Take It Back Movement Challenges Nigerian Police, Releases Names of #EndSARS Protesters Still Imprisoned Four Years Later | #NwokeukwuMascot


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In a recent development, the pro-democracy and human rights group, Take It Back Movement (TIB), has refuted claims by the Nigeria Police Force regarding the detention status of #EndSARS protesters. The police had asserted that no protesters from the 2020 #EndSARS movement were unlawfully detained in their custody or by any other security agencies across the country.

This police statement, issued by Force Public Relations Officer ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Sunday, was in response to Senator Shehu Sani's appeal to President Bola Tinubu. Senator Sani urged the president to facilitate the release of #EndSARS protesters who have remained in detention for nearly four years since the demonstrations of October 2020. At a special dinner marking June 12 Democracy Day at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, Senator Sani emphasized that these protesters should be regarded as champions of democracy, akin to those who fought for Nigeria's democratic foundations.

Senator Sani, recalling the tenacity of democracy advocates like President Tinubu, called for swift action to ensure the release of the detained protesters. Despite this appeal, the police maintained that the #EndSARS cases had been resolved and that important lessons had been learned from the events.

Contradicting the police's position, TIB released a list on Monday, naming #EndSARS protesters who are allegedly still held in various prisons in Lagos State. The list includes:

- Kirikiri Medium Prison: Dare Williams, Daniel Joyibo, Adigun Sodiq, Ismail Olaogun, Rasheed Wasiu Bolaji, and Moshood Biola.

- Ikoyi Prison: Segun Ogundare and Azeez Mudashiru.

-Kirikiri Maximum Prison: Ismail Mufutau.

Additionally, a separate list circulating on social media identifies 31 protesters purportedly detained in various prisons nationwide. This broader list features names such as Ogidi Joseph, Marcus Joseph, Joseph Oyebowale, and Muyiwa Onikoyi, among others.

Efforts to obtain a response from ACP Adejobi regarding these lists were unsuccessful, as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.

The ongoing detentions and conflicting narratives highlight the enduring tensions and unresolved issues stemming from the #EndSARS protests, which called for an end to police brutality and demanded comprehensive reforms in Nigeria's law enforcement agencies.

The Take It Back Movement's latest revelations are likely to renew scrutiny and debate over the government's handling of the protests and its commitment to human rights and democratic principles.


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