EndSARS: Government Commences Implementations of Demands of Protesters
The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has reassure Nigerians of government’s sincere and unwavering commitment to full implementation of the demands of #ENDSARS protesters for the overall good of policing in Nigeria, to elicit conducive environment for economic development and prosperity of Nigerians.
He noted that the call to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other demands of protesters had been acceded to by government, while implementation is at various stages, and that the defunct SARS unit is now history, while governments at all levels are working closely to monitor the outcome of judicial panels set up by various state government to treat cases of violation of human rights by ex SARS operatives, reel out punishments, and compensate victims with resources put together, through the victims support fund.
He said, it is also pertinent to mention that, the announcement of creation of Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), to confront cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes by the Nigeria Police merely signified the commencement of rigorous activities such as selection and training of personnel before deploying them to the new unit.
Training for SWAT personnel is ongoing at Nigeria Police Mobile Force training collages in Osun and Nasarawa States, while personnel of defunct SARS are now undergoing debriefing, medical and psychological re-evaluation to ascertain their fitness for reassignment in units, different from SWAT.
Muhammad Maigari also assures of full implementation of police reforms to deepen training of personnel, equipping and prioritize the welfare needs of policemen. He noted that these three areas are key components of Police Reforms being canvassed by protesters, and that work is ongoing to actualize them.
The Minister however regrets the hijack of the protest by hoodlums and criminals to unleash terror, attack police facilities, carried out jail break and caused wanton destruction of properties in many parts of the country. He noted further that, citizens right to peaceful protest remains one of the strongest tenets of democracy, but government is however circumspect on the need to maintain law and order, to give room for genuine dialogue which is also recognized as a universal vital tool in resolving conflicts.
He therefore appeals to Nigerians to renew confidence in government’s genuine commitment to fully implement the various demands and support security operatives in maintaining law and order, re-arrest fleeing inmates in Benin Correctional Centers and protect citizens against criminals.
Press Secretary, to Honourable Minister of Police Affairs