Police in Kwara State have dismissed reports of attacking #EndSARS protesters in Ilorin, the state capital, on Sunday.
This is according to a statement by the spokesman of the command, SP Okasanmi.
He said, “Since the beginning of the protest in Kwara State, the protesters have enjoyed the full protection of Kwara State police command.
“There has neither been any negative reports from the protesters, nor the citizens in the course of the protests.”
Giving an account of the Sunday violence during the protest, the spokesman said “Today’s protest, as peaceful as it was at the beginning, witnessed a hitch towards the end, when some of the protesters attempted to loot shops at the post office area but were promptly resisted by the shop owners.”
“The tweet in question is an obvious mischief that should not be taken seriously,” the statement added.
Kayode Egbetokun, the state Commissioner of Police, again reiterated the command’s absolute commitment to the protection of lives and property and human rights of the people in the State, and by extension that of youths on peaceful protests.
He appealed to the youths who are protesting, to carry out their protests peacefully as they have been doing in the past eight days, and watch out for criminal elements in their midst looking for opportunity to loot shops of other law abiding and hardworking youths.
He said peaceful protest, “is a right that must be exercised without violating the rights of others,” adding that “the protesters therefore should refrain from violating the rights of others.”
“We should not be pushed into a crisis that will hurt our economy further when we are yet to recover from the economic hurt of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown,” he cautioned.