In the later days of the week, Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano declared the dismissal of James Nwafor, the former officer in charge of the Awkuzu Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit, as his Senior Security Special Assistant (SSA).
Obiano ‘s comment follows ongoing claims that Nwafor should be held responsible for his alleged role in police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Anambra.
“James Nwafor, former OC SARS in Anambra State is sacked and will be prosecuted,” Obiano said; while lending his voice in solidarity to the nationwide protest against brutality, harassment, extortion; as well as extrajudicial killing of Nigerians by police personnel.
“Today, I joined youths of our dear State to say #EndPoliceBrutality… 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.
“I felt honoured being in their midst to share in their feelings…I made it clear that 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.”
Speaking at the government house on Thursday to the # EndSARS demonstrators, Obiano said he would take their demands to President Muhammadu Buhari, while also fulfilling those in his control.
“I am very happy with the way you have conducted yourselves. You have conducted yourself creditably.
“I have a list of all your demands. Some of them have already been met, like the SARS being disbanded.
“That has already been met, and some are still in the pipeline which I am going to present to the president. The other ones are the ones I can handle myself.
“Your first request is immediate prosecution and removal of James Nwafor, the immediate release of all protesters in police custody, that will be done.
“As for compensation of the family of SARS victims, the Attorney General and the leadership of police will look into this and make recommendations to me. I support your protest, police brutality and extortion is not allowed anywhere. Any Police that does that, quietly copy his name and let us know,” Obiano assured.