The Late 5: Police dismiss 4 SARS operatives over robbery accusations, JAMB remits N7.8bn to FG and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

The Nigeria Police has approved the dismissal of four policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos, over alleged robbery and other crimes. 

Spokesperson for Zone 2 Command, CSP Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said AIG Adamu Ibrahim, in charge of  the zone approved the dismissal of the four policemen; Sgt. Adeoye Adekunle; Sgt. Adekitan Adebowale; Sgt. Agbi Lucky and Sgt. Odighe Hehosa based on the report of the investigation carried out on a petition against them.

They were subsequently charged to court for armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has remitted a total of N15.6 billion in less than two years to the Federal Government.

Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Head of Media and Information at the board, who made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos, noted that the board has concluded plans to remit a total of  N7.8 billion as surplus generated from the conduct of the board’s 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to the Federal Government as was done in 2017.

Benjamin however added that the  “government in its magnanimity, graciously directed that we remit about N5.6 billion and use the balance for restructuring of the board’s headquarters to meet up with its international status.”


The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has warned members of the public and traders in particular, against encroaching on rail tracks while doing their businesses to avert accidents.

Jerry Oche, NRC Lagos District Manager, who issued the warning on Sunday against the backdrop of three persons killed at a railway crossing in Lagos on Friday, said it was regrettable that people had refused to heed the corporation’s warnings on the dangers of trading or driving carelessly on rail tracks.


The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have become jittery over the mega coalition between the PDP and 38 other political parties.

In a statement issued by its spokesman on Sunday, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party took a swipe at what it termed the hypocrisy of Oshiomhole who earlier dismissed members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) as ‘inconsequential’ but later paid a nocturnal visit to its chairman, Buba Galadima in what appeared as a fence-mending gesture.


The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Sen. Abu Ibrahim, has said the fear of indiscriminate arrest and detention by state governors may kill passage of the State and Community Police Bill.

Ibrahim who spoke to journalists about the bill which has passed first reading in Senate, expressed concerns that the bill may not get a two-thirds majority to allow for a third reading and passage as lawmakers from some parts of the country may vote in favour of the bill because of their control system, while others may not, for fear of abuse.

“My fear is the required numbers. The disagreement between the national assembly members and governors may kill it,” he added.


And stories from around the world:

One of Donald Trump’s ex-foreign policy aides says allegations that he worked with the Russian government during the 2016 US election are “misleading.” (BBC)


Britain will only pay its EU divorce bill if the bloc agrees the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview published Sunday. (AFP)


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”, but did not rule out peace between the two countries. (Reuters)


Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public and more than a third of voters would support a new right-wing political party committed to quitting the bloc, according to a new poll. (Reuters)


A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded 60 at the entrance to Kabul international airport on Sunday, officials said, as scores gathered to welcome home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile. (AFP)

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