Sterling prioritises police-youth violence prevention
Worried by the deepening resentment and escalating violent encounters between the police and young Nigerians, Sterling Bank has hosted a bridge building session, as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the negative state of affairs.
At the opening day of Social Media Week Lagos 2020 tagged “Social Media Wars: Dreads, Tattoos and Passwords”, Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, said profiling any person as criminal for wearing dreadlocks or tattoos was wrong; and such labelling could only be addressed by important and truthful conversations among all stakeholders.
He said the topic was considered in the best interest of the country and the youth.
Similarly, former Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, who commended Sterling Bank for hosting the session aimed at fostering peaceful relations between the police and the general public.
She said it showed that the Bank recognises that preventing anarchy and enhancing security is everybody’s businesses. This innovation will forever linger in the heart of Nigerians, especially the youth.”
The former Lagos PPRO attributed the profiling of youths with tattoos and dreads as criminals by officers of the Nigerian Police to the difference in culture and values, adding that Nigerian police is work in progress and will evolve in line with global trends
Convener, #EndSARS Campaign, Segun Awosanya by police officers and use of force against the youth are not unconnected to the many years of military rule which make many officers see leadership as a show of control by force.
He, however, enjoined Nigerians to rise to the challenge of leadership by seeking to correct the many anomalies in the country.
He said; “We must redefine leadership so everyone takes up the challenge of correcting the many anomalies we have seen.”
Corroborating Awosanya, Ace Rapper, Micheal Stephens, popularly known as “Ruggedman” said he believed everyone must take responsibility to make the change they seek in the Nigeria Police happen.
The popular musician noted that Nigerians must be their brothers’ keeper in order to contain the challenge of repressive leadership and institutions facing the populace.”