Comrade Alex Omotehinse, CHSR’s President
#EndSARS Protest: Center Urges Youths To Utilize Panel of Enquiry
Nigerian youths and others whose fundamental rights have been infringed upon by the arbitrary acts of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and those who were maltreated during the #EndSARS protests across the country, have been advised to actively engage the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, set up by various state governments and present their demands.
This advice was given by the Centre for Human and Socioeconomic Rights (CHSR) is a statement captioned ‘the attack on innocent and harmless protesters at Lekki toll gate by hoodlums’, issued by its National President, Comrade Alex Omotehinse, today.
CHSR while condemned the alleged shooting of protesters by some soldiers, also described President Muhammudu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwoolu’s comments on the incidents as disappointment.
The Centre also condemned the action and inactions of some unscrupulous element hidden under the aftermath of the Lekki shooting to unleashed terror on the innocent citizens and looting across the country.
CHSR statement reads in parts: “the Center for Human and Socio-economic Rights (CHSR) haven watched the unfolding scenario surrounding the #EndSARS protest from day 1 to the 14th day, the hoodlums attack on protesters at Alausa, and Abuja, the burning of some police stations in Lagos, Edo,Oyo and some other states of the federation, the unwarranted attack on the correctional centres, the pockets of violence in some part of Lagos and other states before the Tuesday 20th October 2020 shooting at Lekki Tollgate, the Governor Babajide Sanwoolu’s pronouncement, to the disappointing speech of Mr. President’s nationwide broadcast.
“The CHSR as a reputable Human rights group that believes in rule of law, equity, fairness and Justice Condemned in its entirety the shooting and using of life bullet on the peaceful and harmless protesters at Lekki Tollgate and we also condemned the burning of police stations and other private and public properties buy some hoodlums.
“The CHSR understand and feels the genuineness of the true protesters, who are complaining of the brutality, unwarranted harassment and killings of innocent Nigerians by some men and officers of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) all over the country.
“The organisers of the #EndSARS protest with a very good and germaine intentions for a better society and the protest was very peaceful as the organizers conducted themselves in a very good manners before the protest was hijacked by some hoodlums and miscreants who launched attack on the protesting youths in Lagos and Abuja.
“The shooting and attack of any form on the harmless and peaceful protesters is unconstitutional, unlawful, undemocratic and unacceptable.
“The Lekki Tollgate protest ground, has been the adjudged the most organized and peaceful protest ground all over the country, therefore the attackers and their sponsors does not have any moral justifications to defend the shooting on that Tuesday, October 20, 2020 night.
“The declaration of a 24-hour curfew by the Lagos state governor around 12noon of October 20, 2020 and expecting the commencement of the curfew by 4pm on same day, alleged turning off of the street light and the allegation of removing the CCTV camera at the Tollgate few minutes before the invasion by some armed military men shooting at the armed less protesters holding the Nigeria flags must be duly investigated because it sound conspiracy.
“We strongly condemned the action and inactions of some unscrupulous element hidden under the aftermath of the Lekki shooting to unleashed terror on the innocent citizens and looting across the country with excuses of taking palliatives not distributed which has caused serious confusion and resulted to lost of lives.
“We hereby appeal to all well meaning Nigerians most especially the organized youths to suspend any form of street protest activities now and actively engage the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by various state governors to present their demands”.