A human rights activist and publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, has said there will be #EndSARS memorial protests on October 20.
This is despite a warning by the Lagos State Police Command against protests that might disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
In a statement issued by the Command’s Spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police said they will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers against such.
According to the statement, “Credible intelligence at the disposal of the command has revealed clandestine plans by some youths, individuals or groups to embark on a protest today in commemoration of the one year anniversary of #EndSARS.
“Lagosians and indeed Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year’s protest which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives, and wanton destruction of public and private property.
“In view of the volatility of the present situations in the country and the breakdown of law and order which the planned protest might cause, the Lagos State Police Command sternly warns against any form of protest today.
“The command wishes to use this medium to warn the youth, groups, or associations planning such protest to jettison the idea forthwith.
“The police in the state will not fold their arms and allow some misguided elements disrupt the peace and serenity currently being enjoyed in the state.
“To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest.”
However, Sowore, in a post on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, disregarded the warning issued by the police.
According to him, “@PoliceNG in Lagos & across Nigeria, there will be #EndSARS memorial protests and direct actions on October 20, 2021.
“Nobody can suppress the will of Nigerians to repudiate the mass atrocities of the @mbuhari regime on that day and beyond.”