The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the police had requested for an adjournment of the proceedings of the hearing of rhe two petitions slated to be heard due to their inability to trace the alleged erring officers of the NPF.
In the Ekekwe matter, the petitioner, a 34-year-old trader was allegedly paralysed when he was pushed from a two-storey building. by men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The police counsel, Mr Emmanuel Eze who had been cross-examining Ekekwe had asked for an adjournment because the legal team of the police were unable to get in touch with officers of the disbanded police unit.
Ekekwe had provided the photograph and phone number of Haruna Hamza, the SARS officer who was a member of the team that allegedly pushed him from the building.
“We will apply for a very short adjournment. The reasons are because of the disbandment of SARS and other tactical teams, we have difficulty getting in touch with them.
“We are in the process of getting there and the phone number of the that the petitioner provided here did not go through.
“I apply that the panel tries the number, it did not go through, in the overall interest of justice we apply for this adjournment,” Eze said.
In the Fowotade matter, the petitioner in his testimony on Oct. 31, had told the panel that a policeman called ‘Ayo’ of the Ketu Police Station had brutalised him during a traffic dispute.
The petitioner said he lost his front teeth due to the police brutality.
During Friday’s proceedings, the police legal team said they were unable to contact the police officer.
“The petitioner did not mention the surname of Ayo, we could not trace the name to Zone 2 where he claimed to have reported the incident. We could not make headway.
“We need to get the case file of Ayo and his contact. We are constrained to ask for an adjournment because we are without the Ayo or the case file,” Eze said.
Reacting, Fowotade who appeared distressed, challenged the submission of the police counsel.
“How come you do not know the Ayo, don’t you know the station, don’t you know the DPO. How come you don’t know Ayo, is it not the Nigeria Police Force?
“Madam Dolapo Badmus knows everything, how come you do not know Ayo, is he a ghost?,” Fowotade said.
Reacting, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi (Rtd) said that police were not making enough effort defending the allegations despite three police officers mentioned by the petitioner.
Responding, Eze told the panel that the legal team is encountering challenges tracing the officers.
“Akpan the DPO is retired, Mr Aderanti is retired and he did not mention Ayo’s surname.
“Dolapo Badmus has handled so many matters and it will be difficult to get in touch with the retired officers,” the police counsel said.
Justice Okuwobi noted that it will not augur well for the respondents (police) not to contact the police officers mentioned by the petitioners.
The retired judge said that the panel will no longer entertain adjournments made at the instance of the police.
She adjourned both cases to Dec. 1 for hearing
Some youths in Borno have pledged their commitment to foster unity and indivisibility of Nigeria as a nation.
The youths’ position is contained in a 21-Points Communique issued at the One-day Borno Youth Conference in Maiduguri.
The communique signed by the Borno Commissioner of Sports and Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Sainna Buba also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Babagana Zulum for their administrations efforts in job creation and bringing stability to Borno.
“The conference commended the maturity exhibited by youth groups in not participating in the EndSARS protest as SARS as an outfit played commendable role in the fight against insurgency and crime in Borno.
“The youths further commended the military and other security operatives for their sustained efforts in the fight against insurgency.”
The youths urged more synergy between security agencies, stressing the need for improved community policing, intelligence gathering and identification of those residing in communities to stem the tide of crime and criminality.
The youths also urged government to engage traditional and religious leaders in mobilisation, particularly in areas of moral upbringing of youth for nation building.
The conference urged all tiers of governments to invest massively in agriculture as a way of engaging the teeming youths’ populace in farming and other related activities.
“It advocated for establishment of Youth Development Fund to address fundamental issues on youth creativeness and employment.
“The conference frowned at the high rate of drug abuse among the youth and urged a strengthening of all agencies of government to be proactive in the fight against the menace.”
The youth further called on the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve their differences to enable students return to school.
While commending the Federal Government for resuming oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin Area, the conference urged the connection of the fertile Marte Local Government Area to the National Grid to boost irrigation activities.
Edited By: Lydia Beshel
Fake News: How Not to #EndSARS protest
A News Analysis by Kayode Olaitan, News Agency of Nigeria
Unarguably, fake news has resulted in stampeding the uninformed public to unpatriotic and destructive actions, especially as it happens in the protest against the alleged police brutality known as #EndSARS.
On Oct. 3, #EndSARS protest began with a viral message broadcast on social media.
The message suggested that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) gunned down a Nigerian youth, snatched his car and ran away with it.
The video spread on social media and the #ENDSARS started to gain prominence as more young people demanded an end to police brutality.
Dimensions to the report began to indicate that SARS officials stopped the young man, pushed him out of his vehicle, shot him and even went away with the vehicle.
With this, young Nigerians started recalling previous experiences and started agitation on various social media platforms.
Before long, persistent posting of unverified information and fake news resulted in one of the largest youth organised protests in the history of Nigeria that has marked the country negatively.
Observers of the unfolding events from this posting note that it is unfortunate that most people rely more on social media to get information notwithstanding whether or not such information is accurate or fabricated, and in spite of individual’s level of education and exposure
In his view, Mr Bolaji Ayoade, a blogger notes that not all news on social media are accurate and objective.
He expressed concern about the ripple effects of the #EndSARS protest on economy, security of lives and property, infrastructure and the nation’s image and democracy.
“There exists fake news everywhere; and the trouble is that the protest has been fuelled substantially by fake news believed by the public.
“Fake news or misinformation isn’t helping anybody. It is a deliberate evil engagement to cause mayhem: an unpatriotic attempt to cause deaths, undermine the government and deceive the public.
“Although the #EndSARS protest was planned to be peaceful, along the line, fake news came, feeding the public with false information about people’s perceived dispositions, especially prominent Nigerians.
“What happens next is direct attack on such accused, their property and family. People and indeed, the public ought to know how not to engage in such protest,” he says.
After a virtual meeting with Buhari, the former leaders of the country observed that the #EndSARS protest was hijacked and misdirected by various interest groups to change the purpose of peaceful protest.
To engage the youth, the leaders advised the government to create jobs and provide incentives for the public.
Concerned citizens, however, observe that in situations such as #EndSARS protest, fake news and misinformation play fundamental roles in giving unexpected dimensions to events.
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed believes that disinformation and fake news are capable of destabilising the system, inciting people to violence and weakening the people’s confidence in their government.
With the presence of social media, especially the Facebook news feed and other online media, fake news prevalence has increased.
For instance, in one of the online news platforms, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, recently had to deny a publication alleging that he prevented President Muhammadu Buhari from scrapping the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( FSARS).
Such a fake story was deliberately published or sent around to make people believe things or development that are not true, and in most cases, such news are on the negative side.
Concerned Nigerians observe further that fake news is dangerously taking new dimensions with the ease of falsifying online news content, presenting non-existent platforms, photoshopping images and imaginary video footages to achieve dubious aims of causing violence.
They note that the #EndSARS protest has had telling effects on the image of the country, the well-being of Nigerians, security, private and public property.
According to them, the protest has been hijacked and has become a threat to national unity.
Also, Mohammed explains that Nigeria is a country of ethnic and religious diversity that should be a source of strength, if the fault lines are not deliberately being exposed and exploited by those who are bent on setting the people against themselves, using their new-found tools of hate speech, disinformation and fake news.
“This dangerous trend is threatening the very foundation of our national unity.
“It is daily pushing the nation close to the precipice, perhaps more than at any other time since the end of the civil war.
“What is the way out? We all must say NO to hate speech, either on our radio and television stations, newspapers, the social media, on our phones or in the public space.
“We must be resolute in tackling the cankerworm of hate speech, disinformation and fake news,” the minister warns.
He notes further that although the constitution allows freedom of speech and the present administration believes in it, freedom of speech must not be allowed to become freedom of irresponsibility.
Sharing similar sentiments with the minister, Alhaji Ayodele Jimoh, a critic of fake news, called for understanding among Nigerians of the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
He cautioned against violence among the youth, noting that such act act would drag the national development.
He also cited the Rwandan genocide that had a great setback for Rwanda nationals just because of hate speech and fake news.
According to him, Nigerians ought to know that when a demonstration is seen to compromise the peace and integrity of the country, there are suspicious activities of unpatriotic elements promoted by disinformation to destabilise the country.
He said news could be verified by searching for the author, the primary source and the objectivity of the information.
“If the authors look suspicious, fact check the information and wait for some time to read same elsewhere before you share or comment.
“Avoid sharing unverified information, try to go beyond the headlines, ask yourself questions and consider the implications.
“By doing this, we can reduce the prevalence of fake news and prevent violence,” he said.
Further to this, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said in a forum that: “Information managers must embark on a relentless campaign against these evil tendencies at our various levels, whether federal or state.
“We must boycott any medium that engages in hate speech, incitement to violence, disinformation and fake news.
“The regulators must also be alive to their responsibilities by promptly sanctioning the purveyors of hate speech, disinformation and fake news”.
Sharing his experience, the minister said: “On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, I briefed State House Correspondents on what transpired at the meeting.
“I said, among others, that President Muhammadu Buhari did not preside over the day’s meeting because he decided to work from home that day.
“In reporting my briefing, one of the correspondents quoted me as saying the president would work from home henceforth, rather than on that day only.
“The reporting generated a lot of uproar, until I issued a rebuttal. This is a clear case of disinformation – which is defined as false information deliberately spread to deceive the people”.
In view of this, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that fake news, which had spread across social media, further caused chaos in the state.
He said several state and private-owned facilities were set on fire across Lagos state on Oct. 10, following the Lekki shooting.
“Many police stations were also burnt by hoodlums and several attacks recorded in different parts of the state causing the death of many.
“Lagos will be stronger. We will rebuild bridges and we will deliver on the good work we started on ending police brutality and providing justice.
“We are working to stabilise things across the state as we look to rebuild. The state team is working with the hospitals and emergency services to verify the details of everyone involved in incidents across the state.
“I understand that tempers are high but we are beginning to get a clearer picture of the things that led us to this point.
“I want to ask us to be circumspect to avoid further losses and triggering other sentiments. Do not encourage thugs through parody and inciteful words.
“We want to find justice and provide compensation for victims to the best of our abilities.
The governor called for calm across the state just as other leaders in the affected states across the country have taken proactive measures to guarantee peace. (NANFEATURES)
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the alleged attack and killings of peaceful protesters by security agents in Lagos state.
The caucus made the call in a statement issued by its leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) in Abuja on Thursday at the end its emergency meeting.
Chinda said that the caucus had risen in solidarity with the Nigerian people to condemn the brazen attack on armless citizens who were only expressing their fundamental human rights as permitted in every democratic society.
He said the lawmakers frowned at the mindless killing of constituents who were already demonstrating against unresolved cases of extra judicial killings perpetrated orchestrated by security agents.
“We advise the President to immediately order the arrest and prosecutions of officers involved in the Lekki killings and urgently rejig the nation’s security architecture through commendable reforms.
“We advise the appointment of more competent service chiefs to handle the myriad of security challenges confronting the nation.
“We call on the President to urgently address the nation on the strategies of the government towards tackling the issues with time lines.
“The caucus calls for the withdrawal of the military from the streets of Lagos and other parts of the country where human rights’ abuses are reported.
Chinda called for the adoption of the 2014 National Conference report for consideration by the National Assembly.
He expressed the PDP caucus’ support for a constitutional amendment to divest power and resources from the centre to states and local government areas.
Chinda commiserated with the families of all those including policemen who lost their lives whilst praying for the repose of their souls.
He urged Buhari to set up a National Judicial Panel of Inquiry into citizens’ grievances and establishment a National Compensation Fund for victims of police brutality.
The PDP caucus recommended the setting up of Unemployment Benefit Fund to be contributed by the three tiers of government to cushion the biting effect of the downward economic realities in the country.
The lawmakers said that where decisive actions are not satisfactorily taken within a reasonable time, the caucus shall consider activating legislative actions to salvage the situation.
They said they would ensure that all those involved in the killings face criminal trial at the International Criminal Court.
The PDP caucus appealed to Nigerian youths to be peaceful in their agitation for a better country, assuring them that the caucus will do all in its power to ensure the evolution of an egalitarian society.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Ekemini Ladejobi
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River on Thursday pledged support for the ongoing #EndSARS protest in the nation while inaugurating a seven-man Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution to investigate police brutality on residents of the state.
Speaking during the inauguration of the panel in Calabar, Ayade said that African leaders must be bold enough to admit the fact that they have failed the younger generation.
“It is time for us to develop that consciousness, face reality and agree with the young people that something has gone wrong.
“It has nothing to do with one administration or the other but the result of a rot that has accumulated over time.
“It is time to provide prosperity for our young ones just as the government did for us during our time.
“That is why I stand with the youth of this nation to say we must put an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“I cannot explain why a young man will come out of the university and five, six years down the line, he is still unemployed, yet, everyday he tries to eke out a living on the streets, he gets brutalised.
“Government must recognise the fact that it has to first provide that which was provided in our constitution in section 14(2) that the primary purpose of government is the security and welfare of its citizens,’’ he said.
He challenged the panel to come together and allow people who had been brutalised to speak out adding that the state would do all it could to ensure that victims were rightly compensated.
The chairman of the panel of enquiry, retired Justice Michael Edem, thanked the governor for appointing him and other worthy indigenes of the state adding that it would make his work easier.
According to Edem, a former Chief Judge of Cross River, the members are not there for any sentimental or emotional course but to get the facts of the matter.
“We want to assure you, Sir, that we will come out with findings and recommendations that will make you look back and say thank God this panel was set up,” he said.
It would be recalled that for over 10 days, the nation has been engulfed in protests by the youth over alleged brutality from FSARS and the Nigeria Police Force.
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Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in a statement on Friday said that: “The #EndSARS peaceful demonstrations by Nigerian youth against police brutality are a necessary and welcome response to the culture of impunity represented by the FSARS.
“The protests have been largely peaceful. I commend Nigerian youth for the maturity, determination and discipline they have shown in keeping the protests peaceful.
“My objective assessment is that this stance has not changed six days into the protest, despite the occasions of high-handed responses by the police that have resulted in the death of some protesters.
“By their peaceful conduct, the youth have shown that they are coming of age. I commend them for this. It is important that while it lasts the protest must remain peaceful.”
According to him, Nigerian youth are not expendable and they are the future of Nigeria.
“Therefore, apart from addressing their demands, President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that the protesters are safe.
“So far, the President seems to have restrained the police and has kept the military from the fray.
“He should also ensure that non-state actors do not instigate or carry out attacks on the protesters.
“The #EndSARS protest has many merits. Many citizens have been reporting their experiences of victimisation by operatives of the now-defunct FSARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.
Moghalu added that some citizens had met their deaths in the hands of people whose job it was to protect them.
According to him, it is tragic when a law enforcement agency that should protect the lives of citizens preys on those very citizens, with a profound disregard for their lives instead of reducing the spiralling rate of violent crime in Nigeria.
He said that Nigerian lives surely matter.
“#EndSARS is a metaphor. It is a means to ventilate pent-up frustration by the youth on the diminishing economic opportunities for them in the country. Nigerian youth unemployment is above 30 per cent and rising.
“The #EndSARS protest is also an opportunity for the government to show understanding in the plight of the youth.
“Accordingly, the government needs to go above and beyond the demands of the youth.
“What it is unable to deliver with concrete action and because of very limited resources now, it can compensate for with empathy.”
He described the protest as credible, peaceful, independent and devoid of partisan affiliation.
“Across the country, they have been united in their purpose. It should remain so.
“They should also engage responsibly with the government, holding the latter to account for its promises while recognising credible actions taken by the government to address the demands of the youth.
“The deep lesson of the protest so far is that real power belongs to the people in a democracy.
“This should be an abiding principle that all stakeholders must respect as we seek new and better realities for the country and the people,” he said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has expressed concern about the timing for the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) squad by the Nigerian Police to replace the dissolved Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
The 36 state governors expressed the concern in a communiqué issued on Thursday after the NGF 19th teleconference.
It was signed by the forum’s Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, in Abuja.
The communique said that the governors deliberated on a number of issues affecting the country particularly the nationwide protests, riots and demonstrations against the activities of officials of FSARS and the Nigerian Police.
It said that the officers, according to the IGP would not take part in routine operations, but specifically on intelligence after which they would return to their Commands.
It said that the IGP assured governors that he would leverage on the provisions of the new Police Act 2020 to carry out extensive reforms within the Police.
It said that the governors argued that the timing for the SWAT creation was inauspicious as the mood of the nation negates it “and may understandably be misinterpreted as a surreptitious move to dress FSARS in another garb.”
It also said that the governors agreed that there was need for greater consultation with the public before any decision was taken.
The communique stated that the governor’s advised that:
“The IGP immediately convene a meeting of all stakeholders and agree on a format of engagement with all State officials in order to address concerns.
“The state leadership should meet simultaneously nationwide, to address matters arising.
“Reforms must include the training and retraining of operatives on the rules of engagement with the general public.
“Policing in Nigeria must ensure freedom for all Nigerians to carry out their lawful and legitimate businesses anywhere in the country without fear of harassment, intimidation or molestation.
“Throughout the reform process, the room for consultation may include sessions and direct feedback from the public as there is no single solution that applies to all the 36 States of the federation and the FCT.”
It disclosed that the forum resolved to set up a panel for compensation to all victims of police and FSARS brutality in each state and see to it that the necessary compensation was made to those who deserved them.
This, according to it must be systematically done to ensure that nobody who deserved to be compensated was left out.
“The Forum directed its secretariat to work with the police authority to develop a framework for setting up a panel of enquiry across all States to determine claims and compensation;
“Governors are aware that some States have already started engaging protesters and urged all States that have not commenced same to invite all stakeholders in the matter to resolve these issues.”
The governors also said that all police officers who participated in the abuse or actions that might have led to injury or the death of innocent citizens must be fished out and brought to book.
The governors also stressed the need to compensate Nigerians who had been adversely affected by police brutality or other actions that were injurious to them or their loved ones.
The forum acknowledged the concerns of many Nigerians, especially the youth who had been affected by the excesses of some officials of the FSARS and the Nigeria Police.
“This notwithstanding, forum members noted the efforts of officials of FSARS in their States.
“They have greatly assisted in containing the increasing spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling, and other high end crimes particularly in the Northern States, where containing these criminal activities would have otherwise been very challenging.
“Members, therefore, expressed concern about the sweeping decision to scrap FSARS even while acknowledging the need to address its excesses.”
The governors were unanimous in their support for the IGP and endorsed his plan to carry out far-reaching reforms geared towards greater effectiveness, accountability and transparency.
The forum called for increased regularity in the meetings of the Nigeria Police Council in order for it to effectively carry out its regulatory and supervisory roles as contained in the Nigerian Constitution.
The forum recommended that the IGP, the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Council should immediately review the remuneration and emoluments of police officers and explore ways to fund this.
It said that this was key in order to motivate police officers who had pledged themselves in service of the country.
“Governors enjoined the IGP to be ready to forge stronger partnerships with State governments and the civil society to improve civil relations between the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Public.”
“They noted the need to engage, consult the public and take decisions that address the underpinning issues leading to the protests.
“Members noted that some States had already started the process of engaging protesters and urged all States to engage all stakeholders for a collectively agreed resolution.”
The NGF commended President Buhari for acknowledging that the protests and demonstrations reflect genuine concerns of many Nigerians, while calling for a speedy implementation of all the agreed points.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
The house at its Thursday plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Abdullahi Askira, said members of defunct FSARS in Borno under the leadership of Mohammed played vital role in the fight against insurgency and other violent crimes.
Leader of the House, Alhaji Dige Mohammed, who read the Mohammed’s citation, recalled how he raided and repelled the insurgents’ attacks in some local government areas.
“On 21st of July 2020, the team had another encounter with the insurgents in large numbers at Mainok in Kaga LGA, after a fierce battle, dislodged the insurgents and recovered two gun trucks.
“On 13 July 2020, another encounter ensued with Boko Haram who ambushed motorists along Auno -Jakana- Damaturu highway and recovered two anti aircraft guns with four spare barrels, one machine gun with 251 ammunitions, eight AK 47 and two magazines.
“On 14th July 2020, SARS rescued two soldiers abducted by Boko Haram fighters along Maiduguri-Damaturu road and recovered several arms abandoned by the terrorists,” the house leader said.
Reacting, Mohammed lauded the house and the people of Borno for the honour, which he said was a good commendation for the police, particularly members of his team at this critical period of protests.
“I am still a policeman and will continue to discharge my duty in the fight against crime,” Mohammed said.
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The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello made this known in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday in Abuja.
Bello explained that the ban on all forms of protests was part of the resolution of the routine security meeting held on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020.
He said the objective of the meeting was to review the security situation in FCT, with a view to address identified challenges.
The minister who chaired the meeting said it was attended by heads of the various security agencies, military formations, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions and Chairmen of Area Councils.
He said that the committee noted with satisfaction the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian police.
Bello also said that the meeting noted that in response to the directive of the President and the yearnings of the Nigerian people, the IGP has dissolved the SARS across the 36 State Police Commands and the FCT where they hitherto existed.
According to him, the protesters caused inconveniences to law abiding citizens.
” While the committee recognises the rights of citizens as regards freedom of association and movement as enshrined in the constitution.
” It has observed that the unruly conduct of the crowd and manner of demonstrations are in complete violation of the COVID-19 safety protocols which were put in place to safeguard the lives of citizens.
” These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.
” For the avoidance of doubt, the COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings recommend physical distancing, temperature checks, the use of facial coverings, among others.
” Clearly all these guidelines were flouted by the protesters.
The minister reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to ensure that all residents are safe, secure and able to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the introduction of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, to fight crimes, protect lives and property in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammmed Adamu, announced the formation of SWAT to replace the Nigeria Police Force Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS).
FSARS was disbanded on Oct. 11, sequel to public outcry and widespread protest by Nigerians over its operations.
Adamu announced SWAT as a replacement squad in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020.
Ganduje lauded the president and the IGP, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Abba Anwar, on Wednesday in Kano.
The statement said the governor commended the action while addressing a coalition of youth groups on a solidarity rally at the Government House, Kano.
The governor also commended the youth for cooperating with security agencies to enhance the safety and security of the state.
“We noticed that there are protests in some sections of the country while in Kano, the youth decided to take a good stand by not condemning the police as an institution, rather condemned the few bad eggs among them.
“Without the police, can we move freely in the country?
“We are only calling for the fishing out of the bad eggs among the institution; no more, no less.
“SWAT formation is a good step in the right direction and reforming the police institution is what our youth are agitating for.
“We commend you for the maintainance of law and order in the state,” Ganduje was quoted as saying in the statement.
The statement also quoted, Mr Khalid Sanusi, the National Coordinator, Coalition of Youth Groups, as saying that the events in the past days had brought a policy twist in the nation’s security system.
Sanusi commended President Buhari and the IGP for the prompt response, as well as the gallant efforts of the youth, to voice genuine concerns for a better policing orientation in the country.
He said the rally was to show their support of the planned reform of the police, adding that practical steps were necessary to successfully reform the police.
This, he said could be achieved through adequate funding and provision of equipment to enable the police operate in accordance with international standards.
He said: “We believe FSARS, which had helped to reduce criminal activities in the country, created as a unit in the police force with noble anti-robbery intentions.
“We hope that the police authorities, as promised by the IGP, will re-evaluate, restructure, rebrand and rebuild confidence in an efficient and effective anti-bribery tactical unit in the force.
Edited By: Moses Solanke