Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Trial of indicted Police officers has begun, ban of SARS is victory for youths ─Sanwo-Olu

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the continued nationwide protests against the banned Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and subsequent tensions across the metropolis and nationwide, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has disclosed that the trial of the arrested Police officers involved in the incident in Surulere area of the state has commenced.

The Governor, at a media briefing Thursday, October 15, 2020, had named the policemen who harassed protesters at the Area C Command Police Station in the area of the state.

He disclosed their names as Bagou Michael, Ekpoudom Etop, Nnamdi Madura and Akinyemi Benson.

Subsequently, in a tweet via his Twitter account Saturday, October 17, the Lagos State Governor said the orderly room trial of the officers had started.

Some of the victims attended, and would testify before the panel next week, said he.

Sanwo-Olu stated: “I have seen powerful images and videos of the Candle for SARS victims vigils held across the country. It calls for very sober reflections.

“Yesterday, the orderly room trial of the police officers involved in the Surulere incident began.

“Some of the victims attended and will testify before the panel next week. Justice will be served. Thank you to the team actively following up and helping victims.

“There is so much more to be done and I will keep sharing the actions we are taking in line with my announcements.”

ConsumerConnect reports that the governor said the recent disbandment of the SARS, a unit of the Nigeria Police force (NPF), is a victory for the Nigerian youths.

Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this while commending the youths for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves during the protests, report said.

The governor stated that he believes their actions have shown what democracy truly stands for.

“This is actually a victory for our youths. This is a victory because your voice has been heard. So, if you say this is not the first time, this is the first time they are disbanding it.

“Other pronouncements have been ‘we will do something,’ but there has been clear communication and they have rolled out all of the various things they are going to be doing.”

Sanwo-Olu, however, urged the protesting young population to sheathe their swords following the positive response to their demands.

According to him, the youths should collaborate with the Police authorities by forming themselves into groups aimed at providing a citizen-oriented policing structure in the country.

It is recalled that the Lagos State Governor’s response followed days of widespread protests by Nigerians, demanding to scrap of the unit of the Force that had gained notoriety for brutality and human rights violations over the years.

Mr. Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), who announced the scrapping of the unit, reportedly acknowledged reports of extortion and brutality, announcing a plan for an investigation into the allegations.

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