Sanwo-Olu, Gbajabiamila secure release of #EndSARS protesters detained by police in Lagos

The Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have secured the release of #EndSARS protesters detained by the police in the state.

On Monday, the protest against police brutality had continued in Lagos and some parts of the country, with protesters blocking major roads calling for a total reform of the force.

Some of the protesters, who came out in Lekki, Yaba, Surulere, were arrested by police officers and detained.

The protest in Surulere also turned violent after police opened fire and allegedly killed two persons.

In a post on his social media platforms, Sanwo-Olu said he has ordered the immediate release of the detained protesters.

He said: "We frown at any form of intimidation. Protesters have the right to air their grievances without unnecessary threats to their lives and wellbeing.

"I have received an interim report of the unfortunate and unacceptable encounter between protesters and Policemen in Surulere.

"And I have also ordered the immediate release of Nkemakolam Okpara Felicia, Nduka Treasure Chiamaka, Adefila Olanrewaju, Adeola Adebayo, Ayodeji Ayeni and everyone who were arrested and detained during the protest.

"This is the first step in the many decisions and actions that will be taken as a result of today’s incident."

Also, in a Twitter post, Gbajabiamila announced that five of the protesters in Surulere had been released, while efforts were on to secure the release of one other person.

The speaker said he instructed Desmond Elliott, the lawmaker representing Surulere constituency 1 at the Lagos assembly, to secure their release.
Desmond Elliott with the released protesters

“ I said we will stop at nothing to protect their rights and release from detention.

“Please let’s all remain calm. I promise we are on top of this and will keep you updated," he added.

The IGP had banned operatives of SARS, the special tactical squad (STS) and intelligence response team (IRT) following recent nationwide protests against the SARS over allegations of excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and, in some cases, extrajudicial killings.

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