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Group says no to another Endsars Protest in Lagos

A group, Defend Lagos Coalition, has called out to those planning to embark on another round of Endsars protest in Lagos state or anywhere across the country to shun the act for peace to reign in the country.

The group in a statement by Comrade Nelson Ekujumi, said given the wanton destruction of properties and lost of lives that accompanied the hitherto peaceful Endsars protest in Lagos and across the country, no one should which for a repeat of such.

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It would be recalled that some youths had staged a protest calling for end of the now defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and brutal killing of innocent Nigerians by some members of the Nigeria Police Force.

The coalition said though as an activist organisation, recognises the rights of individuals and groups to protest in demanding home their fundamental rights but frowns at acts that will lead to break down of law and order.

Ekujumi said; “As some group of persons and interest contemplate commemorating the anniversary of the EndSARS protests with another protest, it is our conviction that such an anniversary ought to be a moment for sober reflection on the whole essence of the 2020 protest with a view to decipher if the motive that propelled the genuine agitations is not lost on the Nigeria police, government and the society at large and proffer the way forward.”

The group commended the Lagos state panel of inquiry on its effectiveness in hearing all sides of abuses by police force on Nigerians, saying they have absolute confidence in the outcome of the panel.

“With every sense of modesty, we can boldly assert that for close watchers of the Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS abuses and other related matters, the panel has been thorough, professional and diligent in the discharge of it’s assignment which has made it a reference point and enviable. The Lagos State judicial panel has been sitting on petitions of victims of rights abuses and the Lekki tollgate incident since 27th October 2020 till date and as it winds down its assignment having sat for about a year which is unparalleled among states judicial panels, we have absolute confidence in the ability and capacity of the panel which is made up of men and women of integrity and record, to dispense justice in a fair and just manner on the rest of the pending petitions just as it has already done with cases decided,” they said.

The civil group urged all to give peace a space in moving Lagos state and the country at large to greater heights.

“Therefore at the Defend Lagos Coalition, we state unequivocally that; We recognize the inalienable rights of citizens to ventilate their grievances, but must admonish that it must be exercised within the ambit of the law and with recognition of the fact that other persons right must not be infringed upon in the process. Appeal to those planning to stage another anniversary protest to have a rethink in view of the likelihood of the forces of evil hijacking their protest again to unleash mayhem. Call on the Nigeria Police force to recognize the fundamental rights of citizens and urge it to exhibit professionalism in it’s efforts to protect the economic and human rights of Lagosians to move about without let or hindrance. As law abiding citizens, we want it placed on record that our commitment to ensure that peace reigns in Lagos for the good of all is irrevocable,” Ekujumi said.

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