The Senate, on Friday, October 17, urged the Federal Government to ensure the speedy implementation of the five-point demands of #EndSARS protesters.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Dr Ajibola Basiru.
1st News had reported on Tuesday that the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad; approved the five-point demands put forward by youths protesting against the brutality; and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The protesters sought a comprehensive evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed; despite the announcement of its dissolution by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Amongst the demands are:
- The release of all arrested protesters
- Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality; and appropriate compensation for their families.
- Increased salaries for police officers; as well as the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct.
The government and some business leaders had tried to persuade the youths to leave the streets; but the protesters have insisted that until the government implement their demands; the demonstrations would continue.
However, the Senate said the two chambers of the National Assembly had inaugurated their constitutional review committees on the reformation of the Nigeria Police Force
“Beyond legislative action is the need to take timeous executive action. For instance, stopping the SARS is an executive action; because no law actually sets up the SARS.
“The 5-point demand of the protesters has been passed to the presidential committee; and they agreed to it and we are expecting implementation.
“In terms of implementation, it is faster for the executive arm of government to make implementation,” he said; adding that there was the need for confidence-building between the police and the members of the public; particularly the youths.
Basiru also noted that the #EndSARS protests that have led to gridlocks; that have grounded economic activities in most Nigerian cities are proof that the security apparatus of the country should be decentralised.