#EndSARS: Burna Boy Is Left ‘Traumatized’ Over Lekki Shooting


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Just like many others, Burna Boy is still devastated over the reported shooting and killings of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos which drew widespread outrage and criticism.

In a Wednesday tweet, the singer whose real name is Damini Ogulu, disclosed that he’s not slept since the violent military crackdown because the incident has left him traumatized.

“I HAVE NOT SLEPT since 20/10/2020. I close my eyes and all I see is Lekki toll gate,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of violence and death in my life but this is the one that has traumatised me.”

Protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have rocked the country in recent weeks, grounding economic activities in some towns and cities.

Although the Inspector-General of Police disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) amid the protests, the agitations gathered more steam.

On Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on the #EndSARS protesters in Lagos, an incident that was followed by riots across the state. The military had denied any involvement in the shooting, but Amnesty International revealed that there at least 12 casualties.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also confirmed that 28 people were wounded, although witnesses insisted that the casualties are higher than the figure reported.

Following mounting pressure from local and international bodies who condemned the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the #EndSARS protest.

In his speech, he assured the protesters that their voices had been heard, reiterating his resolve to address all issues raised and urging youths to discontinue the demonstrations.

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