Protests in Nigeria Continue Amid Pledged Abolition of SARS

On the 11th of October, the Nigerian government pledged to dismantle SARS, although many take it to be a farce and continue protesting for their goals of police reform/defunding. 10 protesters have been killed in previous days, and the demonstrations become bigger every day. A nationwide campaign has begun across Nigeria to End SARS.

Protests in Abuja

Protesters have taken to the street for days in a row against SARS, even through the government’s pledge to abolition.

Demonstrators blockaded all road exists near Berger, Abuja, as a part of the wider #EndSARS movement that has left the country in a storm.

Protests in Lagos

Protesters on multiple instances have engaged in sit-ins outside of the State House Assembly, which has insofar not pledged to dismantle SARS in Lagos State.

The city of Surulere, in Lagos State, also took to the streets against police brutality.

Banning of Protests in Rivers State

Rivers State government recently banned protests in the region, targeting specifically the #EndSARS movement that still goes on. Rivers Commissioner for information Paulinus Nsirim said the ban includes the protest against police brutality holding in different parts of Nigeria.

“The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State,” Nsirim said in a statement. “Therefore, all proposed protests under #EndSars Campaign are hereby prohibited,” Nsirim said the government took the decision following the dissolution of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the inspector-general of police Mohammed Adamu.

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