These last few weeks has been tough to go by, especially for those living in Nigeria. The endsars protest arose as a movement against the incessant police brutality in the country perpetuated by a notorious police unit called SARS (special anti-robbery squad) formed in 1992 to combat armed robbery and serious crimes. Majority of those engaged in the protest were youths mainly because they were the most affected by incompetence of the unit, becoming victims of extortion, criminal profiling, robbery amongst others. The protest officially began on the 8th of October 2020 led by music artistes like Runtown and Falz before it gathered momentum nationwide and globally. Three days into the protest the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu announced that the unit has been disbanded, but the youths are not backing down because it’s the same old tune, words without action. I, myself had gotten into an encounter with the police before, I was beaten before I even got into the police vehicle, I felt the need to join voices and also document the protest which represents the might of the average Nigerian youth. On the 20th October 2020, The Lagos state government invited the members of the Nigerian Military to ensure the newly imposed curfew, two hours before the curfew began, the Nigerian army opened fire at peaceful protesters singing the Nigerian national anthem and waving the Nigerian flag at the Lekki toll gate. Eye witness report seeing dead bodies been carted away in trucks by the Nigerian army as they try to cover up the evidence. In the early hours of the next day, the Nigerian army denied any report of its involvement branding it as fake news and calling any visual evidence “photoshopped”. The latest report on the atrocity involved the Lagos state government and the Nigerian army shamelessly pointing accusing fingers at each other. 20/10/20 will always be remembered as the day the Nigerian government murdered its citizens. One thing remains certain The Revolution is nigh. #endsars #endpolicebrutality #sorosoke
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