Why we won’t protest killing of policemen by soldiers —#RevolutionNow convener

The Convener of #RevolutionNow group, Mr. Seni Ajayi, has said the group will not protest the killing of three policemen by soldiers in Taraba State because it has more important things to do at the moment.

Ajayi said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.
He said although the killing of the policemen was condemnable, the group was more interested in protesting against deeper societal issues “rather than mere symptoms of systemic collapse.”
When asked if they would hold a protest, he said, “No sir. We cannot, because we have our own issues at the moment which we need to address first. But these are the kind of things we have been protesting against.
“We have a five-point demand. Two of these demands include  system change and the complete overhaul of the security apparatus. These are the two things. What happened (killing of policemen) is linked to our demand.
We are asking for a better security force. The security apparatus should not be controlled by a few. Everyone should be able to enjoy protection from the police. All what is happening has only confirmed the need for us to have a transformation in the society.”
Ajayi argued that since colonial times, neither the police nor the army has undergone any overhaul.
He maintained that without this, the nation cannot witness fundamental changes.
“What we have is an army and a police that think they are above the law; that they can kill without any repercussion,” he said.
He lamented that some members of the group had remained in the custody of the Department of State Services for embarking on protests.
Policemen had last Monday clamped down on members of the #RevolutionNow, beating some of them up and arraigning them in court for daring to protest.
However, barely three days after, soldiers allegedly killed three policemen attached to the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team and freed a notorious kidnapper.
Source: Punchng.com

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