NIGERIA: REVOLUTION IN VIEW AS TOP POLITICIANS, CIVIL SOCIETIES, CLERGYMEN AND CELEBRITIES BACKS #ENDSARS AND ANTI SWAT CAMPAIGN
Despite the fact that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, announced the disbanding of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) on Sunday, and the formation of a new unit of the Nigerian Police Force, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), the #EndSARS protesters have continued to increase in numerical strength, gaining the support of politicians from the ruling All Progressive Congress party as well as the opposition party of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Clergymen, civil societies and celebrities across the world. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former president of Nigeria, took to his verified official Twitter handle on Tuesday night emphasizing that Nigerians don’t need to be attacked during a peaceful protest. “No Nigerian blood needs to be spilled or life lost during a peaceful protest that seeks to advance our country. We may hold different views on national issues, but there is no doubt that most people desire the same thing for Nigeria; a place where we can all live out the full potential of our God-given abilities”. The call was necessary because few minutes after the IGP announced the disbanding of FSARS on Sunday, the police attacked #EndSARS protesters with tear gas and other ammunitions. Amnesty international has it that the Nigerian Police had killed 10 persons since the #EndPoliceBrutality protests started last week against FSARS.
Aisha Yesufu, a member of BringBackOurGirls advocacy group reacted to the attack on those protesting against FSARS in Abuja, warning that the attack on anti SARS protesters will not deter the resilient and intelligent youths from the on-going campaign. Shehu Sani, former senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, reacting to the #EndSARS protests said, “the uprising against police brutality by the Nigerian youths is a commendable action to protect, guarantee, and advance the freedom and rights of all Nigerians. The protest signifies a new dawn of resistance and struggle for justice, rule of law and good governance”. He added that the nationwide protest is a message to those in power and authority that a revolution is impending. Senator Ike Ekeremadu, former deputy senate president, in a statement by Uche Anichukwu, his media adviser, on Wednesday, called on president Muhammadu Buhari to use the institution of state police as the lasting solution to the impunity and shortcomings he is currently trying to fix in the federal police. According to him, “whether we call it FSARS or SWAT, we will only be addressing the symptoms instead of the diseases until we decentralize policing to allow citizens and the states take charge of the security of lives and properties of its people. The coalition of civil society organizations of Nigeria (COCSON), in a press release signed by Edomobi Promise, the publicity secretary on Wednesday, backed the scrapping of FSARS over the mass protests by Nigerians against the unholy and nefarious activities of the nation’s police tactical squad. Pastor Enoch Adeboye (PAPA G.O) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG has on Wednesday through his verified Twitter handle backed the protest against the FSARS and the newly introduced SWAT. Adeboye said “our daughters will not be able to prophesy and our young men will not see visions if we don’t keep them alive. I support the youths in this peaceful protest as they speak up to #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #EndSWAT”.
The Inspector-General of Police who had earlier setup a new unit, Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) to take over from the disbanded FSARS had on Wednesday through the official verified Twitter handle of the Nigerian police force, announced the mandate for the newly formed SWAT which include response to robbery attacks, rescue operations and special operations involving high profile criminals, the IGP also announced a new training schedule for personnel of SWAT, which will take place from October 18 to November 7, 2020 at the police mobile force (PMF) training college, Ila-Oragun, Osun state. Wakeupafrica360 will keep you informed of new development as Nigerians and celebrities outside Nigeria continue to show support for this historic movement.
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