#EndSARS: Take control of Police powers, Femi Falana tells State Governors
By Ekene Agbor
A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria has charged Nigerian State Governors to take charge of the control of police and other security agencies in their respective states.
Falana said according to the 1999 constitution of the country, governors are part of the security council and it is part of their responsibilities to ensure law and order in their states.
The SAN gave this charge on Tuesday while speaking on the ENDSARS campaign and why Protesters are still on the streets.
Speaking on Kakaaki programme on the African Independent Television (AIT), monitored by News Boom, Falana decried the government’s blockage of the Gani Fawehinmi’s park and other spots that Nigerians gather to protest.
He asked state Governors to jointly exercise police power with President Muhammadu Buhari and ensure that their Magistrates, judges and Nigeria Bar Association see to the release of Nigerians that are illegally detained across police stations in the country.
Falana said Government has no respect for rights of Nigerians and that ENDSARS protesters are ensuring that laws begin to function in the country.
He called Government to fund the Police and make it “Nigeria Police Service.”
“We must allow the laws to function in Nigeria. Our youths should mobilise other sectors to perform their statutory duties in Nigeria. I call on ENDSARS movement to go beyond police reform. The law is not working in Nigeria. Open the detention centres. We must get lawyers, magistrates, judges to work against illegal detention.
“State Attorney Generals should employ more lawyers. State Governors should jointly exercise police power with President. Only the president has been allowed to corner all police power in the country. State governments have to take control of law and other. Why state government distancing themselves from controlling security agencies.
“It should be a police service, not a police force. Government should fund all police stations in Nigeria,” Falana said.
He said almost 95 percent of offences are state based.