- A civil society organisation, Civil Situation Room, has said that it is time to stop the #EndSARS protest across cities of Nigeria
- CSR said the protesters have begun to trample on the rights of other citizens across the country
- According to the group, the protest is now characterised by violence killings and destruction of property
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The Civil Situation Room has called for an immediate suspension of the #EndSARS protests across the country over human rights abuses against citizens.
The situation room, consisting of over 100 human rights groups said the protests have taken a violent twist in recent days and its outcome is an infringement on the rights of other citizens.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the coordinator of the CSR, Kabir Matazu, said protesters are now involved in abuses which are depriving other citizens of living their normal lives.
Matazu said in the last couple of days, the #EndSARS protest has become fierce with its activities leading to death and destruction of property across major cities of the country - Abuja, Lagos and Benin.
The CSR coordinator said:
"What this means is that serious minded people returned to their legitimate businesses and activities while waiting to see how the government implement the changes that they have demanded."
He called on leaders of thought all over the world to prevail on the #EndSARS protesters to respect the rights of other citizens.
"We now see them increasingly blocking roads in a way that prevents people from getting to their workplaces, from getting to their places of business, and even in some instances from accessing lifesaving treatment."
Kabir also urged the federal government to change its approach of allowing some people to run riot simply because they are hiding under the identity of youth to protest.
He said the FG must step in to bring order and sanity to stop the protesters from interfering with the ordinary citizens and preventing people from going about their legitimate businesses.
The group said:
"We the coalition of civil society groups numbering over 100 are therefore saying that #EndSARS protesters must stop the growing cases of human rights abuses that are being recorded at their protests. We cannot be campaigning against right abuses and then become guilty of things that we are against.
We like to conclude this briefing by stating that: we are calling on leaders of thought all over the world to prevail on #EndSARS protesters to respect the rights of other citizens."
He further urged the government to step in to bring order and sanity to the protests whilst the protesters continued to interfere with the ordinary citizens and stopping people from going about their legitimate businesses is unfair, inhuman and unacceptable.
"We call on the international community, the US ambassadors to Nigeria, British High Commissioner to Nigeria and all men of good conscience to call the errant members of the protests to order."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Youth Council of Nigeria in Lagos called on its fellow youths to end the protest against police brutality in Nigeria.
NYCN urged the Nigerian youths to allow the federal government some time to work on their demands.
The group said since the FG has been able to disband the SARS unit of the police, ample time should be allowed for further engagement and monitoring of government's commitment to all the promises made so far.
Also, the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed has mandated protesters against the police SARS unit to suspend their protest.
Mohammed said the federal government would not allow the protesters to throw the country into a state of anarchy through their actions.
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