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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu invites youths for Peace Walk

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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu invites youths for Peace Walk

Governor Babajide SanwoOlu of Lagos State on Tuesday asked young people to join him in the Walk for Peace, for the healing of Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu made the call in Lagos, during a press conference on the position of the State Government on the recommendations of the Judicial Investigative Panel on EndSARS, presented on November 15.

He also called on members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, the media, as well as other actors to join him in the Walk for Peace.

The governor said that Lagos State deserved a real cure after the riots that followed the 2020 protests against police brutality.

According to him, only the sustenance of harmony can guarantee the realization of the aspirations of all residents.

“I will lead” A Walk for Peace “in December to announce the healing of our land.

Let me take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to Folarin Falana (Falz), Debo Adebayo (Mr. Marcaroni), Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, According to Awosanya (Segalinks), Adedotun (Just Detoun) and Seun Kuti.

“Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Commander, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others join me in this ‘historic march’ for our beloved Lagos,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state is currently faced with the difficult decision of restoring harmony or doing great harm to itself.

He urged residents to join his administration to strengthen harmony and put the state on the path to peace.

The governor urged residents to reject those who fuel anarchy and suspicion, clinging to unsubstantiated beliefs that carry no weight of verifiable evidence, while choosing emotion over fact.

He said his administration was ready to facilitate better communication between youth and the state’s security machinery, to solve problems before they become intractable.

“No one is going to build this city for us. Let’s show the world who we are. We are Lagosians. A renowned town, driven by the spirit of Lagos.

“It is a testament to our strength and resilience as a people that, despite the enormous losses suffered by these terrible incidents, we have recovered, with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever.

“I have no doubt that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best is ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria.

“We will facilitate our young people to initiate formal complaints about human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice.

“We will also improve coordination between the state government and security agencies, including the police and military.

“In this sense, we are studying how to improve the formulation of security policies, the exchange of information and clarify the rules of participation in times of social unrest,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said the state had established a mechanism to compensate all those who lost homes, businesses and livelihoods from the violent destruction in October 2020.

He said the state would also establish a detailed procedure for the fair compensation of citizens with verified complaints of police brutality committed during the protests.

The governor said that the government, youth, protesters, police and other security agencies had learned of the EndSARS protests and their abduction by thugs, leading to the destruction of public and private property worth $ billions of naira.

He said that the lessons learned were with a view to avoiding any recurrence to the detriment of the State.

On the mixed reactions that followed the publication of the Judicial Investigation Panel’s report, Sanwo-Olu said his administration remained committed to the process that would bring closure to such a “painful episode” in the state’s history.

He said the long-awaited White Paper would be published soon.

“While I congratulate the panel for carrying out its task to the best of its ability, it is regrettable that the panel’s work and the leak of an unauthorized version of the report have created a lot of tension.

Unfortunately, a deep wound has reopened.

“The heated exchanges between various shades of opinion on the report have sadly put us all at risk of losing the big picture;

“The fact that what we all seek in common is a land where we are all safe and secure, law enforcement is trusted, and justice is guaranteed for all.

“We do not intend to get involved in histrionics or further ignite passion in an issue that has generated great interest and controversy at the national and international level.

“Our decisions and actions will be based entirely on the law, the weight of evidence and an immaculate respect for the truth,” said Sanwo-Olu.

He expressed his administration’s commitment to ending human rights abuses, adding that he never doubted the sincerity, patriotism and noble motivations of the organizers of the EndSARS protests to end human rights abuses. , the Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).

Sanwo-Olu said it was also recorded that the Federal Government accepted all the protesters’ demands, including the immediate elimination of SARS.

He added that the National Economic Council (NEC) also recommended the establishment of State Investigation Panels in cases of police brutality and the Lagos State Government was the first to establish its own panel.

“I can boldly say that no state took the defense of police reforms and justice in the face of documented brutality more seriously than we did in Lagos.

“So far we have paid N420 million in compensation to victims of police brutality, in accordance with the panel’s recommendations.

“My good people from Lagos State, you will also remember that in solidarity with the protesters, I joined our youth at various points during the demonstrations, particularly in Lekki Tollgate and Alausa.

I received the letter of demands from the protesters and promised to pass it on to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I kept my word and transmitted the demands to the president, who promised to act promptly on the issues raised,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that, however, perhaps as a result of the entrenched lack of trust between the government and the governed over the years, the protesters responded to the government’s concessions with skepticism and the demonstrations continued, even growing in intensity.

He said that unfortunately, peaceful and very well organized protests were subsequently hijacked in different parts of the country, particularly in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu said that in the ensuing descent into anarchy, many of our compatriots were caught up in violence.

”Several policemen were killed. Public and private properties, including critical infrastructure, were burned, causing losses estimated at several billion naira.

“At that time, I imposed a curfew to restore normalcy in Lagos. We had only one goal in mind: the maintenance of law and order and the protection of citizens in their daily lives.

This is more than a legal duty. It is a sacred obligation under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which I swore to respect, ”he said.

Source: NAN

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