#EndSARS: Presidential Panel Approves Protesters Demands. According to Punchng, The Presidency on Tuesday said that the presidential panel on the reform of the now-disbanded SARS has approved the five-point demands put forward by youths that have been protesting across the country.
Special adviser to the president on Media and publicity Femi Adesina said in a statement “ presidential panel on police reforms swings into action plays 5-point demand of protesters.” He said the following guide by the president, Muhammadu Buhari, on the dissolution of SARS, the Inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet demands.
He said that the demand acceded to include halting the use of force against protesters and the unconditional release of attested citizens.
#EndSARS: Presidential Panel Approves Protesters Demands
According to the presidential spokesperson, the meeting organized by the office of the inspector general of police and national human rights commission was a multi-stakeholders forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in the country. Including activists from the entertainment industry and the #EndSARS movement and development partners.
The ministry of police affairs and police service commission was also present at the meeting that affirmed that the five points demands of the protesters and the #EndSars movement are a genuine concern and will be addressed by the government, he said.
However, he recited a communique of the meeting signed by the inspector general of police and executive secretary of the national human rights commission, Tony Ojukwu “ following the public protests regarding various forms of human rights violations by the SARS and the consequent disbandment of the unit by the IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu, there arose the need for stakeholders engagement to build trust and restore public confidence in law enforcement. The protests brought to the fore the need to implement the recommendations of the presidential panel on the reform of the agency (SARS).”
“The forum collectively embraced the dissolution of the SARS by IGP- reaffirmed the constitutional rights of citizens to peaceful assembly and protest, further affirmed the sanctity of life of all Nigerian and the role of the police in protecting this rights. They also affirmed that the five points demands of the protesters and the Endsars movement are a genuine concern and will be addressed by the government.”
Femi Adesina also added that the forum noted the disbandment of SARS present an opportunity to embark on comprehensive reforms aimed at repositioning the Nigerian police force as a modern, responsive and citizens centered law enforcement organization.
He continued “ the forum notes that the proposed reforms should be anchored under the basis of the white paper on the report of the presidential panel on the reform of the SARS which is jointly authored by the human rights Commission, Nigeria police force and special ministry of Justice. They also affirm that the police force reform proposal will be based on the construction of the Nigeria and existing legislation like Nigeria police act, 2020, trust fund act 2019, administration of criminal justice act 2015, anti-torture act 2017 and the human rights commission act 2010.
The forum also embraced the proposal to create an independent investigation panel to look into the violations of human rights by the defunct SARS and other segments of the police.