#EndSARS: President Buhari finally speaks; says disbandment of SARS only the first step to Nigeria Police reformation

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally addressed the nation for the first time since the ongoing nationwide protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Buhari in a short video clip which was posted on twitter noted that the disbandment of the SARS police unit was a first step to extensive police reforms.

He further noted that operatives of the SARS unit found wanting would be brought to justice, adding that he had ordered the probe into the killing of a protesters in Ogbomosho, Oyo State.

“I will like to use this opportunity to say a word on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force.

“The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.

“We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.

“We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.

“I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.

“Meanwhile, it is important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties.

“The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”



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