EndSARS Protests Persists In Lagos, Turn Violent In Abuja 

Moses Ofodeme

Protesters seeking abolition of SARS continued their protests in Lagos on Wednesday, October 14.

They are also calling for the cancellation of the newly-announced Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

The #EndSARS protesters also trended a new hashtag #EndSWAT to buttress their grievances.

This comes despite the pronouncement by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS) while replacing them with SWAT.

According to the #EndSARS protesters, the agitation continues because the decision to immediately replace SARS operatives with SWAT is hasty and unpremeditated.

“All hashtags remain valid towards the struggle. Be vigilant. This is about all of us. We are all in pains right now but don’t let those we have lost die in vain. I saw the SWAT thing. Hasty. But will address,”#EndSARS representative, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink tweeted on Tuesday morning.

At the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, some of the protesters were seen chanting songs of solidarity and demonstrating despite the early morning rain.

The protesters said the agitation continues until all their five demands are met. According to them, measures have been put in place to measure the progress; and how the demands are met.

The five demands include the immediate release of all arrested protesters; justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families; and setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct (within 10 days).

Other demands include psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS before they can be redeployed; and an increase in police salary so that they are adequately compensated; for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

Meanwhile, in Abuja, miscreants attacked the #EndSARS protesters on Wednesday, October 14, injuring many of them and disrupting their peaceful rally.

The thugs, who stormed the venue around 1 pm on Wednesday, reportedly fired gunshots in the air before chasing away the #EndSARS campaigners.

Earlier in the day, the #EndSARS protesters had blocked the Julius Berger roundabout, Wuse, with disused tyres and stones, and also prevented motorists from plying the route as they occupied the bridge.

They were singing solidarity songs when their attackers suddenly appeared and assaulted them.

The attackers, who were speaking the Hausa language, also vandalised about five cars parked in the vicinity.

However, no life was lost as the police took control of the situation; while the injured were taken to the hospital.

This comes after an assault on an Arise TV cameraman at the Three Arms Zone by soldiers on Tuesday.

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