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Ogun Students body, others, say no to Police brutality

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By Our Correspondent

The Coalition of National Association of Nigerian Students NANS and National Association of University Students NAUS, NAOSS, Contingent Leadership Forum and Ijebu Youths Assembly and Youths Advocate has kicked against the killings and harassment by the Special Anti-Robery Squad of Nigeria Police Force melted on the students and youths especially in Ijebu Ode and its environs.

The condemnation came up following a protest led by Comrade Falola Ahmed, a.k.a Stainless, the National Cadre and Ijebu Youths Movement President, which took place in Ijebu Ode, in Ijebu Ode local government area of Ogun State.

The protesters called on the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun state to end SARS in their region, claiming that their presence are full of brutality, intimidation, extortion and killings of youths who are mainly students.  

Speaking, a youth leader, said SARS has been a threat to their lives citing examples of how the officers suddenly drolped from their vehicle to arrest them on Commercial motorcycle known as Okada to collect their phones and lock the phone immediately, beat them, to the extent of forcing larger amount of money from them through threats accusing them of been yahoo boys. 

The president of Ijebu youths, Comrade Falola Ahmed Stainless who led the aggrieved youths to the Police Area Commander, ACP Abiodun Onuoha, presented their grievances for onward delivery to respective authorities. 

Ahmed said "We are here to let the police know the brutality, intimidation, extortion and harassment melted on the youths by the men of Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS in Ijebu Ode and its environs. We are not here to fight the police nor the Area Commander who has been fathership since he was posted here including the DPOs but to appeal to them to caution their officers to stop the harassment and let the youths of Ijebu Ode to enjoy their freedom".

In his response, ACP Abiodun Onuoha advised the students and the protesters to make sure they are law abiding, "as we have bag eggs among the youths it's also same within the policemen" but promised that as he has always been available to the leaders of the youths and students, he will continue to be available and anyone that experience such intimidation should report to him for appropriate action.

Some youths were later found in the town to have hijacked the protest by running from one  police station to the other shouting no more SARS but Stainless cautioned all that if anyone is found wanting, such person is on his or her own.