- Governor Ortom of Benue state has reacted to the ongoing #EndSARS protests
- The Benue state governor listed some key steps to ensure men of the Nigeria police perform their constitutional duties and avoid brutalising innocent citizens
- Ortom also called for the restructuring of the country amid the nationwide protests
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Amid the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protests, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has given advice on how to stop police brutality.
The governor, in a report by The Nation, said his father is an ex-policeman, adding that he had a firsthand observation of how poorly funded the Nigeria police is.
Legit.ng gathers that Ortom made this known while briefing newsmen on Monday, October 19, at the Government House in Markurdi, the state's capital.
To ensure policemen stop brutality and perform duly their constitutional duty of protecting lives and properties, Governor Ortom said the Nigeria Police Force must be well funded and equipped.
He added that police operatives must also undergo adequate training. The Benue state governor also called for the restructuring of the country.
“The police should be well funded, trained and equip to so as to perform their constitutional duty of protecting lives and properties."
Governor Ortom also said “the protest should continue without violence until leaders correct decades of wrongs in Nigeria”, adding that he is ready to join the protest if called upon.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Governors Forum said it would address the demands of Nigerian youth protesting police brutality and harassment across the country.
In a statement released on Monday, October 19, the chairman of the NGF, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, said all the demands of the protesters will be met.
A list of resolutions reached by the governors, according to the statement, include setting up a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to receive all cases of police brutality by officers of the disbanded SARS unit, kickstarting a compensation mechanism for all victims, and so on.
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