Adebowale Adedayo, also known as Mr. Macaroni, is a Nigerian comedian and activist who has appealed for the release of the #EndSARS protesters who are still being held captive three years after the widespread demonstrations.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, a public outcry for a halt to police brutality, extrajudicial killings, extortion, and power abuse, particularly by members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), began in October 2020.
SARS was disbanded by the Nigerian federal government as a result of the peaceful protest.
On October 20, however, when Nigerian Army officers opened fire on the demonstrators, killing a number of them and wounded many more, the demonstration came to an end.
On Friday, the third anniversary of the Lekki shooting, Macaroni, who was leading a peace walk in Lagos, said the event was meant to honour the people who lost their lives in the unfortunate occurrence.
The actor urged those in charge to unconditionally release all detained #EndSARS demonstrators.
He said, “The peace walk is to honour all those that lost their lives on October 20, 2020. We’ve done that. We want to walk back but the police don’t want us to walk back.
“We don’t want to give them a reason or an excuse to fire at us. We’ve been on this for three years now and we know what they are capable of doing.
“I want to use this opportunity to call for the unconditional release of all those [protesters] that are still in prisons. There are still some protesters who have been in prison since 2020. Lawyers have been on the cases, different shouts every day but till now, they are still there.
“We are using this walk to once again call on all those concerned to grant the unconditional release of all protesters that are still in prison.”
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