The African Bar Association, (AfBA) said it welcomed the call by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on hoodlums who took advantage of the peaceful #ENDSARS protests to unleash mayhem on public and private properties to put an end to the mayhem and violence.
In a statement by its president, Hannibal Uwaifo, AfBA said although the President’s speech fell short of what the association had anticipated, considering the weighty issues raised by the protesters and others which were of general concerns to a majority of Nigerians, it however acknowledged the constitutional rights of public protests, in particular, and the germaine issues of Police impunity.
AfBA also urged the Government of Nigeria to go further to condemn the attack on innocent peaceful protesters by organized mercenaries and security operatives.
“We totally condemn the attack on vital Government buildings, the looting and burning of private property, attacks on media houses, correctional centers and other forms of violence unleased in several locations in Nigeria especially, Edo, Lagos, Abuja and several other cities.
“While we sympathize with the Government and people of Nigeria, especially the State Governments and security operatives and citizens who lost their lives, the African Bar Association, AfBA hereby calls for adequate restitution and compensation in a manner that meets the Justice of each and every case,” AfBA said.
The union also commended the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) for the steps taken so far in dealing with this monumental crisis.
AfBA said it planned to discuss and work with the NBA in bringing the sponsors and perpetrators found to have violated the rights of Nigerian Citizens and youths to account before the international justice system.