- A group of lawyers has joined the ongoing protest against the brutality by operatives of SARS
- The lawyers took to the streets on Tuesday, October 13, calling for a reformed police force
- The legal professionals also demanded compensation for families who have lost loved ones at the hands of SARS officers
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Nigerian lawyers in Lagos state have joined other youths to lend their voice in the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
The legal professionals on Tuesday, October 13, took to the streets of the country's commercial hub calling for a reformed police force and a total end to operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
According to Channels TV, the lawyers in their numbers joined in the protest to also seek justice for those that have been killed by SARS operatives.
The lawyers took off from Ikeja bus stop where they gathered and marched to the state police command. They demanded to see Hakeem Odumosu, the commissioner of police who later addressed them.
While displaying placards with different inscriptions, the lawyers called for the immediate release of all individuals arrested during the protests in the state.
They also asked that the families of the deceased be compensated appropriately.
A Lagos-based lawyer, Babajide Tanimowo, recalled how his client was embarrassed while being arrested in Ibadan, Oyo state, in July 2020, by some police officers and a civilian accomplice who and police informant, popularly known and called as Wyclef.
He said the police informant wrongfully tagged his client in a video that went viral on social media, where he was called kidnapper and an armed robber, even though the young man was tracked and arrested in a fraud-related offence with one of his former employers. The incident, it was learned, involved a certain young man, Ojo Olumide Stephen, and a lady called Towobola in Ibadan on July 19, 2020.
In the video that went viral on social media, drawing wide condemnation locally and across the globe, the police informant who identified himself as Wyclef allegedly threw professionalism to the wind when he openly taunted and intimidated both Olumide and the young lady, calling them kidnappers and armed robbers.
Similarly, Nigerian singer, Folarin Falana better known as Falz, stated that victims who have lost their lives at the hands of SARS should be compensated.
In a video making the rounds, the rapper was seen voicing the demands, while adding that the victims deserve justice.
Falz who joined several other Nigerians to continue the #EndSARS protest at the popular Lekki tollgate also demanded that protesters unjustly arrested across the country be released.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, on Monday, October 12, ordered the state police commissioner to release all arrested protesters.
This was revealed in a tweet shared on the official Twitter handle of the governor @jidesanwoolu.
The Nigerian police based on the governor's directive released the people who were arrested during the #EndSARS protests.
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