Following the memorial protest of the October 20 Lekki toll gate shooting held across the country on Wednesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered the release of all the #EndSARS protesters arrested in the state.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who gave the directive to the State Police Command on Thursday said that all innocent and peaceful citizens picked up during the protest be freed immediately, adding that only the man caught at the toll gate with dangerous weapons, including a machete, will be prosecuted.
The individuals released are Nkemakolam Okpara Felicia, female. (27years); Nduka Treasure Chiamaka, female (21 years); Adefila Olanrewaju, male; Adeola Adebayo, male; Ayodeji Ayeni, male; and Adebola Ojabodu.
Speaking, he said, “Everyone arrested in connection with the protest has all been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons. He confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem.”
Sanwo-Olu commended the police for being alive with its responsibility to identify and isolate troublemakers from law-abiding people.
The Lagos helmsman appealed to youths to be stakeholders in the development of the state and reiterated his commitment to reconciliation.
Sanwo-Olu urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected by the destruction recorded in 2020.