Group asks states to release detained protesters

A non-governmental organisation, Legal Assistance and Citizens Rights Initiative, has urged Attorneys-General and Directors of Public Prosecution in the 36 states to unconditionally release all detained #EndSARS protesters that have no evidence of crime.

It also called on states that have set up judicial panel of inquiry into brutality by men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad to ensure the panels begin sitting to carry out their assignment timeously.

The group in a statement by Adewale Sanyaolu, said, “Anything short of this will amount to a travesty and further burdening of the criminal justice system, further congestion of correctional facilities and most importantly trampling on the fundamental rights of a lot of innocent people languishing in captivity.”

According to the statement, the Executive Director of LACRI, Mr Arinze Odiari, said the group was aware of the arrest and detention of some persons as a result of the killings, vandalism and looting that took place in various parts of the country after the protest.

He added, “LACRI is not unaware of crimes committed across the states, and does not frown at perpetrators being brought to book. However, we are not oblivious of the fact that innocent citizens have been lumped together and paraded alongside suspected hoodlums that unleashed mayhem in different parts of the country.”

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