A Community Leader in Ogun, Mr Toyin Amuzu has appealed to the Federal Government to listen to Nigerian youths by reforming the police , saying the agitating youths should be called to a roundtable discussion before the ongoing EndSARS protests got out of hand.
Amuzu, the Okanlomo of Ijeun land in Abeokuta , gave the advice in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Thursday while reacting to the EndSARS protests in some parts of the country.
He opined that the genuine concerns of the youths must be well looked into, saying that their demands to end extortions, harassments, illegal arrests and detentions especially by the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) was in order when done peacefully.
“Though, the SARS unit of the police had been disbanded, there is the need for urgent general overhauling and reformation of the Nigerian police to put a permanent end to police brutality and misconduct.
“The principal objectives for establishing and funding various security agencies was to ensure security of lives and properties of Nigerians and to defend the territorial integrity of the nation.
“It is wrong for any police officer, expected to protect the people, to shoot at any peaceful protester, who as citizens have rights to protest peacefully under the law,” he said.
The community leader called on the Inspector General of Police , Muhammed Adamu to investigate the incidences of peaceful protesters who were allegedly shot or injured across the nation including Jimoh Isiaka who was shot dead in Ogbomoso ,Oyo State and bring erring officers to book.
Amuzu , however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to improve police welfare, trainings, terms of service and motivation that could create a better policing.
He warned political office holders to be up and doing in ensuring the nation gets better, hence the youths would question them.
“The youths have been ignored for too long, but now they have showed that they have a voice that must be given attention.
” The youths have demonstrated commitment and showed that they can rise up when the occasion warrant it and speak out while the whole country and the entire world would listen to them,” he said.