Nigeria Police Force Denies Unlawful Detention of EndSARS Protesters Amidst Senator's Claims | #NwokeukwuMascot


Nigeria Police Deny Allegations of Detaining EndSARS Protesters | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The Nigeria Police Force has firmly denied allegations that some participants in the 2020 EndSARS protests remain unlawfully detained. This rebuttal comes in response to a claim made by Senator Shehu Sani on June 22, 2024 Democracy Day, alleging the continued detention of certain protesters.

In a press release issued on Sunday, June 16, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer for the Inspector General of Police, refuted Senator Sani's statements made during the 2024 Democracy Day Dinner on June 12 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Adejobi stated:

"The Nigeria Police Force categorically denies the recent allegations made by Senator Shehu Sani at the 2024 Democracy Day Dinner on June 12, 2024, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where the former Senator falsely claimed that some young people have been detained since the 2020 EndSARS protest."

The police emphasized that no individuals are currently held unlawfully by the Nigeria Police Force or any other security agency in connection with the EndSARS protests. The statement highlighted that all arrests related to the protests have been processed according to legal procedures, with none of the individuals remaining in unlawful detention. Specific reference was made to the actions taken in Lagos, where Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pardoned approximately 100 suspects arrested during the protests.

The police also noted the broader context of the EndSARS movement, indicating that the issues surrounding the protests have been extensively debated, researched, and documented. They stressed that lessons have been learned and that the country has collectively moved on from the events of 2020.

"We urge the public to disregard this claim and remain assured of our commitment to upholding justice, the rule of law, and human rights. We encourage verifying information before making public statements to avoid harm and incitement," the statement concluded.

This denial aims to reassure the public of the police force's dedication to transparency and legal accountability while addressing concerns raised by public figures regarding the handling of the EndSARS protests and their aftermath.


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