#EndSARS: It’s Illegal To Threaten Protesters – SAN

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A SAN has revealed that it is illegal to threaten protesters over #EndSARS.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa yesterday condemned a statement credited to the police allegedly threatening to suppress a rally planned by youths to mark the 2020 #Endsars protests against police brutality that led to the shooting at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.

It’s Illegal To Threaten Protesters - SAN
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According to The Nation, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu had in the statement warned the youths to jettison their plan as “the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest.”

Reacting to the statement, Mr Adegboruwa advised the police to learn from last year’s event.

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“I am concerned that the police and the government generally seem not to have learnt any lesson from the EndSARS protests of 2020, for the purpose of engaging citizens in lawful ways,” the Lagos lawyer and human rights activist said.

Adegboruwa, who serves as a member of the Judicial panel set up by Lagos State to investigate the #Endsars protest and cases of police brutality in the state, said “it is illegal for the police to threaten protesters”.

“This is not proper in a democracy, which is nurtured by the observance of the rule of law and due respect for human rights. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, grants to every citizen the freedom of expression without interference.

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“The responsibility of the Police under the Police Act, 2020, is to offer protection to citizens who embark upon peaceful, civil and lawful protests and not to threaten them,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, police in Oyo State said yesterday that they would use every lawful means to enforce sanity and prevent loss of life and destruction of property in the event of such a protest in the state.

As in Lagos and Osun, police in Oyo warned anyone intending to stage any protest in the state in commemoration of the EndSARS anniversary to desist from it.

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