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Buhari’s government boasts, says it has fully met demands of EndSARS protesters

The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has said it has implemented all the demands presented to it by the EndSars protesters in October 2020.

Minister for Police Affairs, Dr Mohammed Maigari-Dingyadi, made this known on Tuesday, in Abuja, at the Public Dissemination of the Post EndSARS/Research and Training of Police Oversight Agencies on Oversight Mechanisms.

The event was organised by Cleen Foundation, with support from MacArthur Foundation.

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‘Without prejudice to the findings contained in your EndSARS Research Findings, let me assure this gathering and Nigerians in general.

“That the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has fully implemented the demands presented by peaceful protesters in October 2020, which was unfortunately hijacked by unpatriotic elements.

“It would be recalled that the government expeditiously approved the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which was foremost among the demands of the protesters.

“The five demands of the protesters, otherwise known as the “five for five” demands, also included setting up of independent investigation, justice for victims of police infractions, and re-evaluation of disbanded SARS personnel.

“And an upward review of police emolument has been fully implemented by the government towards emplacing permanent solutions to trust deficit between the Police and the citizenry”, the Minister said.

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Maigari-Dingyadi added that the Police Public Complaints Committee was set up at the ministerial level to give citizens an additional layer of redress against acts of infractions by the police.

#EndSARS is a decentralised social movement, and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria. The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuse on Nigerian citizens.

The protest takes its name from the slogan started in 2017 as a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #EndSARS to demand the disbanding of the unit by the Nigerian government

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