On Saturday, the United Global Resolution for Peace (UGRFP), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), called for the empowerment of the Police Service Commission (PSC) to allow it to enforce the required police reforms in Nigeria.
In a statement released in Abuja on Saturday, Mr Shalom Olaseni, Executive Director, UGRFP, made the request.
Olaseni said the call for the scrapping or complete overhaul of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police tactical units had become relevant following nationwide protests.
He claimed that an autonomous PSC with full police officer disciplinary responsibility was what the country needed to resolve the police problems in Nigeria.
With the integrity of the Nigerian Police Force called into question with an emphasis on the disciplinary problems that have plagued the department, the public protest has drawn support and rallying calls from around the world.
In an attempt to create a culture of professionalism and honesty at work, the Police Service Commission was set up as a civilian body to review, discipline and punish errant officers while operating a compensation scheme for good cops.
Regrettably, there was a lack of political will to make the Commission work at its highest, thus setting it up for systematic ruin.
The effect of that ruin has crystallized the audacity of errant officers whose illegal activities go without reproach or penalty.
The institutional rot that the public now sees and complains about is directly related to the Commission’s inefficiency due to hierarchical problems that have split the Commission’s loyalty to the Police Force.
“ Having defined areas for advocacy and change, UGRFP had meetings with stakeholders, leadership of PSC and the Nigeria Police aimed at seeking resolutions to the enduring problem of effective policing and disciplinary action against errant officers, ”Olaseni said.
However, he urged demonstrators in their # EndSARS protest to continue to be orderly and nonviolent, as violence had never been an option in the exercise of their association and assembly rights.