Naira Marley has shelved his planned demonstration against police brutality.
The Nigerian singer will instead be holding talks with police spokesperson Frank Mba on ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement officers and the public.
Naira Marley had called for demonstrations in the wake of the public outcry against the allegedly murderous operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.
The inspector-general of police Mohammed Adamu responded to the outcry by announcing major police reforms which the public say are as insincere as the ones before.
Then the police released the following press statement on Tuesday morning.
“The Inspector General of Police wishes to inform Nigerian youths that their voices and complaints on the issues of unprofessional conducts by some SARS operatives have been heared very loudly and clearly…
“The Force is irrevocably committed to changing these narratives and undertaking far-reaching reforms to reposition SARS and other Tactical Squads for better service delivery. The Orders and restrictions on the operations of SARS and others already issued by the IGP are just the initial steps out of the many reforms planned for the Tactical Squads.
“The Leadership of the NPF will work with the Ministry of Youth and other stakeholders, including Youth leaders, youth entrepreneurs, CSOs and others in formulating and implementing consensual reforms.
“Today, Tuesday 6th October, 2020, by 11am, the Force PRO- DCP Frank Mba will be having a live instagram chat with Naira Marley to answer questions and discuss the concerns of young Nigerians on the issues of SARS operations and other burning issues. Please stay tuned.
“MESSAGE FROM THE FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT.”