I participated in this virtual town hall meeting. The conversations were frank and it clearly IMO is a move forward. I was particularly impressed with @PoliceNG PRO DCP Frank Mba's comments and response to questions. I would like to highlight a couple of things he said. #EndSARS
1. SARS has been disbanded. It is dead and buried. He said this is the first time it'll be disbanded. That what happened previously were just attempts to restructure, rejig & reorganize the unit and not a ban.

2. None of the current SARS operatives will be in the new SWAT unit.
3. The new tactical unit will not be on the streets but will only be seen when needed for specific security operations. Recruitment into this unit has already began.

4. Psychological and medical re-evaluation of the defunct SARS operative will start. (I think he said tomorrow).
5. The @PoliceNG will love to have representatives of the youths to witness these psychological evaluation. The challenge is "who to work with"

6. Police officers are recruited from people who apply which is determined by the conditions of service. To attract better people...
....the conditions of service of the police must improve. In other words, you are what you attract.

7. They recognise a huge trust deficit between the people ans police/govt. Unfortunately, for there to be progress trust is needed. In other words, give us the benefit of a doubt.
8. They are working to identify, arrest and trial police officers involved in human rights abuses like the 4 announced by the Lagos State Governor @jidesanwoolu. He mentioned other arrest that I can't remember right now

9. They intend to actively engaged Youths on ALL platforms
No one will seriously believe that one virtual town hall meeting with less than 200 people in attendance will solve a perennial problem or bridge the trust deficit. But you can never go wrong with dialogue. The more you engage, the better you communicate. #EndPoliceBrutalityNow

The word "recruitment" as used in this tweet is my characterisation of DCP Frank Mba's comments about the new tactical unit having new officers and not the old SARs operatives. It was not the word used by DCP Frank Mba.

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