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 One yr after #EndSARS, 300 protesters nonetheless in Kirikiri, says sufferer One yr after what victims described as genocide in opposition to #EndSARS p…

One yr after #EndSARS, 300 protesters nonetheless in Kirikiri, says the sufferer

One yr after what victims described as genocide in opposition to #EndSARS protesters, 300 of them are nonetheless in Kirikiri Correctional center in Lagos jail.

The victims had been arrested on October 20, 2020, when troopers stormed the Lekki toll gate in Lagos and allegedly shot at protesters, who had gathered that Tuesday, following a motion to finish the excesses of the now-disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), an armed of police shaped in 1992 to fight armed theft and different critical crimes.

Protesters and passerby had been reportedly shot and killed by troops deployed by the Nigerian military, who had earlier denied involvement within the capturing, whereas many had been arrested at random after the protest for arson, unlawful gathering and armed theft.

The motion began nationwide on Thursday, October 8, 2020, after weeks of shock and anger with movies and photos exhibiting police brutality, harassment and extortion throughout the nation.

In line with an activist and a coordinator of Coalition for Revolution in Lagos, Banwo Olagokun, there are 311 protesters who must be launched unconditionally.

Certainly one of such individuals was Nicholas Mba, who was arrested every week after the protest.

He defined to The Guardian how he spent eight months in Kirikiri medium jail with 300 others.

He mentioned: “ In that jail, there are over 300 EndSARS protesters there.

“The worst day of my life was my first evening in jail, after they instructed me that I used to be going to be embalmed. I by no means understood what they meant as a result of I mentioned why would I be embalmed, am I lifeless, it was at evening I understood.

“That evening was hell, they stripped me bare, and lots occurred that I can’t say all. It was a bunch that mounted strain on the EndSARS panel for my launch. Even until in the present day my case remains to be in court docket and I’m but to grasp the that means of all of it.”

Mba mentioned he was charged for armed theft, arson and rioting.

He mentioned: “I had a casemate I by no means met in my life, besides in jail. So I used to be shocked how he turned my casemate in court docket. You see, that’s the sort of nation we’re in. From Panti, we had been transferred to Kirikiri medium jail at 2:00 a.m. I met plenty of scary folks within the jail, murderers and actual armed robbers.”

Nevertheless his case was modified to unlawful gathering on the final day he went to court docket after, which he was launched in June.

“I requested my lawyer, if that was presupposed to be the rationale for my staying in jail for eight months. Anytime I keep in mind this my temper modifications, anytime I’m being requested or I keep in mind this I really feel unhealthy, it jogs my memory lots as a result of I went by lots issues I wouldn’t need to recall. Since they don’t have any compensation for what I’ve been by, I can’t battle the federal government. All I ask for is my free motion and the case in court docket must be discharged so I can stay my regular life,” he mentioned.

One other sufferer, Theophilus Ivwrogbo, who labored as a truck driver at a Civil Engineering Development Company (CCECC) in Apapa, Lagos, bought to the tollgate at a time when troopers had begun capturing.

In line with him, the staff of the corporate had been requested to go dwelling, following announcement of curfew by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on October 20, 2020.

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He mentioned: “When the capturing started, I used to be there and I used to be attempting to run to the opposite facet, after I was hit by a bullet. At first, I didn’t know I had been shot till I attempted getting up once more, then I fell. Somebody who noticed after I fell started to tug me by my shirt, whereas I struggled to maneuver with him. It didn’t take lengthy when he too was shot and he fell on me. My entire physique was coated together with his blood. There was no power left in me to run, which made me go out.”

Theophilus, a father of two has not been compensated and his case shouldn’t be included amongst these on the EndSARS panel at Lekki.

DESPITE the teachings of the EndSARS protest, police brutality has not stopped.

Between November 2020 and October 2021 there have been over 100 instances of individuals killed, brutalised and illegally detained by safety businesses.

As an example, 17-year-old Oluwaferanmi Moses, a first-year pupil of Mechanical Engineering on the Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU), was arrested on September 19 in Mushin , the place he repairs vehicles and was transferred to Ijede, Ikorodu, the place he spent 20 days whereas his mom was compelled to pay N80, 000 for his launch on October 8.

A motorist recognized as Akorede was shot within the leg by a police officer in Oru, ijebu ode on Wednesday, October 13 by a police officer.

One of many officers was mentioned to have shot him throughout a search. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi has mentioned investigation would start into the capturing.

Monsurat Ojuade, an18-year-old faculty graduate awaiting admission was killed by a trigger-happy cop, Sergeant Samuel Phillips on September 11, at her residence in Ijeshatedo, Surulere space of Lagos.

Sergeant Phillips has been dismissed and he’s to be tried.

On Could 31, a businessman primarily based in Germany, Ugochi Unachukwu was killed at a checkpoint on his method to the airport in Imo State, because the police are but to launch report of investigations into the incident.

One other businessman, a 45-year-old Mathew Opara, was shot by troopers on Could 25 in Imo state, close to Owerri.

In line with stories he was killed by troopers throughout a capturing at residents, whereas getting back from work.

His kinfolk mentioned the navy admitted the killing however is but to launch particulars of the investigations.

In line with Amnesty Worldwide, in Could 2021, the Imo State Authorities introduced the arrest of at the very least 400 folks allegedly linked to Jap Safety Community (ESN).

Investigation by the group indicated that almost all of them had been randomly picked up of their houses and off the streets and had nothing to do with ESN.

Some victims had been allegedly arrested whereas strolling on the streets, at a public bar and a few for having birthmarks and tattoos.

As an example, Osai Ojigho, a 37-year-old man, was arrested by the police at Orji, in Imo State, on Could 26 allegedly allegation belonging to IPOB.

 

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