Sanwo-Olu Meets Buhari On Tuesday Over EndSARS Protests

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, addressing EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, on Monday, October 12, 2020.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, addressing EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, on Monday, October 12, 2020.

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced his plans to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday over the ongoing EndSARS protest in the state.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Monday when he met the protesters at Alausa. The Governor told the demonstrators that their protest was legitimate, but pleaded with them not to block the roads while passing on their grievances to the authorities.

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Sanwo-Olu said he identified with the EndSARS campaigners, noting that their agitations touched the essence of democratic freedom. He said citizens must never be denied the rights to protest, but urged the protesters not to employ wrong methods to drive home their message.

He said: “Your voice has been heard clearly and a clear pronouncement has been made on the activities of SARS. The operation has been dissolved by the police leadership and just a moment ago, Mr. President addressed the nation on the issues you have raised. The President has said all SARS officers that are involved in the killing of innocent people and engaging in human rights abuses will be brought to justice.

“My stance on this EndSARS is unmistakable and I have told you that we identify with this protest because you have legitimate concerns. I am saying it again here that this protest is in good faith. But, we must not be unruly when going out on a protest like this. We want you to be peaceful and decorous in expressing yourselves.”

According to the governor, he spoke with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, on Monday to outline the position of the Lagos State Government on police reforms, adding that he will visit President Buhari on Tuesday (tomorrow) and present the demands of Lagos youths on the issues.

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