By Ayodele Oluwafemi
President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, said the disbanding of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) was the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.
Buhari said he “deeply regrets” the death of Jimoh Isiaq who was allegedly shot by the police, during a protest in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on Saturday.
The president, in a video, published on his official Twitter handle, said those responsible for wrongful conduct among officers of the Nigeria Police Force will face Justice.
Buhari said, “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 in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.
”I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.
”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.”
The #EndSars protest is ongoing in many parts of the country, despite the pronouncement of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, disbanding the SARS.
Many Nigerians are calling for the disbanding of SARS for brutality, harassment and killings of innocent citizens.