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Enugu youth group condemns killing of #EndSARS protesters, urges youths not to be discouraged by development

* Calls on Gov. Ugwuanyi to protect Enugu citizens

From PAT ASADU, Nsukka

As reported killing of #EndSARS protesters by security agents across the country continues to inflame passions and attract scurrilous condemnations around the world, an Enugu youth group has described the “barbaric act” of soldiers shooting and killing unarmed youths protesting against police brutality in the land as “completely unacceptable,” saying it is fitting that countries and organisations or groups around the world have condemned the Nigerian government for this “latest low” in internal security operation in Nigeria.

The group under the aegis of Nsukka Youth General Assembly said youths had an inalienable right to protest against police brutality or, for that matter, that of any other security agents often targeted against the youth.

Ekwueme

In a press release earlier today, a copy of which was made available to AbeyaNews, the group urged the federal government to release, with immediate effect, all arrested protesters nation-wide, saying that was the proper thing to do under the current circumstances.

The release, which was signed by the group’s Chairman, Comrade Roy Ekwueme read, in part: “The leadership of Nsukka Youth General Assembly condemns in its entirety the barbaric use of brutal force against peaceful protesters in Nigeria by government whose job is to protect them.

“Right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Democracy is embedded in sacrosanctity of law, right and freedom; anything short of this as being witnessed in Nigeria is akin to dictatorship and anarchy.”

Explaining further, the group said that “as a youth organization based in Enugu State, we also call on the Chief Security Officer in Enugu State, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to deploy all the necessary support and arsenal within his powers to make sure that Enugu State citizens’ right of peaceful assembly and protest is protected at all cost.”

The Nigeria Police Force and all security apparatus in Enugu must, first and foremost, be made to understand that their primary responsibility is to protect lives and property. We are enjoying peace in Enugu State and they must do everything to maintain peace, law and order in our State,” the youth leader further stated.

“We also encourage our people to continue to be peaceful and law- abiding as we continue to fight for a better society.”

Urging the youths not to be discouraged by current challenges, the group stressed: “We appeal to our youths to resist any temptation to be used to cause mayhem, anarchy and confusion within the ranks of this noble movement. Let their children do their dirty jobs for them.”

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