Security personnel attached to the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abass, on Friday, fired at the vehicle conveying #EndSARS protesters in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The newshawk reports that a handful of youths who had converged at the popular police roundabout calling for an end to police brutality and demand good governance from President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had taken their peaceful march to the State Assembly at about 5pm on Friday when the incident occurred.
According to the paper, the speaker was on his way out of the house of assembly premises for a scheduled meeting with governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri when the protesters arrived.
“Security personnel on the speaker’s convoy including the chief detail of the Speaker, one Abdulaaziz, accused by the protesters of ordering the attacks against them, confronted the protesters moments after disembarking from the speaker’s convoy, believed to be heading to government house.
“In their attempts to disperse the protesters, one of the security personnel fired at a vehicle, a red Toyota starlet used by the protesters allegedly in blocking vehicular traffic on that road and burst the tyres.
“In his defense, the chief detail to the Speaker, Abdulaaziz was caught on camera, saying the youths had attempted blocking the speaker’s convoy, to justify his men’s use of force on the protesters,” the paper said.
Dhalina Fwa, leader of the protesters who expressed dismay with the speaker’s handling of the incidence said ” It is obvious our leaders don’t care for the people they serve nor the youths. He refused to acknowledge that there were peaceful protesters outside the house and then sent policemen to attack us.”
Fwa added that they had earlier in the day staged their peaceful protest at the popular police roundabout before getting to the Assembly complex.
Fwa who regretted the speaker’s response to their agitations however noted that anyone among the protesters could have been killed by the security men when they fired at them.
He said, ”we even knelt down just to get the speaker’s attention. But all we got was he shunned us while his men fired at our car and deflated the tyre of one of our vehicles.
A video of the incidence, exclusively witnessed by our reporter, showed some angry protesting youths who regrouped after the smoke from the gunfire had thinned off, chasing after the policeman who fired at them. The fleeing security man ran into one of the waiting vans on the speaker’s convoy which whisked him away, as the speaker’s convoy sped off.
The youths could be heard shouting in the short video, which captured, the policeman who fired at the protesters was fleeing the scene.
” Video it, end police brutality. Police brutality, we no go gree oooh! We no go gree. End police brutality.”
Amanda Leha, a law student with the American University of Nigeria, one of the protesters, said youths in the state wanted were only desirous of adding their voice on calls from other youths across the country to end police brutality and #EndSARS.
She said, ” We came out for a peaceful protest, we are not up to hundred. A lot of us have experienced police brutality. We came to the House of Assembly. We just wanted him (the speaker) to hear our agenda for the North. The speaker came out and all this man did was order his men to attack us, saying he has heard our complaints.”