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As part of effort toward rebuilding and achieving genuine reconciliation in Lagos State, the state Government has pardoned and effected release of no fewer than 254 protesters arrested after the violence that marred protests againt police brutality across the state.
It explained that the gesture followed non-disclosure of a prima facie case against the fred protesters by the police and was in line with the government’s commitment to mend all fences and ensure justice is served in achieving lasting peace where development can thrive.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said that though 253 persons have been pardoned and released, 92 others would be prosecuted for offences bordering on arson, stealing, murdering among others in the state.
Through a statement released to newsmen on Sunday by the ministry’s Director, Public Affairs, Kayode Oyekanmi, Onigbanjo explained that those released and others to be prosecuted were among the 40 case files forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for Legal Advice in respect of the 361 persons arrested for criminal offences in connection with EndSARS protests.
He said upon receipt, the Directorate had responded by dispatching legal advice in respect of 81 persons that are being charged to the various courts, while others would be despatched to court on Monday (tomorrow).