- Three #EndSARS protesters in Ogun state have been charged with attempted murder by the police
- The organisation representing the protesters said it could not secure their bail as the magistrate court where they were arraigned does not have jurisdiction
- According to the organisation, the matter has been adjourned to Wednesday, October 28
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Three people who reportedly participated in the #EndSARS protest in Ogun state have been arraigned on Monday, October 12, by the Nigeria police.
The Guardian, citing a charge sheet, reported that the protesters were charged with “attempted murder”.
The newspaper stated that Citizens’ Gavel, a civic tech organization, representing the protesters, said its lawyers “were unable to get them out on bail as the magistrate court does not have jurisdiction.”
The matter has been adjourned to Wednesday, October 28.
Citizens’ Gave said the prosecution filed an application to remand the protesters in prison pending legal advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The application was reportedly granted as the magistrate court does not have jurisdiction to try the offence.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the police in Ogun state on Sunday, October 11, released some #ENDSARS protesters from detention, following the intervention of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.
The Ogun state governor confirmed this in a tweet:
"I can confirm that, following my instruction to the Commissioner of Police, detained protest organisers have been released from detention."
Governor Abiodun said the police should only investigate those apprehended while directly committing acts of vandalism.
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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