Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has spoken of his readiness to join the nationwide protest against police brutality if he gets a clarion call from the protesting youths.
Several youths in most parts of the country have taken to the streets in protest against their cruel treatment by operatives of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, forcing the federal government to proscribe the unit and its place established Special Weapon Tactical Team, SWAT, a move that has not pacifIed the angry youths, who are equally agitating for good governance, a rethink of the country’s structure including resource control and reduction in cost of governance.
Weighing in on the protest in an interview he granted newsmen in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, Ortom said it was a product of long years of misrule by successive governments and a skewed structure announcing his readiness to join the struggle on invitation.
His word, “I will join the protest if my people called on me to do so.”
The governor added that the protests reflected the daily pains and frustrations of Nigerians in the face of unemployment, zero economic growth, insecurity and corruption, stating that the people justifiably want an end to impunity, police brutality, herdsmen attacks, banditry and other crimes bedeviling the country.