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#EndSARS: Address Nigerians now to save lives, Senate tells Buhari

A video shows how suspected officers of the State Security Service coordinated thugs to unleash mayhem around Abuja on Tuesday.

• October 20, 2020
Nigerian Senate floor
Nigerian Senate floor (Credit: Nigeria Guardian)

The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation as the #EndSARS and anti-police brutality protests surge nationwide.

The upper legislative chamber in its resolution Monday also directed police authorities to provide security for protesters in order to prevent criminals from hijacking the peaceful demonstration.

The resolution followed a motion moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi on the need for a comprehensive reform of the police, which was endorsed by 103 senators. 

The Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, in his submission, stated that the presidential address will show the required concern from the government and prove to the enraged protesters that their demands are being listened to by their leaders.

“A Judicial Panel of Enquiry in the mode of the ones being set up in the states, should also be set up by the President for thorough investigation of acts of brutality carried out by the notorious SARS operatives”, Sen. Abaribe added.

He also stated that the thirty five police officers identified by a presidential panel to have perpetrated heinous crimes against citizens should be prosecuted accordingly.

The red chamber appealed to protesters to halt their agitation on the streets while the Federal Government intensifies steps to implement the five demands of the #EndSARS movement.

The lawmakers also called on the police and other securities agencies to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate to a democratic environment and desist from the use of brutal force against peaceful protesters.

Many people have been killed and property destroyed across Nigeria since armed thugs took over protests across the country. 

Peoples Gazette published a video on Tuesday that showed suspected officers of the State Security Service coordinating thugs to unleash mayhem across the Nigerian capital Abuja.

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