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EndSARS: Police remain at Lekki toll gate as brutality persists nationwide



The Police are but to vacate the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, two days after the Finish SARS memorial occasion.

The anniversary was additionally marked in states, principally in Nigeria’s South, and in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The commemoration was to remind the federal authorities of police reform and reiterate condemnation of the navy taking pictures on October 20, 2020.

DAILY POST noticed that residents nationwide have been complaining of endless brutality, the premise of the EndSARS rebellion ab initio.

Final week, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Isah Barnabas slapped a traveller in Okene, Kogi State, for difficult officers after gathering a bribe from a passenger carrying a laptop computer.

On social media, there are movies of policemen throughout the nation assaulting Nigerians in defiance of the warning by the Pressure headquarters.

Adeola Oyinlade, a human rights lawyer warned the police to cease counting on the Public Order Act of 1979 to justify crackdowns.

Oyinlade recalled that on September 21, various retired cops protested on the Nationwide Meeting over poor pension advantages.

“They did this as a result of it’s supplied for within the structure. The liberty of residents to precise views on a matter that impacts them is a cornerstone upon which the existence of democratic society rests”, he maintained.

Residents and organizations strongly denounce the recurring use of train power by the police and different safety companies,

In the course of the newest gathering in Lekki, an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement was assaulted regardless of explaining that his presence was to not foment bother.

Additionally on the identical venue, the police arrested Abisola Alawode, a journalist working for Legit, after hitting and dragging him.

In Osun, DAILY POST correspondent, Sikiru Obarayese was crushed, arrested and charged to court docket inside one hour on trumped-up expenses.

In her judgement, the Justice of the Peace, A. O. Daramola condemned the police motion and struck out the case.


The Advocacy for Development of Peace & Concord in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) berated the Osun command.

Nationwide Coordinator, Sulaimon Suberu demanded that CSP Oyegade Akinloye, who ordered the arrest of the journalists, be sacked.

Suberu famous that Akinloye was infamous for rights violation and shows “temperamental tendency” unbecoming of an officer.

“He’s well-known for manipulating judicial course of to get a pound of flesh of assumed enemies”, his assertion learn.

“The style through which Sikiru Obarayese was tortured and hurriedly dragged to court docket for arraignment on spurious expenses speaks volumes.

“Such barbaric directive to clamp down on the media is virtually antithetical to rule of regulation and democratic ethos.

“We think about officers like CSP Akinloye a risk to democracy. His sort shouldn’t be allowed to superintend younger policemen”, Suberu mentioned.

Likewise, the Take It Again (TIB) Motion in Osun, warned the police and others to cease performing lawless.

Samson Tola, the Coordinator, and Owolabi Opeyemi, the Secretary, insisted that protests are residents’ rights that will by no means be given as much as safety brokers.

In a press release, the officers famous that the police have been a puppet of the ruling class for too lengthy and should cease.

The group demanded that Akinloye and all operatives that manhandle Obarayese be investigated and prosecuted.

TIB additional urged the police to supply the killers of Alimi Ahmed and Mutiu Lawal. Each died throughout Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s go to to the Finish SARS protest in 2020.

“The Nigeria Police ought to publicly apologize for attacking, arresting and dehumanizing Sikiru Obarayese.

“Protests can by no means be stopped in a democracy. The police and different safety companies ought to finish the brutalization of protesters”, TIB added.

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