How Governor Sanwoolu dropped by the #Endsar #Endpolicebrutality #Sarsmustend protesters | Oby Oriji Blog

How Governor Sanwoolu dropped by the #Endsar #Endpolicebrutality #Sarsmustend protesters


The pictures snd videos of killings that occured at the #Sarmustend protest yesterday were so Gorey that I can’t post them up here. SARS officers were allegedly shot by colleagues who opened fire on the protesters, but blamed the incident on the protesters.

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I joined the youths at the #SARSMUSTEND protests today, to not only allay their fears, but to also let them know we’re on the same side. We are agitating for the same solution to the current unfortunate issues we’re facing as a society and as a Nation. I would also be meeting with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja tomorrow. As a servant of the people, and a representative of the masses, my job is to listen and do everything within my power to act, while managing the nature of the problems our people are protesting against. I am proud of our youths and the courage they are displaying in articulating their grievances. I identify wholeheartedly with the #SARSMUSTEND campaign as it touches the essence of democratic freedom. Citizens must never be denied the right to protest, and your voices have been heard. A clear pronouncement has been made and Mr. President has addressed the Nation. All SARS officers involved in the killing of innocent people and engaging in the abuse of human rights will be brought to justice. My stand on #SARSMUSTEND is unmistakable and I assure you that I identify with this protest because your concerns are legitimate. The protest is in good faith, but we need to be peaceful and decorous in expressing ourselves, so our message will be clear and articulate. I received the news of casualties at the Surulere protest with displeasure and disgust. We will get to the root of the unfortunate incident today, and updates will be given to the public in due time. We mourn with the families of those who have lost their loved ones during this period. May their souls Rest In Peace. We must prevent the escalation of issues, and I am meeting with the Commissioner of Police and other security leaders to ensure that the safety of protesters are guaranteed. I want to appeal to the protesters to take a break from protesting while we dialogue with the Federal Govt to ensure a permanent solution to the issues on ground. Tempers are at a highest on all sides at this time and while we work to prevent escalation, the safety of our residents is paramount. I speak not just as a Governor, but as a Father, Brother, Son and Friend.

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Somethings are better left unseen and that includes the videos and pictures from those deaths. While protesters were brutally beaten, the police officers still have some questions to answer as gunshots were said to have only come from the police side of the event. A notion that is now being denied by the police side of things, as they believe that the protesters had guns.

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A week ago, I spoke to the Inspector General of Police regarding the agitations and concerns of the youths on the ongoing issues with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arm of the Police Force. The issue had become a sore point, which had created mistrust between the general public and the outfit charged to protect them. There was therefore an urgent need for interventions, in order to forestall total breakdown of law and order between the Police force and the general public. This formed the basis of the discussions I had with the IGP. We thank the Federal Govt for listening to the voice of the youths via peaceful but powerful protests showing the people's commitment to protecting each other irrespective of gender, tribe or class. I totally identify with the #endsars campaign, and I salute the good conduct of the youths who participated in the public demonstration. They are our heroes of freedom. I strongly believe that citizens must never be denied the right to express their grievances whenever they are not satisfied with the operation of any agency of the Government. I also thank the Commissioner of Police, SP Hakeem Odumosu for ensuring that the Police in Lagos conducted itself properly, and treated protesters with empathy and respect during the protests. There is so much more to be done in rebuilding the trust between citizens and the Police. It is work in progress, but we will get there. Thank you once again to the youths for standing together. History will never forget you. To the Police for listening, and to the Federal Govt for making the necessary changes.

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One of the leading voices of the #EndSARS protests rocking different parts of the country, Aisha Yesufu, has alleged that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), ordered the men of the Nigeria Police Force to attack protesters expressing their dissatisfaction over the brutality and extrajudicial killings by the operatives of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the police. . Yesufu, who spoke in a Facebook Live Chat with The PUNCH on Monday afternoon, said had the President not given the instruction, he would have sanctioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for the several assaults on #EndSARS protesters by his men. . Yesufu during the chat hailed Nigerian youths for “breaking the yoke of oppression” by trooping out to protest all over the country. . She said, “There is an order from Major General Muhammadu Buhari that they should shoot and clamp on protesters. He is the Commander-in-Chief and he is the one who gives the final orders. . “The President has been on the streets several times protesting. He is the one who was teargassed in Kano when he went to protest that he lost the election with his running mate, Chief Chuba Okadigbo, who later died from the gas inhalation. . “He went to court. Femi Falana was his pro bono lawyer and it was said that the police have no right disturbing anybody, all they have to do is to protect people and it is so sad that it is the same President today who is clamping down on protesters.” . “The reason I feel so convinced is the fact that Major General Muhammadu Buhari is the Commander-in-Chief and all the buck stops at his table. Anybody acting contrary to his instructions will definitely get a query and you see they aren’t getting any query. That means they are doing exactly what he wants them to do. . “If for example, it was not his order for them to clamp on protesters, by now the IG of Police should be facing a query, he is either suspended or sacked. That is what a leader does when a subordinate does something contrary to what he wants,” she insisted. — #AishaYesufu #Policebrutality #Punchnewspapers

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