BREAKING: Four dead as Security Operatives open fire on #EndSARS protesters in Lagos

Ibyson Fortes Blog has just gathered that four people have been shot dead at the Lekki Toll gate on Tuesday evening.

Security agents opened fire on peaceful #EnDSARS protesters still on the road after the Lagos state announcement of a curfew, scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m this evening.

We also gathered that the CCTV cameras at the toll gate and the LED panel were removed and turned off shortly before the security operatives arrived at the scene.

The street lights were also turned before Several shots were fired into the crowd.

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EDITORIAL: Akwuzu SARS: Deadliest Police Unit With Body Count of Over 500

FOR residents of Anambra State, the fear of Awkuzu Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Oyi local government area, located at kilometer 38 along the Enugu –Onitsha expressway in the state is the beginning of wisdom.

Those who had had encounter with operatives of Awkuzu SARS always had sad stories to tell. At Awkuzu SARS, there are five freighting cells and the level of the suspect’s offence depended on the cell he or she would be detained in.

At Awkuzu SARS, nobody prays to be detained in Cell 5 as spending a night there is the beginning of the person’s last journey to the great beyond.

Reporters based in Anambra State were often treated to parade of suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, 419ers and internet fraudsters and sometimes, 50 or more suspects could be paraded at a time.
While the briefing by SARS operatives would almost convince reporters that those being paraded committed the offences they were accused of, the denial by some of them tended to rubbish the claim by SARS operatives as they would swear and also convince reporters of their innocence. The worrisome situation in Awkuzu SARS is that the tendency of one coming out from there alive was remote.

Often times, people were arrested and taken to SARS on trumped up charges and while the relations of such people would be making frantic efforts to ensure that they were granted bail, operatives of SARS would have killed them.

At Awkuzu, the cells were always filled to capacity with suspects which, was perhaps, why there was the common story that SARS operatives intermittently kill some detainees to decongest the cells.
That was what happened in January 2013 when 35 dead bodies were discovered floating on Ezu River on the boundary between Anambra and Enugu states.

After several years of investigation by some human rights organizations, it was proved that SARS operatives at Awkuzu were responsible for dumping the bodies in the river after killing them because their grave in their office could not take all of them.
It was also common for operatives of Awkuzu SARS to travel to any part of the country to fish out suspects and bring them to Anambra State.

For instance, during the era of rampant kidnappings in the state, a particular suspected kidnapper was convinced by SARS operatives that he would be released unconditionally if he took them to the hideouts of other suspected kidnappers, only for him to be killed and buried beside the SARS office on return from the journey.
There are other terrible stories from Awkuzu SARS. Between 2012 and 2016, hundreds of innocent youths were tortured, dehumanized and extra judicially executed.

For instance, if one was a young man living in Anambra State and had not had an encounter with Awkuzu SARS, then he is exceptionally lucky. Operatives of Awkuzu SARS would often round up people and dump them in SARS cells and only those whose relations could afford to pay big money would leave the place alive.

Sometimes people were arrested for just walking on the road or even sitting comfortably in their houses at the time raids were carried out in their vicinity by SARS.
Before the setting up of the Anti Cult Unit in the state, SARS operatives were always swooping on various communities at night and arresting youths on the allegation that they belonged to cult groups.
Those whose relations could not afford to pay N40000 and above were left to rotten inside the cells.

In fact, Awkuzu SARS had acquired so much notoriety that it attracted the attention of the Amnesty International in 2014 and 2016, during which the international human rights organization described it as the headquarters of human rights violations, particularly as it related to torture, cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment and extra judicial executions.

Some businessmen in Anambra State even threatened their perceived business associates with SARS and the result was indefinite disappearance of such associates, especially if their business transactions turned sour.

There was this case that is still fresh in the minds of Anambra people. Some years ago, one Iloanya Chijioke attended a child dedication service organized by one of his friends in Ajali in Orumba North local government area.

During the ceremony, operatives of the SARS from Awkuzu stormed the venue and arrested most of the young men present. Immediately the information of the arrests reached Chijioke’s parents, they visited SARS facility and spoke with their son who was being detained, but could not secure his release.

According to his parents, since that arrest on November 29, 2012, Chijioke has not returned home and it is not clear if he is dead or alive. Iloanya said even when he delivered the sum of N1.5 million to SARS through a human right activist to ensure that his son was freed, nothing came forth.
Those who narrowly escaped being killed at Awkuzu SARS claim they were sometimes forced to drink their urine in order to survive on a daily basis. Another SARS victim said he went for a burial in Nnewi and on his way back to Awka, he was arrested at Abagana by Awkuzu SARS.

“They swapped me with someone, obviously a criminal and I was paraded as the supposed suspect for days,” he said.
He added that he would have been killed, but for the help of a police officer who established his innocence.

One of the six students of Madonna University arrested in January, 2019 and detained for six months for speaking against the management also narrated his experience at Awkuzu SARS.

”Akwuzu was a hell of a place. They don’t allow anyone to visit us. Even if your parents bring food for you, they will eat it. I almost died there.

“I only drank about five packs of sachet water for the one week I spent there before we were taken to prison. Where we slept was where we urinated; that was where we ate and that was where we took our bath.
”The whole floor was sticky because of blood that had dried up, and we slept on that same floor,” he narrated.

One other victim narrated his experience thus: “Every morning at 5a.m., they will wake us up to carry the corpses they killed the night before. Once Awkuzu SARS carries you, just forget about life.”

Awkuzu SARS was also involved in communal land disputes where they took sides depending on which side paid higher.
At Nkwele Ezunaka, two villages were involved in a land dispute and SARS was recently invited to intervene.
However, the group that invited them later regretted doing so as the action of the operatives showed that their opponents had bought SARS over:

Source: Vanguardngr

Remember the Driver that was Shot in Surulere’s Protest? Check what his wife said that got Reactions

Early this week, the EndSars Protests in Surulere Lagos State turned bloody. About four persons were said to have lost their lives during the Protest. Among the fours persons that lost their lives, one of them was allegedly shot by the Police. Mr Okechukwu Ilohamauzu was driver, and he was not even involved in the Protest, he was just passing by when a stray bullet hit and injured him. Those that were around tried their best to see how they could save him, but in the end, they lost him.

The wife of Late Mr Ikechukwu, Ngozi Ikechukwu, had an interview with The Cable and expressed how she felt by the incident. She never thought that her Late husband, wasn’t going to to come back home that faithful day. The woman in the interview, Narrated how calm and peace loving her late husband was.

She said that, she and her late husband has been married for over 11 years now. According to her, she said that her husband loves her so much and they both earn little to support themselves. They don’t have much, but they try their best to manage the little that they have. She further went on to say that, her joy has been taken from her, and who will help her now? One thing that she pleaded for was that, those who were guilty of Killing her husband should not be allowed to go free.

You can just imagine the pains, the poor widow will be going through. If anyone would have told her that her husband won’t be alive today, she wouldn’t have believed it. I just hope the right authorities look into her case and give the poor widow the Justice that she wants. At least that can help her find a little Peace.

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And also, if they Nigerians the government supports her financially, that will also help, even though money can not replace life.

Opinion: If Buhari Fails To End The Protest Today, Here Are 5 Things That May Happen In Nigeria

Opinion: Here are 5 things that may happen in Nigeria if Buhari fails to end the protest today.

The recent demonstrations in the south-west, south-east, south-south, and recently in the northern part of the country are a source of concern for both Nigerians and the international community as a whole.

Nigerians have been on the Street for five days now to declare their indignation at the unarmed Nigerians’ persistent assaults and abuse by the Men of the special anti-robbery unit.

The protest was that Nigerians both at home and abroad were strongly committed to appealing to the government to pursue a permanent solution to the rot in the police, and to the additional legal killings carried out by people in the region.

The EndSars campaign, now being undertaken in the area, was Nigerians who do their everyday activities as a result of their constant killing, abuse, and brutality. The # EndSars campaign again came into focus after SARS men killed a young boy in the state of River, brutalizing another boy in the state of Delta recently, according to the reports.

The victims of the violence died or suffered a life-long injury that is a danger for them to live a long life.

In fact, some of the Nigerian people who came to the country at some point or the other testified that when they were being harassed and beaten in the country often because they were driving nice cars or dressing in a nice towel, and this made the country even more a laughable body in the international community.

The protest has become bloody in places like Oyo, the lagos state according to the online video and lmages so it is gaining momentum and could intensify beyond its reach very soon.

In this post, we shall look at writers’ opinions on 5 major issues that are likely to occur if Buhari finds no durable solution to stop today’s protest.

1. Prolonged Civil Unrest And Possible Retaliation.

It is often mentioned that anywhere there is conflict between security forces and the people, nonviolent demonstrations lead to civil disturbances, and that experience is not always a positive one.

The latest peaceful movement against police brutality, intimidation and killing has left many people dead and many people in various parts of the world endangered lives.

Recall that recently, a news filtered into social media indicates that the head of the military is not just the police but that the chairman declined to subscribe to the use of troops to confront demonstrators.

If the President is forced to adhere to the proposal, the nation will receive major bloodshed, due to the disproportionate force used by the Army, to repress the people and fight back.

In the meantime, to add salt to the injury, the demonstrators opposed leaving the streets but continued to demonstrate peacefully until the FG fulfilled its demand and the police force underwent complete reform to ensure that all officers who commit crimes in one direction or the other were accordingly faced with the rage of law.

Naturally, every citizen is entitled to peacefully protest, but it can sometimes lead to retaliation, particularly if safety agencies are now facing and shooting the citizen.

However, if the clash and murder in the country persists, I believe that this will lead to violence and counter-attacks by the public, which will lead to civil unrest in the next few years.

President Buhari’s Federal Government Led must meet the protesters’ requirements and strike a permanent solution to the country’s case of intimidation and police violence.

2. Increased kidnapping and other crimes.

As a region, Nigeria is well known for abduction and other crimes, even if no one experiences problems or clashes.

This current problem in the country could bring a major gap in our architecture of defense. Two days ago citizens from the northern zone began protesting instability and police brutality, which in turn would permit the influx of various terrorist groups into the various regions to perpetrate malice against humanity because the region had previous security challenges.

Also, we must be mindful that expatriates, wealthy people and wealthy people around the world will be abducted for ransom as long as this protest continues, and this may pose a form of threat to the lives and health of individuals. So, if it happens, the kidnapped and plundered stores launch cases like armed robbery.

In my view, however, the country will be in great delays because the focus of many security forces, such as Police, DSS, Army and NSCDC is concentrated only on holding demonstrators against further protest and restoring peace and normality in various areas.

3. Economic Meltdown Of The Region.

Nigeria is a land full of milk and honey, but if this protest goes beyond reach, trust me the other way round.

The current struggle in that country will lead potential investors and business tycoons, for fear of losing them into aggressive and violent protestors, to withdraw their investments from the country.

In fact, most foreigners in the country choose to shut down their enterprises and leave instead of being able to see what they have developed over the years and then also suffer losses.

Furthermore, schools and health centers will be discontinued in order to prevent damage to students and trade between various regions of the world will be stopped in fear of losing their products and suppliers’ lives.

But when all this happens, the economic collapse and potential recession will plummet into the economy and many will lose their livelihoods.

4. Inflation of Goods And Services.

In my opinion, if the current protest continues in the country, inflation will continue and the rich and the poor in society won’t be doing well at all.

We are aware that the majority of business holders won’t want to risk their lives to trade in the region, that marketers are shutting their doors and staying at home.

From protests onwards, I found that the price of transportation from one place to the other increased by approximately 50%, while some commercial bus drivers had stopped operating in some part of the world because they had burned a lot of fuel on main roads every day due to gridlocks.

Agricultural products from the north are stuck because traders are afraid that some evil people in transit are capturing their product. If they chose to risk their lives, it is understood that the prices of goods and services in the various areas would dramatically increase, which means that the average man on the road could not afford such a price.

5. Slow Rate Of Development.

Over the years , Nigeria has lacked a great pace of growth as a result of policies pursued by various governments.

If the recent protest goes beyond the normal situation to find a permanent solution, then various types of growth, such as highways, good roads, portable water and high-quality water, building schools and much more that has already been taken into account in Budget 2020 will be denied to the various regions.

In my view, President M. Buhari’s federal government should resolve this problem and tackle people’s unrest on a timely basis.

Let us stop here for now. What do you believe about Nigeria ‘s current uproar and what should the government do to address the people’s requests?

Kindly make your opinion known on the comment section below.

UK Agency Questioned Over Financial Support To SARS

According to Thisday, The letter written on October 15 and personally signed by Osamor, called the attention of the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Mr Dominic Raab, to the nationwide protests in Nigeria in the past seven days against the excesses of SARS.

A member of the British parliament, Ms Kate Osamor, representing Edmonton, has written to question and seek clarification on the nature of aid the United Kingdom Government through the office of the Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs, extends to Nigeria’s disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

According to Thisday, The letter written on October 15 and personally signed by Osamor, called the attention of the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Mr Dominic Raab, to the nationwide protests in Nigeria in the past seven days against the excesses of SARS.

Kate Osamor

She warned that further assistance be withheld and also called for an audit of what the previous aids were used for so that the UK Government agency would not be unintentionally supporting or facilitating the actions of an agency notorious for human rights violations.

The letter made available to ACE was written in a tone of caution to avoid a situation SARS got support from the agency without proper use.

Osamor’s letter cited that there have been 82 proven and documented incidents of torture, ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions and gross human rights abuses against SARS since January 2017 and cautioned it would be unthinkable that UK agency gives support to such body unless for training on proper conduct that respects human rights.

Osamor notified Raab that she wrote in her capacity as a member of a committee that superintends the agency.

She alerted that given the shady accountability process in the Nigerian agency, there might be the likelihood that UK might have been unknowingly providing support for an agency involved in the offences of abuses mentioned.