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We urge FG to listen to genuine voices desiring progressive reform of the Police – Society of Igbo Professionals

The Society of Igbo Professionals expresses our solidarity with the ongoing peaceful protests by youths and civil society to ban SARS and embark on comprehensive reform of the policing system in Nigeria.

We urge the Federal Government to listen to genuine voices that desire a progressive reform of the Nigeria Police as a vital institution in Nigeria noting that it is apparent that Nigeria’s complexity and growth has outpaced the present structure and operational strategies of the Force.

We note that the Nigeria Police is underfunded, its personnel are poorly renumerated, demonstrate a lack of professionalism in their dealings with the public, especially the youth, indicating a flawed recruitment and training regimen.

There is no option but to see the epic failure of SARS as a policing strategy as also a failure of the country’s security institutions and part of a deeper rot in many institutions in Nigeria that have today become obstacles rather enablers of our national aspirations.

We are committed to the reforms required to ensure that all Nigerians can aspire to live in a society that is just, true, and supportive of their efforts to reach their full potential.

We urge the government to use this opportunity to embark on urgently needed reforms in critical institutions required for nation-building of which the Police and entire security architecture is a critical component.

Signed

Victor Ejechi

Research and Administration

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