SWAT Hasty creation, rulers tell IG Adamu

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020, Under: News

SWAT Hasty creation, rulers tell IG Adamu

Governors said Thursday that the creation of a Special Arms and Tactics Squad (SWAT) to replace the destroyed Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) is under way.

They called on Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adama “to immediately convene a meeting of all interested parties.”

The governors expressed their stance on the violent protests across the country against the brutality of the late SARS agents in a statement released after the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) meeting. The meeting took place on Wednesday in Abuja.

Protesters also rejected the creation of SWAT, which they described as the embodiment of SARS.

But the inspector general of police assured that he would not place any SARS agents in the special forces.

The communiqué, signed by the NGF President Dr. Kayode Fayemi, confirmed that IG had informed the meeting of the steps to be taken.

However, they said: “While the creation of spetsnaz may be necessary and bona fide, the timing is unfavorable, as the mood of the nation denies it, and this could understandably be misinterpreted as a covert move to dress the FSARS in a different suit;

The governors agreed that further public consultation is needed before any decisions are taken;

The governors advised PGI to immediately convene a meeting of all stakeholders and agree on a format for interacting with all state officials to resolve problems; and that the leadership of the state should meet simultaneously at the national level to address emerging issues.

Members also recommended that PGI, the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Council immediately review the remuneration and remuneration of police officers and explore ways to fund them in order to incentivize and motivate police officers. who dedicated themselves to serving the country;

“The governors stressed that the reforms should include training and retraining of operators in the rules of interaction with the population; The Nigerian Police must ensure that all Nigerians are free to carry out their lawful and legal activities anywhere in the country without fear of harassment, intimidation or harassment.

“The governors advised that throughout the reform process, the consultation room could include meetings and direct public feedback, stressing that there is no single solution that applies to all 36 states of the federation and territory. federal capital.

The governors called for the prosecution of police officers allegedly involved in extrajudicial killings and other forms of arbitrariness. They demanded compensation for the victims of police brutality.

“The governors have stated unequivocally that all police officers who have participated in abuses or actions that could lead to the injury or death of innocent citizens should be caught and brought to justice, while other Nigerians who have been victims of police brutality or other actions that were harmful to them or their loved ones, must be compensated;

“Every state should create a commission to pay compensation to all victims and make sure that the necessary compensation is paid to those who deserve it.

“This needs to be done systematically to ensure that no one who deserves compensation is excluded.

“The Forum has directed its secretariat to work with law enforcement to develop a framework for setting up commissions of inquiry in all states to determine claims and compensation.

“The governors know that some states have already started attracting demonstrators and have called on all states that have not yet started inviting all stakeholders on this issue to resolve these issues.

The communiqué added: “The governors unanimously endorsed PGI and endorsed its plan to implement far-reaching reforms aimed at improving efficiency, accountability and transparency;

“Council members called for more regularity in the meetings of the Nigeria Police Council so that it can effectively carry out its regulatory and oversight functions under the Nigerian Constitution.

“Governors have ordered PGI to be prepared to forge closer partnerships with state governments and civil society to improve civil relations between Nigerian police and the people of Nigeria.

“Members also agreed that public concerns go beyond the need for police / FSARS reforms and include a call for better governance.

“They noted the need for interaction, public consultation and decision-making aimed at solving the main problems that led to the protests;

“Members noted that some states have already started the process of involving demonstrators, and called on all states to involve all stakeholders for a collectively agreed solution;

“Members thanked the President, who acknowledged that the protests and demonstrations reflected the real concerns of many Nigerians, and called for early implementation of all agreed points.”

Source: – The Nation