Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed concern over the constant harassment and violation of the rights of Nigerian youths by personnel of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The Vice president who made this known while addressing State House correspondents on Sunday said he was angry to see “Young men and women who are arrested, in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force.”
He described the violations as “completely unacceptable because these are individuals who are meant to protect Nigerians. The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”
The Vice president noted that cybercrime was an electronic crime that cannot be investigated by seizing people’s phones in their cars.
“It is very obvious that this is a major concern, a few bad eggs in the police force are causing all of these problems because it is all over the place, in different states. There is a need to take serious action,” Osinbajo said.
Urging that all hands be on deck to effect reforms, the VP said “I think that we all have to work together to ensure that the police and law enforcement agents, do what their duty is and their duty is to protect us, protect our society and livelihoods and homes..
“On the part of the government and the police: to ensure that every one of those allegations is properly investigated and those found responsible are prosecuted and publicized so that people know that prosecution has taken place and this is the consequence. I am very confident that we will have a reformed police force and that process has already begun,” Osinbajo declared.
The Vice President who had earlier met with the Inspector General of Police said the President and himself had discussed the matter on a number of occasions noting the President’s displeasure about such reports and his resolve to ensure reforms.