Ogun State Governor, Princr Dapo Abiodun, weekend, warned the anti-SARS demonstrators in the state to desist from acts capable of breaching public peace and security and vandalisation of properties.
In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, the Governor expressed displeasure at vandalisiation of police formations, public properties and molestation of innocent citizens as witnessed in the last few days of the protest.
“Whilst we respect the rights of citizens to ventilate their views on any matter of concern and not condoning the excesses of SARS, such views should be expressed in manners that do not undermine law and order or security and safety of lives and property.
“We cannot condone illegalities and lawlessness in an attempt to call attention another issue”, the Governor said.
It is gratifying that President Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief, has given appropriate directives to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on this issue and IGP has taken some immediate steps in this direction.
“Ogun State Government is closely monitoring developments in this regards and enjoins parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to refrain from any act that may pitch them against the law,” he statement continued.
“The youths are, in particular, the focus of the Building Our Future Together Agenda of our Administration. Therefore, their safety and security are topmost priorities, the same way we have responsibility for safety and welfare of all residents and citizens of Ogun State”, the statement concluded.