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23.09.2021 news NGO Group Offers Legal Help to Jailed #EndSARS Protesters

Published 23rd Sep, 2021

By Daniel Ojukwu

Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE) and Citizens Gavel have vowed to help incarcerated protesters arrested during and after the #EndSARS protest to regain freedom.

In a statement dated September 22 and sighted by FIJ, the human rights group asked members of the public to reach out and offer information on imprisoned protesters.

“To find protesters being brutalised, illegally shot at, and arrested for exercising their fundamental right is a complete breach of their human rights,” the statement read in part.

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“These were some of the disturbing encounters of Nigerians who participated in the October 2020 #EndSARS protest, where citizens came out en masse to bemoan the societal ills of police brutality, indiscriminate arrests, and the excesses of rogue police officers and operatives of different police units, especially the now-renamed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 

“Sadly, almost one year after the nationwide protests, we can authoritatively confirm that there are still #EndSARS protesters who are incarcerated and languishing in various correctional centres.

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“We hereby call on members of the public, friends, or relatives of victims with reliable information about incarcerated protesters to reach out to EiE Nigeria or Gavel for prompt legal intervention via any of our social media platforms or contact details below.

Nigerians protested police brutality and abuse of power by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad in 2020, until it its climax on October 20 when soldiers fired shots at protesters at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos. Subsequently, several protesters were picked up by security agents and incarcerated.

Published 23rd Sep, 2021

By Daniel Ojukwu

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