Hope for #EndSARS campaign as Osinbajo orders overhaul of police unit
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday ordered Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to begin an immediate overhaul of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In a statement released by Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Acting President said,
“Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad that border on allegations of human rights violations, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.
The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.”
This directive has been received with welcome arms across social media where the #EndSARS campaign has prevailed since 2017. Social media users led by Segun Awosanya who tweets as @segalink have consistently called on the government to end the brutality and harassment of innocent Nigerians at the hands of SARS operatives.
See the reactions to the Acting President’s directive on Twitter:
We WON Guys! #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG @julietkego @Tutsy22 @DrJoeAbah Time to build a new. The #NewNigeria is real. Congrats to @PoliceNG as we begin to reform. Out with the Old and welcome the New. 👏🏼👏🏼 #OsinbajoDelivers pic.twitter.com/jHlyjbirsn
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) August 14, 2018
While Buhari was away, the acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo
1. Sacked the DG of DSS, Daura
2. He has also ordered for the overhaul of the Special Anti Robbery Squad unit. #EndSARS
I think Buhari should just continue his holiday till we have a bearing.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 14, 2018
As Acting President.
First he sacked the DSS Boss for the invasion of National Assembly.
Now ordered for the overhaul of SARS with immediate effect.
2weeks, 2 Great Actions… 👏👏 #EndSARS
— Osas Cruz (@OsasCruz) August 14, 2018
I commend @ProfOsinbajo for responding to Nigerians’ clamour over SARS, however, I don’t believe an overhaul is what is required. You shouldn’t overhaul what has become a vehicle for oppressing Nigerians. I call on the VP to #EndSARS and return its officers to core police duties
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) August 14, 2018
Last week, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sacked the DSS Boss over the invasion of National Assembly
This week, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo orders the overhaul of SARS
Maybe Next Week, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo would be sworn in as the New President of Nigeria. #EndSARS
— KNOXPETE (@KnoxTainment) August 14, 2018
With this #ENDSARS victory, Segalink has laid a blueprint overhauling oppressive structures in Nigeria using social media activism.
Now that we know “these things are possible”, what is our next target please? 😂
— Kelvin Odanz (@Kelvin_Odanz) August 14, 2018
It appears Acting President Osinbajo is a national hero… as long as President Buhari remains on vacation.
IGP Ibrahim Idris orders immediate overhaul of SARS
Following Osinbajo’s directive, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered an immediate overhaul of SARS.
A press release signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, was shared via the Facebook page of the Nigeria Police Force.
Wizkid featured in Vogue magazine as he unveils his fashion collection
Starboy, Wizkid is winning in music across continents and now he has joined the fashion industry to take over. Or maybe we are running ahead of ourselves?
Wizkid, who recently opened a pop-up store in New York for his Starboy capsule collection, has been described by Vogue magazine as “Africa’s hottest pop star by almost any measure”.
He told the magazine, “For me, when I dropped my last project, I just felt it was time to do something for my fans, so they could have almost like, a piece of me,… Even if you’re not from Lagos, it should be fashionable enough for you to just throw it on. I want people to look back and be like, Yo, I had that Wizkid T-shirt when it dropped.”
If you haven’t got your PVC yet, here’s another two weeks to make it happen:
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) August 14, 2018