A pressure group, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CCSOs), has given thumbs up to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu for disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in line with the yearnings of Nigerians across the country..
Rallying support for the Nigeria police and other security agencies at the popular Unity Fountain in Abuja, the Coalition berated the #ENDSARS campaigners for sustaining their protest march across many states despite the goodwill shown by the Federal Government in sacking the deadly police squad.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Chief Convener of the Coalition, Comrade Olayemi Success, described the #ENDSARS Campaigners’ actions as “totally uncalled-for and unacceptable.”
He insisted that the protest was “ill conceived as the advantages and usefulness of SARS in curbing crimes in Nigeria overwhelmingly outweighed their few mistakes, therefore, such protests can be highly demoralising”.
According to Olayemi: “Today, we the leaders of different Civil society organizations are gathered here from far and near with some of our members from every nook and cranny of Nigeria in solidarity with our security agencies especially the Nigeria Police force, recently, we are all aware of pockets of protest demanding for the scrap of Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
“The Inspector General of Police (IGP) in display of his 21st century Police officer’s compliance, highest level of professionalism and best regards for Democracy yielded to the call and disbanded the SARS, surprisingly, the protesters still continue with their trade of protest.”
The Coalition Convener said; “In view of the above, this solidarity march is very important to boost the morale of the police men and women, for them to know that well -meaning Nigerians appreciate their sacrifices in securing Nigeria, we are convinced that Police is our friend and everyone that sees police as enemies are suspects.”
“Let us use this opportunity to commend the world best Inspector General of Police for creating SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS TEAM (SWATT), which we believe will discharge all the responsibilities of the disbanded SARS more professionally and effectively, also, it is very important to call on the National Assembly to approve more funding for Nigeria Police force for adequate security”.
The CCSOs however urged Nigerians to collectively join hands with the Nigeria Police Force (NFP) to promote enduring security and peace in Nigeria. – With Emergency Digest reports