#EndSARS Anniversary: Police arrest two protesters at Lekki toll gate
Two #EndSARS protesters have been reportedly arrested by the Lagos state police command during a car procession at Lekki toll gate on Wednesday morning, 20th of October.
One of the protesters who identified himself as Abisola, claimed to be a journalist for LegitTV while the other was carrying a placard.
“I did not do anything,” said one of the young men before his arrest. “They beat me, they collected my phone, they took my money; the police have not learnt their lessons.”
The latest development comes after the Lagos state Police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu warned against such protests, but allowed for car procession.
Popular comedian Mr Macaroni and Falz had announced on Monday that the protest will hold despite strict warning from the police.
They shared an e-flier to announce a car procession to mark one year anniversary of the protests that led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.
In the flier posted on their verified Instagram handles, they said the car procession would be held in honour of the victims of police brutality in Lagos and other parts of the country.
“In memory of those who died that day and those we have lost to police brutality, we will: drive through the toll gate from 8-10 am; blast our horns in unison as we drive through and wave our flags,” the leaflet read. “Innocent Nigerian citizens waved flags and sang till they were shot at, injured and killed. We must never forget.”
Both celebrities had, however, appealed to persons interested in the procession to stay guided and stay in their vehicles throughout the parade, as well as in groups for safety reasons.
“We’re rolling up in cars tomorrow (Wednesday) to drive through the tollgate. We know their way, so a procession of cars is the safest option to minimize police harassment. We will stay in our vehicles throughout.”
The protest billed to hold on Wednesday is to remember the events of the nationwide protests that rocked Nigeria in October, 2020.
The primary theme of the agitation was the call for an end to police brutality (SARS)
However, as the protests progressed, it was hijacked by hoodlums who inflicted pain and suffering on civilians and security operatives.
Many were killed including police officers who were wantonly lynched by mobs.
Businesses also suffered as several shops and buildings were set ablaze.
The major bone of contention was the shooting on the night of October 20, 2020.
Chronicle NG reported that shortly after sunset, operatives of the Nigerian Army arrived at Lekki toll gate to disperse protesters who had violated a curfew imposed by Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Since then conflicting reports have emerged, as some claimed that people were shot dead, while the army maintains that it did not fire live bullets.
The Police have also affirmed that nobody died during the incident.