SARS To SWAT Name Change Not Convincing Enough On Reform Demand- Falana

Richard Ginika Izuora

Femi Falana, on Wednesday, October 14, criticised the Federal Government; for setting up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team; to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

Falana made this assertion during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

He argued that 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.

“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,” he said.

Falana, said that the issue is beyond a name change; and, therefore, more concrete steps ought to be taken; to bring about real change to policing in Nigeria.

“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.”

Falana further appealed to the state governors to rise up to the occasion; by doing all within their power to ensure the safety of its residents; rather than solely relying on the Federal Government.

“It is supposed to be a joint responsibility,” he said.

Falana said Nigerians owe the youths a lot of gratitude; for “the peaceful manner in which they have carried out the protests; and also for waking all of us up to our responsibilities”.

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