Previously, BLACK COMPANY reported on the protests that are currently taking place in Nigeria to disperse the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) after numerous reports of robbery, extortion, kidnapping and murder. Last week, young Nigerians recorded the protests that began in early October with the hashtag #EndSARS.
First, the government issued a press release stating that they would end the unit only to follow suit and say they will create a new unit to take their place, ignoring the protesters' criticism. Unit soldiers opened fire on demonstrators on Tuesday.
The BBC, using hospital records and on-site witnesses, confirmed that the local military officials opened fire "on thousands of people peacefully demanding good governance and an end to police brutality" at Lekki Toll Gate.
Amnesty International Nigeria has also confirmed on Twitter that they have received confirmation that government officials have tried to hide evidence of the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate.
As a result of the viral outrage via social media, many have campaigned internationally for the demonstrators in Nigeria. Users on Twitter began sharing videos of protests in Maryland and Washington DC at the Nigerian Embassy and Ambassador's house calling for more to be done to help local protesters.
At today's protest outside the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, the names of the victims were read out. #Endsars pic.twitter.com/dqBP9R8aVM
– Olatunde Bakare #ENDSARS (@Backarray) October 21, 2020
Outside the US, demonstrators in the UK have shown solidarity. Protesters in London called for an end to the violence.
We are not being silenced. No matter where you are, use your voice. LONDON #EndSARs pic.twitter.com/fUzuAUb1VL
– Lateef – Sọrọ sókè weray (@LateefSaka) October 21, 2020