#EndSARS: Governor of Ondo vows to protest, condemns police brutality

Posted by on Oct 17, 2020, Under: News

#EndSARS: Governor of Ondo vows to protest, condemns police brutality

Rotimi Aqueredolu, Governor of Ondo State, said he supports protests across the country, calling for an end to police brutality.

The governor, who has pledged to join the youth in protest, said it is necessary to reform Nigeria’s police force in an effort to protect citizens’ rights, SaharaReporter reported.

He said his administration would set up a committee to receive complaints from members of the public who may have been victims.

Akeredolu said the committee will be chaired by a former chief judge and work will begin next week.

He said: “SARS is over, but whether or not you have a problem with SARS, there is no more SARS in Nigeria.

“Your fight has ended SARS, and you must congratulate yourself. When you talk about police brutality, it’s not just young people.

“We all know that many families have experienced this (police brutality and attacks). People also died. People have lost limbs, and the police themselves know about it.

“From the President to the Vice President to the Inspector General of Police, we all met yesterday at the National Executive Council and made it clear that Nigeria’s police need to reform.

“It needs to be reformed, and now we need to create a committee headed by the former chief judge, and you can all submit your complaints to them.

“If you have someone in custody anywhere in the state, you can bring them to the attention of the committee.

“The committee will consider them and also make sure that they are released immediately. If they are eligible for compensation, the committee will recommend it.

“The committee will start working next week. I want you to use this committee. We are all for the fight.

“The demonstration is necessary and you have made it peaceful. I am available, I join you to demonstrate