The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday evening met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu over the ongoing protests against police brutality.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was also present at the meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
At the meeting, the President declared the determination of his administration to reform the police but appealed to Nigerians to be calm and peaceful.
Buhari also noted that he has given firm instructions to the IGP to address the concerns of Nigerians regarding the excesses of the Nigeria Police Force.
He urged Nigerians to support the police in the discharge of their constitutional duties which is the protection of the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians.
Below is his statement:
“I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am 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 IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience & calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.”
“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”
I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am 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. pic.twitter.com/yoLoZt7Et9
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 9, 2020
The #Endsars protesters across various cities in the country are demanding among other things, an end to the indiscriminate acts of police brutalities and particularly the total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial unit of the police force.
The protests which have been holding across some states including Lagos, Kwara, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja is to call government attention to the high-handed activities of the SARS officers.
They want the government to scrap SARS, investigate and prosecute erring officers, and compensate victims of SARS abuse.
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