President Muhammadu Buhari has met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu in the State House on Friday, October 9, 2020 regarding the concerns of Nigerians about the excesses of some Police officers.
President Buhari tweeted that he had given the IGP marching orders to reform the unit of the force that has been largely responsible for the excesses being complained about.
The President said: “I met again with the IGP tonight.
“Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt.
“I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice.
“I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.
“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”
There have been protests across some states in the country over the excesses of Police personnel, especially those of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS over allegations of high-handedness and sometimes outright brutality, in some cases leading to the death of Nigerians.
The IGP recently banned the special squads operatives from routine Police operations and stopped the searching of telephones and laptops of individuals which has led to some of the reported excesses.
Some celebrities have led the protests, which in some instances, have ended either in the Police tear gassing the protesters or forcefully dispersing them.
The meeting between the President, the Vice President (who has condemned the excesses) and the Inspector General of Police is expected to come up with a long lasting solution to the problem.