Nigeria Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has released statement, expressing that the Federal Government is sorry, admitting they could have expedited actions to address the concerns raised by Nigerians in the ongoing #EndSars campaign.
The Vice President made this known in series of post on his verified Twitter handle on Thursday night, October 16, 20202. He said that Nigerians are angry and it understandable and for that, they are sorry because they could have moved faster in addressing some of the concerns raised.
“Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve move faster and for this, we are sorry”, Osinbajo wrote.
“There are far too many people who have been brutalized at the hands of the Police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from the people who are paid to protect them.” He added.
Osinbajo further divulged that they are taking comprehensive measure that will revamp the Police and address the issues of police welfare, service conditions and training. He noted that the issues #EndSARS campaign has raised are bigger than SARS, saying there are “deep and systemic”.
Vice President Osinbajo disclosed that he chaired the meeting with 36 states governors and they resolved to set up state judiciary panel of enquiry to probe cases of abuse by Police with view of rendering justice to victims.
The Vice President in noted that with approval by President Muhammadu Buhari, SARS has completely disestablished and none of its members will feature in any Police tactical units.
He went forward to express his condolence to the family of Jimoh Ishag, a student who died as a result of stray bullet allegedly shot by a police officer during a peace protest in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. He also commiserate with others whose lives were cut short by “wayward police officers” and wished quick recovery to the injured.
He disclosed that Federal Government will support the proposed Victim’s Trust Fund that will be set up by each states governors to compensate the victims for the injustice they’ve suffered, saying it is the least they can do.
Read full statement here;
Recall that Yemi Osinbajo has been vocal in the issues of SARS. Earlier he expressed anger at the unprofessional conduct and allegations of human right abuse and in some cases, extra-judicial killings leveled against the defunct SARS operatives.
Reacting to the series of tweets made by the Vice President, Nigerians trail the full text of of Yemi Osinbajo with mixed feelings, with some noting that they are tired of hearing such things every time.
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