- Afe Babalola has said the #EndSARS protest against police brutality would not be stopped by killings and deployment of soldiers
- The prominent lawyer also said that the curfew imposed in some states will not work
- Nigerian states including Lagos, Osun, Edo, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti have already declared curfews to stem the protests
A Nigerian elder statesman and prominent lawyer, Afe Babalola has said that the deployment of soldiers and killings would not end the ongoing #EndSARS protest against police brutality across the country.
Babalola in a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state on Wednesday, October 21, also stated the imposition of curfew would not end the crisis, Premium Times reports.
The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, went on to note that the curfew would be ineffective because the atmosphere was already charged.
He explained that presidential intervention is need for it the situation to simmer as well as bring the violent crises to a halt.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari should address the nation in order to alleviate the pains of the suffering masses.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria urged the Nigerian leader to let the people know about his plans to correct perceived injustice youths have been crying out for.
“The deployment of soldiers to the streets is not the answer. The imposition of curfews is certainly not the answer. The use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths is not the answer. The killing of protesting youths is also not the answer.
“The President is the head of the nation, the youths are parts of the body. I urge the President as the head to address the youths and offer remedial steps to be taken to alleviate the pains.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continue to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.
The decision was announced on Tuesday, October 20, in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs which led to the burning and destruction of Apapa-Igamu police station.
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