Lagos Attorney-General directs release of 253 arrested #EndSARS protesters
To Prosecute 92 for arson, stealing, murder, others
The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbajo has directed the release of 253 persons arrested by police during the #EndSARS protests.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Kayode Oyekanmi.
The protesters were arrested following the breakout of violence across the state, including looting and burning of public properties.
In the statement, Mr. Onigbajo said 253 persons arrested by the Police for criminal offences in connection to the EndSARS protest in Lagos State are to be released immediately for non-disclosure of a prima facie case against them by the Police.
The Attorney General explained that the Nigerian Police forwarded 40 case files in respect of the 361 persons arrested for criminal offences in connection with the EndSARS protests to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for Legal Advice, between 4th to 5th of November 2020.
According to the Statement; “Legal Advice have been issued in respect of all the 40 case files received, and as at 6th November 2020, the Directorate has been able to despatch Legal Advice in respect of 81 persons that are being charged to the various courts, while others will be despatched to court on Monday 9th November 2020.
“Out of the 361 persons, the Director of Public Prosecutions shall be prosecuting 92 persons for different offences ranging from arson, stealing, breaking into buildings, armed robbery and murder, while the office have advised that 253 persons be released forthwith for non-disclosure of a prima facie case.
“In the meantime, 2(two) case files in respect of 16 persons have been advised for further investigation by the Police”.
The Statement further assured the Public “that the Office of the Attorney General, Lagos State will ensure that those arrested by the police are treated in accordance with due process of law, while it remains committed to maintaining the rule of law and ensuring peace and order in the State”.