…As Police Debunk Trending Videos of Fresh Protests
The recently disrupted EndSARS protests have resumed across major Nigerian cities including Lagos, Ibadan, and Abuja today, multiple reports say.
The resumed #EndSARS protests were staged by young Nigerians after they were dispersed by soldiers in controversial circumstances on October 20, 2020.
Reports say the protests resumed in key cities of states like Lagos, Osun and Abuja, the federal capital.
The disruption of the first wave of the protests about 6 weeks ago is still a subject of controversy as the protesters continued to insist that many of their unarmed colleagues were killed in Lagos, which they insisted was a massacre at Lekki Toll Gate, a government owned Toll Plaza in the commercial city of Nigeria, which is managed by private firm.
There have have been investigative reports which indicted the security forces. The military had earlier denied the presence of its personnel at the Lekki Toll Gate on the day of the attack on the protesters as officials of the Nigerian government claimed that soldiers seen shooting in viral videos were hoodlums.
But at an investigative panel sitting in Lagos, the military admitted their personal were at the Toll Gate but never fired live bullets.
However, under cross examination, the military admitted that its personnel also went to the scene with live ammunition.
Security operatives had warned that violent protests or gathering would not be tolerated after they got wind of plans to resume the protests.
However, young people defied the threats to resume the protests today, Monday, December 7, 2020.
In Abuja, mammoth crowd were reported to have joined the renewed protests.
In Osogbo, Osun State capital, several youths also participated into protest, calling for an end to all forms of police brutality.
The youth, who stormed the streets blocked the entrance of the Osun State House of Assembly, demanding an audience with the leadership of the Assembly.
In Lagos, reports say some security operatives including police, soldiers and officers of the civil defence stormed Lekki toll gate, the epicentre of the #EndSARS protest in the early hours of Monday in a bid to prevent the second phase of protests.
Police authorities have described as fake trending videos of the resumed protests.
The Lagos State Police Command debunked an online viral video of #EndSARS protest, which purportedly took place on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State, describing the content of the video as fake, false and misleading, a Lagos state government twitter handle monitored by Abuja Business Reports said.