of decisions.

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IGP Orders Deployment of Anti-riot Police Officers

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IGP orders deployment of anti-riot police officers

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,MNI has ordered immediate nationwide deployment of anti-riot police unit – the Police Mobile Force (PMF) – to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure

critical national infrastructure across the country.

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The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security around Correctional facilities nationwide. The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands. The IGP notes that twelve (12) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks and arson on Police Stations in Benin, Edo State. Five (5) AK47 rifles earlier stolen from vandalized Police Stations have also been recovered.

The Inspector-General of Police calls on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from Correctional facilities. Meanwhile, the IGP has advised parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality as the Force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens.

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Lagos State Government Imposes 24 hours Curfew

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Lagos State Government Imposes 24 hours’ Curfew

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos state as from 4 pm today, 20th October, 2020.

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The governor who disclosed this via his twitter handle said that as a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the #EndSARS movement, he will not allow anarchy in the state.

Sanwo-olu noted that lives have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem in the state.

He stated that no one, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets of Lagos.
This is the second state after Edo that has declared a 24-hour curfew.

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Thugs Set Apapa Iganmu Police Station in Lagos on Fire

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A police station situated in Apapa Iganmu, Lagos state has been burnt down by alleged thugs. It was revealed that the hoodlums arrived at the Police station on Tuesday 20,2020 in the morning around the time of 9:00 am and began their attack on the building.

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Following this development, the Lagos State government has declared a 24-hour Curfew effective 4 pm Tuesday 20,2020.
The only people exempted from the curfew are essential service providers and first responders.

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