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CSOs declare support for SWAT, urge #EndSARS protesters to stop distracting police

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A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, has declared its support to the newly created Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT, team replacing the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigeria Police Force.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday during its solidarity gathering at the Unity Fountain Abuja, one of the Conveners of the group, Olayemi Success, called on the EndSARS protesters to desist from distracting the police in discharging their civic duties.

Mr Success commended the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, who in display of highest level of professionalism and best regard for democracy, yielded to the call of protesters and disbanded SARS.

The convener, however, said that it was surprising how the protesters still continued with their “trade”, adding that the continuous protest has outlived its usefulness.

He explained that their solidarity march from Unity Fountain to Force Headquarters in Abuja was intended to boost the morale of police men and women.

On his part, Kabiru Dallah, the Co-Convener of the CSOs, said that most well-meaning Nigerians appreciated the sacrifices of the police in securing the country, saying, “Therefore, whoever sees police as enemy is a suspect”.

Meanwhile, a group under the auspices of Coalition of Civil Society organisations has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Muhammed Adamu for the disbandment of SARS.

At a rally in support of police and other security agencies which took place at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, the coalition condemned the continuation of the #ENDSARS protests across the states.

Chief Convener of the Coalition, Olayemi Success, described the actions of the protesters as “totally uncalled-for and unacceptable, originally, the protest was ill-conceived as the advantages and usefulness of SARS in curbing crimes in Nigeria overwhelmingly outweighed their few mistakes, therefore, such protests can be highly demoralising”.

Olayemi added: “Today, we the leaders of different Civil society organizations are gathered here from far and near with some of our members from every nook and cranny of Nigeria in solidarity with our security agencies especially the Nigeria Police force, recently, we are all aware of pockets of protest demanding for a scrap of Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).

“The Inspector General of Police (IGP) in display of his 21st century Police officer’s compliance, the highest level of professionalism and best regards for Democracy yielded to the call and disbanded the SARS, surprisingly, the protesters still continue with their trade of protest.

“In view of the above, this solidarity march is very important to boost the morale of the policemen and women, for them to know that well-meaning Nigerians appreciate their sacrifices in securing Nigeria, we are convinced that Police is our friend and everyone that sees police as enemies are suspects.

“Let us use this opportunity to commend the world best Inspector General of Police for creating SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS TEAM (SWATT), which we believe will discharge all the responsibilities of the disbanded SARS more professionally and effectively, also, it is very important to call on the National Assembly to approve more funding for Nigeria Police force for adequate security”.

The coalition called on all Nigerians to collectively join hands with the Nigeria Police Force for enduring security and peace in Nigeria.

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