President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he is aware of the excesses of the police and steps are being taken to end police brutality in Nigeria.
Buhari’s comment comes on the wake of a widespread protest that has engulfed the country over the brutality and extortion by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Following a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed and Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari directed the IGP to reform the FSARS.
Buhari said, “I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.
“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”
The president’s intervention is coming a few days after hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in a wave of protests against police violence that have left two dead.