Lagos Assembly Backs #EndSARS Protest, Asks FG To Scrap Squad

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By Henry Odeh

 

Following the outrage and unabated nationwide protest by angry Nigerians, the Lagos state House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government (FG) to scrap the dreaded Special Anti Robbery Squad otherwise known as SARS of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The decision was reached at an emergency plenary session held by the Lagos state House of Assembly on Friday, October 9, following massive protest at the state assembly complex.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who had called for the emergency session after protesters besieged the Assembly complex since Thursday, October 8, noted that it was important to addresses the growing concerns of many Nigerians with timeliness.

Rt Hon. Obasa in response to the demand of the determined protesters who he had addressed earlier on Friday, called for an emergency meeting later on the same day, October 9.

Recall that Rt Hon. Obasa had earlier addressed the protesters at the early hours of Friday, assuring them that the legislative arm will lend a voice to their demands.

Popular Nollywood actor and Lagos state assembly lawmaker, Desmond Elliot who also joined his voice with other protesters in the fight against police brutality said during the session: “It has gone beyond calling hotlines.

“It has gone beyond reforms. The National Assembly really needs to look into it, the IG of Police must seriously consider.

“If the unit we set up is not working for the people, and the people are calling for it to be disbanded, then let us do what they are saying.”

The Lagos House of Assembly has also taken a step further by calling for victims of SARS brutality to get proper compensations from the federal government.

The #EndSARS protests have continued unabated in the last week despite assurances from authorities to address the demand of Nigerian youths.

The Lagos state police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, on had on Wednesday 7th of October, banned the dreaded unit from detaining suspects in their cells. The commissioner also directed that Lagos SARS must only move out on information and go straight to the venue where they must notify the Area Commander before carrying out their operations.

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