OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order to address issues of police brutality in the country.
The representatives however, appealed to protesters to have faith in the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government in “our collective efforts towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering issues of general police misconduct.”
These resolutions followed a motion raised on Tuesday during matters of urgent public importance at plenary by Mr. Sada Soli (APC, Katsina).
Raising the motion, Mr. Soli noted the legitimate and constitutional right to peaceful protests of citizens presently against police brutality going on across the country.
He also noted the quick action of the federal government by yielding to the demands to ban the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
The lawmaker further noted that the President has assured Nigerians that all policemen responsible for misconduct are brought to justice and that persons being held in SARS cells are promptly released.
According to Mr. Soli, the legitimate protests are being infiltrated by hoodlums, which may result in the breakdown of law and order, adding:
“The continuous protests across the country have inflicted untold hardship on other Nigerians pursuing their legitimate livelihoods. The protests have impacted negatively on the nation’s economy as economic activities have been inadvertently crippled by the protests.
“The protests may be taking a dangerous political dimension which could be inimical to the country’s democratic process. The protests are being hijacked by hoodlums and other unpatriotic Nigerians as there have been reports of break-ins at a medium security correctional centre along Sapele Road in Benin, and burning of police stations all in Edo State, as well as general violence by hoodlums brandishing dangerous weapons, causing mayhem and grounding vehicular movements in major cities across the country.”
Mr. Soli expressed worries for the public health and safety of the populace as the protests may escalate the spread of the COVID-19 infection across the country, stressing that due to the protests, people are finding it increasingly difficult to access health care and other services.
He therefore advised that if adequate measures are not taken to address the protests, the country may be thrown into a state of complete anarchy, resulting in needless loss of lives and properties and posing a threat to governance across the country.
In adopting the motion, the House resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to interface with relevant security agencies, other relevant agencies and interest groups to ensure a peaceful end to the protests.
The committee is to be chaired by the deputy speaker, Idris Wase, and comprise the majority leader, the minority leader and three members each from the standing committees on Defence, Police, Army, Airforce, Navy, Interior, National Security and Intelligence and Human Rights.
Earlier in the day, the senate resolved to call on President Buhari to address the nation on the #EndSARS protests.