Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says he will make sure that protesters detained by policemen are released.
On Monday, the protest against police brutality had continued in Lagos and other parts of the country, with protesters blocking major roads advocating for a total reform of the police.
Some of the protesters, who came out in Lekki, Yaba, Surulere parts of Lagos were arrested by policemen and detained.
But in a Twitter post, Hon Gbaja said that he will ensure that the rights of the protesters are not violated.
“I have spoken to the CP Lagos and I am in touch with my member representing Surulere, in the State Assembly, Hon Desmond Elliot who is presently on his way to Area C Police station where some protesters are being held. We will ensure that People’s rights are not violated,” the speaker said.
“UPDATE: I have just spoken to the Area Commander. I also spoke with Charles whose legal services I have engaged. The lawyers are now on their way to meet with those detained. Like I said we will stop at nothing to protect their rights and release from detention.
“Please let’s all remain calm. I promise we are on top of this and will keep you updated.”
After some minutes, the Speaker announced on Twitter that five of the protesters had been released, while efforts were ongoing to secure the release of one other person.
The Inspector-general of police (IGP) had banned agents of SARS, the special tactical squad (STS) and intelligence response team (IRT) after recent nationwide protests against the SARS over allegations of excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and, in some instances, pontifical killings.