Obiano backs protesters, says ex-Anambra SARS commander will be prosecuted


Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra, has endorsed the #EndSARS protest.

There have been a nationwide protest against police brutality and violation of human rights.

At the height of the protest, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), announced a ban on the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

But the protesters refused to leave the streets, demanding an overhaul of the police.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Obiano expressed his support for the protesters, saying their demands are genuine.

The governor said he would visit all the SARS offices in the state and ensure the immediate release of protesters that have been detained by the police.

He also said James Nwafor, the former officer in charge of the SARS in the state, has been sacked and will be prosecuted.

Allegations of human rights abuse have been levelled against Nwafor.

“Today, I joined youths of our dear State to say #EndPoliceBrutality and I support them because they did not only vote and defend their votes in my 21-over-21 victory but all their requests are genuine and germane, and I oblige to honour them all,” Obiano tweeted.

“I felt honoured being in their midst to share in their feelings; and I made it clear that: first, Federal Government has disbanded SARS but I will personally visit all SARS offices in Anambra State to ensure that anyone being held is released, immediately.

“Second, James Nwafor, former OC SARS in Anambra State is sacked and will be prosecuted; Third, I’ll ensure that the Presidency does the needful to ensure a better life for our youths, for us, ndi Anambra and for our nation. Long Live Anambra Youths! Aluta continua!”

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