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Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Phyno, Others Seek An End To SARS Protest

Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Phyno to end protests
The Presidents of the Dangote group of companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and TEF, Dr. Tony Elumelu alongside the popular Nigerian actor, Phyno have in a zoom meeting demanded that Youths in protests against SARS and Police brutality to vacate the streets. In a bid to address the issues ravaging the country at the moment, they seek an end to the protests to enable the Government to fast track the demands of the protesters.

While the Government has set up a Presidential reform committee on police to tackle the menace of the Force and the danger it poses to the Youths and the entire country at large, they have also promised to meet the demands of the Youths. Those who also joined in the meetings were Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank Governor, Adegoke Pamelirin.

Although as at the time of filing this report, no outcome at the meeting has been let out. The vast majority have queried the involvement of the two business tycoons and why they decided to break their silence over the prevailing issues since they went mute without contributing to putting an end to the menace.

While some argued that the reasons behind their concerns and voice lending seeking an end to the protests is simply because their businesses have been affected so dearly. Dangote supplies cement, produces sugar, salts, golden penny pasta, and other consumables. About 80% of Nigerians consume his products on a daily basis, contributing to his rankings on Forbes and his fat account.

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On the other hand, Tony Elumelu is the  President and Director of the United Bank of African and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Tony is one of the top African Entrepreneurs who has won several awards including the recent appearance as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He equally engages in entrepreneurship sponsorship to enhance the financial ability of young entrepreneurs.

Both are said to be losing as protests gains momentum across the nation. In early information, the lekki toll gate was reported blocked by a group of Youths which restricted vehicular movements, both private and commercial. As this alone is capable of halting economic activities.

SARS was on Sunday 11th of October 2020 dissolved by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu after several days of clarion calls from the Youths to end the activities of these men. What the protesters seek is dissolution and total reformation, not the other way round. The Nigerian Government acted otherwise, by rejoining them into other Police Units which is against the demands of the protesters.

What supposed to be a Peaceful protest in some cities, turned into chaos marked with killings and detentions of several Youths by the security operatives sent by the Government. The killing of 10 years old Jimoh Ishiaqu who hails from Ogbomosho in Ibadan and the death of several others led to more protests across the globe, an act which many refer to as an infringement of the citizens right.

More so, some hold the view that every protest should be aborted in as much as the government has so far shown their commitment in rewriting their wrongs by taking the bold steps in scraping the force unit and going further to organize a fresh training for them to aid them on the area of psychology.  On the contrary, others are of the opinion that the Government is trying to shift the attention of the public with their so-called reformation to the reality on ground.

They also accused the government of sponsoring hoodlums and miscreants to disrupt ongoing protests, especially in Abuja. But the IG of Police disputed the fact and said that giving the directives of the President on the issue, no Police officer or any group is permitted to torture or come at any peaceful protest unless stated otherwise. He also reassured the public that intruding on people's phone privacy is now a thing of the past.

"The issue of ANY Police Unit going to look into people's phones, which is supposed to be their private property, or looking at the type of vehicle they‘re using, or profiling them to see whether they‘re yahoo boys or not—that era is gone. It is not acceptable!” Inspector Adamu said.

The protesters are therefore called upon to allow the government to do the needful. The government has also pointed accusing fingers at some individuals for orchestrating and sponsoring the protests. Nigerian youths have continued on their rally which the tagged SARS MUST END. Says nothing like SWAT after SARS dissolution.

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