19 October 2020 by Florence Adewale
Coalition of Human Rights Activists has called on Government to constitute a committee to oversee the implementation of the Police Act 2020, as a basis for urgent reforms in the Force.
The Director, Centre for Democratic Development, Mrs Idayat Hassan made the call at a news conference in Abuja on the state of the Nation and ENDSARS protest by Nigerian youths
Mrs Hassan who noted that the protesters were calling for a better society for all urged government to look into their demands to foster peace.
In her words “We reject in its entirety the move to draft in the military to quell the protests, even where there has been no violent conduct on the part of protesters.
The Military should remain in their barracks and at their duty posts, defending the territorial integrity of the Country, and not to be deployed to youths exercising their rights to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly.
It is important we state here that the commencement of the exercise Crocodile Smile VI is ill timed.
It is important to let the Nigerian authorities know that the entire world is watching its response to the legitimate demands of the youths.”
Also speaking at the occasion, a human rights activist,
Mr Jaye Gaskiya, urged security agencies to be civil in the discharge of their duties.”
Other stakeholders at the forum advised the Nigerian youths to desist from acts detrimental to the development of the nation.