Alleges fifth columnists planned actions to justify alleged planned clamp down on members
*Asks members to be civil, refrain from responding to provocation
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-A pro#EndSARS coalition has denied involvement of members in the violence recorded across the country during the protests carried out against police brutality and demand for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.
The coalition under the umbrella of Coalition of Genuine #EndSARS Protesters, alleged that fifth columnists were behind the ugly developments that trailed the protests across the country, particularly the jail breaks in Edo,saying their aim was to justify their planned clamp down on the protesters.
It called on members to remain calm and not fall prey to unprovoked actions from the people it said were sponsored to infiltrate them no matter the level of the infiltrators’ actions.
The group said these in a statement, Tuesday in Abuja,and signed by Dr Orji Nwakocha representing South East;Dr Aremu Babatunde from South West;Comrade Frank Jaja for South South;Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Iya from North West;Sheik Mohammed Adamu from North East; Mr Dakwohi Samson for FCT and Comrade Peter Yohana representing North Central.
It called on international community to keep close watch on developments trailing the #EndSARS movements with a view to holding sponsored of violence responsible for their actions.
The group also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency sack the service chiefs over the worsening insecurity in the country just as it demanded the restructuring of the security architecture in line with the federal character principles with a view to giving every part of the country a sense of belonging.
According to the coalition, such action by government would reduce tension occasioned by suspicion in the security situation in the country.
The statement read in full:” We members of Genuine End SARS Protesters wish to completely disassociate ourselves from the violence allegedly caused by protesters in Benin and other parts of the country.
“We wish to emphatically state that these people associated with the violence are not our members and can never be. Rather, they are a people sponsored by desperate fifth columnists to brand us as violent protesters. Their aim is to justify their planned application of maximum force on us.
“There is no denying the fact that these fifth columnists desperately engaged some miscreants across the country to cause riots with intention of branding us with bad name.
“We hereby raise an immediate alarm to the international community over the infiltration of some well sponsored thugs into our midst by these fifth columnists to cause violence and discredit our action with a view to justifying a clampdown on us.
“It is surprising that these same fifth columnists who obviously are responsible for parts of the problems President Muhammadu Buhari is facing in his administration today due to their actions or inactions still want to plunge the country into another round of mess.
“The message we have for these people is that we shall resist their agents of darkness with our peaceful disposition and actions across the country.
“We will continue to restrain our members to remain law abiding and not to allow these miscreants drag us into their levels thereby losing our focus.
“President Muhammad Buhari is not our problem,so we are not interested in his resignation. As a matter of fact, this is outside our framework.
“We wish to say here that all we, the genuine protesters are asking is to Scrap SARS, SWAT and as well, reform the Nigeria police force to meet internationally acceptable standard.
“We also request that the Buhari government carries out a total overhaul of the nation’s security architecture that can stand modern challenges.
“We are demanding among other things a stronger and a more effective armed forces that can end the insecurity in the country.
“Consequently, we demand the immediate sack of the current service chiefs in Nigeria and appointment of new ones that will reflect the represent federal character principle.
“We are therefore calling on these desperate officials who are behind the inhuman act to desist forthwith.
“We appeal to our members not to take laws into their hands no matter the provocation as we understand that the unprovoked actions of these infiltrators are traps set by their sponsors to justify their planned clamp down on us. We must disappoint them by being peaceful and law abiding.
“While we urgently call on international human rights communities to come to our aid.”