#EndPoliceBrutality: Consequence Of Leadership Failure – Gov Okowa

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Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, October 13 said the ongoing nationwide protests for an end to police brutality in the country was a reflection of leadership and family failures over the years.

Okowa stated this while addressing protesters who stormed Government House, Asaba after joining their counterparts nationwide for the 3-day protests.

He told the protesters that as youths of the nation, they had every right to organise themselves to protest against societal ills.

He also announced the constitution of a five-member police complaints committee, with two representatives of the youths as members.

He commended the youths for conducting the protest peacefully and acknowledged that some of the issues raised by the protesters were germane and would be addressed.

He said: “As leaders, this protest has also brought to the fore that we have failed ourselves. Your voices have been heard loud and clear; SARS has been banned but I assure you that we are not keeping quiet.

“When I commended the IGP for disbanding SARS, I did acknowledge that it was not enough; there is a need for further reform and re-orientation of the entire police force.

“The issues of adequate remuneration, training and discipline of the police force must be looked into critically in the reform process.

“It is about the reformation of the entire police and it is about ensuring that our nation is peaceful.”

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