BREAKING: Gridlock as #EndSARS protesters block Lekki toll gate
Gridlock as #EndSARS protesters block Lekki toll gate Despite the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, #EndSARS protesters on Monday morning hit the Lekki Toll Gate section of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos State, to resume demonstrations.
End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on “Twitter” calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force. It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria. The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand Nigeria’s government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion.
SARS officers profile youths largely based on appearance, mount illegal roadblocks, stop and search, arrest without warrant, rape women, extort young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles, and using iPhones.While some claimed victory as the Nigerian Police Force dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Sunday, October 11, 2020, others noted similar promises had been made in recent years and the government planned to reassign SARS officers rather than eliminate them entirely
The development led to early morning gridlock as commuters and motorists on their way to work were on standstill.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that after days of protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by SARS operatives, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday afternoon, announced the disbandment of the police unit.
Adamu said a new policing arrangement to replace the now-defunct police unit would be announced “in due course”, adding that all officers of the disbanded SARS have been redeployed with “immediate effect”.
But the protesters on Monday want the police authorities to carry out psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.
They demand the release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of police brutality, and appropriate compensation for their families.
They also want increased salaries for police officers as well as the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct within 10 days.