#EndSARS: ‘It’s One Week Today, Rest In Peace‘ – Nigerians Pay Emotional Tribute To Victims Of Lekki Tollgate Shooting


#EndSARS: ‘It’s One Week Today, Rest In Peace‘ - Nigerians Pay Tribute To Victims Of Lekki Tollgate ShootingMany Nigerians have taken to their social media pages and paid tribute to victims of Lekki tollgate shooting a week after the horrific incident.

At the beginning of the month, many Nigerian youths took to the streets across various cities, protesting against brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country through #EndSARS campaign.

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The #EndSARS protests called for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and police reform.

Following the continuous demonstrations which caused traffic gridlock in major cities in the West African nation, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed, dissolved the infamous unit of the police force accused of human rights violation.

That, however, did not assuage protesters as they said similar pronouncements were made in the past. They argued that the most recent announcement from the IGP will not see the light of day, just like previous times.

The #EndSARS protests remained on the streets, insisting they would not leave until their 5for5 demands are met.

The demands are;

Immediate release of all arrested protesters in Nigeria.

Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation & prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).

In line with the new Police Act, Psychological evaluation & retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.

Increase Police Salary so they are adequately compensated for protecting lives and properties for citizens.

Some of the demands were met by some states but the protest took a different dimension on last week Tuesday when soldiers opened fire on the demonstrators at the tollgate in Lekki, Lagos State.

Amnesty International stated at least 12 people were killed during the incident, while DJ Switch, who was an eyewitness, said she counted at least 15 dead bodies.

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanw-Olu, equally noted that twenty-eight persons were injured during the incident.

Although the Nigerian Army denied carrying out the shooting, human rights organization, Amnesty International, pegged the casualty figure from the incident and another at Ikeja at 12.

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The shooting was condemned by various international bodies and individuals as they call for thorough investigation of the incident and justice for the victims.

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