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EndSars Protest: Epe youths turn expressway to playground, barricades highway

EndSars Protest: Epe youths turn expressway to play ground, barricades highway
Written by Maritime First

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Some youths in Epe Division of Lagos State have turned the Epe/Ibeju-Lekki expressway to a football field and other games, but have effectively blocked the highway to denied vehicular movement as the EndSars protest continues.

The youths, who spoke in separate interviews on Monday, in Epe, said that their action is to end the operation of SARS  across the nation through a peaceful protest.

The protest started on Oct. 8 with protesters taking to the streets in different parts of the country, calling for a reform of the Police Force and disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for alleged brutality to citizens.

Mr Ibrahim Olawale, Youth Leader, said that the purpose of the protest is to join voices with other masses across the country to EndSars and bad governance.

“Enough of bad governance, enough of Sars brutality and enough of bad leadership/corruption, ” he said.

Olawale added that the protest was not just to Police brutality or total reformation of police force but also to fix the entire system of the economy.

“Nothing seems to be working in Nigeria, Our Judiciary, Executive and Legislative arms of government are all faulty.

“We need a total reform in all systems of government and infrastructure needs to be put in place for all to enjoy the dividend of democracy,” he said.

Olawale urged the Lagos state government to fix the Epe/Ibeju Lekki, Epe/Ikorodu and Epe/Ijebu-Ode expressways.

“Epe is a multi-link road community that leads to Ogun state and other parts of the country, so it deserves a good road network,” he said.

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He added that the issue of land grabbers in Epe Division needs urgent attention from the government.

“This is a germaine issue that is affecting the landowners in the community and this needs government’s quick interventions.

“The only way we all can enjoy from the government is for them to provide us with adequate infrastructure, enforce law and ensure that the system of government are favorable to all citizens,” he said.

Mr Afeez Lawal, a civil servant, said that the protest was peaceful and the youth have taken the “bull by the horn” by demanding for their rights.

Also, Mr Jubril Idris, a youth, said that the protest was not to disrupt commercial activities in the community but to express their heartfelt concerns on the EndSars matter and other issues affecting the citizens.

“We are patriotic youth, we are civil and we know our right, this is the best avenue to demand for our right,” he said.

Idris therefore, urged the federal government to yield to the plea of the masses and reform the entire police system and fix the entire system.

In another development, an Imo Traditional Ruler, Eze Thomas Obiefule, on Monday said only restructuring could put the nation back to shape and end agitation of Nigerian youths.

Obiefule, who is the President of the Association of Royal Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (RTRN) said this while addressing members of Imo chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) during a visit to the traditional ruler.

He said with a sincere restructuring of the country, the agitation of Nigerian youths, including the agitation of member of IPOB would be permanently settled.

He identified the poor Nigerian structural system and corruption as the greatest challenge against the nation’s development.

On the nationwide protest against police brutality, Obiefule said the entire police force needed total overhauling.

“I stand by  Nigerian youths on the protest against police brutality and called on the Federal Government to look into their agitations and address their demands urgently.

“The police who are supposed to be the friend of the people have turned to be the worst enemies of the people and the struggle has to continue until the bad eggs are fished out,” he said.

He commended police authority for sacking some erring disbanded SARS officials, while also calling for their prosecution.

He warned against recruiting members of the disbanded SARS into the new Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT).

Obiefule also urged Imo citizens to support Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s programme, which he described as people’s oriented.

He admonished SWAN members to be constructive in reporting sporting activities in Imo, while also promising to partner strongly with the association.

In his remarks, the state Chairman of SWAN, Mr Evarest Ezihe commended Obiefule for playing a frontline role in the Nigerian traditional institution.

He also pledged the association’s support to Gov. Hope Uzodinma’s administration especially as regards to sports.

 

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