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Horrific Story Of How Awkuzu SARS Allegedly Sold Human Parts

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Horrific Story Of How Awkuzu SARS Allegedly Sold Human Parts

NAIJA NEWS NG brings you an interview of Okechukwu Nwanuma, by PUNCH who alleged that Awkuzu SARS officers sold human parts.

Okechukwu Nwanguma is the Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, an organisation that promotes justice for victims of human rights violation and has handled several cases of human rights violation by the Nigeria Police. He tells ALEXANDER OKERE how the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the security agency became an organised ‘criminal entity’

How would you assess the government’s reactions to #EndSARS protests, especially with the replacement of Special Anti-Robbery Squad with the Special Weapons and Tactics unit?

I am happy that after many years of apparent docility and passivity, Nigerian youths eventually experienced a reawakening, found their voices, picked up the gauntlet and rose to the occasion. I never thought that this day of renewed consciousness would come in my generation. The youth have for many years, been the main targets and victims of police brutality and they rose courageously, in their numbers, to demand an end to police brutality, beginning with the demand for the disbandment of the notorious SARS, a tactical intervention force that was created to fight crime but ended up committing crime and enjoying impunity.

The protests were widespread, resounding and sustained. It achieved substantial success. The youth were clear in their demands and the government made reasonable concessions. However, public cynicism and distrust of government arising from many years of deceit, lies and betrayal, made the protesters doubt government’s sincerity and seriousness to make good its many promises. Hence, the protesters persisted, insisting on seeing concrete actions before they would back down. But when it became clear that sponsored hoodlums had infiltrated, hijacked and derailed the good cause, it was time to tactically retreat, re-assess and continue to engage through other legitimate means. I foresaw and warned of the need to avoid the casualties that the rogue government, using the highly politicised military, was predictably determined to cause among defenceless people whose only crime was peacefully demanding good governance.

Do you consider the redeployment of personnel of the defunct SARS to other units an action that shows the will to address the real problems?

The IGP has said that no member of the defunct SARS will be part of the new outfit that has been created to replace SARS. That is a good first step. The next step would be to do an audit of personnel of the disbanded SARS, identify those with cases of murder and abuse to answer and be investigated and prosecuted. Their victims are also entitled to redress, including apologies and monetary compensations. The personnel also need to go through a psychological evaluation to isolate those with mental health problems. They can’t be reintegrated or redeployed into other units because they will not only continue with their crimes in their new places of postings but also negatively influence other less brutal and corrupt officers. The Nigeria Police needs purging and those who are untrainable and irredeemable must be shown the way out.

What are the problems created by the defunct SARS that require urgent actions from the authorities?

The SARS operatives, just like those of other tactical units, were laws unto themselves because they were answerable only to the IGP. They held senior officers, including state commissioners of police in contempt and were beyond their control. They acted as they liked without supervision and accountability for crimes and abuse.

This was the background against which the IGP, as one of his earlier reform measures, decentralised the command and control of SARS and made state command CPs and zonal assistant inspectors general answerable for any excesses by operatives within their operational jurisdictions. Prior to this, SARS operatives could move from one state to another state to abduct people, take them around, detain, torture and extort huge sums of money in ransom from them. People were taken to their banks or forced to use ATM or POS and their accounts emptied. We are not talking about exhibit money or property. We are talking about rogue operatives robbing people of their hard-earned money and properties. SARS became an organised criminal entity.

Police brutality is a problem that has persisted for long in the Nigerian police system and many Nigerians accuse the leadership of the police of alleged complicity. Do you share that opinion?

Nigeria at independence inherited the institutional culture of the colonial police, the culture of violence and repression. Its philosophy is regime protection rather than service and protection for the people. This culture was reinforced by military rule and has persisted under the current dispensation. Inadequate funding of the police and poor welfare conditions of the personnel are also contributory to abuse and corruption. When officers have to require money from complainants or accused persons to investigate cases, it creates room for corruption and violence.

When junior officers are required to make returns to senior officers to retain their ‘lucrative’ beats, corruption becomes institutional. It will be difficult to achieve change at the lower level when there is also corruption at the top.

The new Police Act provides a new legal framework to reposition the police. It provides a funding framework to ensure that police budgeting is bottom-top and reflects the actual budgetary needs of the NPF at all levels.

There have been concerns raised about Awkuzu SARS in Anambra State. Can you share your experience with the centre?

Awkuzu SARS was the most notorious of all the SARS bases across the country. It was notable for the cruelty and mindlessness of its operatives in the abuse of arrest and detention procedures, and in the use of torture and extrajudicial killings as means of ‘investigation’. They were notable for framing and parading people for crimes they had no evidence that they committed. They extorted huge sums of money from their victims and family members of their victims. They also killed for politicians and were available for hire to settle scores. The majority of the victims who were lucky to come out alive or their relatives alleged that Awkuzu SARS harvested and sold the body parts of some people they executed. This needs to be properly investigated to ascertain its veracity or otherwise. One notorious man ran a human ‘abbatoir’ at Awkuzu SARS where lives were willfully terminated. He denied detainees access to anybody and disregarded court orders. His activities, including his connection with politicians and notable businessmen in Anambra State should be investigated.

Justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings by the police has been a difficult task for affected families. Who should be blamed for this; the police or the Nigerian judicial system?

Amnesty International, in one of its old reports, described the Nigerian criminal justice system as a conveyor belt of injustice. This is true. From poor police investigation due lack of funds, proper training and facilities, to inefficiency and delay by the prosecutors, to congestion, delay and, sometimes, corruption in the judiciary leading to delay of and, sometimes, denial of justice, to congestion of correctional centres, the entire criminal justice system is a curse on the citizens, especially the poor. In few cases where the courts have determined cases of extrajudicial killing and ordered the police to pay compensations to victims, the police disobey most of such orders and the courts are often helpless. The attorneys general are also complicit in many cases by failure to effectively ensure that court orders are obeyed by executive agencies or that justice is dispensed fairly and speedily in their jurisdictions.

For how long has the defunct Awkuzu SARS had its reputation as an abattoir?

It was as far back as 2005 or 2006, when I went to Anambra State to do research on the patterns and prevalence of police abuse in my advocacy for police reforms that I came about specific cases. It has maintained that notoriety (Awkuzu SARS) and that particular commander spent several years in that same unit. What you would find is that in most places, officers like that are usually kept for so long because they work not just for law enforcement but also for people in government and businessmen. There is one area we need to further investigate: Every single person I have interviewed who passed through Awkuzu SARS spoke about the sale of human parts. I know that this is something difficult to prove, even though they all say it. And they described a particular man called Doctor, who always came in a white robe any time somebody was shot at the back of the torture chamber. What he came to do, they did not know. So, that gave them the impression that the man was coming to harvest human parts but that needs to be investigated.

What specific methods of torture were employed at the centre?

The most prominent was tying the two hands and legs of the victims behind their backs and hanging them from a ceiling fan with their victims’ chests protruding. They would leave them for hours, flog them, administer electric shock and use fire, hot objects and machetes on them. Sometimes, they (SARS officers) would also insert broomsticks into their genitals, for males; and for females, they would use bottles. Sometimes, also, when they wanted to execute, without shooting them, they would use a trampoline to cover their face so that they would suffocate. So, these were the usual methods that we heard from the people we interviewed.

Did some of the female victims say they were raped?

I have come across many female victims of torture who, in the course of narrating their ordeal, would not normally tell you that they were raped. But when you probe further, they tell you in confidence and tell you not to include it in the report. So, sexual violence is prevalent. The only problem is that there is a culture of silence that makes victims not want to talk about it.

Why do you think nothing has been done about the activities of policemen at the defunct Awkuzu SARS?

The man (former head of Awkuzu SARS) has serious connections with power businessmen in Anambra State. A former IGP told me that, following our numerous petitions against the notorious former head of Awkuzu SARS, he wanted to remove him from that place, but that he (IGP) received calls from a governor, a prominent traditional ruler in the state, and a prominent transporter, who was a regular visitor to Awkuzu SARS as of that time. With the connections with these powerful people, it was difficult for any IGP to take steps. The IGP also had difficulties in removing a former head of SARS in Lagos but had to create a new office for him and move him to Abuja.

Do you know if any of the officers of Awkuzu SARS has been prosecuted for the crimes committed?

Not a single one has been prosecuted.

Who do you think should be blamed for the lack of accountability in the defunct SARS and the police in general?

Let me tell you the truth. The responsibility is at two levels. One thing I know is that the commissioners of police in state commands usually don’t have control over SARS. The person that has control over SARS is the IGP, but he hardly does anything because the units make a lot of money and make returns to retain those posts. So, at one level, it is because some of the IGPs benefit from the money they get from SARS units. On the other hand, it is because of political interference. The truth is that the President is the operational head of the police, not the IGP. Nigeria is the only country in the whole world where we have that kind of arrangement, where a political leader that ought to be in charge of policies, is in charge of both policies and operations. So, that is one of the reforms that must happen if the Nigeria Police must be insulated from political control and inefficiency, and be made professional.

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I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God – Dr Chris Okafor

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Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God - Dr Chris Okafor

Dr Chris Okafor, Lagos popular Televangelist and the senior Pastor of Grace Nation international aka Liberation city has re affirmed that spiritual Government is Greater and more powerful than the Government of the Physical because spiritual controls the Physical.

 

Speaking During the Midweek Prophecy, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Service on 26/05/2022 at the international Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria, The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor who speaks on the Topic “Dealing with the Invisible Barriers” says the most organised kingdom on earth is the Kingdom of God.

Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God - Dr Chris Okafor

Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God – Dr Chris Okafor

The Apostle of altars stated further that satan is powerless and has no plan or ideals on his own but copy from people and try to work on it, but if you understand the technically know how to render him useless through prayers and instructions from a true servant of God, satan and his cohort shall be defected.

READ : Spirit And Prosperity Conference : : Enugu is on Holy Ghost fire As Dr Chris Okafor shakes City with Miracles, Deliverance

Dr Okafor reiterated that if you are constantly hindered, it is a sign that your destiny is serious and Great, therefore you must change your Prayer pattern to focus more on your goals and objective why because Satan can hinder anybody.

The realms of the Prophetic took a more drastic dimension, as God uses his servant Dr Chris Okafor to stop inherited death pattern in some families, , family altars too were destroyed, while over 40 woman carried their miracles babies.

Meanwhile the monthly Night of Prophesy and Solution for the month of May has been postpone to the Month of June, this is to enable the ongoing work on expansion of the church Auditorium continue without delay.

Unconfirmed report from the set man says the Generational prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor might use the Period of the Night Vigil to address and Pray for all Liberationite Across the world via Online

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Nigerian News Round Up For May 27, 2022

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Making it at the top of Nigerian news today is Goodluck Jonathan.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the former Nigerian President has secretly submitted his presidential nomination and expression of intent forms to APC.

Goodluck Jonathan Submits Nomination Forms To APC

Goodluck Jonathan Submits Nomination Forms To APC

 

He submitted the N100 million forms to National Chairman of the ruling party, Abdullahi Adamu on Thursday.

“Members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabal are still pushing for Jonathan to become the party’s consensus candidate.”

We also gathered that a High Court in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State would rule on the case on if Jonathan is constitutionally qualified to run for President again.

 Peter Obi Shocks The Nigerian Political Space By Dumping PDP

Soludo Says Unknown Gunmen Are Igbos

Soludo Says Unknown Gunmen Are Igbos

Soludo Says Unknown Gunmen Are Igbos

Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo has said the people behind Unknown Gunmen in the South East are Igbos .

The killing of unknown gunmen have consistently topped Nigerian news for years now.

“Let’s be clear about something. These criminals wreaking havoc in Anambra, albeit in various groups and gangs, are Igbos (mostly from other South-East states) whose true motivation is lucrative criminality and the propagation of their pagan religion in the region. Regrettably, every criminal gang (including cults) declares itself to be a “liberation movement.” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between real agitators and criminals. Regrettably, criminals now have complete control of the space,” he added.

Soludo also said Anambra is a primary target for Unknown Gunmen because it is the most lucrative location in South East, Nigeria for kidnapping for ransom .

He added that they have foreign donors .

They claimed to be “fighting for the people,” yet he claims they kill the same individuals at random, destroying their livelihoods and preventing their children from attending school.

“What has agitation got to do with kidnappings including the kidnapping of priests of God, invasion of churches and tabernacles including desecration of the Alters of God? Why is it that everywhere they gather and in every camp they operate, there is a Deity/idol to which they routinely offer blood in sacrifice?”

 “From accounts of those kidnapped and later freed the stench of dead bodies in the camps cry up to heaven. We see videos of them and their idol worship; we note their threats to priests and bishops, including threatening to take over some churches?” he asked.

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Nigerian Government Slams Homicide Charges Against Osinachi’s Husband

Nigerian Government Slams Homicide Charges Against Osinachi’s Husband

Nigerian Government Slams Homicide Charges Against Osinachi’s Husband

Another top Nigerian news is the Federal Government of Nigeria filing 23 count charges against gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu’s husband, Peter before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

You would recall that it has been alleged that the late Nigerian gospel singer who died on April 8, died of complications from injuries sustained after Peter Nwachukwu assaulted her .

 National Hospital ,Abuja Speaks On Osinachi’s Corpse Singing ‘Ekwueme’ In The Night

According to court papers filed on May 20, 2022, by Mrs Yewande Gbola-Awopetun, Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Ministry of Justice, Mr Nwachukwu was charged with culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code which is punishable with death.

 

Count one reads,

 

“That you Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on the 8th of April, 2022 at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to with: culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence of your acts.”

 

Count two,

 

“Statement of offence: Wilfully placing a person in fear of physical injury contrary to section 4(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”

Sack Nigerian CBN Governor, He Is A Member Of APC – Falana To Buhari

Sack Nigerian CBN Governor, He Is A Member Of APC - Falana To Buhari

Sack Nigerian CBN Governor, He Is A Member Of APC – Falana To Buhari

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana , has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, because he is a card carrying member of the All Progressive Congress, APC .

Femi Falana said this in Ado-Ekiti while speaking at the South West youths and women conference on Thursday 26th of May .

He added that INEC should stop keeping sensitive election materials at the CBN as Emefiele remains its governor .

 

Falana said;

 

“INEC is trying; it has deployed technology to get rid of rigging, but we can no longer keep sensitive election materials in the vault of the CBN.

“This is because the governor of the CBN is a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress.

“It has never happened anywhere in the world; this is very dangerous. The CBN governor’s power is enormous under the CBN Act, so he can’t be a politician.

“We can’t look for an alternative place to keep our electoral materials; it is the CBN governor that must be removed and whether President Buhari likes it or not, Emefiele must go.

“Some Civil Society Organisations have filed a motion against him and we will pursue it to a logical conclusion.’’

 

He also suggested that electoral offenses tribunal be established across Nigeria to prosecute offenders and stem out election manipulation and bloodshed .

He added; 

 

“People commit electoral crimes because they are aided by politicians.

“Statistics showed that 750 electoral offenders were arrested in 2011; 900 such offenders were arrested in 2015, and in 2019, a total of 1,120 were arrested.

“Majority of them were not prosecuted; the police even filed motions to terminate some of the cases and discontinued prosecution.’’

 Tonto Dikeh Confirms She Is Enjoying Her Life After Backsliding As Born Again Christian
Tonto Dikeh confirms she is no longer a born again Christian

Tonto Dikeh confirms she is no longer a born again Christian

Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh , while replying a comment on Instagram confirmed that she is enjoying the life of a born again Christian who backslides .

You would recall that she used to call herself “radical for Jesus “ . She said is enjoying being “outside”

 

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Peter Obi Shocks The Nigerian Political Space By Dumping PDP

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Peter Obi has shocked the Nigerian political circle with a letter of resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP .

He has informed the PDP that he is pulling out of the presidential primary scheduled for Saturday, May, 28 2022.

Mr Obi’s exit, coming on the eve of hotly-contested presidential primaries, came as the politician expressed fears he might be humiliated at the convention in Abuja.

Mr Obi confirmed his exit to Peoples Gazette on Wednesday evening, saying he caught wind of a gang up against him.

He did not immediately disclose his next platform.

The development is expected to put additional spotlight on the PDP’s primaries scheduled to be held in Abuja this weekend, where Mr Obi was initially seen as a front runner in a race that includes Atiku Abubakar, Nyesom Wike, Dele Momodu, Bukola Saraki and other bigwigs.

READ : Peter Obi Speaks Against Killings By Unknown Gunmen In The South East

A spokesman for the PDP did not immediately return a request seeking comments.

A source familiar with the development said Mr Obi feared he might not do well at the convention, despite his widespread popularity and fame amongst everyday Nigerians.

In a letter to the party chairman, Mr Obi appreciated his membership and left open future collaboration in service to the country.

The letter said: “I am writing to intimate you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was conveyed to the Chairman of Agulu Ward 2. Anaocha LGA

“Anambra, effective Friday 20 May, 2022. Consequently, am by this letter informing you of my withdrawal for the PDP Presidential Primaries.

“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions.

“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices towards rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the route differs.

“I wish to thank you personally for your graciousness and leadership. I wish you well and best of luck in the service of country.

 

Peter Obi’s supporters have expressed their support for his move. Read below :

NEFERTITI
@firstladyship
Peter Obi has finally dumped the PDP. He has pulled out of their presidential primaries as well. While we wait the big announcement, this is good for his candidacy. Contesting on the platform of an ‘untainted’ party will be a morale booster. The fire in us is unquenchable💪

Comrade Deji Adeyanju
@adeyanjudeji
Dear Peter Obi supporters, keep the fire burning.

Bello Shagari
@Belshagy
The passion of Peter Obi’s supporters is inspiring.
NEFERTITI
@firstladyship
PDP = APC

Peter Obi = OPPOSITION

Our support for Peter Obi is on fire. Our resolve is unquenchable.💪
The frontline presidential aspirant feared he might be humiliated at the opposition party’s convention this weekend, Peoples Gazette heard.

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