The ongoing protest against police brutality and extra-judicial killings on Friday turned violent in Edo State as unidentified armed hoodlums attacked peaceful protesters, leaving many injured and one reportedly dead.
The disruption ensued after the protesters gathered at the King’s axis of Benin City, the Edo State capital, multiple eye-witnesses shared on Twitter.
Also in several videos circulating on social media, the attackers could be seen chasing the protesters as they brandished machetes and shot into the air.
According to Channels TV, one of the protesters in an interview said that many have been injured following the attack and insisted that the armed men were sponsored to disrupt the peaceful demonstration.
The protesters however repelled the attackers. They insist on carrying out peaceful demonstrations until their demands are met. See videos from the protest below (viewers discretion is advised).
They are macheting and shooting protesters in Benin. #EndSARS
— Sally Suleiman (@is_salsu) October 16, 2020
Benin Protesters attacking the thugs they sent to them
We love to see this😂🔥#EndSARS
— Victoria #ENDSARS 🇳🇬 🇺🇸 (@Vicktoriaisland) October 16, 2020
— Omo Luda (@xzust360) October 16, 2020
A protester has just been shot at Ring Road, Benin City. This is our sad reality.#EndSARS #ReconstructNigeria #ENDBADGOVERNANCE #ReformTheNigeriaPolice #Beyonce #LazyNigerianYouthUnite pic.twitter.com/O8cVclUSyu
— not your regular pharmacist🇳🇬 (@ChidiebereJoh19) October 16, 2020
— davvyd moore #EndSARS (@davvydmoore) October 16, 2020
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