Police and Citizens’ Human Rights

Early last month, the extrajudicial killing of an innocent Nigerian, Yemi Ajayi by a police officer in Iwo Road, Ibadan brought forward the perpetual issue of police brutality against innocent civilians. Only last year, the killing of Kolade Johnson by a police officer in Lagos sparked outrage leading to calls for the federal government to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the most notorious division of the police force. One would think the overwhelming pressure from last year’s #EndSARS protest would reduce the rate of police brutality. Instead, there is a continued disregard for human rights by SARS officers. Whereas, it is time for an overhaul of the police force.

The freedom of Nigerians to life is at stake here. Over the past years, a number of harassed and dissatisfied Nigerians have bitterly complained about the use of excessive force and illegal arrests by the police and its SARS agents…..

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