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#EndBadGorvernanceInNigeria: TIB Osun State Condemns State-Sponsored attacks on peaceful protesters and the attempts to discredit #EndSARS protests

Calls for the uncounditional release of those Arrested


The Taike It Back movement in Osun state has condemned what it called the state-sponsored attackes on the peacefull protesters and the several attempts made by the sponsored agents of the state to discredited the #EndSars protests in the state.

The group in a statement made available on Sunday condoles with the families of all those slain and injured in the course of the protests with a further appeal and warning to the State and their hoodlums to desist from further attacks of the armless protesters as a deliberate provocations of peaceful protesters.

The group called on all people in Osun State, especially the young people, Civil societies,
and genuine workers groups to in solidarity join the peaceful protests enmasse,
for a reformed police and indeed Nigeria.


READ THE FULL PRESS STATEMENT :

 We maintain our resolve and support for the protests and it demands

 We salute the resolve, courage and support of all Osun youths and her people
for the protests.

 We condole with the families of all those slain or injured in the course of the protests.

 We appeal and warn the State and their hoodlums to desist from further attacks and deliberate provocations of peaceful protesters.

 We call on all people in Osun State, especially the young people, Civil societies, and genuine workers groups to in solidarity join the peaceful protests enmasse, for a reformed police and indeed Nigeria.

The Take It Back (TIB) Movement Osun State chapter, hereby condemns in absolute terms, the series of attacks and violent disruptions of peaceful protests in the State. In particular the shootings by personnel in the Governor’s convoy on Saturday 17 th
October, 2020, which was preceded by direct machete attacks by hoodlums (men of one Asiri Eniba, known to be associated with the State government) on one of the protesters that Saturday morning. 

The shootings thus far has claimed two lives, with several sustaining various injuries and gun shot wounds.

While we acknowledge the ruling class reported taking steps towards meeting some of the protesters demands on one hand, We suspect that all these attacks are the State’s attempts to distrupt the protests through fear, intimidations and discredit the popular and
genuine protests which represents the cry and yearnings of Nigerian masses. We therefore warn the governments and their agents at all levels to thread cautiously, recall and restrain their hoodlums and align in truth with the masses for a better Nigeria.

However we also wish to acknowledge report of governments non-complicity in the attacks and shootings, we therefore call on the government to promptly investigate and arrest the perpetrators of the violent attacks on peaceful protesters (since about Wednesday 14/10/2020), arrest of the gun shooters and the arrest of the reported
looters. We equally call for the immediate unconditioner release of all arrested peaceful protesters before or on Saturday 17/10/2020 as some who brought the corpse of one the slain in anger to the gates of government house were said to have been arrested.

Also, we wish to reaffirm our resolve and support for the #EndSARS protests and call on all young people, Civil societies, and genuine individual workers and workers groups to support and join the protests aimed at reforming the Nigeria police, ending police brutality and corruption against citizens and indeed, at better governance for better Nigeria. 

We salute the resolve, courage and support of all Osun youths and her people for the protests, especially those who have been a part of the protests. We call on them not to be discouraged but rather restrategize, reenergize and mobilize better with more people.

In conclusion we hereby restate five of the demands again.

 Release of all arrested protesters.

 Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensations for their families.

 Independent body to oversee investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct.

 Increased salaries and better welfare for police officers.
 Psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS officers before redeployment.

Signed:
Olumide Afolabi   
State Coordinator  

Lijofi Victor
State Secretary

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