President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to bring to bring all police bad eggs to justice, especially those whose gross misconducts led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), noting that disbandment of the special unit was only his administration’s first step to extensive police reforms.
The president gave the directive at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES), designed to create 774,000 jobs across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
The event which took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, among others.
Buhari began, “I will like to use this opportunity to say a word on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and, in some cases, extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force.
“The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.
“We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice. We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man, Isiaka Jimoh, in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.
“I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated,” the president further said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
This was even as the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said he had endlessly intervened in the past in cases involving many young people and SARS, adding that disbandment of SARS is, indeed, a good development for the police force and for all Nigerians to reform the police, and called for all hands to be deck.
Continuing, Buhari said, “meanwhile, it is important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties. The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”
Throwing more light on the P-YES programme, the President, who described it as a backbone of his administration’s socio-economic change agenda, said it was part of the overall policy of ensuring that 100 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty in 10 years.
“The P-YES is also part of the plan that we adopted in 2016 in which we empowered 100 youths from each of the 774 Local Government Areas with the necessary tools to acquire skills and establish small businesses.
“Given the success of that initiative, we are now committed to creating 774,000 jobs across all the LGAs, through the P-YES programme,” he added.
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