Presidency says #EndSARS Champions must face prosecution over arson, destruction
The Presidency has disclosed its plan on the figureheads of recent #EndSARS protests across the country said the champions of the protests that later hijacked by the hoodlums and resulted to vandalization of private and public properties must face prosecution.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the president, Garba Sheu, while responding to questions on National Television, Channels TV on 8 of November, 2020 ‘Sunday Politics’
The Central Bank of Nigeria had already froze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS figureheads while another promoter of the protests, Modupe Odele, was allegedly reported to be prevented from travelling outside the country last week and had her passport seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service.
When asked whether his principal was aware of the development, Sheu said the protesters must face the law.
Stated that “This country has only one president and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table”
“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution under section 33 that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence, and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed”
“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos; Calabar; Plateau; Taraba; and some other states, even the FCT”
“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide; to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody”
“I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter; but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”
He added that some politicians who promoted the #EndSARS demonstrations; including those of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should “publicly denounce” the attendant destruction caused by the protest.
Meanwhile, according to the findings of a committee instituted by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in the aftermath of the #EndSARS crisis; at least 100 AK-47 and 2,600 pieces of ammunition were said to be looted in Lagos alone during attacks on 37 police formations in the state.
Adamu made this declaration during an inspection; set up to assess damages the force suffered during the #EndSARS crisis.
Various reports revealed that protesters were forcefully dispersed; suspected hoodlums went on a rampage; attacking both government and private-owned properties.