Hours after the protests against police brutality and end to bad governance took a different dimension with several citizens killed by soldiers, President Muhammadu has called on Nigerians, particularly the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace in achieving desired result on Nigeria Police Force reformation.
He explained that continued agitations and violent demonstrations across the country would further deepen the fault lines and return all involved to the starting point without meaningful gains recorded through the cause.
The President explained that necessary steps are being taken to implement the protesters’ five-point demands and that parts of it were the 13 states that have established the Judicial Panels of Inquiry in line with the National Economic Council’s resolve to get redress and justice for victims of police brutality across the country.
Through a statement issued by the Presidency and signed by Femi Adesina on Wednesday, Buhari listed the states that have set up the panels to include Lagos, Kaduna, Delta, Ekiti, Ogun, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Plateau, Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo, and Akwa Ibom.
While listing other measures put in place in achieving police reformation across the country, the Presidency said that Buhari had approved the rollout and funding of a new community policing initiative, as part of a larger programme of police reform in Nigeria, aimed at rewriting the rules of engagement between the force and citizens.
“President Buhari’s commitment to extensive police reforms should never be in doubt. The President in September 2020 signed the new Nigeria Police Act, the first comprehensive revision of the Police Act in decades.
“As President Buhari declared, the immediate dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), is the first step in a set of reform policies that will deliver a police system accountable to the Nigerian people. The President has also approved full implementation of the report of the 2018-2019 Presidential Panel on Police Reform. Indeed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) have now commenced the implementation of the Report.
“The Presidency appeals for understanding and calm across the nation, as the implementation of the reforms gathers pace at Federal and State levels. The Presidency wishes to reiterate the full commitment of the Buhari Administration to the implementation of lasting Police reforms in Nigeria,” the statement said.