Reporter: AMECHI ODO
Youths in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, have joined their counterparts in other parts of the country to protest alleged police brutality, especially by the defunct Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS).
The youth, who marched to Government House Abakaliki where they barricaded the gate to register their concern, called for holistic reform of the Nigeria Police Force, pointing out that despite the disbandment of FSARS, bad eggs still existed in other units and formations.
One of the protesters, who gave her name simply as Chiamaka, explained that the march was informed by years of corruption in the force, torture and intimidation of Nigerian youths and called on the government to initiate a reform programme that would see the agency was properly funded.
Addressing the protesters, the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Mr. Stanley Okoroemegha, called for round table discussion to ensure inclusiveness of Nigerian youths in policing.
Meanwhile Radio Nigeria’s visit to Police Headquarters Abakaliki showed that the government name tag on FSARS Office had been removed just as no police van within the premises bore such inscription.