Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has condemned the attacks and killings of those protesting against the extrajudicial activities of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Benin city, by unidentified hoodlums.
KanyiDaily had reported that one person was killed by the weapon wielding hoodlums during the ongoing #EndSARS protest at Ring Road, Benin.
Reacting to the development on his Twitter page, Governor Obaseki charged the Edo State Police Command to come out in full force to provide adequate security to the protesters, noting that a thorough investigation would commence immediately to bring the culprits to justice.
“I have just learnt that hoodlums have attacked #EndSARS protesters, who have conducted themselves peacefully in Benin City. I extend condolences to the victims of the attacks, including those who lost their lives and others who were injured by the thugs”, the governor said.
“It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people, who are expressing genuine concerns to #EndSARS, police brutality and intimidation in their own country.
“I hereby call on the Police Command in the state to get out on the streets and provide adequate security for the #EndSARS protesters and ensure that no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights in Edo State.”
“Thorough investigation would be conducted immediately to fish out the culprits of the attack on peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Benin City, and we would do all possible within the law to ensure those culpable are brought to justice.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had also arrested the four policemen who brutalized #EndSARS protesters at the Area C Command Police Station in the Surulere area of the state.