- The 5-point demand of EndSARS protesters has been approved by the federal government
- Protests have rocked every nook and cranny of the country over the harassment of innocent Nigerians by the operatives of SARS
- The presidential panel set up recently ordered the police to stop the use of force against protesters across the country
The presidential panel set up to reform the police on Tuesday, October 13, finally okayed 5-points demand of the EndSARS protesters.
NTA reports that following directives by President Muhammadu Buhari on the dissolution of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and immediate response to the yearnings of citizens, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has convened a meeting with the concerned stakeholders.
Legit.ng gathered that the panel agreed to meet demands, which include halting the use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.
The meeting, which was organised by the Office of the IGP and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), was a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Nigeria, activists from the entertainment industry and the EndSARS movement and development partners.
A communiqué of stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of the recommendations of the presidential panel on the reform of the SARS said:
“Following the public protests regarding various forms of human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the consequent disbandment of the unit by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, there arose the need for stakeholder engagement to build trust and restore public confidence in law enforcement.
“The forum collectively welcomed the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; reaffirmed the constitutional rights of Nigerians to peaceful assembly and protest; further affirmed the sanctity of life of every Nigerian and the role of the police in protecting this right; Affirms that the five-point demands of the protesters and the ENDSARS movement are genuine concerns and will be addressed by the Government.’’
The forum in a communiqué which was signed by the IGP and the executive secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, noted that the dissolution of SARS presents an opportunity to embark on comprehensive reforms aimed at repositioning the Nigerian Police Force as a modern, responsive and citizens-centred law enforcement organisation.
The communiqué read:
“The forum further notes that the proposed reforms should be anchored under the basis of the White Paper on the Report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad which was jointly authored by the National Human Rights Commission, the Federal Ministry of Justice, and the Nigeria Police Force.
“The forum affirms that reform proposals for the Nigerian Police Force will be based on Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and existing legislations such as the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act, 2019, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 the Anti-Torture Act, 2017, and the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2010 amongst others.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some aggrieved youths staged a peaceful protest in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state on Tuesday, October 13, over alleged brutality of Nigerians by SARS.
It was reported that the protesters gathered at the main gate of the University of Ibadan before they marched to some areas within the city.
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