Governors of the 36 states of the federation have asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, to fish out the policemen responsible for the deaths of protesters across the country.
There has been a nationwide outrage over the excesses of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).
Protesters had taken to the streets to demand an end to police brutality.
Some of the protesters, however, clashed with security operatives, leading to the loss of lives.
Amnesty International had put the death toll at 10.
At a teleconference of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) held on Thursday,
the governors said the policemen who attacked protesters must be “brought to book”.
“Governors were unequivocal that all police officers who participated in the abuse or
actions that might have led to injury or the death of innocent citizens must be fished
out and brought to book while other Nigerians who have been adversely
affected by police brutality or other actions that were injurious to them or their loved ones, should be compensated,”
read a communique Kayode Fayemi, chairman of NGF, issued at the end of the meeting.
The governors also said that the IGP did not consult widely before dissolving SARS.
They said despite the excesses of the unit, its operatives assisted in tackling insecurity, particularly in the north.
“Members also recommended that the IGP, the Police Service Commission and the
Nigeria Police Council should immediately review the Remuneration and Emoluments
of police officers and explore ways to fund this in order to incentivize and motivate
police officers who have pledged themselves in service of the country,”
the communique read.
“Governors enjoined the IGP to be ready to forge stronger partnerships with State
governments and the civil society to improve civil relations between the
Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Public;
“Members also agreed that the concerns of the public went beyond a need for
Police/FSARS reforms and included a demand for better governance;
They noted the need to engage, consult the public and take decisions…