#EndSWAT: Nigeria’s UN Coordinator Calls For Peace, Says Police Reform Process ‘May Take Time’

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The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has called for peace amid the agitation and protest by Nigerians demanding the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and end to police brutality.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday October 13, he added that the effort by the Nigerian government to reform police in the country is welcomed however the process may take time.

“I have followed the developments regarding #EndSARS movement. Government’s commitment to dismantle the outfit & reform the @PoliceNG is welcome. The process may take time. I appeal to the youth to remain peaceful. The @UN is committed to supporting Nigeria’s continued stability,” he wrote.

The presidential panel had earlier on Tuesday approved the demands of #EndSARS movement, including halting the use of force against protesters and the unconditional release of arrested citizens.

The five-point demands of the protesters were accepted at a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Nigeria, activists from the entertainment industry, and convened by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The Inspector-General of Police also on Tuesday set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to fill in the gaps left by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

Prospective members of the new team are expected to undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

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