#EndSARS: ‘We are not a repressive State Government’ – Governor Abiodun tells protesters in Ogun
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has appealed to protesters demanding for an end to police brutality to exercise patience and remain calm for the Federal Government to grant their request and reform the Nigeria Police Force.
The Governor met with the young Nigerians in front of his Oke-Mosan office on Wednesday and pointed out that the actions taken by the youth for the past one week has led to the immediate disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Earlier this week, Governor Abiodun announced that the State Government has dropped the alleged murder charge levelled against three protesters during their demonstration on Sunday.
“On this note, may I appeal to our youth and all #EndSARS demonstrators in Ogun State to exercise patience and remain calm, as other reform measures announced by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR get implemented,” he said.
“We are not a repressive State Government, so we will always encourage that the people make their voices heard. This was why the State did not press charges against all arrested protest organisers, including the arraigned three, who have now been released on my instructions.
“Also, Ogun State will contribute to the independent investigation into any alleged act of brutality by security agencies, facilitate due compensation, and bring erring agents to book.
“As a parent myself, I share our strong agitations, and as an elected official, my mandate is to defend my people’s wants. These we will get, but violence is never an option.”