NYP condemns death of Osun citizens, pursues prosecution of SARS officers

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Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

The Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) has condemned the deaths of three citizens of Osun State which occurred on Tuesday evening during a chase by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Osogbo.

NYP expressed disappointment at the recent conducts of SARS officers whenever they sight apparently rich youths.

This was made known in a statement issued by NYP members: Hon. Dr Aderibigbe Costly Abosede (Osun East Senatorial District and Chairman, SDGs Committee for the Youth Parliament), Hon Oladejo Bashiru Aderoju (Osun State Central Senatorial District and Secretary, Committee on Transportation) and Hon Amusat Olajide Yusuf (Osun state West senatorial district/Member, committee on Mineral Resources).

The youth representatives called on the Federal Government to bring unjust killings of youths to an end in the country by scrapping SARS.

While asking the Police to ensure a thorough investigation into the killing of the suspected Yahoo Boys in Osogbo, NYP demanded that the outcome of the investigation be made public and culprits be brought to justice.

The statement made available to journalists on Wednesday reads: “We condemn in strong terms the unwarranted death of male citizens, following an alleged chase of a vehicle by the officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Osogbo on Tuesday.

“This approach by SARS is barbaric and we, therefore, call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to put an End to SARS’ unjust killings forthwith.

“We, as representatives of Youth in Nigeria, call on Governor  Gboyega Oyetola and the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police to ensure a thorough investigation of this incidence and make public results of investigations. Culprits must be brought to book to serve as scapegoats.

“The future of any country depends on how well such country invests and value her young people. But this is not the case in Nigeria as police are killing us gradually.

“We implore Osun and Nigerian youths to maintain peace while investigations are ongoing on this tragic development.”