- Edward Kallon, the UN coordinator in Nigeria, has hailed the federal government's resolve to reform police
- Kallon said the UN is committed to supporting Nigeria’s continued stability
- The UN coordinator, however, urged the youths to embrace peace in their demands
Following the nationwide protests over the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the United Nations (UN) resident coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has urged Nigerians to embrace peace.
Legit.ng reports that protesters were demanding an end to police brutality and extortion by operatives of the SARS in the country.
Kallon in a post on his official Twitter page said the decision of the Nigerian government to reform the police is welcomed, adding that the youths should remain peaceful as the process of reforming the police may take time.
“I have followed the developments regarding #EndSARS movement. The government’s commitment to dismantle the outfit and reform the Nigeria Police is welcome. The process may take time. I appeal to the youth to remain peaceful. The UN is committed to supporting Nigeria’s continued stability."
Legit.ng recalls that the presidential panel on Tuesday, October 13, approved the demands of #EndSARS protesters, including halting the use of force against protesters and the unconditional release of arrested protesters.
A statement by the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, had said that five-point demands of the protesters were okayed at a forum convened by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), with stakeholders.
The IGP also set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, on Tuesday, October 13, to replace the disbanded SARS.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the police command in Lagos claimed that no EndSARS protester was killed in the state contrary to reports that have already gone viral in the media.
It was reported that the position was put forward by the police commissioner in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, during his conversation with protesters on Tuesday, October 13, most of whom were lawyers.
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