- The Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) on Saturday, October 31 convened a national strategy meeting
- The deliberations were aimed at interrogating the underlying issues behind the entrenched culture of police brutality in the country
- The forum also proffered legislative solutions towards addressing issues that revolve around police brutality
The Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) have asked the federal government to compensate families of victims of police brutality nationwide.
This was contained in a communique by the YPF after its retreat in Abuja on Saturday, October 31.
The communique obtained by Legit.ng was signed by the chairman of YPF, Honourable Kabir Ibrahim Tukura, and secretary, Honourable Simon Karu Elisha.
Legit.ng gathered that the strategy meeting, among other things, discussed the historic evolution of youth movements, challenges of youth development in Nigeria, and the opportunities for constitutional amendments and electoral reforms.
The meeting also developed critical action points including accountability measures towards achieving effective solutions to youth demands in Nigeria.
Arising from this, the YPF resolved that the trend of police brutality and profiling of young people which led to widespread protests across the country and the subsequent attack on the peaceful protest which led to the death of some protesters is a major violation of citizens' human rights.
The forum also condemned the killing of peaceful protesters and commiserated with families who lost loved ones through acts of police brutality or in the ensuing protest.
The YPF called on the government to ensure justice for the victims and provide succour to the families of those lost to the defunct SARS and during the peaceful protests.
The YPF further called on the government to ensure adequate compensation to families of the victims.
It said the breakdown of law and order, evident in the looting and destruction of businesses and properties across the country, is a threat to our collective security and national development.
The forum commiserated with the families of police officers and other security officers who have been killed by hoodlums and called for justice and compensation to the families of the victims.
The forum also called for the prosecution of those indicted as perpetrators of the violence across the country.
Given the state of insecurity in the country, the YPF calls on the government at the Federal and State level to review the security architecture in Nigeria and ensure better leadership for the security agencies.
Furthermore, the YPF called on the president to constitute the National Human Rights Governing Council in line with Section 2 of the National Human Rights Commission (Amendment)Act 2010.
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