The Executive Chairman Odiolowo-Ojuwoye LCDA, Hon Rasaq Olusola Ajala, today addressed the youth who came in their large number to join the ongoing #ENDSARS protest across the country.
The Chairman addressed the protesters in front of the Council’s Secretariat on Town planning way, Ilupeju, Lagos State.
The spokesperson of the youth, who simply identified himself as Ibrahim, a graduate of Babcock University, said the narrative about Mushin youth that they are violent and criminals have been proven wrong by the peaceful conduct of the protest.
Ibrahim stated that, “Wearing tattoos, dreadlocks, possession of laptops and iPhones should not translate to crime.”
While speaking to the demonstrators, Hon Ajala lauded the peaceful and orderly manner in which they ventilated their indignation over “police brutality”.
Hon Ajala said he quite agreed with their agitation for comprehensive reform in the police force.
He told the youth that “This is the reason why the Inspector General of Police addressed the nation that the Special Anti Robbery Squad in the police has been scrapped.”
Hon Ajala, therefore, promised that their message will be passed to the appropriate quarters.
He admonished the protesters to continue in the manner they have been conducting themselves so far.
“Peaceful protests all over the world are acceptable as a means of expressing displeasure against government’s programmes and policies,” the Chairman said.
He affirmed that scrapping of the Special Squad popularly known as Sars at this time around would be final.
“I want to assure you that police authority would come up with new outfits to replace them with the proper orientation that would conform with the world’s best practice,” Hon Ajala concluded