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#EndSARS: Police Deploy Personnel In Lagos State

On Monday, the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos State deployed personnel at strategic locations in Nigeria’s economic capital in response to calls for a second round of protests under the End SARS campaign across the country. 

Police personnel were deployed to Lekki tollgate,  the site of October 20 shooting of #EndSars protesters by soldiers called in by Lagos State Government to quell the campaign.

On Sunday, the police warned against a new wave of #EndSars protest, in a statement signed by Olumuyiwa Aladejobi, the Police Command’s spokesperson in Lagos State.

 “The Lagos State Police Command has again warned against any gathering, procession or protest in Lagos State as some unpatriotic individuals and groups are planning to embark on the replica of the recent destructive and violent EndSARS protest that left pains and agonies in Lagos State.

“The Command has reliably gathered intelligence that certain individuals/groups have concluded plans to lure unsuspecting Lagosians, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow, Monday 7th December 2020 at designated locations in the state,” Olumuyiwa stated.

On Sunday, Yahaya Bello,  Governor of Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, cautioned against a new wave of protests under EndSARS and instead advised the youth to divide energy to mobilise for political leadership in the 2023 general elections.

In Ogun State near Lagos, the police also mobilised to check any fresh protest, reports said.

However, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, several protesters took to the streets calling for an end to all forms of police brutality.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Presidency warned against violent protest.

He said, “President @MBuhari today in Abuja warned that any act of hooliganism hiding behind lawful and peaceful protests will be dealt with decisively to ensure peace and stability in the country.”

In October, Nigeria witnessed unprecedented protest against the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad and police brutality.

The #EndSARS protest took place across different parts of Nigeria for weeks and at different locations until the protest was hijacked by hoodlums.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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