Olaleye Idowu

The EndSARS Protest in Abuja today was invaded by thugs, injuring protesters, disrupting their peaceful protest while in Lagos, Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu told the gathering in Lagos that their voice has been heard and they should allow government plays its part.  

The thugs, who stormed the venue around 1 pm on Wednesday, reportedly fired gunshots in the air before chasing away the #EndSARS campaigners. 

The protesters had blocked the Julius Berger roundabout, Wuse, with disused tyres and stones, and also prevented motorists from plying the route as they occupied the bridge.

They were singing solidarity songs when their attackers suddenly appeared and assaulted them.

The attackers, who were mainly speaking the Hausa language, also vandalized about five cars parked in the vicinity. 

However, no life was lost as the police took control of the situation while the injured were taken to the hospital.

.Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to #EndSARS protesters to allow government to play its part as their voice has been heard

He, therefore, urged the #EndSARS protesters to allow governments at all levels play its roles to make the demanded changes happen.

Thousands of youths across the country have in the last one week been protesting against the harassment and extrajudicial killings perpetrated mainly by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police authorities have since disbanded the unit and announced the Special Weapons and Tactics unit as its replacement.

The Lagos governor, on Tuesday, took the demands of the protesters to President mohammadu Buhari at Aso Villa in Abuja.

However, the protests have continued with many demanding for more reforms.

This was contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile. The statement was titled, ‘#EndSARS Protests: Sanwo-Olu, Oyetola, Lagos First Lady Urge Youths To Remain Calm’.

Sanwo-Olu was quoted in the statement as saying, “I want to humbly request and appeal to our youths that their voices have been heard; their grievances have been well taken; their cause is a just and important cause. We have listened to them and listened to them very well. Government more than ever before will do things differently and positively. We can all see the efforts we have started since yesterday and today going forward.

“I want to appeal once again that because of the global pandemic that we have witnessed over the last six to seven months, the youths should let the effects of the protest go down. And they should know that their voice has been heard, let government play their roles and play it well.”

He lamented that the protests have led to gridlocks that have paralysed business activities in different parts of the state and other parts of Nigeria.

“Businesses have suffered; people are just coming back to businesses. It would be unfair for those businesses not to be able to get back on their feet again because we have a larger social-economic effect

“I know and I appreciate the challenges that all of you are going through. I appreciate the unfortunate incident that has happened to some of our youths. But like I said, we have heard you and we heard you very well.

“Please let those changes that you asked for, let them begin to happen. We have made commitments in Lagos State and other states to have made commitments. Let us see the effects of those changes and commitments we have given,” the governor submitted

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