Kaycee Madu, the Nigerian Canadian Minister of Justice and Solicitor General for Alberta Province, has lent his voice and called for sincere reform of the Nigeria Police Force, in view of the latest widespread protests against police brutality in the country.
In a tweet on Saturday, Madu recalled how his cousin was allegedly killed by the Police in 2013, adding that efforts to get justice proved abortive.
“I support the people of Nigeria as they protest to end police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
“My own cousin Chrisantus Nwabueze Korie was murdered by Nigerian police in April 2013.
“Despite my best efforts, the police would not investigate his murder and did everything to obstruct.
“I also helped to petition a committee of Nigeria’s National Assembly to probe the killing and report back to the House within a timely manner,” he stated.
He noted that it was the responsibility of the federal government and its respective security personnel to protect citizens and the country.
“Fundamental human rights like peace, security, and freedom from police brutality are universal.
“The Nigerian government has an obligation to protect its citizens and deliver substantive police reform.
“Changing the name of SARS and reconstituting it without significant reform won’t be sufficient to satisfy the cry of the Nigerian people for justice,” he tweeted.
He also backed the various protest in the country and expressed hope that it would bring lasting positive change in the country.
“Edmund Burke wrote that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. I encourage all Nigerians to stand up and be heard,” he stated.
On its part, the Force had assured Nigerians that it would reform itself to meet the yearnings of Nigerians.
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