- It seems Nigerians want nothing short of a total reform of the police force
- EndSARS protesters in Warri have even rejected the SWAT as a replacement for the unit
- The protesters said they want a complete overhauling of the force, not just reshuffling
The replacement of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit in the police has fuelled more protests among youths in Warri, Delta state.
The protesters who literally groud the state capital were seen with placards all over the streets of Warri protesting the new team set up by the force, The Nation reports.
The activities of the EndSARS protesters caused serious gridlock along the Effurun-Sapele Road and Deco Road in Uvwie and Warri South council areas on Wednesday, October 14.
Some of the placards held by the youths bore inscriptions such as “End Police Brutality,” "Stop Killing Us,” "End SWAT, End SARS,” and "We said EndSARS, not change them."
Meanwhile, the police command in Lagos had claimed that no EndSARS protester was killed in the state contrary to reports that have already gone viral in the media.
This position was put forward by the police commissioner in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, during his conversation with protesters most of whom were lawyers on Tuesday, October 13.
Odumosu, rather said that what policemen have done so far was to protect protesters from hoodlums who tried to take advantage of the situation.
The police commissioner explained that stray bullets hit and killed a civilian, a driver precisely, and a policeman in the Surulere part of the state.
"The driver came out to see what caused the traffic gridlock and he was the one hit by a bullet and a police inspector. So, we lost a police inspector and a civilian.
“Two of them were not even part of the protesters so there’s no single protester in Lagos that has been killed as far as I am concerned. None! If you have, tell me the incidence, tell me the rank, tell me the name, there is none.”
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