The Nigerian government has warned against planned protests to demand justice for victims of a shooting during peaceful demonstrations in Lagos last year demanding the dissolution of a notorious police unit long accused of abuses.
The youth-led rallies against police brutality brought Nigeria’s largest city to a standstill in October, in a campaign that swiftly widened to include demands about better governance. The #EndSARS protests, named after the police force, spread even after it disbanded and the government.
Activists have called on social media for new protests on Saturday after a judicial panel authorised the reopening of the city’s Lekki toll gate, where security forces shot at peaceful protesters on October 20.
It was revealed by our correspondence that heavily armed security officers were sighted at the proposed sight of the OccupyLekkiTollGate protest.
The policemen can be seen bearing numerous canisters of teargas sophisticated ammunition.
This is what the government deployed to lekki toll gate ahead #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest scheduled for tomorrow, this government finds joy in killing folks who are not armed.— Aliu B. Jabata (@Bolajabata) February 12, 2021
Rinu #2021uprising #RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/a3h4YqF5L3