IGP Adamu gets fresh knocks over alleged molestation, arrest of #EndSARS protesters

METRO PLUS

Hushpuppi: US court dismisses fraud case against Nigerian, Mr Woodberry

A US court has dismissed a fraud case against a Nigerian accused of cyber-crime, Olalekan Ponle, popularly known as Mr Woodberry.

Four Police officers arrested for fleeing kidnap scene of Maku’s niece

Four police officers who failed to stop the kidnapping of Salisu Usman Maku, nephew of former information minister Labaran Maku have been arrested.

54-year-old pastor defiles girl,10, in Ogun

• Teenager remanded for alleged rape of minor • Man, 28, rapes 14-year-old girl Daud Olatunji, Abiodun...

Generator fumes kill three Delta kids, carpenter falls, dies

Three siblings have died after inhaling generator fumes in Emevor community, in the Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Police arrest 60-year-old man for defiling 9-year-old girl in Anambra

Police in Anambra State have arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly defiling a 9-year-old girl in Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Muhammad Adamu who had been under ‘fire’ recently over his tenure elongation by president Muhammadu Buhari, has received fresh knocks from Nigerians after the arrest of EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday.

The EndSARS protests that led to the death of many Nigerian youths across the country late 2020, resurfaced when the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry which was set up by the state government to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings by the Nigeria Police, ordered the reopening of the Lekki Toll Gate where Nigerian Military allegedly killed many protesters on October 10, 2020.

Following the reopening of the facility, the protest organizers with the hashtag #OccupyLekkiTollgate scheduled a fresh protest which commenced on Saturday.

Tribunepoint Weekly recalls that despite threats from the Federal Government to forestall the resumption of the EndSARS protests, many youths stormed the toll gate on Saturday morning, vowing to shut down the facility.

Tribunepoint Weekly had reported that the Nigeria Police arrested a popular comedian, Debo Adebayo, also known as Mr Macaroni, and many others during the #OccupyLekki protest in Lagos.

In a video making the rounds on social media, the arrested protesters were allegedly brutalized by men of the Lagos State Police Command.

The arrest and brutality have triggered reactions from many Nigerians as many have ascribed the development to the IGP’s incompetence in handling such cases.

A member of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Mr Dare Falani told DAILY POST correspondent in Abuja that the alleged order by the Nigerian Police to arrest and ‘brutalize’ unarmed protesters was condemnable.

“Are the policemen not Nigerians? Are they not affected by the innumerable hardship? Are we not using the same market or is their own price different?

“I don’t see any reason why the youth will be demanding end to bad governance which has affected all of us negatively, then another fellow will beat them up just because they (officers) want to please their boss who has no regards for humanity,” Falani stated.

Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu, a trader in Wuse Market Abuja also said, ” As far as I am concerned, the office of the IGP is currently vacant. Adamu has completed his tenure and should have been made to vacate the office while we trust God for a competent successor.”

Reacting to the arrest and molestation of the protesters by some police officers, a legal practitioner in Makurdi, (Name withheld), told DAILY POST correspond that every Nigerian has the right to protest. According to him, “Protest is simply the expression of disapproval and objection. It can come in different forms, verbal, written, physical, gesture, social media and others. Both under the constitution of Nigeria and under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, persons in any part of Nigeria have the fundamental human right to privately and publicly protest over any issue, any time and any day.

“This right is captured under section 39(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, it provides that ‘every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.

“Protests play an important part in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural life of all societies. Historically, protests have often inspired positive social change and improved protection of human rights, and they continue to help define and protect civic space in all parts of the world.

“Protests encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry and strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abdulaziz Muhammed, a Civil Servant in the Federal Capital Territory, argued that the protest was needless, stressing that their grievances had been registered in the 2020 EndSARS protest, hence the Saturday protest was unimportant.

“I really can’t imagine we are talking about EndSARS this 2021 after the shock we had in October last year.

“They claimed they are protesting against bad governance and I ask, can they point to one thing that has changed since the Lekki shooting and the killing of protesters when the protest was hijacked by hoodlums?

“And if nothing has changed, then why stimulating something you know that would still lead to pains.

“I’m not in support of the fact that the protesters are being molested by the security personnel, but I think getting them arrested can serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.

However, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the molestation of the arrested protesters and demanded an immediate investigation into the incident.

The Lagos CP in a statement on Sunday, ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the viral video which captured some officers maltreating the protesters and figure out the offenders.

The Commissioner charged the DCP to ensure that the erring officers are brought to book.

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Tribunepoint Weekly - Daily News

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

- Advertisement -

MOST READ

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

LATEST ARTICLES

Canada sees 2,605 new coronavirus cases as Tam warns of ‘set back’ by variants

Canada added 2,605 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 834,187.

Pfizer says variant first found in South Africa could significantly reduce vaccine protection

A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine...

Trump calls McConnell an ‘unsmiling political hack’ in lengthy statement

Former U.S. President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political...

U.S. storm delays Canada’s Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shipment by 1 day

Canada’s shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be delayed by one day due to the winter storm wreaking havoc in the...

Canada sees 51 new coronavirus deaths as total cases top 831K

Another 2,458 people in Canada have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country...