Nigerian Police Refute Shehu Sani’s Claims of EndSARS Protesters Still in Detention


The Nigerian Police Force has stated that no EndSARS protesters arrested following the 2020 mass protests against police brutality remain in detention.

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The Force’s response follows a call by Senator Shehu Sani, a human rights activist, during the Democracy Day celebration on June 12, urging President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to release alleged detainees from the EndSARS protests. The police labeled Senator Sani’s claim as misleading.

In a statement titled “Democracy Day: Police Clarifies, Refutes Senator Sani’s Misleading Claims. No EndSARS Protester Still in Detention,” Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, addressed the allegations.

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.

“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, 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.

“We encourage verifying information before making public statements to avoid harm and incitement.”

This clarification aims to address and dispel any misinformation regarding the status of individuals involved in the EndSARS protests.

By Naija247news
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