Friday, July 30, 2021

LIVE: Nigerians, friends continue worldwide push to #EndSARS

Our continued coverage of an impassioned push to get rid of a special police squad beset by violence, rights abuses and corruption.

#EndSARS protest
#EndSARS protest photo used to illustrate the story

Nigerians and their friends are taking to the streets today, continuing a protest that started obscurely in 2017 but now spreading across the world at a dizzying streak.

The latest protests to end the police special anti-robbery squad started on Monday and held throughout the week. 

President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the demand to scrap the unit, which has been blamed for decades of grievous rights abuses, corruption and indiscriminate use of lethal force. 

Mr. Buhari said he prefers to reform the unit, but Nigerians insist it must be scrapped then replaced with a more humane and professional squad.

Top celebrities and activists across the world, including John Boyega, Cardi B, Wizkid, Banky W, Segun Awosanya, amongst others, have been adding their voices. 

Nigerians at home continue the protests this weekend in Lagos. Nigerians in New York, Washing D.C., London, Germany and other locations are gearing up for demonstrations.

Peoples Gazette will bring live coverage of the demand to #EndSARS as it gains momentum worldwide this weekend. Stay with us:

The liveblog has ended.
  • #EndSARS protesters have just breached the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso.

    The protesters are demanding explanation from the stately traditional ruler on why he failed to condemn the fatal shooting of Jimoh Isiaq by the police on Saturday.

  • Abuja #EndSARS protesters are still being brutalised outside the Force Headquarters.

    They welcome IGP‘s proscription earlier, but insist police chief should apologise for the excessive force that officers discharged in dispersing gatherings nationwide.

  • Abuja #EndSARS protesters are still being brutalised outside the Force Headquarters.

    They welcome IGP‘s proscription earlier, but insist police chief should apologise for the excessive force that officers discharged in dispersing gatherings nationwide.

  • Supporters of the brutal police special anti-robbery squad.

  • BREAKING: IG Adamu bows to #EndSARS, abolishes the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

  • #EndSARS protests flare worldwide on Sunday, even as the police set to finally back down.

    Within the last 24 hours, these personalities have joined an unending list of supporters:

    Mesut Özil
    Marcus Rashford
    Tammy Abraham
    Antonio Rüdiger
    Angel Gomes
    Mario
    BLM.
    UN-member states.

  • The police are attacking #EndSARS protesters in Abuja, despite IG Adamu’s preparation to announce scrapping of the embattled squad.

    Our reporters saw four officers charge at a female protester and brutally hit her with batons while she was on the ground.

  • BREAKING: #EndSARS protesters stand their ground as police rain tear gas to disperse gathering outside Force Headquarters.

  • Sam Adeyemi and others back #EndSARS movement

    Pastors Sam Adeyemi and Tunde Bakare are two of church leaders who have added their voices to the ongoing movement to end SARS.

    Mr. Adeyemi tweeted on Sunday morning that it is “totally unacceptable” for the police to attack peaceful protesters. He also encouraged young people to continue to speak against societal ills, not as victims but as leaders.

    “I appeal to leaders in government and the police force, please listen and respond. #ENDSARSNOW as a courageous commitment to change.” Mr. Adeyemi said.

    Mr. Bakare was a running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election. He also said on Sunday, “It is with heavy hearts that I have followed the #EndSARS protests as young and older Nigerians from various walks of life, across the length and breadth of the nation and diaspora are united in rejecting the harassment, humiliation and cold blooded murder of their citizens. I recognise this movement.”

    On Saturday, Catholic archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, supported #EndSARS protests and advised police authorities to listen to the people.

    Government officials and politicians often leverage the influence of religious leaders to advance their interests.

    Some protesters believe that it could be easier to get the government to #EndSARS if popular religious leaders publicly back the campaign against police brutality.

  • ENDSARS PROTESTERS ARRESTED WITH GUNS AND CHARMS

    Not fewer than twenty three members of ENDSARS protesters were arrested on Saturday 10th of October 2020 when the protest which is meant to be peaceful turned violent.

    The protesters who gathered in their hundreds as early as 7 am at the Panseke area of Abeokuta metropolis in continuation of their protest against SARS despite the advice from police command and other stakeholders to cancel the protest for fear of being hijacked by hoodlums and miscreants.

    Surprisingly, the protesters who were appealed to jointly by the Alake and Paramount ruler of egba land and the commissioner of police left the Alake palace and headed the palace of Olowu where the traditional festival of owu day was ongoing and violently disrupted the ceremony which have the former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the deputy governor Engineer Noimot Salako in attendance.

    They also damaged the back windshield of the deputy governor’s official car before heading to SARS office at Magbon where they fired some gunshots at the men and injured one Sgt Akabudike Augustine. Consequently, men of the outfit dispersed them and subsequently arrested 23 amongst them.

    Some of their vehicles abandoned at SARS office were recovered and searched. Three guns namely; one pump_ action, two locally made pistols, some rounds of ammunition and assorted charms were recovered in one of the vehicles with registration number Lagos KRD 551GJ.

    Meanwhile, the commissioner of police has once again appealed to parents, community leaders and other stakeholders to call their wards to order because the command will not fold its arms while hoodlums will be unleashing violence on officers and men for just no reason.

    DSP ABIMBOLA OYEYEMI,
    POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
    FOR : COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
    OGUN STATE COMMAND.

    The statement did not provide any evidence of the claim that the police made.

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