#EndSARS: The Federal Government compensates 74 victims of police abuse with N289 million

74 victims of human rights violations perpetrated by the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force have been awarded a total of N289 million in compensation by the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of the #EndSARS campaign (NPF). A presentation of checks to the victims was placed at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja. The chairperson of the board expressed gratitude to those individuals who had filed complaints with the Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations concerning the prohibited SARS and other police units. She thanked them for having faith in the country's human rights mechanisms and for diligently presenting and pursuing their cases in front of the panel. She gave her word to the people of Nigeria that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is an independent institution, will continue to carry out its duties as outlined in the National Human Rights Commission Act. These duties include promoting and defending human rights across the nation.

Culled from:https://www.val9ja.com/endsars-federal-government-pays-n289-million-to-74-victims-of-police-brutality/  

Ex-policeman sentenced to life in prison for murdering football fan

Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja found former police officer Olalekan Ogunyemi guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday and gave him a life sentence for the death of football fan Kolade Johnson.

On March 31, 2019, at a viewing centre in Mangoro, Ikeja, Lagos, Ogunyemi, who was affiliated with the Special Anti-Cultism Squad of the Nigeria Police, shot Johnson in the lower abdomen. The incident took place in a viewing centre.

When the victim was shot by the convicted murderer, he was in the process of watching a football game between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

While he was delivering judgement in case no. ID/9776C/2019 between the State of Lagos and Ogunyemi Olalekan, Justice Coker found the defendant guilty of the charge. So, the defendant was given a life sentence in prison, with the requirement that he serve at least 25 years before he could be released.

On Thursday, when the issue was reopened for hearing, the prosecution counsel for Lagos State, Jubril Kareem, declared his attendance. On the other hand, Abayomi Omotubora appeared for the defence.

The court also handed down a sentence of life in prison for manslaughter against the police officer who was fired.

Olalekan was at first charged with murder, but the court ultimately decided that he was responsible for manslaughter.

During the trial, seven witnesses gave evidence for the prosecution, while only two witnesses gave evidence for the defense.

During the trial, a pathologist by the name of Dr. Oluwaseun Williams testified that 35-year-old Johnson had six bullet wounds.


A Melanin Community Activist Sues the Cleveland Police Department in Federal Court, Alleging an Unlawful Arrest!

A Cleveland activist who was arrested for openly carrying weapons on the East Side of the city has sued the city and more than a dozen police officers in federal court. The complaint filed on Monday says that the city broke Antoine Tolbert's civil rights when he was arrested and put in jail overnight on May 23, 2022. In Ohio, open carry of weapons is permitted. As he strolled along St. Clair Avenue, Tolbert carried a shotgun and a pistol in holsters. He is a member of the local activist group New Era Cleveland, which does armed security patrols to stop gun violence. He has also talked to classes of police cadets about how Cleveland police work.

The incident's body camera video reveals that the initial cops on the scene did not arrest the suspect, with one officer stating that an arrest was "a lawsuit waiting to happen." However, when Lance Henderson, a sergeant, arrives, he decides to arrest Tolbert.

Henderson informed an officer on the scene, "He cannot go down the street with a gun in his hand." "Holder is something else. But going along the street while holding a handgun is "You cannot do that."

Initial police reports say that Tolbert was detained for inciting fear and possessing a hidden weapon, but he was subsequently released without formal charges. On the body cam video, you can hear Sgt. Henderson say that one of the charges is illegally handling a handgun, which means carrying a gun in a car.

Tiana Bohanon, Tolbert's attorney, said, "Officers cannot arbitrarily decide to arrest, detain, and transport someone to the county prison simply because they don't like something that they're doing." "He was not carrying a hidden weapon and he was not handling a handgun incorrectly in a motor vehicle."

Tolbert is going to court to get money from the city of Cleveland and the fourteen police officers who were there.

Tolbert lost his new position with the community development group Burten, Bell, and Carr, in addition to spending the night in prison. He also had to move out of his home temporarily because his wife's ex-husband was using a video of what happened to get sole custody of their young child. 


Officer who murdered Donovan Lewis in Columbus was already terminated.

The Columbus Division of Police released the employee records of an officer who killed an unarmed melanin man. The records showed that the officer had been fired and then hired back. 
Officer Ricky Anderson's record was released three days after the funeral of Donovan Lewis, 20, whom he fatally shot. In Anderson's most recent performance assessments from 2020 and 2019, his superiors said that he surpassed expectations in practically every area. These included communication, reliability, understanding of the work, problem-solving, and officer safety. In addition, Supervising Sgt. Steve Redding observed that the 30-year veteran of the police "often volunteers for additional SWAT operations." "Pfc. Anderson is always aware of his surroundings for his own safety and the safety of others, even when things are hard or stressful," Redding wrote. 
Nonetheless, the 2019 assessment also recognised a problem in the topic of work knowledge, stating that Anderson "took corrective disciplinary action for the Division Directive breach." 
According to Anderson's personnel file, the Director of Public Safety terminated his employment with the Columbus Division of Police in May 2004. A representative from the Department of Public Safety said that Anderson and the Fraternal Order of Police fought the firing, even though the personnel file didn't say why.

The accusation that led to the firing was unrelated to the use of force, according to spokesman Glenn McEntyre.

In 2004, the Columbus Dispatch claimed that Anderson was terminated for receiving payment for guarding a bank while he was not there. The arbitrator decided that the city could not verify which hours Anderson did not work and that the city did not have a consistent history of discharging officers with criminal convictions.

In November of the same year, the arbitrator put Anderson back to work at CPD, saying that the officer should have been suspended for 30 days instead.

The report also featured allegations of Anderson's participation in instances previous to the killing of Donovan Lewis. In a 2018 pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 71, Anderson used stop sticks to force the vehicle to stop. In two different incidents documented in 1995 and 2012, he was awarded for entering burning houses to save people.

Anderson was put on administrative leave after the shooting death of Lewis. At an apartment, Anderson was executing an arrest warrant with other cops and a K-9. Body camera footage revealed that within one second of opening the door and while wrangling the K9, Anderson shot Lewis as he sat up on a bed in the back corner of the room. 
Elaine Bryant, Chief of the Chicago Police Department, said that Anderson discharged his pistol when Lewis seemed to raise a hand containing something. Moving frame-by-frame through the footage, the individual could be seen lifting his right hand toward the cops while returning his left to a cushion.

Bryant said that a vape pen was discovered on the bed next to the suspect.

Later, the CPD acknowledged that its officers did not discover any firearms near Lewis. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating Anderson's alleged participation in the shooting.

Lewis was murdered less than two years after a Columbus police officer was fired for fatally shooting an unarmed melanin man, Andre' Hill. Hill's cell phone was mistaken for a pistol by Adam Coy, the cop. Later, he was charged with murder.


Link to video:https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/columbus/columbus-officer-who-killed-donovan-lewis-was-previously-fired-from-job/

In Anambra, three people were killed as they clashed with the police.

  Over the weekend, the situation in the Aguleri village, which is located in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state of Anambra...