The President of the Nigeria Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said that the National Assembly will do everything within its powers to ensure justice for victims of alleged SARS brutality.
Lawan in a statement personally signed by him said the National Assembly will leave no stone unturned; including working with the executive arm of government to ensure that justice is served.
“I want to seize this opportunity to re-assure our youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police”.
“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators 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”.
The Senate President said despite the violence and destruction that accompanied the protest; the National Assembly under his watch will ensure that government meet all the demands of the youths.
He said the National Assembly is more than equipped to put in place necessary legal framework for an efficient and effective Police reform.
“In spite of the unfortunate hijack of the protests against police brutality by hoodlums to unleash horrifying violence, arson, looting and wanton destruction of public and private property on the country, we will ensure that government fulfills the commitment it has made to the well-meaning agitators for police reform and good governance”.
“The National Assembly is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the Police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency”.
Lawan condoled with the family of victims of the violence that paralyzed parts of the country for days; even as he called for a thorough investigation into acts of criminality.
He especially paid tributes to security agents who lost their lives in the line of duty for their 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 also 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 who have so callously destroyed public and private property”.
Lawan called on the youths to sheath their sword and join in the process of restoration; pointing out that “the mindless carnage has distorted the purpose of the protests”, he said.