The TakeItBack Motion, a preferred pro-democracy Nigerian group, has issued a warning to the police.
The group warned the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko to be sure that policemen beneath her command don’t threaten, harass or kill youths that may flood streets on October 10 for the #EndSARS remembrance protest.
The group mentioned this in its response to a press release by the Oyo State Police Command this week that it’s going to repel the deliberate protest.
A press release signed by the Command’s spokesperson, Adewale Osifeso, which was made obtainable to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital mentioned mother and father, guardians and leaders that wield varied levels of affect in spiritual, instructional and conventional capacities are passionately suggested to warn their wards and proteges in opposition to being utilized by retailers of anarchy, as violators could be totally sanctioned and prosecuted.
In accordance with a press release signed by the Secretary of the group, Lekan Adisa, which was obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday, the policemen and different safety companies are reminded that peaceable protest stays part of elementary human rights.
The assertion learn, “In response to the information on social media regarding the upcoming memorial of #EndSARS victims and press launched by Oyo state police command, TIB sees that report as pointless and a approach of making pointless concern right into a peaceable society.
“We didn’t overlook that it was police brutality that preceded the retaliation by indignant youths named hoodlums throughout the 20-10-2020 protest.
“CP Ngozi Onadeko can testify that each protest in Oyo state was carried out peacefully earlier than police themselves turned it to violence and begin taking pictures at peaceable protesters across the state.
“We youths misplaced about 5 protesters at Ogbomoso, some youths in Ibadan together with males in uniform and so many individuals are nonetheless on the hospital beds responding to therapy since final yr.
“Additionally 9 harmless youths in relation with #EndSARS protest are nonetheless in detention. All that occurred because of the police incapability to watch the rule of engagement in a time like that.
“Furthermore, the peaceable youths of Oyo state see the report as intimidation, a approach to clamp down on our rights and to disclaim justice. Peaceable protest stays our constitutional proper and your job because the police is to make sure security, to save lots of lives and to stop hoodlums from hijacking the peaceable demonstration.
“We now have come to the realisation that Nigeria wants folks’s police not authorities’s police.
“We, subsequently, advise the CP Ngozi Onadeko as a mom to verify her males in uniform perform their operation with the utmost respect for the folks they’re meant to guard and in accordance with the rule of regulation.
“As a movement, we are clamouring for a better society and fighting for the rights of the citizens by using the instrument of law. We remain law-abiding citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”