Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has urged the men of the Nigeria Police Force to release all protesters arrested on Saturday at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State .
Garba , who said it was better to have peaceful protesters than AK- 47 -wielding bandits , stressed that the arrested # OccupyLekki protesters have the right to seek justice for all victims of the October 20 , 2020 incident which eyewitnesses claimed security forces opened fire on # EndSARS protesters .
He tweeted, “ In as much as the # EndSARS protesters are not blocking the way for other citizens to move along the # Lekkitollgate, the law permits them the right to peaceful protest . After all, that is a tenet of democracy which we practice . All arrested protesters should be released immediately. ”
Continuing , Garba wrote , “ When will we ever learn in Nigeria ? Is it not better for people to express themselves in a protest than hide behind any extreme motive to seek justice? I would rather have a peaceful protester than a bandit with AK- 47 .
“ If # EndSARS protesters promises to be peaceful , let them be . If for any reason , an iota of violence is detected from them, the authorities should quickly mobilise and disperse them.
“ But as long as protesters claimed to be peaceful , we should give them their right to protest and protect them against possible hoodlums hijacking the protest . ”
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