The Oasis Reporters
October 16, 2020
… calls for calm, orderliness
As youths crowd Ring road and other streets in Benin City the State capital protesting, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Friday charged the state’s Police Command to provide adequate security for youths expressing their displeasure against police brutality through the EndSARS protests.
In a statement, the governor urged the youths to be safe, orderly and comport themselves, reassuring that consultation is ongoing to ensure that their yearnings are conclusively addressed.
Obaseki noted that the agitations with the #EndSARS protests are legitimate and deserve attention, commending the Nigeria Police for accommodating most of the concerns by the young people.
Governor Obaseki said: “My dear vibrant Edo youth, as you go out today to express your concerns through the #EndSARS protests across the state, I urge you to comport yourselves, be safe and orderly.
“Your agitations with the #EndSARS protests are legitimate and deserve attention. We appreciate the effort by the Nigeria Police to accommodate most of these concerns. More consultation is ongoing to ensure that your yearnings are conclusively addressed.
“We urge men of the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police to do well to respect the rights of youths to peaceful assembly and provide adequate security for peaceful protests.”
“Please, as you protest, as much as possible, arm yourselves with face masks and other health and safety kits, in observance of the COVID-19 prevention protocol,” he added.