#EndSARS: Let your voices be heard , Okonjo-Iweala tells protesters




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A former Minister of Finance and , Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged youths protesting against police brutality, extrajudicial killings and extortion to be .

 

While she commended youths for being courageous, Okonjo-Iweala advised them to be united.

 

She gave advice in a tweet on Sunday.

“I applaud resourcefulness and courage of Nigerian youth in #EndSARS. Powerful to let your voices be heard peacefully. Let’s join hands for a positive outcome through a One Nigeria approach,” she tweeted.

The #EndSARS is to stop police brutality in Nigeria.

The protesters at inception came five demands, including the release of all arrested protesters and justice for deceased victims of , compensation to their families.

They equally demanded that there should be an committee to oversee the investigations and prosecution of any member of found guilty of extrajudicial killings.

They demanded that all personnel of the disbanded undergo a psychological and medical evaluation as well as retraining before they should be redeployed to other of the police.

The protesters also demanded that the salary of the police should be increased in a manner that they will be adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

In meeting the demands of the protesters, on October 11, the , Muhammed Adamu, dissolved SARS.

On October 12, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said the disbanding of SARS was a first step in the comprehensive reform of the police.

On October 13, the IGP ordered all defunct SARS personnel to at Force Headquarters in for debriefing as well as psychological and mental examinations.

On the same day, the Presidential Panel on the Reform of SARS accepted the five-point demand of the protesters.

The Economic Council presided over by the Vice President, Yemi the 36 state governors and Minister as members met on October 15 and directed the immediate establishment of state-based Judicial Panels of Enquiry across the country.

The NEC also directed governors to immediately establish state-based special security and human rights committee to be chaired by the governor in each state.

 

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