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Africa Eye: Torture ‘rampant’ among Nigeria’s security forces

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This a BBC monitored investigative report about the rampant use of torture among Nigerian security forces.

WARNING: This film contains disturbing scenes including images of torture

BBC Africa Eye has uncovered shocking video evidence that torture is being used by multiple branches of the Nigerian police and armed forces.

Torture is illegal in Nigeria. But images from social media show that a particular form of torture – a technique known as ‘tabay’ – is widely used in the interrogation and punishment of detainees, including children.

This investigation looks at the origins of this technique, identifies the worst offenders, and asks why they are not being held to account. It also reveals that in 2014 a senior police officer was involved in the torture of a young man who later died from his injuries.

This is man inhumanity to his fellow man, we hope the Nigerian Government would rise up to its responsibilities and investigate these atrocities and prosecute those responsibly.

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Court Grants #EndSARS Protesters N50,000 Bail Each In Abuja After 5 Days In Prison

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A magistrate court sitting in Abuja has admitted six #EndSARS protesters arrested in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja, to bail five days after they were thrown in prison custody.

Magistrate Abdulrazak Eneye while ruling on the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Tope Akinyode, on Wednesday, granted the defendants bail of N50 ,000 each and one suerty in like sum.

The surety must be a citizen of Nigeria with a verifiable means of identification.

The court also held that the sureties must deposit the N50, 000 and copies of their identity and show means of livelihood to the court.

Those arrested includes Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Paul Akinwumi, Davo Chomo Abdulsalam Zuberu, Kabiru Gasali , Yasiru Bashir

The court had last Friiday denied the defendants bail and ordered their remand.

The matter has been adjourned to January 25, 2021 for hearing.

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Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests

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No fewer than 20 policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in the Alausa area of the state brutalised two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, while covering the #EndSARS activities in the area on Wednesday.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday declared a 24-hour curfew to stem the tide of the growing violence in the state but allowed those on essential services such as health workers, security operatives, and pressmen to carry out their legitimate duties.

Dawodu and Odunayo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

The PUNCH gathered that the duo was recording a live video of the activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the Expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement but we refused.

“Each time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they want was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we said the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that prior to their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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Governor Lalong Grants Monday 4th May 2020 As Lockdown-free Day

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The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, has ordered the relaxation of the restrictions of movement Monday 4th May 2020, to enable people conduct transactions which could not be carried out on Friday 1st May due to the public holiday marking Workers Day.

This was contained in a statement through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Masham, and obtained Sharpernews.com.

According to him, “following appeals by a cross section of citizens of Plateau State and in the spirit of the 2020 May Day Celebrations, Governor Simon Bako Lalong has granted Monday 4th May as lockdown-free, to enable people conduct transactions which they could not carry out on Friday 1st May due to the public holiday marking Workers Day.

“Consequently, citizens are to use the day to access services such as banking transactions which were closed because of the May Day public holiday,” the statement said.

He further stressed that the curfew directed by the federal government will be in full force from 8pm, Monday 4th May, while other restrictions earlier announced by the state government will equally follow suit on May 5th.

“However, they are enjoined to note that the curfew directed by the Federal Government will be in force from 8pm, Monday 4th May, while the total lockdown and restriction on intra-Local Government movements earlier announced by the Governor will resume on Tuesday 5th May, 2020.

“The Governor reiterates that earlier guidelines for social distancing, observation of hygiene and sanitation, inter-State border closure, as well as the use of face masks in public places among others remain in place”, it added.

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