The Supreme Head, Cherubim & Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, Prophet Solomon Alao, has appealed to the protesting youths to be peaceful in their conduct and avoid confrontation with the security agencies to prevent loss of lives and property.
The cleric also called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an Executive Order to put a stop to police brutality and extortion in the country.
He said this would assuage the feelings of the youth protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings by men of the now dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
In a statement by the church’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Apostle Muyiwa Adeyemi, the cleric called on all Nigerians to support the protest, saying the brutality reminded Nigerians of what they went through during the regime of a former Head of State, late Gen Sani Abacha.
While calling on the President to set up a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate police brutality and extrajudicial killings, he said security officers found wanting should be made to face the wrath of the law, noting that this was the only way police and other security agencies would learn to respect human rights.
He added, “Let us commend our youths for their patriotic agitation against police brutality and extortion in Nigeria. I think the police need to be reformed and the bad eggs in the system flushed out.
“If you travel from Ibadan to Ile-Ife, you will come across several roadblocks where security agents extort money from commercial drivers. This is not good for the image of the country. Their activities make a mockery of the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said it will commence Exercise Crocodile Smile VI from October 20 to December 31, as part of its effort to enhance the safety and security of the country.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Nigerian army sets to commence exercise Crocodile Smile VI nationwide’, and signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, on Saturday.
The Crocodile Smile VI is coming amidst nationwide protests against police brutality, extortion, and extrajudicial killings.
Many youths have expressed anger over abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives and have taken to the streets.
The #EndSARS hashtag started on social media after a video showing what looked like a SARS officer attacking a man spread online.
Musa said the exercise was traditionally scheduled in the last quarter of every year to checkmate all forms of crimes and criminality as the end of the year approaches.
He explained that this year’s exercise was intended to be more all-encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace.
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