End SARS: Lagos to release 253 of 361 arrested protesters

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The Lagos state government has advised the court to release 253 persons arrested in connection with the #EndSARS protest in the state.

Lagos State Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) gave this advice after assessing the temporary charges filed against them by the police and found no prima facie evidence that they committed any crime.

A statement from the Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, the Attorney-General explained that the police forwarded 40 case files on 361 persons arrested in connection with the #EndSARS protests to the DPP for Legal Advice between November 4 and 5, 2020.

“Legal advice has been issued in respect of all the 40 case files received, and as at November 6, 2020, the directorate has been able to despatch Legal Advice in respect of 81 persons that are being charged to the various courts, while others will be despatched to court on Monday, November 9, 2020.

“Of the 361 persons, the Director of Public Prosecutions shall be prosecuting 92 persons for different offences, ranging from arson, stealing, breaking into buildings, armed robbery and murder, while the office has advised that 253 persons be released forthwith for non-disclosure of a prima facie case.

“In the meantime, two case files in respect of 16 persons have been advised for further investigation by the Police,” Onigbanjo said.

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Meanwhile, activists, under the aegis of the Centre for Liberty (CL), yesterday called for the unconditional release of all #EndSARS protesters arrested across the country.

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