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#EndSARS: Memorial protests in top gear

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According to reports, preparations are already underway to commemorate the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

Several images of the event’s settings have been posted on social media, with the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos being the most prominent.

According to one of the fliers, the youths in Oyo State plan to assemble around Iwo Road and Ojoo Roundabout.

It also stated that “black shirt” was the dress code.

One of the fliers read: “As part of the programme lined up for 1st Year Memorial of the historic #EndSARS Protests during which hundreds were killed and even many more were maimed and unjustly imprisoned, there will be these religious services to pray for the repose of the souls of the departed, peace and justice, in deference to the three faith traditions in Nigeria.

“Friday, October 15th 201 Jumat Service at Jumaat Suadr central mosque beside MRS filling Station by the pedestrian bridge, Ojota.”

“On Saturday, 16th October, the protesters plan to converge for traditional rites on the Fela Shrine, Ikeja.”

“Sunday 17th October, Church Service at Lagos Christian Center,” the flier added.

This is happening despite warnings from the Oyo and Lagos state police commands asking youngsters not to participate in such protests.

The police have threatened to utilise all ‘legitimate’ means to clamp down on peaceful protests.

A statement from the Oyo State police command said the State’s Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, has ”directed extensive visibility and aggressive patrols by Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers while the adequate deployment of operational, intelligence and tactical assets would be strategically positioned across every nook and cranny of the state.”

A similar statement from Lagos police boss, Hakeem Odumosu read: “The police in the state will not fold their arms and allow some misguided elements disrupt the peace and serenity currently being enjoyed in the state.

“To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest.”

Meanwhile, Rinu Oduala, a member of the #EndSARS campaign, emphasized that the Lagos police chief and his officers have no right to repress peaceful protestors.

According to her, the youths seem unconcerned with police’ guns and weaponry. She went on to say that any police attack will be met with fierce resistance.

Also, the TakeItBack Movement, a pro-democracy group, has asked the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, to ensure that police officers under her supervision do not threaten, harass, or kill youths who are expected to flood the streets on October 20 for the #EndSARS remembrance protest.

Recall that Nigerians around the country took to the streets in October 2020 to protest against police brutality and terrible governance as part of the #EndSARS campaign.

However, soldiers from the 81 division’s Bonny Camp, attacked the Lekki tollgate, where some demonstrators had gathered, and fired rounds on October 20.

Despite the fact that Nigerians have the constitutional right to peaceful assembly and protest, the police have continued to impose restrictions on demonstrators.

Also recently, men of the Nigeria Police Force also shot tear gas canisters at protestors in Abuja during a peaceful protest on Nigeria’s 61st independence day.

The peaceful protesters were seen chanting and displaying banners and placards saying ‘Buhari Must Go’.

As a result of this six of them were apprehended by the police, brutalized, and detained for calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation even though they were eventually freed.

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