The Oodua Folks’s Congress (OPC) has known as for a right away cease to the destruction of lives and billions of naira value of property within the South-West, warning that if the violence persevered, the organisation could be pressured to roll out its males and assure safety.
Lamenting the Lekki Tollgate killings and the next wanton destruction of lives and properties, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi (alias “Askari,”) Deputy President to the late Founder, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, stated in an announcement on Friday, that rioters ought to withdraw from the streets and finish the violence.
OPC additionally known as for President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to instantly empanel commissions of enquiry at each the Federal and state ranges to analyze, determine and sanction these behind Tuesday’s capturing of unarmed protesters at Lekki in Lagos.
“Such a heinous crime should not be swept underneath the carpet; or else we will be nurturing a licence-to-kill mentality in our navy males and safety operatives in addition to open up our civilian citizenry to the abuse and impunity of these supposed to guard us,” Afolabi stated.
OPC famous that the peaceable conduct of the #EndSARS protests had been hijacked by hoodlums who now discovered a chance to loot, trigger mayhem and destroy the financial foundation of the area.
“Personal companies, a lot of whom like OPC backed the extremely credible #EndSARS marketing campaign, mustn’t undergo for the ineptitude of the federal government and the criminality of evil policemen.
“And OPC as an organisation won’t fold its arms and watch the area changed into the scapegoat of the #EndSARS protests,” the OPC Deputy President stated.
Afolabi issued the assertion after the OPC executives met Lagos to assessment occasions of the previous few days.
The organisation famous that each agitation should finish on the negotiation desk and time had come for campaigners to step again and see whether or not or not the federal government would fulfil its promise to finish SARS and produce about huge reforms within the police.
In his phrases, Afolabi stated: “The #EndSARS campaigns received our unflinching assist and we absolutely backed the protesters.
“Not solely is it their respectable and constitutionally-guaranteed proper to precise our collective ache, however certainly and in reality that arm of the Nigeria Police had turned itself into an unruly terrorist clique with clear and verifiable abuses of residents’ rights to life, motion and liberty.
“As residents, these protesting had an obligation to denounce SARS and FSARS operatives in an effort to forestall them from persevering with their evil enterprise as common.”
Nonetheless, in response to Afolabi, the present actuality was that the destruction of companies and instruments of companies amounted to an enormous loss to the folks of the South-West, a lot of whom owned vandalised companies in addition to those that have been gainfully employed in these locations and will find yourself shedding their jobs.
He stated OPC wouldn’t tolerate a scenario the place South-West residents turned the most important losers of the anti-SARS marketing campaign.
Commiserating with residents who misplaced relations, associates and property, Afolabi prayed that God would console them and restore their misplaced property.