Tuesday, February 16, 2021

#EndSARS: IGP urged to arrest alleged protest sponsors


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Abuja Grassroots Youths Forum, AGYF, has urged the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, to arrest the alleged sponsors of the recent EndSARS protests in the country.

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Spokesperson for the group, Akoshile Mukhtar, who gave the advice at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, said this is for their roles in misleading youths into looting and destructions.

Mr Mukhtar noted that youths across the country were lured through Social Media and other platforms to embark on the EndSARS protests.

He said that the protest, however, took an ugly turn and was on the verge of throwing Nigeria into another lockdown.

He stated that members of the forum support any peaceful demonstration by any group, but frowns at unruly behaviour of some unscrupulous characters in the guise of agitation.

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“While we support any progressive and peaceful demonstration by any group, we are at the same breath adverse to unruly behaviour of some unscrupulous characters in the guise of agitation.“

He said that certain identified individuals who are connected with the protest should be arrested to serve as deterrent to others and forestall future.

He maintained that it was hypocritical and deceitful to have informed Nigerians that the protest had no leaders, “Even as some persons have come out today to lay claim that they are leaders of the EndSARS protests, which led to loss of many lives and properties.

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“It is indeed a matter of urgency, that they should be arrested forthwith and held liable for the chaos and mayhem witnessed during and after the protests.”

On his part, the leader of Indigenous People of FCT Youths Representatives, Yunusa Yusuf, alleged that the EndSARS protests was hijacked by those who are not happy with the present leadership in the country.

He said that the same set of people have begun another set of protest in the territory.

Mr Yusuf maintained that the perpetrators of the EndSARS protests should be brought to book, to account for the destructions during the protests.

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He urged the youth not to allow themselves to be deceived by people who are not interested in the in the progress of the country.


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