…As Buhari speaks about End Sars and police brutality
As Nigerians continue to protest, aggitate and demand the total scrapping of the dubious Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force over complaints of extra-judiciary killings and molestation of innocent citizens, a Lagos based human right lawyer, Mr Inibehe Effiong has given his voice on what President Buhari must do to resolve the matter.
Effiong who berated those calling for the reformation of the unit said, “Those talking about reform should look into history for lessons.”
He said Nigerians will not accept anything short of a total disbandment of SARS as attempt to reform the unit will assuage the protest.
His words: “Ending SARS is part of police reform,” he noted.
“It is preposterous to expect the same IGP, who is a product of the corrupt police system, to offer the best recommendations to the president
“Buhari is not a responsible leader.”
“Let the nation-wide movement and protests continue until the President acts and #End SARS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
“Disband the rogue unit immediately.
“Sack the IGP now.
“Constitute independent investigative panels across the 36 States to probe unresolved cases of extra-judicial killings by SARS/police.
“Immediately arrest and prosecute all SARS operatives and police officers implicated in the probe.
“Set-up a significant compensation fund for victims of police/SARS impunity.
“Inspect every SARS/police detention facility in the country and release all those arrested and detained illegally, and arraigned those with established criminal cases before courts of competent jurisdiction.
“Transfer ALL SARS operatives to the Anti-terrorism squad and post them to hostile areas to combat insurgency.
“Remove every State Commissioner of Police under whose watch peaceful protesters have been attacked.
“These are some of measures that will show that the government is listening to us. It is ridiculous for anyone to think that mere promises of cosmetic reforms will assuage the protesters.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammedu has assured Nigerians that he will soon come up with a lasting solution to the matter as he is being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
The President stated this through his Facebook account after his meeting with the Police Inspector General Friday.