#EndSARS Protests Enter Third Day In Lagos As Push For Change Sweeps Nigeria

EndSARS Protests In NigeriA OnoBello

Many cities and towns across Nigeria filled with demonstrators again on Friday October 9 as largely peaceful protests over the abolishment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and police brutality, sparked by the recent shooting of a young man in Delta state, headed towards its third day.

Some protesters in Lagos led by many social media influencers, decided to shift the protest to Tuesday after talks with the Lagos State Government (LASG). The protesters had gathered outside the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja, asking Nigeria Police Force to disband SARS Units over rights violations.

However, this was not until 15 protesters were chosen to participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly emergency sitting which resulted in the LASG urging Federal Government and Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to proscribe the police unit while asking for a new and well-structured security outfit in its place.

The House which was presided by its Speaker Mr Mudashiru Obasa also called on the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, to provide protection for the protesters while they express their grievances.

Whereas, Police officials in other states launched vicious attacks at protesters. According to circulating reports, protesters in Osun and Abuja were forcefully dispersed.

Armed policemen in Abuja opened fire and chased protesters at the Central Business District. They fired teargas canisters and live ammunition to disperse the crowd which led to pandemonium, thereby disrupting human and vehicular movements in the area as the protesters scampered for safety.

 

In Osun, protesters met the police at Olaiya Junction, Osogbo and threw stones at them to avoid any arrest. In retaliation, police fired shots to disperse the protesters. Recall that the protest in Delta on Thursday turned bloody when police shot at demonstrators.

A protester was shot in the leg. In the ensuing chaos, a police officer was killed while another was wounded.

The #ENDSARS has been the number one topic in the country since Wednesday as Nigerian youths demand for the scrapping of the dreaded police unit over reports of incessant indiscriminate arrests, extortions, detention and killings.

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