We Deployed Troopers to #EndSARS Protest Places to Shield Them
Ekiti state authorities has claimed it despatched troopers to protest areas to maintain the protesters protected.
This was made public by the Ekiti State Commissioner for Info and Values Orientation, Akin Omole after backlash from folks accusing troopers of dispersing protesters within the state.
Omole stated the federal government deployed troopers to #EndSARS protest areas within the state to guard the youths demonstrating towards police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
He additionally defined that the measure was taken to forestall hoodlums from hijacking the peaceable protests within the state.
Omole made this identified in an announcement on Monday evening titled, ‘Ekiti Debunks Hearsay Of Military Harassing Protesters In Ado Ekiti’.
The commissioner described stories “emanating from the social media that troopers have taken over the Ado Ekiti, the state capital and chased protesters with weapons as unfaithful and deceptive.”
“Troopers didn’t have interaction the protesters at the same time as they barricaded most roads within the state capital all through Monday.
“The troopers have been within the state to guard the folks, together with the protesters in addition to to forestall hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceable protest by hiding behind the demonstration to commit crime and harass harmless residents,” he stated.
“Whereas the current administration in Ekiti acknowledges and respects the fitting of peaceable meeting, and in reality, identifies with the folks on the demand for good governance, all stakeholders have to be conscious of the protection of all lives and each private and non-private properties within the State.
“Harmless law-abiding residents ought to be allowed to go about their lawful companies with out hindrance whereas there have to be due cognisance of the truth that willful destruction of properties might be detrimental to the socio-economic wellbeing of the folks,” the commissioner added.
Omole famous that Governor Kayode Fayemi has arrange a Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for victims of SARS and associated abuses to research potential circumstances of police brutality within the state in keeping with the choice of the governors’ discussion board and the advice of the Nationwide Financial Council.
The #EndSARS protests rocking the nation have continued for nearly two weeks with youths calling for an enduring reform of the Nigeria Police Pressure.
Main highways have been blocked by the youths, thereby, inflicting gridlock and affecting financial actions.
Suspected hoodlums had additionally hijacked the #EndSARS marketing campaign in some cities, wreaked havoc on residents and vandalised public belongings in Lagos, Benin, Abuja, amongst different main cities.