Ogun state governor orders release of #EndSARS protesters arraigned for attempted murder

The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has ordered the release of three #EndSARS protesters who were arraigned by the police for alleged attempted murder before a magistrate court in Abeokuta on Monday.

The governor’s directive is contained in a statement on the official Twitter page of the state government published on Tuesday.

Mr Abiodun said: “On my instruction, the Attorney General has reviewed the evidence in the investigation case file in respect of the three suspects that were remanded in a custodial centre on 12th October, 2020. Ogun State has decided not to charge them with any offence.”

“They are to be released immediately,” the statement ended.

An activist, Omoyele Sowore, confirmed that the charge of attempted murder preferred against the protesters has been withdrawn. In a statement he made on Twitter, Mr Sowore said the Ogun State commissioner of police has promised to release the accused this morning.

The protesters, Adeniji Sodiq, Mutairu Faruq and Olatoye Joseph, were arrested at the palace of the king of Owu on Friday. They were later arraigned on a four-count charge, including ‘attempted murder”.

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