- One of Nigeria's lawyer has said that the operation crocodile smile launched by the army is not against the #EndSARS protesters
- Osuagwu Ugochukwu said the Nigerian army has never been involved in civil unrest as widely claimed in some quarters
- According to the lawyer, the #EndSARS protest has taken a violent turn in the past days
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A civil rights lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, has debunked claims that there is a connection between the announcement of the operation crocodile smile by the Nigerian army and the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
Ugochukwu said contrary to claims by several individuals and groups, the Nigerian army has never involved itself in the civil uproar.
Speaking on Monday, October 19, in Abuja, Ugochukwu said, the #EndSARS protest across the country demanding an end to police brutality has intensified despite the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and subsequent formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) by the inspector general of police.
He said in the last couple of days, the protest has taken a violent twist, raising questions about the original intents.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria's minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, has said that the #EndSARS protest has been hijacked by some politicians.
Mohammed while speaking on a programme on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) warned the #EndSARS protesters against disrupting the peace of the nation.
He said the federal government would not allow any individual or group to throw the country into a state of anarchy.
Similarly, a group, the Coalition Save Nigeria (CSN) has called on Nigerian youths to halt the #EndSARS protests currently ongoing across cities in Nigeria.
The protests, the coalition said has been hijacked by disgruntled politicians for personal or political gains which may be unknown to the protesting youths.
A statement signed by CSN's president, Raymond Ikoh, said, while a protest is the right of every Nigerian, there is need to apply wisdom and caution in seeking ways to make governance beneficial to all.
Also, the director of army public relations, Colonel Musa Sagir, had countered claims that the operation crocodile smile vi was launched to end the #EndSARS protest.
Sagir said both the protest and the Nigerian army's operation have no relationship.
On its part, a team of Yoruba youths on Monday, October 19, under the Coalition of Progressive Yoruba Youths (CYYY) said it welcomes the commencement of exercise operation crocodile smile.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the president of the youth group, Kola Salau, said the past operation crocodile smile launched by the army recorded tremendous successes.
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