OrderPaperToday – The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the #EndSARS protests currently rocking the country.
For about two weeks now, Nigerians, mostly the youths have mounted a stiff street protests nationwide against police brutality, especially by personnel of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The #EndSARS protests have gone violent in some parts of the country, resulting to loss of lives and properties, including torching of police stations in Lagos, earlier today.
The senate has accordingly asked Buhari to address Nigerians on the matter.
The lawmakers made the call on Tuesday following a point of order raised by Senator Biodun Olujinmi (PDP, Ekiti) on #EndSARS and the need for comprehensive and holistic reform of the Nigeria police.
According to her, police brutality in Nigeria can be traced to the colonial era.
She lamented that in June 2020, Amnesty International documented that between January and May this year there were 22 cases of torture and extra judicial killing by SARS.
Olujinmi noted that despite the disbandment of SARS unit by the Inspector General of Police and the promise of implementing the demands of the protesters, the protests “have increased with intensity and violence with compatriots losing their lives. The protest has grown to include the demands for good governance”.
As part of the resolutions approved by the red chamber, Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC, Edo) in an additional prayer to the resolutions asked Buhari to speak on the issue.
It was seconded by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos)
The red chamber also called on the police to operate strictly in accordance to the rules of engagement.
The senate also appealed to the protesters to stop the protests and and embrace genuine dialogue thereby giving government time and space to meet their demands.
Protesters were urged to use legal and institutional channels to address issues.
Earlier during the debate, deputy president of the senate, Ovie Omo-Agege narrated how he was once brutalized by SARS.