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#EndSARS: Why Previous Police Reforms Failed - Groups

#EndSARS: Why Previous Police Reforms Failed - Groups

Two civil society groups, CLEEN Foundation and the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN Foundation), have given reasons why the past police reforms have failed.

According to the groups, past police reforms have failed to work because of the government's lack of political will and commitment to effect the changes in the system.

In the statement, issued by the Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Benson Olugbuo, and the National Chairperson of NOPRIN Foundation, Saviour Akpan, the setting up of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) as a replacement unit of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), did not "evolve through an inclusive stakeholders' engagement."

It added, “In addition, the CLEEN Foundation and NOPRIN Foundation coordinated the CSOs Panel on Police Reform constituted in 2012 which made several recommendations on effective, human rights and citizens centred policing.

“However, implementation of these recommendations has been very slow due to lack of political will and commitment to genuine reform."

Peaceful Protest

The groups expressed concern over the attack on protesters by some personnel of the Police Force and armed thugs.

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“As civil society organisations working to support the Nigeria Police Force in its mandate to police effectively and in line with democratic values, we are worried that despite the peaceful protests by Nigerian youths against police brutality, some personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and armed thugs allegedly attacked unarmed protesters in Abuja and Lagos leading to human right violations.

“We welcome the statement of the IGP on the protection of peaceful protesters by the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.

“We will monitor compliance through our citizen observers in all the 774 local governments across the country using the CLEENMobile Application.

“In addition, the Police Reform Observatory will work with other CSOs, government agencies, the academia, the media, retired security personnel, and the private sector to coordinate a broad based CSO response on police reform in Nigeria.”

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