After the disbandment of the Special Anti Robbery squad announced by the Inspector General of Police, igp Adamu Mohammed yesterday, protesters on Monday (Today) has continued to block the entrance of lekki toll gate, Muritala Mohammed Airport and National stadium specifically in Lagos as protesters express their grievances against police brutality and extension in the country.
Urban Express-News Online gathered among those that protested in lekki toll was former project fame winner and singer, Timmy Dakolo who was part of those protesters in lekki, demanding that president Buhari should address the youths, adding that the announcement coming from the inspector general of police is not enough.
At the protest in Murtala Mohammed Airport, protesters were seen at Access Plaza, displaying various inscriptions while some protesters marched from computer village via Along bus stop to the Airport.
They caused an obstruction of movement and delayed vehicles from accessing the airport through the plaza as It was gathered that the protest began at 10 am.
They blocked motorists trying to access the Local airport by setting up their stand at the Muritala Mohammed Airport Access Plaza, thereby causing gridlock at the roundabout.
A commercial bus driver, seun Olaniyi said I’m going to lekki since and we are here blocked by protesters, passers yelling but nothing can be done except those protesters leave, nothing can be done, he said
Many intended travellers had to find alternatives means of getting to their destination as all entries into major cities of Lagos has been blocked.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu has pleaded with youths protesting against police brutality and extortion in the country not to doubt the sincerity of the President Muhammadu Buhari in disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The governor made the appeal after his arrival from Ondo State where he was Chairman of the All Progressives Congress governorship campaign team.
The governor also appealed to the #EndSARS protesters to be peaceful.
He described the dissolution of SARS by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, as a victory for Nigerian youths.
He said the protests showed that people have the right to express their views, adding that “the government meant business about the disbandment of SARS. We should not doubt the government’s sincerity.
“The beauty of democracy is that people have the right to protest, to air their views, to speak out when things are not going right and I have identified with them.
”This is real democracy being played out. They have the right as our youths, as our citizens to correct and say we do not want this.
”Let me commend all of our youths that have come out in Lagos. I have been monitoring on a daily basis and it has been very peaceful. That is what we want; you can actually make your point in a peaceful and orderly manner.”
Also, President Mohammadu Buhari has equally responded to the Demand of those protesting in lekki requesting they want to hear from him, saying the disbandment of SARS is the first to extensive police reform by his administration.
The president who made this disclosure at the lunch of the presidential youth Empowerment Scheme (P-yes) said he had directed that all those responsible for the misconduct or wrongful act be brought to justice.
”The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.
”We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.
”I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated, the president said.