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  • Updated: December 10, 2020

EndSARS: DSS Detains Osun Coordinator For ‘Impersonation’

The Department of State Services (DSS) has held in custody one of the coordinators of the EndSARS Movement in Osun State, Emmanuel Adebisi for alleged impersonation. 

AllNews learned that Adebisi had on Monday led a group of protesters to Osun State House of Assembly and demanded the disbandment of the panel probing police brutality in the state, saying no member of the EndSARS movement was accommodated in the panel.

Although, the group was blocked at the entrance of the Assembly complex and demanded to see the Speaker of the House, Hon. Timothy Owoeye before they would leave the complex.

Speaking with journalists at the House of Assembly, Adebisi said the state government did not fulfill its promise to organize an all-inclusive town hall meeting, saying genuine protesters were not allowed access into the venue.

READ ALSO: EndSARS: Omokri Gives Reasons Why More Nigerians Should Join Protest

While calling for the release of an EndSARS protester identified as Segun who was remanded at the custodial center, Adebisi also demanded that the Federal Government unfreeze the bank account of some protesters as he added that protest is a right and not a sin.

According to him, the panel lacked the will to ensure justice because during one of its sittings, the Police Officer in charge of legal matters, F. N. Osei stating in front of the panelists that the life of one Rasheed Ismaila, who was allegedly killed in a hotel at Iwo by an officer of the disbanded SARS, is not worth more than N1.3million paid the family by the police.

He said “One of the promises they made to us that led to the suspension of the protest, was to set up Judicial Panel of Enquiry but later they form their panel which I regard as “Political Panel of Enquiry”.

The panel of inquiry should be disbanded because non of our members was included. Another of the promise was to organized a town hall meeting but it was otherwise. They did not allow any of the EndSARS movement to enter the venue.

“They should release Segun, one of us that was arrested and remanded in Ilesha prison after the EndSARS protest. We want the FG to unfreeze the accounts of EndSARS protesters. We are peaceful protesters and we know our rights and We won’t give in to any intimidation.

“We can not sit down in a country where a police officer will say that life doesn’t worth more than N1.3million, he even said that some don’t even worth up N100,000.

"This was what F B Oseyi the OC Legal Osun State Police Command said during the sitting of the panel of inquiry and none of the members of the panel said anything about it. When I stand to object to it, they said I have passed my boundary. We want the government to call the OC legal in public to explain what he meant."

But a security source divulged that Adebisi was invited to the State Headquarters of the DSS, where he is currently being detained.

The source further explained that “Adebisi was invited based on a petition written against him, where he was alleged of claiming to be a Captain in the Military”.

However, a member of the movement known to be Femi, confirmed Adebisi’s arrest.

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