- State govt pledges to implement demands of Flavour, others
Nigerian singer, Flavour, has raised the alarm over threat to his life. The singer took to his verified Twitter account to state that if anything happens to him or other #ENDSARS protesters, the Enugu State Government should be held accountable.
The singer leads the #ENDSARS protest in Enugu with fellow entertainers KCee, Phyno, Masterkraft and Zoro.
Flavour tweeted, “Enugu! Today our lives were threatened and we are making it clear that if ANYTHING happens to any single one of us or any protestors, let it be known that it was done by the ENUGU STATE GOVERNMENT! @phynofino, @ZoroSwagbag, @iam_kcee, @masterkraft_.”
In a series of tweets, the popular musician claimed that the Governor of the state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, refused to speak with the peaceful protesters.
He tweeted, “Today, our peaceful protest in Enugu from Ogbete Market to the Enugu State Government House was going well until we reached the government house. Along the way, we noticed a group of thugs joined the protests.
Flavour continued, “The governor came out but refused to speak up and address the protestors, instead he addressed the thugs. The thugs tried to fight us but we maintained peace because we recognized their plan.
“We made sure the youth remained calm yet the governor refused to answer our questions! Instead, he walked out on us, unapologetically, with the thugs following him. We made it clear that we knew the people he was pretending to address were paid thugs.”
The singer reaffirmed that the #ENDSARS protest would remain peaceful. “As we have been saying: The movement won’t stop! We come in peace as always! #NewNigeria #NewEnugu #EndSARS #EndSWAT #EndPoliceBrutality,” he said.
Meanwhile, later on Saturday, Governor Ugwuanyi, for the second time in two days, addressed some youths in the state who were protesting against #PoliceBrutality in the country, announcing the setting up of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings, as demanded by the protesters.
A statement by the Enugu State government on the event said that the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, who accompanied the governor, had on Tuesday presented the State government’s position accepting to address all the demands made by the protesting youths led by Flavour and Phyno.
According to the statement, Gov. Ugwuanyi who addressed the #EndSars protesters amid cheers, reiterated his endorsement to the state government’s position on the demands made by the protesting youth, disclosed that the panel will be chaired by a High Court Judge with two representatives of the Civil Society Groups and one retired Police Officer of high repute as members.
Other members of the panel, according to Gov. Ugwuanyi, include one youth representative, one student representative, a representative of the State Attorney General and another from the Human Rights Commission.
The governor who applauded the protesters, led by two prominent artists, Flavor and Phyno, for the peaceful nature of the protest expressed the solidarity of the government and people of the state to their cause.
He added that the panel is saddled with the responsibility of receiving and investigating complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings; evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances and draw conclusion as to the validity of the complaints and then recommend compensation and other remedial measures where appropriate.
Gov. Ugwuanyi also announced that his administration will establish a human rights public complaints team of between two and three persons to receive complaints on an on-going basis, adding that the team will be established by the special committee on security and human rights.
“We have also resolved that we will set up complaints commission which the public can relate by telephone or social media channels”, the governor said.
While appreciating Ndi Enugu for the overwhelming support and goodwill especially when they reelected him in 2019 with an unprecedented 95.54 percent of the valid votes cast, which he said was a referendum on his performance, Gov. Ugwuanyi reassured them that his administration will do all that it has promised to do for the people in spite of the nation’s challenges.