legitimate to protest but illegitimate to destroy government properties
during a protest.
Amaechi in a statement on Sunday said that those who took advantage of
the #EndSARS protest to vandalise and loot government property should be
made to face the full wrath of the law.
He stated this during an assessment tour of the NPA headquarters in
Lagos, to ascertain the level of damage caused by the protesters.
He said that it was not out of place to embark on a peaceful protest,
but protesters ought to have been guided by the laws of the land during
”This is completely disastrous. It is not enough to vent your anger
about police brutality in this manner. How does damaging government
property concern the police?
“Whether you like it or not this will be refurbished or rebuilt with
”That means the funds also belong to those who have set this place
ablaze. In governance, those who commit crimes should be held liable and
appropriate punishment meted out on them.
”I was a student from 1983 to 1987, and if you look at Nigeria’s
history, you would know that that was a period when the Nigerian
students were always out on the streets, we never burnt down anything.
“The rights to protest is defined in the laws of Nigeria, it doesn’t
include burning people’s houses or places, it doesn’t include blocking
major highways or minor roads.
”The law said you should protest by the side of the road, it didn’t say
you should protest and block the roads because there are other road
” I may not like police brutality and I didn’t protest, it is legitimate
to protest but it is illegitimate to take other people’s rights, the
rights to protest is defined in the constitution but it does not include
burning people’s houses and government properties.
“I still have my right to be able to drive in and out. So, if we don’t
punish those who caused these damages others may do it again,” he said.
Amaechi said decisions had already been taken for the management of the
NPA to proceed to the Federal Executive Council to ask for the
reconstruction of the building depending on the integrity.(NAN)