Police reportedly re-arrest man whose viral video sparked #EndSARS protests

Police reportedly re-arrest man whose viral video sparked #EndSARS protests

- The police has reportedly rearrested Nicholas Makolomi in Delta state, south-south Nigeria

- Makolami is said to be behind the video that sparked the #EndSARS protests globally

- He was allegedly whisked away to Abuja, the Nigerian capital by a team of special operatives from the police headquarters

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A report by Vanguard indicates that the videographer behind the viral video alleging the killing of one person by a team of policemen that sparked the #EndSARS protest across the country, Mr Nicholas Makolomi, was Monday, December 14 rearrested and whisked to Abuja.

According to the report, Makolomi was taken to the Nigerian capital by a team of operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau, FIB.

Police reportedly re-arrest man whose viral video sparked #EndSARS protests
The IGP is yet to make any public comment on the situation of Mr. Makolomi. Photo credit: @PoliceNG
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Though he was released on bail by the court following several outcries for his release.

His lawyer, Ekenemolise Osifo stated that the rearrest of his client at Asaba despite the Federal High Court ruling against his initial arrest and detention, was a gross violation of the rule of law and a show of utter disregard for the courts and the judiciary by the police.

Some Nigerians have been commenting on the arrest.

Abdul-Rahman Abubakar wrote on Legit.ng Facebook page:

“They should leave the innocent guy alone and focus their ICT wizardry on apprehending kidnappers that use mobile phones to negotiate for ransom.”

Chizoba Utamazi wrote:

“Yet none of the kidnappers terrorizing our high ways has been arrested not to talk of a re-arrest. These people are jokers.”

Peter Ogwola asks:

“What happens to those students they have taken away? How is it possible to arrest #EndSars protesters but so hard to arrest terrorists?”

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Laila Ebanks-Kings wrote:

“Police are no longer combating crime in Nigeria, but to bully, harass, and kill harmless citizens.”

Meanwhile, a man whose car was snatched by armed robbers recently said some police officers whom he sought help from mockingly told him that Nigerians wanted an end to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), suggesting that citizens have to bear the consequences of calling for the disbandment of the police unit.

The man, Cardinal Usanga, revealed his ordeal while giving testimony in a pentecostal church in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.

He said his car, a Toyota Camry, was recovered the same day after the robbers abandoned it somewhere in the city.

In a related development, due to the rising cases of criminality in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state command of the NPF recently cracked down on criminal gangs within Uyo metropolis.

After the raid, over 40 suspected armed robbers and cultists were within the metropolis alone.

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