The Police Are Harassing #EndSARS Protesters

October 9, 2020

Men of the Nigerian Police Force have reportedly harassed and attacked EndSARS protesters who were demonstrating in front of the government house tonight.

Unidentified policemen reportedly seized the protesters tents where they have been camped for two nights. They were also said to have threatened the protesters if they did not disperse

At around 10 pm, the streetlights in the vicinity of the protesters campsites were switched off, blanketing the area in darkness.

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Representatives, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa appeared on the scene to placate the protesters and disperse them, according to a video uploaded by a Twitter user.

Despite assurances from the protesters that the protest was peaceful, the police allegedly pointed rifles and harrasing protesters, ordering them to leave.

These events follow the aftermath of a video which surfaced online showing men who appear to be members of the Special Antirobbery Squad (SARS) shooting and killing a man in Ughelli, Delta State on the 4th of October, 2020. Protests have sprung up in various locations over the country, with protesters urging the Federal Government to proscribe the armed group notorious for the rape, kidnap, robbery and murder of Nigerian citizens. 

Notably silent are the members of the mainstream media who have failed to report on the events unfolding between the police and protesters at the Government House,

The populace has long complained about the excesses of the arm of the Nigerian Police Force which appears to have lost control over the division.

Olufemi Fadahunsi

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