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Nigerian Youths Dare Buhari Regime, Police, Move Plans For #EndSARS Memorial Protests Into Top Gear

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Plans are in prime gear to organise protests to commemorate the primary anniversary of the #EndSARS protest, SaharaReporters can report. 

A number of photographs have been circulated on social media displaying the venues of the occasion throughout Nigeria, with the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos being probably the most notable venue. 



Additionally, in Oyo State, the youths plan to converge on Iwo Street and Ojoo Roundabout, one of many fliers obtained by SaharaReporters has stipulated. 

It additionally stipulated the gown code as “black shirt”. 

One of many fliers learn: “As a part of the programme lined up for 1st Yr Memorial of the historic #EndSARS Protests throughout which lots of have been killed and even many extra have been maimed and unjustly imprisoned, there will probably be these non secular providers to hope for the repose of the souls of the departed, peace and justice, in deference to the three religion traditions in Nigeria.

“Friday, October fifteenth 201 Jumat Service at Jumaat Suadr central mosque beside MRS filling Station by the pedestrian bridge, Ojota.”

“On Saturday, sixteenth October, the protesters plan to converge for conventional rites on the Fela Shrine, Ikeja.” 

“Sunday seventeenth October, Church Service at Lagos Christian Middle,” the flier added. 

That is regardless of the statements launched by the Oyo and Lagos state police instructions warning youths to desist from taking part in such protests. 

The police additionally threatened to utilise all ‘official’ means to clamp down on peaceable protests.

A press release from the Oyo State police command mentioned the State’s Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, has ”directed in depth visibility and aggressive patrols by Space Commanders and Divisional Police Officers whereas the ample deployment of operational, intelligence and tactical belongings could be strategically positioned throughout each nook and cranny of the state.”

An analogous assertion from Lagos police boss, Hakeem Odumosu learn: “The police within the state is not going to fold their arms and permit some misguided components disrupt the peace and serenity at the moment being loved within the state.

“To forestall breakdown of regulation and order, the police will use all official means inside their constitutional powers to suppress the deliberate protest…”

In the meantime, one of many #EndSARS campaigners, Rinu Oduala, mentioned the Lagos police boss and his officers haven’t any proper to clamp down on peaceable protesters. 

In response to her, the youth aren’t afraid of the weapons and weapons wielded by officers. 

She added that any type of assault by policemen could be resisted. 

Additionally, a pro-democracy group, TakeItBack Motion warned the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko to be sure that policemen below her command don’t threaten, harass or kill youths that can flood streets on October 20 for the #EndSARS remembrance protest.

Backstory

In October 2020, Nigerians throughout the nation stormed the streets to display towards police brutality and dangerous governance below the #EndSARS marketing campaign.

Nevertheless, on October 20, troopers from the Bonny Camp, 81 division, invaded the Lekki tollgate, the place some demonstrators had gathered, and fired gunshots.

Although the suitable to peaceable meeting and the suitable to protest are constitutional rights of Nigerians, the police have continued to clamp down on protesters.

Only in the near past, Nigeria police opened hearth on members of the Islamic Motion in Nigeria (IMN) throughout a peaceable procession in Abuja. 

Additionally, throughout a peaceable protest on Nigeria’s 61st independence day, males of the Nigeria Police Drive fired tear gasoline canisters at protesters in Abuja. 

The peaceable protesters may very well be seen chanting and displaying banners and placards saying ‘Buhari Should Go’. 

Six of them have been arrested by the police, brutalised and detained for demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

They have been later launched.

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