…Wants sanctions for bad eggs before redeployment
…Backs call for total reforms of security agencies
By Luminous Jannamike
THE President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Revd. Samson Ayokunle, on Tuesday, sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives in the course of the nationwide #EndSARS protests.
He also called for judicial investigation into the circumstances that led to the agitation.
The protesters had, on Monday, expanded their demand from seeking the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to a comprehensive reform of the country’s policing system.
However, the CAN President, in a statement he personally signed in Abuja, noted the prompt responses of the Federal Government in disbanding SARS.
But, he stressed that the Church was not pleased with the automatic redeployment of the officers and men of the now defunct unit without sanctions for the bad eggs among them.
Ayokunle said, “The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) commends President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for being sensitive and responsive to the clarion call for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“CAN is aware of the circumstances that led to the agitation which include, but not limited to alleged extra-judicial killings, unlawful arrests and detentions, extortion, tortures, and disappearances of detainees.
“We acknowledge the spontaneous nature of protest nationwide but regret the loss of lives and the destruction of some property in the course of the mass actions.
“So, we ask God to console and comfort all the bereaved as He heals those who are recuperating in the hospitals.
“Equally, CAN appreciates the prompt and positive responses of the Federal Government in disbanding SARS. It is unprecedented in recent history of our country and it is praiseworthy. This is what democracy is all about.
“However, CAN is not happy with the automatic redeployment of the officers and men of the disbanded unit to other units without sanctioning the bad eggs among them.
“We call for an Administrative or Judicial Investigation into the disbanded SARS with a view to bringing the culprits to book so that such bad eggs might not be allowed to corrupt other units or continue with their old habit of lawlessness.”
CAN also joined voices with those calling for urgent reforms of Nigeria’s security agencies, saying country must rise above its present security challenges; especially terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and herdsmen attacks.
“Uniformed men and women should cherish the rare opportunity the country gave them and the trust of handling the security of the nation by behaving responsibly. They should make us be proud of them,” the CAN President added.