Police Inspector General, IGP, Muhammad Adamu, who was recently ‘under fire’ for his extension of term by President Muhammad Buhari, nailed Nigerians after the arrest of an EndSARS protester at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday.
EndSARS protests that led to the deaths of many Nigerian youth across the country in late 2020 re-emerged when the Lagos State Judicial Investigation Council, set up by the state government to investigate alleged extrajudicial killings by Nigerian police, ordered a reopening. the Lekki Gate, where the Nigerian army allegedly killed many protesters on October 10, 2020.
Following the reopening of the facility, protest organizers with the hashtag #OccupyLekkiTollgate have scheduled a new protest that began on Saturday.
DAILY POST reminds that, despite threats from the federal government to prevent the continuation of protests against EndSARS, many young people broke into toll collection on Saturday morning, promising to shut down the facility.
DAILY POST reported that Nigerian police arrested popular comedian Deb Adebay, also known as Mr Macaroni, and many others during the #OccupyLekki protest in Lagos.
In a video circulating on social media, the arrested protesters were allegedly brutally committed by men from the Lagos State Police Command.
The arrests and brutality provoked reactions from many Nigerians, as many attributed the development of the IGP’s inability to conduct such cases.
A member of the Nigerian Teachers Union, NUT, Mr. Dare Falani told a DAILY POST correspondent from Abuja that the alleged order of the Nigerian police to arrest and ‘brutalize’ unarmed protesters had been condemned.
“Aren’t the police Nigerians?” Aren’t they affected by countless difficulties? Are we not using the same market or is their own price different?
“I don’t see any reason why young people will seek an end to bad governance that has negatively affected us all, then another guy will beat them up just because (officers) want to please their boss who doesn’t care about humanity,” Falani said.
Ms. Elizabeth Chukwu, a trader at Wuse Market Abuja, also said, “As far as I am concerned, the IGP office is currently vacant. Adam ended his term and needed to be forced to leave the office while we trust God for a competent successor. “
Reacting to the arrest and harassment of the protesters by some police officers, a lawyer from Makurdi, (Name withheld), told DAILY POST correspondence that every Nigerian has the right to protest. According to him, “The protest is simply an expression of disapproval and objection. It can be in various forms, verbal, written, physical, gesture, social networks and others. Both under the Constitution of Nigeria and under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, persons in any part of Nigeria have a fundamental human right to private and public protest over any issue, at any time and on any day.
“This right is enshrined in Article 39 (1) of the 1999 amended Constitution, which provides that ‘every person has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to represent opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.’
“Protests play an important role in the civic, political, economic, social and cultural life of all societies. Historically, protests have often inspired positive social change and improved human rights protection and continue to help define and protect civic space in all parts of the world.
“The protests encourage the development of engaged and informed citizenship and strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abdulaziz Muhammad, a civil servant in the federal territory of the capital, argued that the protest was unnecessary, noting that their complaints were recorded in the EndSARS 2020 protest, so Saturday’s protest was irrelevant.
“I really can’t imagine talking about EndSARS in 2021 after the shock we had in October last year.
“They claimed to be protesting against mismanagement and I ask them, can I point to one thing that has changed since the Lekki shooting and the killing of protesters when the protest was hijacked by hooligans?
“And if nothing has changed, then why stimulate something you know that would still lead to pain?
“I do not support the fact that members of the security are harassing the protesters, but I think that their arrest can serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
However, Lagos State Police Commissioner CP Hakeem Odumosu condemned the ill-treatment of the arrested protesters and called for an urgent investigation into the incident.
A CP from Lagos in a statement on Sunday ordered Deputy Police Commissioner, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoada, to analyze a viral video showing some police officers harassing protesters and discovering the perpetrators.
The commissioner instructed the DCP to ensure that the police officers who made the mistake brought the book.