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No EndSARS protester still in detention – Police reply Shehu Sani

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THE Nigerian Police Force has stated that none of the protestors arrested during the October 2020 march against police brutality and extrajudicial executions is still in detention.

This was revealed in a statement today by the force’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi.

A former congressman who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, stated that several of the youths imprisoned during the #EndSARS demonstration are still in custody.

The police however has denied this.

Recall that in 2020, some Nigerian youths took to the streets to protest police brutality and the state of the country.

However, in the aftermath of the demonstration, some police stations, formations, and officers were destroyed across the country, prompting some arrests.

While some of the arrested protestors have been released, others are said to be detained in other police stations.

Sani, during a special luncheon commemorating Democracy Day held on June 12, 2024, at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, stated that individuals who participated in the protest should also be called democratic advocates.

In 2020, the former lawmaker requested that President Bola Tinubu forgive those arrested in connection with the #EndSARS protest.

However, the police stated that the investigation was complete and that “lessons had been learned.” We’ve forgiven ourselves and moved on”.

“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,” the statement partly read.

“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, and 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.”