- Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has condemned the attack on EndSARS protesters
- Obaseki extended condolences to victims including those who were injured and lost their lives in the attack
- The Edo governor called on the state police command to provide adequate security for protesters
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The governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki on Friday, October 16, reacted to the report that hoodlums attacked EndSARS protesters in Benin City.
According to the governor, he received reports that thugs armed with guns, machetes and other weapons attacked protesters who were marching on Friday, October 16, to demand an end to police brutality.
Obaseki in a series of tweets via his official Twitter page condemned the attack saying it was disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people.
He went on to extend his condolences to victims including those who lost their lives and others who were injured by the thugs.
The governor also called on the state police command to provide adequate security for protesters and ensure no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights in Edo State.
"I have just learnt that hoodlums are attacking #EndSARS protesters, who have conducted themselves peacefully in Benin City. I extend condolences to the victims of the attack, including those who lost their lives and others who were injured by the thugs.
It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people, who are expressing genuine concerns to #EndSARS, police brutality and intimidation in their own country."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has warned all officers against the use of force on peaceful protesters.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, on Thursday, October 15.
The police boss speaking further in the statement noted that citizens have fundamental rights including freedom of expression, assembly and movement which must always be upheld and protected by the police.
In other news, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has banned street protests and any form of public demonstration in the nation’s capital rising from its latest security council meeting.
The decision was taken after a security meeting chaired by the minister of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello.
The meeting was attended by heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as area council chairmen.
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