End SARS: Police in Lagos and Osun state have come out to warn, said they wouldn’t permit any form of protest to mark ENDSARS Anniversary, the police spokesman in Lagos Adekunle Ajisebutu said the command had credible intelligence on secret plans by some youths, individuals or groups to embark on protests in commemoration of the one year anniversary of EndSARS.
He said: “Lagosians and indeed Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year’s protest which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of public and private property”.
You will recollect between October 8 and 20 last year, millions of Nigerian youths took to the street of major cities in the country to demand the end of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protests which was sought to end to police brutality, corruption, bad governance, among others, turned violent and led to killings and destruction of properties as It was claimed that hoodlums hijacked it, which led to Lekki tollgate shootings on October 20.
To mark the event anniversary and also register displeasure about continued police brutality and extortion, social media platforms have since last week talked about anniversary protests in Lagos, Delta and some other states of the country.
Also in Osun, police called on some youths and groups of people in the state to desist from a planned protest. Spokesperson Yemisi Opalola said that police is set to use legitimate means to avert such protest, to avoid the the saga that happened during EnsSARS protest last year from reoccurring.
“The Command will not allow a repeat of last year’s EndSARS saga, and is fully prepared to use all legitimate means to avert such protest. Consequently, the Police Command will not tolerate any unlawful protest/gathering or assembly that will jeopardise the peace of the state.”