POLICE REFORM SUFFERS SETBACK AS APPEAL COURT VOIDS ACT – DAILY TRUST PG.1&5, NATION PG.1, PUNCH PG.4, THISDAY PG.1&8
The Court of Appeal has declared that the Police Act 2020, enacted in September this year as it affects the constitutional mandate of the Police Service Commission (PSC) is unconstitutional and void.
Analysts believed the nullification of the act was a serious setback for President Muhammadu Buhari who assented to the bill and the National Assembly, which signed it into law.
INITIATE GENUINE POLICE REFORM, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TELLS FG – DAILY TRUST PG.8, THISDAY PG.36
Amnesty International Nigeria, Wednesday, urged the Federal Government to ensure genuine reformation of the Nigeria Police Force in order to douse tension in the country. The organisation, through its spokesman, Isa Sanusi, was reacting to the replacement of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad with a new unit SWAT announced by the Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday.
N32.9BN FRAUD: EFCC ASKS COURT TO DISMISS MOMPHA’S ‘NO CASE SUBMISSION’ – DAILY TRUST PG.27
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday in Lagos, urged Justice Mohammed Liman of the Lagos Federal High Court to ignore the “no case submission” filed by alleged internet fraudster, Ismail Mustapha alias Mompha. EFCC’s Counsel, S. I. Sulaiman, stated this in a counter to Mompha’s “no case submission” application which was adopted by the court.
PROTESTS CONTINUE AS DISBANDED SARS TEAMS QUIT STATES – NATION PG.2&3
Major cities in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, witnessed more protests against police brutality on Wednesday. The protests are continuing even when operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are handing over in the states to return to the Force Headquarters in Abuja. In Lagos, protesters defied rain. They laid siege on the Lekki toll gate on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. The protesters grounded vehicular traffic. They chanted “End SARS, END SWAT”, “End Police Brutality”
CIVIL SERVANT IN COURT OVER ALLEGED N45M SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME FRAUD – SUN PG.6
An Accounts Director with the Federal Ministry of Education, Matthew Inabo, was yesterday re-arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja over his alleged involvement in diverting about N45million meant for the Federal Government Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSFHP). Inabo, however, pleaded not guilty to a 24-count amended charge dated October 12 shortly after it was read to him. The suit was filed before Justice Inyang Ekwo by counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Aminu Alilu.
OUTRAGE AS THUGS ATTACK PROTESTERS IN LAGOS, ABUJA, #ENDSARS HITS KANO – PUNCH PG.2,4&5, NATION PG.4, SUN PG.1
The Nigerian Bar Association and civil rights groups on Wednesday strongly condemned hoodlums’ attacks on people protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police. Some of those who condemned the attacks, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, alleged they were the handiwork of government.
DELTA COMMUNITY CHIEFTAINCY FACTIONS MEET AT GOVT HOUSE, PRESENT CONFLICTING DEMANDS – PUNCH PG.5
The duo said, “Prince Nonso is killing us now; don’t give the staff of office yet to any person until the crisis is resolved. “Nonso is causing trouble in our community and we need the university for development, where our children can work”
APPEAL COURT DECLARES POLICE ACT 2020 ILLEGAL, NULLIFIES CONSTABLE RECRUITMENT – PUNCH PG.11
The Court of Appeal has declared the Police Act 2020 unconstitutional and void. The Police Act 2020, which was enacted in September this year, affects the constitutional mandate of the Police Service Commission
MAGU: PRESIDENTIAL PANEL BEGINS VERIFICATION OF SEIZED ASSETS – PUNCH PG.43
The Presidential panel set up to probe the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has begun a physical verification of all assets seized by the EFCC, The PUNCH has learnt. The panel, led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, has visited Lagos, Abuja, Rivers State and a few other major offices of the commission.