The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Friday, October 10, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to take swift action in putting an end to police brutality and probe its perpetrators.
SERAP made this appeal via a tweet which stated, “It’s time for President Buhari to address Nigerians on his government’s plan to #EndSARS, protect Nigerians participating in #EndSarsProtests, probe allegations of killings and other rights abuses and ensure prosecution of perpetrators.”
“It’s time to uphold the Nigerian constitution,” SERAP urged.
In major cities across the country, Nigeria’s leading celebrities and activists have organized mass protests which started on Thursday and still ongoing to demand an end to police brutality in the country.
Also, in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday evening, October 9, called for restraint as protests against brutality as well as extortion by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) intensified in many parts of the country.
Buhari made this appeal via his Twitter handle; revealing he had directed the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to reform the FSARS.
The IGP had earlier briefed the president on the matter at a meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari tweeted, “I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct; and also ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses; & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience and calm; even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.
“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic; and also committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians; and we will likewise continue to support them to do their job.”