Police move #EndSARS protester from Lagos to Abuja to avoid backlash

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Eromosele Adene, an #EndSARS protester, has been transferred to Abuja following his arrest in Lagos for organising a protest in the state on Saturday.

The Punch reported, quoting the victim’s sister, that the police transferred Adene to avoid confrontation with his fellow protesters who could start another protest to demand his release.

The #EndSARS protester was said to have been picked up by 15 policemen in his home in the Ikeja area of Lagos on Saturday after police tracked his phone.

The arrest followed a directive from the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that police must stop further protests across the country.

Adamu had lamented that 22 policemen were killed and 205 police stations damaged in violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in October.

Adene’s sister, Onomene said, “He was detained for over 48 hours without bail. He was first taken to the CP’s office in Lagos, then moved to Panti. When the noise started, he was moved to Area F and on Monday morning, when the lawyer visited the place, we were told he had been moved.”

The Lagos State Police Command has yet to give definitive information about the activist’s whereabouts.

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His ordeal followed a clampdown on #EndSARS protesters by the Federal Government.

It emerged last Friday that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) obtained a court order to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and one company deemed to have promoted the protests.

Another promoter, Modupe Odele had her passport seized by Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) officials penultimate Sunday to prevent her from travelling outside the country.

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