Nigerian police arrest protesters at Lekki shooting site
Supporters of #EndSARS have rejected the panel’s decision. Many see it as ill-timed to reopen the tollgate and are inconsistent for the victims of the Lekki shooting.
A police truck is being towed by a CNN team to the scene amid heavy police presence.
“We have the right to tell our fellow citizens that what they are not doing is right that what they are doing is wrong. We should not lose our courage to speak up in the face of oppression and cruelty,” Damilare Adenola forbidden Said from the window. A police truck.
Adenola said he came to the protest on Saturday to show support to the organizers and to observe the demonstrations, but was arrested when he refused to identify himself.
He said, “I told him that I am not going to lose my right to protest even when I go to jail – I will still speak up because it is my fundamental human right.” “This was where our oppressors tortured our fellow compatriots – fellow young people.”
He continued, “We felt that this place should be made a museum – a museum of resistance and not a money-making enterprise. People died here, so many people are in hospitals – their lives have been spoiled.”
Two other people arrested appeared at another window of the police truck and told CNN that they did not know why they were detained.
Construction worker Emmanuel Oboji said, “I was taken without any reason. Nobody interviewed, nobody talked to me. I was only caught while walking on the street.” “I don’t know what happened. I was raised because I was walking in my country.”
Few protesters reached the venue at the scheduled time of the protest. Police lathi-charged the protesters, who showed them beating sticks with sticks and seizing #EndSARS posters before arresting them.
The SARS unit was established in 1992 to fight armed robbery and was given wide powers. Many officers did not wear uniforms or name tags and there were many complaints that they had turned on civilians and were referring to the crimes they were charged with dealing with.
Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police announced in October that SARS would be dissolved and its officers re-appointed, but protests continued.