No Endsars Protester Still In Detention – Police

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force has categorically denied the recent allegations made by Senator Shehu Sani that some young people have been detained since the 2020 EndSARS protest.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Force PRO Muyiwa Adejobi.

Senator Shehu Sani had, at the 2024 Democracy Day Dinner on June 12, 2024, held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said the Nigerian youths who protested against the SARS took after Tinubu, who, according to him, was at the forefront of the struggle for the return of civilian rule in the country.

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“Mr. President, there are some people who are still in detention as a result of EndSars’ protest. They were young people who were protesting for justice, freedom, and democracy. Any young protester in Nigeria today should learn from you because you were the father of protest in Nigeria. Do something about it. Give them the freedom; give them the pardon”, the senator had said.

Reacting, the Nigeria Police affirmed that no individual is being unlawfully detained either by them or any other security agency in Nigeria due to the EndSARS protest.

“All arrested individuals have been processed according to the law, and none remain unlawfully detained. In Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pardoned approximately 100 suspects arrested by the Police during the protest”, the statement said, adding that “the issues surrounding the protest have been debated, researched, and documented, and lessons have been learnt. We have forgiven ourselves and moved on”.

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