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Sanwo-Olu demands patience and understanding

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appealed to #ENDSARS protesters in Lagos on the need for patience and understanding to reach a logical conclusion to the complaints.

Sanwo-Olu, made the appeal in a statement signed by the Information and Strategy Commissioner, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso on Friday.

The statement said in part: “The state government has taken note of the protests against the alleged arrogance of the men of the Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS). We know how painful it is to be a victim of police brutality. Not good.

“The message of the protests is clear: those acts of brutality must stop. We agree.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu is discussing the matter with law enforcement authorities and hopes that the matter will be resolved in the interest of our abundant youth and in the spirit of democracy.

“The government, therefore, seeks the patience and understanding of all concerned. Steps are being taken to correct the errors that have been identified.

“Let us remain in peace while the authorities address the issue. The Lagos State Government will do everything possible to ensure that the human rights of all Lagos residents are protected at all times.

“The Inspector General of Police must be able to handle the matter, having intervened and issued directives that address the main causes of infractions that have launched people, especially young people, against SARS.

“Our appeal is based on the need to prevent bullies from taking over the protests and disrupting our businesses and social life, which are recovering from the deadly effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That, in the interests of the peace and security of the State and the nation in general, should not be allowed to happen as it would defeat the purpose of the protests. Two mistakes don’t make a hit. “

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