Just in: Police clear air on alleged fresh #EndSARS protest in Abuja

Just in: Police clear air on alleged fresh #EndSARS protest in Abuja

- The police in Abuja have reacted to a video being circulated to claim that #EndSARS protest is holding the capital city

- According to the police, the video is from the #EndSARS protest which took place in the city in 2020

- The police reiterated that no protest is currently holding in the city

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The police command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has dismissed a video circulating on social media that alleges that an #EndSARS protest is currently holding in Abuja.

The video which has been described as fake news by the police shows heavy traffic on an expressway, with a person saying the Dantata Bridge in Abuja has been blocked by some protesting youths.

Explaining further, the FCT police command said no protest of such is happening, adding that the video is from the #EndSARS protest in Abuja in 2020.

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Police clear air on alleged fresh #EndSARS protest in Abuja
People carrying #EndSARS placards at Ikeja, on October 9, 2020. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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The FCT police stated on Twitter:

“FAKE NEWS! The Attention of the FCT Police Command has been drawn to a viral video of End SARS protesters in the FCT. We hereby state that nothing of such happened as the video itself is an old video of the previous End SARS protest."

In October 2020, Nigerian youths staged #EndSARS protest nationwide to demand the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad due to the brutality by the police unit.

Though the federal government yielded to one of the demands of the protesters, some suspected hoodlums took advantage of the protest to cause mayhem and destroy several public and private properties.

Meanwhile, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has spoken on the invasion of his palace by suspected hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest in Lagos in October 2020.

The Lagos monarch on Wednesday, March 3, claimed that the hoodlums stole $2 million and N17 million from his palace.

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Oba Akiolu said this at the commissioning of the remodelled Glover Memorial Hall in Lagos.

However, many Nigerians online wonder why the monarch kept such a huge amount of money at home.

Many Nigerians who reacted to the monarch's claim on social media asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe him.

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Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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