On October 20th 2020, the Nigerian army fired live bullets into a crowd of peaceful protestors at Lekki toll gate.
There are reports of soldiers stealing bodies (to hide the true number of deaths) and ambulances were stopped from attending to the hurt and dying.
Many lives have been lost and properties destroyed at the height of what started as peaceful marches for the end of police brutality.
The Nigerian Army have denied any involvement in the shooting at Lekki toll gate. Despite the videos of men in camo wearing uniform and firing weapons (it is illegal for civilians to wear camo in Nigeria)
The Nigerian army denies any killing.
The Government in Lagos is lying about fatalities.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has long been accused of unlawful arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings.
President Muhammadu Buhari said the disbandment of the squad was the first step in “extensive police reforms”.
Despite its “dissolution”, the redeployment of many of those involved in SARS, under the new name Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) does not end the deep-rooted issues.
#EndSARS #ItIsNotFinished #EndSWAT
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1.) Wherever you are, stay on top of what is happening on the ground in Nigeria. Follow the hashtag #EndSARS and the accounts below for good and necessary coverage.
- Journalist for BBC Africa, Yemisi Adegoke / @briticoyemo
- Nigerian photojournalist – Yagazie Emezi / @yagazieemezi
- Co-host of I Said What I Said Podcast – Feyikemi Abudu / @fkadubu
- One of the few media outlets in Nigeria who are said to be reporting the truth – ARISE News / @ARISEtv
2.). If you’d like to donate, make sure you know where your donations are going. @feminist_co (Twitter) / @feminist.co (Insta) are accepting international donations by bitcoin. (All donations go towards funding medical emergencies, legal aid for wrongfully detained citizens and relief for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased.)
3.) Write to your local MP and demand that the UK Government stops any and all funding to the Nigerian Security Services.
4.) Educate yourselves. Learn context to #EndSARS and look into Nigerian history to better understand the current situation and the aftermath of British colonisation in the 20th century.
5.) Most importantly, Never forget what happened on the 20th of October 2020.