Osun Police Reportedly Detain Two Administrators Of #EndSARS Protests WhatsApp Group
According to Premium Times, the two individuals, Babawale Popoola and Fisayo Aderemi have been arrested and detained since Thursday.
The police are reportedly claiming that the duo knew about the looting that occurred a few weeks ago as administrators of #EndSARS WhatsApp groups, hence, they are being asked to provide their members.
Sources familiar with the arrest told the publication that the duo were arrested in the state capital, in Osogbo.
When contacted, the state police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, did not deny the arrest of WhatsApp group admins.
She, however, told newsmen that the two persons detained played roles in the arson that followed the protests in the state. When asked why they were yet to be arraigned, she said “they are still being investigated. After the investigation, we will know what to do”.
For over two weeks in October, Nigerians were on the streets protesting against police brutality across the nation. They were demanding an end to criminality by security operatives and the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police.
During the agitations, dozens of persons were killed including protesters and police officers. Officers were also captured using tear gas and live bullets to disperse the protesters.
After the shooting of protesters in Lekki, Lagos by military personnel, hoodlums hijacked the protests. The hijack led to killing of more officers and attack on public and private properties.
The hoodlums also looted various warehouses across the country including the Osun state while in search of COVID-19 food palliatives.
To cushion the effect, the Osun government ordered curfew and asked that looters be arrested. So far, over 60 persons have been arrested and remanded in Ilesha correctional prison.
The state police command spokesperson, Mrs Opolola did not state the reason why the arrest of the two WhatsApp administrators was not announced like previous ones. She did not also answer the question of when the duo will be arraigned.