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They shouted at me — Lagos Deputy Governor, Hamzat recounts how SARS operatives harassed him

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Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Obafemi Hamzat has narrated how he was harassed by operatives of the special anti- robbery squad (SARS) officers four years ago.

 

Hamzat who shared his experience with SARS as he addressed #EndSARS protesters at Alausa in Ikeja, stated that the security operatives do not have the right to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens because of their unfamiliar looks or because they are carrying laptops or iPhones.

 

He however stressed that it will be counterproductive to pull down the entire operation of the police because of the infractions committed by a few bad eggs in the system.

 

Hamzat said;

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“Every decent Nigerian will be upset. This happened to me four years ago. I was going to Amuwo Odofin…they (SARS operatives) were not in uniform, they had guns, they just double crossed us and said we should get out,” Hamzat told the protesters.

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“The tenet of the police operation is to protect the citizens. Security operatives don’t have the right to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens, because of their unfamiliar looks, or because they are carrying laptops or iPhones. It is wrong for any police officer to expressly accuse or pronounce someone, irrespective of age, guilty because they have dreads or ride luxury vehicles.

“As a government, we support evidence-based investigations and actions driven by intelligence. The procedure of arrest and prosecution must be followed through. We are equally aggrieved like every other law-abiding Nigerian. If a young man or woman who is legitimately doing his or her job is attacked or maimed by police officers for no reason, we will never support that. We condemn police brutality in whatever guise and we will continue to engage their leadership for change.

“We fully understand the reasons for your anger but this demonstration must also carried out in line with the law. If we employ violence or destruction to drive home our grievances, we will also be hurting ourselves. The protest must be orderly, so that those concerned will get the salient point of the message.

“You can’t block the road, disrupt free flow of traffic and prevent other people from embarking on their lawful duties, especially the emergency responders. As citizens, it is within your rights to express your grievances but let us exercise caution and eschew violence. The authorities have heard your voice and I hope we all leave the roads with the understanding that drastic changes will be effected.”

 

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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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He said;

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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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