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June 17, 2024

Police fault Senator Sani, deny detaining #EndSARS protesters

Police fault Senator Sani, deny detaining #EndSARS protesters

Inspector of Police, Egbetokun

By Kinsley Omonobi, ABUJA

The Police said no #EndSARS protester was still in detention, dismissing claims by Senator Sheh Sani.

Recall that Senator Sani had, during the Democracy Day celebration on June 12, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, asked President Bola Tinubu to release scores of #EndSARS protesters still being held by the police.

But Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, titled, “Democracy Day: Police Clarifies, Refutes Senator Sani’s Misleading Claims. No Endsars Protester Still in Detention,’’ said Sani’s claims were misleading.

The statement read: “The Nigeria Police Force categorically denies the recent allegations made by Senator Shehu Sani at the 2024 Democracy Day dinner on June 12, 2024, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where the former senator falsely claimed that some young people have been detained since the 2020 #EndSARS protest.  

‘No one #EndSARS protester in custody’

“The Nigeria Police affirms that no individual is being unlawfully detained by the Nigeria Police Force or any other security agency in Nigeria due to the #EndSARS protest.  

“All arrested individuals have been processed according to the law, and none remain unlawfully detained.

“In Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pardoned approximately 100 suspects arrested by the police during the protest.

“For emphasis, no one anywhere in Nigeria is under Police detention or being wrongly persecuted for participating in the #EndSARS protest.

“The issues surrounding the protest have been debated, researched, documented, and lessons have been learnt.  

“We have forgiven ourselves and moved on. 

“We urge the public to disregard this claim and remain assured of our commitment to upholding justice, the rule of law, and human rights.”

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