The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has stated that the #ENDSARS protesters are being sponsored by yahoo boys and has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to arrest those disturbing the peace of the society.
The End SARS protest, which started in Lagos a few days ago, has spread to other parts of Nigeria.
A policeman was said to have been killed by protesters in Delta State on Thursday while a police station was vandalised in Ogun State on Friday.
Reacting, NANS, in a statement issued in Abeokuta by its National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Adeyemi Azeez, cautioned the protesters not to throw the country into unnecessary crisis, saying protests currently going on in some parts of the country might snowball into a full-blown chaos if care was not taken.
It noted that the protests had already been hijacked by hoodlums who might take advantage to wreak havoc on other law-abiding citizens of the country.
While conceding that the activities of the Police Force, not only that of SARS, should be reformed for optimal performance, the students’ body warned that care must be taken in order not to set the country on fire.
“We are aware that some internet fraudsters, in a bid to continue perpetrating their criminal acts, are mobilising hoodlums to protest against the activities of SARS,” the association stated.
Speaking further, NANS recalled that the IGP had ordered that SARS and other tactical units should no longer conduct checks neither should they mount road blocks, but expressed worries that the people behind the protests were not satisfied with this.
“The police should not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anybody caught disturbing the peace of the public and causing violence all in the name of protest,” it stressed.