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#EndSARS protests: Government bows to demands of protesters

Okays Mandatory Psychological Testing For Police

PRESIDENT BUHARI DECORATES NEW IG 1. President Buhari Muhammadu Buhari decorates the new Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JAN 15 2019

 

The federal government of Nigeria announced it has okayed the five point demand of EndSARS protesters.

According to the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) government has agreed to the five point demands of EndSARS protesters.

Their demands include: Immediate release of all arrested protesters; Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families; Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days); In line with the new police act, psychological evaluation and retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS before they can redeployed and Increase police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting lives and property of citizens.

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Monday convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet demands, “which include halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.

Per Second News obtained a communique issued by the forum after the meeting recommending psychological evaluation, training and retraining of disbanded SARS officials prior to redeployment.

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  1. The forum notes that the dissolution of SARS presents an opportunity to embark on comprehensive reforms aimed at repositioning the Nigerian Police Force as a modern, responsive and citizens-centered law enforcement organisation.
  2. . Following the dissolution of SARS, the forum calls for the following immediate steps to be taken in restoring public confidence and trust in police,
  3. The forum further notes that the proposed reforms should be anchored under the basis of the White Paper on the report of the presidential panel on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad which was jointly authored by the National Hunman Rights Commission, the federal ministry of justice, and the Nigeria Police Force

 

a, An order by the IGP to all state commands to halt the use of force against protesters

b. Unconditional release of arrested protesters and citizens.

c. Open communication and outreach to citizens to establish trust and confidence;

d. A roadmap for implementation of the White Paper of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the SARS

 

Those who attended the meeting are: Dr Kole Shettima- MAC Arthur Foundation; Innocent Chukwuma – Ford Foundation; Jude Ilo- of OSIWA;  Segun Awosanya(segalinks) – End Sars Movement;  Yemi Adamolekun- Enough is Enough; Clément Nwankwo- PLAC; Rafsanjani- CISLAC; Kemi Okonyedo-  PWAN; YZ – CITAD; Folarin Falana Falz; Prof Deji Adekunle –NIALS;  Chris Ngwodo, SSA to President Research & Policy;  Dr Fatima Waziri – Rule of Law Adviser OVP and Abdulrahman Yakubu – NHRC Secretariat.

Others are: Hilary Ogbonna- NHRC secretariat; Halilu Adamu – NHRC Secretariat; Ben Aguh – NHRC secretariat; Dr Uju Agomuoh – PRAWA and Onyinye Ndubuisi – UNDP.

 

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