The Federal Government has stated that it has fully implemented all the demands presented by #EndSARS protesters.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi made this known on Tuesday at an event in Abuja.
Recall that in October 2020, the #EndSARS protesters took to the streets across the country to demand an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
He said: “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 the 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.
“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.
“I am confident that such interventions and similar capacity-building exercises organised by critical stakeholders will help to set a new record of police professionalism in the 2023 general election.”
The five demands by the protesters to the government, includes the immediate release of all arrested protesters, and justice for all deceased victims of police brutality.
They also demanded the setting up of an independent body to investigate police misconduct; psychological evaluation of SARS operatives before redeployment; and salary increase for police officers.