Men of the Lagos state police command earlier today moved around with their vans and trucks in a show of force ahead of planned protests in the state tomorrow October20 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.
It can be recalled that the EndSARS protest turned bloody on the 20th of October 2020, after it was hijacked by some thugs. Gunshots were fired after security agents stormed the Lekki tollgate where a majority of the protesters converged.
To commemorate the incident, some activists have planned to stage a protest in the state, a decision that has been frowned at by the state police command. Nigerian rapper, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana and comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, have announced a memorial car procession to mark one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.
The duo took to their respective verified Instagram pages to share e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme.
Sharing the e-fliers on their separate Instagram accounts, Falz and Mr Macaroni wrote,
“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes. We will never ever forget.
“Innocent Nigerian citizens waved flags and sang till they were shot at, injured and killed. We must never forget.”
“We’re rolling up in cars tomorrow to drive through the tollgate. We know their way, so a procession of cars is the safest option to minimize police harassment.”
“We will stay in our vehicles throughout. We have rides for people that need it. Each and every one’s safety is very important so please let’s move together.”
Men of the state police command this afternoon filed out in their numbers in their cars and trucks to show their strength ahead of the protest.
See some photos from the show of force below;