The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to addressing the many lapses in the Nigeria Police Force, which Nigerians have been protesting against for over 7 days now.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo released a statement on Friday night to communicate to the masses, some of the resolutions arrived at by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, himself (VP Osinbajo) and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu during a meeting held in Abuja.
The statement releasedon Twitter read as follows, “Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry.I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough.”
“These feelings of frustration are justified. There are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them.”
“Over the past week, we have been following the protests, and I have had a number of discussions with key people in the administration that you deserve to be informed about. Transparency, after all, is a key tenet of government.”
According to Osinbajo, State Governors are to set up judicial panels of inquiry into the issue of police brutality and reforms.
“We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing. I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast.”
“The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.”
“We will continue to update and engage with you all on these action steps and the ones to come, in the spirit of transparency, so that you can hold us accountable. We are, after all, here to serve you and we owe you a duty to win back your trust. Keep safe. God bless you.”
Over the years, however, such panels had been established in different States of the Federation for different purposes, but nothing has been done about implementing their findings.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, made similar comments when he was interviewed on AIT on Friday.