FG satisfied with security's role during EndSARS protest says, Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria was satisfied with the role played by all security agencies during the EndSARS protest by Nigerian youth.
The Minister disclosed the Federal Government's satisfaction in a press conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in Abuja saying that the security agencies were "professional and measured in their response" during the EndSARS protest.
Lai Mohammed went on to give the account of the number of security agencies that were killed and the ones that were injured.
He added that even when the life of security agencies was at stake, they were calm and never reacted.
He said that the looters that were arrested by soldiers during the protest were treated gently before handing them over to the police.
Lai Mohammed went on to deny the shooting of EndSARS peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
He said, “It is important to say that the Federal Government is very satisfied with the role played by the security agencies, especially the military and the police, all through the EndSARS crisis. The security agents were professional and measured in their response.
"Even when their lives were at stake, they exercised uncommon restraint. Their professionalism and measured response saved many lives and properties. "
"For example, despite arresting hordes of looters during the violence in Lagos, the army treated them humanely and even counselled them before handing them over to the police.
“The same cannot be said of those who unleashed mayhem on the security agents, killing and maiming them, sometimes in such a barbaric manner that is unprecedented in these parts.
"As I said earlier, six soldiers and 37 policemen were killed all over the country during the crisis. This is in addition to 196 policemen who have injured; 164 police vehicles that were destroyed and 134 police stations that were razed.
“Also, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Immigration Service all lost infrastructures, equipment and other valuables to attack by hoodlums during the crisis.
"Eight medium-security custodial centres in six states (Edo, Lagos, Abia, Delta, Ondo and Ebonyi) were attacked, with 1,957 inmates set free and 31 staff injured.
“The Federal Government will therefore not accept a situation in which some so-called human rights bodies and jaundiced media organizations will continue to harass the security agencies over their roles during the crisis.
"Soldiers, policemen and other security agents deserve commendation, not condemnation, except, of course, their critics are saying they are not human beings and that their own rights do not matter.
"It is depressing and demoralizing to continue to vilify men and women in uniform, who themselves were victims of senseless violence unleashed by hoodlums.
“The role of the human rights organizations, in particular, became a suspect after they simply ignored the brutal killing and maiming of security agents during the crisis.
"Also the orgy of violence that left 57 civilians dead, 269 private/corporate facilities burnt/looted/vandalized, 243 government facilities burnt/vandalized and 81 government warehouses looted, and instead continued to dwell on the bodiless and bloodless ‘massacre’ at Lekki Toll Gate.
“They did not see anything wrong in the public and private properties that were burnt or looted, neither did they see anything wrong in the fact that some of the businesses that were looted belonged to struggling young men and women.
" All they could see in their biased view of the whole situation was a hoax massacre", the Minister, Lai Mohammed said.
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