Anti-lockdown protests: Senator Omo-Agege appeals for calm in Sapele
- Reactions are still trailing the alleged murder of a protester in Sapele, Delta state by security agents
- The deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege says the culprit will be prosecuted
- Senator Omo-Agege, however, appealed for calm over the protests which were triggered by the Delta government's extension of the lockdown
The deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has assured residents of Sapele in Delta state that the policeman who allegedly shot a protester in the area recently will be prosecuted.
Omo-Agege gave the assurance in a statement released on his behalf by his spokesman, Yomi Odunuga, on Thursday, April 16.
Omo-Agege, however, appealed for calm over the protests which were triggered by the Delta state government's two-week extension of the lockdown.
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He condemned the alleged shooting by security agents and called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprit(s), adding that it will serve as a deterrent to other trigger-happy security men.
While noting that the lockdown has caused untold hardship on the people, the lawmaker pointed out that the long-term benefits of the stay-at-home order is to protect the citizens from contracting the deadly coronavirus.
He explained that authorities at all levels of government are making frantic efforts to get palliatives to the poorest of the poor.
“No doubt, the lockdown has caused difficulties and inconveniences for many citizens but in these trying times, it takes courage for our elected leaders to adopt global best practices by extending the lockdown so as to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease and save lives.
“As President Buhari and governors, including Governor Okowa of Delta state have said, our common objective is to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action while ongoing comprehensive public health measures including case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities are intensified,” he stated.
Recall that thousands of aggrieved Delta state residents in Sapele took over the streets on Wednesday, April 15, in protest to demand an end to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s extension of lockdown order in the state.
Governor Okowa had in a broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, announced the extension of the 14-day lockdown for another two weeks and imposed a dusk to dawn curfew.
However, women in their hundreds and thousands defied the order and took their protest to the streets of the town, as early as 7:30 am demanding an end to the lockdown.
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