#ENDSARS: Youths protest in Nigeria
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All over Nigeria, youths have taken to the streets in protest asking the Federal government of Nigeria to put an end to the federal special antirobbery squad of the Nigerian Police Force.
Youths took to the streets in Edo state with placards bearing inscription such as: “end SARS before they end us’; ‘end SARS brutality now’; ‘we are not criminals, we are Nigerians’; ‘no to SARS’; ‘no to police reforms”. The protest was peaceful till the protesters arrived at the state police headquarters. The protesters in a bid to prevent a police van from entering the premises stood blocking entrance of the premises but the police vehicle ignored them and the driver wanted to run into them. The incident led to some of the protesters jumping into the side drains of the road and in the process sustaining injuries.
In Imo state, protesters entered a verbal war with police officers. A police man identified as Obioma Obi, was said to have cocked his gun, threatening to shoot at the protesters. The protesters in-turn flared up, screaming “this is is what we are saying, you have just cocked your gun. You can now shoot us if that will make you happy. We have done nothing just that we are protesting. You can kill us if that is your wish.”
In later developments, Obioma Obi has been indicted by the Imo state police Commissioner, Isaac Akinmoyede. Akinmoyede, said officer Obi, has been taken into the disciplinary committee for further action on the matter appealing to Nigerians to exercise patience with the police for SARS reform.
In Abuja, Former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore and Hajia Aisha Yesufu of #Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG led a group in protest yesterday. The group carried placards bearing: ’EndSARSNow,’’ ‘’WeDontNeedSARS,’’.
In Lagos, various groups took to the streets protesting “ENDSARS”. A group led by Nigerian Comedian Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr. Macaroni alongside others marched to the Lagos State House of Assembly, staying there all night, sleeping on the road, asking the Federal government to end SARS.