#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now, Senate Begs President Buhari
The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation as soon as possible on the #EndSARS protests ongoing across the country.
Last week, the president said the scrapping of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) is the first step to reforming the police. This followed nationwide protests against the unit which is notorious for human rights abuses.
But the protests against police brutality have continued.
This formed part of the resolutions reached by the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
They stressed the need for the President to urgently address Nigerians, especially the protesters on the issues raised and appealed to all Nigerians to resort to the use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts.
The senators also urged all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social-economic reforms that would raise the standard of lives of the people.
They called on the police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment.
“They have increased with intensity and violence with compatriots losing their lives. The protest has grown to include the demands for good governance,” she said.
“In June 2020, Amnesty International, in a report documented that between January 2017 and May 2020, there were 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial killings by SARS.
“That latest #EndSARS protests which have assumed a global dimension began on the 3rd of October 2020 from the video of the SARS officer who shot a young man in Delta state.”
The senator called for an improved welfare for police officers.
“The barracks are in very bad shape, they must be up to living standards. Training and medical insurance to all members of the Nigeria Police Force,” Olujimi said.
Senator Biodun Olujimi from Ekiti State sponsored the motion while citing Order 42 and 52 to seek the leave of the Senate to take the action.
The motion enjoyed the support of a majority of the lawmakers present at the plenary, including the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, and the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.