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Drug dealer

bags life

imprisonment

for murder

No justice for

#EndSARS

crackdown

A year after Nigerian government security

forces violently suppressed protests calling for

an end to police brutality in the country,

victims are still awaiting justice, Human

Rights Watch said.

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Jailed - Romayne Husbands

Adrug dealer who caused fatal

injuries to a man in Hackney

after he punched and kicked

him has been sentenced.

28-year-old Romayne Husbands

of Chingford was found guilty by a

jury after a four-week trial at

Snaresbrook Crown Court. He had

pleaded guilty to a charge of

possession with intent to supply

crack cocaine at the start of the trial.

He was sentenced to life

imprisonment with a minimum term

of 18 years. He was sentenced to

three years and four months in jail,

to be served concurrently, for the

drug supply charge.

The court heard how on the 25

April 2020 at around 12:30pm the

victim, 27-year-old Jay John, was in

Trinity Close, E9 outside the

communal door of a block of flats

when Husbands attacked him.

Witnesses described how

Husbands punched Jay once in the

face and then stamped four to six

times on his upper body area in an

unprovoked attack.

Husbands was arrested a short

time later by officers called to the

scene. He was arrested in a nearby

flat and was found to have discarded

59 grams of cocaine.

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The prospects for accountability

remain inconclusive and bleak.

Nigerian authorities should take

concrete and decisive steps to ensure that

those implicated in abuses against protesters

are held accountable.

In October 2020, young people across

Nigeria took to the streets calling for

disbanding an abusive police unit known as

the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

and for ending brutality - in a movement

tagged #EndSARS. Security forces

responded with excessive force, including

gunfire, which resulted in death and serious

injuries.

“Nigerian authorities should clearly

demonstrate that they are serious about

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holding those responsible for abuses against

protesters to account,” said , Nigeria

researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Failure

to pursue justice will strengthen the culture

of impunity and reinforce the perceptions

that brought protesters to the streets in the

first place.”

Between October 2020 and August

2021, Human Rights Watch interviewed 54

people, including victims and their family

members, protesters, protest supporters,

representatives of civil society groups,

medical service providers, political analysts,

and journalists, on how the crackdowns

unfolded and how the victims have been

affected. Human Rights Watch also wrote

letters to the Nigerian Police Force and the

Nigerian Army to share findings and ask

questions about officers’ conduct during the

protests but has yet to receive a response.

One of the worst crackdowns was at the

Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on October 20,

when Army officers arrived in about five

trucks and surrounded a large group of

protesters holding a peaceful sit-in. The

soldiers trapped the protesters, using a tactic

known as “kettling,” then fired in the air and

at the crowd. Kettling is a method of

confinement used by police to trap a crowd

of people in a specific space.

After the soldiers left, police officers

arrived and, according to multiple

witnesses, began shooting at protesters who

had not managed to flee. Witnesses

described a gruesome scene with bloodied,

lifeless bodies on the ground and many

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others with gunshot wounds whom they

tried to rush to hospitals.

Human Rights Watch was not able to

ascertain the total number of those killed by

the military during this incident. Witnesses

said that they saw what appeared to be at

least 15 lifeless bodies and that military

officers had taken away at least 11.

Witnesses also reported that the police shot

at least two protesters and took their lifeless

bodies away with them.

People who survived the use of

excessive force at Lekki and other locations

had tales of woe about the aftermath.

Human Rights Watch confirmed that a 32-

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Panel of Enquiry members

Jay was found unconscious but

breathing on the floor in Trinity Close.

He was treated by police officers and

paramedics at the scene for a wound

to the back of his head, he also had

facial injuries including a fractured

eye socket and cuts and bruising to his

face, lips and jaw.

The London Air Ambulance

attended the scene and Jay was

transported to hospital.

Sadly, Jay died in hospital the next

day, 26 April 2020.

A post mortem examination gave

the cause of death as head injuries.

A murder investigation was

launched and detectives linked

Husbands to the scene via blood found

on his trainers.

Detective Sergeant Ben Dalloway,

of the Met’s Specialist Crime

Command, said: “This was an

extremely violent assault by Romayne

Husbands in which he stamped on Mr

John repeatedly and left him for dead.

“I would like to express my

gratitude to the members of the public

who witnessed this harrowing incident

and had the courage to give evidence

year-old generator mechanic died on the

way to the hospital after the military shot

him in the chest and stomach. Another

protester, Wisdom Okon, remains missing.

Their loved ones said that efforts to report

what happened to the police or gather

information from the authorities have been

futile.

The brother of the man who died said:

“We feel bad but there is nothing we can do

because we can’t fight the government. We

tried to make a report at the police station

after he died but they [the police] didn’t

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“Romayne Husbands is a drug

dealer which I believe accounts for his

presence at the scene on that day and,

to some extent, his erratic and violent

behaviour.

The judge in this case described

Husbands as ‘a callous and ruthless

individual prepared to used extreme

violence as the facts demonstrate.’

“I am glad he will now be off the

streets for a significant time where he

will no longer be a danger to the

public.”


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cancer), Black respondents were more

likely (78%) to say that they would only

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Mental Health

Black community urged to support

their mental wellbeing

Following new research which

reveals that more than half of

England’s black population say their

mental health was negatively impacted by

the pandemic, Black Africans and

Caribbeans are urged to find “what works

for me” to support their mental wellbeing.

The research commissioned by the

Office for Health Improvement and

Disparities (OHID) reveals nearly half

(49%) of adults and over half (52%) of

Black adults in England said the COVID-

19 pandemic had a negative impact on their

mental wellbeing. And more than a third of

all adults in England (15.1 million) said

they did not know what to do to help

improve their mental wellbeing.

To stem this tide, the OHID has

launched the latest Better Health – Every

Mind Matters (EMM) campaign which

empowers people to look after their mental

health by directing them to free, practical

tips and advice.

By answering five simple questions

through the Every Mind Matters platform,

people can get a tailored “Mind Plan”,

giving them personalised tips to help deal

with stress and anxiety, boost their mood,

sleep better and feel more in control.

Black adults who said they were

negatively affected by the pandemic were

also more likely to say they felt lonely and

isolated (51%) compared to the wider

population (45%); and 1 in 3 Black adults

(33%) said they didn’t feel motivated to

work, compared to 1 in 5 of the general

public (20%).

Encouragingly, 94% of Black adults

said they exercise more to help with their

mental health, compared to 52% of the

public. And of those who took up exercise

classes, 60% felt more relaxed and 50%

felt happier.

This is the first campaign delivered by

the new Office for Health Improvements

and Disparities which was launched on 1

October with the aim of tackling health

inequalities across the country.

Minister for Care and Mental Health,

Gillian Keegan, said: “The public showed

great resilience throughout the pandemic,

but it has served as a stark reminder that we

all need to look after ourselves not only

physically, but mentally.

There are simple steps we can all be

taking to improve our mental wellbeing

and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

“For anyone who is unsure what they

can do, I urge you to visit Every Mind

Matters and take advantage of the expert

advice and practical tips available to you.”

Over 3.4 million individual Mind Plans

have already been created since the

campaign was first launched in

October 2019.

Famous faces - including Mercury

prize winner Arlo Parks, Singer and actor

Kelle Bryan, and TV presenter Jay Blades -

are supporting the new campaign sharing

their personal mental wellbeing

experiences during the last 18 months, and

encouraging others to take steps to look

after themselves.

The campaign is supported by a

coalition of leading mental health charities,

including CALM, The Mental Health

Foundation, Mental Health

Innovations, and a range of commercial,

third-sector, NHS and Local Authority

partners, who will share mental health

messages with their customers, members

and colleagues, including Mental Health

First Aid, Carers organisations and more.

Singer Arlo Parks, who supports the

campaign, said: “I think the pandemic

enforced that insidious feeling of being an

island, of being unable to connect to the

rest of the world outside our heads. I found

real beauty in small things, in playing card

games, in painting, in eating perfectly

prepared rice - doing small, good things for

myself often.”

Eternal singer and actor Kelle Bryan,

said: “We all have things in our lives that

can be stressful, especially during the

pandemic, and we’ve learnt different ways

of dealing with it. For me, making sure I

regularly checked in with my family and

friends was key. Just a quick text or call

helped reduce my stress and anxiety. I want

to remind anyone struggling that they

aren’t alone and to reach out if you need

help.”

Vanessa Boachie, Psychological

Therapist & Director of Inside Out Wellbeing

a community organisation

committed to improving the mental health

of the Black community says, “We know

that many Black people have struggled

with their mental health during the

pandemic but it’s also great that there are

tools and strategies we can implement to

improve our mental well-being. It could be

as simple as doing just one thing for your

mind and one thing for your body every

day. Whether that’s using affirmations,

staying in contact with friends and family,

listening to relaxing music, stretching your

body or going for a walk. Often time, it’s

the simple things that can make the biggest

difference”

There are lots of organisations out

there like ours that are here to listen and

help, as well as a host of NHS services.

Start by building your own Mind Plan via

the Every Mind Matters site simply by

answering five quick questions. You may

discover a new hobby that makes you feel

more relaxed.”

Better Health - Every Mind Matters

offers information and videos to help

young people look after their own mental

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• Search Every Mind Matters to see what

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Adoption

Tackling myths about Adoption

By Sherifa Adenmosun

As part of the #YouCanAdopt

campaign, for the 2021 National

Adoption Week, Social Care

practitioner - Sherifa Adenmosun helps to

tackle some of the myths and

misconceptions that may cause Black

people to rule themselves out of the

adoption process before they’ve even

begun their journey.

Sadly, Black and Mixed Ethnicity

children tend to wait longer to be placed

for adoption, than their White

counterparts. With fewer than 5% of

adopters in England being of Black

African or Black Caribbean heritage,

there has never been a greater time for

more Black adopters to step forward and

make a change.

Myth 1: You can’t adopt if you are

over 35

There is no upper age limit, as many

people in their 40s and 50s have

successfully adopted children. The only

age-related rule is that you must be over

21 years of age to adopt a child.”

Myth 2: You have to be married

“Being single or in a relationship and

unmarried does not exclude you as a

potential adopter. I’ve placed children

with single adopters who are doing really

well in their care, and they’re thriving,”

shares Sherifa.

Myth 3: The adoption process is

difficult and takes years

The adoption process is now simpler

and quicker than ever before and there is

a lot more support available throughout

the process - even after you have been

matched with a child.

“Stage One is an eight-week process

that is adopter-led and gathers

information about yourself as a potential

adopter(s),” explains Sherifa. “Stage Two

is a four-month process and is social

worker-led. The social worker will be

involved with gathering lots of

information about you and is essentially a

prospective adopter report that details

everything about you and why you want

to adopt.”

Myth 4: You have to be wealthy

“While your employment status and

financial circumstances are evaluated as

part of the adoption process, having a low

salary or even being unemployed does

not immediately disqualify you as a

potential adopter.

“I’ve placed children with people who

are dinner ladies, postmen - they’re

certainly not wealthy by any means - but

that’s not what we’re looking for,” says

Sherifa. “In the first instance, we need

people that have love, time and

commitment to give to a child.”

Myth 6: You can’t already have

children living at home

“You are still eligible to adopt even if

you have children living with you. If you

already have birth-children, it is usually

the case that an adopted child would be

the youngest in the family by around 2

years at the point the adopted child is

moving in with their family. However,

there may be exceptions to this so I

would encourage you to discuss your

situation with the adoption agency.

Myth 7: You can’t adopt if you

follow a faith and religion

“This couldn’t be further from the

truth. As long as your parenting capacity

isn’t negatively affected by your faith,

you can be from any of the faith groups.

Black children who are waiting to be

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so we need Black adopters from all walks

of life,”

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being delivered from a cross-sector of

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Agencies, and other key stakeholders

around Adoption in England. The

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Myth 5: You must be a homeowner

or have a big house

“Whether you rent or own, live in an

apartment or a house - you are still

eligible to adopt. The size of your home

isn’t an issue either, although ideally, it’s

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No justice for #EndSARS crackdown

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Protesting against police brutality

allow anybody near their stations, not even

close to the gate, talk less of [reaching] the

counter [inside the station] to make a

report.”

Peace Okon, the sister of the missing

man, said that she has been looking for her

18-year-old brother since October 20, 2020,

when he was last seen by their neighbour at

the Lekki Toll Gate protest site around 4

p.m. She suspects he may have been shot or

injured at the toll gate and has since visited

several hospitals, mortuaries, police

stations, and a prison in Lagos to try to find

him, to no avail.

She said officers at the police stations

and the prison she visited wanted bribes

before helping her. She said: “I can’t report

to anybody that I know will do the right

thing. My mom has developed high blood

pressure, she calls me weeping, asking for

her son… I am helpless and I feel

responsible because I brought him to Lagos

[from our village]. This our country is not

fair, there is no justice for the ordinary man,

the government has forgotten about those

people who were killed or missing from

Lekki Toll Gate.”

Human Rights Watch interviewed and

inspected the wounds of four people who

said they had gunshot wounds and

interviewed a doctor who confirmed that

three people brought to the hospital where

he works had limbs amputated after being

shot at Lekki.

A 30-year-old events planner shot in his

upper thigh said: “I am still alive, but we

lost others in the struggle just because

youths decided to speak up. If nothing is

done to those that shot us, then it really

means that our lives are nothing in this

country.”

Despite repeated calls for accountability

for abuses committed against protesters,

Human Rights Watch has not been able to

determine that any members of the security

forces or police have been arrested or tried

for their roles in the crackdown.

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of

Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of

SARS Related Abuses was set up on

October 19, 2020, alongside other State

panels to receive and evaluate public

complaints of police brutality and

extrajudicial killings and to recommend

compensation for victims and officers for

prosecution. The mandate of the panel was

.

The panel , but it has no authority to

make binding decisions and can only

present its findings and make

recommendations to the Lagos State

Governor. If the recommendations are

adopted, they can be enforced as a judgment

of the State High Court.

However, a Nigerian lawyer and

security sector reform expert told Human

Rights Watch that courts cannot

automatically assume jurisdiction over

police or military officers. Charges can only

be brought against them after internal

disciplinary processes lead to their being

fired.

Despite the slow progress, justice could

still be achieved, but the full cooperation

and support of the federal government, the

Lagos State government, and the Nigerian

military and police force will be critical.

Officers who have been summoned by the

panel should testify and answer necessary

questions, and the Lagos State government

should also commit to releasing the full

report of the panel’s findings and

recommendations. The federal government

should then ensure that those implicated in

abuses against protesters, including as a

matter of command responsibility, are

brought to justice.

Beyond accountability for abuses during

the #EndSARS protests, the authorities

should tackle the systemic problems that

foster a culture of impunity in the security

sector and push forward comprehensive and

meaningful reforms to end the abuses and

injustices Nigerians have long experienced.

“Nigeria’s authorities should take

effective steps toward accountability to

show victims that their loss, pain, and

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suffering is not in vain,” Ewang said.

“Anything less will worsen distrust of the

government and reinforce the perception

that the lives of citizens do not matter.”


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Policing

“I’m proud to be

following in the

footsteps of my

Black police heroes”

In the first of a series of blogs to celebrate Black

History Month, acting Police Sergeant Richard Gayle

tells of how Black police officers from St Lucia to

London inspired him to protect the vulnerable.

“My great uncle Etienne was having lunch

with friends in his home island of St Lucia

when he was shot repeatedly – and fatally

– in the back by an unknown assailant because

of his ambitions to become a Chief

Superintendent and his vision of fighting police

corruption from the inside.

“He was a Superintendent and had devoted

more than 30 years of his life to protecting

others as a police officer when he was

murdered, age 49.

“I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents’

eyes at the time but great uncle Etienne later

became an inspiration for me when I was

starting out in the police, finding the courage to

run toward danger where others would flee it.

“My number one icon is my dad, who

joined the Met when I was five years old.

“I remember, on a balmy May day in 1996,

holding my mum’s hand as I watched dad –

APS Gayle's passing out parade

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APS Gayle's dad's passing out parade

dressed crisply in a black tunic, trousers, white

gloves and the iconic “custodian” police helmet

– proudly march alongside other new

constables at his passing out parade.

“Dad’s whole career was before him -

although it was sadly cut short five years later

when he was injured while on duty.

“Dad was one of very few Black officers on

parade that day and to me he outshone everyone

– he was my hero. I knew then that I wanted to

be a police officer too.

“So I became a Volunteer Police Cadet

when I turned 13, and when I was old enough,

I applied to be a Met police constable.

“Nineteen years after watching my dad

“pass out”, I was the one wearing the tunic,

gloves and helmet, while mum and dad proudly

cheered me on as I marched across Hendon

training ground – with notably more Black

colleagues than in dad’s day.

“From my time as a neighbourhoods police

officer in Lewisham to my current role in the

Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, I’ve never

looked back and I feel proud to know that every

day I am helping keep people safe.

“Since joining “the Job”I’ve had the honour of

meeting pioneering Black police officers

including Sislin Faye Allen, the first Black

female police officer in the UK and the Met,

and Gamal ‘G’ Turawa, the first openly gay

Black Met officer, who was doubly inspiring to

me as I’m also gay.

“Having family members in the police, I

never saw my heritage as a barrier to pursuing

APS Gayle's Great Uncle Etienne

my career, but lots of people who’d be amazing

cops don’t have the same fortune or, worse still,

have had negative experiences with police.

“You can’t be what you can’t see, so I hope

that by proudly telling my story, I will

encourage other Black men and women to join

the police and make themselves, their families

and their communities proud – and safe.”

Find out how to become a Met Police

officer like Acting Police Sergeant Gayle at

https://www.met.police.uk/careers.

APS Gayle as a cadet


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