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Seun Kuti cancels #EndSARS event over alleged govt’s threat to shut African Shrine


Seun Kuti

Afrobeats singer, Seun Kuti has announced that cancellation of the #EndSARS event following a threat from the government that it will shut down the African Shrine.

This comes after the artist planned to host a mass meeting on the #EndSARS movement’s lessons and tasks at the Shrine on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

According to Kuti, via his official Twitter account on Monday night, the government made the threat via a telephone conversation with his elder sister, Yeni Kuti.

“So yesterday the government called my eldest sister @yeniakuti  and threatened to close the shrine if I hold my event there tmr and also sent a letter to back it up,” Seun said,

He further added that the event will not hold at the Shrine. “I respect my families decision not to hold the event as is but I will still go ahead with all the other…” he added.

The Alausa Division of the Lagos State Police Command followed up the call with a letter dated 16/11/20, signed by CSP S. Omilade.

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The statement read in part: “I want to quickly recall your attention to the recent #ENDSARS PROTEST NATIONWIDE which staged the Nation in the last five weeks and end up been Violent. causing Multifarious destruction, looting and burning down of Government and Private properties within the borders of the state as well as causing deaths and injuries to both Security agent and innocent law-abiding Citizens.

“It is on this premise that I write that such a gathering or meeting planned to be hosted at your venue is not welcome at this perilous time when the security of the nation is trying to find her foots to stabilize all threat to life and properties.”

“You are hereby warned to suspend such gathering as any infraction that may emerge from this gathering will be tag a deliberate action to sabotage the transition and restoration of the Peace in Lagos State.”

Recall that the government has clamped down of the campaigners of the #EndSARS protest since the end of the movement that spiralled into violence after hoodlums hijacked the peaceful process.

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It should also be noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria, having obtained a court order to freeze the accounts of 19 persons and a firm involved in the protests, went further to accuse them of having possible links to terrorist activities, an allegation the protesters have denied.

See copies of the full letter below:

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