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34 Suspects Arraigned In Connection With #EndSARS Anniversary – Lagos Police

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The Lagos state police command says it has arrested and charged 34 persons in Lagos following protests on #EndSARS anniversary.
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The Lagos state police command says it has arrested and charged 34 persons in Lagos following protests on #EndSARS anniversary.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the Lagos police command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.

He said:

“Some hoodlums took advantage of the gridlock to attack motorists, after the protest had ended. At about 11:30pm, after the real protesters had left peacefully without any confrontation, hoodlums took advantage of the gridlock, with criminal intentions to start attacking innocent law-abiding citizens.

“One Shina Edun of Man O’ War Nigeria, attached to the Lekki Concession Company was stabbed in the stomach by the hoodlums. The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving medical treatments.

“Following the criminal acts by the hoodlums, the police responded swiftly and dispersed them with minimum force. “Consequently, 34 of the hoodlums were arrested. Two cutlasses, one hammer, a jack knife and assorted charms were recovered from them.” he said.

The police spokesman said the suspects were arraigned on the same day at Oshodi Magistrates’ Court 5, before Magistrate Israel Adelakunon, for conduct likely to cause breach of the peace. While two of the accused persons pleaded guilty and were fined N10,000 each, “30 others pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum.

“One of them was discharged and acquitted, while one other, named Chukwu Chika, who was arrested with a sharp cutlass and assorted charms confessed that he deliberately came to cause violence and mayhem”.

Ajisebutu said the court ordered the police to carry out a thorough investigation on his case and charge him to court appropriately.

The police spokesperson added that CP Hakeem Odumosu had expressed the command’s profound gratitude to members of the public for their overwhelming support before, during and after the protests.

“The CP equally rendered his apologies to any media person whose right might have been inadvertently infringed upon while the security personnel were trying to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

“Also, the CP assures members of the public that, in line with the policy of IGP Alkali Baba Usman, of making the police accountable to members of the public, training and retraining of the officers and men shall continue to be intensified.

“The Commissioner of Police uses this medium to thank Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the State Executive Council members for their unalloyed support to security agencies during the protest.” he added.

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