Igboeli Arinze, FCT-
President Muhammadu Buhari in a two minute broadcast today broke his silence on the ongoing protests by hundreds of thousands of Nigerians calling on the government as well as the police authorities to disband the Special Anti Robbery Squad aka known as SARS.
In a video shared on his verified twitter handle @Mbuhari, the president stated that the disbandment of the police unit
was the first step to “extensive police
reforms”. He also promised that SARS officers who had been found to be responsible for wrongful acts committed in the unit’s name would be brought to account for their misdeeds.
President Buhari also announce that following the killing of a young Nigerian in Oyo State, he had directed that a probe should be conducted into the circumstances that led to his death.
He said, “I will like to use this opportunity to say a word 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 remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.”
“We will also ensure that all those
responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.”
“We deeply regret the loss of life of the
young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.”
“I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.”
“Meanwhile, it is 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”