The Police have challenged those leading the #EndSARS campaign to go to court with their claims as well as show proof of the complaints against officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Shogunle, said this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Friday.
According to him, the #EndSars campaigners have failed to take their complaints to court simply because they don’t have evidence to tender. “Courts are still working in Nigeria, how many of such cases have you taken to the court for redress,” he questioned.
“Why are people not going to the courts? because they don’t have evidence or the facts they will use to pursue their cases,” he said.
He also took a swipe at Lawyers, saying that some of them, rather than show up in courts, have become more active on social media.
According to him, some of them will rather complain about the issues online than take concrete action where necessary. “Unfortunately, Nigerian lawyers are more active on social media than they should be active in courts.
You see a lawyer tweeting about violence on social media where he can actually do a pro-bono case because part of the things they will use in giving you a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is that you must have done some cases for people free of charge, instead of charge.
Instead of young lawyers going to court to pursue a career or to improve on their profession by taking such cases to court if you believe it is a case, they will rather prefer to come to social media and be typing all sorts.
The courts are there and thank God they are working. The judiciary is completely independent of the executive arm of government so the fact that people are not going to courts, I think should be enough reason for us not to take them seriously.”