A foremost legal luminary and Senior Advocate, Barrister Niyi Akintola has announced that he and other lawyers in the democratic wing of Egbe Amofin Oodua will offer free legal representation to individuals arrested during EndSARS campaign in some parts of the country.
Akintola, revealed this in a press statement made available to newsmen on Monday.
He stated that the free legal representation will be available to detained protesters in Akure, Ado Ekiti, Abeokuta, Ilorin, Ibadan, Osogbo, Lagos and Abuja.
He however condemned the attack on the Palace of the Soun of Ogbomosho describing as a barbaric act.
He maintained that the monarch has no influence of the actions of the police officers .
His statement read: “The death of our compatriots in Ogbomoso and indeed of any Nigerian in such a gruesome manner over a constitutionally guaranteed right is most unfortunate and condemnable but the attack on the Palace of our most revered father and Monarch of Ogbomosoland is not only an apostasy, sacrilegious, barbaric, crude, uncouth and most unreasonable in the circumstances of the prevailing situation in the country.
“The revered Kabiyesi is neither the IGP or COP of Oyo State nor the Chief Security Officer of Oyo State. The Kabiyesi is not even the Local Government Chairman of any of five Local Governments in Ogbomosholand. Why visiting the revered Kabiyesi Palace with such barbaric acts of hooliganism and violence ? Why fighting a good cause with wrong weapons? The acts of violence on the revered Palace is un-Yoruba-like.
“It also stands condemnable and the Government of Oyo State should bring to book all the perpetrators of the unwanted killings of any of our brothers in Ogbomoso and also the vandals who destroyed and vandalised the Sacred Palace of our revered Monarch. These unbecoming acts of criminality must not be swept under the carpet. A judicial commission of inquiry into the crimes should be instituted immediately by his Excellency, the Governor of Oyo State.
“Meanwhile, our offer of free legal services to all our compatriots who took part in the genuine peaceful protests without engaging in acts of criminality in any part of South West and Abuja still stand in line with the decision of the Democratic wing of Egbe Amofin Oodua. Many of our colleagues of Yoruba extraction have placed their colleagues in chambers on stand by for this purpose in Akure, Ado Ekiti, Abeokuta, Ilorin, Ibadan, Osogbo, Lagos and Abuja. Feel free to contact the undersigned if you or your relation is unjustifiably detained in any part of towns or state mentioned as a result of protests against the barbaric acts of FSARS against law abiding citizens for adequate free legal services.”