Why Nigeria police are against Lagos #EndSARS protests anniversary


The protests were the largest in Nigeria’s modern history.

By Valentine Amanze

Nigerian police have warned youths to jettison the idea of marking the #EndSARS rallies’ first anniversary in Lagos or any part of the country to avoid the wrath of the government.

Lagos Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu, who gave the warning on Monday, said that it became imperative after receiving intelligence about “clandestine plans by some youths, individuals or groups to embark on a protest today”.

“To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest,” he said in a statement.

During last year’s rallies in Lagos, thousands took to the streets bringing the country’s economic capital of more than 20 million people to a standstill.

The rallies ended soon after at least 10 people were shot and killed at Lekki tollgate in Lagos, prompting international outcry and an investigation into the deaths.

The #EndSARS movement began in October 2020 initially over abuses by the notorious SARS anti-robbery squad but grew into the largest anti-government protests in Nigeria’s modern history.





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