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Why Lekki EndSARS Protesters Should Have Stayed Home

After last year's protest which generated massive attention across the country, the government has made significant efforts to improve the professional conduct of the Nigerian Police Force. Several modifications were made to meet the demands of the aggrieved youths. These are important reasons why there is no need to hold more protests, especially regarding the EndSars movement. The people should have stayed home since most of the concerns raised were addressed or considered for further deliberation.

Ever since the Lekki protest organisers started preparing for this year's mega rally by calling the attention of people across social media platforms, there are recommendations put in place by the Lagos state police command. The police leadership called on people to desist from unnecessary gatherings at the popular Lekki toll gate in order to prevent the reoccurrence of destruction and violence that preceded the last protest. The security forces also enumerated changes made in line with the demand of the aggrieved youths.

After the last year's mega protest at the Lekki axis of Lagos state, the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force sat with some representatives of the aggrieved youths to explore a way to settle the concerns of the people. At that time, the Inspector General of Police Mr Mohammed Adamu gave the order to immediately scrap the Special Anti Robbery Squad unit of the police. This follows concerns raised by the people regarding the operational conduct of security officers under the unit. Despite this great effort by the police, it is unfortunate that people disregard the efforts of the security forces and continue to hold a protest at Lekki.

Also, the federal government in collaboration with state governments have agreed to pay compensation to victims of unprofessional conduct of police officers. A panel of inquiry and investigation was formulated which allows victims of police brutality to come forward and lay their complaints. Many civil rights organisations including human rights activists from different parts of the country witnessed the processions of the tribunal. This is all part of the government's efforts to ensure transparency and justice for the people.

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A whole department of the Nigerian Police Force (SARS) was scrapped by the government just to satisfy the demand of the people. Despite this, people still engage in violent agitation which affects the stability, economic growth and development of the country. This is coming at a time when the country is facing serious security challenges.

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