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#EndSARSMemorial: Police Arrest Journalist Covering Protest In Southwest Nigeria

Sikiru was arrested by Police while discharging his duty today at Osogbo, Osun capital in Southwest Nigeria.

A correspondent of Daily Post Newspaper in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria, Sikiru Obarayese, has been arrested by police while covering #EndSARSMemorial rally.  

Sikiru was arrested while discharging his duty on Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The incident occurred five minutes after he spoke with our reporter on the highhandedness of the police in the state.  

Eyewitnesses told HumAngle that the journalist was harassed by the security operatives before subsequently being arrested. His whereabouts is unknown as of the time of filing this report. 

Before now, Olawale Olokode, the Commissioner of Police in the state had warned against #EndSARS memorial rally in the state. 

He said in a statement issued to journalists on Tuesday that he has “given a marching order to the Area commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical units to be at alert and nip in the bud any act capable of truncating the peace of the state.”

Today marks a year that the Nigerian Army deployed soldiers to the epicentre of the nationwide #EndSARS protests at Lekki Toll Gate plaza, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria where they opened fire at youths protesting against extra-judicial killings and all forms of Police brutalities. 

Multiple evidence showed that the bullets fired by the soldiers killed a yet-to-be ascertained number of protesters that night. 

To mark a year of the killings at the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza, #EndSARS mobilisers and supporters have agreed to protest in remembrance of those who lost their lives last year. 

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Kabir works at HumAngle as the Editor of Southern Operations. He is interested in community development reporting, human rights, social justice, and press freedom. He was a finalist in the student category of the African Fact-checking Award in 2018, a 2019 recipient of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, and a 2020 recipient of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award. He was also nominated in the journalism category of The Future Awards Africa in 2020. He has been selected for various fellowships, including the 2020 Civic Media Lab Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship and 2022 International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) 'In The Name of Religion' Fellowship.

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