I'm with you on #EndSARS, Uzodimma tells protesting youths in Imo

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has told the #EndSARS protesting youths in Imo State that he was with them in their demand that far-reaching reforms be carried out in the Police in Nigeria to bring the operations of the personnel at par with what is obtainable in the civilized world.

The governor therefore told the youths to trust him to ensure that all the issues they raised concerning police brutality, unlawful detention of Nigerian youths, harassment, extortion, poor remuneration, and comprehensive reformation in the police are brought to the attention of the powers that be, particularly, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing the #EndSARS protesters at the state capital, Owerri on Tuesday, the governor said that he was in support of the peaceful protest to the extent that youths were critical stakeholders in the society and anything that concerns them should be taken seriously because they are leaders of tomorrow.

The governor thanked the youths for conducting themselves in a manner that did not offend public interest and acknowledged that at the political level they have met and agreed that the compliant of the Nigerian youths were genuine and must be promptly addressed.

He added that preliminary investigations revealed that the relationship between SARS operatives and the youths, including students at the tertiary institutions, has not been cordial.

Governor Uzodimma said disbanding SARS was not the only solution, but that the protest has provided an opportunity for government to look inwards to see what reforms were necessary in the Nigerian Police vis a vis their welfare, remunerations, training, among other things they need to be globally compliant in their mode of operation.

“No nation with its senses will ignore the grievances of the youths because if the nation does so it must have squandered the destiny of that nation. If a nation appreciates the capacity building of her youth population, that nation must have created a better tomorrow for herself,” the governor said and reiterated that, “the matter under contention will be taken very seriously.”

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