By Beauty John, LAFIA
Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has warned people moving into the state for the purpose of staging #EndSARS protest to stay clear of the state or face the full wrath of the law.
Prompt News reports that there have been protests in many towns across the country against brutality by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the recently constituted Special Weapon And Tactics (SWAT) unit of the Nigerian Police.
Governor Sule issued the warning while inaugurating the judicial commission of enquiry into the activities of the disbanded SARS and other related matters, at the Government House, on Monday.
According to the governor, information reaching him indicated that some people are being conveyed into the state in buses, for the purpose of staging protests in Karu and Keffi, warning such people not to carry on with the protest as government will not fold its arms and allow them to bring chaos in the state.
He advised such intending protesters to stay clear of Nasarawa State and to remain in their places of resident to protest.
“If there is going to be any protest, let it be by residents of Nasarawa who understand what is happening in Nasarawa State.
“We will not welcome and we will not fold our arms as government and continue to receive other people who don’t understand the challenges that we are having in Nasarawa State, to come in buses, arrive somewhere in Karu and Keffi and stage protest in false claims because those people don’t understand our problems, they should go to where they are resident and protest,” he added.
Governor Sule said that despite some weaknesses of SARS, the State has recorded some successes as a result of the operation of the unit.
He equally pointed out that his administration has recognized the rights of people to protest whenever they find the policy of government is going in the right direction, but that when it comes to SARS, it has been kind to Nasarawa State.
Sule lamented that in spite of the fact that the Federal Government and Police authorities banned the SARS, the protest appears to continue unabated.
The judicial commission, which is to be chaired by a former Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Badamasi Maina, has the following terms reference:
To receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, or related extra judicial killings, to evaluate evidence and draw conclusions on validity of complaints and to recommend compensation and other remedial measures to government.