Lagos State House of Assembly asks FG to disband SARS

The Lagos state House of Assembly has called on the federal government to scrap the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The decision was taken at an emergency plenary session by the state House of Assembly on Friday, October 9.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had called for the session after protesters laid siege in the Assembly complex since Thursday, October 8.

Nollywood actor and lawmaker, Desmond Elliot 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’re saying.”

The Lagos House of Assembly also called for victims of SARS brutality to be properly compensated by the federal government.

Meanwhile a group of young Nigerians  embarked on an all-night vigil on Thursday night at the premises of the Lagos State House of Assembly to demand an end to police brutality against youths across the country.

The group accused the Police in Lagos of making several attempts to frustrate their protest.

The group, using a Twitter handle known as Concerned Nigerians, alleged that while the protesters kept vigil from Thursday to Friday at the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa area of  Ikeja, the police launched subtle attacks to dislodge them.

“The Lagos State government asked their officials to switch off the street lights around the State House of Assembly, Alausa where Nigerians are keeping vigil so the Police can arrest, harass and detain the #EndSars protestors. This is callous, inhuman, and thoughtless,” the tweet read.

Debo Adebayo, a Nigerian comedian, and actor, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni who led the protest, shared that they were still out as of 4 am and their grievances were being ignored.

In a video clip, Macaroni was seen demanding to speak to the governor or any top official to present their demands.

However, while waiting to gain an audience with the State Governor or any of his representatives,  the canopies under which the protesters were sheltering were taken away by some policemen.

Some of the protesters also took to social media to reveal that they were threatened as their cars were towed away by state officers.

In response, Adejobi Olumuyiwa, Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command tweeted that no police officer would launch any attack on peaceful protesters.

Olumuyiwa, however, in another tweet emphasised that violent protest would be resisted.

“Any violent protest will be resisted fully according to the provisions of the law,” his tweet read.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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