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Rauf Olaniyan, the deputy governor of Oyo State, has said that he has been a victim of police brutality in the past.
NewsWireNGR recalls that the Lagos State deputy governor Obafemi Hamzat last week said he has also experienced harassment by the men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
Mr Olaniyan made this declaration while addressing #EndSARS protesters in Ibadan, the state capital on Tuesday.
He declared his interest to joined the protest against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“I stand with the #EndSARS protesters because I have twice been a victim of police brutality,” Mr Olaniyan said.
“Now is the time for police reform. Now is the time to end police brutality.”
‘Peaceful protest guaranteed’
Meanwhile, the mass protest against police brutality in Nigeria was held on Wednesday in major cities across the country including Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The protesters marched major streets in the city and blocked major roads thereby causing gridlock.
They also assembled at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice and displayed placards demanding justice for slain victims of police brutality.
A complete reform of the Nigeria Police Force, instead of just replacing the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) unit with another unit called SWAT was also part of their demands.
Meanwhile, dozens of another group of protesters gathered at the Unity Fountain for a solidarity rally for the police.
The group claimed that the ongoing #EndSARS protest is capable of demoralising the police.
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