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JUST IN: EndSARS protesters storm National Assembly, demand presidential address

By Ibe Wada

Sea of protesters seeking police reformation, end to brutality and extra-judicial killings by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have stormed the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, to show their disapproval of alleged inaction of lawmakers and President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

They also rejected the new Special Weapon and Tactical Team (SWAP) announced as a replacement for the disbanded SARS unit, adding that the announcement was not in a good faith and that with such urgency, the force was only rebranding the disbanded unit.

The protesters who were armed with placards with different inscriptions calling for police reformation and end to brutality on Thursday morning also demanded the physical presence of the President to brief the nation on the ongoing reformation as being touted by the Inspector General of Police.

Security agents were seen to have formed barricades at the entrance to the National Assembly complex.

Reacting to the development, it was gathered that the Spokesman to the senate president, accompanied by the Senate Committee Chairman on Police came out to address the protesting youths but they refused and insist on listening only to the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.

Meanwhile, Lawan had earlier advised the anti-SARS protesters to end their agitations on the streets since the government had heard their voices and their requirements have been met.

He stated this after the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, briefed the plenary on the outcome of his meeting with the #EndSARS protesters on Wednesday.

He disclosed that cease demonstration would enable President Muhammed Buhari to work on the implementation of their five-point agenda earlier agreed on.

Lawan also asked the President to expedite actions on the reform for peace to reign.

He reiterated the right of every to a peaceful demonstration when they feel very strongly about issues, so as to call the attention of the leaders of this country for the appropriate actions to be taken.

“Therefore, there’s a need for our compatriots to go back home and give the government the chance to quickly and expeditiously implement those demands.

“Both chambers of the National Assembly have identified with the protests that they are legitimate and the demands are legitimate.

“The next vital stage is for the protest to stop because the initial reasons for the protests have been accepted as facts and the government is trying to do everything possible” the senate president concluded.

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