Memo To The President (No. 8) Suggestions On #EndSars, Ending Police Brutality: The Enthronement Of The Rules Of Rule Of Regulation; An Final Panacea -By Kayode Ajulo
There is no such thing as a gainsaying the truth that the current clampdown, brutality, harassments, killings and inhumane therapy of Nigerian residents particularly the youths by some darkish part of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad have left a lot to be desired of the Nigeria Police Drive. All these acts which has lastly led to a backlash, clearly arose from males of the SARS Unit ignoring the rule of regulation and using using pressure with out foundation/due course of.
These developments have generated hues and hubris from completely different quarters and strata. The air is thick with raging reactions, reprimands, all types of anathema, diatribe and protests from Nigerian Youths, political pundits, lackeys, celebrities, and even within the worldwide scene.
That is trying very very similar to one other season of blindness for Nigeria. That blindness doesn’t come up from lack of eyes. No, the eyes are there prominently poised on both facet of the nose- bridge.
That blindness in query emanates from lack of ability and refusal to see, analyse and consider the enormity of the foundational downside presently beleaguering the Nigeria Police Drive, different safety Businesses and the nation at massive. So as to not throw out the infant with the bathtub water, as a Authorized Practitioner I’ve fastidiously thought of the difficulty at hand and I’m compelled to lend my two cents viz-a-viz constitutional provisions and authorized framework.
As a preliminary, it should be famous that the litmus check for the willpower of an awesome nation is sweet governance and good governance is characterised by open and enlightened policy-making, with an govt arm of presidency that’s accountable, a robust civil society and a forms that’s actually skilled, all performing throughout the regulation.
The components of excellent governance are inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, effectiveness, fairness and the observance of the rule of regulation to make sure that the voices of all, together with essentially the most susceptible within the society, are introduced into the choice making course of.
Nigeria as a creating nation continues to be within the means of evolving a transparent democratic political tradition.
At current, a weak financial base, perennial unemployment, particularly among the many youth, girls and different susceptible teams and political instability have beset the nation, worsened by a most annoying downside of insecurity and lack of adherence to the rules of rule of regulation with out which the expansion of the nation would solely quantity to a mirage.
It’s fairly unassailable that the current travails of the Nigerian youth and the susceptible within the arms of some unscrupulous components of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) which knowledgeable the protests should be seen as a continuation of the conflict being waged on the desecration of the entrenched rules of rule of regulation.
Whereas celebrating the Nigerian Youths for the clarion name and a battle properly fought, it’s fairly apparent that disbanding the SARS with out reforming the Nigerian Police Drive is barely a Greek present that may solely yield a placebo impact.
It’s crucial to attract consideration to Clauses 2 and three of the highlights of the IGP’s speech the place it was acknowledged that each one officers and males serving within the Unit might be redeployed to different Police Instructions, Formation and Models and a brand new policing technique could be put in place to deal with armed theft.
It’s stating the apparent that contemplating the ‘experience’ of the members of the ‘defunct’ SARS Unit, they’re undoubtedly the identical set of individuals that might be utilized within the mentioned Unit to exchange the SARS.
Allow us to be clear on some extent: I imagine the difficulty at hand is one which is etched on ample authorized framework by making certain the observance of rule of regulation and never simply the continued existence of tyranny disguised beneath the cloak of ‘disbanding’.
In conclusion, on the backdrop of the cyclical issues beleaguering the Nigerian Safety Businesses and within the occasion, the Nigeria Police Drive, in lending my two cent, my advice are as follows:
i. Coaching of the Nigerian Police on trendy policing strategies and guidelines of engagement;
ii. Making certain correct psychological exams and analysis of members of the defunct SARS Unit earlier than re-integrating them to different Models of the Police Drive;
iii. Strict enforcement of accountability for any bullet discharged from any ammunitions and immediate disciplinary motion;
iv. Correct self-discipline for particular person officers of the Nigeria Police who violate residents’ proper;
v. Increment in wage/remuneration for the Police Drive like their counterparts within the Nigerian Military and Navy;
vi. Accountability of the IGP to the Nigeria Police Council which can include retired judges, authorized practitioners, former legislators, elder statesmen, retired safety personnel versus being accountable solely to the President;
vii. The identify “Nigeria Police Drive” ought to be rebranded to “The Nigeria Police” as it isn’t a “Drive”. Its major duty is the safety of lives and properties and prevention of crimes;
viii. Ample compensations for verified victims and casualties of police brutality and protecting of information for such numbers of SARS Unit members discovered wanting and prosecuted for brutality.
Fortress of Regulation,
Abuja – Nigeria
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