The Lagos State Government has threatened to declare a state of emergency if the #EndSARS protest doesn't come to an end soon.
This development was disclosed by the Lagos State House of Assembly member, Temitope Adewale, representative of the Ifako-Ijaye constituency.
He said that the protest could see an escalation and that the government would be pushed to deploy security forces including anti-riot forces to ensure that the protest discontinues.
He said, “My dearest and greatest youths let’s take a break from the protest, back down for now and wait to see the promise of reforms they have made to us. If we don’t, I foresee counter-protests by youths, business owners, front liners and more will start whether sponsored or not, robbery, molestation, and harassment will ensue and anarchy looms.
“The government would deploy its security and anti-riot forces to end the crisis they would say was caused by we youths and impose lockdown and or state of emergency in the land then the police reform we want to see would not happen as they will focus on you and I.
“Part of the constitution that favours the government will be evoked to protect lives and properties as the primary responsibility of the government. Please let’s consolidate on our win by organising ourselves to participate in the reform process and end this protest.
“More than anything I am a youth and my name is Hon. Temitope Adewale, Member, Lagos State House of Assembly. God Bless us all.”
Protests continue to rage across the country, as Nigerian youths take to the streets to protest the abuse of human rights by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Although the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, announced the dissolution of the rogue unit, Nigerians say that their 5 demands must be met by the government before the protest will wind down.