Group known as South-South Legacy Group has condemned in the strongest term the violence that erupted Benin City, the Edo State capital on Monday in the guise of #EndSARS protest.
Some youths, in the guise of #EndSARS protest, had invaded the Benin and Oko Correctional custodies all in Benin, setting over 1000 inmates free and also razed now few than 4 police stations.
Speaking through its spokespersons, Osagie Aiguobasinwin and Camilus Okosun, the group described the attack as unacceptable, barbaric, lawless, inhumane, and a far cry from the reason, principle and philosophy of the #EndSARS agitation.
While noting that for government to have responded to the initial 5point demands all within five days
was a plus to the organisers, the group declared total support for the genuine #EndSARA protesters.
“The organisers of the ongoing #EndSARS peaceful protest, have our solidarity, support, understanding and endorsement for the protest to correct the many errors in our national body polity, even as some of our members in this group may have been directly or indirectly involved in the organisation and conduct of the #EndSARS peaceful protest.
“For the government to have responded to the initial 5point demands all within five days is actually a plus to the organisers of the protest to have gotten a prompt attention faster than they could have imagined.
“We at this level are saying, unequivocally that the actions of the miscreants who hid under the aeges of #EndSARS protest on Monday in Benin City is unacceptable, barbaric, lawless, inhumane, and a far cry from the reason, principle and philosophy of the #EndSARS agitation,” they said.
The group continues, “The state of the nation, politically and economically does not put smiles on the faces of the people at this point in time which may have justified the upward review of the 5point demands to accommodate issues like light and fuel pump price, corruption, among many others.”
Speaking on the attack on some media organisation by the hoodlums, the group said it will not accept that in Edo State cum any South-South states, just as it called for all to speak up against such act.
The group said, “It is more heart breaking and unacceptable to us as a people for anyone to turn the rein of terror against our people. We will not accept this in Edo, as well as other South-south states. People, both at home and in diaspora should stand up in unison to condemn the criminal invasion, destruction and setting ablaze of seven police stations in Benin, as well as attacks on media houses like the DAAR COMMUNICATIONS’ AIT Benin Center and Vibes FM Radio station, among other institutions.
“We should stand up to condemn the invasion of the two correctional facilities in Benin as well as releasing of inmates into the society. These hoodlums made away with ammunition and other firearms. You will want to ask for what intention would it be put into if not for criminality.”