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Phyno accuses Enugu Govt of threatening #EndSARS protests

Popular musician Phyno accuses Enugu Govt of threatening lives of #EndSARS protesters during today’s march in the state capital.

On the second day of protests, Nigerian youths marched from the Ogbete Market to the Enugu State Government House.

“Today, our lives were threatened and we are making it clear that if anything happens to any single one of us or any protestors, let it be known that it was done by the Enugu State Government!” Phyno said in a Tweet.

He accused the government of mobilising thugs to disrupt the peaceful protest.

He tweeted as follows:

“Today, our peaceful protest in Enugu from Ogbete Market to the Enugu State Government House was going well until we reached the government house.

“Along the way we noticed a group of thugs joined the protests…

“The governor came out but refused to speak up and address the protestors, instead he addressed the thugs.

“The thugs tried to fight us but we maintained peace because we recognized their plan. We made sure the youth remained calm yet the governor refused to answer our questions!

“Instead, he walked out on us, unapologetically, with the thugs following him. We made it clear that we knew the people he was pretending to address were paid thugs.

“As we have been saying: The movement won’t stop! We come in peace as always!”

Enugu sets up judicial panel to investigate complaints against police

The Governor’s spokesperson however had a different account of what transpired during the encounter.

The Governor announced that he has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police misconduct, as demanded by the youths.

“Gov. Ugwuanyi who addressed the #EndSars protesters amid cheers, reiterated his endorsement to the state government’s position on the demands made by the protesting youth.”

The 8-member panel, to be chaired by a high court judge, will be made up of:

  • Two representatives of Civil Society Groups.
  • One retired Police Officer of high repute.
  • One youth representative.
  • One student representative,
  • A representative of the State Attorney General and
  • Another representative from the Human Rights Commission.

“The governor who applauded the protesters, led by two prominent artists, Flavor and Phyno, for the peaceful nature of the protest expressed the solidarity of the government and people of the state to their cause.

“He added that the panel is saddled with the responsibility of receiving and investigating complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings; evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances and draw conclusion as to the validity of the complaints and then recommend compensation and other remedial measures where appropriate.

“Gov. Ugwuanyi also announced that his administration will establish a human rights public complaints team of between two and three persons to receive complaints on an on-going basis, adding that the team will be established by the special committee on security and human rights.

“We have also resolved that we will set up complaints commission which the public can relate by telephone or social media channels”, the governor said.