Minister for Police Affairs, Dr Muhammad Maigari-Dingyadi, says the federal government has fully implemented the demands presented by the EndSARS protesters in October 2020.
Maigari-Dingyadi said this 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.
“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 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, which also included setting up of independent investigation, justice for victims of police infractions, re-evaluation of disbanded SARS personnel.
“And upward review of police emolument have been fully implemented by government towards emplacing permanent solutions to trust deficit between the Police and the citizenry,” he said.
The minister added that Police Public Complaints Committee was set up at the ministerial level to give citizens addition layer of redress against acts of infractions by the police.
He said that the committee had gone round the six geopolitical zones to sensitize Nigerians on its mandate, adding that it had representatives from the ministry, Police Service Commission, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Human Rights Commission and NGOs among others.
Maigari-Dingyadi therefore advised Nigerians to channel their petitions to the committee through Whatsapp number 09062547073 or voice call to 08081257561, 08187635365, 08081257561.
He added that the petition should also be submitted via https://ppcc policeaffairs.gov.ng or directly to his office at the Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja.
“Please permit me to reiterate the fact that policing as the fulcrum upon which security revolves, requires inclusiveness to realize its fundamental objectives.
“Our germane desire to promote food security, health security, economic buoyancy and all forms of human security, through community based and technology-led policing, requires critical support of all stakeholders,” he said.
Maigari-Dingyadi reassured Nigerians of government’s unwavering drive to modernize the police in line with global standards, adding that the capacity of officers had been enhanced in tune with ongoing reform of the police.
He commended the management and staff of Cleen Foundation for their strong advocacy, intervention and unrelenting support towards building sustainable people-centric policing in Nigeria.
The minister called for synergy between Nigeria and critical stakeholders in the review of police regulations and other initiatives to ensure proper reform of the police service.
“I am confident that such interventions and similar capacity building exercise organized by critical stakeholders will help to set a new record of police professionalism in the 2023 general elections,” he added.