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No protester should be brutalised by Army ― NUJ warns FG #ENDSARS

 

By Adeola Badru 

As men of the Nigerian Army took over the streets across the country in the name of Operation Crocodile Smile, the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the troops to ensure that none of the protesting youths is killed or brutalised during the exercise. The NUJ made the call on Monday, in a statement signed by the state chairman, Ademola Babalola and secretary, Sola Oladapo, urging the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, to direct his men to exercise utmost caution and ensure adherence to citizens-friendly rules of engagement.

The announcement read: "We wish to review that in July this year, 385 warriors composed the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Buratai that they are leaving the Army over what they called loss of intrigue and low resolve. These warriors are not betrayers from the helper. The fighters had been conveyed to confront better-prepared radicals in the North-East." "The officers sent for Operation Crocodile Smile, in our view, ought to secure the protesters and guarantee no mischief is done to them. The circumstance in the nation is tragic to such an extent that if influences us all, including the warriors themselves, except for the class of the decision tip top which might be viewed as safe from the difficulty in the land." "While we recognize the way that the military activity is a yearly occasion, having been held in October a year ago, we counsel that the Federal Government should not to have sent troopers for a similar exercise this year, particularly against the foundation of the strained circumstance occasioned by the protest." "We additionally encourage the protesters and residents by and large to approach their legitimate organizations without inciting the fighters to apply the utilization of power." "We are for the upkeep of lawfulness. We similarly approach the organizers of the protest to devise methods for guaranteeing that gangsters don't invade their positions to execute evil for the sake of protest."
"The association isn't ignorant of the trouble being experienced by the individuals of the state because of the withdrawal of Okada and public vehicle vehicles by their proprietors." "The additions that will come when we have another Nigeria will far exceed the agony we are persevering. We can't make omelet without breaking eggs, all through the world, there is no torment without gain." "Individuals from the association who have been joining the conventions and the protest strolls since they began will be completely taking an interest in the protest from tomorrow to commute home the message of harmony to the officers and the protesters."

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