Nigerian Youths Kickoff Second Wave of #EndSARS Protests

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The youths make up a large part of Nigeria’s demography and are most affected by the harmful policies of the government and its failing institutions. The nationwide protests staged in October ushered the second wave of protests this morning at Ibadan, Oyo State.

The first protest was brought to an abrupt end when the Nigerian Army fired live bullets at unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate. So far, Lagos, Ogun, Delta, Nassarawa, Kaduna, Anambra, Ondo, Plateau, Imo and Enugu states are among states with judicial panels set up to dive deeper into police brutality melted on citizens. Until now only the third and fourth points of the 5for5 demands of the youths have been attempted by the Nigerian Government.

The ongoing protests focus on justice for victims of the Lekki Massacre, unfreezing bank accounts of a few protesters, and release of illegally detained protesters. Earlier, video footage of old Nigerian men and women protesting against police brutality at Tejuoso market of Yaba, Lagos state surfaced on the internet placing the hashtag #EndSARS on top of Twitter’s chart. So far, the security units of Ogun, Lagos, and Cross River states have vowed to suppress protests in any part of the states while armed police officers and soldiers have been deployed at the Lekki toll plaza, Lagos state.

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