President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and IGP Adamu in the State House, Abuja, FCT

#EndSARS: Buhari, Lagos Deputy Governor appeal for calm as protests spread across Nigeria

*President Muhammadu Buhari orders Police to address Nigerians’ concerns

*You cannot hurt our youths because of their looks or because they are carrying computers… the safety of Nigerians is important as Police officers perform their duties, says Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Lagos State Deputy Governor

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As protests against Police brutality and intimidation spread across cities in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm and asked Mr. Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to address the concerns of the citizens.

Buhari’s latest directive is sequel to the ongoing protests against brutality and extortion by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

ConsumerConnect reports the President, in a series of tweets via his verified Twitter account Friday, October 9, 2020, ordered Mr. Adamu to reform SARS nationwide after meeting with the IGP.

Buhari stated: “The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice,” he said.

“I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.

“I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the Police should never be in doubt.”

The President also tweeted: “I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.

“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”

Dr. Obafemi Hamzat

Likewise, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, has condemned the action of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officials who harass and intimidate youths.

Hamzat, while addressing the #EndSARS protesters at the Lagos House, Friday, in Lagos, disclosed although it is the duty of security agents to arrest those who break the laws, it is absolutely wrong to “trample on the rights of other citizens.”

The Deputy Governor said: “It is not right!” as he equally called for an end to Police brutality.
Bad eggs among the Police Force should be brought to justice in the country, he urged the authorities.

Hamzat said: “You cannot hurt our youths because of their looks or because they are carrying computers. You cannot say somebody is guilty because of his or her looks.

“We are not against police fighting robbery but we are saying do not unjustifiably hurt our children because of their looks.”

The message is clear, as the safety of Nigerians is important while Nigeria Police officers are delivering their duties, said he.

He added that “in doing your job, you cannot just unjustifiable hurt another person.”

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