The Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE) has comdemned the recent coordinated jailbreak in two Benin prisons in Edo State and wanton destruction of lives and property across the country by suspected hoodlums who infiltrated the #EndSARS protesters.
The group in a statement signed by its Chairman, Board or Trustees (BOT), Dede Uzor Uzor, wondered why the miscreants under the cover of EndSARS protesters would break into the prison and set the notorious criminals free especially over 130 serving different life sentences.
It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately constitute a special commission of enquiry to look into the budgetory allocations of the Police, decaying barracks, police vehicles and uniforms, among other things.
Describing their actions highly reprehensible, despicable, strange, evil and against the letters of ENDSARS peaceful protest, HURIDE called for immediate arrest of the suspects and be brought to justice as well as the arrest of police officers who killed civilians during the protests.
The statement read, “The actions of the miscreants have fuelled speculation that most of the protesters are criminals who want to use the protest to commit heinous crime by invading prison yards and forcefully releasing suspected bandits serving different jail terms in the two prisons.
“The youths should concentrate purely on reformation, restructuring, employment, engagement among other basic infrastructural requirements in line with our statutory constitutional provisions.
“We further urge the President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately constitute a special commission of enquiry to look into the budgetory allocations of the Police since the advent of democracy in 1999, especially in the area of welfare and wellbeing of Police officers throughout the country.
“The panel should also look at the decaying barracks, police vehicles and the issue of funding, uniforms, among other things.
“It should equally look into the prompt payment of pension and gratuity of retired police officers throughout the country, the increament of their statutory basics salaries and allowances.
“The Commission should equally look into stagnancy in the promotion of officers and men. The statutory monthly allocation of maintenance of Police Divisions should also be reviewed accordingly to enable them face the present harsh economic situation.”