Following the dismissal of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Federal Government has ratified the five-point demands put forward by youths that have been protesting across the country.
This was disclosed by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement titled ‘Presidential panel on police reforms swings into action, plays 5-point demand of protesters.’
Adesina noted that following directives by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the dissolution of SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet demands.
He said the demands acceded to included halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.
According to Femi Adesina, the meeting, organized by the Office of the Inspector General of Police and National Human Rights Commission, was a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in Nigeria, activists from the entertainment industry, and the #EndSARS movement and development partners.
He further stated that the Ministry of Police Affairs and Police Service Commission were also present at the meeting that affirmed that the five-point demands of the protesters and the #EndSARS movement are genuine concerns and will be addressed by the government.
According to a communiqué of the meeting signed by the IGP and Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, it stated that there was the need for stakeholders to engage, build trust and restore public confidence in law enforcement agents; following the public protests regarding various forms of human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the resultant disbandment of the unit by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.