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#EndSARS: ‘We are following the protests in Nigeria’ – UN

NEWSMAN, Abuja – United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has commended the Federal Government’s decision to undertake “broader reforms” in the Nigeria Police Force, saying they are following the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

Guterres who spoke through his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, in New York said “he was prepared to “accompany Nigeria in those efforts”.

“The Secretary-General is following the protests in Nigeria calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and an end to human rights violations allegedly committed by security agencies. The Secretary-General stresses the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly and calls on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint in the policing of the demonstrations”, Daily Post reported.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, the National Economic Council (NEC) has asked state governors to take charge of the SWAT Team announced by police authorities to replace the dissolved Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

This was one of the highlights of the virtual NEC meeting on Thursday presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The council also okayed judicial panels to probe police brutality and the formation of a special victim fund to compensate victims of police brutality in all states.

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