The #EndSARS protest which began peacefully have gradually degenerated to the situation where hoodlums have attacked and molested innocent citizens who are going about their normal businesses
For about thirteen days now, Nigerian youths have taken to the streets, campaigning against police brutality, bad governance, extrajudicial killings, and maltreatment by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
Protesters in Lagos State who usually converged at Lekki Toll Gate for demonstration yesterday saw a different outcome as the epicenter turned out to be a theatre of shootings and death, as uniformed men allegedly opened fire on protesters last night. This was around 7:00 pm.
Some of the protesters had earlier in the day raised alarm on Twitter that the floodlights in the area had been disconnected, preparatory for the operation.
Blood-stained Nigerian flags littered the area by the time the shootings ended last night.
For Nigerian youths, it is indeed a sad experience, losing innocent peaceful protesters fighting for the right course as they declared the day a black Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has in strong terms condemned the Tuesday killing of peaceful and unarmed protesters by suspected security operatives at Lekki Toll Gate and other parts of the country.
The lawmakers, in a statement signed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, on Wednesday, said that “such wicked act of extra-judicial killing of defenseless citizens, by suspected agents of the state, cannot be justified or condoned under any rule or guise whatsoever”.
“As lawmakers and representatives of the people, we cannot accept this gruesome execution of our young ones in their own country by security operatives. Life is sacred and no one has the right to terminate the life of another just because he has the apparatus of state power.
With the rise of killings and attacks against protesters across the country, some state like Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Imo, Osun and Plateau has declared 24 hours curfew, as hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protest which degenerated into chaos across the country.
Admits this, some states have continued with the protest despite the curfew imposed. They said their movement is about restructuring the count and their voices should be heard in matters of change and restructuring.
Yesterday, the Senate during its plenary had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country as part of ways to de-escalate the growing nationwide #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, following the consideration of motion on police reforms sponsored by senators.
The Senate said by addressing the country, the President would have succeeded in reducing growing tensions and restore peace to troubled parts of the country.