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#EndSARS: Police Commission marks 37 ex-SARS for dismissal

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Police Service Commission has allegedly penciled down names of about 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for dismissal from service.

This was disclosed by the commission in a statement issued by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani on Friday, according to Punch.

According to the Commission, 24 ex-SARS operatives will be prosecuted for professional misconduct.

The statement was the highlights of the Report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad set up by the Federal Government in 2018 to reform the dreaded unit.

Presenting the report to the PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, in Abuja on Friday, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, called for a speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.

The presidential panel had, among other things, investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit

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Reps ask Buhari to sanction Ngige over misconduct

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The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sanction the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment for allegedly violating moratorium on the issuance of International Recruiters Licenses.

This was sequel to a motion by Rep. Tolulope Alande-Shadipe (APC-Oyo) which was unanimously adopted at plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion earlier, Shadipe said that the officers should also be made to face disciplinary measures for disregarding and obstruction of the House Committee on Diaspora in its attempt to carry out its official mandate.

Sadipe said that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige be summoned and give explanation on the issuance of International Recruiters Licenses.

“It is very important that the Minister, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment appear to explain the inconsistencies observed and the reasons why there is presently still no Bilateral Labour Agreement to protect Nigerian migrant workers.

“Also, mandate the Nigeria Police Force to arrest and prosecute Government officials found to be complicit in issuing the International Labour Recruiters licensed after September 2017 Moratorium.

“The Nigeria Police Force should also arrest and prosecute all agents/persons Nigerian and Foreign Nationals when found to have compromised the freedom of our citizens or involved in human trafficking,” she said.

The house urged the president to mandate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigerian Immigration Service and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to hasten the process of preparing a Bilateral Labour Agreement and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for recruitment of Nigerians for unskilled labour employment in foreign lands.

The house urged the Federal Government to ensure that the remaining allegedly trafficked girls by Mr Wafic Hamza are rescued, repatriated and duly compensated before his release.

The green chamber recommend that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be compelled to provide funding to repatriate girls from the middle East region, Ivory Coast, Libya and Mali, among other countries where girls are being faced with similar challenges.

The lawmakers recommended that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs negotiates affordable evacuation flights for Nigerians in the diaspora who wish to return back home.

The lower chamber urged the Minister of Aviation and the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) to open up the airspace to ensure affordable flights of citizens who wish to return home.

The house urged the Federal Government to provide funding for the Nigerian High Commissions and Embassies to assist Nigerian diaspora in distress.

The legislators called on the Federal Government through Diaspora Commission and Foreign Missions to develop relationships with diaspora lawyers to create an avenue to tap on their expertise in the absence of legal representation for citizens abroad.

The legislators called on the Federal Government to empower the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to stop the travel of persons departing from Nigeria for the purpose of work in countries without Labour Agreement with Nigeria.

The house recommended that the Federal Government sets up a joint Taskforce to include the Diaspora Commission, NAPTIP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, to devise an urgent means of combating human trafficking and funding the repatriation of trafficked citizens stranded across the globe.

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VP Osinbajo denies involvement in Magu’s alleged fund embezzlement

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied his involvement in the allegation of embezzlement of fund leveled against the suspended Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu on Tuesday.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by his Media aide, Laolu Akande and published on the Presidency’s Twitter handle on Tuesday evening.

Contrary to the claims of some media platforms that Magu gave the VP the sum of N4 billion after the latter had instructed him to release some of the recovered loots.

He said, “With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are totally false and baseless purporting to reflect goings-on at the probe panel investigating Mr Ibrahim Magu. They are indeed completely absurd in every respect.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will of course not be distracted by these obvious campaigns of lies and calumny.”

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EFCC picks Umar to replace Magu as agency’s Chair

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The Director of Operations, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar, has been appointed to oversee the affairs of the agency in the absence of Magu.

A top official of the commission disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.

The source, who asked not to be named, said Umar was chosen by the “EFCC’s hierarchy” following the reported suspension of Magu.

The official, however, said that the commission had not received any official communication on the reported suspension.

Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale, declined comments when contacted by NAN to confirm the latest development.

The embattled acting chairman is being interrogated by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him.

Magu appeared before the Ayo Salami-led panel on Monday before he was reportedly taken into police custody.

Meanwhile, the EFCC official has defended Magu against the allegations, saying they were not true.

However, the source said his travails also emanated from complaints by staff of the commission over poor welfare and delay in promotion.

“I can tell you that all the allegations against Magu are untrue. I see the whole situation as a power play.

“Preparations for the 2023 elections are another reason they want Magu out because he knows too much.

“Another thing is the problem of staff welfare, imagine somebody like me for close to 10 years, I have not gained any promotion.

“We are not happy about the news of his suspension, but I know that members of staff are not happy with him,” the official said.

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