Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Sunday described the #ENDSARS campaigners as “heroes of freedom”.
Sanwo-Olu said this while commending the decision of the Inspector General of Police to dissolve the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Force.
He had earlier tweeted, about a week ago, to condemn human rights abuses by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives which led to the widespread EndSARS campaign.
The Governor who spoke on his return from supervising the Ondo State governorship election particularly praised the good conduct of the youth who participated in the public demonstration in Lagos, describing them as “heroes of freedom”.
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Sanwo-Olu said he identified with the EndSARS campaign, as it touched the essence of democratic freedom. He said citizens must never be denied the rights to express their grievances whenever they were not satisfied with the operation of any agency of the Government.
The eventual dissolution of the SARS outfit by Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Governor said, is an indication that the voice of the protesters had been heard by the authorities. He urged the youth to continue to engage the leadership on the reforms required to make the police force work better.
He said: “I commend all our youths that turned out for the protests in Lagos. While I was on the assignment in Ondo, I monitored all the activities of the protesters and they were peaceful in their conduct. This is what we want and how we want our people to conduct themselves. From all over the city, there have been calls for the end of SARS and their voice has been heard very well.
Sanwo-Olu hailed security operatives in Lagos for respecting the rights of the demonstrators to express their grievances, saying he was elated that the issues raised by the protesters had been addressed by the police authorities in the interest of freedom, democracy and justice.