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Buhari’s speech today: Nigeria president says SARS disbandment ‘first step’ to Nigeria police reforms

Posted: October 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the continued protests across the country to police brutality and the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

President Buhari declared on Monday in Abuja that disbanding of SARS is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.

Buhari who spoke at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES) which is aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) all over the country.

President Buhari also gave directives for all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts to face justice. ”I will like to use this opportunity to talk on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force,”

”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 remain the protection of lives and livelihood of our people. ”We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts face justice.

‘We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations. ”I have directed them to investigate thoroughly the circumstances of his death. ”Meanwhile, it’s important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties. “The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”

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