In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 24th, October, 2020

Nigerian Lawyer Reveals How Abuja Thugs Had been Paid N1,500 To Assault And Injury Vehicles Throughout Protests

Nigerian Lawyer Reveals How Abuja Thugs Were Paid N1,500 To Attack And Damage Cars During Protests

Abuja thugs

The broken automotive

A protester who was attacked by hoodlums in Abuja shares her experiences with ADELANI ADEPEGBA on this interview.

What is your identify?

I’m Kaka George. I’m a lawyer.

Through the #EndSARS protests in Abuja, you have been attacked and your automotive was broken. What’s the stage of harm to your automotive?

It is a Toyota Prado 2008 mannequin. The hoodlums broken the entrance and rear windshields, all of the home windows, entrance and rear bumpers, and the boot as properly. The restore value was put at N300,000. We’re in search of cash and folks have been beneficiant.

How do you’re feeling in regards to the assault?

It is unhappy to see that the thugs might let themselves be manipulated when we have been preventing for all of us. Simply due to the N1,500 they stated they have been paid, they precipitated a harm of over N300,000. It’s disheartening to see that fellow youths and residents would enable themselves for use in that means however we’re pushing via all of it and we’re nonetheless taking our stand. That very same day, my cellphone was broken, I bruised my knees and suffered a torn tissue however I’m pushing via it all.

Do you suppose the perpetrators have been ignorant or willful?

I really feel it’s a little bit of each. I’m certain they have been ignorant as a result of I don’t suppose they knew what the folks they have been going to combat stood for. They weren’t conscious or properly educated in regards to the protest or the explanation for the protest. In the event that they knew properly sufficient, and nonetheless did that, I’d say they have been simply barbaric. They charged at us and I noticed them beat a lady proper in my entrance; I don’t suppose that woman would be capable to stroll in a pair of months. It was fairly heartbreaking. I need to imagine they have been ignorant however even when you have been ignorant, your conscience ought to let you know that such an motion was unsuitable. It’s easy psychology; you shouldn’t simply go and harm any person for no cause. You must have sympathy. You shouldn’t simply cost at folks and harm their vehicles.

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Did you concern to your life throughout the assault?

Sure, after all. In some unspecified time in the future once I knew I couldn’t stand it, I ran and jumped down from someplace actually excessive and that’s how I received a knee harm. I feared for my life, however I used to be out the next day as a result of what the combat was price it.

So, you weren’t discouraged?

No, I used to be not. Sending folks to assault us meant we have been saying one thing highly effective. So, the extra hurt they precipitated to us, the extra we saved going. You wanted to see the gang that got here out between Wednesday and Thursday after we have been attacked. It was like triple the variety of protesters that have been there earlier. So, the extra they have been attacking us, the extra folks have been popping out, becoming a member of us and making the calls for to be heard.

How did the policemen who witnessed the assault act?

I was disillusioned at their actions. There was an officer of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps, a policeman, an officer of the Federal Highway Security Corps and a site visitors warden there. They noticed the thugs charging at us. If they’d carried out their jobs, I’m certain these thugs would have retreated however as an alternative, they went inside their vehicles and left us. I imply, who does that? And so they have been alleged to be defending us. They might have stood between us and the thugs, as an alternative, they went away. We learn within the newspapers that they defended us, however that’s false, they left us. In some unspecified time in the future, a couple of of us needed to begin to search for the lads to defend us when the harm was getting an excessive amount of and that was after they apprehended about two or three of the attackers. The thugs confessed that they have been paid N1,500 every to assault us.

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