“It’s unfair to say the government is not doing anything about the #EndSARS protest,” Presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020, Under: News

“It’s unfair to say the government is not doing anything about the #EndSARS protest,” Presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi.

Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Adviser to the President on Digital Media, said it is unfair for Nigerians to claim that the government is doing little or nothing about the ongoing #EndSARS protest against police brutality in the country.

Speaking to Sunday Politics, Tolu said tremendous progress has been made and is still ongoing in meeting the demands of Nigerians protesting police brutality in the country.

He added that police reform has never been on the government’s agenda since 1999.

The presidential aide said;

“If you look at 5 by 5, you will see that tremendous progress has been made on all these issues.

“Never before has police reform been so high on the government’s agenda since 1999, so it’s unfair to say the government is doing something or not doing something.

“I think that so far the government has shown good faith in meeting requests primarily at the highest government level. If you go through the list of requests one by one, you will see that a lot of work has been done to fulfill these requests. “

He also noted that some of the #EndSARS potters’ requests are for the medium to long term.

Tolu added;

“With regard to the independent prosecution oversight body; this is also where a judicial commission of inquiry comes into play because it makes recommendations and then it is important to emphasize that state attorneys general have the power to prosecute aggressive police officers. “

About the welfare of the police, said Ogunlesi;

“This is clearly a long-term goal of 5 out of 5 statements, but even then President Bukhari signed into law the Police Trust Fund Act last year, which ensures that the welfare or compensation of police officers will be successful.”


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