Soldiers confront protesters as more states join #EndSARS campaign

By AdvocateNews on 14/10/2020

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The call for an end to police brutality and reform of the force gained more support across the country on Tuesday, as more states joined in the #EndSARS protest.

The protest, which was largely peaceful, held in many parts of the country with some confrontation with security agencies.

In Abuja, soldiers prevented the protesters from gaining access to the National Assembly.

Soldiers assault cameraman, Abuja protesters

The soldiers also assaulted the some of the protesters and an Arise TV cameraman, who was covering the rally.

The protesters were moving towards the National Assembly complex entrance when the soldiers blocked their path and ordered them to turn back.

The youth in their hundreds chanted, ‘End police brutality’, and knelt while singing the national anthem.

But about five armed soldiers swooped on them and the Arise TV team and assaulted them.

They also snatched the Arise TV camera and disrupted a live coverage of the demonstration.

It is the second time security operatives would attack the Arise TV journalists in 48 hours.

Police disperse Adamawa protesters

In Adamawa State, the police dispersed a group of youths, who attempted to protest.

One of the organizers said they wanted to stage a peaceful protest from the Police roundabout to the office of the Commissioner of Police.

Wike join protesters, seeks police reform

In Rivers State, where Governor Nyesom Wike had placed a ban on protests, thousands of youths marched in Port Harcourt to the Government House, where they demanded that Wike addressed them.

The protest brought social and economic activities to a halt.

Veteran Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo; ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Tacha; and popular comedian, K. O. Baba, among others, were among celebrities at the protest, which led to a complete lockdown of the city.

Wike, who joined the protesters later, called for a total reform of the police force.

He said, “I never supported us to be here. I took an oath to protect the lives and property of the people of the state.

“Rivers State is a state in this country that has suffered in the hands of SARS. When we raised the alarm about SARS activities, they did not give attention. When it happened in other places, you want me to listen.

“I will not do that. No governor in this country can say they have challenged SARS the way we have done. When there was so much kidnapping in this state, I raised an alarm to the Federal Government. They said it was politics and I prayed to God that it should be all over the country. It has now gone round the country; it is no longer politics.

“I am the only governor that has come out to start end SARS protest. No other state. We have lost so many people in this state to SARS. No state supported us. SARS has killed our people a lot. The same SARS has killed in another state, they want me to protest, I will not. Rivers blood is important to me. Rivers State cannot play a second fiddle role.

 “I will do what is right at all times. Every Nigeria must support the reform of the police.”

Youths again block Lagos roads

In Lagos, the agitation for an executive order from the President Muhammadu Buhari approving the five demands of the #EndSARS protesters continued with the youth blocking major highways and preventing vehicular movement.

The protesters converged on the tollgate in Lekki and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, the secretariat end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Allen roundabout, Akowonjo and Abule-Egba, among other areas in the state.

Speaking at the protest in Ikeja, musical artiste, Eedris Abdulkareem, demanded that in addition to ending police brutality, tariffs and taxes enslaving Nigerian youths should be abolished.

In Lekki, celebrities, including Folarin Falana, aka Falz the bad guy; Jude Abaga, aka MI; Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy; Banky W and Seyi Awolowo, among others, were seen protesting alongside the youth.

Commuters trapped in the gridlock for hours disembarked from their vehicles to trek to their various destinations.

Osun protesters damage fire vehicle

In Osun State, youths in Osogbo, Ilesha and Ile Ife trooped to the streets.

Protesters, upon sighting the operational van of the Federal Fire Service on the Osogbo/Gbongan Road attacked the vehicle.

Both the rear and back screens were smashed, while two of the occupants of the van were also injured, as the driver drove onto the police premises in Oke Baale, Osogbo, to escape from the mob.

Another protester dies in Ogbomoso

Another victim, Ibrahim Abdulganiyu, who was on Sunday shot during the #EndSARS protest in Ogbomsoo, Oyo State, is dead.

A former Vice-Chairman, Ogbomoso Central Local Council Development Area, Chief Ademola Olawale, stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents on Tuesday.

He said the 19-year-old victim, who lived in the Saja area of the town, was buried immediately.

Another resident of the town, who confirmed that the death toll had risen, said he heard the news of Abdulganiyu’s death on Ajilete FM(Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State).

Recall that a bystander, Jimoh Isiaka, was killed on Saturday during the protest against SARS in the town.

 There was gridlock for several hours in parts of Ibadan, the state capital, on Tuesday as protesters besieged major roads in the metropolis.

The aggrieved youths, bearing placards with different inscriptions, chanted anti-SARS songs as they moved down major streets in Ibadan to press home their points.

Some lawmakers in the Oyo State House of Assembly expressed solidarity with the protesting youths, which comprised artistes, students and members of the #RevolutionNow Movement.

Two arrested, freed in Kaduna

In Kaduna, the police arrested two protesters who joined their counterparts to demand an end to SARS and police brutality.

They were eventually released on the orders of the state Police Commissioner, Umar Muri.

The protesters, who were in large numbers, lamented how SARS operatives had over the years unleashed terror on them.

Entertainers lead Ogun protest

In Ogun State, Nollywood actors, Odulade Adekola and Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, and a popular Fuji musician, Sefiu Alao, led a peaceful protest against police brutality in the state.

The celebrities took off from the Panseke area of Abeokuta and walked through to the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State council, where they addressed journalists.

Amusan, who is the National President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria, said it was high time the government took decisive actions to straighten the police.

He said, “After #EndSARS protest, what next? It’s time for the Federal Government to begin holistic reforms of the police.

“The police must stop this brutality against fellow Nigerians. We are saying no to all forms of intimidation, illegal arrests and extrajudicial killings.”

Imo youths protest

In Imo State, scores of youths took to the streets of Owerri in protest against what they called police brutality and extortion.

The protesters, who took off from the Freedom Square at the Warehouse junction in the state capital, caused gridlock.

Clad in black attire, the protesting youths displayed placards, which sought reforms of the Nigeria Police Force.

They said the announcement of the disbandment of SARS was not enough.

Delta Govt House entrance blocked

In Delta State, thousands of protesters blocked the entrance to the Government House to add their voices to the campaign against SARS.

The protesters, who demanded an audience with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, vowed to remain at the Government House and barricaded the entrance to the seat of power.

They were not deterred by the torrential rainfall, which drenched them for several hours.

Peaceful protest in Ebonyi, Enugu

In Ebonyi State, the protest was peaceful, as the youth moved from the popular Presco junction, Abakaliki, through Udensi roundabout to the Government House.

Bearing placards with different inscriptions, the youth noted that the disbandment of SARS was not enough, adding that a holistic overhaul and reform of the entire police system would save the day.

In Enugu, business activities were partially paralysed as hundreds of youths joined the protest against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.

The protest started around 9.30am from different locations in the state capital.

While music stars like Flavour, Phyno and Zoro were among the group that started from the Michael Okpara Square, another group led by a rights activist, Larry Oguego, started from the Institute of Management and Technology.

Although Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi did not come out to address the protesters, they, however, snubbed the Deputy Governor, Cecilia Ezeilo, who attempted to address them on behalf of the governor, who was said to be around.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman, while addressing the protesters at the police headquarters, commended their orderly conduct.

Abdulrahman observed that the majority of the protesters were decent people, adding that their demands were legitimate and would be looked into.

Ondo protesters decry police attitude

In Ondo, hundreds of youths gathered at the Road Block area of Akure, the state capital, and headed towards the Oyemekun and Oba Adesida roads, chanting various solidarity songs.

They also carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘#EndSARS,’ ‘#SARS must end’, ‘Save the youth,’ among others.

One of the protesters, Mr Olusegun Oladele, decried the attitude of the men of the Nigeria Police towards the youth.

Posted 14/10/2020 05:42:54 AM

 

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