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SERAP demands release of detained #OccupyLekki protesters, threatens to sue Nigerian police

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Saturday demanded the release of all the #OccupyLekki protesters arrested by the police in Lagos.

The civil society group in a series of tweets on its handle threatened to pursue legal actions against the Nigeria Police Force if the protesters are not released immediately.

Police had on Saturday arrested several youths protesting the proposed reopening of the Lekki toll plaza, venue of the October 20, 2020 shooting of #ENDSARS protesters by soldiers in Lagos.

The protesters are currently detained at the Adeniji Adele Police Station in Lagos Island and State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba.

SERAP wrote: “We urge Nigerian authorities and the Nigeria Police Force to immediately and unconditionally release #ENDSARS protesters detained simply for peacefully exercising their human rights. Authorities should also cease harassing people peacefully exercising their human rights.

“The United Nations and concerned governments should press the Nigerian authorities to end the crackdown on peaceful protesters, and unconditionally release those arbitrarily detained.

“We’ll pursue appropriate legal actions if the #ENDSARS protesters arbitrarily arrested simply for peacefully exercising their human rights are not immediately and unconditionally released. Peaceful assembly is a fundamental right.”

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