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“Disbanding of SARS only the first step,” Buhari speaks on #EndSARS protests

by Ayodeji Onibalusi
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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday spoken up about the ongoing anti-police brutality protest, especially against the now-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad, OYOGist.com reports.

On Sunday, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Mohammad announced the dissolution of the notorious SARS police. However, some clauses in the dissolution left Nigerians unsatisfied which made the protests to continue.

Among the requests of Nigerians are the immediate release of detained protesters across the nation, an investigation into the conduct of the ex-SARS officers, and a reform of the entire police force. This should also include psychological evaluation of candidates before accepting them into the police force and better wages for police officers to curb bribe.

President Buhari, during his speech on the #EndSARS protest, said, “the disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.”

He also expressed his regret concerning the loss of life of Jimoh Isiaq who was killed by police during a peaceful protest in Ogbomosho on Saturday.

“We also deeply regret the loss of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations. I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated,” President Buhari said.

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