Osinbajo angry about SARS situation
Osinbajo angry about SARS situation as Vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, recently got out concerning the case of SARS brutality in the country.
I am very concerned and in fact sometimes angry about what I see happening to young men and women who are arrested and, in some cases, maimed or killed by men of the police force, in some cases, those who man tactical units of the police force such as SARS and other units.
He also said he and president Buhari had discussed about the situation. He continued;
The President and I had had discussions on this. He is very concerned about this and he wants to see a reform of this processYemi Osinbajo
He also said he talked with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over measures to check FSARS…
You are probably aware that the IGP has issued a statement looking at all these issues; in particular, the warning against the use of these tactical units such as SARS for purposes of doing anything other than anti-robbery.
For example, and I think in his statement, he specifically said that you cannot have a situation where SARS says they are investigating cybercrime by arresting young men and women carrying their laptops and phones. Cybercrime is an electronic crime. I don’t see how you can investigate that by seizing people’s phones in a taxi or in their cars.Yemi Osinbajo
Mr. Vice President continued;
The IG’s statement today is a good first step. He has said clearly that policemen must wear police uniforms. You cannot say that because you belong to a tactical unit, you can dress in your casual clothing and be armed, because people can’t even tell the difference between robbers and the police if you are not properly dressed in police uniform. So, clearly, a reform is in the offing.
“So, I will like to encourage civil society activists, young men and women, who bring this regularly, by the way, to the attention of government and the police. And I think that activism is important because they have been able to bring a lot of these issues to the attention of the police and government, and that is an important part of the process of the reformYemi Osinbajo
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