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EndSARS: My wife is protesting, I earn N64,000, bought my uniform – Policeman

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A policeman has disclosed that his wife is taking part in End SARS protests.

In an interview with DAILY POST, he expressed sadness at the state of the Nigeria Police.

The citizen, a Sergeant, said he joined the Force in 2006.

He had his first child in 2017 and now has four kids.

The policeman recalled that his salary for a few years was N8,000 and later N12,000.

“I am not happy about the situation of this country. My wife is protesting. I cannot be there but when she told me she wanted to go, I didn’t stop her because the situation affects her.

“After 14 years in service, I am still collecting N64,000 per month. Not just me, others in my set too collect the same salary. It doesn’t cover anything. I have four kids, I am paying rent, school fees, feeding my family,” he said.

He revealed how officers pay for things the police should provide for them if the system was working.

“We buy our uniform, others can confirm this. My beret is N4,500; the buttons on the shirt is N3,000; the full Khaki is N8,000; you have to buy your rank logo N600; sewing is N3,000; Boot 18,000,” he added.

The Sergeant further decried how personnel are left to take care of expenses after postings to commands and formations.

“When they release posting, they don’t give us money. You are on your own, you bear all the costs. How will such a person not use the few days he has left to hustle. You must fend for yourself.

“Most times, they tell you to resume within 3 days to 1 week, without accommodation and financial assistance to relocate. The issues are too many. Do you know we go to buy the paper used for complaints at police stations? Paper!” He stated.

Asked to comment on welfare support for ailing and deceased officer, the policemen shook his head in regret.

“If any of us die, we usually make contributions to assist the family because they may not get anything for years. Imagine! Somebody that died serving his fatherland. We have seen cases where superiors demand for sex from the widows.”

The policeman expressed excitment that End SARS protesters include increment in Police salaries in their demands.

“It is very good and I am happy about it. At this point in Nigeria, nobody should get below N100,000 as monthly salary, the suffering is too much, prices of everything have gone up”, he complained.

The excesses of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has triggered unprecedented demonstrations across the country.

The campaign for police reform has gained global attention and coverage.

Now Day 9, thousands of youths are participating in rallies and have vowed to continue until all demands are met.

The five conditions are: Release of all arrested protesters; Justice for all victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families; Establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of accused officers.

The protesters want Psychological evaluation (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before redeployment, and Increment in Police salaries.

They believe officers must be adequately remunerated for protecting lives and property.

No fewer than 10 Nigerians have been killed since last Saturday.

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Barely 48 hours after, video of Desmond Elliot going against Nigerian youths their use of social media surfaces

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Barely 48 hours after veteran Nollywood actor, Desmond Ellliot denied supporting the social media regulation bill at the Lagos state house of assembly, video of the law maker speaking against Nigerian youths on their use of social media, has surfaced on the internet.

In the video, the 46 year old was heard condemning Nigerian youths, citing for example how the government was ridiculed and insulted over the recent chaos that happened in the country.

According to Desmond, Nigerian youths use the social media for negative things more than the positive. He added that the government needs to look into it and make sure something is done.

Watch the video below;

See how some Nigerians reacted to this;

@bummz111 Wrote “This is so shameful to watch. Coming from a youth. What an embarrassment. So social media is the cause of the woes of Nigeria. Any ways na Demi dem. #shameful”

@cherry_kyla wrote “Always a fool will remain a fool, God will punish u”

@metrix007 wrote “Desmond is canceled who’s with me?”

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End police brutality in Nigeria, Kenya and USA – Lupita Nyong’o

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Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o has called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, her home country Kenya and the United States of America.

In reaction to the #EndSARS protests, she echoed this declaration on Wednesday via her Twitter page.

The 37-year-old Kenyan film star noted that in 2020, there has been a global outcry for an end to police brutality and better governance. She condemned the shooting and killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate.

Lupita wrote ”I echo the declaration of the people in Nigeria to END POLICE BRUTALITY and the call for their lives to be valued by the leaders of their nation.

“Last week, the world saw this call answered with the wounding and murders of Nigerians in Lekki. I so badly want the end of this kind of violence and abuse of authority for Nigeria, for my own country, Kenya, and for the country I live in now, USA.

“It seems that this is the resounding battle cry of 2020 across the globe, to have police powers reevaluated, their organizations held accountable and systems rebuilt to serve the people.

”I support the fight against political interests that have no interest in the rights of the people. #EndSARS” she concluded.

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Germany announces second national lockdown to curb Coronavirus spread

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Germany has announced second national lockdowns to curb coronavirus spread.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said her nation will enter a four-week lockdown from 2 November.

Germany’s restrictions will see:

  • Bars and pubs to shut
  • Restaurants to close except for takeaway
  • Gyms, cinemas and theatres to shut
  • Indoor gatherings banned for more than 10 people and between more than two households
  • Hotels to close to tourists – staying open only for “essential reasons”
  • Shops to stay open but with a maximum of one person per 10 square metres

Ms. Merkel said schools, nurseries, and day care centres will stay open. She also revealed that she “wants to make sure” nursing homes can still have visitors during the lockdown.

The German Chancellor explained that the “tough measures” were necessary to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed as Germany faces soaring coronavirus deaths and cases.

“We need to take action now,” she said, adding the key to defusing the “very serious” situation was to reduce contacts while limiting damage to the economy.

The chancellor said the number of filled intensive care beds had doubled in 10 days, but believed this short lockdown could help curb down the spread and ensure hospitals can continue to cope.

“If the pace of infections continues like this, then we’ll reach the limits of what the health system can manage within weeks,” she said.

Earlier on Wednesday  October 28, Germany’s disease control agency confirmed a record 14,964 new confirmed coronavirus cases in one day, taking the national total to 449,275.

It also reported 27 more deaths, raising its total to 10,098, the Robert Koch Institute said.

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