OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerian youths to stand down on the massive protests, continuing his flip-flopping on the #EndSARS campaign to end police brutality in the country.
The protesters should now cease the mass action since the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force has been scrapped as demanded by citizens.
Recall that there have been repeated protests in the past few days against SARS and general police brutality which has resulted into loss of lives, maiming and extortion targeted mostly at young persons across the country.
Even though the unit has been scrapped, the protests have continued prompting the police to continue arrests and infliction of torture on protesters in some areas across the country.
In a point of order raised on Tuesday, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari (APC, Oyo) condemned the killing of Jimoh Isiaka, his constituent, during one of the protests while others were injured in his senatorial district.
He said: “The protest on #EndSARS snowballed into confrontation between the security operatives and the protesting youths in some part of the country and even turned violent in Ogbomoso, Oyo State for instance, as Nigerian police were alleged to have injured seven protesters and shot dead a young man known as Jimoh Isiaka, a constituent of mine, during the protest.”
Giving his remarks, Lawan noted that the conduct of SARS is not acceptable even as they are funded by public funds but he urged that the protest be stopped.
He said: “The entire essence of the entire police force is to ensure that there is law and order and security for our people and when SARS turned against the people, it was right for the people to protest peacefully.
“The protest some physically involved, others through their peers. I think the protest has yielded the desired result so far. There may not be need to continue the protest again when SARS has been disbanded and those culprits who are involved in the killing and maiming of Nigerians will be brought to book.
“I think we should give the government the chance to implement those as quickly as possible.”
For him, Nigerians have the right to peaceful protest.
He also assured that the All Progressives Congress government is “a listening administration and the appropriate measures, some have been taken, others will be taken pretty soon.”
Lawan tasked the Inspector General of Police to not only dismiss erring officers from service but prosecute them.
Recall that Lawan had last week said the scrapping of SARS was not the solution to police brutality in the country.
He however flip-flopped to commend President Muhammadu Buhari when the government announced the disbandment of the controversial unit.