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Abuja #EndSARS Protesters Brutally Chased With Gunshots, Teargas Again

For the second day in a row, the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja has employed the use of gunshots and teargas to disperse #EndSARS protesters.

On Friday afternoon, while citizens converged at the city’s centre to protest peacefully against the brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARs), they were shot at by the police.

By Saturday, the police were more patient and waited till evening when darkness began to fall and protesters were less agile.

In calculated form, they shot at the campaigners and littered the arena with teargas, causing people to disperse in fear.

The protesters were gathered in front of the Police Headquarters in Abuja and were demanding to speak with the Inspector General.

They were prepared to sleep overnight until their demands were met. This was before they had to run for their dear lives as gunshots and teargas filled the air.

“All we were asking was for the IGP to address us and not a proxy. And we were prepared to wait till that happened even if it meant us sleeping over.

“It was horrible, distasteful and unpatriotic. They waited till they had the cover of night to do what they actually wanted – to inflict more pain on us,” broadcaster Chika Agu told HumAngle.

“We were all peaceful with the protest in Abuja all day, chanting, sharing food and drinks and waiting on the IGP only for them to tear gas and shoot at peaceful Nigerians at sunset,” @WandeHoover tweeted.

“The protest was completely peaceful until they turned it violent. They waited for the cover of night to start attacking innocent unarmed citizens.

“They may have scattered us for this one day, but we will not back down on this one,” @Everrolex tweeted.

HumAngle reports that for almost a week, Nigerians have taken to the streets and social media to protest against the incessant attacks by SARS and are calling for the scrapping of the unit.

Protests are being held simultaneously across the country including Lagos, Anambra, Abuja and Oyo state where one person, Jimoh Isiaq was gunned down by the police.

The Police’s attack on protesters in Oyo and Abuja, the country’s capital has also left several people injured.

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Anita Eboigbe is a journalist and data analyst with nearly a decade of media and communications experience in Nigeria. She has expertise in human interest reporting, data reporting, interactive content development and media business management. Anita has written for several national and international publications with a focus on communication for development. She holds an honours degree in Mass Communication and several certifications in data analysis and data journalism.

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