#EndSARS protests spread to more states

Undaunted by restriction from government security agents, Nigerians youths continue to agitate for an end to brutality, extortion, harassment, and extrajudicial killing by police.

The agitations started first in Lagos and Abuja last Wednesday. It has now gained national momentum as almost every state in Nigeria now has a convergence point where the youths are chanting ‘End SARS, End police brutality, stop killing u s’.

Port Harcourt the capital of Rivers State; Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State; and Enugu the capital city of Enugu are some of the new states where the protest is ongoing today.

Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Hundreds of protesters march on the major streets of Port Harcourt after they initially assembled at Pleasure Park.

Port Harcourt protesters defied the order given by the state governor Nyesom Wike who on Monday said it has prohibited all forms of protest in the state.

Enugu, Enugu State

In Enugu, the protesters gathered early in the morning and marched major streets in the city. Police Officers can be seen on the ground to provide protection for the protesters.

This is the first march in Enugu since the campaign against police brutality and operations of FSARS commenced in Nigeria. The group is expected to match the government house and state police command to register their complaints.

Music artistes Flavour and Phyno were also part of the protest in Enugu.

Owerri, Imo State

In Owerri, Imo State capital, the protesters converged at Freedom Square bearing placards demanding an end to police brutality, extortion, and extrajudicial killings.

Uyo, Akwa Ibom

Thousands of protesters gathered at the popular ‘globe’ along Wellington Bassey Way. They insisted that they should be addressed by the state governor Emmanuel Udom.

Akure, Ondo State

Protesters in Akure, Ondo State capital staged a peaceful protest against the Special Anti Robbery Squad( SARS). The protesters converged in Adegbemile Area of the city, with placards bearing various descriptions.

The protesters marched to other parts of the city to express their grievances on the killings and brutality by SARS operatives.

Ibadan, Oyo State capital

Protesters against police brutality, extortion, and extra-judicial killing on Tuesday morning gathered at the Government Secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

All adjoining roads to the secretariat were blocked as a result of the activities of the protesters who demanded to be addressed by the State Governor Seyi Makinde.

The Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan however addressed the protesters and informed them that Governor Makinde is currently in Ogbomoso.

In solidarity with the protesters, the deputy governor carried placards and joined voices with them, condemning police brutality and harassment.

Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday showed his support for the EndSARS campaigners by carrying a placard and marching with them.

He shared photos on his twitter page and announced that he has received a letter of their demands.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the outcry on the reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) promising to extensively reform the Force.

The President declared that the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.

He disclosed this while delivering a speech at the launch of the presidential youth empowerment scheme at the State House in Abuja.

He also promised to ensure that all those who are responsible for the misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.

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