- Governor Udom Emmanuel has shared his thoughts on the ongoing protests over police brutality nationwide
- The Akwa Ibom governor says efforts should be made to ensure the youths are a key part of community policing in the country
- Governor Emmanuel made the recommendation when he received protesters in his office in Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel has called for youths to be carried along in the new initiative to commence community policing nationwide.
The Akwa Ibom governor made the pronouncement on Tuesday, October 13 when #EndSARS protesters in the state visited him in Government House, Uyo to air their grievances over the increasing cases of police brutality nationwide.
For over 72 hours, Nigerians youths nationwide have taken to the streets calling for the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Amid the protests, trigger-happy policemen gunned down a couple of protesters sparking outrage across the country.
Governor Emmanuel gave the assurance that with the approval of community policing, more youths in the state will be engaged to work with the police to nip all sorts of criminalities in the bud.
According to him, with their innate knowledge of the state, the communities and the people, the involvement of community youth will guarantee greater peace and security.
The governor also commended Akwa Ibom youths for their peaceful conduct in the protests, assuring that their dissatisfactions will be addressed appropriately.
He also lauded the timely response of President Muhammadu Buhari for the disbandment of SARS unit in the police force.
This, he said, will go a long way to quell already generated tensions over alleged brutality of the police unit.
He assured that Akwa Ibom government was engaging the police command in the state to ensure a harmonious relationship among the institutions of government and communities, in the interest of the people.
He, however, tasked the protesters to endeavour to end the protest peacefully and to come up with a documented presentation of their demands in form of a communiqué, while restating the commitment of state government to ensuring that issues raised are addressed satisfactorily by appropriate quarters.
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, October 13 said the ongoing nationwide protests for an end to police brutality in the country was a reflection of leadership and family failures over the years.
Okowa stated this while addressing protesters who stormed Government House, Asaba after joining their counterparts nationwide for the EndSARS protest.
He told the protesters that as youths of the nation, they had every right to organise themselves to protest against societal ills.
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