Press Release:

It becomes highly imperative that we update the public space on the flying news about some government sponsored individuals handpicked by the state to frustrate the efforts of the protesters and deliberately cause confusion in public domain. These set of individuals who are obviously drained of their integrity for few cash have allowed themselves to be used by the state government as a tool of deceit and distabilisation. It should be noted that our peaceful protest started with the agitations to #EndSARS, our determination and consistence has motivated a lot of people to the barricade, who join us in demanding for a systemic and revolutionary change. Our increasing line of demands cum sincerity of purpose has been the major nightmare of the government which amounted to the deceptive stunts being pulled by some morally defected individuals without conscience like Mr Ismail Abdul-Azeez  Abiodun and his cohorts, the sudden self-acclaimed "Major Leader" of a protest that initially has no leader; by peddling falsehood and selling wrong narrative to the media to defend their paymasters.

We hereby wish to tell the public to disregard all claims and assertions from people who are wining and dinning with the State and planning how to sabotage the efforts and collective interest of the people while many of us were on the barricade. These people parading themselves to be the "major leader" and conveners of the #EndSARS movement starting from Ismail Abdul Azeez, to Queen Fisayo, to Babawale Popoola and one  Idowu Oluwasegun are obviously under the dangerous illusion that working with the State Government against the people, and by releasing sponsored and misleading press statement would stop the moving revolutionary train or amount to them being recognised as leaders of a struggle generally referred to as 'no-leader-movement', when they have little or no physical or ideological contribution to this struggle since it started. These are people who were nowhere to be found when hoodlums were attacking and chasing us with dangerous weapons, but they think it's enough to write from the comfort of their bedroom, claiming to be the leadership of a movement they know nothing about.

The pettiness of Mr Ismail Abiodun is disgustingly beyond expression, this is the same man who was exposed for his shady and unhealthy relationship with the state government and was booed out  of the barricade for sabotaging protesters' interest and putting our collective safety to jeopardy by romancing with the state government even after they sent thugs to us. Ismail whose lack of honesty is obviously and greatly strengthned by his double- standard personality famously known for saying "my hands are tight" as a way to constantly justify his complex relationship with the state even when it looks like it's very dangerous for the protesters, Mr Ismail is not ready to jettison his sweet relationship with men in power even if it will cost him the collective interest of the people, he would betray the people without blinking an eyelid. This is the same man that was begging us to allow him make a release on the protest and sent the release to us first for careful deliberation and approval before going out to the public, now suprisingly claiming to be the 'Major Leader' of the #EndSARS protest.

Queen Aderemi Fisayo who joined us on the barricade as a journalist from 'Nigerian Update' few days after the #EndSARS protest started now also suddenly become the "co-convener" of the #EndSARS movement. These power hungry  attention seekers would stop at nothing in betraying their own generation for few coin.

Babawale who also called himself a journalist and was always concern about taking pictures and videos of the events on the barricade for his online platform to generate traffic for himself now also claiming to be the convener of the ENDSARS Movement, this man in particular requested for permission to take pictures and not get challenged by the protesters for doing so on his first day on the barricade -a request we granted without second thought as nothing we do on the barricade is secretive or unlawful.

After several failed attempts by the state government to buy us, the state government become desperate to speak with someone and it became so easy for these betrayers to get recruited to their dirty biddings,  after of course, their usual brown-envelope-rituals must have taken place. These are men who out of their greed, love for money and cheap publicity, allowed themselves to be used by a failed government against the people.

We hereby wish to categorically state that there was never a time our peaceful protest was suspended, we only rejected and condemned in affirmative terms the looting and burgling of properties in the said viral video. We emphatically dissociate ourselves from any misleading, state sponsored and politically motivated press statement issued by "contract-activists" claiming to support an anti-people's Judicial Panel of Enquiry that comprises of government loyalists, and also claim to have suspended the protest when the peoples' demands are clearly not met. We would like to enjoin the members of the public to remain firm and resolute in our fight against injustice, corruption, bad governance to mention but few; and not entertain any form of distraction or division which clearly appears to be the intention of these state sponsored propagandists. Our train is gaining momentum and this is a fight for the people to win, and we will not stop until freedom is attained. 

Amandla Awetu!✊🏼


*Olawale Adebayo Bakare (Mandate)*


*Olushayo Ogunleye*

Mobilisation Secretary

31st of October, 2020

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