EndSARS: Tension heightens as police teargas, shoot at protesters

EndSARS: Tension heightens as police teargas, shoot at protesters

- Police have unleashed mayhem on peaceful EndSARS protesters in Abuja

- The protesters were shot at and discriminately teargassed as they advanced towards the force HQ

- Teeming legions of Nigerian youths have been taken to the streets to protest police brutality of the SARS unit since Thursday, October 8

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The operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have on Sunday, October 11, unleashed mayhem on the peaceful demonstrators protesting police brutality in Abuja.

Legit.ng's Samuel Olubiyo, who was at the venue of the protest, reported that the protesters were on a match to the force's headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) when they were stopped by the officers.

The protesters were shot at, teargassed and poured water on by the adamant police officers trying to prevent the protesters from advancing their peaceful demonstration towards the police main building.

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The attack on the protesters came on the heels of the current momentum which the protest against police unit of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is gathering nationwide.

In a related development, a petition to the U.S government seeking a visa ban on Nigerian public office holders and police officers has been handed a vital boost.

EndSARS: Tension heightens as police teargas, shoot at protesters

Police have unleashed mayhem on peaceful EndSARS protesters in Abuja. Credit: Legit's Samuel Olubiyi.
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The petition, which began on Friday, October 9, by Farida Adamu, has received momentum with over 10,0000 signatures already backing the request as of Sunday, October 11.

Legit.ng notes that the petition is motivated by the US' recent travel ban on some Nigerians politicians over their alleged involvement in electoral malpractices in the last general elections.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC), a group of youths in the northern region of Nigeria, declared that it is going against the ongoing nationwide EndSARS campaign.

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In a statement released and signed by its director of media and communication Muhammad Ibrahim, the group maintained that the nationwide demonstration is being peddled by "anti-government protests."

The group also described the protest as "political plays" which are not "objectively driven" by those it termed as "comrades who have been protesting for RevolutionNow."

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