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People whose creed it is to serve and protect have turned on those they are sworn to serve and protect – Bola Tinubu’s son, Seyi comments on #EndSARS protest

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Seyi Tinubu, son of former Governor of Lagos state Bola Tinubu has weighed in on the #EndSARS protest by sharing some past experiences via an Instagram post.

 

The son of the APC chieftain noted that the young and old have been at the receiving end of actions perpetrated by some bad eggs in uniform for so long. He also revealed that he has intervened on behalf of hardworking, young Nigerians who have been caught in the web of “security operatives turning on those who they are supposed to protect”.

 

Seyi added that as young Nigerians go around peacefully protesting for change in a fundamental flawed institution (The Nigerian Police), it is imperative Nigerians also let go of the mindset of optimism rather than the pessimism.

 

He further adviced the Nigerian police to adopt the model of the Rapid Response Squad of Lagos which was setup during his father’s tenure and has been strengthened by subsequent governors including the incumbent, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu.

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Seyi wrote;

 

For too long, many people – young and old have been at the receiving end of actions perpetrated by some bad eggs in uniform. People whose creed it is to serve and protect but have turned on those they are sworn to serve and protect.
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For too long, this has gone unchecked. I have had to – on many occasions, intervene on behalf of hardworking, young Nigerians who were caught in this web.. But what of those who did not have the privilege of “knowing someone” or making that life saving call? Call their names – Tiamiyu, Tina, Kolade, Ifeoma, Jimoh, Ayomide, Chibuike, and many more. YES, Call all their names because THEY MATTER.
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As young Nigerians go around peacefully protesting for change in a fundamental flawed institution (The Nigerian Police), it is imperative that we also do this with a mindset of optimism rather than the pessimism that has beset most of our national life. Change can happen but We must not lose sight of the change we want and must also stay open to seeing when this change is occcuring or when opportunities present themselves to crete this change. We must be ready to engage at all levels from protests to advocacy to policy, prayers, lobbying, legal and other non-violent means. We must and will make our voices heard.
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We must not, as a matter of legitimacy of our cause – as affected young Nigerians, give in to violent expressions of this cause.
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For instance, The Rapid Response Squad of Lagos, which was setup during my father’s tenure and which subsequent governors including the incumbent, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, have further strengthened, is a prime example of how tactical units of the Nigerian Police should be setup, supported and should operate. Focused on their primary responsibility, well equipped and true protectors of the Freedoms we so cherish.
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As a proud Nigerian and father, I am ready to support the cause of those seeking to create a safer, happier, better Nigeria for my kids and the next generation. But as a citizen, I also know that change does not come easy. Dear young Nigerians, where we have to engage with those in a capacity to create change, let’s engage respectfully

 

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2000 inmates reportedly released as hoodlums stage yet another jailbreak in Edo state (video)

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2000 inmates have reportedly been released after some hoodlums staged yet another jailbreak at Oko correctional facility in Edo state.

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Nine persons were reportedly killed during this jailbreak.

This comes hours after hoodlums stormed the correctional facility located along the Sapele Road in Benin City where over 100 inmates were set free.

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The state government has since imposed a statewide curfew that began 4pm today October 19.

 

Watch a video from the scene below

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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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Pro-SARS/SWAT protest holds in Kano (photos)

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Pro-SARS/SWAT protest held in Kano state on Wednesday October 14.

Some residents of the state marched to the state government House to deliver a letter of support for SARS and the newly formed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

 

The police on Monday announced the creation of SWAT which will replace the disbanded SARS unit.

The state governor, Umar Ganduje, received the letter and promised to deliver it to President Buhari.

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