Sir, Section 215 (4) of the 1999 Constitution empowers you to give lawful directives to the CP; subject to the overriding directive of the IGP.

Write officially to the CP and direct him to cease & desist from attacking #EndSARS protesters in Oyo State. You've the power to do so.
The CP cannot defy you, except on the directive of the IGP.

If the IGP gives a contrary directive, instruct your Attorney General to invoke his wide powers under Section 211 (1) (c) of the Constitution and discontinue ALL criminal charges filed against protesters in Oyo State.
The @PoliceNG should not be allowed to investigate itself over the killing of Jimoh.

Therefore, I urge you to invoke your powers under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act by constituting a Judiciary Commission of Inquiry to investigate the attack on protesters and the death of Jimoh.
Alternatively, the Coroner's Law of Oyo State should be invoked to investigate the death of Jimoh Isiaka. As a governor, you are not powerless. You're not expected to function at the mercy of the CP. If you are truly outraged by the harassment of your citizens, act as advised.

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11 Oct

A group of lawyers in Lagos State have resolved to go ahead with their planned protest on Tuesday. Despite the "dissolution" of SARS by the Inspector General of Police, journalists and peaceful protesters were violently attacked in Abuja on Sunday. Image
Mr. Sapara Williams, the first indigenous Nigerian Lawyer rightly posited that "a lawyer lives for a direction of his people and the advancement of the cause of his country". It will be a capitulation from that cause if lawyers do not take a stand against attacks on citizens.
Lawyers are among the most tormented victims of police corruption, brutality, impunity and reckless disregard for the rule of law. The late sage, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, will be turning in his grave if the voice of Nigerian lawyers is not hear at this historic time in our country.
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11 Oct
I do not think the protesters in Ogun State will be charged for murder as reported by some of our comrades. Murder is a capital offence. By practice, it the Ministry of Justice, not the police, that prosecutes murder cases. Before this can be done, a Legal Advice must be written.
The Advice must recommend prosecution. During my youth service, Ministry of Justice was my PPA. I used to write Legal Advice. I don't think this can be done & approved before Monday given the bureaucracy involved. The DPP must approve it. In sensitive cases, the AG must approve.
I also know that under the Administrative of Criminal Justice Law of Ogun State 2018, the police cannot undertake such cases at the High Court without the AG.

My preliminary assessment is that the police will either charge them with lesser offences, or seek detention order(s).
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It is disgusting to see some people who claim to be Buhari supporters, attacking the #EndSARS campaign.

You're degenerate beings. There are advocacies that are beyond partisan, ethnic and religious sentiments.
Some of the most vociferous Buhari supporters on Twitter are part of the #EndSARS campaign. But you are trying to discredit this campaign because you believe that Buhari is your personal property.
Are you not ashamed that the man you claim to be supporting has been watching while Nigerian citizens are continuously slaughtered by a rogue police unit?

The Vice President, the IGP claimed that they have reformed SARS. But as we all have seen, nothing has changed.
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Ending SARS is part of police reform.

Disband the rogue unit immediately.

Sack the IGP now.

Constitute independent investigative panels across the 36 States to probe unresolved cases of extra-judicial killings by SARS/police.
Immediately arrest and prosecute all SARS operatives and police officers implicated in the probe.

Set-up a significant compensation fund for victims of police/SARS impunity.
Inspect every SARS/police detention facility in the country and release all those arrested and detained illegally, and arraigned those with established criminal cases before courts of competent jurisdiction.
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The young man standing with me in this photo is Promise Etete. He was arrested by the Nigeria Police Force in Uyo on Tuesday on the instigation of a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Uduak Odudoh.
He arrested him for constantly criticising him and for always calling for good governance, better representation and development in his community and Constituency. You can confirm this by checking the Facebook posts of the young man.
Promise was detained and arraigned in court on Thursday on charges of "threat to life" and "defamation". He only regained freedom today after perfecting his bail conditions.

Promise has briefed me and Inibehe Effiong Chambers to represent him forthwith in the case.
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As we mark World Teachers' Day, I'm appealing to Nigerians to donate to the medical bills of Dr. Inih Ebong, an associate professor sacked in 2002 by University of Uyo due to his activism before he dies.
Today, I visited Inih Ebong, an associate professor of theatre art at his residence in Uyo. I was almost moved to tears over the hardship and injustice that this patriotic intellectual has gone through for the past 18 years. He is terribly sick and can barely speak. It is tragic.
In 2002, the then dictatorial Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo, Prof. Akpan Morgan Ekpo, sacked Dr. Inih Ebong because he could no longer tolerate his persistent criticisms and activism. Dr. Inih Ebong was a thorn in the flesh of the university management. He was fearless.
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