In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, October, 2020

#EndSARS: SARS, SWAT Is No Resolution, We Want State Police

#EndSARS: SARS, SWAT Is No Solution, We Need State Police

Ike Ekweremadu

Ike Ekweremadu


The federal authorities has been informed that introducing the Particular Weapons and Tactical Group (SWAT) to exchange the Particular Anti-robbery Squad is just not the answer to the agitation by youths towards police brutality.


Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu mentioned this whereas addressing the #EndSARS protests going down in numerous components of the nation.


He known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to see the decentralisation of policing and the establishment of state police because the lasting answer to the impunity and shortcomings he’s presently making an attempt to repair within the federal police.


Ekweremadu regretted that the Invoice to amend the structure to create state police departments, which he sponsored within the eighth Senate in addition to the present Senate, had not obtained the required political help.


Reacting to the disbandment of the Federal Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) and proposed organising of the Particular Weapons and Tactical Group (SWAT), Ekweremadu, in a press release by his Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, on Wednesday, mentioned the Federal Authorities was nonetheless addressing the signs fairly than the actual sickness.


He mentioned: “The continued avenue protests over the excesses of components within the Nigeria Police didn’t come to me as a shock. As a matter of reality, I had at all times identified, and warned severally day would come when Nigerians would now not tolerate the worsening insecurity within the land and the excesses of these charged with defending lives and property.

“The issue with our policing and the attendant insecurity and excesses are engraved majorly positioned in Part 214 (1) of the 1999 structure, which offers that ‘There shall be a police drive for Nigeria, which shall be often called the Nigeria Police Drive, and topic to the provisions of this part, no different police drive shall be established for the Federation or any half thereof’.

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“It is usually worsened by Part 215 (2), which fits additional to declare that ‘The Nigeria Police Drive shall be underneath the command of the Inspector-Basic of Police and contingents of the Nigeria Police Drive stationed in a state shall, topic to the authority of the Inspector-Basic of Police, be underneath the command of the Commissioner of Police of that state.

“This knowledgeable my Invoice for the Creation of State Police with ample provisions within the mode of financing, management, and appointments of the excessive instructions of such state police providers to insulate them from any types of abuse and provides residents roles within the varied State Police Service Commissions. Sadly, this has not obtained the requisite political help, I name on the President and political stakeholders, as soon as extra, to grab the chance of the widespread calls for for police reforms by Nigerians to do the suitable factor, addressing the structural challenges”.


Persevering with, he acknowledged: “Nigeria is the one federal state with unitary police. It has by no means labored anyplace. It isn’t working right here and it’ll by no means work.

“Due to this fact, whether or not we name it SARS or SWAT, we are going to solely be addressing the signs as an alternative of the illnesses till we decentralise policing to permit residents and the states take cost of the safety of lives and properties of its individuals. That is the extra reassuring manner of addressing the mounting challenges of corruption, excesses, indiscipline, abuse, insufficient and poorly-motivated manpower in addition to lack of apparatus and safety infrastructure presently bedevilling policing in Nigeria”.


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The lawmaker added that one of many classes from the END SARS protest was that Nigerians may at all times engender the modifications they desired in the event that they acted as one.



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