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Organisers defy FG warning, insist on another EndSARS protest

By Idowu Abdullahi,

Organizers of the fresh protest billed to hold on February 13 at the Lekki tollgate have insisted that they would not be deterred by warnings from the Federal Government against the demonstrations, saying the planned rally was beyond police brutality that forced thousand of Nigerians to storm the streets last October.

They added that despite several threats from security operatives and other groups planning counter-protests against the genuine agitations, the Nigerian youth was ready to demand justice and genuine closure on those who lost their lives at the same spot where the protest is billed to hold.

The organisers maintained that contrary to the position of the apex government that the youth was coming out to destroy and engineer renewed looting, killing, arson, and destruction of public and private properties, the fresh protest was aimed at demanding a Nigeria that works for all irrespective of religion, ethnic or political affiliations.

Through a statement made available to journalists on Thursday, the organisers hinted that the planned protest was beyond the ruling of the Lagos State Judicial Panel probing alleged killings of EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020, which certified the toll for reopening.

According to the statement, government has refused to provide employment for young people, yet they went ahead to ban the most promising source of income of young people; cryptocurrency.

It added that “Despite overwhelming and highly compelling evidence showing how several protesters were shot by the military, no single military personnel has been brought to book,“

Continuing, the organisers said, “after committing genocide by killing scores of people who were peacefully protesting at Lekki Tollgate and other parts of Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu and other oppressors want to spit on the dead and dance on the blood of the innocent by reopening the yahoo gate to be collecting their blood money as again.

“We say NO! We are undaunted! We will be occupying Lekki Tollgate again starting from Saturday, February 13. We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to storm back all the barricades as our rulers have shown that they can never change. Since the #EndSARS, they are yet to affect any of the promises. Police brutality is still raging and SARS is still operating.

“Despite overwhelming and highly compelling evidence showing how several protesters were shot by the military, no single military personnel has been brought to book. Deaths have been established and many victims of the Lekki shootings have surfaced, yet neither the victims nor families of our deceased colleagues have gotten justice.

“After close to five months of sitting, the judicial panel meant to inquire into the lekki massacre has refused to deliver justice to victims of the Lekki massacre most of whom have either lost their limbs due to gun wounds or have become deceased.

“Despite overwhelming grounds of involvement of Governor Sanwoolu and ex-army chief, Buratai in the Lekki Massacre, neither of them have been brought to book. President Buhari instead appointed them ambassadors so they won’t be arrested and prosecuted for genocide and war crimes at the Hague. Despite EndSARS, police brutality and extrajudicial killings continue unabated.

“Nigerians are extremely poorer and yet the cost of food is on the high side with an increased cost of electricity that only produces darkness. Petrol price is being increased as marketers want it at #190 per litre. Nigerians are no longer secured in any part of the country; when they are not being harassed or extrajudicially murdered by police, they are being kidnapped, maimed, and killed by bandits.

“Today, the life of cows has become more valuable than those of Nigerians even as our streets and communities have fallen to the rule of kidnappers and bandits. The Nigerian government now negotiates and enriches terrorists and bandits while chasing after, arresting, shooting, and killing protesters.

“It is to this end that we call on you all to come out enmasse to demand not just justice for victims and fallen heroes of the October 20 killings but that all involved in this heinous criminality be brought to book. Come out to demand the right to life and to exist in a country that respects our rights as citizens, abhors police brutality/extrajudicial killings, provides us with security, decent jobs with good wages, and other such socio-economic rights that come with being a citizen.“

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