By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Delta State Civil Society Community, has condemned the heinous and violent crackdown visited on armless youths and peaceful protesters across the country, the climax of which has resulted in the death of over 60 citizens, with 49 deaths as reported by the Punch Newspaper, at the Lekki Tollgate premises in Lagos State.
The society, in a communique signed by the Coordinator at the weekend by Mr,Okezi Odugala and Secretary, Mr Sylvester Itimi, a copy made available to our Correspondent,said it found it rather repugnant and sickening, the fact that peaceful Nigerian protesters were killed by Nigerian soldiers while waving the Nigerian flag and singing the National Anthem.
It called on government at all levels in Nigeria to ensure restraint and decorum in the management of peaceful protests going forward.
The group commended the Governments of Delta, Edo, Nasarawa, and Lagos States amongst others currently in the works, for establishing panels of judicial inquiry, and enjoined citizens and other stakeholders to participate actively and provide the needed fact to enable the panels deliver on their assignments.
In similar vein, the communique also described the use of violent thugs to attack peaceful protesters across Nigeria (notably Abuja, Kogi, Lagos, Gombe and Plateau amongst others) as a travesty and an outright violation of the right to association and peaceful protest of citizens.
“Since Thursday the 15th of October, Nigerian youths rose up and closed ranks in their search for justice against police brutality, bad governance, poor infrastructure and other matters of pressing national concern, converged at notable landmark locations across the country in solidarity under the mantra #EndSARS”