20-10-20!! Endsars Protest: One Year After-What Has Changed?

1 year ago

End SARS is a decentralised social movement, and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria.

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The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses.

After experiencing a revitalisation in October 2020 following more revelations of the abuses of the unit, mass demonstrations occurred throughout the major cities of Nigeria, accompanied by vociferous outrage on social media platforms.

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To cut the long story short, it was reported on the 20th October, 2020, that armed men of the Nigerian Army arrived at the scene of the protest and opened fire on peaceful and unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate thereby resulting in a disputed number of deaths.

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A clip of the shooting videoed by a brave Nigerian youth, DJ Switch, trended on the Internet showing how live round of bullets were being shot at innocent protesters who crouched on the ground, holding hands together and singing the Nigerian National Antheem. There were also reports that at least 50 other people were injured.

Following the killings on 20 October, video evidence showed that more shootings were still being carried out by the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police on the unarmed protesters.

A day after the incident, on 21 October, the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, initially denied reports of any loss of lives, but later admitted in an interview with a CNN journalist that “only two persons were killed“.

The question now is,

Endsars Protest: One Year After-What Has Changed?

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