LAGOS PROTEST: THE POLICE HAVE NOT LEARNT ANY POSITIVE LESSON – ADEGBORUWA SAN

Few days ago, one of the EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry members, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, made  a passionate appeal to Nigerians and Lagosians not to proceed with the planned protests and counter-protests. Today, 13 February 2021, some Nigerians turned up at the Lekki Toll Gate, the venue for the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest amidst heavy security presence. From the reports available online, the Police has arrested a good number of them. Adegboruwa in the statement below, expressed (with heavy heart) his displeasure with the evidence of dehumanizing treatment meted out by the Police against unarmed protesters. According to the Learned Senior Advocate, it appears the Police is yet to learn any lessons. He hints at abandoning his seat at the Panel, even while commending the protesters for being peaceful. Read the full statement below. 

The Arrest, Detention and Dehumanization of Protesters at Lekki Toll Gate Are Unacceptable

My heart is very heavy. I’m saddened and devastated. My soul is sorely troubled at this time.

For decades before the advent of this administration, Nigerians have risked their lives, liberties, their times and their energies, their resources, to win back this country on the side of democracy and good government, from military dictatorship. Some have paid the supreme price with their lives.

I have been monitoring events at the Lekki Toll Gate since morning, and I am totally overwhelmed with the images, videos and sundry evidence of police brutality of armless civilians, who ventured to protest at the Toll Gate. In one particular video, I saw citizens of Nigeria being dehumanized, striped half naked and cramped together in a rickety bus. This is totally unacceptable.

While we are yet to come to terms with the events of October 20, 2020, it becomes worrisome that the security agencies have not learnt any positive lesson from those occurrences. I commend the protesters for their peaceful conduct.

I cannot in good conscience continue to sit at any Panel of Inquiry to heal wounds and end police brutality, when fresh assaults are being perpetrated with impunity. Consequently, I am presently consulting with my constituency within the civil society, as to my continued participation in the EndSARS Judicial Panel.

I hereby demand the immediate release of all those arrested in connection with the peaceful protest at the Lekki Toll Gate today. On no account should anything happen to any of them while in the custody of the police.

I appeal for calm on all sides, in order not to escalate the worsening security situation across the land. I cannot fail to point out the fact that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is a product of protest and civil disobedience. Let history vindicate the just.

Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta!

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN
Lekki, Lagos.
13/02/2021



3 Comments

  • Olukayode Balogun

    My view exactly. This was an opportunity to make up for the barbarism exhibited during the endsars protest but they failed miserably. Am disappointed.

  • Justice

    A Senior Advocate advocates for the contempt and consequential overawing of a Tribunal where he sat as a member and delivered an opinion that did not carry the day, being not the majority opinion. He now aspires to cajole the Executive to stand by while a mob defies the ruling of a Tribunal he is its member. He still postures as a champion of rule of law. It’s shameful.

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