BENUE, Nigeria – The State Governor, Samuel Ortom has strongly condemned the attack on END SARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
The Governor made this known in a statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, on Thursday.
Ortom described the killing of innocent and unarmed young Nigerians who came out holding the national flag and chanting the country’s anthem while calling for positive change, as an unfortunate and unacceptable one.
He further noted that democracy guarantees the right of citizens to express themselves against unfavorable policies of government and stated that security operatives owe the people the duty to ensure that such protests remain peaceful.
According to him, visiting the End SARS protesters with violence is not a solution to the agitations, urging the Federal Government to embrace dialogue and address the concerns of Nigerians as echoed by the protesting youths.
The Governor also called for thorough investigation into the shooting that led to the death of some of the protesters, to fish out perpetrators of the heinous crime for prosecution.
He, however, advised the End SARS protesters to remain peaceful and not allow miscreants to hijack their noble march towards a better Nigeria.