Governor Nasir El-Rufai has decried the killing of policemen following the violence that erupted during the hijacked #EndSARS protest.
The Kaduna state Governor who said this after the meeting of the Northern Governors Forum and traditional rulers as well as other key stakeholders in the region on Monday November 2, avered that the police must be supported to discharge their duties.
El-Rufai further disclosed that they have agreed on community policing that will transmute into state police when the constitution is amended.
“We support the police, we believe that there may be some bad eggs in the police just as there are bad eggs in any organisation, but it is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen.
“We hope to expand the footprints and the effectiveness of the Nigerian police in accordance with their mandate.
“We have discussed closer collaboration with the Nigerian police and the governors to enhance community policing as a first step.
“State police is a big subject in the constitutional amendment, at least we agreed on community policing which is the first step.
”It is the community police that will transmute into state police when the constitution is amended.
“We believe that what is needed now is to restore the confidence of the Nigerian police, give them more resources, more training and equipment so that they can do their job better in accordance with the best human right standards.”
He reiterated that they believe the intention of the #EndSARS protesters was genuine before the protest was hijacked.
“We believe that they have the best of intentions, but there are people that are pushing their own evil, anti-democratic agenda.
“We have taken very clear positions on some of these issues and we also back our road map, looking at various aspects of our lives, including Nigeria’s economic challenges, developmental and the almajiri problems.
“We will be meeting again in February to measure our progress.”