The All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in the last general election in Oyo state, Engr. Joseph Tegbe, has condemn the extra judicial killings of Nigeria youths by men of Special Anti Robbery Squads (SARS) in Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole.
The Ibadan-born financial experts, and KPMG Senior Partner, in a press released condemned the police brutality of Nigeria citizens and harassment of any kind that does not fit the modern society like Nigeria.
I am extremely impressed and inspired with the determination shown by young Nigerians to, once and for all, put a stop to Police brutality and reject the operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, an arm of the Police that has repeatedly acted outside its purview and killed many of your young minds, extorting, maiming and harassing many more.
I have always believed that young people hold the key to the reform and development of the Nigerian society. All they need do is engage, organize and act!
Commendably, we saw movement of the people who have had enough; citizens who don’t want to live in constant fear of being shot or maimed, people who demand protection rather than harrassment from law enforcement agencies, people who just wanted to stay alive, above every other thing.
No longer will it be said that Nigerians don’t have a voice. The Nigerian Youth have spoken and taken it beyond the media. It was loud enough for the world to hear, and precise enough to make a change!
Brutality by SARS and other agencies are totally UNACCEPTABLE in a civilized society governed by laws. It should be condemned by all. It was therefore saddening to hear of the deaths, manhandling and harrasment of peaceful protesters and bystanders in Ogbomoso – Oyo State, Surulere – Lagos and other places. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims. These happenings have indeed underlined the urgent need to make sweeping changes.
It is noteworthy that the President has sanctioned the dissolution of Special Anti-Robbery Squad and committed to a total reform of the Police and other agencies. Civil Society groups have been engaged to monitor the process. While this is commendable, I must state that eternal freedom is the price of liberty. Never again should we condone our forces going rogue!
The reform must be holistic, decisive and conclusive!
Kudos to the new breed for creating a safer space for all of us, and for the coming generation. Posterity will remember these peaceful agitations for good.
_Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe_
Founder, Tegbe Foundation