After the Nigerian government brought Nnamdi back to the country, he made his first appearance in court. The government has said explicitly through the minister of justice that last year’s #ENDSARS rally was hijacked by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
History of #Endsars protest
A video of a SARS officer shooting a young Nigerian in front of the Wetland Hotel in Ughelli, Delta State, trended on the Internet on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The young man’s vehicle, a Lexus SUV, was allegedly taken away by police officials. a reported by Aljazeera (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/9/endsars-nigerians-protest-against-police-brutality)
The viral video generated fury on social media, with the hashtag #ENDSARS trending, according to Businessday (https://businessday.ng/features/article/nigerians-insist-on-disbandment-of-sars-as-igp-bans-killer-police-unit-for-third-time/).
On Monday, October 5, 2020, just as the #ENDSARS trend began on Twitter, another report surfaced of SARS officers killing a 20-year-old upcoming musician named Daniel Chibuike, known in his neighborhood as Sleek, according to a report by Punchng (https://punchng.com/angry-youths-protest-as-cop-shoots-rivers-musician-dead/).
Sleek was believed to be sitting in front of a hotel with a friend when SARS officers approached them, leading them to escape, according to Punchng (https://punchng.com/angry-youths-protest-as-cop-shoots-rivers-musician-dead/). SARS men pursued the duo, shouting “thief,” – shooting Sleek as they went through a supermarket, according to an eyewitness. His friend was detained.
As reported by Aljazeera ( https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2020/10/14/in-pictures-protests-in-nigeria-2/ ), the End SARS protests were still ongoing on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, with young people in various parts of Nigeria intensifying their calls for reforms and accountability in police operations.
Protesters were allegedly killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20. the government and army have denied these assertions. As a result, the violent protest escalated
How #EndSars riot started
Segun Awosanya, also known as Segalink, a social media activist, claims that the #EndSARS protests in various parts of the country have been hijacked.
In a series of tweets, Segalink referred to the hijackers as “known elements.”
He did, however, encourage people who have a real interest in the cause to continue advocating.
Thousands of Nigerians maintained their protests against police brutality on Tuesday in numerous states, according to the PUNCH (https://punchng.com/gridlock-persists-as-youths-protest-into-night-at-lekki-toll-gate/). Traffic in Lagos was brought to a halt.
The activities of hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest ravaged numerous portions of the state with burned homes, looted stores, and wrecked properties, leaving Lagos, Nigeria’s economic powerhouse, devastated.
The hoodlums that carried out attacks in several regions of the state in the days following the #EndSARS protests appeared unconcerned by security officers as they set fire to homes, destroyed property, and looted valuables.
No less than 27 buildings, including police stations, media houses, government secretariats, and the court, were assaulted and destroyed in less than 48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, claimed the amount of destruction in the state is comparable to a war zone while taking inventory of the homes burnt by arsonists. He stated that the state must recover from the devastation that he has witnessed. premiumtimesng report(https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/422983-how-hoodlums-took-advantage-of-endsars-wreaked-ha
Contribution of Nnaamdi Kanu to Endsars protest
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, offered his voice to the nationwide movement for the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian Police Force, on Tuesday, warning the agitators not to be compromised.
Mazi Kanu said this in a statement he entitled “EndSARS campaign is heading in the right direction. Only three ingredients are needed now”, made available through IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.
He alleged that the authorities that want SARS to stay may try to bribe and lobby for it to continue, but urged the agitators and their leaders not to compromise in the agitations to end the evil wind that found its way into the Nigeria Police in the name of checking armed robbery.
Mazi Kanu reminded them that consistency is vital at the present stage of the ongoing protests, agitation, and campaign to end SARS, just as he urged them not to allow mental fatigue to creep in among them as by vanguardngr (https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/10/dont-compromise-ipob-leader-kanu-tells-endsars-protesters/)
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