The senior pastor of Good Tidings Bible Church International, Dayo Olutayo, has warned the government that no harm should befall young people on the streets protesting police brutality and calling for the dismantling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
Pastor Olutayo made the call in a statement on Sunday where he praised the steadfastness and restraint of the youths out on the streets.
He said, “In the last 12 days, youths across our country have been on the streets demanding an end to police brutality and specifically calling for action under the hashtags #EndSARS #EndSWAT.
‘I’m amazed at their steadfastness, organization and restraint. They should and must be protected from harm.”
Olutayo said, “Their demands for the respect of their rights, for justice and accountability over brutal crimes committed against a number of young citizens by wayward officers still in uniform, are not for them alone.
“The police, who are also victims of a broken system, would benefit from a fairer, more accountable system. Everyone gains.”
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Hearing alone, he said, “won’t solve the problem; the youths have been complaining for decades. Also, creating new committees won’t solve the problem; there have been at least four presidential committees on police reforms in the last decade or so. It’s time to ACR, Mr. President: #EndSARS #EndSWAT. End police brutality.”