ADC candidate in the recently concluded Edo governor election, Mabel Oboh, has said that the Nigerian Police men needed proper training, given the #ENDSARS protests currently shaking the federation.
He added his voice to the growing chorus of support for peaceful protests calling for a total restructuring of the Police to end police brutality, noting that the time was right for change.
She said: “For more than a week, economic activities in some states of the federation have been paralyzed, not thanks to the extrajudicial killings of the police by SARS.
“It is sad that the lives of so many young people have been killed prematurely by these police armed with firearms.
“My prayers go out to those unselfish young people and musicians in the streets, defending these peaceful demonstrations. It is time for the authorities to realize that the lives of our young people are important. “
Oboh, a Nollywood veteran, added: “I congratulate the artists at the forefront who seek justice for those who lost their lives.
“It was the brutal murder of a Nigerian musician, Sleek, that set the stage for this fight and, as things stand now, the young artists did not look to their respective unions for action.
“This in itself proves that these organizations have no relationship with their members, so they run the risk of being forgotten and irrelevant.”
Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond lip service and quickly resolve the crisis and provide specialized training, a full review and a special pay package for the police force, he criticized the police IG for quickly finding an alternative body called SWAT. .
“What is the difference between SWAT and SARS? What consultation took place before the IG suddenly came up with SWAT?
“The IG is not sincere with its statement that SARS has been dissolved. At best, it is extremely insensitive to events happening in the country.
“He announced that SARS had dissolved on one side of his mouth only to replace it with SWAT on the other side. What does that mean? Aren’t the same men who made up SARS still in SWAT?
“This is an attempt to deceive and mislead the Nigerian masses. Someone should tell you that a name change is not the way to go, but a total transformation, retraining and reorientation of the men of the Nigerian Police.
“The perpetrators must be brought to trial and the families of the lost must be compensated,” added Mabel Oboh.
He called on the president to meet the demands of the organizers of the protest by first unconditionally releasing all those detained by the police.
“When these demands have been met, everything can go on. At the moment, our young people are angry and the dissolution of SARS should go beyond promises.
“The first step to take is for the president to order the release of all detainees and to organize intensive training for men and women of the Nigerian police force and, above all, all agents implicated in the bloodshed of innocent Nigerians must appear. before justice.
“Furthermore, the protesters and other well-meaning Nigerians want a complete reform of our system. The citizens of Nigeria are fed up and looking for the change that must come if Nigeria is to be saved.
“The voice of the people is the voice of God and young Nigerians and Nigerians in general have spoken unequivocally that SARS should be dissolved and should not be replaced by SWAT.
“They have also given other conditions to the management of governance,” said Mabel Oboh.