- Osinbajo says police reform will be something that will change many things in the country
- According to him, the reform will include compensation and investigation of police brutality
- The vice president many states have established judicial panels on police brutality
Profesor Yemi Osinbajo has insisted that the plan of both the federal and state governments on police reform will be a game-changer.
According to the Nigerian vice president, this will go a long way in ensuring an end to impunity. He said the plan include investigating police brutality.
Going further, he added that the plan also includes compensation to victims of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.
This was disclosed in a statement by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande.
Akande said the Osinbajo made the pledge on Thursday, October 22, when he received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, an American government delegation.
The delegation comprised the US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Bob Destro; US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations, Denise Natali; the Counselor of the US Department of State, Thomas Brechbuhl.
The Charge d’Affairs, US Embassy, Kathleen FitzGibbon and Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, were also at the meeting.
In a related report, Legit.ng had reported that Osinbajo expressed sadness over the killing of some #EndSARS protesting youths at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20.
In a thread of tweets posted on his verified Twitter handle, @ProfOsinbajo, on Wednesday night, October 21, the vice president also registered his condolence over the deaths of some policemen and other Nigerians in different parts of Lagos and other states.
Noting that he has spoken to some survivors in the hospital, Professor Osinbajo admitted that some losses so far recorded can not be replaced.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, has declared Friday, October 23, as a day of special prayer for the nation.
The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations.
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The monarch requested all Imams across the country to dedicate their sermons to the ongoing crisis in the country, by calming down the strained nerves with their clement preaching for peace as well as their verbal ventilation of the national atmosphere for permanent tranquillity to the benefit of all and sundry.
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