- The police in Ogun state have released detained EndSARS protesters
- This follows the intervention of the governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun
- Governor Abiodun who confirmed the release of the protesters urged the citizens to desist from acts of violence
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Following the intervention of the governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun, the police in the state have released #ENDSARS protesters from detention.
The Ogun state governor confirmed this is a tweet on Sunday, October 11. He tweeted:
"I can confirm that, following my instruction to the Commissioner of Police, detained protest organisers have been released from detention."
The governor had earlier stated, also via Twitter, that he had instructed the state commissioner of police to ensure the quick release of the detained protesters.
Governor Abiodun said the police should only investigate those apprehended while directly committing acts of vandalism.
"I want to plead with the entire Ogun State populace to remain peaceful and calm, and be involved in only peaceful demonstrations, going forward.
"It is for our joint safety that I plead, in addition to this, that citizens should desist from any act of violence, breach of peace, and breakdown of law and order, as this puts even the lives of the citizenry themselves at risk.
"The state government will not condone any act that will put the lives and property of its citizens, security agents and the state in danger."
Nigerian youths across the country and beyond have been protesting for the past few days with one key demand: the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a rogue police unit heavily indicted in allegations of extortion and extrajudicial killing.
The announcement came after days of online and offline protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.
The IGP's disbandment of the special squad is contained in a statement made available by police spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, on Sunday, October 11.
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