President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to arrest and prosecute officers responsible for the misconduct in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The President’s directive came barely 24 hours after he approved the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), saying the few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.
The Guardian recalled that policemen who were dispersing EndSARS protesters killed a bystander identified as Jimoh Isiaq in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, at the weekend.
President Buhari gave the directive at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES) aimed at creating 774,000 jobs in the 774 council areas of the country.
“Disbanding SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms to ensure that the primary duty of the law enforcement agents and other security outfits remains the protection of lives and property of Nigerians,” he said.
He charged state governments, ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to factor the P-YES into their programmes to assist the youth in realising their God-given potentials in their chosen endeavours.
Reacting to the development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the dissolution of SARS was an acceptable decision, urging the President to overhaul the policing architecture to engender professionalism, adherence to rule of law, and respect for the fundamental rights of Nigerians.
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