Lagos leads release of 253 people arrested during #EndSARS
Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Lagos Attorney General and Justice Commissioner, advised courts to release the arrested EndSARS protesters.
Onigbanjo ordered the courts to immediately release 253 people arrested by police over the state’s #EndSARS protest, The Nation reported.
Onigbanjo said the State Attorney’s Office (DPP) assessed the interim charges brought against them by the police and found no prima facie evidence that they had committed any crime.
According to Kayode Oekanmi, Director of Public Relations for the Ministry of Justice, the attorney general explained that the police handed over 40 files to the DPP on 361 people arrested in connection with the #EndSARS protests for legal advice from 4 to 5 November 2020.
Onigbanjo said: “Legal advice was given on all 40 files received, and as of November 6, 2020, the Office was able to provide legal advice to 81 people accused in various courts, and the rest will be sent to court on Monday, November 9, 2020.
“Out of 361 people, the head of the prosecutor’s office will prosecute 92 people for various crimes, including arson, theft, raids on buildings, armed robbery and murder, while the office said 253 people would be immediately released for non-disclosure. cases in the absence of refutation.
“Meanwhile, two cases involving 16 people were sent to the police for further investigation.”
AG assured the public that “The Lagos State Attorney General’s Office will ensure that arrested police are treated in accordance with due process of law, while remaining committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring peace and order in the nation.”