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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari late Friday, for the umpteenth time, met with the Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu at the State House Abuja but the meeting was another routine of promises.
In the three tweets shared on his timeline, the President made no commitments to end Police brutality across Nigeria, there was no action – it was another late night courtesy visit.
According to the President, “I met again with the IGP tonight”, in a tweet to Nigerians. He continued, “Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt”.
This is not the first time Buhari has met with the Police over reforms of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, but nothing comes out of such meetings as officers and men of the unit are still across the Nigerian streets cracking down on civilians, in most cases shooting Sporadically and killing.
In his tweet, the President added, “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”.
He said the IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice.
“I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known”.
Under Buhari’s watch, Nigerian banned SARS 4 different times in four years, but those pronouncements ended as mere statements issued to the press and nothing was done to put an end to widespread police brutality.
The President said, “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”.
NewsWireNGR reported how Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force on Friday dispersed Nigerians who took the #EndSARS protest to the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.
The protesters are demanding an end to brutality and extra-judicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Shots were fired in the air as residents scampered for safety while the armed policemen chased the protesters who marched on the Central Area of Abuja.
From Abuja to Delta, Osun to Ibadan, Lagos to Ekiti, the campaign against police brutality and extra-judicial killings continued on Friday with young Nigerians occupying the entrance of Lagos State House of Assembly Complex.
The protesters, who spent the night at the entrance of the complex demanded an immediate response and immediate disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives.
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