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 Amid the EndSARS protest, the retired Commissioner of Police, Fulani Kwajafa has expressed regret for establishing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, as he recounts why it was formed.


The excesses of the unit notorious for human rights violation has sparked protests across Nigeria for over one week now with demonstators demanding a reform of the entire police system.


Kwajafa while speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa said the unit had completely derailed from its founding objectives.’


He said, “My name is Fulani Kwajafa. I entered the Nigeria Police Force in 1984. Then robbery was prevalent, this was why Buhari was Head of State. He (Buhari) got a lot of complaint that people were stealing from each other, robbing people — he told me and Mr Inyang, the then IGP, that we must do something about it or be fired.


“Mr Inyang called me and told me to come up with a plan to save the country from thieves, so I said okay. I told him to give me his trust, resources and officers to start work.

“After four months of creating SARS, there was peace, those who were not caught ran, and those who were caught were sent to prison.

“This thing frustrates me, there is no reason why because someone commits a crime that the person should be killed. There are laws and no one will give an order that if you see armed robbers kill the person.

“I have been hearing disheartening news, to the extent that I have thought to myself that it seems among the SARS officials, there are armed robbers.

“This is not why we created SARS, the reason is completely different, this is not the purpose. In fact, when I am mentioned as the creator of SARS, I feel ashamed. It’s a thing of regret for me.

“If I had known it would be like this, I wouldn’t have created it because people who know when I established the unit always say to be, is it not Kwajafa’s baby? But this is not what I birthed, it has been changed.”

I regret creating SARS in 1984, says Retired Police Commissioner, Fulani Kwajafa. Amid the EndSARS protest, the retired

 



The Federal Government has announced November 10, 2020, as resumption date for NYSC Orientation Camps across the country.



This was made known on Thursday by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare via his official Twitter handle.



He said, “The Resumption of the NYSC Orientation Camp for prospective Youth Corpers has been approved and opens on November 10th 2020. Full COVID-19 Protocols will be enforced.”


The Federal Government had on March 18 2020, ordered the immediate closure of ongoing National Youth Corps Service orientation camps nationwide over coronavirus fears.



Source: VANGUARD


NYSC Orientation Camps reopen Nov 10 ― FG

 




A 34-year-old Nigerian, Austin Chenge, is in the race for the governorship position in the state of Michigan in the United States (U.S.), come year 2022.


A statement by Abdul-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations unit, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), indicated that Chenge, a native of Benue State in Nigeria, will challenge U.S. Representative Lamar Smith for the ticket under the Republican Party.


It said Chenge announced his intention to run for governor of Michigan in March 2020, making him the first Republican to do so.


According to the statement, the young Nigerian is an embodiment of the American dream who has repeatedly stunned critics by achieving what most people would consider impossible.


“Chenge is a Law graduate from the University of Birmingham, England. Since the year 2018, he has been serving with the U.S. military as a specialist. He is decorated with the Achievement Medal as a Distinguished Honour Graduate with a Culmulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 99.8% and for exceptional performance while on active duty.”


The statement said that Chenge is popular locally for designing the popular tricycle, known as “Wazobia tricycle”, in 2016, designed to improve the lives of peasant farmers all over Africa.


34-year-old Nigerian in race for governor in U.S.

 



The government will continue with policies of social protection and people empowerment despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.


The President spoke at the State House during the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES). He restated his administration’s commitment to youth development and poverty alleviation.


The President, who described P-YES as a cornerstone of his administration’s social and economic development strategies, said it was part of the overall policy of ensuring that 100 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty in 10 years.


The P-YES launch, which is aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the local government areas, was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi.


The President said: “The P-YES is also part of the plan that we adopted in 2016 in which we empowered One hundred youths from each of the 774 local government areas with the necessary tools to acquire skills and establish small businesses.


“Given the success of that initiative, we are now committed to creating 774,000 jobs across all the LGAs, through the P-YES programme.”


President Buhari, who took a tour of P-YES tools and equipment displayed at the forecourt of Presidential Villa expressed delight that the materials showcased represent the fruits of the initiatives by his administration in 2016.


 “All the tools, machines and equipment that are exhibited here, are products of the efforts of these empowered youth entrepreneurs.


“I note with particular pleasure that they were all fabricated in Nigeria by Nigerian youths using locally sourced materials. This is a wonderful and uplifting achievement.


“As an entrepreneurship empowerment project, the P-YES programme aims to address the needs of unskilled and less educated youth.


“It targets key areas of activities that are of practical importance and are essential to every aspect of our economy.


“These include areas such as agriculture and food processing, restaurant and catering, tailoring and fashion design, technical skills such as in the Information and Communications Technology sector, artisanship, welding, carpentry and joinery, other small businesses and activities associated with the micro-economic sector of this economy.”


The President urged states, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) of government to factor the P-YES into their programmes to assist the youth to realise their potentials in their chosen fields.


He urged local and foreign private sector operators to contribute their share to the expansion of the programme through channelling their corporate social responsibility efforts towards skills acquisition, creation of start-ups, and other intervention measures.


President Buhari declared that the expansion of the P-YES would be vigorously pursued, adding that more resources would be committed to the achievement of its goals and objectives towards youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development.


The President commended the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Students Affairs, under Hon. Nasiru Saidu Adhama, for driving the P-YES programme in accordance with the mandates prescribed for the office and the programme.  


Source (The Nation)


774,000 public works jobs scheme set for take-off

 


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the dissolved the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.


He said the operatives will be redeployed to other police formations and commands.


Adamu announced this in a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon.


The announcement came after days of online and offline protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.


At the briefing, the IGP said, “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.”


BREAKING: IGP DISBANDS SARS NATIONWIDE.





Senator Elisha Abbo has appealed the judgment of a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja ordering him to pay N50m as compensation to the girl he assaulted final yr in a intercourse toy retailer.

The senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District in Adamawa State was caught on video assaulting Osimibibra Warmate at a intercourse toy store in Wuse 2, Abuja.

Abbo received the legal case instituted in opposition to him by the police earlier than a Chief Justice of the Peace Courtroom in Zuba however Warmate filed a civil go well with and Justice Samira Bature of the FCT Excessive Courtroom dominated in opposition to Abbo on September 28, 2020, and ordered him to pay N50m and publish an apology to his sufferer.

Nevertheless, Abbo has appealed the judgement. He says the information of the case disclosed an “alleged tort of straightforward assault” and never torture or inhuman therapy.

Abbo anchored his enchantment on three premises: that the choose erred in legislation when he dismissed his preliminary objection to the impact that the go well with was not recognisable beneath Part 34 of the 1999 Structure and the basic rights enforcement process; that the information of the case have been contentious and couldn’t be decided through affidavit proof; that the trial choose erred when he held that the applicant had proved her case as required by legislation whereas the proof was not in her favour.

Abbo additional acknowledged that the courtroom granting N50m compensation to Osimibibra Warmate was “extreme.”

Senator Elisha Abbo Appeals N50m Judgement; Claims S3x Toy Incident Was A ‘Easy Assault’

 



The Senate Committee on Public Accounts on Wednesday uncovered how the Ministry of Science and Technology gave out two vehicles worth N17 million to offset a N2 million debt to contractors, theeagleonline reports.


This revelation was contained the 2015 Auditor General’s Report submitted to Senate Panel on Public Account.


It said in part: “During the verification of non-reccurent assets of the Ministry, it was discovered that two vehicles with registration M50-101G and MGO-12FG respectively were not seen and their whereabouts was not explained.”


The Auditor General’s report revealed that the two vehicles were seized by contractors.


But the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Edet Akpan, said the vehicles were seized by a court as a result of debt owed to contractors.


The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, however rejected the presentation of the Permanent Secretary, saying there is no evidence that the court judgement gave  the vehicles to the contractors.


In the same vein, the Senate panel uncovered how officials of Police Service Commission raised eight vouchers to collect N12.9 million from the government purse in the name of training of officials of the commission in 2015 as Duty Tour Allowance.


The Auditor General’s report reads: “During the audit examination of accounting books and records maintained by the Police Service Commission, Abuja, it was observed that eight vouchers for amount totaling N12.9 million were used to pay staff of the commission Out of Pocket Expenses DTA and transportation for attending conference in Nasarawa.


“The 2014 approval was revalidated in 2015 for the training contrary to the provision of Financial Regulations 414.


:The said workshop was not contained in 2015 approved budget of the commission thereafter, the expenditure was viewed as extrabudgetary spending.


“Copy of the attendance sheet signed by the officers who participated in the training was not produced.”


But the Director of Finance and Administration, Brighten Saaqwe, claimed that the commission decided to pay the money in 2015 because the money was released in 2014 and the training had been done.


Saaqwe said the Commission was unable to provide the documents to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation because the documents were not available when the Auditor requested for them.


The Committee, led Senator Urhoghide, however tackled the officials of the PSC, saying the documents were made available after 15 months.


Exposed: Ministry Gives Out Vehicles Worth N17m To Offset Debt Of N2m, PSC In N12.9m DTA ‘Fraud’