The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said after the #EndSARS protest, he’s seeing a better Nigeria where people’s fundamental human rights will be respected.
He stated this at a Special NAN forum in Abuja on Monday.
Mohammed said the protesters would achieve their vision if they end the protest and give the government the chance to implement the nation’s security architecture reform.
While describing the #EndSARS protest as one of the most popular and successful protests in this country’s history, Mohammed said it is regrettable that the peaceful protest has been hijacked by hoodlums and those who want to destabilize the country.
According to him, following the #EndSARS protest, the government has started the process of reforming the Police and entire internal security structure in the country.
“With every challenge, there is always an opportunity, and the opportunity this protest has given us is to look at a more holistic approach to reforming our internal security.
“For the first time in the history of this country, a special Police tactical unit is being formed which will be supervised not by a Police Command but a committee to be chaired by the Governor of each state with representatives of youths and Civil Society Organisations.
“The committee chaired by the Governor will have the responsibility to supervise the way the special security unit relates to the public and carry out its responsibilities.
“The panel being put up will take complaints from the public with regards to human rights abuses; this has never happened in the history of this country,” he said.
The Minister also noted that the federal government has directed all states to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate erring police officers who engage in extrajudicial killings and brutality.
He noted that this is the first time any administration is setting up a Victim Support to compensate victims of extrajudicial killings and Police brutality in the 36 states and the FCT.
“In line with the new Police Act, officers to be enlisted in the new tactical Police unit will be tested psychologically and mentally to be sure that they are fit for the operations.
“This will put a big check on Police abuse and extrajudicial killing which we have witnessed over the decades,” he said.
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