Obaseki: Edo Gov mandates Police to arrest killers of #EndSARS protesters

Obaseki: Edo Gov mandates Police to arrest killers of #EndSARS protesters

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday, October 17, condemned Friday’s attack on #ENDSARS protesters by hoodlums in the state.

Obaseki further stated that he has directed the state police command to provide adequate security for the protesters.

He also ordered the police to fish out those behind the attack on the protesters for prosecution.

1st News had reported that at least one person died and several others injured when armed hoodlums attacked peaceful protesters in Benin, the state capital.

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The hoodlums who were armed with machetes, guns, and other weapons stormed the venue of the protest; and also attacked the protesters.

But the governor in his reaction to the development described as disheartening the attack on harmless protesters by the hoodlums.

Obaseki said: “I have just learnt that hoodlums have attacked #ENDSARS protesters, who have conducted themselves peacefully in Benin City. I extend condolences to the victims of the attacks including those who lost their lives; and others who were injured by the thugs.

“It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people who are expressing genuine concerns over police brutality and intimidation in their own country.

“Thorough investigation would be conducted immediately to fish out the culprits of the attack on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters in Benin City; and we would do all possible within the law to ensure those culpable are brought to justice.

“I hereby call on the Edo State Police Command to get out on the streets; and provide adequate security for the protesters; and ensure that no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights.”

Meanwhile, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Saturday, October 17, revealed that #EndSARS protesters mean well for the country.

He said the protesters, majorly youths, deserved to be heard and engaged; for the good of the country and its citizens.

Atiku made this appeal after the Candle Night organised by the EndSARS protesters on Friday night in some states; to honour Nigerians killed as a result of police brutality.

Atiku wrote on his Twitter handle, “Last night’s #CandleLight in remembrance and honour of all those killed by the unjust system was powerful; and reinforced my belief that our youth means well and deserve to be heard and engaged; for the good of our people and our nation.”

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