Chief Superintendent of Police and Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2, comprising Ogun and Lagos State, Ifedolapo Badmus has opened up on the outcry against SARS revealing the outcry is over-hyped on social media.
Read excerpts from her interview with Vanguard below:
Well, the issue of this squad called Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and its operational model has been over flooded basically on the social media platforms. The #EndSARS# started with a group of individuals that, due to their own personal experience or encounter with the operation, started the campaign. They propelled it with social media, escalating the whole issue negatively.
On their achievements
From the name, it is simple. Their duty is to combat violent crime in the society. So far, they are doing what is expected of them and also doing it well. They have been able to combat serious crimes. At least in the Lagos and Ogun State zone that I cover, there are notable incidents they successfully tackled. There’s this notorious criminal called TK in Lagos who terrorised banks and killed people around 2015 and thereabout. His reign of terror was very fierce.
The SARS unit was able to bring him down. Since then, bank robbery has reduced under SARS’ watchful eyes. Another one was the case of Evans the kidnapper and the kidnapping era. With all his sophisticated model of operation, SARS subdued him and others. Now, with all these laudable deeds by SARS, no one has come up to say, improve SARS and its personnel.
Nobody had also brought up #ThankyouSARS# campaign, but for a little blunder which we are also fighting to curtail within the organization, everyone is screaming ‘EndSARS.’ There are other crimes they are preventing from happening proactively. No one is talking about that. We are not saying that there are no issues within, but the truth is that social media users have over hyped the problem. All these are been addressed appropriately.
On the alarming number of SARS brutalisation reports..
We are aware that bad news sales faster than good news. People have been feigning SARS attack on the social media. I am a Zonal Public Relations Officer of the Force and I have noticed that people deforms information even when there is no confrontation at all. Most people somehow, do this to seek relevance on the social media. Even some celebrities are doing it.
The issue has spiraled to the other members of the Police Force: when a normal Policeman did anything uncalled for, they tag it SARS. This kind of act is sending a negative picture to the international community about Nigerian Police. We don’t have any other country other than Nigeria, and whatever we do reflects on us a people. The negative effects rub off on us too as Policemen.
When we are outside the country, they see us as corrupt officers due to social media postings. I have spoken to stakeholders in this #Endsars# campaign group, advising them that there are ways and manners the goal can be achieved without using social media platform to escalate the issue. SARS integrity has been projected in a negative form abroad, and even some people are afraid to visit home with the insinuation that SARS will attack them.
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Ronke Oshodi Oke Cries Uncontrollably As She Regrets Campaigning For Buhari
A video circulating on social media captured the moment actress, Ronke Oshodi Oke wept bitterly for campaigning for the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and Kwara state governor in 2015.
While speaking in her Yoruba dialect, the actress said she regrets her actions as she held herself responsible for the current state of the country.
The actress apologized for misleading her fans into voting for Buhari.
This comes after the president addressed the nation on Thursday.
Information Nigeria recalls the Buhari failed to speak on the violence unleashed on #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday and this didn’t sit well with many Nigerians.
Watch the video below:
Ronke Oshodi Oke breaks down in tears, says she regrets her actions : 'Modé campaign fun awon oloriburuku yii ooo'
These celebrities that forced APC down our throats are gradually coming back to their senses ooo. pic.twitter.com/rwL6pZuhfs
— Arab (@shewn007) October 23, 2020
Omotola Apologizes For Her Insensitive Tweet About The Lekki Tollgate Shooting
Popular Nigerian actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has apologized for her insensitive remark about the Lekki Tollgate shooting.
Information Nigeria recalls the actress drew backlash after she warned people against sensationalising the unfortunate incident via Twitter.
The actress tweeted;
“If People died during the Lekki Toll Assault , let their people speak out please and if there were No deaths then enough with the sensationalization because it does not remove from the Crime that happened. PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WERE ATTACKED. WHY? BY WHOM ! #EndImpunityinNigeria.”
Nigerians slammed the actress over the tweet which she has now deleted.
Reacting to the backlash, the film star tendered an apology to those who were offended by her words and she also tried to make amends.
The actress mentioned that her tweet was “misunderstood” as she owned up to her mistake.
“I hope you know I don’t doubt people died ! I hope you understand that we need to collate these now and not continue with the I’m dissapointed I’m leaving talks. Get Angry again. We Can’t stop”, she added.
The mother of four also re-shared a video released by one of the eyewitness of the massacre, DJ Switch in which she recalled the tragic incident.
Taking to Instagram, Omotola posted a video released by a doctor at Doren hospital who said multiple victims of the Lekki shootings were brought in and one died from a gunshot wound to the heart.
See her posts below:
Actress Doris Ogala Calls Out Uche Elendu For Allegedly Lying That Her Store Was Looted
Information Nigeria recalls Elendu took to her Instagram page on Wednesday, where she shared a couple of photos of the shop that was vandalized and ransacked.
Reacting to the post, Ogala called out her colleague and she advised her to speak the truth unless she would be exposed.
According to the actress, the shops do not belong to Elendu.
In her words;
This is not nice.. I know the owners of those shops.. this is pure deceit.. people should stop taking advantage of the situation.. ah ah.. we lost a lot of people.. kindly mention the shop owners.. if not I’ll repost and expose it..”
See her post below:
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