Today is EndSARS anniversary - Punch Newspapers
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20 October 2021For several days last year, the #EndSARS protest raged across Nigeria. Hoodlums said to be sponsored by the state, took over the protest and wreaked havoc. It took the intervention of the military for things to calm down.But today is the first anniversary of the shooting by men that government seems to be washing its hands off. They shot at protesters at the upscale Lekki Tollgate after the 4pm deadline given by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for everyone to vacate the streets and observe a 24-hour curfew, expired.
While some protesters were arrested by security agents, others were abducted, and yet others maimed. To borrow a phrase from Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, many unknown civilians, euphemism for those whose identities are yet to be determined, were killed.
In response to the demands of the protesters, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, was disbanded on October 11, 2020, but it was soon replaced with SWAT, or Special Weapons Tactical Team. Special investigative boards were set up across the states. headtopics.com
To date, records of the dead, maimed, wounded or simply missing, as provided by the government are at variance with figures provided by the protesters. But there are no doubts about fatalities, the wounded and the missing.A video, showing SARS police officers killing a young man in front of a hotel in Ughelli in Delta State and allegedly taking away his vehicle, and another report of police allegedly shooting to death 20-year old Daniel Chibuike, aka Sleek, an upcoming musician, again in front of a hotel, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Hitherto pent up tensions against SARS officers who seem to take delight in harassing successful youths who sometimes drive cars, more expensive than their looks, got to a head and#EndSARSwas the only obvious outcome.Many of the protagonists of the “leaderless” protest, including Onanuju Catherine Ude, better known as DJ Switch, who recently surfaced in a video in Oslo, Norway, are currently in hiding from the state as political refugees in other countries.
The braver ones, who appeared before the sundry commissions of enquiry to probe the incident are not quite sure what they took away from the enquiries, apart from frustration and more aggravation. And government is not quite helping the matter, save for the usual hubris and trite governmentese.
The#EndSARSprotest was almost a eureka of, “I have a dream,” for Nigerian youths. For the first time, older citizens of Nigeria took a backseat, to watch the kids as they demonstrated a grasp of the issues and interrogated them in a most brilliant manner. headtopics.com
The five-point demands that the#EndSARSprotesters presented to government were: Immediate release of arrested protesters; justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families; and independent judicial bodies to investigate and prosecute reported police brutality within 10 days.
Other demands were: psychological evaluation of disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed; increased salary and adequate compensation for police officers. Governments all over the federation got working.#EndSARSwas carried out through protests, demonstrations, marches, civil disobedience and online activities, especially on Twitter, the microblogging site that recorded more than 28 million tweets. Nigeria’s diaspora, in the Americas, Europe, Oceania and some parts of Africa.
Because many of the youths are “natives” of the Internet that has the capacity to share information in real-time, it was easy to mobilise the youths in Lagos, other parts of the country and even in the diaspora.The defiant slogan, “s’oro s’oke,” Yoruba for speak up, served as the identity of the young generation, mostly the millennials, who are brilliant, digitally savvy, financially independent and have clear views about where they think Nigeria should be going.
When government saw how organised they were, it instigated the Central Bank of Nigeria to freeze the bank accounts of those identified as either financiers or the conduit of funds coming in from the diaspora to oil the machine of the protest.Governments, across Nigeria, will be on tenterhooks all day today, trying to figure out where and how the headtopics.com
#EndSARSvanguards will launch their forays. Government security agents are very likely to be crawling all over and listening in to any conversations that may give a hint of the intentions of the would-be protesters. Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
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This Video is to Mark the One Year Remembrance of Lekki Toll Gate Massacre and it's dedicated to all the Survivals of Lekki Toll Gate Massacre that fought for justice through there consistency at the Panel. EndSars EndSARSMemorial In remembrance of our fallen hero🕯️ Please who is this man? Who gave the order?
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Lagos #EndSARS panel awards N128.2m to 24 petitionersThe Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad Related Abuses and other Matters on Monday awarded N128.2m as compensation to 24 petitioners. Eh we will still come out tomorrow It's one thing to award on paper and it's another, to see to it. Audio award! No be wetin we dey find be this The question is; who gave soldiers the order to open fire on peaceful protesters?
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#EndSARS Anniversary: Why street protests will not be allowed - Police'We wish we could permit such street protests. However, intelligence at our disposal has revealed plans by some faceless groups or individuals to stage an anti-EndSARS anniversary protest in the state same day.' No Igbo son or daughter should join that tomorrow Protest. Igbos can't be blamed for issues caused by several tribes join together... Igbo in Lagos be wise!