SERAP Calls for Release of Arrested Protesters, Threatens Legal Action
On Saturday, civil society organization Social and Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) called for the release of all protesters arrested at the Lecca toll station in Lagos.
SERAP also said it will sue if the arrested protesters are not immediately and unconditionally released.
“We call on the Nigerian authorities and Nigerian police forces to immediately and unconditionally release the detained #EndSARS protesters simply for peacefully exercising their human rights. The authorities must also stop persecuting people who peacefully exercise their human rights.
“The United Nations and the respective governments must pressure the Nigerian authorities to end the crackdown on peaceful demonstrators and unconditionally release those who are arbitrarily detained.
“We will pursue appropriate legal action unless the #EndSARS protesters, arbitrarily arrested simply for the peaceful exercise of their human rights, are not immediately and unconditionally released. Peaceful assembly is a fundamental right “, He said in a series of tweets.
PUNCH previously reported that popular comedian Debo Adebayo, also known as Mr. Macaroni, and about 30 other #OccupyLekkiTollgate activists were arrested Saturday for protesting at a toll collection point in Lekki, where they demanded that justice be served for the victims on October 20 2020 # EndSARS protest at the toll station.
The Lagos State Judicial Commission, which investigated the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at a toll station in Lekki, decided to return the toll station to its operators, the Lekki concession company.
But the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters backed out of the move, insisting that justice must be done for the victims of the October 20, 2020 road shooting in Lekki.