The newspaper review for Wednesday, August 15, leads with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo's directive to police IG on the overhauling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria police, otherwise known as SARS among other stories.
Vanguard reports that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to commence investigations into allegations of abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria police, otherwise known as SARS.
He also ordered the police boss to overhaul the squad with immediate effect, to make it strictly intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.
Osinbajo’s directive to the police boss came following the outcry against the special police squad by members of the public nationwide.
This order came as the Methodist Church of Nigeria called on the federal government to overhaul the nation’s security apparatus to curb the wanton destruction of lives and properties in different regions of the country.
The Punch reports that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, lambasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the recent letter of criticism he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the ex-President had no right to dictate who the people should vote for in the 2019 presidential election.
The former Lagos State governor, who said Obasanjo did his terms in office without being disturbed, urged him to face his poultry business in his Ota farm.
Tinubu said if Obasanjo had laid a good foundation for the country when he was President, like he (Tinubu) did in Lagos State, Nigeria would not be in the mess that it was in.
Tinubu spoke at the Lagos APC secretariat in Ogba on Tuesday during the party’s stakeholders’ meeting.
This Day the presidency on Tuesday, August 14, said the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 was vetoed by President Muhammadu Buhari because it contained some constitutional infractions.
This Day reported exclusively on Tuesday that the president had vetoed the second bill proposing alterations to the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
The bill was passed on June 3, 2018 and transmitted to the president on June 27, 2018.
The special assistant to the president on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, explained in Abuja that Buhari vetoed the bill due to drafting inconsistencies.
He said the reason for the president’s rejection of the bill was contained in the communication from the executive to the legislature and that he was not in a position to give further explanations.
“I’m not in a position to talk about it,” he said.
The Nation reports that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This followed complaints and reports on the activities of SARS, which bordered on allegations of human rights violations.
There have been outcries on alleged infractions and atrocities by SARS operatives, such that Nigerians on social media began a campaign, #ENDSARS, to scrap the unit.
Despite the outcries, the police maintained that SARS was living up to its responsibilities, a few bad eggs notwithstanding.
The Guardian reports that the plot to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki thickened yesterday as federal lawmakers on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) resolved to forcibly reconvene the National Assembly and carry out the plan.
During a meeting with APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers, the legislators from both chambers of the assembly vowed they would deploy their numerical strength to achieve the goal ‘‘in the interest of the country.’’
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