- Festus Keyamo seems to have backed the nationwide demonstration against police brutality in Nigeria
- In a tweet, the junior labour and employment minister said peaceful protest is part of democracy culture
- Keyamo further maintained that the demonstrators have the right to sit down and have "some reasonable conversation"
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Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, has thrown his weight behind the peaceful demonstration embarked upon by the Nigerian youths against the age-long brutality of SARS police.
In a tweet on Friday, October 9, Keyamo who is a senior human right lawyer, maintained that demonstration is a democratic right of Nigerians.
He stressed that the peaceful protest by the frustrated Nigerian youths is a culture of democracy and they must be allowed to express their anger "without inhibitions."
Legit.ng recalls that amid continuous killing and extortion by the police officers who belong to the SARS, Nigerians have taken to the streets and government areas to call for the ban of the controversial unit.
Social media has been awash with #EndSars hashtag peaking globally as Nigerians continue to demonstrate their displeasure against pronounced police brutality nationwide.
Adding his voice, Keyamo further stated that protest is right and to sit down after protest to have "reasonable conversation" is also permitted by the democratic order.
In the minister's words:
"Peaceful protests by citizens to ventilate their frustrations is part of democratic culture. They MUST be allowed to do this without inhibitions.
"That culture also requires that citizens be willing to sit down after the protests to have some reasonable conversation on the issues."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of state, labour and employment on Sunday, October 4, cleared the air on the alleged killing of a young man by operatives of SARS in Ughelli, Delta state.
According to the minister, the SARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force did not kill anybody. In a series of tweets, the minister disclosed that the alleged victim is alive and currently receiving treatment.
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