Mohammed Idris at 55, Blueprint at 10

May 2, 2021 Ibrahim Sheme 0

In my life, there are three people that I call Chairman, and they are related in more ways than one. First, all three happened to come from Niger State. Two of them are Nupe, so those are my “Katsina slaves”. But all three were my masters, on a serious note. Why? They employed me at one time or the other. Read More

An agenda for IGP Usman Alkali Baba

April 10, 2021 Ruth Eguono Olofin 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially appointed a new Inspector General of Police to replace the former IGP Mr Mohammed Adamu as the number one Cop of the nation. Mr Adamu whose tenure formally ended on February 1st, 2021 was extended against public outcry in view of public service rules and the provisions of the Police Act of 2020. That extension Read More

How to stem police brutality

February 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The denunciation of police is almost becoming a consensus to Nigerians considering they are the government security agency that is closer to the people and an adage says familiarity breeds contempt. By definition, police is a body of people employed and deployed by the government to keep public order, to prevent and solve crime and to ensure governmental statutes and Read More

Some Nigerians in diaspora in malicious campaign abroad, group alleges

January 21, 2021 Editor 0

Some Nigerians in the Diaspora have indulged in malicious campaigns to radicalise their compatriots and promote destabilisation back home.  This was revealed by the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) in a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja.   According to the group, these subversive elements intend to tarnish the image of leaders, while ultimately activating insecurity and economic crisis that would lead to anarchy. Read More

Insecurity: Report lauds Nigerian Army on human rights, rescue of abductees

December 23, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerian Army has been showered praises for showcasing a high level of human rights compliance in its various operations across the country this year.  The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) made the revelation in a special report appraising the performance of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in 2020.  In the report signed by the special rapporteur, Dr. Read More

#EndSARS: Don’t subvert truth before Lagos panel, group tells Lagos govt, Amnesty Int’l

November 30, 2020 Editor 0

The Lagos state government and Amnesty International (A), have been told to allow the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to probe the allegation of brutality against the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos state to work without any form of interference. A civil society organisation, Advocates For Social Justice, at a press conference in Abuja, warned the Lagos Read More

Centre raises alarm over influx of ‘secret terrorist organisation’ in Nigeria

November 30, 2020 Editor 0

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has raised an alarm over the existence, secret sponsorship and operation of a terrorist organisation in the southern part of the country.  CESJET, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Comrade Ikpa Isaac, alleged that a supposed human rights group, InterSociety for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, are be behind the sect.  Read More

Shadows behind the #EndSARS mask

November 26, 2020 Charles Ibekwe 0

These days, every Nigerian has noticed the loud silence of the usually garrulous human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana and his clan of minions over preachments on the propriety of the #EndSARS protests in Nigerian. Or even, the inappropriateness of Government actions on the protestors to tame the tide of the destructive violence. The silence has become very pronounced in Read More

‘Nigerian Army’s actions at Lekki in line with Int’l best practices’

November 22, 2020 Editor 0

The conduct of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Tollgate has been described commendable and in tandem with international best practices by a British freelance journalist Michael Edwards. Edwards, who is also an expert in radio-visual analysis, stated this while speaking with reporters on the sideline at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of police Read More

A reflection on #EndSARS struggle

November 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria has been on the global scene for some weeks due to a protest tagged EndSARS. The focal point of the protest and its aftermath have drawn attention and comments from many quarters, ranging from local news outlets to social media platforms and even international NGOs. Through the protest, Nigerian youth demonstrated valour and organised ability to mobilise street action Read More

#EndSARS: Lagos panel not competent to investigate Lekki shootings – Group

November 4, 2020 Editor 0

The Women for Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative has declared as incompetent, the Lagos state panel of inquiry set up to investigate the police brutality in the state. The group, therefore, called on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, and President Muhammadu Buhari to stop further proceeding in the ongoing investigations by the Lagos State Judicial Read More

#EndSARS: Human rights group move to drag violence instigators to ICC

October 31, 2020 Editor 0

The Global Network for Human Rights (GNHR) has vowed to drag instigators of violence that led to the killing of policemen and destruction of properties during the EndSARS protests to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The group, at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said the individuals must be brought to justice for their roles in inciting “massive terror Read More

#EndSARS: Ogun judicial panel receives 20 petitions

October 31, 2020 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

In less than two weeks of its inauguration, the Ogun state Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate complaints and petitions of victims of police brutality and abuse of human rights by security operatives have received no fewer than 20 petitions. The Chairman of the panel, Hon. Justice Solomon Olugbemi (Rtd), made this known after a meeting with the Read More

#EndSARS protests: Any gainers, losers?

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

With the address of President Muhammadu Buhari to the nation on Thursday, October 22, #EndSARS protests gradually ebbed, with protesters leaving the streets after more than two weeks and hoodlums taking to looting Covid-19 palliatives warehoused in different states. PAUL OKAH takes a look at the possible gainers and losers of the protests. If there is any lesson to be Read More

#EndSARS and professionalism of the Nigerian Army

October 28, 2020 Nkechi Odoma 0

A lot of confusions have assailed Nigeria now over #EndSARS protests. Merchants of violence and bloodbath have taken control of parts of Nigeria in irrefutably dubious protests. Hidden retrogressive schemes have been hatched and re-enacted by various interests within the country. Surely, these demonstrations have become a mass exhumation and combination of satanic motives by groups, demonic interests, questionable personalities Read More

#EndSARS: Faith-based group rues killings of police officers, innocent Nigerians

October 26, 2020 Editor 0

National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) has urged the #EndSARS protesters to seek forgiveness over killings of police officers, innocent Nigerians and for contaminating the land with blood of the blameless. NIFROP in a statement released on Sunday called for a national fasting and prayer to avert the wrath of God for the many abominations that the protesters Read More

In Cross River, Ayade imposes 24hr curfew as hoodlums burn down buildings, cart away COVID-19 palliatives

October 24, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Cross River state following the burning down of public buildings and wanton destruction of shops and property by hoodlums in Calabar, the state capital. Blueprint correspondent gathered that hoodlums had invaded SEMA warehouse adjacent the state government-owned Chronicle newspaper, carted away relief materials and set part of the newspaper house ablaze. Read More

Popular American rapper drums support for #EndSARS protest

October 23, 2020 Blueprint 0

The #EndSARS protest has gotten the support of American rapper, Meek Mill who revealed that his heart broke while watching videos of police violence in Nigeria. Nigerian youths have been protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killing for weeks now. The rapper took to Twitter and wrote, ”#ENDSARS I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT WATCHING CRAZY VIDEOS from #Nigeria IT LOOKS Read More

#EndSARS: Kalu backs Nigerian Youths

October 22, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu ( APC Abia North),  has thrown his weight behind Nigerian youths; calling for an end to Police brutality in the country.The Nigerian youths have in the last two weeks embarked on #EndSARS protest; demanding reform of the entire Police and calling for good governance in the country.Kalu in a personally Read More

#EndSARS: What next on the youth movement?

October 19, 2020 Gidado Shuaib 0

Beyond #EndSARS protests, I see the ongoing mass action against the brutality of the Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad as a social movement which can hardly be subdued by force. The movement which was initially started on Twitter by Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink, saw its recent resurgence after a video started trending on Twitter showing a SARS Read More

Breaking: Police unleash teargas, brutality on #EndSARS protesters in Abuja

October 19, 2020 Editor 0

Again, armed policemen, Monday, brutalised #EndSARS protesters in Karu, a suburb in Abuja. Karu is under Abuja Municipal Area Council but shares boundary with Nasarawa state. The #EndSARS protesters with banners having different inscriptions such as ‘EndSARS Now’, ‘#Endpolicebrutality’, #EndBadGovernance’ etc. had stood their ground and sang protest songs and chants despite warning by the policemen. According to an eyewitness, Read More

Focus on Police reforms, coalition urges #EndSARS protesters

October 18, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition for Democracy (CD) has urged #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria to focus on the theme of their campaign on reforming the Nigeria Police in order not to allow subversive elements hijack the protest. President of the Coalition, Comrade Samson Atawodi, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, said since President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020, Read More

#EndSARS: Group warns against turning Nigeria into Syria, Libya

October 17, 2020 Editor 0

A coalition of youths under the aegis of Nigeria Youths Organisation (NYO) has raised the alarm that the ongoing protests against the special anti robbery squad (SARS) has been hijacked by “perceived agent provocateurs hell bent on causing mayhem in the country.” NYO President, Ambassador Abdullahi Abubakar Wali, at a press conference in Abuja warned that Nigeria cannot afford the Read More