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NBM urges sustainable police reform, tasks protesters on civility


National leadership of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM Worldwide) has urged the Federal Government, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) to diligently engage stakeholders in processes that would lead to sustainable reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

It noted that a body saddled with protection of life and property should not be culpable of recklessness, harassment and misconduct. President of the movement, Chief Felix Kupa, in a statement yesterday solidarised with the citizens in their #EndSARS protests against “the unprofessional conduct of men of the now dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) whose operations have led to the infringement of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

Kupa called on government to go beyond restructuring the force and re-orientate officers on modern, humanistic and proactive policing.
He stressed the importance of enhancing the welfare of personnel as part of the rejigging.

“As an organisation that preaches social justice and equality in a civil and sane society, we cannot fold our arms and watch evil overcome good in our society.”

“Although the unit has been disbanded and replaced with the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, the IGP should listen to the demand of halting the use of force against protesters, unconditional release of arrested citizens, prosecution of officers culpable of extra-judicial killings, among others,” the NBM chief stated.

He regretted that amid the dissolution, there were still pockets of brutality against Nigerians venting their anger on the modus operandi of the outlawed security outfit. Kupa advised the marchers to be civil and observe extant coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety protocols.


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