Tension As Nigerian Youths Set To Begin Memorial #EndSARS Protest
There is increased tension across the country as word spreads that some Nigerian youths who organized the largest protest in the country against the police last year, dubbed #EndSARS, have begun planning to mark the anniversary of the protests in which a number of them were killed. It was discovered that the plan to commemorate the anniversary had been in the works for several weeks.
The Nigerians youths have already hired at least ten photojournalists to cover the anniversary. They are also said to be planning to use camera-equipped drones to record the event.
The benefactors of the upcoming memorial are said to be from abroad, and they have already paid those who will supply drinks and food for the anniversary.
Omoyele Sowore, a human rights activist, has already taken to Twitter to announce that the planned memorial protest for #EndSARS victims will take place on October 20, 2021, despite threats from security forces to cancel it.
He warned the police not to crush Nigerians’ desire to condemn the alleged “mass atrocities” of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The #EndSARS protests began on October 3, 2020, after SARS operatives allegedly shot dead a youth at the Wetland Hotel in Ughelli, Delta State. However, according to information gathered by our reporter, the anniversary will be held on October 20, at the Lekki Toll Plaza.
Masked soldiers were accused of opening fire on peaceful protesters at the toll gate on that fateful date last year. There were allegations that the soldiers killed some of the protesters and carted their bodies away.
The incident became a watershed moment, resulting in the deaths of police officers, the burning of police stations across Nigeria, and the destruction of private and public property. Aside from the Lekki toll plaza, Ojota will be another venue in Lagos. Other locations in different states are still unknown.
It was also discovered that the youths had been making moves on various Nigerian campuses, lobbying students to join in commemorating and making the anniversary memorable.
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