The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is in the news for the wrong reasons yet again after officers were filmed assaulting a young man in Lagos.
In a video posted on instablog9ja, a news platform, on Friday, April 12, 2019, the officers were filmed harassing the young man for a crime that wasn’t immediately clear.
The young man could be heard yelling, “I know my rights! You want money,” at the beginning of the one-minute video, just seconds before an officer retrieved a heavy plank of wood from what appeared to be the unit’s white van and then hit the man with it.
When the young man pointed at the officer and said, “You will see!”, a second officer followed up with two slaps to the protesting young man’s face.
The first officer then hit him with the plank two more times before retreating to the van while the young man tried to make a call on the phone.
The second officer then egged the young man on to, “Call who you wan (want to) call” before slapping him two more times.
“You dey craze? Call the person,” the second officer said in anger as he continued to shove the young man.
The angry first officer then returned from the van to hit him three more times with the plank while a couple of people pleaded on his behalf.
While it’s not immediately clear what his crime was, Gossip Mill reported that two phones were seized from the man and he refused to unlock the expensive one.
It’s not clear where the incident happened, but the second officer could be heard in the video telling the young man to report at Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon which is located in Lagos, presumably to retrieve his phone.
The incident comes just days after the Delta State Police Command arrested an officer who was caught on camera harassing a student for owning an expensive iPhone.
A Twitter user with username Covenant Buhari (@CovenantBuhari) had posted the 44 seconds video on Tuesday, April 9, showing the officer picking on the young man for being in possession of an iPhone X worth N250,000.
In the video, the officer protested that he can’t afford to spend N250,000 on a car despite nearly 14 years in service.
Officers of the Force, especially of the FSARS unit, have been notorious for widespread abuse of power with public scrutiny growing over the past couple of years on their conducts with the public.
Earlier this month, an officer of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Lagos State Police Command, Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan, shot and killed Kolade Johnson while his team was carrying out an indiscriminate arrest of a young man believed to have been targeted due to his dreadlocks. He was sacked from the Force and has been arraigned in court for murder.
Johnson’s killing led to widespread calls for the implementation of meaningful police reform to curb harassment and brutality unleashed on helpless citizens. Protests that largely targeted FSARS were also held across many states on Friday, April 5.
‘The current method of education is faulty’ – Singer, Simi
Nigerian singer, Simi has faulted the current educational system being practiced in the country which she believes has killed off lots of talents.
According to her, lots of talents are dying because the country has made many believe that one can only attain success if he or she follows a certain path.
She tweeted: I fee like the current method of education is faulty. Ppl have different strengths – but we were raised to believe only certain talents or career paths can bring you success. So we see a lot of potential and ideas dying cos they were born to the right ppl in the wrong climate.
While some quarters feel the teachers are to blame for the decaying educational sector, Simi feels the blame shouldn’t fall solely on them. So the problem is not just the incompetent teachers.
It’s sometimes the misplacement of priorities. The inadequacy of the educational system to cater to the diversity of the human kind.
This is coming in the wake of JAMB approving 160 as cut-off mark for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The decision was made at a meeting held in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria
IG live nude: Me and Etinosa planned she will come naked but not to the extent she went – MC Galaxy claims
On March 15th, Actress and popular Instagram comedian, Etinosa made news after she appeared completely naked on singer MC Galaxy’s lG live video. She received a lot of backlash from Nigerians and at a point, came out to apologise and state that she regrets her action.
In a fresh interview with HIP Tv, MC Galaxy says himself and the comedian planned that she would go naked on his IG live but he did not know she would go to the extent that she did.
”I think I need to say the whole truth about this live video thing once and for all. The live video thing we planned it. Me and Etinosa actually planned that stuff but I wasn’t happy the way the whole thing turned pout to be on me alone. We planned it but we did not plan she would ”over naked” like that. She over did it when she came on live video”.
You are a drowning man, stop lying to Nigerians, they are not stupid – Etinosa calls out MC Galaxy over IG live nude video saga
MC Galaxy in a recent interview admitted that the March 15th Instagram nude video saga with actress and popular Instagram comedian, Etinosa was a planned work.
Back then, Etinosa made news after she appeared completely naked on MC Galaxy’s lG live video. She received a lot of backlash from Nigerians and at a point, came out to apologise and state that she regrets her action.
She has now reacted to MC Galaxy’s recent claim that it was pre-planned. Etinosa dragged the heck out of MC Galaxy. calling him a ‘drowning man’ and a ‘loser’.
Stop lying to Nigerians. They are not stupid. This is the last I will say on this hurtful issue. It hurts me a lot and you can tell by the harsh stupid way I cursed an innocent child because his father won’t stop throwing it at my face. However, after that happened I tried talking to a real therapist and it really works- I have made significant progress.i am working really hard to be a better person. I no longer feel rage or pain when fans troll me about it.
I laugh. Moving on process isn’t as easy as it sounds on tv. By 9pm on Africa Magic Urban you would see me again looking all perfect and talking perfect too but it’s not as easy as it looks on tv so no one should make it more complicated by adding lies. You can’t try to win Nigerians by lying to them. An effective damage control should avoid lies(MCG you would know this but you are an illiterate surrounded by illiterates)
I have said my truth. I was caught at an unguarded moment, someone I called my friend recorded me and sent it to blogs. I take full responsibility and am trying to move on. I advice all parties involved including the nude video viewers to move on. Thanks.
See the rest of her reaction below…
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