Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has condemned the destructions that adopted the peaceable Finish SARS protest in October.
The official mentioned the perpetrators should face the legislation.
“If we don’t punish those that brought about these damages, others could do it once more,” he mentioned on Sunday.
Amaechi spoke throughout an evaluation of the damages on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) headquarters in Lagos, NAN studies.
The previous Rivers State Governor mentioned it was legit to protest however unlawful to destroy personal and authorities properties.
“That is utterly disastrous. It isn’t sufficient to vent your anger about police brutality on this method. How does damaging authorities property concern the police? Whether or not you prefer it or not, this will probably be refurbished or rebuilt with authorities funds.
”Which means the funds additionally belong to those that have set this place ablaze. Those that commit crime ought to be held liable and applicable punishment meted out on them. I used to be a scholar from 1983 to 1987, that was a interval when the Nigerian college students have been all the time out on the streets, we by no means burnt down something.
“The rights to protest is outlined within the legal guidelines of Nigeria, it doesn’t embrace burning peoples homes or locations, it doesn’t embrace blocking main highways or minor roads. The legislation mentioned you must protest by the facet of the street, it didn’t say you must protest and block the roads as a result of there are different street customers.
“I’ll not like police brutality and I didn’t protest. It’s legit to protest however it’s illegitimate to take different individuals’s rights. The rights to protest is outlined within the structure however it doesn’t embrace burning individuals’s homes and authorities properties”, Amaechi careworn.