The peaceful #EndSARS protesters were today, attacked by police officers in Abuja.
According to SaharaReporters, the group of about 50 or more people had gathered at the National Assembly around 7 a.m. to demand an end to police brutality and also demand for reforms on all government parastatals.
At least five people were reportedly arrested Friday morning after police officers attacked peaceful protesters in Abuja.
According to Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, who confirmed the incident said that himself and other protesters were at the National Assembly to inscribe #EndSARS on the road. They were reportedly attacked and then five of the protesters arrested.
He tweeted a video which showed a whitish smoke from a fired tear gas canister as the protesters struggled to exit the scene while the security forces pursued the crowd.
Sowore also narrated the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, he said, “we had completed the process when the police came and attacked us… We we were leaving and from nowhere they brought in more reinforcements and started attacking”.
He said that security forces smashed the rear window of his car as he was leaving the scene.
Another protester who was present at the scene, Raphael Adebayo, said on Twitter, @Adebayo_Ralph
“After peacefully inscribing #EndSARS at the front of the National Assembly and about to leave this morning, at least four protesters were arrested after needless attack by the Nigerian police in Abuja.
We say nothing has changed, this is exactly why”. #EndPoliceBrutality
The #EndSARS protesters in Abuja had since resumed their protest after a brief stop due to the carnage in Lekki Tollgate, Lagos.
Last Sunday, the group was at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the Police Headquarters in Abuja. And this had all been going on without any incident.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Lagos police command released a statement, claiming that they would not allow “any planned protest, procession or gathering” in the state, leaving some to wonder if this policy would be enforced nationwide.
The Lagos police said the decision to ban protests was because the state was still recovering from the looting, killings, and destruction of several properties following a clampdown on #EndSARS protesters demanding police reform.
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