- Rauf Olaniyan said he has been a victim of police brutality twice
- The Oyo state deputy governor lifted this lid while backing the EndSARS protest in Ibadan
- Olaniyan, who commended the peaceful protesters, stressed that police has to be reformed
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Engineer Rauf Olaniyan has thoroughly condemned police brutality towards Nigerian youths with the Oyo state deputy governor also recounting how he has been a victim twice.
Addressing a teeming legion of protesters at the state government house in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo state capital, Olaniyan declared support for the EndSARS demonstration.
The deputy governor, who also carried placards bearing EndSARS inscriptions, hailed the protesters, stressing that it is high time the government reformed the police.
In a tweet on Tuesday, October 13, the deputy governor, who hails from Oke-Ogun axis of Oyo state, later wrote:
"I stand with the #EndSARS protesters because I've twice been a victim of police brutality. Now is the time for police reform. Now is the time to end police brutality."
Massive protests were held, and are still holding, in different places across the country including government areas and police stations, all thanks to social media following reports of power and arms abuse by the police operatives.
The inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, October 11, bowed to pressure and dissolved the controversial police unit Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In a subsequent move, a special presidential panel set up to reform the police also okayed 5-point demands of the EndSARS protesters.
The panel agreed to meet demands, which include halting the use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.
Meanwhile, IGP Adamu has set up a new replacement for the SARS unit barely 72 hours after disbanding the controversial team of the Nigerian police.
The new unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), was announced on Tuesday as heightened demonstrations continue across the country and on social media against the brutality of the police.
Announcing the decision, IGP Adamu said the officers under the SWAT unit will begin their training next week "at the different police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week."
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