#EndSARS:“None of the policemen accused of extrajudicially murdering Nigerian citizens have been brought to justice” – Says Saraki

Saraki, in a statement on Wednesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the EndSARS protests across the country, said he has struggled to come to terms with the events of October 20, 2020, one year after.

He said that it was worrying that nothing has been done one year after the government accepted the five demands of the #EndSARS movement, adding that Nigerians must not forget the movement.

None of the perpetrators of the attack on innocents Nigerians at the Lekki Tollgate last year and looters of public and private properties during the protests, has been apprehended and punished”, he said

“It is worrying that despite the acceptance of the “5 for 5 Demands,” nothing has really been done to resolve the issues that caused the protests in the first place.

“None of the policemen accused of torturing and extrajudicially murdering Nigerian citizens have been brought to justice, there has been no marked improvement in the funding or quality of equipment available to the Nigerian Police Force & these incidents of torture continue in many security facilities nationwide.

It appears that the lessons that ought to be learned from the events last year have been lost. This is why rather than mobilise to safeguard and protect citizens, the Nigerian Police have resorted to threats and mobilisation to prevent further expressions of dissatisfaction with the status quo.

It is my sincere hope that common sense will prevail and the young people who seek to hold events to mark the first anniversary of the events at the Lekki Toll Gate will be allowed to peacefully gather and be protected from any forms of violence.

“On the first anniversary of October 20th, 2020, like many Nigerians, I have struggled with coming to terms with the sobering events of that day.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives, loved ones, sustained injuries, or sustained other losses at the Lekki Toll Gate and at various locations in Lagos and around the country when security agencies were deployed to clamp down on the protests and non-state actors took advantage to cause chaos and mayhem.

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