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The Nigeria Police Force has opened fire on innocent protesters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The protesters were young Nigerians staging a procession against police brutality across the country before they were assaulted by policemen.
— ‘tomi (@tomiobanure) October 9, 2020
Olu Onemola, a former new media assistant to ex-Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki is one of those arrested.
30 Nile Street Police Station.
I have been arrested.#EndSARS
— Olu Onemola (@OnemolaOlu) October 9, 2020
Onemola’s ex-boss, Saraki, recently added his voice to the #EndSARS protests.
He wrote on Twitter:
“The reports of the aggression meted out to young Nigerians protesting the high handedness of rogue units of the Nigeria Police Force are deeply disturbing.
“Leaders of our nation ought to listen to and engage with our youth on matters concerning their wellbeing. I hope this approach changes soon.”
— Chief Hydra (@BrianJDennis) October 9, 2020
This past week, thousands of youths nationwide have taken to the streets to demand that police authorities scrap the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has become a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian youths in the past few years, harassing young men and women over their hairstyles, gadgets or cars.
In the last few years, the hashtag #EndSARS have been prominent on Nigerian Twitter as the cases of police brutality move from dozens to hundreds.
The recent social media campaigns have moved to the streets as young Nigerians vow to shut down the country until their voices are heard.