The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has announced that no member of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a part of the newly constituted Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
This announcement is coming following a nationwide protest that has lasted for days.
Recall that the IGP dissolved the infamous subunit of the force, SARS, however, two days later he set up a SWAT unit.
However, this move has not gone down well with the protesting youths as many described it as a change of name thus leading them to change the mantra from #EndSARS to #EndSWAT.
The call for the disbanding of the new unit is hinged on the arguments suggesting that the decision to immediately replace SARS operatives with SWAT is hasty and unpremeditated.
Reacting to the outcry, the spokesman of the Police Force, DCP Frank Mba put out a statement to clarify and allay the fears of protesters.
He noted that the operations of the Tactical Team will be strictly intelligence-driven. Members of the new Tactical Team are also expected not to embark on routine patrols.
He also announced that they are barred from the indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
Mr. Mba’s communique also states that those who will be members of the new Tactical Team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter especially those that touch on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.
FEC Approves N2.9bn For Printing Of Question Papers, Others
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a sum of N2.9 billion for the printing of both sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.
The council also approved a total of N4.5 billion for projects in the Ministry of Education and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
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This decision was reached at FEC virtual meeting on Wednesday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said the contract was awarded to a group of eight printers.
According to the Minister, the materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance Examination.
Ike Ekweremadu Gets New Appointment
The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been appointed by the International Parliamentary Congress as the Chief Coordinator for Africa.
The development was disclosed in a letter forwarded to Ekweremadu by the Secretary-General of the IPC and member of the Pakistani national parliament, Senator Muhammad Ali Saif.
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“We are proud to inform you that the Honourable President of the IPC has nominated your good self as Chief Coordinator Africa with immediate effect.”
This was announced in a statement by the media adviser to the Enugu West lawmaker, Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja.
Gov Ayade Orders Restriction Of Trucks Conveying Scrap In, Out Of Cross River
Governor of Cross River, Professor Ben Ayade has ordered the restriction of trucks conveying scrap in and out of the State.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity, Christian Ita.
The governor expressed that the attention of the state has been drawn to information that looters are attempting to move stolen items out of the state as scrap.
The governor directed all transporters and motorists in the state to report anyone that approaches them to move scraps out of the state to security agents.
He also warned that any of them caught transporting looted items will be regarded as an accomplice and treated as a looter.
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