- Nigeria's chief law officer, Abubakar Malami, SAN, is of the opinion that #EndSARS protesters had too many excesses
- Malami went on to say President Muhammadu Buhari tolerated the excesses of the protesters
- The #EndSARS protests were held in October 2020 after young people took to the streets to protests widespread police brutality
The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari tolerated the excesses of #EndSARS protesters in the country.
The #EndSARS protests rocked the nation in October 2020 after young people took to the streets to protest police brutality.
The protests came to a halt after thugs infiltrated the street processions and caused havoc by burning and looting public and private buildings.
But Malami, Nigeria's chief law officer, says the president was lenient with the protesters.
“As far as Human Rights records of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned, the fact speaks for itself.
“President Buhari has shown greater accommodation of the human rights violation and the tolerance to the human rights record as far as the Nigerian State is concerned.”
According to him, no nation in the world could have tolerated the idea of destruction to its security institutions.
“We are confronted with a situation whereby #EndSARS protesters blocked roads, caused mayhem, caused deaths, caused destruction, and they were significantly tolerated to a certain extent.”
Recall that an Abuja court recently ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to unfreeze the accounts of 20 protesters who took part in the #EndSARS demonstrations.
The order was issued by Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, February 10.
The judge said all affected banks should immediately unfreeze the affected accounts of the protesters who were previously facing an embargo by the apex bank.
The court took the decision after lawyers to all parties informed it about the withdrawal of all processes filed in relation to the suit.
Meanwhile, there are fears that the Lekki area of Lagos state may experience another round of violence following the reopening of the Lekki toll gate.
The toll gate was the venue of a violent crackdown on protesters during the #EndSARS protest.
Some activists opposed to the reopening of the Lekki tollgate have planned a protest to occupy the toll gate.
However, two trending hashtags on Twitter, #DefendLagos and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell, are being pushed online by government-backed counter-protesters who are warning against any demonstrations.