Daily Trust

NURTW boss de­nies send­ing thugs af­ter pro­test­ers

- From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu & Risikat Ra­moni, La­gos Nigeria News · Crime · Incidents · Politics · Lagos · Nigeria · Media Trust · Abuja · Lagos State · Lagos · United States Marine Corps · Ibadan · National Union

EndSARS pro­test­ers in La­gos have hired the ser­vices of pri­vate se­cu­rity guards pop­u­larly known as bounc­ers to pro­vide them some cover and pro­tec­tion at the protest ground.

This fol­lowed per­sis­tent at­tacks on pro­test­ers by sus­pected thugs who were be­lieved to have been spon­sored.

The sus­pected hood­lums and thugs yes­ter­day dis­persed

EndSARS pro­test­ers call­ing for an end to bru­tal­ity al­legedly per­pe­trated by the now dis­solved of­fi­cers of the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) of the Nige­ria Po­lice.

Daily Trust re­ports that de­spite the dis­so­lu­tion of the SARS as an­nounced by the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Muhammed Adamu, protests have con­tin­ued in parts of La­gos, Abuja and other states.

The sus­tained protests in La­gos, how­ever, turned vi­o­lent when some thugs al­legedly at­tacked the pro­test­ers at Alausa sec­re­tariat axis on

Wed­nes­day.

When they thought the dis­rup­tion of the protest was over and pro­test­ers con­verged on the Alausa sec­re­tariat for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the protest on Thurs­day, they were again at­tacked by thugs who dis­persed them.

The sus­pected at­tack­ers on Thurs­day ar­rived in three BRT buses to dis­rupt the protest.

The at­tack­ers were bran­dish­ing dif­fer­ent harm­ful ob­jects such as knives, cut­lass as they alighted from the BRT blue bus to dis­perse the pro­test­ers draw­ing con­dem­na­tion es­pe­cially on the so­cial me­dia.

The pro­test­ers were also at­tacked by thugs at Berger along the La­gos-Ibadan ex­press­way.

But as soon as the sus­pected hood­lums left, the pro­test­ers be­gan to re­group at the Alausa venue with some pri­vate se­cu­rity guards pro­vid­ing cover.

One of the pro­test­ers, 27year old Onyinyechu­kwu Sa­muel, who spoke with our cor­re­spon­dent, said they were not de­terred by the at­tack, say­ing the pro­test­ers are more de­ter­mined to con­tinue with their ag­i­ta­tion.

Mean­while, the Chair­man of the Na­tional Union of the Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW), La­gos State Coun­cil, Al­haji Musiliu Akin­sanya (aka MC Olu­omo) has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions that he sent his ‘boys’ af­ter EndSARS pro­test­ers.

In a video made vi­ral by MC Olu­omo, he de­scribed al­le­ga­tions of his spon­sor­ship on the at­tacks on EndSARS pro­test­ers at Alausa as mis­chievous, in­sist­ing that he is in sup­port of the quest to re­form the po­lice force.

 ??  ?? Gov­er­nor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State (3rd left), Sec­re­tary to State Gov­ern­ment, Chief Cos­mos Iwu (3rd right), State At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Barr. COC Akaolisa (2nd left), Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of The Hague In­sti­tute for In­no­va­tion of
Law, Ijeoma Nwafor (left), Chief of Staff to Gov­er­nor, Barr. Nnamdi Anyae­hie (2nd right) and Chief of Staff (Ad­min), Chief Pat Ekeji (right) at the un­veil­ing of the Jus­tice Trans­for­ma­tion Strat­egy pam­phlet at the Con­cord Ho­tel in Ow­erri, Imo State yes­ter­day
Gov­er­nor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State (3rd left), Sec­re­tary to State Gov­ern­ment, Chief Cos­mos Iwu (3rd right), State At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Barr. COC Akaolisa (2nd left), Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of The Hague In­sti­tute for In­no­va­tion of Law, Ijeoma Nwafor (left), Chief of Staff to Gov­er­nor, Barr. Nnamdi Anyae­hie (2nd right) and Chief of Staff (Ad­min), Chief Pat Ekeji (right) at the un­veil­ing of the Jus­tice Trans­for­ma­tion Strat­egy pam­phlet at the Con­cord Ho­tel in Ow­erri, Imo State yes­ter­day

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