The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has hailed the banning of routine patrol by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Nigeria Police by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, saying it is the greatest relief and satisfaction ever.
The governors of the 36 states noted that the ban will significantly reduce the various infractions of the Force that the ordinary citizens have been complaining about and bring an end to their unchecked brutalities.
They also said that young people should not be criminalized simply on account of how they look or their mode of dressing or the cars they drive, the type of phone they carry.
“This is an assault on their fundamental human rights.
“We also completely agree with the directive of the IGP that “no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti” forthwith.
“This, in our view, will significantly reduce the various infractions of the Force that the ordinary Nigerian people have been complaining about and bring an end to the menace of SARS brutality on the people they are meant to protect.
“The IGP’s instructions could not have come at a better time when majority of Nigerians are unhappy with this cohort of police officers who have routinely engaged in unlawful killings and torture, thereby giving the Force a bad name.
“It is helpful to recall that SARS has been cautioned in the same manner before only for it to go back to its old ways,” they said in a statement by the NGF chairman and Ekiti State Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
The governors also said:“Our young people should not be criminalized simply on account of how they look or their mode of dressing or the cars they drive, the type of phone they carry, etc. This is an assault on their fundamental human rights.
“We think this is a timely clinical response by the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force and must specially commend IGP Adamu for his promptness and boldness.
“However, it is our hope that the announcement this time will promptly be followed by action and that there will be no reversal to the unorthodox enforcement practices being complained against.”
They called for appropriate sanctions against lawless and irresponsible law enforcement officers caught in the past.