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Criminal Elements Have Taken Over ENDSARS Protest – Yahaya Bello



Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor, has expressed concern over the ongoing protest by Nigerians against police brutality and abuse of human rights in the country.

Speaking in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, Governor Bello said criminal elements armed with weapons, have hijacked the protest and are in pursuit of nefarious intent which have no link with the demands of the genuine demonstrators.

Stating that the protesters have won a battle, the Governor urged them not to lose the war by exploring other forms of dissent that would not abet the intent of the criminals.

“We are now concerned that what has been a generally peaceful citizens’ protest is now threatening to dissolve into mindless attacks on government facilities and running battles with the police,” he said.

“Greatest and ever gallant Nigerian youths, from what we saw yesterday, the ranks of genuine protesters have been infiltrated by criminal elements armed with dangerous weapons.

“Not only that but they are acting in pursuit of nefarious intent which have no nexus with your noble objectives. I hold the opinion that you have won a battle, and I must now urge you not to lose the war.

“Protesters have a tangible and moral victory in the bag, and it is wisdom to safeguard it. It is now time to step back and persons and explore other forms of dissent which will not provide crowd cover for which you obviously do not endorse.

“The nation’s leadership must also be accorded some time and breathing space to push through on promises of change.”

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