Alleged SARS Victims: NASS promises justice for victims

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By Tobi Adetunji

The President of Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has said that the National Assembly (NASS) would ensure justice for victims of alleged abuses by the personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Lawan announced this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday. He said the NASS would also ensure that the government fulfils the commitment it has made to the youths agitating for Police reform and good governance.

The statement read partly: “I want to re-assure our youths that the NASS will collaborate with the Executives to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by the personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.

“in the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the preparators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.

“We will also work with the Executive to ensure that the five-point demands of the #ENDSARS protesters, which the government has committed itself to, are fully implemented.

“In the unfortunate hijack of the protests, hoodlums unleased horrifying violence, arson looting and wanton destruction of public and private property in the country.”

According to Lawan, NASS is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the Police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency.

The statement read further: “As we seek a path out this regrettable crisis, my heart goes out to the victims of reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

“I call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements that have callously destroyed public and private properties.”

The President of the senate also urged the youths across the Country, to join hands with the authorities in bringing an urgent cessation to the violence.

“I call on our patriotic youths to leave the streets as the government as heard their voices and their grievances to avoid unwittingly providing covers for the criminals and fifth columnists in our midst,” he said.

The Senate President called on security agencies to restore law and order across the country by bringing hoodlums  perpetuating crimes under the guise of protest, to justice.

He however charged them to exercise restraint in the course of restoring law and order across the Country.

“While still grappling with the havoc of COVID-19, the country can ill afford yet another epidemic that has now appeared in the form of lawlessness that is going on.

“I thank all Nigerian leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians for their interventions towards restoring peace and order after the unfortunate degeneration of the protest into chaos and brigandage in many parts of the country.    “In particular, I thank all Nigerians for their patience and understanding in this trying moment in our dear country.

“I thank you all for your wise counsel to protesting youths to embrace peace and for the government to be open and sincere in addressing the issues that the youths have raised so clearly.” Lawal said.