EndSWAT: Falana speaks up, says FG is not ready to make a change
Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has said that the Federal government is unready to effect a change.
Condemning the setting up of a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS), Falana said a change of name was not enough and it appears there’s no indication that the government is prepared to respect the rights of Nigerians.
The lawyer said this in an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday, where he challenged state governors to also rise to the occasion by doing all within their power to ensure the safety of its residents, rather than solely relying on the Federal Government.
“As far as I’m concerned, so far, we are only scratching the surface of the problem and there’s been no indication that the government is prepared yet to respect the rights of the Nigerian people embodied in the constitution and other statues.
“For me, it is not actually the name that matters and I think what the youths are saying is that beyond renaming, they want to see concrete steps taken to show that it is not going to be business as usual when it comes to policing in Nigeria.
“It is supposed to be a joint responsibility.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News