- Seyi Makinde said Nigerians have the right to protest
- According to the governor, it is wrong for protesters to be hurt during the period
- He also empathises with those who have been affected as a result of police brutality
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Governor Seyi Makinde has declared his support for peaceful protest by Nigerians. The Oyo state governor made the declaration on Monday, October 12, following a nationwide protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police.
The governor made his mind known in a video posted on his Facebook page.
According to him, it is unacceptable for the government to use any of its machinery to hurt people because they are protesting.
He equally empathises with parents, guardians whose children, ward have been affected by police brutality.
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"As I stated clearly in my earlier statement, peaceful protests are a legitimate way for citizens to make their grievances known to the government, and it is totally unacceptable for anyone to be hurt during such protest."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the ongoing agitation for the scrapping of SARS has been opposed by the Northern Youth Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN).
The northern group was seen armed with placards of different inscriptions on Sunday, October 11.
According to them, the police unit only requires a reform and not total scrapping.
According to Ukkasha Hamza Rahuma who is the speaker of the almost 100 youths, the decision to establish SARS was done in good faith.
“We have the belief that the decision of the Force to establish special anti-robbery squad was done in good faith to checkmate the illegal activities of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery in the society following the rampant cases of the harassment and loss of valuable items to the men of the underworld," their statement read in part."
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Source: Legit Nigeria