From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Hundreds of youth, under the auspices of Coalition of Youth Groups, yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Kano State in support of the newly created Police outfit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) to replace the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).
Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had recently scrapped SARS following widespread protests against the outfit.
However, the IGP, on Tuesday announced the creation of SWAT as a new unit in place of the SARS.
But the decision did not sit well with the agitators, who were clamoring for total scrapping of SARS and its cohort.
However, in Kano, the youth took to the streets in support of the SWAT and reform of the Police force.
Speaking when the youth arrived government house, the National Coordinator of the group, Khalid Sanusi Kani commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the IGP for prompt response to the yearnings of the citizens on Police reform.
According to him, the youth decided to take to the streets to support the planned reform of the Nigerian Police force, calling on the IGP to tale practical steps to enforce the reform.
Kani also called on the IGP to ensure adequate funding of the force, as well as provision of all the needed equipment to enable it work according to the international policing standards.
The Coordinator also states that the youth in the state believes that SARS had help in reduction of criminal activities in the country, urging the IGP “to re-evaluate, restructure, rebrand and rebuild confidence in an efficient and effective anti-robbery tactical unit in the force.”
“It is equally pure prayers that adequate synergy between the Nigerian Police force and other security agencies be reestablished for prompt arrest of security challenges, such as kidnapping, insurgency, banditry and insecurity.
“The Nigerian youth in this connection, is firmly behind the timely measure not only because of the protests that occurred in the last few days, but as a responsible institution charged with the duty of protecting lives and property of the citizens,” he said.
Kani also called on the protesters to quickly vacate the streets for peace to reign nationwide.