- Presidency has begged Nigerians to be calm over the on-going protests against disbanded SARS
- Nigerians have trooped out to protest against the police brutality in the country
- Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, said that President Buhari is committed to the implementation of demands by the protesters
Following the nationwide protests against police brutality and the attendant killings and destruction of property, the presidency has appealed for calm and understanding from Nigerians.
Legit.ng reports that the presidency also reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to the full implementation of the demanded reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
In a statement issued by the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, the presidency observed that not less than 13 states across the country have started the process towards fulfilling demands of the protesters by setting up the prescribed judicial commissions of inquiry into police brutality.
“The presidency appeals for understanding and calm across the nation, as the implementation of the reforms gathers pace at federal and state levels. The presidency wishes to reiterate the full commitment of the Buhari administration to the implementation of lasting police reforms in Nigeria.
“At the last count, no fewer than 13 states have gone ahead to establish the Judicial Panels of Inquiry as resolved by the National Economic Council to address the question of redress and justice for victims of police brutality across the country.
“The states that have set up the panels so far are: Lagos, Kaduna, Delta, Ekiti, Ogun, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Plateau, Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo and Akwa Ibom. Only on Tuesday, at the commissioning of the Nigerian Police Pension Fund Limited building, the President also reiterated continuous support for both serving and retired police personnel."
Adesina also noted that the president has equally approved the rollout and funding of a new community policing initiative as part of a larger programme of police reform in Nigeria.
“President Buhari’s commitment to extensive Police reforms should never be in doubt. The President in September 2020 signed the new Nigeria Police Act, the first comprehensive revision of the Police Act in decades."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos state police command banned all forms of EndSARS protests on Tuesday, October 20.
It was reported that the police public relations officer in the state, SP Oluwamuyiwa Adejobi, said that no protest or gathering or possession, under whatever guise, would be permitted within Lagos.
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