The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has stated his concerns and anger regarding the constant violation of the rights of Nigerian youths by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
When State House correspondents approached him at the Presidential Villa on Sunday, the Vice President frowned at the situation happening to young men and women who are arrested, in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force.
VP who had earlier held a meeting with the Inspector General of Police at his residence said the President and himself had discussed the recent upsurge in the activities of FSARS regarding harassment of people alongside different violations of the rights of especially young Nigerians by some police officers on a number of occasions noting the President’s displeasure about such reports and his resolve to ensure reforms.
According to him, such violations are “completely unacceptable because these are individuals who are meant to protect Nigerians. The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”
Osinbajo said, “The IG’s statement today is a good first step. He has said clearly that policemen must wear police uniforms. You cannot say that because you belong to a tactical unit, you can dress in your casual clothing and be armed, because people can’t even tell the difference between robbers and the police if you are not properly dressed in police uniform. So, clearly, reform is in the offing.
“So, I will like to encourage civil society activists, young men, and women, who bring this regularly, by the way, to the attention of government and the police. And I think that activism is important because they have been able to bring a lot of these issues to the attention of the police and government, and that is an important part of the process of the reform.”
Continuing, he said “It is very obvious that this is a major concern. A few bad eggs in the police force are causing all of these problems. It is all over the place, in different states. There is a need to take serious action. The IG’s statement today is a good first step”.
Urging that all hands be on deck to effect reforms, the VP said “I think that we all have to work together to ensure that the police and law enforcement agents, do what their duty is and their duty is to protect us, protect our society and livelihoods and homes.
He concluded by saying, “And on the part of the government and the police: to ensure that every one of those allegations is properly investigated and those found responsible are prosecuted and publicized so that people know that prosecution has taken place and this is the consequence. I am very confident that we will have a reformed police force and that process has already begun.”