The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday demanded the proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the Nigeria Police Force because of the alleged high-handedness of the outfit.
The Assembly made the plea, following an emergency plenary called by the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on the ongoing nationwide agitations for the disbandment of FSARS.
The House also urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to set up a new outfit in place of FSARS.
The lawmakers also asked the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, to provide police protection for #EndSARS protesters, as they expressed their grievances against FSARS.
It will be recalled that Obasa and some lawmakers had on Oct. 9, addressed protesters demanding the dissolution of FSARS, as the protesters alleged that operatives of the outfit were killing innocent people nationwide.
Obasa, in his earlier address at the plenary of the Assembly, said that one of the seven-point resolution passed after an extensive deliberation was that the National Assembly should probe allegations against FSARS.
The speaker cited some of the allegations as incessant killing, maiming and dehumanising of the citizens.
He said that the Assembly also urged the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to institute public enquiries on the squad’s extra-judicial activities, including killings, maiming and dehumanising of youths.
“This investigation is to ensure that the victims are duly compensated, while the erring officers are sanctioned appropriately.
“FSARS should be proscribed and a new security outfit, which will be more efficient with clearly spelt-out code of conduct and rules of engagement, be established, while sanction is imposed for any misdemeanour.
“Mr President should ensure that culpable officers of the FSARS receive the punishment, as prescribed by the National Assembly,” Obasa said.
The House passed a resolution directing its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions to liaise with the commissioner of police and the attorney-general of the state on the issue.
The House also urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to engage relevant institutions on the need to protect the people’s lives and desist from scrutinising phones, laptops and other gadgets belonging to youths.