Former Minister of Education in Nigeria, Oby Ezekwesili, has written the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, demanding that #EndSARS protesters are not arrested, terrorised or brutalised by police officers.
Nigerians have been on the streets for days, demanding the disbandment of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force. The unit has been accused of harassing, brutalising, and even killing nigerians.
In a letter dated October 9, 2020, and addressed to the IGP, Ezekwesili noted that any casualty recorded in the peaceful protesters as a result of police unprofessionalism is “grossly unconstitutional.”
The rights activist asked Adamu to caution all police officers on the streets to handle themselves professionally and not abuse rights of protesters.
“As an extremely concerned citizen, I demand that you caution your officers to stop threatening, arresting, assaulting, terrorising and brutalising our citizens who are protesting the rouge and deadly activities of SARS unit of the Nigeria Police,” the former minister wrote.
“Any casualties recorded in the peaceful protest nationwide as a result of your officer disregard of the human rights and dignity of life of our citizens is grossly unconstitutional.
“There are consequences for previous actions of #SARS operatives who have over the years brutalise and killed citizens.
“It is time for the Inspector-General of Police to show that the officers acting as criminal gangs against the people are not in fact guaranteed by the leadership of the Nigeria Police.
“Please caution your officers on the streets.
“Above all, swiftly accede to the demand of protesters and #EndSARSimmediately.
“It is the first step to gaining the confidence of the public in commencing an overhaul of the Nigeria Police.”