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Police Kill Another Protester In Lagos As End SARS Protests Spread Across Nigeria

End SARS protesters have shut down the entrance of Osun State Governor’s office, Osogbo, the state capital.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday ordered disband of the police unit and immediate redeployment of the operatives.

They are demanding that the Police go beyond disbandment of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The protesters converged at the popular Olaiya junction, and moved to the State House of Assembly.

The protesters consequently walked to the Osun Governor’s Office. The protesters are waiting for the Governor to address them.

In Lagos, police stations are not objects of attack as protesters took the fight to their territories of the law enforcement agents in Lagos.

A policeman in Lagos has killed another protester among youth calling for a reform of the Nigeria Police.

The protester was hit by a bullet when police violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators in the Surulere area of Lagos.

The police also arrested some of the protesters during the incident.

This adds to the number of peaceful protesters killed since the demonstration started on Wednesday.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari had while addressing Nigerian youth promised to prosecute officers found to be high-handed in the discharge of their duties.

He admitted that the police had been engaging in extrajudicial activities and killings of innocent Nigerians.

The President said the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police was the first step in the reformation of the police.

He said, “I use this opportunity to say I am aware (sic) of the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extrajudicial killings and wrongful conduct by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

“The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reform in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihoods of our people.

“We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or e unearth and brought to justice.

“We also deeply regret the loss of lives in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.

“I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.

“Meanwhile, it is important to recognize that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties. The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”

The protests, which started on Wednesday, have spread to different parts of the country.

Though the initial demand of the demonstators, which was to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police had been met, protesters are now demanding the reform of the police force as a whole.

Following the killing of a protester in Surulere, Lagos, allegedly by a police officer, #EndSARS protesters have attacked police officers in that part of the state.

The ongoing pandemonium in the area has left many injured and some police officers shot.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the spokesperson of the Lagos police command, said that three officers were shot and are at the Intensive Care Unit.

“Yes, they attacked our Anti-kidnapping unit at Iyun road, three of our officers were shot, they are at the ICU (Intensive Care Unit),” he said.

At least one protester was killed in Surulere during the Monday protest when police officers opened fire on peaceful protesters, this newspaper learnt. Many other protesters also sustained injuries.

World Street Journal reports that police officers and men at the Igando police station took to their heels on Saturday when youths mixed with area boys armed with dangerous weapons stormed the area in search of the security operatives.

It was gathered that the police station was allegedly notorious for random arrest of youths in the neighbourhood where their parents or relatives would be compelled to bail them after parting with huge amounts of cash.

One of the victims, said his son was arrested because he was carrying a laptop along a few meters away from his house when picked up by the police from the station. He was however released after his mother parted with N50,000.

Eye witness accounts have it that the police officers ran away shortly after the boys stormed the streets protesting continued brutality of youths by the police.


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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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