SARS Officers Arrest, Torture Man To Death, Deposit Corpse In Morgue Without Family’s Knowledge In Edo
A young man in Edo State has been unlawfully arrested and tortured to death by some officers of Special Anti-Robbery Squad
He was arrested at Megon Guest House near his house while charging his phone.
According to elder sister of the victim, Mercy Obazee, her brother was arrested by SARS personnel on March 6, 2020 and was not allowed to make calls while others also arrested including owner of the hotel were released.
She alleged that her brother was tortured by the police, leading to his death.
Obazee appealed to the Talakawa’s Parliament to help demand justice for the unlawful arrest and killing of her brother by SARS personnel.
Reacting to the matter, one of the leaders of the Talakawa’s Parliament said, “On behalf of Lady Mercy Obazee, we want to appeal to the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, to order an investigation to ascertain the cause of death of an Edo youth, who died in SARS custody and was deposited in the mortuary without the consent of his people.
“We are tired of losing our youth unjustly. We say no to injustice.”
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.
NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.
The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.
Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’
Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.
He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.
“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’
The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.
At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.
He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.