#EndSARS: ‘It’s One Week Today, Rest In Peace‘ – Nigerians Pay Emotional Tribute To Victims Of Lekki Tollgate Shooting
At the beginning of the month, many Nigerian youths took to the streets across various cities, protesting against brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country through #EndSARS campaign.
The #EndSARS protests called for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and police reform.
Following the continuous demonstrations which caused traffic gridlock in major cities in the West African nation, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed, dissolved the infamous unit of the police force accused of human rights violation.
That, however, did not assuage protesters as they said similar pronouncements were made in the past. They argued that the most recent announcement from the IGP will not see the light of day, just like previous times.
The #EndSARS protests remained on the streets, insisting they would not leave until their 5for5 demands are met.
The demands are;
Immediate release of all arrested protesters in Nigeria.
Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.
Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation & prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).
In line with the new Police Act, Psychological evaluation & retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.
Increase Police Salary so they are adequately compensated for protecting lives and properties for citizens.
Some of the demands were met by some states but the protest took a different dimension on last week Tuesday when soldiers opened fire on the demonstrators at the tollgate in Lekki, Lagos State.
Amnesty International stated at least 12 people were killed during the incident, while DJ Switch, who was an eyewitness, said she counted at least 15 dead bodies.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanw-Olu, equally noted that twenty-eight persons were injured during the incident.
Although the Nigerian Army denied carrying out the shooting, human rights organization, Amnesty International, pegged the casualty figure from the incident and another at Ikeja at 12.
The shooting was condemned by various international bodies and individuals as they call for thorough investigation of the incident and justice for the victims.
Read some tributes below;
It wasn’t a hoax, It happened!! We must never forget that ✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/1S3NW6yYM1
— • General Zee 🎭 • #EndSARS (@heisTactic) October 27, 2020
Today makes it one week since the #LekkiMassacre
We will never forget. Justice must be served. 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/Y1nXrJEAQK
— BadMan Cyph (@SteveCypha) October 27, 2020
It’s ONE WEEK today🕯
A day I/we will never forget
— AUNTY ADA (@Auntyadaa) October 27, 2020
— Yakuza of Ibadan #EndSARS ✊🏾 (@UncleAbiodun) October 27, 2020
It’s been one week since the #LekkiMassacre . May the soul of the young Nigerians who fought for a good Nigeria rest in peace. Amen. The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain. #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/WwDksDYoBd
— AKIN (@Akinjoshua2017) October 27, 2020
Lekki Toll Gate Massacre:
Date: Oct 20, 2020
Venue: Lekki Toll Gate
. The people were protesting police brutality and extra-judicial killings.
— 사랑 ❤️ #EndSARS (@emeraldjeborri) October 27, 2020
A Week Today they put off the Lights and killed our Youths that were protesting peacefully for #EndSARS while singing the National Anthem.
— Laycon #Bbnaija #Endsars ❼ (@Mistakobz) October 27, 2020
On the 20th of Oct, 2020 we lost peaceful protesters fighting for our rights and a better Nigeria. #LekkiMassacre
We will never forget our heroes that we lost 😢✊ fighting to #EndBadGovernanceinNIGERIA pic.twitter.com/x5qTdx1lBY
— ZATARRA🤴🏾🇳🇬 (@zataarra__) October 27, 2020
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) October 27, 2020
— Olúwatósìn Olaseinde (@tosinolaseinde) October 27, 2020
RIP to the fallen at the #LekkiMassacre .. Lights will guide you home ❤️
— Ozzy Etomi (@ozzyetomi) October 27, 2020
Exactly a week ago, unarmed citizens of Nigeria were killed by the Nigerian soldiers while protesting peacefully at lekki toll gate. 20-10-20. May their soul rest in peace🙏🏾🕊. We will never forget #LekkiMassacre #endsars pic.twitter.com/Bc1RCHctRL
— Azeez Olajide ❼ (@zeezish_) October 27, 2020