The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benin Branch, also known as the Lion Bar, says it recently intervened in the release of over 27 #EndSARS protesters who were detained in various police detention facilities in Edo State.
The protesters had joined their colleagues nationwide to demand an end to police brutality.
In a statement signed by NBA, Benin branch’s Chairman, Pius Oiwoh, and Secretary, Andrew Lawani, on Sunday, the association reiterated the right of citizens to protest.
According to the statement, the protesters’ release was secured after an interface between the Oiwoh, branch executives, some other Lawyers, and the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.
The NBA said the 27 Protesters were released unconditionally following the above indicated Interventions.
Recall that the President of the Bar, Olumide Akpata; the Benin branch chairman; and Attorney General, Edo State, Prof Yinka Omorogbe, had also previously intervened in the release of protesters.
The Lion Bar reiterated the rights of citizens to freedom of Association, Peaceful Assembly, Freedom of Expression and peaceful protests as enshrined in the Chapter Four of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“In furtherance of this conviction, the NBA Benin-the Lion Bar has in place the Office of the Bar Public Defender chaired by Matthew Edaghese which has been Central in the Bar, Protecting the rights of Citizens and in this period, protecting the rights of protesters,” the statement said.
“The NBA Benin -the Lion Bar appeals for a peaceful protest this period and insists that those who attacked peaceful protesters recently in Benin City should be brought to book and that the victims and the families of the victims be adequately compensated.”