July 24, 2024

No EndSARS protesters in detention: Nigeria police debunks Senator Sani’s claims

The Nigeria Police Force has firmly rebutted recent allegations made by Senator Shehu Sani, stating unequivocally that no individuals remain detained in connection with the 2020 EndSARS protests. The assertion was made in response to comments by the former senator during the Democracy Day Dinner held on June 12, 2024, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

In a detailed press release, the Police described Senator Sani’s claims as misleading and categorically false. The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, emphasized that all individuals arrested during the EndSARS protests have been duly processed in accordance with the law. Adejobi highlighted that in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had pardoned approximately 100 suspects arrested during the demonstrations.

“No individual is being unlawfully detained by the Nigeria Police Force or any other security agency in Nigeria due to the EndSARS protest,” stated Adejobi. “All arrested individuals have been processed according to the law, and none remain unlawfully detained. The issues surrounding the protest have been debated, researched, and documented, and lessons have been learnt. We have forgiven ourselves and moved on.”

The police urged the public to disregard Senator Sani’s allegations and reassured citizens of their dedication to justice, the rule of law, and human rights. The statement also called for careful verification of information before making public declarations to prevent misinformation and undue incitement.

This clarification comes at a time of heightened sensitivity around issues of police conduct and public trust in Nigeria, underlining the importance of accurate information in maintaining peace and order.

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