Governors of the 36 states of the federation under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum who made the call in reaction to the widespread protest, also accused the IGP of not consulting widely before dissolving the controversial police unit, SARS.
The Governors kicked against the establishment of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and further stressed that the timing is inauspicious against the backdrop that the mood of the nation negates it and may understandably be misinterpreted as a surreptitious move to dress FSARS in another garb.
They averred that policing in Nigeria must ensure freedom for all Nigerians to carry out their lawful and legitimate businesses anywhere in the country without fear of harassment, intimidation or molestation.The Governors also called for compensation of Nigerians who have been adversely affected by police brutality or other actions that were injurious to them or their loved ones,
The communique signed by the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi read;
“Governors were unanimous in their support for the IGP and endorsed his plan to carry out far-reaching reforms geared towards greater effectiveness, accountability and transparency; Members called for increased regularity in the meetings of the Nigeria Police Council in order for it to effectively carry out its regulatory and supervisory roles as contained in the Nigerian Constitution.
“On the IGP’s plan to create SWAT, Governors stated that even though the effort might be necessary and in good faith, they argued that the timing is inauspicious as the mood of the nation negates it and may understandably be misinterpreted as a surreptitious move to dress FSARS in another garb”