Governor Obaseki Condemns Attack On #EndSARS Protesters In Benin, Charges Police On Adequate Security | #ReformTheNigeriaPolice

by on October 17, 2020

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has condemned the attack on #EndSARS protesters in Benin City by unidentified hoodlums.

On Friday, the #EndSARS protest turned violent in Benin City, when suspected thugs threw rocks at protesters who besieged the Edo State House of Assembly and shot sporadically, leaving two persons reportedly dead and many injured.

Reacting, the governor in a statement noted that a thorough investigation would commence immediately to bring the culprits to justice.

Obaseki charged the Edo State Police Command to come out in full force to provide adequate security to the protesters, as they were exercising their rights as concerned citizens of Nigeria.

The statement read partly: “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.

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“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.

“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.”

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