#EndSARS: ‘We were shot, SARS still working’, Lagos protesters lament

On Wednesday, a large crowd of protesters gathered outside the Lekki tollgate, causing traffic congestion in the region.

On October 20, 2020, some of the protesters claimed that they were shot at the Lekki tollgate.

One of the protesters, who was covered in scars from his injuries, claimed to have witnessed three young people being shot.

The Federal Government, on the other hand, has denied that military fired or killed protestors.

However, the protester showed our correspondents covering the events some images on his phone.

The protester who identified himself as AK said,

I was shot. They shot us. I saw three young people on the floor. We were shot. Government is lying.”

Another demonstrator expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of evidence that the banned Special Anti-Robbery Squad is no longer active.

He expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that youths are still being “extorted” and “brutalized” in the country a year after the #EndSARS protest.

SaRS is still alive and well. They continue to abuse us. “We’ve come to tell the police to cease the extortion and brutality,” he stated.

On Wednesday, Nigerian youths conducted commemorative protests in Lagos and Abuja, one year after security forces forcefully quashed large rallies against police brutality and poor administration.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in a parade of cars carrying green and white national flags from windows at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos, the scene of last year’s #EndSARS demonstrations, under tight police surveillance.

Falz, a Nigerian singer, was one of many who rallied in Lagos.

It is impossible for us not to memorialise our fallen heroes,” Falz wrote. “We will never ever forget.”

“Innocent Nigerian citizens waved flags and sang till they were shot at, injured and killed.”

As protesters blasted horns and yelled for justice, police in Lekki permitted the cars to pass through the tollgate.

Last year’s protests began as a protest against the SARS police unit’s brutality, but quickly escalated into protests against weak government, resulting in the largest public demonstrations in Nigeria’s modern history.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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