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Nigerian police force training is colonial and completely primitive – Femi Falana

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Human rights activist, Femi Falana has spoken about reports of Nigerian police violations, extortion, and brutality which led to protests across the country on the type of training police officers receive.

 

The Senior Advocate Of Nigeria described the training as archaic, colonial and leaving police officers with “no idea of human rights and human relations”.

 

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Falana expressed concern of “brutality” being implanted in police officers’ psyche at the police college.

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He said;

 

“We are really not addressing the problems. The training of the police is colonial; completely primitive. A man joining the Police Force, he goes to the police college. A woman goes to the police college dehumanised. A cannot make her hair; she has to cut her hair. A man has to shave his hair to the skull. The feeding is bad.

“They are trained like colonial policemen to brutalise the society and that is what is going on.

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“So, those who are in mobile unit – we used to call them kill and go in the Second Republic under IGP (Sunday) Adewusi (in office from 1981-1983), that has transformed into SARS.

“What is the training in the college? They (trainees) are teargassed in rooms without windows. And for them (the authorities) that is the way to train them. They are beaten, tortured, and the feeding is bad.

“So when the man or the woman comes out of the college, he wants to brutalise the society that dehumanised him in the college.

“Then there is the issue of poor salaries and welfare with barracks and stations denied adequate funding.

“Police stations are not funded. So, daily, to run the station, the DPOs depend on extortion of money from the public, from suspects.

“Some stations are not built by the government but by members of the community.”

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Court strikes out homosexuality charges against dancer, James Brown and others

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The homosexuality charges filed against effeminate dancer, James Brown and 46 others in November 2019 has been struck out by a federal court in Lagos.

 

Justice Rilwan Aikawa who ruled on the case on Tuesday October 27, struck out the case on ground of the charges against the defendants lacking “diligent prosecution” by the police.

 

While the federal high court judge pointed out that the prosecuting counsel, J.I Ebhoremen, was absent from court for the umpteenth time with no reasonable explanation, the defence counsel, Israel Usman noted that it was the ninth time Mr Ebhoremen did not show up in court since the case started in 2019.

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Usman urged the Judge to strike out the case as Section 356(5) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 provided a maximum of five adjournments at the instance of the prosecution in a criminal trial.

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“This is ninth adjournment at the instance of the prosecution in contravention of the statutory Act that regulates criminal justice system. We urge the court to dismiss the case and discharge the defendants.”

 

Ruling on the case, Aikawa said;

 

“I agree entirely with defendants’ counsel that the prosecution’s attitude to this case is not satisfactory. In my view, this should not be. If the prosecution has a cogent reason not to be in court, he should have communicated in writing to the court and copy the defence counsel.

“For whatever reason, the prosecution is no more capable or not willing to prosecute this case. Consequently, this case is struck out due to lack of diligent prosecution.”

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Nigerians react to Lai Mohammed’s call for regulation of social media

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Nigerians have reacted to Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s call for the regulation of social media in the country.

 

Recall that the Minister who appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to defend the 2021 budget proposal on Tuesday October 27, had stated that the biggest challenge facing the country is the issue of fake news and misinformation.

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The Minister stated that China has no google, Facebook and Instagram as everything is “well censored and well regulated. ” He warned that the next war that will be fought in the country and across the globe may be fought through social media. He also pointed out that #EndSARS protesters mobilized using social media.

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Some Nigerians have however pointed out the flaws in Lai Mohammed’s insistence on social media regulation. Here are some tweets below;

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“Whoever carted away the staff of the Oba of Lagos and his shoe should please respect the throne and return it” – Senator Shehu Sani

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Senator Shehu Sani is pleading with hoodlums who vandalised Oba of Lagos’ palace and carted away his personal belongings to return his staff of office and his shoes.

 

Recall hoodlums raided the Oba’s palace on Wednesday, October 21, and made way with his staff of office after gunshots were fired at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, October 20.

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Reacting to the raid on Twitter, Senator Shehu Sani pleaded with those in possession of staff and shoes to respect the throne and return them.

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He wrote: “Whoever carted away the staff of the Oba of Lagos and his shoe should please respect the throne and return it.”

 

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