KanyiDaily had reported that there is an ongoing #EndSARS protest across the country against the SARS tactical unit of the Nigerian Police Force over its brutality, illegal arrest, extortion, extra-judicial killings, among others.
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, briefed the plenary on the outcome of his meeting with #EndSARS protesters had blocked the National Assembly entrance on Wednesday.
Following the briefing, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, expressed the need for the angry youths to halt their agitation and go home, in order to pave way for President Muhammadu Buhari to work on the implementation of their five-point agenda.
Lawan also asked President Buhari to expedite actions on the reform of the Nigeria Police for peace to reign in the country.
“The government has responded, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been disbanded. All the five demands of the protesters have been accepted. Since such demands have been accepted, then we should expedite action to actualise them.
“I believe that when protesters’ demands are met, their goals should have been achieved. Therefore, there’s need for our compatriots to go back home and give government the chance to quickly and expeditiously implement those demands.
Also, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed the need for the #EndSARS agitators to end their protests since President Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the House had addressed the reason behind the protest.
Gbajabiamila who made these remarks on Thursday when the House inaugurated its Special Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, said the ongoing #EndSARS protests had exposed the weak policing structure of the country.
“For those of us who are out there, we must be careful not to lose the plot. The Inspector General of Police (Mohammed Adamu) has heard you and he has spoken. The House has spoken, even before now, and continues to speak. The President has been unequivocal and spoke clearly. It is now time to sit back and see what happens.
“The simple truth is that we have a police that doesn’t have the trust of the people and a policing system that doesn’t make for productive partnerships between the police and the communities they serve,” Gbajabiamila said.
Meanwhile, the Northern State Governors have rejected the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The 19 northern governors who opposed the disbandment, said the SARS police unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in their region.