Joseph Tegbe, a gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Party(APC) and the Founder, Tegbe Foundation has expressed his solidarity to the Nigerian youths in their campaign against Police brutality and extrajudicial killings
He also condemned and rejected the inhumane activities of the just dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Tegbe in a statement said made available to National Insight said , “I am extremely impressed and inspired with the determination shown by young Nigerians to, once and for all, put a stop to Police brutality and reject the operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, an arm of the Police that has repeatedly acted outside its purview and killed many of your young minds, extorting, maiming and harassing many more.”
He further stressed his delight and trust in power and functions of the youths, stating that
“I have always believed that young people hold the key to the reform and development of the Nigerian society. All they need do is engage, organize and act!
He also enjoyed every member of the community to reprehend the police in their unsportsmanlike and injurious acts against the protesters, with many harassed, arrested and killed. He stated:
” Brutality by SARS and other agencies are totally UNACCEPTABLE in a civilized society governed by laws. It should be condemned by all. It was therefore saddening to hear of the deaths, manhandling and harrasment of peaceful protesters and bystanders in Ogbomoso – Oyo State, Surulere – Lagos and other places”.
Meanwhile, while offering condolences to the families of the victims, he uniformly appreciated the dissolution of SARS, and the civil society grouped commissioned towards the reforms. Hence, he urged that the reforms should be taken with all seriousness and make it unequivocal.
“I offer my condolences to the families of the victims. These happenings have indeed underlined the urgent need to make sweeping changes.”
“It is noteworthy that the President has sanctioned the dissolution of Special Anti-Robbery Squad and committed to a total reform of the Police and other agencies. Civil Society groups have been engaged to monitor the process. While this is commendable, I must state that eternal freedom is the price of liberty. Never again should we condone our forces going rogue! The reform must be holistic, decisive and conclusive!”
“Kudos to the new breed for creating a safer space for all of us, and for the coming generation. Posterity will remember these peaceful agitations for good.”